How many photos do you have on your computer or phone? What’s that? Too many to count? For me it was so many that I couldn’t even take another photo with my Iphone without deleting, the problem for me is I don’t want to delete any photos of my girl, not even the blurry ones so there’s that. I am going to be completely honest here, I tried several photo book companies and found something wrong with them all (I guess I’m the Goldilocks of photo book printing). The first time I tried Artifact Uprising I was not happy (insert a collective gasp from the blogosphere). I ordered the 8.5″ x 8.5″ book, the photos I used were from a professional photographer, I chose a layout with nice amounts of white space and I thought I was golden–I wasn’t. The pros on that first run were that the process was pretty easy, the order came super fast and the packaging and presentation were so tight. When I pulled out my album and flipped through it, my heart sank, the paper seemed thin (I could see through to the other pages), the printing had a sheen to it and it felt like my colors had shifted, I was disappointed, Artifact Uprising had rave reviews from many individuals that I admire and consider to have good taste, I was flummoxed, could the impeccable branding be what people were excited about that they didn’t care about the end product? Maybe it was my choice of layout? Whatever it was, it wasn’t working. I asked around everyone loved them. Maybe it was just me…
A few months later I received an email from Artifact Uprising about their new app that would allow me to design my photo book on my phone (that’s crazy talk!), since my time is limited and my camera roll perpetually full I decided to give it another try but this time I chose the popular 5.5″ x 5.5″ size. Artifact Uprising did not disappoint this time, I LOVE my little 5.5″ x 5.5″ book. The print quality was excellent my colors stayed true, the paper stock seemed thicker, it was a winner! Printing a photo book from your phone could not have been easier and the end product is surprisingly elegant for the effort + price. I am planning to order a slew more ala Jennie Prince! I wanted to show a close-up of the cover so you could see the slight textured detail, it’s a nice touch. The logo on the back is very subtle (another huge plus in my book all the other photo books I ordered had ginormous logos). My book has many double-sided pages and the printing is clear on every page without show through. The best part beside the ease of creating the book is the price, under $20! Another perfect idea for holiday!I don’t know what to chalk up the bad first copy I got to, but the 5.5″ x 5.5″ has more than made up for it, for this Goldilocks, I finally got it ‘just right’.
Let us know if you have any questions, we will go into home printers tomorrow perfect for both photo printing and perhaps some of your newly acquired lettering skills?
Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.