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Something I Love – Inch Beach

This post is me entering a Love All Blogs competition. You will see the link to LAB in my side bar – they are a website that brings together blogs so it’s easy to find great new blogs and posts to read. This competition is in conjunction with Albelli, the prize is a print – and the idea is to share a photo of something you love on your blog.

I have chosen this photo of Inch Beach in Ireland. I fell in love with Inch last summer on my first trip to Ireland, but it also represents my love of the sea and the sand and the seaside. I’ve mentioned it before – there is something about the sea which shows power and peace at the same time.

So… I am sharing an image of something I love with Love All Blogs and Albelli

Ireland on a F650GS - Inch Beach

(If you are wanting to enter this competition check out the details over on the Love All Blogs website – it closes at midday on Valentine’s Day).

Chocolate and Instagram

It’s perhaps one of those iOS apps you either love or hate. I’ve been using instagram on my iPhone for a while now and I’m in the love camp – I like how you can easily crop and add filters to your photos and share them on twitter and Facebook. I also like how other instagram users can “love” your image and comment on it away from other social media using the instagram app.

Instagram is a free social media photography app that allows you to take and share photos with or without pre-set filters directly from your iPhone.  It has a very simple interface that shows your own, your friends and random popular snaps, and links with twitter, Facebook, Flickr and foursquare for sharing purposes.

Instagram Screen Shots

These photos I took of my five year old mini-lop bunny Chocolate yesterday evening are examples of what you can do with instagram. In each case I’ve added a different filter, which I think suits the particular snap and gives each something different for the purpose of sharing online.

Instagram - Chocolate and a Mug

Instagram - Chocolate and a Mug

The original photo of Chocolate and the mug is ok – not spectacular of course it’s only an iPhone snap, but it’s cute and I thought worth sharing with my bunny-loving friends. So I stuck it in instagram and had a play with the available filters and chose this one just to give the image a warm glow, something different.

Instagram - Chocolate in a bowl

Instagram - Chocolate in a bowl

In many cases (like the one above) I will take a quick snap knowing I will be cropping them to a square, and therefore will compose accordingly – I wasn’t worried about the paperwork on the left or the plates on the right of the original shot. As for choosing which filters to use when, I tend to choose the image first then apply different filters until I particularly like the look of one.

Instagram - Chocolate on her level

Instagram - Chocolate on her level

I only use instagram for social media sharing, it’s a “for fun” app not there for serious images (the resolution of the edited image is only about 1400 pixels square at 72dpi).  In many cases I won’t use any filter because I like the image just as it is. But I do rate the app highly and will continue to use it for twitter photos in favour of posting on twitter or TwitPic directly, or at least until something even better comes along.

Instagram - Chocolate close up face shot

Instagram - Chocolate close up face shot

When it comes to browsing other people’s instagram shots, I actually use the instapad app which has a lovely designed interface for viewing, loving and commenting on images. I love looking at the photos other people take, although the unhealthy food ones do make me hungry, and the gorgeous seascapes make me wish for the waves. That’s the point though, the reason people post them, right?

Instapad Browsing Images

Instapad Viewing One Image

There are some downsides to instagram. One is that it is an iPhone only app, it doesn’t even work properly on an iPad, and you can’t upload, love or comment on photos on a computer.  Another is that if you only have a GPRS connection, or even Edge, you won’t be able to upload your pics – you need 3G or WiFi for it to work properly. Considering the small size of instagram images that is pretty poor really.  It also has no Google+ integration yet (many apps and websites don’t).

They say a picture says a thousand words, and instagram is great ways to share yours with your friends and followers.  It might be a just for fun app, but it’s free and worth having a play.

If you fancy following my images on instagram I’m Splodz on there too.

Blurb – The Ultimate Photo Book

Photo books are a brilliant way of keeping your photographic memories of a specific event or activity together. I’ve made a few over the last couple of years and really like going back to them – photographs really are a fantastic way to remember all the details of whatever went on.

Then Blurb got in touch. They were interested in my Year in Photos idea and wondered if I fancied trying out one of their photo books. Not just any photo book – but what I’ve been referring to as “the mother of all photo books” during this particular project.

With Blurb you can make and sell hard back coffee-table style photo books. These are proper books with spines, the sort that you would buy in a book shop and keep somewhere prominent rather than just with the rest of the photo albums.

