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.
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!
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:
Our 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.
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.
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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