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Blurb Photo Book Review : Our Recent Photo Book Experience

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Blurb Photo Book Review

Blurb Photo Book Review

I love photo books. And I love creating memories with photo books for each occasions. This is why I love to use Blurb for creating photo books online. I have photo books for most of the special occasions and these are precious gifts for me.

This is not the first time I created a photobook with Blurb. Few years ago I created a photo book for my kid. He was just born and it was the perfect time for me to create a baby photo album with his very first photos.

Later I even created a cook book using my recipes. You can check my cook book here.

Now, this Blurb Photo book review is all about my recent photo book experience. At the time I was making the photo book , My son was going to be 5.But,I still have lots of photos from his first year which I couldn’t print. So, it was a great time for me to remind those lovely days with our baby boy.

I used most of the photos of my kid’s first year for this photo book. Finally, it is a beautiful photo book.

My photo book making experience with Blurb (Blurb Photo Book Review)

Blurb Photo Book Review

Blurb Photo Book Review

Making a photobook with Blurb is really easier and I enjoyed every step of it. But, to be true, I spent more time to sort out the photos on my folders. I’ve captured lot of photos and it took me few days to sort the best photos that goes to our photo book. Once the photos are sorted, it only took few hours to create the photo book with Blurb photo book software.

How to make a photo book with Blurb photo making software?

If you are ready to making a photo book with Blurb, it is really easy. You actually don’t want to have expert knowledge to create a photo book. With Blurb photo making software, you can easily make a photo book.

Here are the easy steps.

First, visit blurb and open your photo making software.

Then import your photos.

If you want to create a photo book with really short period of time, choose the automatic option. But, I created my photo book with custom option where I created each page of the book by dragging and dropping the photos.

There are many page layouts to choose from. Therefore I used different layouts for my photo book with Blurb depending on the photos I wanted to include.

When you finish the layouts of each page, you can preview the photo book .If you want you can even add texts. This function is really good in order to create memories.

Once the photo book is done it only takes few minutes to place the order.

When you place the order, you can choose the paper quality and type of cover. I chose the Hard Cover option for this photo book.

After confirming everything, I placed the order. (I received a discount code from Blurb for this photo book)

Blurb Photo Book Review

Blurb Photo Book Review

Blurb Photo book review (Our experience and quality of the Photo book with Blurb)

The photobook we created is really beautiful. I received it within 2-3 weeks of placing the order. Photos are printed on thick high quality papers. Colours of the printed photos look natural. The hardcover gives a quality look for the photo book.

Overall we like our photo book created with Blurb. Through this photo book I could go back to the early days of my kid’s life which was full of exciting moments. This is why I always love to create memories with photo books.

Blurb is a great place to make your photo books online. To start making your photo book, click here.

How to Change the Image Background Easily from your Photos in Few Minutes

It is time of the year that I make photo books. If you follow this blog you already know that each year I print family photos as Year in Review photo books. Other than the year in review photo book, I also make photo books for my kid’s birthday photos and for his school year photos.

Before using the photos in these photo books, I always do some post editing to make the photos look good. From adjusting brightness to improving sharpness and colour adjustment, I use photo editing software that is easy to use. So, in this post I want to share how I change the image background easily with Fotophire.

If you look for how to change the image background easily from your family pictures, this post will help you to edit your photos in few minutes.

How to change the image background easily

This is the original photo I used for this tutorial.

The steps are really simple and easy which will save tons of time. If you follow these easy steps, finally you will have a beautiful and attractive photo s to print or to use in your blogs.

How to change the image background easily with Fotophire?

First you need to download Wondershare Fotophire photo editing toolkit. Then select the ‘Photo Cutter’ function from the start interface. With photo cutter function of Wondershare Fotophire photo editing toolkit you can easily change the background of your photo for different backgrounds including transparent background.

How to change the image background easily

When you open Photo cutter, then open the photo you want to edit. For this, you can upload a new photo from your files. Otherwise, you can use an existing sample photo to follow this tutorial.

