|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.|
|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.
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