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?
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.