I was asked to give the Blurb idea a try and let you know what I thought. I was given a voucher to spend on my book, but the fact it didn’t quite cover the cost didn’t bother me because I was happy to spend my own money on this product.

I chose to make a Standard Landscape (10×8 inch) book.  The standard option had 236 pages – I decided this would be plenty to show off my 365 photos from 2010 bearing in mind that I had a range of file sizes and resolutions to work from.  I chose to stick with the online Bookify system which meant I could design my book using the Blurb website (rather than downloading any software, which is another option) – this meant I could work on my project on my PC and my laptop depending on what I was using at the time.


To start you need to upload your photographs.  This is really simple but will take quite some time.  I uploaded the files direct from my computer but as you can see you can choose a variety of sources, including Picasa or Facebook.  Each photo can be a maximum of 10MB, which is plenty for large good quality prints – I only had to resize two of mine before uploading.


The Bookify system is really easy point and click stuff.  After you’ve uploaded all your photos (which you can do in stages if you choose), the next thing is to choose you book size, shape and style.  I’ve already mentioned I went for the standard book, but I chose the “fun and funky” style.  I think I’d normally pick the “bold black” kind of style, as black pages do show of colours in photographs very well, but for some reason I was feeling like something different so I went with the orange pages and informal text style of the one they described as “just good fun”.

You are then given the option of letting Bookify automatically placing  your images as it chooses, or doing each page yourself.  I started out going for the automatic option, but ended up going back and doing it all myself.  The automated one is great if you want a simple “same on every page” layout, but I didn’t, and so going through page by page was the best way to do it.  This of course took some time.  A lot of time, in fact.


It was really easy to work out how Bookify works – it’s very intuitive.  You work your way through the pages, placing your chosen photo on each page.  You can sort your photos by date, name etc, and also choose to show all photos in your album or only the photos that haven’t been used yet, which was really helpful.  As my book was to be in date order I had named my files accordingly and so it was really easy to find which photo should come next – something I would really recommend – preparation is the key because when you’re making something with over 200 pages and over 350 images you want to be prepared!


Once you’ve placed each photo on a page you can scale it, zoom in/out, rotate and so on.  If you’re photo has a low resolution you will get a warning in the corner, which is very obvious, and in which case you are best making that photo smaller so it prints in decent quality.  As a number of my shots were really quick iPhone snaps (some on my 3G), I did have a number of photos that needed to be small – but that was ok because I was quite happy to design my pages around the photos rather than having a set standard for each page.


If you have one photo on a page it’s easy to add another by dragging and dropping.  You can then choose your specific layout from a wide range of templates.


Adding text to your page was also very easy.  As long as you’ve chosen a page layout with a text box you just click in it and type away.  Some layouts offer more space for text than others, so take this into account when you’re designing.  You can change font, colour, style etc as easily as in any word processor.  I chose to add captions to each photo but stuck with the default text settings for consistency.


The whole system is really easy to use. You can see all the pages like the above screen shot, and even swap the pages around if you so choose.  There is also a preview option which gets rid of all the menus so you can concentrate on how your photos look on the page (and checking your spelling!).


You can change your mind about pretty much everything at any point during your project – I could have gone for that “bold black” at any time with a simple click of the mouse!  The fun and funky style allowed me to choose the colour of each individual page too (although I stuck to orange throughout).

The whole process took hours (and hours). It was a labour of love but it really was time consuming. It took several hours to upload all my photos.

The book took a couple of weeks to arrive due to the nature of the product, and when it did I couldn’t wait to open it.  The cover and paper used is really good quality, and the book is chunky and substantial.  The photos are perhaps a little darker than I was anticipating, but the quality of the print is definitely there.  With sharpness I’d say that was lacking in some shots too, but it is difficult to know if that was my photography, the size of the print, or the quality – I suspect the former considering these photos were never taken with the intention of printing them.



If I was making another one of these books I would be using DSLR shots only, because they are the best quality.  I would also get them as big on the page as possible. I would be tempted not to bother with any captions, but would use a text only page every now and again to explain what was going on or what my ideas were.

This is not a throw-away photo book site. We are talking serious money here. My photo book, with the hard cover and 236 pages, cost a massive £46.95 to buy.  I said it was the mother of all photo books!  Worth it?  Well it really depends on what you want it for.


Now if I thought it was good enough I could sell it via Blurb by promoting it.  Perhaps if I was a wedding photographer or something else that might work, or if I was a really good landscape photographer. You can set your price and the difference between it and the cost to print is yours to keep.

