By traceyclayton, 19-Jun-2013 11:35:00
We are always being asked who makes the best photo books so we thought we would start a review series with some of the more popular book printers. Kicking this series off is Mymemory.com not to be confused with mymemory.co.uk who sell computer memory, drives and discs etc.
We are reviewing a Personalised Hardcover Photo Book (Approx A4)
Dimensions: 29cm x 22cm (Approx A4)
Amount of pages: 26 (Additional pages can be added at £0.95 per extra page, maximum 100 pages)
Sheets: 13 sheets equalling 26 pages
Book Styling: Wide choice of themes and layouts with a personalised front and back cover.
Page layouts: 1-20 Photos per page.
Cover: Choice of 6 colours with 1 photo on the front and back.
Paper weight: Cover 140gsm and inside 200gsm
Production & Delivery
Your creation time: 30-60 minutes
Our production time: 3-5 working days
UK delivery: 2-5 working days
International delivery: 5-10 working days
£29.99 plus £3.99 uk mainland delivery
There is a good range of book sizes with speedy delivey. The designing is somewhat limited by not having cutters and masks therefore each photo will be square or oblong. On the plus side this does make it somewhat easier for the novice book maker to master the online software. There is also an auto setting where the software will make your book for you. Historically we have found software that does this makes a complete hash up of it, however depending on the number of photos you are using and assuming you are not worrried about a particular order then this cuts down the time to make a book considerably. We like the fact that the books are printed in the British Isles. We don't like the fact that you have to have their logo printed on the reverse of the book with no option to pay to remove it. The online help worked great. We would have liked the option to upgrade to thicker or higher quality paper and the option for lay flat pages. Another nice touch would have been to sell a sleeve or protective display box for the book, although we guess the object is to have them out so your photos can be shared.
Overall a reasonably priced book, good choice of sizes, easy to use software with good customer service.
* Easy to use website
* Book can be made automatically
* Printed in Jersey so quick turnaround
*Photos stored indefinately for active accounts
*Can share your book for a second opinion
*Book has mymemory logo printed on reverse
*All photos have to be square or oblong
*Shared creations cannot be purchased by others
*No upgrage options on quality
*No book sleeve available
Visit Mymemory.co.uk here
By traceyclayton, 21-May-2013 10:36:00
Can you help me to select the photos for my wedding book? I'm asked this question all the time as a photo organiser, so I thought it was about time I put a blog together about it.
A good well balanced book in our opinion has 30-40 pages with 80 -100 images. Chances are you have been given in excess of 300 photos either from your photographer or friends and family.
First of all take out all the rejects – those that have people looking the wrong way, have blurred limbs or don’t appear to be anything in particular.
Make a pile/file of all the shots that just have
1 Bride and groom
2 Group photos, Bridesmaids, Best man, Parents, Siblings, Friends
3 Venue, Flowers, Cake, Rings, Decorations, Food
Now go through and choose the best photos, those that are flattering to you and your guests. Make sure you have at least one shot of all the people that are important to you. Don’t forget it is your wedding album, so don’t be shy of the fact that it will be full of shots of you. Try not to have repeat shots. i.e 5 shots of you looking into each others eyes at the church entrance will become boring so choose the best one.
Generally photos from group 1 will be larger and more important, with group 2 having more to a page and group 3 the least important but still memorable photos.
Re-visit the discarded pile and set aside any that have a good shot of the bridal party that can be cropped. This makes a good fall back pile if you don’t have enough shots of a particular person or it is a lovely shot of the bride and groom.
You can decide to tag some or all of your photos but it makes designing easier if you have a preference beforehand so space can be allowed from the onset although generally it is easier to add text once the book has been created.
You may also want to add whole pages of text to your book (with or without photos) and ideas include
How you met
The wedding preparations
If you have any humorous out take photos and are a fun loving person then why not add an out take page to the back of the book.
