Tuesday, January 20, 2009

PhotoWorks $50 gift card giveaway

When Smartypants, my 10.5 year old was born, we took a million pictures of him. Maybe not that many, but at the time we were still using film (film!), and I have many photo albums from his early years.

About five or so years ago we went all-digital with our pictures, and I'll be darned if we've printed more than 50 of them in all that time. Sure, they are categorized and available to easy viewing right on our desktop computer. But who wants to fit four people in a single office chair and review years worth of photos?

Not me.

So when I had the chance to make a complimentary photo book from PhotoWorks, I was thrilled. I jumped in with an ambitious (for a PW virgin) project- last summer's vacation to Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

In retrospect, I would have picked something a bit smaller for my first go-round, but I LOVE the results. I have a high quality photo book that I can leisurely page through as I snuggle on the couch with my boys. I can tote it to grandmas and show her the good times from our family vacation. At last I have a vacation memory book- which is crucial because I'm forty and those brain cells are dying faster than you'd believe.

Because this was my first photo book, I don't have much to compare the PhotoWorks interface and process to, but I can say I figured it all out on my own. I had many choices in terms of cover colors, layouts and fonts. In fact, so many that it overwhelmed me a bit as a newbie, but then again, no one in my family is known for their sense of design.

As far as the finished product, I already told you I love it! It's hardcover with sturdy pages and binding. The photo quality equals what I sent in- meaning, my sharp pictures came out crisp and my fuzzy ones came out, well, less sharp. My fault, not theirs. (I'm on a learning curve, people.)

I'm giving away a $50 PhotoWorks gift card to one lucky winner. You can use the credit toward a photo book or any other PhotoWorks products like cards or gift items.

RULES To enter, leave a comment below letting me know what PhotoWorks project(s) you'll make if you win. Entries from US residents will be accepted through 11:30 AM CST 1/26. Blog or Tweet this post for an extra entry each (come back and comment to let me know you did so). You can also gain an extra entry by subscribing to my main blog.

27 comments:

Mary said...

I would make pocket books for my family members...I know my Mom would love to carry one in her purse!

dolls123 said...

I like the T-shirts

luckydolls123[at]verzion[dot]net

Bonggamom said...

I would also make a photo book -- I agree it's just not practical to brag about your beautiful family to visitors, then plop them onto a computer chair to show them your photos online! :)

Bonggamom said...

I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/bonggafinds/status/1137049325

The Saunders Family said...

oh, we need baby announcements in May and I love the Sunshine design!
mom2maria at hotmail

Stimey said...

Definitely a photo book. I love photos, but I will never be a scrapbooker, so I love things like this.

Rob and Kristen said...

Had a baby in September, I could do anything with $50! Maybe photo books?? Oooh....

Rob and Kristen said...

Not sure if my other comment posted, but if it didn't....I like those photobooks too!

Jeff Hughes said...

I would like to make a photo book of "2008 in Review" so that we can pull it out and just take a walk down memory lane.

Jenifer Hughes (jnhughes@charter.net)

Minnesota Mami said...

I've been wanting to make a specific photobook for a long time...but it is an ambitious one too! With a $50 giftcard that would definitely be the motivation I need to get going on creating a PhotoBook chronicling the month long adoption process we had in Colombia adopting our 3 precious children (DS - 11, DD - 9 and DD - 4) one year ago!

Minnesota Mami said...

I just became a subscriber via Google Reader

exotic1 said...

I would like to have my own special photo mug and I really liked the Tapered Mug (I (Heart) You) and the 11x8 HorizontalCalendar-Houndstooth
to have at work. I just love displaying my family around me at work. It makes it a much better atmosphere to work in. Thanks for Sharing~!

exotic1 said...

I've subscribed now you can't hide~! lol

exotic1 said...

I just tweeted about your site and giveaway here
http://twitter.com/exotic1/status/1140879681
exotic1
Thanks Again :)

micaela6955/Michele P. said...

I really like the sterling silver photo charm, very pretty! And I would LOVE the kids pack of photo valentines, my daughter would be the hit of the class with those

micaela6955 at msn dot com

micaela6955/Michele P. said...

I now am subscribing to your main blog in my google reader!

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micaela6955/Michele P. said...

sent out a tweet here: http://twitter.com/micaela6955/status/1141027733

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Anonymous said...

I would make a photo book of my niece and nephew. I have a bunch of photos of them, but, yep, they're all still on my computer. Thanks for the giveaway. guill888 at yahoo dot com

Mrs. Mogul said...

I am looking to make a baby photo book for my daughter. She STILL has loose photos everywhere!

ACW said...

I so appreciate your sentiments about printed photos versus digital photos! With my 10 year old, I was running to Walgreen's every other day to develop (remember that word?) a roll of film. Starting with my 7 year old, files upon files of digital photos have been downloaded.

My photo book would be of my children's early years, pre-elementary school. There are specific digital photos a go to time and time again - beautiful portraits of my kids and their friends - and I'd want to capture them in a book that will last forever.

Anne

Kristina said...

Excellent giveaway. I'd make a photo book of both of my kids. I've been so neglectful to do anything like that. Thanks for opportunity.

lori said...

I'd make a photo book of my new son.

ldbollen at yahoo dot com

valmg said...

They have some nice things but I'd definitely make a photo book of our last extended family vacation.

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Marcy said...

I would make a photo book to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary (has it really been that long??)

Marcy said...

I just subscribed :-)

chani said...

I'd make thank you cards or pocket books.

chani.adams (at) gmail (dot) com