If you prefer there is always just the e-book version… yours for £1.49+VAT (for the one I had anyway).  This looks fab on my iPad, and again is a really nice way to look at my photos.

My verdict?  Blurb is a really great service, and Bookify is so easy to use, just time consuming.  But these photo books aren’t going to replace the ones you might get from Snapfish or other online services – no, these are special souvenirs and aimed at not just an average photographer.  This book of my Year in Photos 2010 is a fantastic keepsake, but it’s not something I’d use to make an album of holiday snaps.

Snapfish Photo Books and Gifts

Getting your photos printed is a rarity these days.  Now we generally have digital cameras instead of film ones, we don’t make use of the 1-hour photo processing Boots and Jessops and other’s used to offer and simply upload our pictures onto our computer to look at and share with people online.

But if you’re like me you still like having pictures around the place.  We’ve just moved house and our frames are sat in a pile in the spare room waiting for me to decide where to hang them.  Ever now and again I bung a selection of recent pictures on a USB drive and take them along to one of the afore mentioned stores to print 7×5″ prints to put in the frames – or that’s the idea anyway, it’s often years apart.

Prints aren’t the only way to give you your pictures to hold, though.  Companies like Snapfish offer photo printing as well as all manor of photo books and gifts – great for you to remember a specific event, and also great to share a particular with others.  And (even at the end of October) if you’re thinking about what you can get your family and friends for Christmas, there are some great ‘personalisable’ ideas around.

Snapfish sent me a voucher and asked me to review their photo books and other gifts and let you know what I thought… and what I thought was – well, bunnies!

I had a good look around the site – what a lot of choice!  Photo books come in all sorts of types, then there are flip books, calendars, posters, mugs, mousemats, badges, stickers, canvas prints, note books.  I chose a standard soft cover photo book, a spiral bound flip book, and a note book.

Snapfish Photo Book and Flip Book

I started by uploading all the photos I wanted to use for my projects.  This took a bit of time – partly because I was still undecided which photos to actually use so ended uploading more than I needed, but also because uploading photos to the web is not fast.  Here’s some advice straight away – decide what you want and which photos you are going to use and have them all in one folder on your computer ready to upload together.  You can set them to upload and walk away and do something else while it works away – you don’t want to be sat there watching the status bar move across.

Photo Book

I went for the standard photo book and to make things as easy as possible decided to use the autofill option within Snapfish so it decided where and how to display my photos on the pages.  You can easily decide which ones you want where (and how many on a page), but I wanted to see what the built-in system would do.  As you can see below some pages have one photo on, others two and others three.  It showed me a preview of each page and I could easily change how the autofill had cropped the pictures – just moving them around inside the frame until they were positioned as I wanted them.  It’s also easy to swap the pages over if you like.  The photos are quite small on the pages – there is a lot of white (well, black) space that could have been better used, but I do like the layout of the pages.

Snapfish Photo Book

The book itself has a black soft cover with black pages, which I chose from a number of template designs.  The quality of the print is excellent, I could see myself with a selection of these for different events and activities – one per holiday, for example.  You can add captions if you wish, but I like this simple design with no text.  If you were producing one as a memory book for an event or holiday you might wish to add text to remind you of what/where each photo is, but when it’s just bunnies there is no need.

This 7×5″ 32 page photo book with custom cover cost £17.94 (£12.99 for 30 pages plus £4.95 for the additional pages).

Snapfish Flip Book

Flip Book

If you want traditional photo prints but don’t want to put them in albums, a flip book is a good idea.  It’s simply one photo per page, printed 6×4″ on standard photo paper and spiral bound in a transparent plastic cover to protect.  This is even simpler (and cheaper) than the photo book and is a really effective way of keeping your photograph memories together without the need for albums.

You can’t choose how your photos crop so flip books work best with standard ratio images (you can see below that not all of mine were standard ratio and so I’ve lost bits of pictures where they were cropped in not the best way), and you will need to rotate any portrait photos so they appear landscape (you can do this within Snapfish).  You can choose the order of your photographs, though.  The process is very quick – add photos, change the order of the pages, add captions (or not, I didn’t), preview, place order.

Snapfish Flip Book Photos

My 6×4″ flip book cost £6.46 (£4.99 for 10 pages plus £1.47 for the additional 12 pages).