Use the tool Paint Areas to remove to mark the background that you want to delete or remove. Then by using the editing tools, you can easily erase or keep the parts that you want in your photo.

How to change the image background easily

Once you remove your image background, you can either create a photomontage or import your own background for the image.

How to change the image background easily

There are many options that you can do for your photo to make it look more beautiful.

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If you want to tilt your photo or do some other post editing work for your photo, you can easily do that with Wondershare Fotophire photo editing toolkit. If there is any unwanted object in your image, use the erase function to remove it.

How to change the image background easily

Here is the final photo with changed background.Although I used this photo for this tutorial,I did the editing one more time to remove background more from the image.

Above are the easy steps I follow to remove background from my photos. Finally it makes a beautiful family photo for me. Try Fotophire free. You will sure love it as your final photos are better than the original photos!

 

 

 

Blurb Launches Layflat Photo Books

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Creating memories using photo books is something I do for almost all special events. Some of the events I created photo books include baby’s first month from the birth, his first year moments, birthdays and also preschool years. Other than these events, I also prepare a photo book each year using our family photographs of the year.

A page from my son’s photo book of his journey to the world.It is not a layflat photo book,but I created this photo book with Blurb.

Blurb is one of the photo book companies I use for creating photo books. For my son’s first baby book, I used Blurb. However that time I used a soft cover photo book which is still a good piece of memory. Check our recent photo book experience and Blurb Photo Book review in latest post.

What is new with Blurb photo books?

Blurb finally launches the layflat feature. Among many photo books I created, I always like layflat photo books than the other photo books. Now with Blurb’s new Layflat photo books I am excited to say that you will have beautiful photo books that are gorgeous in its final finish.

 

With the layflat feature, now you can use full spread of images across two pages without losing any portion of the image to the center.

To check more designs and features of Blurb’s layflat photo books, check here. If you haven’t prepared any baby book or birthday photo books for your kids, now it is time to start!

Use Mixbook to Be Creative with your Christmas Cards and Holiday Greetings

Are you looking for ways which you can send creative Christmas cards on this holiday season?With Mixbook it is really easy!Officially September 22nd was the Autumnal Equinox for Northern Hemisphere, and the day was considered as the first day of fall. Start of fall reminds the end of 2016 and it is time to prepare for the holiday season. With the holiday season begin; we can’t forget the ways which we connect with friends and family. Other than families get reunited, it is time to prepare and create holiday greetings to send timely.

If you are looking for creative Christmas cards or holiday greetings, then with Mixbook you can easily make your holiday cards and plan the delivery. Mixbook help you to come up with creative Christmas cards and holiday greetings which include Christmas card sayings which are unique and meaningful.

Why Mixbook holiday cards are special? Here are some reasons for you to consider. These are always my favorite reasons to create my greeting cards and even my photobooks with Mixbook which are always special and unique.

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Use your photos and be creative with greeting cards

You can personalize your holiday greetings

With Mixbook, you can create everything personalized. Instead of sending some greeting cards bought from a local store, send personalize and creative Christmas cards for your loved ones.

As an example check this greeting card.

 

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Easy to customize

Yes, in above I shared that you can personalize your greeting cards. But you may think that you need some knowledge on designing cards. No, it is not true.

With Mixbook’s Quick Card Editor, you can easily personalize your greeting cards in less than 10 minutes. When you visit Mixbook, you will find Christmas card ideas which you can easily personalize with your own photos and Christmas card sayings. You can choose from thousands of professionally designed Christmas card themes or you can start from scratch and create your own cards. This can be a great way to share some family moments throughout the year with your loved ones through holiday cards.

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Be creative with calendars

Affordable rates

Do you know, Mixbook holiday greeting cards start from as low as just $0.69.Also there are BOGO card & calendar deals are going on time to time which is exclusive for Mixbook affiliates. Join with Mixbook and start creating your holiday cards. Before you order your cards, make sure to check the latest coupon or deal which you can save more from your holiday greetings!

