Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Getting Creative with Photographs

I remember years ago when someone said 'if your house was on fire what would you save?' I'd always reply my photograph albums, they contained all my memories, so precious.

These days it's not such a worry. You don't even have to save your laptop because you can guarantee your photos and memories are backed up somewhere online.

I  do still love photo albums though, I feel there is something so relaxing and enjoyable about creating one. Back in the day (I don't believe I just said that on my blog!) I would collect my prints form the chemist and come home excitedly to fill an album. I have albums for all of my babies, all of my holidays and special occasions, going back many many years.

Here's one I made in May 1989. The Little boy is my eldest son and the young pregnant woman is me!

I used to buy quality albums which were often leather bound, they had to stand the test of time, just as this one has for 27 years.

I still love my photo albums. It's great to have all your digital photos online but I think it's lovely to be able to look through all your favourite photos in an album. Not only that but they are much nicer to share with family and friends too. I'll never stop putting my photos in albums.

These days it's much easier with your digital photos, you can click on a site like Printerpix and upload your photos in seconds. Then you can choose which type of album you would like to create and add your prints.

It's still relaxing and creative completing an album online. Plus you have the thrill of seeing your book arrive when it's printed. The photos don't fall out and get lost or damaged. It's a real book of all your memories for you to hold and share. I can't get enough of them.

I have made a book to remember our Summer this year. We have lots of memories with days out and three birthdays in the summer. It's great to have all those memories in a book to keep forever.

I chose a spiral bound 20cm x 20cm book with a vinyl cover.  First you get to choose your theme and there are lots to choose from. If you don't want anything too fancy you can just pick a colour.
I chose the Sunshine theme for our summer book.

Next you have to upload your photos which are then saved for you. You can add to your photo collection at any time.
I picked the colour and photo for the front cover and added the text Our Summer 2016. Then I let my creativity begin.

The themed books come with background and places to put your photos, you just have to drag and drop them into place. You can also change background and text, or add your own text.  Here is a page about our trip to Hatton Farm.

You can also add extra boxes to pop your photo in, or even have your photo the full size of the page. In fact you can change anything and everything to suit you. It really is a creative process. 

I've not had a spiral bound photobook before  but I was happy with this one as sometimes the board ones are not so easy to open flat. You just need to avoid adding photos or other elements to the spiral part. 

I managed to fit 28 photographs into my book which is a great amount for a small book. I really enjoyed creating it and can't wait to start on the next book in my collection.

I created my book free in return for this review but it would normally cost £9.95 which I think is great value. The vinyl cover  is made from frosted plastic, You can't really tell from my photo but this is the book with the vinyl cover. 

I'm hoping the cover will keep it safe and it will last as long as my old album.

I'm looking forward to creating my next photo book of my wedding reception photos in November. I'm thinking of a nice leather bound photo book with a window at the front for my first photograph. They start from just £28.95 for a 20 page A5 book.

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If you'd like to have a go at creating your own photobook (or any product from your photos) Printerpix are offering my readers a fantastic 60% off site wide with the code RAISIEBAY when you click through this link The offer is valid until 30th October 2016.

Disclosure: I was sent my photobook in return for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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