Snapfish Note Book

Note Pad

I thought this was a great idea.  Basically it’s a lined spiral bound notebook with card cover with your choice of photograph on it.  I am the queen of lists so it seemed like an excellent way of having one of my favourite photos with me every day.  I chose what is one of my favourite pictures of Chocolate for the front cover, without any border or anything.

I am really impressed with this.  It is not a hardback notebook so the edges are gonna get a bit scuffed, but the quality of the print is very good and I love having a personalised notebook like this.  I’d say this is a really nice photo gift – I’d prefer it to a mug or mousemat anyway.

My note pad with full photo front cover cost £5.99.

Snapfish Note Book

Delivery wise, I received all the items within five working days of placing my order (placed the order late Friday evening, received everything by the following Friday).  They arrived in either a jiffy bag or a card wallet and seemed well protected.

All three items from Snapfish I have described would make great gifts for yourself or someone else, and there are plenty more ideas on their website.  You could even get organised and place your orders now to beat the Christmas rush!  Take a look.

Peelzone iPhone Protectors

I was contacted by Peelzone recently, who make personalised protectors for phones and tablets including the iPhone and iPad. They had read my review of Mooskins and saw that I’d initially struggled to get my phone in and out, and reckoned what they produced was an excellent alternative to a case. So I took them up on their offer and they sent me a cover for my iPhone4.

What is a Peel?

A Peel is a printed protector for the back and parts of the front of your phone or tablet. It’s like a skin for your device, protecting it from scratches while adding no bulk. You can choose from one of loads of designs on the Peelzone website or upload your own photograph for a completely unique cover. I chose to use the same photograph that I had used on my Mooskin a few weeks ago, partly to compare but partly because it’s a particular favourite photo of mine right now.

The Peel arrives within a few days in the normal post, with some useful instructions on how to apply it…

Peelzone iPhone Protector

Peelzone iPhone Protector

Applying the Peel

Remember having to cover your school books with sticky back plastic when you were a kid? (Or maybe you got your dad to do it?!) I was worried this was going to be difficult and look all bubbly and horrible. If you’ve ever applied a screen protector to your phone screen then you know about that process and how it can sometimes be frustrating. You have to be so careful not to get any bubbles and it’s really tricky.

But actually applying the Peel was really easy. It comes with four little dots of tacky stuff so you can start by sticking your phone to the desk – an absolutely great idea (the little dots are completely removal, like the stuff they stick your credit card to the letter with). This of course means your phone doesn’t slide all over the desk while you’re working. Genius. I found it a little awkward to peel the Peel off of the backing, but once I’d started it off it came away easily. Then you line it up – long ways – and gently place it on your phone from one edge to the other. Mine went on first time (I’m not showing off… honestly!) and not a bubble in sight!

There are also two other bits for my iPhone – for the top and bottom of the front of the phone. As I have a screen protector on mine I chose not to apply those, but they are much smaller and so must be even easier to apply.

The thing to remember is don’t stick it down properly until you’re sure it’s in the right place. While the Peel comes off with no residue, it will lose it’s shape and you can’t re-apply it.

Look and Feel

The material is a vinyl and so has a gloss finish, and the print quality is very good. If you look at the print really closely you can see a few print lines but it really is nothing and on most photographs wouldn’t notice. Putting my Peel and my Mooskin side by side I could see very little difference in the quality of the printing.

Peelzone iPhone Protector

The cut-out for the iPhone 4’s camera and flash is discreet and the size of the Peel comes up just shy of the edges of the iPhone giving you a black (or white) outline around your cover. Being vinyl my iPhone does now have slightly more grip than it had before and of course I am now very confident putting my de-cased iPhone in my pocket or my bag, not worrying about scratches. One thing I have found is the vinyl is quite easy to “dent” – with your finger nail, for example. The slightly soft nature of the material means dents seem to stay in, but so far I haven’t got one so bad that it ruins the look of the photo. I will still use a case (my Mooskin most likely) sometimes, but as the Peel adds barely anything to the shape of the iPhone, it still fits.

Splodz Blogz Verdict

The idea of personalised screen protectors is a good one, and these are great quality and the service is quick. The best thing about it is you have personalised your phone without adding anything to it. I think £9.99 (the price for an iPhone4 Peel) is great value for a unique product. Remember the denting thing though – you can’t treat your phone as if it’s in a rugged case, because it’s not, but this does add a certain layer of protection.

