Friday, October 17, 2014

Collage.com Has So Many Great Keepsake Options!

Disclosure: I received two books to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and entirely my own.


Collage.com sells so many great photo items.
I recently used them to create two books, one 11.5 x 8 hardback for my friend
who just returned from a vacation trip to Israel, and an 8 x 6 paperback book for my mom.

Not long ago, a very good friend of mine went to Israel. For her, it was the trip of a lifetime! I have never been there, so I loved seeing all of the wonderful pictures she brought home with her. That same friend has a birthday coming up at the beginning of December, and I thought the perfect gift would be a photo album featuring some of the pictures she loves the most from that trip. Of course, it's going to be a surprise, if she doesn't see it on the blog...she's one of the few people in my family/friend circle who does visit sometimes. ;)

Collage.com makes all kinds of photo items. They have calenders, blankets, canvas posters, beach towels, photo wrapping paper (um yeah, that's a cool idea), etc. They also have these great photo books I'm talking about, that come in hard cover or soft cover, both with selections in different sizes.

Pictures that took up an entire page turned out nice.
Even if the originals were dark.

I selected the 11.5 x 8 hard cover book for my friend. Whether I was using a full-page photo layout, as seen above,

1/2-page pictures turned out clear too.

half-page pictures,

Even the smaller pictures remained as clear as the originals.

or a page full of smaller photos, the quality remained crystal clear, and true to the original.

My friend had some really amazing photos from her trip, including one of her being baptized in the Jordan River, so I know this book is going to be a gift that will remain near and dear to heart.

This is the smaller 8 x 6 paperback book that I made for my mom.

For my mom, who lives in a different state, getting to see her grandkids is a big deal! So, to document a trip we took up to her place this summer, where we went to an amusement park, I made her an 8 x 6 paperback photo book.

The pictures in the book turned out identical to the original pictures.

Again, whether I was using full-sized, or small pictures, the quality remained the same (excellent and exactly like the original photo).

I am sure that both of these gifts are going to be well-received, and I am so happy I got the chance to make them. I think I'm going to order duplicates for myself, as they'd both be nice to have in our library.

Things Worth Noting

One thing I do want to say...the team over at Collage.com is pretty amazing. One of the books I initially did was a different theme than the two selected above. The pictures looked fine to me, but evidently they were too small (I was trying to use photos from an online storage site I use, they must have been resized). So while nothing looked amiss to me, when the book was sent in for printing, collage.com noticed it right away and contacted me. I am forever grateful that they did, and they were very cheerful and supportive in our resulting back-and-forth conversations.

Another thing I want to note is that you can get collage pictures made into shapes for these books if you want to, and those are so entirely awesome! There are your standard collage patterns, like a square and a heart, but there also a ton of unique ones like a butterfly, or the Eiffel Tower! If I were making a different sort of book, I would have for sure used a shape collage.

The last thing to note is that if you follow collage.com on their social media accounts, you are bound to come across some pretty great deals. Today I saw where they were giving away free 8 x 10 canvas prints to the first 50 respondents.

I think this site is pretty terrific for creating photo keepsakes, and I will absolutely be using them again.

You can learn more about Collage.com by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, and/or Twitter.

48 comments:

  1. That is a NICE photobook. I always get my mom photo books for Christmas.

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  2. Wow this is really nice! I love it.

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  3. I totally love that they contacted you when they realized the photos weren't going to be up to snuff. That's customer service!

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    1. I agree! It's little things like that, that really help me pick which company to go to. Customer service is more important than many people think!

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  4. Wow, I Love this photo book! I want to get one made for my moms BFF every year, and I like the one I had made this year but I think I like this one better! Very nice I love the full page options!

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  5. That photo book turned out great! All of the pictures are so clear!

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  6. Wow you are on a roll with posts today, going for the record? lol Turned out awesome indeed, a great idea

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  7. I love the books. Such a nice option compared to a bulky album

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  8. I love Collage.com I have the exact same books but mine are filled with my kids photos. They're so nice. You have some really great pictures too!

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  9. What an awesome idea! I love that you can get the pictures in shapes. Very cool.

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  10. I love photo books - I want to make one of these for the kids - pics of all of our summer fun

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  11. I love photo gifts, and these books are beautiful. Definitely going to check out collage.com.

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  12. I love photo books, but I haven't heard of collage.com! Looks fantastic!

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  13. Great way to keep memories. I like this.

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  14. Sounds like they have great customer service. I love that all the pictures are very clear.

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  15. Great customer service always sells me on a company. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  16. Looks like they make good quality books.

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  17. This looks like a great way to save memories. I will have to do this with photos from my recent cruise I went on with my girlfriends. It will make a great Christmas gift for them.

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  18. I especially love that you can collage in many different shapes.

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  19. I know she will cherish the book. I've been to Israel and even with my cheap camera from thirty years ago, my photos are fab.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/

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  20. This is different than a normal photo album which is nice. I do like smaller images and the quality looks amazing! :)

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  21. A company with great cs gets a win in my book. I need to get better at making photo books like these instead of letting my pictures get lost in the hard drive.

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  22. I love these photo books! They really sound great for gifts ( or to make for myself ) =)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  23. I have been wanting to make each one of my sons a book from their past photos starting from when they were born. I think this might be how to do it.

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  24. I love photo collage books. We're going on a cruise in December so that would make a perfect keepsake.

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  25. Those photobooks are gorgeous. I haven't used Collage before. Looks like they are worth checking out.

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  26. beautiful photo book ad a great gift idea for family members.

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  27. What a beautifully well put together book! I love making collages :)

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  28. I like this idea, but i'm still into the old fashion scrap booking :)

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  29. This is a great keepsake. I have one like it from my youngest son's Baptism.

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  30. My family and I are currently at Disney World. One of these books would be great to have all of our memories and pictures inside a book.

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  31. These look like great keepsakes and good quality. We did one of these after a vacation.

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  32. That is great that they noticed and then called you about it ;)
    They look awesome in the photos, thanks for sharing

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  33. Fun! I am the worst at printing out my photos for anyone else to see. They get downloaded and then stored away for no one to look at.

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  34. I hadn't heard this before. Super cute keepsake!

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  35. Collages are becoming something that everyone is doing these days. I think they did a great job with your book!!

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  36. i love these picture books. i have to get a couple of our summer vacation

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  37. I love picture books! They make great holiday gifts too!

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  38. I absolutely love picture books! My daughter and son in law usually give me one for Christmas each year from the year's events with my grandsons.

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  39. I love to get photo books for my boys. I need some updated ones. I will have to check them out.

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  40. Such a lovely photo book and sounds like a great company to purchase from as well.

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  41. I have been wanting to create/order a photobook but the price keeps me backing out lol. Will check them out and find out out.

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  42. This would be amazing for my vacation photos! Going to check them out now!

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  43. That turned out great & I love that their customer service is on point like that. Actually, a family member recently lost their house due to fire & she had a million pictures. Those were the first things I thought about after hearing that everyone made it out safely. It would be great to gather pictures from everyone & make her something like this. It won't be the same, but it would still be pretty darn great.

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  44. What a thoughtful gift! I wouldn't have thought about doing something like this (now i am lol) I dont know if your friend took the photos herself if so she has an amazing eye for photography!

    p/s/ I LOVE Canvas photos..hopefully I am not to late for that!

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  45. Sounds like a great company. I have done a few photo books but have never used Collage.com. Will have to check them out.

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  46. My stepmom had made a photo book for when my kids spent the week at their house a few years ago., They loved it. Not sure where she got it though.

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  47. gorgeous, gorgeous book!! I love photo books and want to make some more! thanks for sharing!!!

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