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There are many ways to celebrate

It is not only holiday cards! Instead sending just a Christmas greeting card, send your loved ones a photo calendar. Say hello to 2017 with a beautiful photo calendar. You can even create year in review greeting cards using your most favorite photos and memories of the year.

Check Photo Calendars here!

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And don’t forget to create your year in review photo book too. There are many ways to celebrate the holiday season with Mixbook with unique and creative holiday greeting ideas!

Check year in review photo book ideas.

It’s that simple. Start creating your holiday greetings and Christmas cards by visiting Mixbook.

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Mixbook Photo Book Review

As Mixbook is one of my favourite photo book creating companies I want to share this Mixbook Photo Book Review to help you to decide on creating your next photo albums. Actually Mixbook is not only a company which provides the facility to create photo books.They also offer wide range of products and services which are really helpful for anyone who loves creativity and who loves to organize things in a better way.

Mixbook Photo Book Review

Mixbook Photo Book Review

Things you can do with Mixbook

You can easily find beautiful themes and designs for birthday invitations and baby shower invitations. Not only for baby birthdays, you can also use photo printing service for other events such as your wedding or even for travel memories. Are your phone and computer full of digital photos? Why don’t you think of printing some of the best photos and create photo albums? With Mixbook you can also order photo prints and the rates are really affordable. Thinking of decorating your home with some beautiful wall art? I always love to create canvas prints using my travel photos which I am proud of. Printing a beautiful canvas print is really easier with Mixbook as you can do all just by staying in front of your computer within few single clicks.

Mixboo Photo Book Review

Mixbook Photo Book Review – Our Family Photo Book for 2015

What I mentioned above are some of the things which you can do with Mixbook.com. Just by visiting the site, you can find more details of their products.If you love to create a scrapbook online,their photo book making software is really fun and easy to use.

Actually in this post, I want to share about Mixbook Photo books which I always love to create. I’ve shared some Mixbook reviews before and I also plan to share a Mixbook birthday photo cards review in future. Till that, here is my review on recent photo book created with Mixbook.

Mixbook Photo Book Review

If you remember, recently I shared a post about my experience on creating a photo book with Mixbook. Now, it is time to share the actual experience and review of Mixbook photobook.

Truly I love to create photo books with Mixbook. There are many reasons for me. But, to keep the post simple and short, below are some of the reasons to choose Mixbook as my favourite photo book creating company.

  • Use of the Mixbook photo book making software is really easy and fun. I could select a beautiful design from the available designs. What I like most is that I could insert text as I want. I could also change the design and insert some custom pages to my photo book when I create it with Mixbook.
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Mixbook Photo Book Review – Easy to use photo book software

  • I could create custom  pages as I like.Use of stickers and text was really fun and it is a good way to write some memories on the photos.

 

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Mixbook Photo Book Review – Easy to use custom pages with text and stickers

  • Finally, the rates are really reasonable and shipping rates are not so high.
  • I also want to mention another feature I really like and which I use for my next photo book with Mixbook.

It is the facility of adding contributors. That’s really helpful when we need to create a photo book together with friends and other family members.

Here is how I use that feature and why I like Mixbook so much. If you heard, recently Sri Lanka faced to an unexpected severe flood situation. Our homes were flooded too till the roof top.( http://foodcnr.com/help-victims-of-sri-lanka-floods/) Can you imagine the condition of my school day photos and childhood day’s photos? All are damaged and I really feel sad. But, now I have facility of collecting the photos from my school friends who live in different countries. Using the Mixbook facility to create photo books with contributors, I started another photo book to print some memories from school days. As my other friends have their own copies; I invited them to contribute to my photo album with photos they have. It is so much fun and really helpful to collect some of my photos.

Overall I am happy with my photo books created with Mixbook and I’d like to recommend this photo book making company for anyone who likes to preserve family memories. You can easily preserve your family memories with Mixbook!

