MixBook was 100% perfect for this.
Mixbook is a SUPER easy and fun website where you can make completely customizable photo books, cards, and calendars (and creating and customizing is entirely free!)
When I first found Mixbook I decided to get the absolute most inexpensive option for my guest book (book on the right in the photo above)-which was the standard 8.5x8.5" soft cover (and with the 30% off offer at the time, I was able to get the entire thing-including tax and shipping-for just under $24! Pretty awesome). I would also like to note that I chose the budget shipping option and it STILL only took 5 days to get to me, and Mixbook does an awesome job of packaging so that nothing will damage the books during the shipping process. And, while the book I received was lovely and would have totally worked, it was definitely not super durable (if you touched it wrong there were fingerprints, etc. and due to it being a softcover, it was a bit flimsy) so I decided to contact the customer service department: who were UNBELIEVABLY helpful! They offered to refund me the entire price of the book I had ordered and put it back as a credit onto my account-no questions asked (and really, this was in no way their fault)! Instead I ended up having them refer me to their marketing department, who hooked me up in exchange for this review, but regardless they were extremely kind and helpful.
And then I upgraded myself to the gorgeous 12x12" hardcover you see up there on the left.
The quality...is outstanding. I was stunned by how beautiful my guest book was when it came to me.
The hardcover was lovely and seems durable. The photos are gorgeous and perfect. I'm totally head over heels in love with how amazing it turned out.
Mixbook uses archival-quality, FSC-certified papers, hand-stitched hardcovers, and incredibly detailed print reproduction: which essentially comes down to the fact that they're beautiful, the photos look how they should, and they are going to LAST. Which...ya know...for my wedding guest book...kind of important.
And, if you're interested...you can view my entire wedding guest book online.
Yepp...click that linky...and you're there. View away.
(Because, believe it or not, I didn't share quite all of it in the course of this blog post.)
That's another cool thing about Mixbook-you have the option to share your designs and can even invite anyone you want to edit it! So collaboration on these things is crazy easy. (But don't worry, if you're more private you can absolute set your settings to private as well, it is entirely up yo you!)
But I'm totally getting ahead of myself.
Let's rewind to how I created my guest book-and how you can create your own projects too!
For your convenience, you can begin with one of Mixbook's professional designs or start entirely from scratch!
I am so not great when it comes to designing these sorts of things from scratch, so I started out by choosing from one of Mixbook's pre-designed Wedding Guest Books. I ended up going with the Vintage Florals Guest Book design, and then began the fun: customization!Mixbook allows you to use photos from anywhere! You can import them from various photo sharing sites (such as facebook, picasa, etc.)-as well as allowing you to upload from your computer. To ensure the highest quality I uploaded the original photo files given to us by our photographer. And since I'm generally not a genius when it comes to scrapbook-y style things, I mostly went with the way the photos were already laid out in the template I chose (with just a few instances of re-sizing and rearranging-which was crazy simple to do!)
There are also so many options for "stickers" (the little embellishments you see on some of the pages, such as the hearts above and below), backgrounds, and text-you can literally customize every single little thing (and you can also search for backgrounds and stickers that are in your colors and theme). And it will take time if you choose to do this (I spent over 3 hours one morning designing it--and I LOVED IT! It completely sucks you in, and all of a sudden you look at the clock and realize how much time has passed!)
Oh and in case you're wondering--the 12x12" hardcover guest book (without any sort of discounts and including tax and standard shipping) came out to just under $70. Which-for a high quality engagement photo album + fully customized wedding guest book, is a pretty awesome dealio.
But chances are you would never pay full price.
Mixbook frequently runs sales/discounts/promotions. And, as luck would have it, TODAY is Mixbook's birthday!! To celebrate, until 11:59 PDT tonight, you can get up to 50% off--click here for more details!
So...what are you waiting for? Discover Mixbook for yourself ASAP!