Memorial Day 2015—Drawing #1
Win a FREE 12 x 12 Photo Book
by Linda Sattgast
AdoramaPix.com is a company that prints, among other things, photos, scrapbook pages, and entire photo albums. Since we know that many of you are interested in learning about various printing options, we agreed to try them out and write a review of our experience. Jen White, Susie Roberts, and Linda Sattgast each had something printed with AdoramaPix. In full disclosure, AdoramaPix provided the product free for us in exchange for an honest review.
Review by Linda Sattgast
AdoramaPix printed a 62 page scrapbook album for me. Here are my thoughts:
Ease of Website Use: Excellent (once I figured out the ropes). I initially chose the “Blank–Build Your Own Book” option, which wasn’t easy to use for pre-made digital pages. However, once I discovered the “Pre-Constructed (Pages)” template in their pre-made design options, I quickly zipped through creating my book. I contacted Customer Service a few times during this process, and they were always courteous and quick to help. They gave me a link to a web page where I could download PSD cover templates, which was very helpful.
How The Book Turned Out
The book came beautifully packaged. I ordered a keepsake box in addition to the book, and that made a very elegant presentation.
The ribbon is elastic (easy to get on and off) and it looks so cute!
Since presentation is often a big part of the initial impression of a gift, I appreciated the obvious care that AdoramaPix put into its packaging.
AdoramaPix prides itself, and rightly so, on its style of binding that allows your pages to lie flat. Since I knew this was the case, I redid six spreads to remove the work-arounds I had made for non-flat printed books. Notice how the alphabet ribbon doesn’t get swallowed by the gutter (the center of the book that goes into the binding).
I loved the flat binding. Here’s another example of elements that look great, even though they’re crossing the gutter.
The book is thicker than books I’ve purchased elsewhere. This is due to the extra sturdy pages. It’s hard to describe, but the pages almost feel silky when you touch them.
I gave the book to my mother. It’s the story of her life from birth to just before she met my father. My father is gone now, but I’m so grateful that my mother, at 87, is still able to tell me family heritage stories. (By the way, she LOVED the book!)
My Impressions of AdoramaPix.com
I’m extremely happy with the quality of my book and would recommend AdoramaPix without hesitation. The photo quality is the best I’ve ever seen (these pictures don’t do them justice), and I love the flat binding!
The only thing less than perfect was a slightly off center cover, since I didn’t understand how to position it, but it wasn’t enough of a problem to make me want to reprint the book.
The price point at AdoramaPix is a little spendier than I’m used to, but for the right photo books, it might be worth the extra cost. A wedding book, graduation book, or family history album comes to mind.
The flat pages are also perfect for panorama photos, which I take frequently using the pano feature of my iPhone. I can just see the photos of my time in the desert (think sunsets and sweeping mountaintop vistas) on double page spreads with no gutter!
AdoramaPix says their mission is “to provide high quality products and excellent service at an affordable price.” They also say they want to exceed customer expectations. In my experience, they did just that.
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN: (EXPIRED)
If you could create a photo book about ONE topic, what would it be?
For example: I now want to create a book about my father—how he and my mother met, their courtship, marriage, and early life together.
The winner will be notified by AdoramaPix.com and will be listed in the DSNews.
And, the winner is: KATIE ARTZ
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