Thursday, December 18, 2014

Picturebooks Review

Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing alright with all the Christmas rush and the fact that it's only 7 (seven) days before Christmas.

While everyone is doing some rush Christmas shopping which I did in late November so I wouldn't experience the stress (haha), I realized that the photobook/s I'm doing right now would be my 5th and 6th. And yet I haven't posted any review about the company where I print them. So, here it goes.

I'm giving it a 2.5 - 3 star rating. Why? Simply because I just like it. Like, not love, because I have no other choice. But if you're going to tell me about Persnickety Prints, Photobook Philippines, Artscow,  or shutterfly, well then I guess I do have options. I haven't experience ordering at Persnickety yet. And I really really want to. For Photobook Philippines, I don't know if I am to categorize them as pricey or what although I think they  have a good deal. You see, according to their website, their 8x8 for imagewrap is 3,250php [almost $74] (with minimum of 40 and maximum of 300 page). I only fall on 95-98 pages for my photobook. And if I am to go to Photobook Philippines, I would still have to pay the 3,250php, unless I'm gonna maximize my book up to 300 (with what else?). Unlike with Picturebooks, their 8x8 30 pages is only 1,495php ($34) and 120php ($2.72) for every additional 4 pages.

But take a look at their downloadable software which is also the software they use when you bring your layouts at their mall kiosk.

Here, you can see that you have to drag your layouts on their designated pages after choosing the layout size. Here is mine on an 8x8 canvas.

And then, you will need to drag each layouts from the left to each block or pages.

Take note that I (or if I'm at the mall, the sales' lady) will have to expand my layout all the way to the middle or center bleed (or whatever that is called).

But what if I messed it up like this?!

You see, you can't rely on the software to, like, double click the layout so it will fit exactly on the page. I had an experience last time (on my 4th book) where I have to ask the lady to allow me to move each layouts on each pages (which was 98 pages plus the front and back cover) just so I can be sure that the division of the layouts for their left and right bleeds are fair. Because on my 3rd photobook, I was a bit disappointed with some of the pages. That's why I made my own page format on my pse. Wherein I make use of a margin for each layouts I make. Sigh. And man! That bottom area where you can choose scrapbook elements? That is not collapsible!! Ugh!

See here this double paged layout (I used a double paged template from Yin Designs) I made. I cropped the double page to be separated fairly. But look at what will happen if I will put them together on two pages. See how the parts of the two photo frames did not match accordingly? Yeah. That is going to be a big problem for me, and that is the reason I used their downloadable software for the first time. Just so I could be sure that the part of the frames which was on page one, will match with their parts with was on page 2.

With this issue, I think I might not be able to print my 5th book by January. Bummer.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

5th Photobook

Hey there! It's been a while huh. How's it going?

I'm in the process of completing another one of my daughter's photobook. And I am really behind. The June 2014 book should have been printed by now and I was supposed to be doing the 6th photobook but unfortunately, I'm doing both. Yeah, I'm really sad about that, but no matter what, I'd like to share a couple of pages today.

This would be the front and back covers of the 5th photobook I'm doing. I used a fiddle dee-dee designs template. The kit I used is from Just So Scrappy and the alpha I used for the word happyness is from a kit I used to ct'd before (let me edit this once I got the right name for you). I just loved that alpha so much.

I also love Kristine Aagard kits. They're just too playful and gummy and they fit for kids layout like this one.

I just want to share to you this layout. I really really loved the outcome of this one. I used a template from Cyndi Schneider and the kit was from Just So Scrappy. See how it looked so summer-y? Yeah I loved this one :)

As years go by, I learn a couple of techniques on how to do a layout. I had my fair share of favorite designers, favorite shadows to use on each elements and papers. I learned a lot from my mistakes from the previous years of making photobooks. And I know that on my next post about my 6th photobook, I'm gonna tell the same thing over because it's constantly happening so long as you continue to sharpen your knowledge through trial and error, reading blogs, checking out galleries and admiring other people's layouts. So have fun everyone and I hope to share with you soon some of my other layouts :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

4th Printed Photobook

Hey, it's been a long time. A lot of things happened so fast for the last three months and I'm still in the process of acceptance and recovery. Anyway...

Although this is a third book of my daughter, it's my 4th time printing a book. Come on and check it out.

It's an 8x8 47 page 94 back to back photobook. I love this one. And of course, everytime I print a book, I always have something to learn and improve for the next time.

Her's a closer look:

And again, the kits I used were from Just So Scrappy, Crazy 4 Monograms, Jady Day Studio, Kristine CB Design, Kristine Aagard, Trixie Scraps, Mye de Leon, some freebie kits, kits from the previous designers I ct'd, templates from Cindy Schneider, Fiddle Dee Dee and some of my own. I used Bohemian Typewriter for the font, most of the time. I love the verse that I used at the back of the photobook. It represents my daughter's whole year.

Sometimes, I'm thinking how hard could it be to make another photobook for a baby boy. Well, I guess it's for me to find out. happy Scrapping!!

Sorry for the quality of the photos, I was too lazy to use my camera so I just used the photos from my phone.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Week In The Life Coming Soon

Are you a fan of Ali Edward? Well here's for the new A Week In The Life 2013 edition which will start on September, 9th-15th. I already marked my calendar so I could join. And in case, this will be my first time. I've been reading a lot of tips and tricks about doing the AWITL so as to avoid burnt out, hehe. And since I will be doing this digitally, I'm preparing my templates. I want a clean and neat one (not scrappy). The photo is linked to AE's blog for more details.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's August and Sugar Hill Co Is Having A BIG Sale

Oh, of course who doesn't want a great sale? I love Sugar Hill Co for the products they sell (CU layered templates in particular). And now they're having a storewide sale for 60%!!!!

*I am in no way affiliated nor a ct of SHCO. I'm just an admirer.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer Blog Freebie

Happy afternoon! I have made a freebie for the project lifers, 365 & 52's out there. I hope it can be of use to you. Have fun!

Download here.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Check Out My Printed 3rd Photobook!

Hi! I know that I promised on one of my blog post about photobook that I will post some photos, so here they are. Sorry it's late :)

It's a 30 page back to back 8x8 photobook compilation of my daughters 2nd year from June 28, 2011 to June 28, 2012. It's hardbound with paper cover and (thick) vellum (or parchment) covers on the front and back.

The kits I used were from various designers like Kay Miller, Just So Scrappy (JSS), Jady Day Studio, kits from my previous designers I ct'd some free kits. The kit I used on the book cover was from JSS and a free template from Fiddle Diddle Dee. I always put a verse on the back cover, the verse I chose actually represents my daughter's whole year.

I'm still working on her 4th photobook and next in line are our 4 road trips, wedding scrapbook, honeymoon scrapbook and some of the photos I took using my heavy camera. Although it's now taking me very long to come to completion, I'm having fun doing it. I hope that you enjoyed looking. Happy Scrapping!!