How to save money when you order your photo book?

Well, this is for those who like to save money from their shopping.

Do you know that Mixbook offers really good deals time to time?

To receive the latest updates, you need to join with their Newsletter. When you visit Mixbook.com, create an account and start creating your photo book.

While you create your Mixbook photobooks, you can keep an eye on ongoing promotions. Some promotions offer upto 50% discounts on photo book prices. Some time they also offer free shipping. They send Mixbook coupon to your inbox and when there is a great discount you can order your photo book. This is the best way to save from your photo book.

Other than using Mixbook coupon codes, you can also join with their refer friends program. That will allow you to earn $20 when your friend orders a book.

Don’t you think making photobooks are really awesome way to preserve family memories?Check Mixbook and see how amazing their photo book designs are!

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Marabou Stork – Is this One of the Ugliest Animals on the Planet?

This is a Marabou Stork, a bird we found at the Animal Resort Singapore.

With featherless head and with his lazy look it was walking here and there in his cage. It looks strange and it looks unhappy too. (for me)

Marabou Stork

Marabout Stork

Once mnn.com mentioned this bird as one of the ugliest animals on the planet.Is this true?

I think it looks strange than ugly. 🙂

Have you ever seen a Marabou Stork before?

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Marabou Stork – Is this one of the ugliest animals on the planet?

Please share your photo story posts this week.

 

Neighborhood Cat Watch #WordlessWednesday

In a lazy evening I had a walk with my son and we headed over to a playground looking around the beautiful views of the evening.There are few spots which we watch cats.Suddenly I decided to capture few cat captures and today post feature two of the cats which my son meet and greet most of the time.

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This white cat was having relaxing time and looked at us with a lazy and sleepy face 🙂

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Below is a black cat who lives in a flat nearby and my son says bye bye or greet him whenever we see him.Usually he sleeps under the trees,but this time we found him like this. 🙂

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Do you have any photo stories for this week?

Please share.

Try XXL Box Secure Cloud Storage to Store Your Images

As a mom I take lot of moments of my son and there are lot of photos which we’ve taken during our holidays and family moments. These photos are really precious moments. Specially, photos like my son’s first steps, the first time he started crawling or even the first time we saw him just after delivery are so precious and those photos bring us back to those moments. All these are precious moments for any parent and that is why we need to protect the images including backups.

Secure cloud storage

In past I have few times experiences which my computer got virus attack and we lost most of our photos. After these incidents I really afraid of losing our family photos, so I take few precautions. One method is I always print photo books, so the most important photos are in the albums. Other than that I also use external hard drive to save some of the albums. However, now my computers and even the phones are full of images, so I need to find a way to keep backups of the family images.

XXL Box Secure Cloud Storage

I recently found that online storage is a great solution for back up image files. XXL Box is a great service provider for secure cloud storage, so after checking details of this service I signed up and started storing my image files.

XXL Box for business has many advantage for businesses including sharing with others and back up files to prevent data loss.

For us, parents this is a great way to use as a online storage of family images and moments and it is really easy to share images with others. Instead of uploading lot of images into emails (which sometimes fail sending),it is really convenient to share the link with others, so others can see the shared images.(other members of family). For me this is a really interesting feature as I always like to update and share family moments with my parents in Sri Lanka.

My Review and Experience with XXL Box Secure Cloud Storage

Here is my experience in creating an account with XXL Box and uploading some recent photos.

First visit https://xxlcloud.com/en and create your account.

XXL Box-Secure-cloud-storage-reviewCreating an account only takes few minutes and you will get 15GB free storage when you use the coupon code DOANM15 which is a special coupon code for Diary of a New Mom readers.

XXL Box Secure Cloud Storage to Store Your Images

You are done!It is time to upload your photos.I uploaded my album of our recent visit to Animal Resort ,Singapore.