Peelzone is available for all sorts of devices including the Kindle, iPods, various Blackberry’s and HTC handsets, the Nintendo DS and loads of other things too. I’m going to have a look at getting a Peel for my iPad now – I wonder if it’s much harder to apply because of the size difference?

Maybe I’d like to see Peelzone do a “full face” peel which is effectively a screen protector over the screen, and a Peel top and bottom – so you can use this instead of a screen protector on the front.

Discount Code!

A Peel for the iPhone 4 like I had is £9.99. Have a look at the Peelzone website for more details and to design yours…

And if you buy a Peel this month (before the end of October 2011) you can get a healthy 25% off by using the Splodz Blogz code. Simply put splodzpeel in the relevant box when you buy your chosen design.

You can also follow Peelzone on facebook.

Year in Photos (14 Aug 11) – Holiday Memories

We spent some time today going through our holiday snaps and sorting them out.  We shoot in RAW on the DSLR (of course) and so we have a bit of a play with the settings to get our photos just right.  PhotoShop CS5 (Camera Raw) is our weapon of choice.  Now we just have to go through the pics taken on the Finepix and the iPhone!  Oh I love photos they really bring back memories and put a smile on my face:)

Sunday 14th August 2011

14/08/11: Playing with RAW photos in CS5 Camera Raw

Mooskins – Personalised Phone Cases

[This post has been updated following some advice received from Mooskins… see the bottom.]

I was recently introduced to Mooskins – a company that sells one-off personalised phone cases.  The concept is brilliant – you upload your photo to the Mooskins website, and they send you a phone case with your photograph printed on it.  They currently do cases for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3 and the Blackberry 8520, and following a chat on Twitter the company sent me a iPhone 4 case to review.

Mooskins Case

The website is really easy to navigate and includes loads of ideas, but the idea here is that you use one of your own photographs to make your phone case completely personal to you – it’ll be a one of a kind.  I chose a photo of a sunset from a holiday to Cornwall last year, and went for the landscape option, but you could choose a photo of your child, husband, pet, garden, wedding, car, holiday, or whatever else takes your fancy.  You upload it to the website and then have opportunity to fiddle about with the position and cropping to get things just where you want them – I went for a landscape photo but you can equally choose a portrait design, it’s entirely up to you.

Delivery is super quick – just a couple of days, which considering these are printed to order is very good in my opinion.  They arrive in plastic packaging in a jiffy bag and fit through the letterbox.

Mooskins CaseWhen I opened my case I was impressed.  It’s moulded plastic, has cutouts for all the knobs and buttons you need access to, and isn’t going to scratch or chip easily.  And importantly, the case looked really good – a high quality photographic print on the case, very glossy, and perfectly finished.  I chose a high resolution photograph – make sure you do the same or you will risk having a case that’s slightly pixelated.  That sunset photo that brings back such happy memories can now go with me everywhere.  The size is good too – some cases can be ever-so bulky, and while this is a solid case it doesn’t add much more width than the case I’m using anyway (a smoke coloured Incase snap case).

I’d go as far as saying this is one of the nicest iPhone4 cases to look at I have come across.

Unfortunatley, though, there is one very important thing missing from this review, and that is a photograph of my iPhone 4 actually in the case.  I did put it in the case, and I used it for a day or so (and no, for some reason I didn’t take a photo of it that day).  But then I wanted to take it out of the case.  Oh dear.  How tough?  The case is fitted so well to the iPhone that it was really difficult to get it out.  At one point I was actually really concerned I wasn’t going to get the phone out of the case at all without breaking the case or even the phone!  When I eventually prized the case and phone apart I had a closer look.

Mooskins Case

The problem, I believe (and I’m no engineer), is two-fold.  Firstly the case is incredibly rigid.  Now that is a good thing because it is solid and therefore protects.  But it also means there is practially no flex in the product – making it very difficult to remove.  Secondly, there is a lip around the top of the case.  I can see this had been put there to make the case fit around the iPhone really well – excellent until you want to take it off.  The rigid construction paired with that lip makes taking the case off a very stressful experience.  And as I like to remove my case (mainly in order to use my iPhone in my sports armband), I made the decision not to put the case back on.  Disappointed because the case had so much promise.

Maybe Mooskins could look at the construction of the case I use all the time – the incase one?  Pictured together below, I prefer it because it is softer and more flexible (so it goes on and comes off easily), but still protects the phone.  It doesn’t look as good as the Mooskins one though.

