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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mixbook Photobook Giveaway!

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I've been a scrapbooker for many, many years now. I love scrapbooking...but lately, I've found it to be too time-consuming and overwhelming. I have soooo much srapbooking supplies at home and taking up space. I would really like to use up all the scrapbooking material I have, but no time to do it in and sadly, a waning inclination to do so. In the past, I've made online scrapbooks on Snapfish.com and have been reasonably satisfied. They're great if you need a quick photobook, but not so great if you like to be creative and feel the need to change or add anything special. What I felt was lacking from my online scrapbooking experience was originality and creative freedom.

Enter Mixbook.com who contacted me to try out their online photobook service. Mixbook has a lot of things to offer: photobooks, a wide array of stationary and cards, and custom calendars. I have to admit: I was skeptical at first. I expected Mixbook.com to be among all the other online photobook websites where I am given no creative license. It took me a little bit of time to get the hang of it, but once I figured out all the cool things I could do and change with this scrapbook, I was completely hooked.

I could add as many pictures as I wanted to a page (you can also upload directly from facebook), and make them as big or as small as you want!!

I had dozens and dozens of different backgrounds to choose from, and a whole selection of stickers that can be added for decoration! This book definitely took me a good deal of time to get just the way I wanted, but it was because I had so many options that it became a great labor of love, and was still quicker than actual scrapbooking. Plus, you can save your work and come back to it as often as you like, so you don't have to finish it all at once.

I decided to make a scrapbook of our Italy honeymoon for Chris' birthday which is coming up soon. They had a "Europe Backpacking Trip" template to chose from, which was great as a base, and then I could easily change anything I wanted about it.
mixbook front cover
Here's what they recommended for the one of the pages of my Mixbook.com scrapbook:
And here's what I did.
I moved the middle picture over more and got rid of the meal-bar picture on the left side. I made the other pictures smaller and moved them so they didn't overlap each other as much.

Here's the pages I did on our cooking class in Florence:

Here are 2 pages from Rome:

And the last page, our gondola ride in Venice:
One of my favorite features? A link to watch a slideshow of what you created that you can easily send to anyone!
Mixbook - Create Beautiful Photo Books and Scrapbooks! | View Sample Photo Books | Create your own Photo Book

It came in the mail very quickly and I can't wait to give this to Chris! I can't say enough about my experience with Mixbook.com and will definitely be making more Photobooks by Mixbook in the future.

In addition to their vast array of themes to chose from, Mixbook.com has a TON of already put together wedding themes:

Simple Wedding
Wedding Guestbook
Vintage Wedding
Scrapbook Wedding
Aqua Themed Guest Book
French Garden Guestbook
Bridal Shower
Modern Wedding


photo books
Now for the fun stuff! Mixbook.com is offering one free 20-page, landscape, hardcover photobook just like the one I created above to one "Saying I Do" reader!!
To Enter:
* Leave me a comment below saying why you would want to win this giveaway and what photobook you'd make.
* One additional entry if you mention this giveaway on your blog, and leave me a comment with the link to your post.
* For an additional entry, like Mixbook on Facebook and leave me a comment here telling me you did so.
* For an additional entry, follow Mixbook on Twitter and leave me a comment here telling me you did so.
This giveaway will close at midnight on Wednesday August 17th!!

If you just can't wait (or never win these giveaways) take 20% off your first order at mixbook! Just enter SAYIDO20 at checkout. This offer is limited to one purchase per person and for U.S. Residents only. Trust me, once you try it and get the hang of their service, you'll be hooked!

Check out other Current promotions at Mixbook.com
 
*All opinions expressed in this post are true, and my own.

37 comments:

amanda&graham said...

US only comp or open for internationals??? I would love to enter!

Brittany said...

I would LOVE to win this book to make an album of my wedding or honeymoon. We got married April 30!

Brittany said...

I like Mixbook on Facebook

Brittany said...

I am now following Mixbook on twitter! Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!

