Printing a photo book: ISSUU

One year ago I created a digital book on issuu.com with photos of a trip to London. We went there to celebrate the birthday of a friend and when we came back I decided to create this small diary of our trip. I wrote a post about it at the time (see HERE).

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This year, for the birthday of the same friend, I thought of trying out ISSUU’s printing option and order a copy of the diary. Since we were not travelling this time nor even being together on her special day, I hoped this would be a nice gift for her to remember the trip.

At the time I used InDesign to create the digital book and I uploaded it to ISSUU in PDF format.
So I just had to go back to my profile and order a copy of it.

If you don’t have a subscription to InDesign, there’s at least one open source software I know that does the same job: Scribus.

After placing the order, I was asked to choose the type of book and as it didn’t have that many pages I went for the Magazine type. The other options are Soft- or Hardcover books.

Then for the size I chose the small one because I couldn’t remember if I had created the book with a nice resolution for printing. So to play safe and avoid getting a magazine with pixelated images, I went for the 148 x 209 mm (A5) option.

The other option would have been the medium size (A4): 209.903 x 296.686 mm.

And the last step was to choose if I wanted it in color or black & white.

As for discounts, you start getting them when you place an order of 10 items or more.

I wasn’t amazed by the quality of it, but then again it might be related to the resolution of my images. On the other hand, this is a 12 CHF (~10€/8£) product, I guess you get the point!

Still, it makes a sweet gift in my opinion :)
Definitely something I will keep using for personal projects.

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Do you print photo books online?
I would love to know other options you may have tried out – let me know in the comments, thanks!

Photo desk calendar

I came up with the idea of printing a calendar with some of my favorite quotes illustrated with photographs taken by me to give as a complement to a birthday present to one of my sisters.

Since Xmas is in less than 2 months, I thought I could share this here.

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I made it on PhotoBox. It’s an online photo printing company and on their website you can print photos, canvas, books, calendars, cards, mugs, etc.

I chose the desk calendar because I thought it would be handy for my sister to have it on her desk while she studies, but there are other options (like one page calendars, diaries, etc.).

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The process of creating it was very simple:
After choosing the type of calendar I wanted, I was asked to choose the starting month and background color. Then I just had to upload the photos, arrange the layout and add the quotes.

While you’re working on the layout you can also add text next to the dates, for example below I added “St Valentine’s Day” on February 14th. I also inserted some holidays on the other pages.

For the quotes, I chose a font that looked hand written.
You’re able to choose the font type, size and color, as well as formatting options like bold, italic, underlined and the alignment of your text.

Once it looked like what I wanted I just had to save it and complete the order.
If you create a profile there it will save the calendar for the future, so you can come back, update the info and reprint it. It’s pretty cool!

I immediately ordered two of them though, because I knew I would want to keep one for myself. :)
FYI if you decide to get two right away, there’s a discount.

As for the quality, it’s fine. I mean it’s a 12£ (~15€/18 francs) calendar so don’t expect anything top-notch. With that said, mine had no printing errors, the colors turned out nice and everything was as expected – so I’m happy with it!

I’ve noticed on their website they have some special offers going on right now.
So go have a look if you liked the idea!

Tip for posting on social media

Hi! This post is going to be a bit different than usual.
But I still took some photos to illustrate it ;)

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I had the idea of writing this post after Shannon from Seeing Spots Photography asked on her blog which social media sites we use the most and invest our time in.

And it occurred to me that maybe not everyone found an easy way to have content published on their social media sites on a regular basis, so I thought I would share!

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I use Buffer :)
It’s an app that helps you manage multiple social media accounts at once.

You can connect all the below on this site and start scheduling posts to go online at specific times.

Both my Facebook page and Twitter account were created with the intention to share the content of this blog outside of the “WordPress world” and I use Buffer to manage what’s going to be shared on each of them.

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At the beginning, when sharing on these platforms, I was limiting myself to publish the link of any new post – just saying “New post on the blog”. Then I started realizing that wouldn’t help much and that I needed to start using the social media to connect more with people (followers, friends).

I wanted to post not only content related to what is published here on the blog, but also photos and sneak peeks of future posts, as well as inspirational quotes and other things that motivate me to keep going with the blogging. So people can relate to it, follow my projects, like, comment, etc.

The problem is I didn’t really have time to do all that on a regular basis and in a consistent way.

Luckily one day I discovered Buffer, so I could start planning what kind of information I would be sharing on each of the networks and schedule posts/tweets.

I now have a consistent amount of info being published every day.
It keeps me motivated and (I guess and hope) also keeps people interested.

Besides having access to the website on your computer, you can also download the Buffer app to your phone and iPad, which is useful to edit or add scheduled posts if you’re not at home. You only need to have an internet connection so it synchronizes with the last updates made.

Time saver!
You can just take a couple of hours, plan what you want to share on your social media this week, schedule everything and don’t worry about having to log in the middle of the day to post this and that. The only thing left to do is check if people engaged and respond to them! – We all love comments and likes, right? ;)

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Did you already know about Buffer?
Or do you use any other kind of app that does the same thing?

If not, I hope this post was useful :)

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PS: I know there’s a schedule option on Facebook pages, however every time I tried it didn’t work properly. Most of the time my posts weren’t published.