Mooskins Case

Mooskins CaseI must also say that this issue I’ve had is with the iPhone 4 case specifically.  The iPhone 3 case is different in design – it’s a split case with a bottom and top part that clip together when on the phone.  I have one of these also (Mooskins sent me one of each) and have found it is much easier to use.  I can’t comment on the Blackberry case as I’ve not seen one.

I stand by my opinion above that this is a brilliant concept that looks great – the photo idea is just perfect and I could see my self having a selection of these to choose from (it was difficult enough to choose which photo to use for this review one).  They also make a really good present idea for anyone with one of these phones, and at £19.99 are great value when compared to other cases available.  But if you’re like me and you like to remove your iPhone4 from its case regularly, then I would suggest this isn’t the case for you.

Have you got a Mooskins case?  Do you love it?  Have you had the same problem trying to remove it or is this just me (it’s quite possible!)?  Feel free to comment below.

UPDATED Evening of 2nd August

Following this post I was contacted by Mooskins about the difficulty I had removing the case.  They sent me a video they made showing how to put the case on and, most importantly for me, how to take it off again:

I tried it this evening and it does indeed work like that – you have to “unhook” the two corners first and then pull the case away from the phone.  It is still stiff and you have to use this technique or you will have the same problem I did.

I’m really pleased as now I can make use of this case and recommend Mooskins fully to Splodz Blogz readers.  Thanks Tom at Mooskins for helping me out here – it’s good when a company reads about a problem and comes up with a solution, and so quickly too.  May I suggest, though, that you consider including a little slip of paper with some instructions on with the case when it’s shipped? Or maybe include a link to the video with the order confirmation?

Oh and of course… a photo of my phone in the case!

Mooskin iPhone4 Case


Free Photo Printing

Digital cameras are absolutely brilliant, Splodz Blogz readers know I love mine.  But of course the old problem is you don’t automatically get your photographic memories as prints anymore. is a site I have recently discovered which points you to places you can get digital photos printed for free.  Free is a nice word isn’t it?  I like it anyway!  There is normally a catch though, so I took a look at the site to see what it actually offering.

Free Photo Printing

The home page appears to explain it all.  The site lists companies that are offering free prints (often through an affiliate programme with the photo printing company).  It’s quite simple – you click on the “claim” link on the home page, it takes you to the company, you sign up, upload your photos, and order your prints.

Free Photo Printing - Links

I’ve got some nice photos of the bunnies that I thought I’d test the theory out with.  So I clicked on the first link – Truprint – to get my 50 free prints.  I signed up for an account, and it appeared to log me in to Snapfish (which has listed separately with 40 free prints).  However, once I’d uploaded 50 photos (which took ages even on fast broadband), the site now told me it was my first 20 prints that would be free.  That’s not what was advertised?  I was a bit disappointed as I’d been lead to believe it would be 50.  Oh and of course delivery isn’t included – 99p for 1-50 prints.  Like I said… there is always a catch!

On to the next one.  This time I tried MyPix, which said would be 80 free photos.  This time it was spot on – 80 free 6×4 prints (or a mini photo book if you prefer), just upload your album and go.  Once again this does not include delivery, which is £2.90 for orders below £6.00.

In the majority of cases you can only get the free prints once – they are offers for new customers only.  There is also a time limit on the offer, so once you’ve signed up you need to be getting your free prints ordered within a set number of weeks/months otherwise the offer expires.  That’s not really very surprising. say they have 785 free prints available from the companies currently listed, that should make a big dent in anyone’s holiday photos.  And for me it’s not always about the cost.  I want my photo prints to be good quality too, so it’s worth checking out what photo paper the company uses and what their prints are like before ordering your masterpieces for your album.

Free Photo Printing

Free Photo Printing

The other element to the website is that it acts as a price comparison site for photo books and gifts.  If you want a mug with your child’s face on it or a bag with your pet cat staring at you then this is the place to see what the best price is.  For example, they recommend Pixum for photo stickers, but list two further sites also – Photobox from £2.49 and MyPix from £24.79.  You can also compare prices of photo prints onto canvas, which is a very popular home-accessory at the moment.  As with the prints, you need to click through to the relevant site to discover the full details of the offer and see what you are actually getting for your money, but it’s a very useful place to start.

If you’re looking for prints of your digital photos and haven’t yet used some of these companies, then is an excellent place to get some free ones.  It is definitely worth a look.  But remember that with all offers and incentives, it pays to read the small print.


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