K said...

I have been dying to make a ScrapBook of the first four years of me and Big A being together. From the beginning to ENGAGEMENT. I will eventually make another one for Engagement to Wedding...but gonna have to get this one done FIRST! DYING to win this!

K said...

I followed MixBooks on Facebook!

K said...

I mentioned your contest on my blog: http://downatfragglerock13.blogspot.com/2011/08/seriously-thursday_11.html Does it still count if I told people they can't enter so I would win? Haha

Heather said...

This sounds awesome! I love designing photo books, but have also wished for a program that gives me more freedom to move and change things. If I won, I'd make an anniversary book with my favorite highlights of our first year of marriage, including adopting our little kitties, who are about to turn 1!

Heather said...

I "like" them on FB!

Heather said...

I follow on Twitter!

The Vintage Modern Bride said...

i'd love to win this..but i'm about to do a review and giveaway too! ;) i'll leave this for everyone else! hehe

HiLLjO™ said...

I would love to use this for wedding photos!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

I would love to make a wedding photo book of course! :)

Mom said...

Had no idea you were posting today. I loved the Mixbook you showed me. It was very cool and original.You;ll have to teach me how to use it so I can make you a family recipe book.

ErinScatt said...

Oooo I would love to make a book of all of Dash's adventures up to this point! And I have already liked/followed it on Facebook and Twitter! Pick us!!!

Bride-onicles said...

OOOO I love the book you made, especially the cooking class page! I'd love to win this, would definitely use it for a guest book with some of our engagement pics and pics of us together..or for our wedding scrap book!!!

Bride-onicles said...

I like mixbook on facebook!

Bride-onicles said...

I follow them on twitter now too! :)

el.vi. said...

Wow awesome...I don't usually enter giveaways but count me in! :-) This sounds like super fun. I have sooo many scrapbook supplies but I just get lazy. I am a super picture person this would be perfect. So cute that you did this as a present.

Kara M said...

I would love to win this! I just took a trip with Frank to Disney and this could make an awesome album!

Kara M said...

I liked them on Facebook!!

Megan said...

What an awesome giveaway! I would use this for the guest book that I am planning on making from the pictures that we receive of everyone in the photo booth!

Megan said...

I "liked" Mixbook on Facebook

Megan said...

I follow Mixbook on Twitter!

Megan said...

I blogged about the giveaway!

http://livingonthedreamsofbutterflies.blogspot.com/2011/08/mixbook-giveaway-from-saying-i-do.html

amanda&graham said...

Oh there are SO many things I could use this book for! I would love to win to either make a book of our engagement shoot and engagement party, or one for my nephews upcoming 1st birthday/smash the cake shoot/Christening!!!

amanda&graham said...

Following Mixbook on Twitter :)

amanda&graham said...

Blogged here: http://twoninenine.blogspot.com/2011/08/mixbook-comp.html

amanda&graham said...

Annnnnd....following on Facebook :)

Natalie said...

I'd love to use this for a bridal shower scrap book! (and I'm following on facebook)

Thanks for hosting this cool giveaway!

Karen said...

I would love to win, and I think I would make a Photobook of our relationship so far, and give it to my Groom for the wedding! I think he would love it.

Karen said...

I blogged about the giveaway!

http://karenandgenegetmarried.blogspot.com/2011/08/giveaway-by-laura-at-saying-i-do.html

Karen said...

And...I liked MixBook on Facebook!

Mindy said...

I love Mixbook! I would use the French Garden theme guest book to make just that - a guest book for our garden themed wedding next year! I also liked Mixbook on FB! Great contest!

Unknown said...

I LOVE this! In 2010 I started making yearly albums because I hated the thought of all my digital images just sitting in the computer. This is the best I've seen so far and I can't wait to make my 2011 album the best one yet!!

Unknown said...

Liked Mixbook on facebook!

Unknown said...

Following Mixbook on Twitter.

 
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