Saturday, November 01, 2008

Inkubook Digital Scrapbook Giveaway

Inkubook Digital Picture BookI'm rather taken with the company I'm highlighting today--I've been looking forward to telling you about Inkubook for a couple weeks now.

Maybe you're familiar with what this company offers--they're a website where you can upload your digital pictures then arrange them online and have them printed off into a real, live book. Okay, maybe not real, live book but a real REAL book. I've seen places where you can do this and have seen one or two books people have made but this is the first one I've tried for myself.

I'm not a high-powered scrapbooker and I tend to just throw my pictures into 3-ring binders--you know, the minimalist look? But I decided that this new technology is really the way for me to go from here on out.

I uploaded 150 pictures from our trip to Florida last March to Inkubook and printed off my own family album as a test run so I could tell you what I think of the whole process.

Pros

  • Lots of layouts. You can choose your backgrounds and layouts and I found that the selection was more than sufficient. I started out using patterned backgrounds just because I could but then I switched to solid colors that complimented instead of competed with the photographs and it looked much better.

  • Lots of sizes. Right now there are really only two hardbound sizes available--8.5 X 11 in either landscape or portrait layouts but there are quite a few new sizes coming soon. Anywhere from a small landscape of 7 X 5 inches on up to a large 11 X 11 square and most in both hardback and softbound.

  • Reasonable prices. I know how much it costs to buy acid free paper, sheet protectors, photo corners, pens, and all the other paraphernalia that goes with scrapbooking but for the 47 pages my book contained the cost would be about $37--plus $7 shipping. If you have under 20 pages it's as low as $25. That's not bad at all, I've heard other sites that can be upwards of $50.

  • Good print quality. My pictures weren't at the highest resolution--I set my camera at a lower setting to accommodate video footage as well--but still they printed well. Full-page pictures were slightly grainy but even if I'd tried to order prints at the photo shop they wouldn't have done any better. The quality was good.

  • Preset formats. You can create your own book from scratch or you can go with some of Inkubook's preset formats and ideas. Not bad if assembling your own book seems a daunting task.

  • Endless possibilities. There are so many ways you could use this service--as a souvenir from a family reunion, as a wedding album or baby book. You could make one for a year of a child's life or as a graduation gift with pictures from the graduate's educational career. I think I'll be making one each year for our family now that I've got the hand of things. I will never go back to the glue and paste thing in the binder. NEVER.

  • Easy to use. Even though there wasn't much of a tutorial on how to use the site it was pretty intuitive and even someone such as I, who had never made up a picture book like this, was able to figure it out. The only thing I had trouble with was that at first I didn't realize that your book is saved as you go and when I had problems with my connection I thought I had to start over again. Not so, just pick up where you left off and everything's saved and waiting.

  • Access to Flickr. If you already have pictures uploaded to a Flickr account then you can use those without going through the upload step again. I haven't tested how this works but that's what my information is telling me and it sounds very helpful.

  • Fast service. I received my book very quickly, it was printed and shipped within a week.
Cons
  • Problems with the site. The site still has one or two bugs that can make it difficult to navigate. There were times when my cursor hovered over nothing in particular and without clicking or anything suddenly I'd be thrown to the home page and for some reason my screen wouldn't show my dashboard on the home page. What this all meant was that I couldn't go back to my saved book without logging out and then logging in again. I'm not sure if this was a Firefox issue or what but with 150 photos it probably happened 10 times which became pretty irritating. I expect that that kind of problem will be fixed as the bugs get worked out.

  • Photos upload slowly. Though that's typical of any site and isn't specific to Inkubook the photos do take some time to upload. Nothing to be done here, I'm probably just too darn impatient. Instant gratification, that's what I'm about apparently.
And that's it--I was highly satisfied with the service and now that I've got the hang of things I plan on making another book at the end of the year for our 2008 album.

Oh! I almost forgot! After I made a book and received it Inkubook sent me a survey to fill out which, once completed, earned me a coupon for another free book (not including shipping). What a deal. Then later I got another coupon for free shipping on a paid book. So as long as this offer continues you can essentially get two books for the price of one.

Thanks to Inkubook I have FIVE free books to give away--here's your chance to take a whack at this exciting and creative new technology. The prize is good for any size book plus free shipping so let's hope you've got some ideas of how you'd like to use it.

To take your shot at winning one of these five books follow the directions below and cross those fingers!

Here's how to win:

Before 12 am Monday go to the giveaway entry form on this page and enter your name and email. I will pick one of the names at random, contact the winner via their email and publish the winner's first name and home town in next Tuesday's post. See the bottom of the entry form for more details.

This giveaway is open to all readers so good luck!

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70 comments:

chelle said...

hmm not a scrapbooker, but love photobooks!

Maryann said...

Sounds like a good idea for the gift giving season :)

Flea said...

The concept is really cool, but I wound up chatting onlinie with customer service for quite awhile a couple of times because it wouldn't work for me. Don't know if it's Vista or what. But I would have loved it to work.

wwjdfkb said...

ooooOOOOoooo cool@@@

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

WOW - these are a really great idea!!

illahee said...

that looks really cool!

Carinne said...

