Viovio Helps You Make the Perfect Photobook

by Lolli

 

When my oldest kids were babies, I was an avid scrapbooker. I went over to my neighbor’s house once a week and we let the little ones play by our feet while we cropped pictures and glued them down to the pretty paper we’d so painstakingly picked out.

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After my 4th daughter was born, I switched from film to digital (saying that makes me feel so old!) and I noticed that printing my pictures out for scrapbooks became harder and harder for me to keep up with. No printed pictures meant no scrapbook pages.

Sometime before my last baby was born, my scrapbooking buddy moved and the hobby truly died with her. Luckily, it wasn’t long before I realized that I could take my digital pictures and transform them into a digital scrapbook. I’ve been making photobooks online ever since.

At the end of every year, I go through all of my best photos and arrange them into a photo book. It’s one of my favorite Christmas gifts to myself.

I noticed a few years ago that my mom and mother in law loved looking through my annual family scrapbooks, so I started printing a copy off for them as well (hey – they are in a lot of the pictures with us, too!). Three gifts for the “work” of only one. I love it!

Introducing Viovio

I was recently introduced to Viovio, a photo book and digital scrapbook site that is reasonably priced and dedicated to creating a quality product (I love when I can find a company that excels at both quality AND value!).

Here’s what Viovio has to say about their company:

ViovioOur product is a fabulous custom print on demand photo book that you create with the Viovio bookmaking process. We are thrilled to be able to provide the means to upload your images today and receive your photo book in the mail 5-6 business days later. We also offer the ability to upgrade your storage capacity. If the 200 MB of free photo storage is not enough, we offer more MB for reasonable annual fees.

What about the name…Viovio? It’s catchy, clever, and intriguing, but what does it mean? Vio is a Latin word that means to go, or travel. So why repeat it? Well, the answer to that is deep and philosophical … vio.com was taken. And so began Viovio!

I have been working on my 2011 Family Photobook with Viovio this month and LOVING how it is turning out. Designing my book has been as easy as picking my pictures and dragging and dropping them into the template I picked out.

You can use Viovio’s templates, upload a PDF that you have created on your own, or upload a photo book from iphoto.

The only challenge I had in creating my photo book was in uploading my pictures. I either had to upload images one at a time or create zip files of my picture folders to upload. In the end, it worked out just fine….it just took me a little longer to figure out (luckily, you can learn from my struggles and not repeat!).

It’s Giveaway Time!

Viovio would love to give one of YOU a $50 Viovio gift certificate to make your own photo book! To enter, simply let us know what you would like to feature in your photo book (baby’s first year, family “year in review” book, memory book, recipe book…..the options are endless!).
 

This giveaway is a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom Christmas Giveaway 2011. Please follow the link for more information, as well as for a complete list of all giveaways as they post throughout the month of November. Entries for all giveaways will close Saturday, December 3rd at 7pm CST. Winners will be drawn randomly and we will announce the winners Monday, December 5th. We will email winners at the address accompanying the winning comments.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor, Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

Disclosure: I received a gift certificate to make my own photo book at Viovio so that I could test out the process and tell you about it. The thoughts expressed here are my own.

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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 Margot November 11, 2011 at 7:33 am

I would love to make a photo book of the past year. I have a 1 yr old and a 3 yr old and the pictures are piling up with no hope of display at the moment. Such a pity!

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2 Alyson November 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

I would love to make a book with all our extended family photos over the past year, so that they will all want a copy. May become a Christmas gift! Hope I win!

Alyzabeth’s Mommy (Alyson)

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3 Jen November 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

I’d make a book for our last vacation!

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4 Courtney November 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

I also started out as a paper scrapbooker but quickly became overwhelmed with photos after the birth of my son. In March of this year, I started digital scrapbooking and haven’t looked back. It’s so much easier and faster! I’d definitely use this to make a photo album of our family vacation in Boston this year.

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5 Jen November 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

I’d make a book of our last vacation

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6 Michelle November 11, 2011 at 8:51 am

I have been wanting to begin making a Year in Review book for our family.

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7 Tami M
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November 11, 2011 at 10:46 am

I think we’d do a “favorite vacation moments” compilation. I still do traditional scrapbooking, but would definitely give this a try! Less messier :)

Thanks

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8 Jana November 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm

time goes by so fast… making the memories are even more precious.

