As I'm sure you have all figured out by now, I am a big fan of photo books. I've reviewed several! In today's digital age, taking film to get processed and having tangible, paper prints of your photos is a thing of the past. Sure, you can get digital prints made, or even print them at home on a photo-printer. But let's face it...Often we don't get around to doing that as often as we'd like. Most of my photos exist solely on the computer, on discs, and on thumb drives and memory cards. I tend to take more pictures than I can keep up with having printed, especially where my children are concerned. I am constantly taking photos of them to chronicle their childhoods, and I try to get every little memory captured forever. After all, kids grow so quickly, and they change from week to week sometimes. Especially when they're babies. So I am a big fan of digital photo books that can be created and ordered online. These great photo books allow me to have something beautifully made that I can put on a bookshelf or coffee table that shows images of my family WITHOUT having to log onto the computer or dig out memory cards. Photo books are something tangible that I can pass down to my children or give as gifts to family members.
So when the great folks at Viovio asked me to create a photo book of my own using their service to review here for my readers, I immediately agreed to do so. I already had my next photo project in mind, so this was the perfect opportunity to create it while trying out a new service I wasn't familiar with!
My mother-in-law's birthday is June 30th, the day after mine. She lives in Chicago, and we have not been able to travel to meet her yet. My husband was adopted when he was a few days old, and while we were pregnant with Sophie, we found and contacted his biological parents. His father lives an hour away, but his mom is all the way in Illinois, and no one has had the time or finances to coordinate a trip to meet that side of the family yet. We do talk on the phone and through Facebook, and she is the BEST! She's a proud grandma, and despite the distance, is as involved as she can be with all 3 of our kids. She wants updates on every pediatrician's appointment, sends cards and money for good grades, and even "talks" to the babies frequently on speaker-phone. Not only is she a wonderful Grandma, she's a great Mom. Dan loves her, and she is amazing to me as well. She's warm, caring, and has such a big heart. If I am ever having a bad day, she is always just a phone call away and always makes me feel better. So unlike many, I do NOT have the Mother-In-Law from Hell...I have the best anyone could ever ask for!
So naturally, I chose to create a Viovio photo book for her as a birthday gift. I chose an attractive, material wrapped die cut cover with a black suede finish. This book is absolutely beautiful, and is expertly bound for optimal quality. It even features a great photo silk paper that gives the finished product a professional and luxurious appearance. Take a look at my photo book for my wonderful Mother-In-Law, titled "Grandma's Babies".
So as you can see, this book is something special! My Mother-In-Law is bound to love it! And it was so simple to make, as well! Viovio offers dozens of pre-designed templates to choose from, all unique and not what you would expect to find on most photo-book websites. They are rich in color and detail, and come in a variety of styles from simple and classic to more elaborate, artistic designs.Please note, the use of certain templates incurs an additional charge. These fees are modest at only a few extra dollars, and they offer a great way to let your personality shine in your photo book creation.
Once I chose my template and uploaded some photos from my hard drive, it was smooth sailing. I was able to go page to page and add photos in the order I preferred, and once the pictures went into the slots. This was a simple process, since photos are added to the pages by dragging and dropping them into the desired spaces.Once in place, I could crop and center them so they were perfectly displayed. You can even add captions if you'd like! This was the only area that I had some challenges with. The caption function was a bit tricky to resize and center on the page. I have learned, however, that Viovio has just launched a new method for adding such captions, so I doubt that is an issue anymore.
When my book arrived, I was delighted with the end results. The cover is elegant and so soft and smooth, and the pages are heavy-duty and definitely professional grade. The images are rich and vibrant, and the book has great appeal due to the superior materials used in creating it. The binding is very well done, and all of the pages are secure and uniform. It is quite obvious that Viovio is committed to providing nothing but the absolute best to their customers. After all, photos are some of our most prized possessions, since they chronicle everything that we hold dear in life. Viovio GETS it, and they make capturing these memories easy and affordable.
Viovio also offers a ton of different sized books , from a super-portable mini book to an extra large portfolio book. In addition to the wide variety of sizes, there are also several different cover options, including an image wrapped cover! How cool is that?! There are also different binding options for their hardcover and softcover books, as well as premium quality photo silk and photo satin paper used within the pages of these high quality books!
These books are perfect for families, businesses, artists, and even self-publishers! There are so many ways to customize these books and so many styles to choose from, you're bound to find the perfect design for your next photo project! Check them out! You'll be glad you did!
HOW TO CONNECT:
You can create your own wonderful photo book on the Viovio website.
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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