One day I’m going get all of these special iPhone photos printed. How many times have you said that after scrolling through a month’s worth of pics, hunting for the cute one with your kid doing that thing? Yeah, same here. That’s why I’m always pleased to discover new ways to actually get it done, like with the new timeshel app, an iPhone photo printing subscription service.
The whole thing, from a New York-based startup, is super easy. Using the app, each month you just click on up to 30 photos from your iPhone camera roll. For a $14.95 month fee, your selections are added to your “timeshel story,” and at the end of the month, the company prints your images as a rectangle or square, and snail-mails them to you in a white, plastic case called a shel.
Keeping it honest, this shel idea had me scratching my head a little and wondering about waste. Though they are neat and slim, I still couldn’t grasp the the benefits of collecting a bunch of plastic shels every month. But that’s before I saw the boxes in action. First, they are stackable, creating a miniature filing cabinet look that could work on a bookcase or office shelf. Next, the shels can be used to display one of your prints — like a simple propped easel which looks pretty great. Plus, they keep your prints organized if you’re working on a mini manual photo album.
However if you’re like me and none of these ideas sound like anything you’ll actually do, you can always recycle or repurpose the plastic shels for something crafty that we can’t even conceive of yet. If you’re willing to shell (ha) out the monthly fee, you’ll have all those lovely prints off of your phone and in your hands, every single month.
Timeshel app is a free download on iTunes with the monthly service costing $14.95 for up to 30 prints plus the plastic shel.