Keeping in Touch with Neveo

Recently, I was contacted by Neveo and asked if I would like to try their product. I was really thrilled and I have been dying to tell you all about my experience with it.

If you are a regular reader you will know how much I love my photographs. I love printing them off and making photo books too and I’ve shared many of them with you. 

We like to share our photos over social media, with a click of a button you can share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. But what if the person you want to share with doesn’t use technology? We tend to forget that there is a whole generation out there that finds technology difficult to master. My Mother had never been near a computer and my Mother-in-law really has no clue what to do on one. Even her mobile phone is used for calls only.

Staying Connected

Neveo asked me to make a magazine of photos to send on a regular basis to my kid’s grandma. With their app. on my phone I can transfer photo’s directly and add some text. Then Neveo take them and print them in a lovely glossy magazine. 

Example magazine
Example magazine

We used to live in the same street at the kid’s Grandma and she would see them every day. Since we moved away they see her less and less, and she’s missing out. But, even if we were still living nearby, I’m sure she’d love a magazine of their photos every month. It’s such a lovely gift, something to treasure.

You can use it for other family members too, just create a profile for Grandad, Auntie, Uncle, Cousin etc. The choice is yours. Once you’ve chosen your recipient you can also ask other family members to join in and add their photos to the same account. For example, for my kid’s Grandma we also asked my husband’s brother to add photos of his children, her other grandchildren.  Then all the photos were combined in one album.

Pages from my album for my kid's Grandma, featuring six photographs with text.
Our magazine

The whole process was simple and the finished magazine was a real treat.

How it Works

You can pick an album of up to 50 or 100 photos to be sent every month. For 50 photos the price is £9.99 per month, for 100 it’s £14.99. There is no extra cost for postage even if you are sending it to another country and you can cancel at any time. Currently there is a special offer of 3 months free on a yearly subscription.

Then you download the app. on your phone and start adding photos to your album from your camera roll, Google or even Facebook.  You can also view these on your online account and add extra photos from your computer. 

example of the app. on a mobile phone
phone app. example

You can also invite other family members to add their photos. They will need to add their own name and password, and only they will be able to add text to their photos.

You can write a quick description about each photo, or add a couple of sentences to make it more personal and chatty, like writing a letter. 

The app. sizes and prints the photos along with the text which means you don’t have to spend hours organising and editing. You can however, move the order of the photos around if you wish.

At the end of the month the magazine is printed and sent off to it’s recipient who it going to be thrilled to receive it.

 a copy of a completed magazine for Grandma
Our magazine

Neveo

Neveo currently has a special Christmas offer where you can get 3 months free on a yearly subscription.

You can download Neveo on IOS Apple

Or Android or you can visit the website

What do you think? Do you have family member who’d love to receive this every month? 

Disclosure: I was asked to review this product but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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.

************************Special Offer for my Readers****************************
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 http://www.printerpix.co.uk/PIXSALE/ 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.

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.