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In celebration of finishing my 2014 album yesterday morning, I decided I just had to keep the momentum going.  I really wanted to complete the album for my family’s trip to Yellowstone last summer, which has been difficult for me previously.  I started it last fall in Artisan, but I just kept running into hurdles.

So, I decided to try an online book with Mixbook.  I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while, just for the experience.  Now I can say I’ve done it, and I wanted to share it with you.

It took me about five hours total to complete the 51 page book with 353 photos initially uploaded.  (I used about 2/3rds of them.)

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If you’ve used an online site to build a book before, this will look kind of familiar.  You can choose a book style by theme, and then browse for the one that you like.

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You can preview the standard book before you make your choice.  But the cool part is, you can switch themes anytime within the editor and mix and match the pages.

Once you choose a theme, you’ll be prompted to add your photos.  You can upload them from your PC, or import them for a number of different sites like Instagram, Facebook and Flickr.

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If you don’t upload from that screen, you can still choose Add photos any time from the book editor screen and upload what you need.

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Once you have the photos, the rest is a piece of cake.  It’s drag and drop from the list.  Hover over the photo to see a larger preview, and keep an eye on the green checkmarks, which show that you’ve already used the photo.  It’s that simple.

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If you want to change the look of the page, go to the Layout tab and pick a new one.

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If you like the photo layout, but want a different background, just click Backgrounds to choose a new one.  The backgrounds are theme specific, so if you change the theme, these options will change, too.

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And, what would a scrapbook page be without stickers and embellishments, right?  We’ve got those, too.

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Really, it’s just that easy.

Like I said, I created a book using about 250 photos in a total of about 5 hours.  I’m pretty certain you could probably outpace me on that … I second guess myself a lot.

Two projects completed and ordered in the past week.  On to the next one … and the promised challenge.  I’ll have details about that soon!

Until the next time, Enjoy!

~ Deb

 

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