If you have been given any photos that are not digital and you are going to scan them then make sure you use a minimum of 300dpi and if possible 600dpi
If this all seems a bit too much effort and you would rather relax with your new spouse then contact me email@example.com, telephone 01799 522938 and i'll get stuck in for you!
By traceyclayton, 27-Feb-2013 15:18:00
After a fall put my 98 year old nan in hospital we thought this may be it for her but no today she is on her way home.
Could her fabulous photo book have played a part in her determination to battle on?
Last time I visited I was introduced to every nurse and doctor on the ward as the creator of her wonderful photo memory book. Everyone ooh'ed and ahh'ed in the right places and it has been a a great topic of converstaion for visitors when the weather conversation has ran out.
More than anything it shows that my nanna did have a very active life before her legs gave up. It shows those that are now giving her care how she once cared for others.
A proud member of the cycling club, numerous long haul trips are depicted within the book, along with all the departments she once worked in at the Co-op.
It shows how she started out as somebody's daughter, grand-daughter and sister before marrying and becoming a mother, grand-mother and Great Grand-mother.
She wasn't born old - she lived, laughed and worked just like the rest of us.
My nan loves reminiscing with her memory book, it really is her life, maybe it has even saved it!
By traceyclayton, 18-Feb-2013 19:44:00
It's 7pm and my nanna has now been in hospital for one week. She has been brilliant staying in her own home 97 years but as 98 approached she took to her bed, prefering to sleep the day away.
Concerned, my father called in the carers. Just prior to her stay in hospital she had the same lady most days calling for breakfast, dinner and tea. Now she has fallen a couple of times this will increase to include bedtime too assuming she recovers well enough to go home.
It breaks my heart to see her losing her marbles, hardly able to hear, miserable in a body that won't work anymore. Her legs look like she has been in a car crash and she has been put in isolation as she has contracted the MRSA bug (probably in hospital). She is lonely and just wants to go home to die, yet at the same time she is scared of dying. She is is scared of getting to heaven and bumping into my grandad who left her 44 years ago for another woman. She is scared of pain. She is scared of leaving my dad on his own.
She forgets that my dad has re-married. We lost mum 10 years ago (2003) to cancer and she misses her.
She loves my Steve and held his hand for ages on Saturday. He is so good with her, he thinks she should be allowed to go home. I think she will be safer in a residential home but you hear of so many people giving up in homes and being mistreated. Still its not my decision to make. My dad is her next of kin and he is waiting to be told what to do by the doctors.
We had a giggle my daughter and me on the ward at the week-end. A young lad came in and asked nanna if she wanted a cup of tea. "do you take the dead ones" I enquired, meaning the empty cup from earlier, the look on his and Zoes faces - they had never head of that expression before, good job nanna can't hear!
We leave her with her photo book, going through her memories. Her short term memory is quite short now so everytime she picks it up it is like the first time she has ever seen it. Olive Russell - This is Your Life.
By traceyclayton, 30-Jan-2012 10:44:00
There must be someone in your family that is impossible to buy gifts for, probably a senior that has everything they could possibly want. Well Olive's family were pulling their hair out especially as it was her 97th birthday on Christmas Eve. Nothing is impossible for us personal photo organisers and as we got our thinking caps on we came up with the idea of 'This is Your Life' in photos. Olives memory was failing and although it would have been great to present her with a photo book, time was of the essence and the family would not have had the time to have recorded her lifestory in an album (in time for Christmas) as they would have liked. Our idea was to come up with a storyboard of Olives life from baby to childhood and teenage years. Through marriage, motherhood and on to become not only a grand-mother but a great grand mother. We are planning to place these same photos in a book once her family have helped Olive to recall her lifetime of memories aided by our Heritage questionaire. We hope you enjoy our attached image. Feel free to email us for a copy of our Heritage questionaire to get started on recording the life history of your loved ones. Families always want to celebrate a life of a loved one in photos at funerals, but its so much nicer to celebrate their lives while they are still here to share it with you.
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