12×18 Photo Calendar Giveaway
by Jen White
For Christmas 2015 I’m excited to be gifting my 84yr old father-in-law with a custom 12×18 photo calendar from AdoramaPix.com. Family and memories are two of the things that he holds most dear. This calendar will remind him of his legacy all year long.
Come along with me on a quick first-look review of the calendar that arrived in my inbox just this morning.
The Super-sized Package
OH YA! Who doesn’t LOVE to give or receive a HUGE gift at Christmas time? I’m already looking forward to wrapping this big boy up with beautiful paper and a fanciful bow. My father-in-law is gonna feel like a king.
I’ve put a Sharpie marker on it just so you can get the full effect of the enormous size of this package.
I will go ahead and tattle on my 18yr old (he’s the cutie on the left in the photo below). He was so excited to see a HUGE package come via UPS this morning, that he immediately ripped it open. I yelled “NO FAIR”, but it was already too late.
Lucky for me, AdoramaPix.com had yet another package inside that was well protected from excitable children (and adults) like my son. You can see the inside of the packaging in the photo below.
The Cover Page
When creating a calendar on AdoramaPix.com, you are given the option of a ‘cover page’. Unfortunately, this page will never be displayed, but why not use it anyway. I put my best foot forward a stuck HUGE photo of my kids on the front.
I suppose my father-in-law could tear this off and frame it later. Actually, I’ll just tear it off and frame it for him. Can you say… bonus points?
CON: I wasn’t real excited that the cover was printed with a white border. I’m not sure why the photo didn’t bleed to the edges. Could be my fault in the ordering process. Either way, I’m not gonna let it bug me. I just adore those sweet little faces.
Ok. You might already know that I’m a detail person. I’ll admit (taking the chance that you’ll think I’m weird) that the hanger on the wire binder is my favorite part of this whole project. It’s cool. It’s ingenious. It’s modern.
Honestly, it makes me want to run and get a huge nail and hang it up. Well, maybe not a HUGE nail. But, you get what I mean, right?
The Paper and Finish
Hopefully this photo will well illustrate what you are actually getting in terms of paper quality and finishing.
I have to admit, I expected the pages of the calendar to be heavier. Instead, the entire calendar is very thin. Does this mean that the pages are low quality? Absolutely not. They do not feel flimsy to me at all. I really like that I have a high quality product without bulk. How do they do that? Don’t ask me.
The finish applied to the prints is perfect. You can see a bit of it on the left side of the this photo. It’s not in-your-face, but it does give the entire project a professional feel.
Can you write on it without smudging? Using a Sharpie, I drew a heart around my name (because hearts are awesome) and immediately tried to smudge it with my finger—the lines didn’t budge. Ahhhh. It’s the little things in life, right?
Oh my. I am SO picky about how my photos are printed. I do NOT like projects that come back darker (or lighter) than what I was expecting. Bugs-the-crap-out-of-me.
I am literally SHOCKED at the coloring represented in my calendar. I’m not kidding you, folks, my calendar looks exactly like I wanted it to. The colors (like the teal background paper below) are right on.
I will say… at the time of checkout at AdoramaPix.com, I was given the choice to “Do Not Touch My Photos” and I took it. I didn’t want them ‘color correcting’ things. That said, I would trust this company to make fine adjustments if they thought it would improve my project.
My 12×18 Templates
Another thing I was pleasantly surprised about is that my 12×18 templates/quick pages fit PERFECTLY on the finished product. Anyone who has tried to get things to line up with photo company’s software will give testimony—it can be a pain.
Yes, I did design my templates to AdoramaPix.com specifications, but that’s no guarantee they’d print perfectly. Well, I’m happy announce, they DO! Yippee!
The Minor Things
Each page of my calendar has a plain white backside. My pickiness is satisfied that the paper manufacturer is not stamped across the back. Again, it’s the little things.
There is also an extra blank page included in the back along with a nice black heavy cardstock backing. Hmmm. Looks like I have dust on my camera lens! Dang.
The Long Story Short
I adore my 12×18 calendar from AdoramaPix.com. And trust me, I’m NOT an easy person to please.
If you are thinking of gifting a calendar to a loved one, one option you might want to consider is a 12×18 Calendar from AdoramaPix.com. My calendar templates and QuickPages (in both graphic and shabby) will make the process of creating twelve months of memories MUCH less time consuming and mentally challenging.
Find my 12×18 Calendar Templates & QuickPages on sale through Sunday, November 8, 2015, at Digital Scrapper.
How about an opportunity to win a FREE 12×18 calendar from AdoramaPix.com? That’s a savings of up to $30! From now till Sunday, November 8, 2015, toss your name into the drawing. Here’s how:
==> 2 Ways to Enter the Drawing (Drawing has ended.)
Hint: You can do both ways for a total of two entries into the drawing.
- Leave a comment to this blogpost (below) answering this question:
==> What month of the year is your favorite, and why?
- Comment and tag a friend or two (surely they will want a chance to win also) on our 12×18 Calendar post on Facebook.
Note: Winner is responsible for shipping costs of the calendar.
The winner will be contacted via email and announced in this blogpost Monday, November 9, 2015.
The winner is: Melinda Staley
Here’s the best part. AdoramaPix.com is offering our readers an exclusive 30% discount on all custom print calendars valid through November 18, 2015. That gives you plenty of time to create a calendar (mine took me one evening to pull together using my QuickPages), get it uploaded, and have it sent to your home in time for Christmas.
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