Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mixbook Review and Giveaway

*The giveaway part of this post is now complete

I am excited to be posting this Mixbook review and giveaway!  You've heard me talk about the (expensive) company that I swear by for my digital scrapbooks and photo books.  I have yet to find a company that rivals them until now!

I had not heard of Mixbook until they contacted me to do a review post. Let me say, I am SO GLAD they emailed me!  I finally found a reasonably priced company that compares to the customization that my expensive company allows.  You can start completely from scratch with Mixbook or you can use one of their awesome, free customizable themes!

I chose a Father's Day themed book to make for my Husband but I didn't give him the book for Father's day.  It was a "just because" book.  Not to worry, I took the elements that had to do with Father's day out of the template and replaced them with other things.  I am extremely happy with the way my book turned out!

I swear my Husband had a tear in his eye when he opened the book!  The photos pop off the pages with great color and are super clear.

The template gave me plenty of room to put in all the photos I could find of Hubby and the girls together with the option to add in more photos or subtract them if needed.  I also had plenty of space to add as much or as little text and I wanted.

Mixbook is SUPER easy and fun to use.  Their site is easy to navigate and they've got a drag-and-drop format similar to the other popular companies for making your projects.

As far as quality goes, Mixbook pages are thinner than some of the other popular companies, but appear just as thick as my expensive company.  As I said earlier, the colors are great and the photos are sharp.  The cover is sturdy and has a beautiful glossy look.  Unfortunately, the high gloss of the cover holds onto smudges and finger prints.  It could be more noticeable because my cover is dark though.

The only thing I worry about with Mixbook is their binding.  It appears to be a bit more flimsy than some of the other companies with a little less glue and no stitch binding.  Multiple people have looked at my book and my girls have abused the binding as they look at the photos of themselves and their dad every day, so obviously it has held up so far!  The difference in binding is not enough to deter me from Mixbook and I will DEFINITELY use them again!

Just for reading this post, all Mommy's Camera readers will receive 20% off when they purchase a product through Mixbook!  Just use the code MOMCAM20 when checking out!  There is no expiration date, but the code can only be used once per customer.
One lucky Mommy's Camera reader will receive a promo code from Mixbook for a complimentary 20-page, 11x8.5 landscape hardcover photobook with free US Ground shipping!

Mandatory entry: Leave a comment telling me what type of book you would make if you won a Mixbook photo book.

Additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each additional entry):
1)  Tweet this (highlight and copy it): I just entered to win a @mixbook photobook from @mommyscamera! http://bit.ly/o95i7Q #photobook #giveaway 
(Following @mommyscamera and @mixbook is NOT required but would be appreciated)
2)  Answer either this question or this question in the Mommy's Camera CommunityThree entries for answering both!

This giveaway ended on Tuesday, July 26, at 11:59 pm (CST).  The winner was chosen using Random.org and is:
Congratulations to Mrs. Mommy!  She is the winner of the 11x8.5 photobook!
I received no monetary compensation for this post. I did, however, receive the book that I made for free in order to write a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and were not influenced in any way.   In addition, since reviewing Mixbook I have become an affiliate for them.  The Mixbook links contained in this post include my affiliate link.  I will receive monetary commission if you should purchase a Mixbook product from the links in this post.
Please note that I am not responsible for the delivery of the product once the winner receives the promo code and can not be held accountable if, for any reason, is it not received.

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Mrs. Mommy said...

Wow Jamie...I can see why your husband had a tear in his eye. That is a BEAUTIFUL book!

If I won, I'd probably make a memory book of pictures of my grandma and all the funny things we shared. She passed away 2 weeks ago and I'd like to have something like that.

Mrs. Mommy said...

I tweeted too.

Mrs. Mommy said...

additional entry for replying to your discussion

Mrs. Mommy said...

additional entry for answering the SECOND discussion

Mrs. Mommy said...

and a third entry for answering BOTH discussions =)

Kadbury said...

I have wanted to make a photobook about our move to MN since we moved here... That's what I would do!


Kadbury said...

I tweeted too!!

debisblog said...

For the past 17 years, my sister her husband and their 7 children have lived their dream of having their own restaurant. As they are now moving on to other adventures, they now face leaving the many people they have first fed, then become friends with. I would love to do a book honoring this special time in their lives.

debisblog said...

I answered the 1st question

debisblog said...

I answered the 2nd question!

debisblog said...

I answered BOTH questions!

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