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It was really fast to upload all the photos of the album to the cloud storage.I love that feature.Sometimes it is irritating to wait when we upload files.How about you? 🙂

XXL Box-Secure-cloud-storage-reviewAfter uploading the files,you will see your images.This is a great way to backup images and to share the images with others.

XXL Box Secure Cloud Storage to Store Your Images

You can also download the shared images without reducing its size. So, in future if you need to print any of the photos, you assure to download the exact size.If you want to share,you can download the link with option of private share.

Final Thoughts

I found XXL Box as a great solution for secure online storage of images.Files in XXL Box are end-to-end encrypted and ensure the privacy.

Try it.Visit https://xxlcloud.com/en and create your account.Don’t forget to use the coupon code specially created for readers of this blog.

Coupon Code for XXL Box online storage : DOANM15 (you will get free 15 GB storage when you sign up)

How do you protect your family moments and images?Do you backup files?Please share your thoughts.

How to Make a Family Photo Book

I just finished making our family photo book for 2015.If you noticed I always create photo books to keep memories. But, there are times I am behind. Earlier I used to print photos and keep those in store bought photo albums. But now, I am addicted to online photo book making. It is really easy, organized and durable too. On the other way, this is the best way to print family photos which use the most of the space of our home computers and phones. I am sure you also have phones with full memory simply because of lot of photos captured every day!

Family photo albums online

To make our year in review family album online, I used Mixbook and it was really easy to use their photo making software. I am really happy that I could finish the family photo book within few hours. One of the best advantages of making photo albums online is that we can easily use text to write down a note about the photos or the moment. We cannot use such feature when we print photos at home using printer or by visiting a nearby studio.(unless we do photo editing with text on it)

How to Make a Family Photo Book?

Here is the few easy steps to make your year in review family photo book.

First gather all your memorable moments in to a folder.You may need to go through all your photos and select the best photos which you want to print in the family photo book.

Once you gathered all the photos,go through each photos and edit those to look the best.You can use this free photo editing software for simple editing such as adjusting brightness,sharpness and exposure.If you want to do more editing,they also have a paid version.

Once your photos are ready,next is to create the family photo album.

First visit Mixbook and create an account for you.

Then select the photo book option and select ‘Year in Review’ photo books.There are different themes available.You can go through all the themes and select the best theme for your family photo book.If not,don’t worry.You can easily create custom pages using the Mixbook photo layout options.

How to create a family photo book

Once you select the theme for your photo book,start making the book.It is really easy.Click the start book button and it will take you to the photo book making software.

Upload the photos.It only takes few minutes.

How to create a family photo book

Once uploaded, it is time to adjust the layouts if need.There is also ‘Auto fill’ feature which automatically adds the photos to the album.

If not you can easily add the photos in a preferred order using the photo page layout options.The photo book making software is super easy to use and you do not need to download it.

When I create my family photo book,I first used the ‘Auto fill’ option as it gives the photo album with photos arranged in the order of the dates taken.Then I adjusted the layouts and order as I wish.That way was easier for me.

How to create a family photo book

Once the page layouts are completed,then I used the text options and other things such as stickers to make the photo book look nice and meaningful with memories.

Finally,I could make a beautiful photo album using the moments of 2015 and I am awaiting the printed album.Once I receive the album,I will share the photo book review.Till that you can start making your family  photo album using the best photos of the year!

Do you make family photo albums for each year?

Cleaner Greener Together #Diaryofanewmom

Singapore Wall Mural

Cleaner Greener Together – Aren’t these all what we need for a better life?

I found this wall mural in a HDB block,Singapore and thought of sharing simply because of its beautiful art and the meaningful quote.

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Sell your Handmade Items Online With Kate and Bean

Kate and Bean – Kate and Bean is an online market place for vendors which you can start a shop and sell your handmade items online.

 

 

 

Birthday Party planning with Mascots

MXC Party Mascots provides entertainment for kids parties and any celebrations with appearance of your favorite characters. You can also rent bounce houses, tables and chairs and concession machines when you contact MXC Party Mascots.

 

 

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