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9 Selena November 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I would do our year in review book!

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10 Lachelle B November 11, 2011 at 9:10 pm

This sounds fabulous! I am REALLY behind on our scrapbooking!

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11 Staci A November 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

I’d love to do a year in review of my boys!

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12 brittany November 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

i would make a scrap book for my daughter me’ana.my youngest.since brea has one.

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13 Dena Kimball November 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm

As a busy mom and teacher, I try to keep up with scrapbooking my son’s childhood. Things pass so quickly, and I get so caught up in the moment that I rarely get time to put together a scrap book page. Even when I do get pages done, I tend to leave them loose in a box =(

My in-laws live overseas, and they miss many of Isaac’s milestones. I would make a scrapbook of Isaac’s year in review for them to show their friends! This would be a great way to keep them included even though they are so far away! Thank you for this opportunity!

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14 Amy red November 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Baby first year or family year in review for us…we have a baby girl on the way!

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15 June November 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I love doing scrap booking, but I am kinda behind again right now.

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16 Rhonda November 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I would make a “Year in Review”-type of book.

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17 Terra Heck November 14, 2011 at 12:08 am

I’d like to make a photo book of all my mom’s grandchildren so she can have pictures of them, all in one book. Thanks.

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18 sandra November 14, 2011 at 9:16 am

baby’s first year

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19 Liat Shyken November 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Looks awesome and easy to use. I have made scrapbooks the old fashioned way (and love it), but don;’t have the time. I have made online ones too. Love the memories.

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20 rebecca m November 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

i’d probably do a baby book for my baby girl. she’s six months old.

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21 nan November 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm

i would do our summer vacation
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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22 Jenn November 15, 2011 at 9:01 am

I’ve used Viovio for the past 3 years – it’s a great company! I’d love to get the gift card to help out with our annual photobooks this year!

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23 Jenn November 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I’d do a family year in review, or maybe give the giftcard to my stepdaughter so she can do one for her senior year.

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24 Christine November 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I would make a book for my best friend.

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25 Vanessa November 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I need to get my kids pictures in order so I’d love to do a scrapbook for them. momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

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26 Emmanuel Witterstauter November 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I’m viewing your site through IE and not all of the images is showing up right. Were you aware about this?

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27 ACMommy3 November 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

This is one of my big goals for myself – put our photos into books! I’d use this to make a best-of-the-year photobook. :-) creedamy [at] yahoo[dot] com

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28 Bethany November 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I would do a book of my girls from the last year.

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29 Karen Asarak November 16, 2011 at 5:21 am

I would make a photobook of myself and my husband for a keepsake for my girls

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30 Barbara Platt November 16, 2011 at 6:52 am

memory book

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31 Katie November 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

Baby’s First Year!

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32 Diane November 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

I would love to make a photobook of all the cousins to give to my grandparents. They dont have that many pictures of all of us and since most of us are grown up now it’s hard to get us all together. My grandmother would love this! Hope I win!

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33 Brandy November 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I would love to make a photobook of my family showing our past year.

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34 caffeine November 17, 2011 at 6:14 am

I like this weblog so much, saved to fav. “I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.” by Dorothy Parker.

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35 Mia November 17, 2011 at 8:54 am

We recently just took our first family vacation since my son was born. I would love to use those photos for this.

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36 Suzanne Bastien November 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm

My photobook this year would include trips to the circus, disney on ice and my preschoolers first day of school!!

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37 Debby November 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I have a new grandbaby coming in a few weeks, so it would be perfect to have Babies First Year.

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38 jane November 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I would like to do a book for my 12 year old daughter

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39 Michelle M.
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November 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I’d love to make a book for each year. 2010, 2011, etc.

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40 samantha November 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I would do a year recap as this year there has been a lot of traveling, events, and seeing new things!

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41 Jaimie K November 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I have SO many pictures that need printed, I started to just look for deals on photo books and then print photos that way. If I won this, I’d just start where I ended off last book, right after our wedding.

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42 credit November 18, 2011 at 5:17 am

Utterly written subject material, thank you for information. “Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.” by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

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43 Tiffany O. November 18, 2011 at 10:49 am

My photo book would probably contain all the different things we have done in 2011

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44 Angela E. November 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm

This is so nice too, I’ve been wanting to try scrape booking for along time now.

