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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.

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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.

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7 Tips for a Perfect Newborn Photography Session

Your baby is here, and you want to celebrate by showing her beauty off to the whole world! The best way to capture this perfect moment – which will be gone in the blink of an eye – is to schedule a professional photography session.

With your session scheduled and your happy, healthy baby ready for his first photo shoot, you’re almost good to go. But before you leave home to go to the professional newborn photography studio, keep these top 7 tips in mind:

Tips for a Perfect Newborn Photography Session

1. Feed Your Baby First!

A well-fed baby is a tired and happy baby. The last thing anybody wants is for a poor hungry baby to be cranky during his first moment in the spotlight! Make sure to bring extra formula to the session as well, since some photo shoots can last a few hours. While most shoots can be done in 20-30 minutes, you never know if there are any last-minute needs or requests. You are welcome to breastfeed your baby at any time as well. Also, make sure you check out Rae Barnes for some more in-depth tips about newborn photography sessions.

2. Heat the Room

A professional newborn photographer already knows this, but it’s important to keep the room heated so your baby stays warm. Naturally, your baby is more prone to the cold than an adult, especially if they are having pictures taken with no clothes on.

Tips for a Perfect Newborn Photography Session

3. Put Weights in the Baskets

If you are planning on using cute props like buckets or baskets to put your baby in, make sure to put safety first. An easy way to do this is to put a weight at the bottom of the bucket. So if your baby becomes restless and tries to shift around, he won’t topple over or out of the bucket.

4. Let the Baby and the Photographer Bond

Any professional-rated newborn photographer is trained and certified in the handling of babies. You can trust them with your child. Use this as a bonding moment so your baby will be more comfortable with the photographer during the photo shoot. This will help everything go more smoothly. Your baby will remain happy, and your pictures will be beautiful.

Tips for a Perfect Newborn Photography Session

5. Bring A Pacifier

Babies are notoriously known for one thing: crying. And when they cry, it’s because they are hungry, tired, or stressed. They need lots of attention and love. Bring a pacifier to soothe your baby’s cries and make her feel comforted. Knowing you are there will help her stay calm and sleepy.

6. Don’t Put on Loose Clothes

Some parents are tempted to put their baby in loose-fitting clothing for photoshoots. When it comes to newborns under two weeks old, they are typically photographed naked. If you do want them photographed with clothes on, give them something that fits them well.

7. Add a Handmade Item

Want to give your newborn’s photos a little something extra? Handmade knit beanies or articles of clothing can really boost the cuteness factor. It will make your photos more charming and personal, and you’ll be glad you made the right decision.

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!

Evening Walk Around the Neighborhood

Last week it was a long weekend and a holiday in Singapore as it was Chinese New Year celebrations. In an evening I went out with my son for a short walk around our neighborhood.

Evening Walk Around the Neighborhood

Evening Walk Around the Neighborhood

Suddenly we found a children’s playground with new play equipment. Actually we’ve come here before and at that time the play equipment was not so new.

Evening Walk Around the Neighborhood

Colorful seesaw at the playground

This time I found it is suitable for children over 2years old and found new play equipment such as rocking blue whale, rocking frog and a colorful seesaw.

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Actually these new play equipment are so colorful.
My son had a great time playing there and it was same with me.

Have you ever played this sidewalk game (Hopscotch)  in your childhood?

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Sidewalk Game for kids (Hopscotch)

I am so happy with this finding which suddenly reminded me lot if childhood memories.

I tried to teach my son how to play the game and he found it is interesting to count numbers.And jumping between squares was so much fun for him. 🙂

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We had great time enjoying our evening walk around the neighborhood,Ang Mo Kio.I am happy to spend such evenings with my son showing and teaching the names of flowers,birds and whatever we find around us.

Have you ever played above sidewalk game (Hopscotch)  in your childhood? 🙂

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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!

 

 

 

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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creative Christmas cards with photos

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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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)

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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?

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Stunning Zodiac Lanterns at AMK Hub

Chinese New Year is around the corner and I can see lot of decorations and preparations for it. It is really exciting. I always enjoy this time because that reminds me the New Year of Sri Lanka which we celebrate in April.

Stunning Zodiac Lanterns at AMK Hub

Stunning Zodiac Lanterns at AMK Hub

With the Chinese New year, the year is for Monkey. As always, this time also we could see beautiful preparations for Chinese New Year in our nearest shopping mall AMK Hub. Each year we really like to see the different preparation and decorations to celebrate the events throughout the year. Now, with our son, visiting this place to show him these celebrations is just like a day out. He really enjoys his time with us in this shopping mall.

Stunning Zodiac Lanterns at AMK Hub

2016 is the year of Monkey

For this Chinese New Year, we could see 12 Large Chinese Zodiac Animals. In each animal, there are forecasts for year 2016 too. These colourful Zodiac Lanterns welcome the visitors to the shopping mall staying at the entrance.

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Goat,pig,mouse and cow zodiac lanterns

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These lanterns are larger than actual life size of animals and those are colourful too.

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A Zodiac lantern featuring the cow

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Beautiful Landscapes from Singapore Zoo

We usually visit zoo to view animals. However, you can’t forget the beautiful views and landscapes at Singapore zoo. It is a wonderful place which is built with open concept. These are some of the views I captured during a visit to the Singapore zoo. Hope you like these views.

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Tropical Garden is an interesting place inside the Singapore zoo.

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View of Mandai lake at the evening just before sunset

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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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