Viovio Helps You Make the Perfect Photobook

 

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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Comments

  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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)

  3. Courtney says

    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.

  4. says

    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

  5. Dena Kimball says

    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!

  6. Liat Shyken says

    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.

  7. says

    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!

  8. ACMommy3 says

    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

  9. Diane says

    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!

  10. Jaimie K says

    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.

  11. Candice says

    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.

  12. Kathy Davis says

    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.

  13. says

    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

  14. Martha Boismier says

    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.

  15. amberly says

    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..

  16. says

    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!

  17. says

    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.

  18. Lisa Coan says

    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!

  19. Wendy O. says

    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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  21. says

    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.

  22. kim says

    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

  23. Robyn L says

    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

  24. Sarah Morgan says

    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.

  25. Mallory Apfel says

    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.

  26. Lisa Talberg says

    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!

  27. Krystal says

    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! :)

  28. says

    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!

  29. says

    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.

  30. says

    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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