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45 Candice November 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I have 5 kids, so I have boxes and boxes of pictures. I would love to make a scrapbook of all of them and get some of my photos organized.

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46 Kathy Davis November 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I teach a low functioning autistic boy who just recently returned to school after being home bound for quite a long time. He is an awesome kid and I would like to make a photo book of his year in school. I have already started taking pictures. Thanks.

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50 JaimeB November 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

I would love this! I would first make a photo book featuring my oldest daughter’s first 4 years of her life in Peru.

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51 PEA November 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I would love to make a photo book of my granddaughter’s first year:-) Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter this giveaway:-) xo

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52 Stephanie November 20, 2011 at 3:16 am

I would make one for my second daughters First year…i still haven;t got around to doing it and she is four!!

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53 Florence November 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Great giveaway..My daughter and i love crafting so this would be awsome.

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54 Kim November 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Year in review!!!

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55 Jennifer M November 21, 2011 at 1:34 am

Past few months of my boys, school starting, and holidays.

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56 Cindy Ray November 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Would like to put pictures of my family in it

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57 Martha Boismier November 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

My daughter got me into crafting and I Love It!!I would love to get this and explore more with this and do a book of my own.

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58 amberly November 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I am a major scrapbooker… I have my sons years from birth to 4 yrs old done but this would b helpfulin all his school years to come..

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59 Lauren Knott November 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I would love to use this for my son’s first year of life!

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60 Niecey Docherty November 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I’d like to make a recipe book for my tween, with lots of photos.

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61 Dawn November 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

I would love to make one of these photo books for an anniversary present for my upcoming 4 year wedding anniversary and highlight our first four years together!

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62 heather November 24, 2011 at 12:22 am

my daughters first year book

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63 Jen Whitten November 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

I’d feature my children….2011 With The Whitten Kids!

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64 tennille November 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm

i would do a baby’s 1st year for my first born

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65 Toni Allen November 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm

i would like to use this for my son who graduates HS this year
tmarie56@hotmail.com

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66 Rebecca Harmon November 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I would love to celebrate baby’s first year as his birthday approaches in late January.

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67 Debra Ridgway November 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I would love this. I have been working on my 12 children’s scrapbooks for the past twelve years and I am not where near done. I would love to start doing the digital scrapbooks to keep caught up on the present while keeping up with the past.

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68 Lisa Coan November 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I would love to make a year in review book of our family photos. My son just turned 21 and plays in a band. We lost our English Springer Spaniel this year so I would include many pictures of our ‘fur babies’ in the album and a niece got married this year too. I run a chronic pain support group and we made a quilt – each person making a square of the quilt and I would love to make a few pages dedicated to that also… So much has happened in the last year… it would be awesome to put it into a book for keeping the memories alive!

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69 Melanie November 28, 2011 at 11:24 am

I think I would like to do a vacation memory book from when we went to Cancun

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70 Wendy O. November 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

I’d love to make a photo book for my in-laws. They told us they didn’t want presents for Christmas, just pics of our little girl. It would be great to give them a whole book of pictures! :)

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71 Dee November 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm

These look really cool would like to try it out.

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72 Montse Greenawalt November 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I think a whole memoir of my children during different stages of their lives.

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74 Trista November 29, 2011 at 12:23 am

recipe book of everyone cooking for the family hoildays! fun times :)

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75 cathy November 29, 2011 at 3:50 am

would like it to celebrate my godson’s 1st birthday

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76 Karla November 29, 2011 at 6:29 am

I would love to make a book about my son’s first year at school/kindergarten. I could put photos of all his fun art projects in it.

Thanks!

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77 Anne November 29, 2011 at 6:44 am

I’d love to make a year in review book for my family.

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78 Karen Austin November 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

I love scrapbooking! Would love to win this!

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79 Jennifer Auer November 29, 2011 at 9:14 am

This is definitely something I need. I am embarrassed to say that none of my 3 boys have a baby album yet. The oldest is 7. Like you the pictures are all digital and are waiting for the day I can sit down and create one for each of them. If I won I would begin the process of digitally scrapbooking their first few years of life and then go from there.

