Monday, 17 November 2014

Printing Our Memories

The basis of being a good blogger is taking pretty photos; and I love taking photos (no matter whether I'm in front of or behind the camera)!

I especially love taking pictures of our travels as we explore different cities all around the world.

Although this blog is a great place to showcase my favourite pictures taken during our trips, I was still thinking about printing some of them in hardcopy just in case (choy touch wood!) anything happens to my computer/hard disk (though I do back up on more than 4 devices! *laughs*).

Hence, it was opportune that we were provided with personalised printing services from Photojaanic, which include personalised cups, stickers, posters, books and even a deck of cards!


We were given the opportunity to review the Dustjacket Hardcover Travel Photo Book where I could print all the photos that I took on all our travels since we were married.

It was pretty easy to order my book:

1) Register on Photojaanic Singapore

2) Select the Desired Product & Size

I chose the biggest size, which was 12 x 12 inches. The prices start at S$84.90 and may go up depending on the number of pages of your photo book (I had to top up another S$35 because I added another 20 pages *laughs*).

3) Select the Theme

You may choose from their range of templates available or create your own design. I did a lot of my own designs as I'm very particular with how the end product looks like (the creative artist in me can't help it!).

4) Upload the Photos

If you're particular about the brightness and contrast of your photos, you may want to edit them first before uploading them. However, you do not need to crop them as you can crop them on the website itself. If the resolution of your photo is small, the website also automatically controls how big you can enlarge the image so that you will not end up with a pixilated photo.

5) Design your Book

You may use the available clipart, backgrounds and borders or you may even upload your own! You can even choose to use your own photos as the background like I have done (see photo above), which can look really cool.

6) Save your Work
You can save your work and continue working on it another time. Photojaanic also automatically saves your work periodically so that in the event of any technical difficulties, your work will not be completely gone. Because I was so OCD and particular about every alignment, it took me a few weeks to complete my 40 page book! Thank God for the "save" function!

7) Preview your Book
You will be given one last chance to check your work before checking out. Check for spelling mistakes, alignment, etc.

8) Checkout
Enter your address and any coupon code at checkout (there's a whole list of coupon codes on Photojaanic right now as they are having their Christmas sale!). Finally, go ahead and place your order!

I waited for a few days before my photo book finally arrived at my doorstep via registered mail =)

My Dustjacket Photo Book came in a brown cardboard box that protected the book
Comes with an outer cover
Hard cover dustjacket
A relatively thin book with about 40 pages

I love how the end product looked exactly like what I designed on the website! The colours turned out to be exactly the same as on the screen and the photos were very clear and of high resolution.

Pages on our honeymoon to Switzerland from the actual book
Pages on our 3rd honeymoon to Hokkaido
(Love how every detail in the photo can be seen clearly)

Keep the book out of reach of children though. Although the pages are relatively thick and made of good material, they are not baby-proof! *laughs*

Pretending to pose with the book
When actually all this cheeky baby wants is to turn/tear the pages while maintaining a sneaky smile!!

I was honestly very pleased with the end product (and my design skills! Hehe).

Photojaanic also kindly provided us with a Collage Poster and personalised Stickers to be displayed and stuck on goodie bags respectively at my boy's first birthday party in December!

As usual, I designed them on the website and followed the templates provided.




Designing the sticker

How the final product is likely to look like

You can choose from the same database of cliparts, backgrounds and borders as the photo books. I have already placed my order and can't wait for it to arrive! Will be posting pictures of the final product after my boy's birthday party (for those of you coming to our party, you'll probably get to see it firsthand!) =)

If you're interested in the collage posters and stickers, there's actually a promotion going on so do check it out. I'm sure these will make great Christmas gifts for family and friends =)

Collage Poster
Photo credit: Photojaanic
Photo credit: Photojaanic

To kickstart our series of Christmas giveaways on the blog, we are giving away 1 Collage Poster (12x16 inches) & 1 Notebook to ONE lucky winner!

Prizes sponsored by Photojaanic

Simply follow these steps to qualify:

(1) Leave a comment on this blog post on what photos you will print on the collage poster
(2) Enter the above entry into the Rafflecopter widget below (don't forget to do this as we'll be using the widget to pick the winner!).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The other entries are optional but you may enter them for more chances of winning! Good luck! =)

Terms and Conditions of this giveaway:
a) This giveaway ends on 23rd November 2014 (Sunday) and is only open to readers living in Singapore.
b) Participants must leave a comment with the required answer and enter their entry into Rafflecopter in order to qualify. Other entries entered into Rafflecopter must also be completed (I do check!). Incomplete entries will be disqualified without notice.
c) Limited to one prize per household
d) The winner will be drawn randomly via Rafflecopter and must respond within 3 days after being contacted by me otherwise another winner will be drawn.

Disclosure: Complimentary products were received from Photojaanic Singapore for the purposes of this review and giveaway. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.
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