I really like these books. I would have switched long ago to only making these books, instead of the scrapbook/photo albums that I do make, except for a couple of problems. By using these books instead, I can't add all the little scrapbook things that I like to add - ticket stubs, birthday cards, programs from school plays, etc. Also, they aren't quite as hardy. With scrapbooks, if the kids are rough on them (which they are, because they LOVE to look at them) and tear out a page, I can just replace the page easily. With these books, if they tear out a page, or rip a page, or crumple a page, its there for good. SO - I've kept up with my 3 ring binder books, but I look longily at these wishing I could find a way to make them work because it would be MUCH faster.

barbmccrea said...

great giveaway, love the digital scrapbooks, Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

even have gone hi tec with creativity;

pcbdolphins said...

I am finally reunited with my daughter after 17 years. We really need this for our pics

Marne said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

I've been wanting (needing) to try these photo books out. We have so many digital pictures but no paper copies. Somehow it's just not as fun looking at photos on a screen rather than in a book.

Carol said...

What an original product. Thanks for the chance to win!

Heffalump said...

I got a free coupon for a photo book with Shutterfly. It was a small 8x8 hardbound book and only the basic 20 pages was for free but it was fun to put together. I plan to do some more in the future and will have to check out this site...

The Bertone's said...

OH my goosh! I am an avid scrapbooker! If you want to see a few I just finished, check out my blog. I would love to win one, cause I am not sure I like the whole digital look yet, so to see one for real would be awesome! Thanks for the opportunity! By the way I love your blog!

Jenndiggy said...

I love photobooks.

kathy55439 said...

WOULD LOVE TO MAKE THIS FOR THE FAMILY I WORK FOR HAVE TAKEN GREAT PICTURES OF THE BOY AND WOULD LIKE TO FIND A GREAT WAY TO GIVE THEM FOR CHIRSTMAS

banquetbabe said...

great prize, looks like fun

TheresaJenkins said...

I was scrapbooking when scrapbooking wasn't cool,I would love this.thanks

RE said...

I'm really trying hard in my scrapbooking for my youngest, so this would be great!

Brittney said...

Scrapbooking is fun =]

Missy said...

I am a die-hard scrapbooker. I would love to win this!

Donna said...

I love taking pictures too. Lots of grand-children. Would love this book. Thanks.

Molly C. said...

Awesome! I would love to try this out.

with love, r said...

Thanks for this giveaway! I love these bound books because I'm not a scrapbooker either- but I can take a mean picture!

shiloh said...

My daughter has more photos than can be imagined, this would sure come in handy for her.

idahomom said...

These things are awesome for memories of vacations.

wwe11 said...

I would love to win this. Thanks
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

hale said...

This would be a great gift for the family!!

Anonymous said...

This is a great giveaway.

redron said...

want to win this

Lisa said...

NICE GIVEWAY

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this one.

rsbkc4 said...

oh my gosh this would come in soooo handy. Pick me please :)

Deb K said...

Great Product~Please enter me in the give~away~Thanks!

Just Like Mom's said...

I love it! I'ts wonderful!! :)

:) Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! :)

marjeannie said...

I could really use something like this. Love your site.

LIDARKSIDE said...

This is the first time that I've heard of these.

okbarbie5 said...

This sounds like a great idea! It's new to me and I really am interested! Thanks!

shaun said...

My wife would love this. Great contest! Count me in!

yellowlabs said...

I would love to win this!

linett said...

great family gift

Tina said...

PLEASE PICK ME!!!!!!!!!! I STILL HAVE SCRAPBOOKS SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL

Linda said...

I've heard about these books but have never tried to do one. Thanks for sharing your experience with Inkubook.

Anonymous said...

This is the first I have heard of this and I would love to win it! I have MS and have been a scrapbooker but now I have lost use of lefthand so my scrapbooking dreams are gone somewhat for me to do physically. We have so many photos still left to be scrapbooked. This is great!

Sarah Small
adamnsarahsmall@yahoo.com

Tonya said...

very cool count me in please

barbara.montyj said...

Yes I'm a mega scrapbooker!
So enter me please.

KIMBERLY said...

Thanks for this great contest!
Kim B
ksbald2@yahoo.com

Sandra said...

Scrapbooking has given me the opportunity to use my creative side and I have made so many for my children, grandchildren and friends. I would love to see this concept and have made some on my computer without these great helps. blackford56@yahoo.com

irene said...

What a great prize!!

fancyfeet48 said...

would make a great gift.

Jayfr said...

I could use this -- we've got lots of pictures and lots of ideas.

Ellie said...

Would be great to keep up with my trips!

Imaterri said...

Im been wanting to upgrade my scrapbooking techniques with something like this!

nanja said...

Sounds like something Id like to try. Nice way to make me finally organize some pictures together!

huggr1960 said...

Love to try this out. Thanks for the chance.

klp1965 said...

PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

Anonymous said...

My daughter likes to do scrapbooks and I would love to give her one of these. She would be featuring her 3 yr-old, I'm sure.
AztecFeller@aol.com

justicecw said...

I would love to make one of these! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

goodwitchglinda said...

Cool! Can I then consider myself "published"? ;) I think digital scrapbooking is for me. Thanks!

Jinxy and Me said...

This looks fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway!

Julianne said...

I would love to win this to help make a book for my parents of their grandchildren for a Christmas gift. Thanks for sharing this with us!

her5boys said...

I really want to give this a try!

vmkids said...

thanks for the contest

Anonymous said...

please enter me in this great contest thannks

judycc said...

Great giveaway!

RE said...

Great giveaway! What a great idea!

masonsgranny59 said...

great giveaway

fancyfeet48 said...

I love photobooks and making scrapbooks

Belinda said...

Please enter me - I would love to give this a try! What a fantastic idea.