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80 kim November 29, 2011 at 9:47 am

My daughter has been serving on an lds mission for the past year. I would love to make a photobook of her travels and service

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81 chana November 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

my triplets

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82 Robyn L November 29, 2011 at 10:33 am

what awesome timing; my sis and I have been talking about making a family cookbook
with all of our Mom’s recipes that we all loved growing up. That is my choice.

yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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83 Mercedes November 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

This has been an exceptionally crazy year for us with extreme ups and downs. I’d do a year in review! :D

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84 patricia white November 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

I love spending great quality time with my kids…this would be fun!

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85 Dawn Rowley November 29, 2011 at 11:42 am

I would love to try digital scrapbooking.

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86 Sharon November 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

I’d make a book with the first two years of my toddlers life and send it to her grandpa who lives out of the country

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87 Amanda Laurette November 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I’d make a book of my life with my husband. We’ve been married for just over 3 years… and 2 years have involved our beautiful son. The best 3 years of my life. :)

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88 Sarah Morgan November 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

i would catch up on my pictures from my son. he is 3 years old and I haven’t printed any pictures of him since he was 9 months old. This would be a great way to organize the pictures and make a book for each year for him.

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89 Mallory Apfel November 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I would love to make a book filled with pictures of all the adventures my husband and I have had together. Taking pictures to have lasting memories has always been a big thing to me, and I love having those pictures when my husband deploys. It keeps my heart warm and happy.

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90 Christina November 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm

2011 Year In Review!

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91 Lisa Talberg November 29, 2011 at 9:49 pm

i would love to make a scrapbook for my grandmother who has just moved into the nursing home and loves looking at pic. I have been doing collages for her but this would be great!

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92 Angel K November 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm

i’d love to make a Baby’s first year book for my daughter to keep :) She’s my 6 week old miracle baby ;)

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93 michelle b. November 30, 2011 at 5:30 am

I would love to make a baby’s first year photobook for my soon to be one year old son.

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94 Chip November 30, 2011 at 9:27 am

Family in review

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95 Brittany Boardley Renaldi November 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

Year in Review!

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96 Megan Weber November 30, 2011 at 10:14 am

I would love to make a photobook for my daughter’s first year! :)

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97 carma November 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I”d feature photos from my son’s juggling gigs

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98 Terris Losoya November 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I would love to make a scrapbook of my son’s first year-he’s due this Feb!

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99 Pauline November 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

family tree – (emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)

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100 Ruth Hill November 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Summer vacation would be my theme!

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101 Dena December 1, 2011 at 1:02 am

our summer vacations!

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102 Liv December 1, 2011 at 4:35 am

I would like to doc my pregnancy

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103 Krystal December 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I have been wanting to make a photo book for a long time now. I would like to document baby’s first year. But I need to make one for each of my kids! :)

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104 Kaycee December 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I would love to make a photo book of our first family vacation! We took one for the first time this year and it was fabulous! Nothing fancy, but just what we needed!

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105 facebook fans December 2, 2011 at 3:52 am

Enjoyed looking through this, very good stuff, regards . “Hereafter, in a better world than this, I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.” by William Shakespeare.

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106 christy davis December 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

i’d make a memory book for my kid to have with pictures of my husband hes in the navy and gets deployed alot

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107 jennifer orr December 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

i would a wedding book with my wedding photos when i get married in 02/29/2012

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108 Jenn December 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I would like our summer vacations!

Thanks!
Jenn from How to Make Hair Bows
learnquilling@gmail.com

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109 Marcy December 3, 2011 at 1:21 am

Would love to make a book out of our family’s first year together!

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110 Roberta December 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I would like tio feature my babies first three months! I took 2,000 pics her first three months and I REALLY need to get busy picking out the best and scrapbooking them!

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111 Shakara December 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I could complete my collection for my baby girl’s 1st year momentos.

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112 Chuck December 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Very Nice.

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113 Don December 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm

My wife would really like this, she’s really crafty.

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114 Van December 3, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Another good one for the sister in law.

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115 bonsai tree December 16, 2011 at 7:49 am

I’ve read through 20 different blogs on this and yours is by far the best. Thanks!

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Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your blog. You have some really great posts and I feel I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please blast me an email if interested. Thanks!

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117 lana November 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

it would be babys first year

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