Last year when I decided to do a fully digital approach to Project Life, I had no idea where I would get my book printed when the year was over. I asked many of you for input and decided to take the plunge with Adoramapix.com. And holy photo book awesomeness, I am so glad that I did. Today I wanted to share a video walk through of my book, plus my relatively unscripted thoughts about the book.
I ended up with 72 pages* at year’s end and saved each one as a high quality JPEG. I named each file with its proper week and if it was a left or right page. This created a properly ordered list of images to upload. I found the software at AdoramaPix to be pretty intuitive and it didn’t take but a half an hour or so to get my pages uploaded and into preview mode. I created a simple image for the front and back covers, and used a quote for the inside back cover, which you’ll see in the video. (*The maximum book size at AdoramaPix is 76 pages. They have had requests for larger books, but with their thick, high quality paper, at this time, that is their max page count.)
The only thing that surprised me was the price: $212 for a book my size. If you break it down and think, “Well that’s an entire year of memories in one book, that so far has cost me next to nothing,” then it’s not so bad. Still, I went in search of (and found!) a coupon thanks to my Facebook page, thereby bringing the cost down to around $157. Mama liked that price better.
That said, after getting the book in my hands, I’m not gonna lie people: it is worth the original price and then some. It is friggin’ gorgeous.
Two things stood out: 1) A year of Project Life in one book makes for a seriously hefty book. It was much thicker than I expected, with a spine depth of about 1 inch, and 2) The cover I designed had a slight color problem.
I emailed them to inquire about what might have happened to my simple cover design and after reviewing my file and realizing I’d sent the proper format, they simply said, “Let us take care of it,” and printed me another book free of charge.
My impression of this company? They are passionate about quality and service. They are passionate about images and the stories they tell. We as memory keepers have a lot of choices in where we go to get stuff printed and made. They have just made a life-long customer of me. I also became an affiliate of AdoramaPix last week. I have a strict personal and business policy of only promoting companies whose products and service I believe in. This place? Fills the bill.
Here is my video overview of my album. I’m really excited to be making another year long digital book project with my new monthly approach. Plus, I’ll be incorporating some of my new Project Life value kit files as soon as the digital version is released. (Note: the physical products are slated to hit stores some time this Spring, probably in March and the digital release will follow.)
To learn more about making photo books with AdoramaPix.com, click here.
To purchase the template I used to create my album, click here.
To watch a video of a ridiculously cute rescue puppy having a bath in a sink, click here.
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