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Helen(my Mumsy) has been so busy making a beautiful published bound scrapbook of her new little grand daughter Amber Rose. Click the images to view the book up closer. Each page is delightful with a pink theme going throughout the pages.
Some of my nieces photos in the book were taken using a low quality digi cam because my sister had only just started using a digital camera for the first time and had the camera set to web save and didn't know you needed a better quality for printed photos, she's learnt alot more now but unfortunately the first photos of Amber are low in quality. But I still think the book has turned out beautifully as a keepsake. This book was published with Artscow.
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Made Using blushbutter Baby Girls Quickpage Albums in shoppe
I had time this morning to make a cover for the September Victorian Heritage Quickpage exchange, I've made it in one png sheet so that it can be cut up to suit most book publishing companies that you might like to use.
For Artscow I've found that uploading the full size is better for getting the bleed line to match correctly, their spine is larger than most publishers. Below is a small example of what I mean.
Just a reminder on how successful July's Quickpage exchange was, we got 68 quickpages from that event ,so you really won't want to miss out on this one, more information in previous post.
Announcing... The September Quick Page Exchange! This month we’ll be doing 8 x 8 Quick pages using Blushbutter’s gorgeous kit “VICTORIAN HERITAGE” ... You won’t want to miss this exchange (or this kit. It’s beautiful).
KIT on SALE:
I've marked down her “VICTORIAN HERITAGE” kit in her Shoppe here:
The coupon code to receive 20% off thru 9/21/08 is: join yahoo group for codes. And the coupon code to receive 10% off from 9/22/2008 thru 10/15/2008 is: join yahoo group for codes. (Please don’t share these codes with anyone outside of our Yahoo Group).
How it works:
Each participant will submit 1 quick page layout using the featured kit and receive the other submitted layouts in exchange. So, basically you submit one layout and get back an album! The more participants we have the larger the album will be.
Complete instructions can be found here:
And Frequently Asked Questions can be found here: http://tech.ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/blush-n-dusty/photos/view/806a?b=2&m=s&o=0
So what are you waiting for.... Come join the fun!
Victorian Heritage Kit LINK HERE
To help you get a head start on those Christmas gift books I've discounted all the albums and quickpages in the store by 20% till the 31st of October!
Artscow are currently having several promotions for books
Special Pre-X'mas Holiday Sale!
10 FREE Photo Books. (Market value : $29.99 x 10 books)
8" x 8" Hard Bound ImageWrap Custom Cover.
First 20 pages included.
Additional page $0.50/each.
157gsm Premium Paper.
Easy drag and drop images, themes, backgrounds, and control text placement.
Customized with your own title, photos and add text to the spine.
Including lots of layouts, backgrounds and themes for you to choose.
Redeem and Get 10 FREE Photo Books now !Gift Certificate Code: FREE10XBOOKS
I was so excited to get my playing cards this week! Aren't they just so beautiful, they really go well with the Faery Books! I'm putting ribbons and plastic pockets in the Faery book for photos, don't you think that is a great idea?! I just love playing with these faery cards because I made King faeries to match. I made the hearts in pinks and peach, the clubs I made in greens, the diamonds in reds and the spades I made the faeries in blues and purples.
These books were my prototype and I didn't notice I'd not aligned the cover perfectly in the software until I received the book, if your familiar with printing then you'd know how these kind of errors happen all the time and making adjustments until the product is perfect is normal.
These next Photo books are my proof books! I had to acknowledge that it just wasn't going to be possible to get every single photo I've taken of my kids and family into scrapped layouts! I am a passionate digital scrapbooker and needed to concede that I just couldn't scrap every single digital photo I took. I decided I should just get my photos that number in the thousands printed anyway! Well after pricing exactly how much it would cost me($100's) to have them printed and to buy albums for the photos, I put it off even longer until I found that a printed and bound photobook could be a better and cheaper alternative to printing out the individual photos and putting them into an expensive archival album.
I use ARTSCOW
to make my photobooks and I can squeeze upto 192 good photos into one 8inch square 30page book. That works out 12cents a photo which is alot cheaper than buying a 200photo pocket album and getting 200 photos printed at the local printers! Not to mention it takes up way less shelving space and it's too easy to add in some text and dates.
I found artscow book service reliable and fast! The software is pretty straight forward and they make lot's of fun gift items to, I just had to get a watch for my Hubby, when I saw those, he loves it!
So if your considering having your digital photo's developed and they number in the thousands and you have lot's of folders to still get done consider a photobook idea. Don't just take my word for it about artscow, I have tried several book publishers, did you know Officeworks also do book publishing? There are alot of good quality photobook companies out there! I have more photos of my books and pages in my gallery.
I got my printed artscow book today in the mail, it was wonderfully styrofoam wrapped and arrived very quickly from Hong Kong to Australia, Victoria. I ordered on the 12th July and it it now 21st July.
I really liked the texture of the pages and want to point out that the paper is a matte finish similar to what blurb uses. The other book leading publishers use gloss paper with their books.
For me I don't mind matte it's really a personal choice I think, My Mum can't stand gloss because the shine gets in the way of viewing the images and she is constantly needing to tilt the book to get rid ot those shine glows things. This book printed lighter than blurbs pages but I'm overall happy with the end result of the book and so are my family. I had a few issues, one of which is I really needed to make the bleed area longer on the cover and I should have double checked my grammar on the spine and dates! That will teach me for doing things so late at night!
I'm going to add a plastic pocket to the end page for my sons first curl and I'm stoked there was an extra page in there to do that with! Here are some photos:
Overall I am really very happy with my book and will reccommend them to everyone. I myself found some of their forum picture photo threads helped me to make up my mind on whether I wanted to go through with publishing a book with them or not and I hope you to can find this article helpful either way.
On a further note incase you were wondering; I used my Baby boy graphics from my digital scrapbooking kits available from my shoppe. Most of these pages are also in a quickpage format also in the shoppe.
LINK to ARTSCOW
I have a few coupons available for books to get them at $11.99 with free shipping and handling, if you'd like a coupon send me a quick email and put coupon artscow in the subject line and I'll send you one of the coupons I have