I love making photo books, they’re the perfect way to display all my favorite pictures and create themed photo stories for my son. I recently had the opportunity to review Mixbook’s softcover pocket photobook through Tomoson, and I thought this would be a great chance to make Jacob a cute little book with all our pets. We have three dogs and five cats (and a parrot, but alas, I ran out of room for poor Pepe in the book, so he only made the front cover), so Jake tends to get them mixed up. Well, the cats anyway, as he doesn’t interact with them all that much. Check out my review on Mixbook 8×6″ Pocket Landscape Softcover book, and look for a special coupon at the bottom of this post.
Mixbook makes it super easy to create a scrapbook style photo book in just minutes. I simply chose their “pets” theme from the theme gallery and filled in the frames with pictures of my cats and dogs. It literally took me about 15 minutes total, including uploading time. Adding photos is a piece of cake with all the uploading options. I uploaded from my computer, but you can also get pictures from your Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, Yahoo, or SmugMug account. The hardest part of the whole process is deciding which pictures to use. My dogs were my “babies” before I had a human child, so there are hundreds of pictures of them. They still are my babies, but I’ve chilled a lot once they grew up. I mean, as puppies, they were constantly changing. But they’ve pretty much looked exactly the same for the last 8 years (2 years for Cooper), and I can only take so many pictures of them laying down (Maia is lazy), eating (Cooper is a food hound) or playing fetch (Tasha has major fetch OCD). But there were still a lot to sort through!
Here is a sample page from my book, featuring the Queen Bee of our animal kingdom, Maia.
I took a screenshot of the process so you can see how easy it is. The pictures are all on the left, and you can hide the ones you’ve already used. I love the large storyboard workspace, and it’s easy to flip back and forth through the pages, so I can go back and rearrange things if I need to. The only thing I had a hard time with was getting the exact page number right. I thought I had it at 20 pages, but it kept saying I had 21 in my cart. I ended up having to stop at 19 pages, leaving the last page blank.
I placed my order late on May 24th, and by the 27th I received notice that it had shipped. I received on May 31st. I thought that was a pretty quick turnaround, especially for a custom-designed project. I also want to note that although they have over 70 different themes to choose from in every category from holidays to weddings, you can also make your own book from scratch. The blank canvas allows you to choose your own backgrounds, layouts and embellishments to create a completely custom digital scrapbook. I did change the cover from the original theme because I wanted to put all the animals on the front in a montage.
As you can see, Jake was thrilled with the final result and loves to show off all his animal companions. Please excuse the other non-living animal companions scattered in the background, he insisted that I take his picture with them.
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