Monday, April 15, 2013

Names & Faces Photobook

I'm so excited to share this post with you, because I just know you're all going to love this product!  A couple months ago I saw a pin for something called "The Big Book of Names and Faces" from Pinhole Press.  I absolutely fell in love with the idea of doing a photo book for Mac with pictures of his family members and favorite people/pets.  He loves looking at the photographs on the walls at our house and pointing to Mama and Dada, so I figured this would be the perfect way to keep him familiar with out of town family members.  Done and done.

I checked out Pinhole Press's website and found the book was $49.99.  I'm all for splurging on my kid, but I thought that was a little high for a baby book that Mac was probably going to destroy.  So I looked around for an alternative company that could do a similar book with spiral binding and big thick pages cheaper.  I found nothing.  Nada.  Zip.

So despite some minor hesitation, I went with it.  And boy am I so glad I did!  

I am madly in love with this book!

The cover is gorgeous!  

The photo is big and beautifully printed.  

It's thick and durable and has red cloth on the side and back (they have 4 different colors to choose from).  

The binding is strong and well put together.


The pages are REALLY thick, which makes it worth the extra price.  It's like a board book!  Perfect for babies and little kids that could easily tear out pages of a regular photobook.


The photos in the book are excellent.  


They're big and bright and fun.  





The names are perfectly centered and big and easy to read.  



The colors and fun and bright.



Mac loves looking through the book; he waves at everyone and gives them all kisses!  It's the most adorable thing you've ever seen.  He laughs and squeals in delight at the pictures.



The photo of Jigs is his favorite.  


It's just a beautiful book.  


I love it.  Mac loves it.  
I've even caught my husband flipping through it and smiling at the photos.
Totally worth it.

Pros:
  • No software to download to your computer. You make the book online and can save projects and return to them later from any computer. 
  • Easy to make (took me less than 20 minutes once I'd picked out which photos to use)
  • Extra thick durable pages for tiny hands that like to rip things
  • Hard, thick, drool-proof and durable cover
  • Pages lay flat and turn easily for little ones
  • Beautifully printed photographs - excellent quality
  • Quick turnaround - I received the book less than a week from placing the order
Cons:
  • No ability to swap pages or change the colors on the page
  • No ability to change font or font size
  • No ability to change the color of the text on the front of the book (white only)
  • No ability to add more (or have fewer) pages
  • Slightly more expensive than other photobooks ($49.99)

Overall, the pros WAY outweigh the cons.  I love the book.  I'm obsessed.  So what if I couldn't change the font?  I think sometimes not having the ability to tweak every little thing a thousand different ways is a good thing.  It only took me 15 minutes to make the book and order it.  If I had endless options of fonts and colors and layouts, I'd probably still be working on it.  


The only other drawback (which was my initial hesitation) was the price of the book.  Now that I've seen the book and the excellent quality of it, I think it's totally worth the pricetag, but I know not everyone is going to be convinced until you get one of your own...

SO, the good folks over at Pinhole Press would like to offer you a discount on all photo books RIGHT NOW.  25% off through April 26th!  Just use the code: RLMD13


I hope you all go make one right now.  Your babies will love it!


* I was not compensated in any way for this review.  I purchased the book with my own hard-earned dollars and cents.  After I received the book (and fell madly in love with it), I contacted Pinhole Press to see if they'd offer readers a discount and they were kind enough to help a mama out.  Lucky you!  I've never reached out to a company before, so you know that I'm seriously crazy about this book.  I want you all to order one because your kiddos will love it!


** However, I sure wouldn't be opposed to being compensated (in photobooks) for this review.  Wink wink.  So Pinhole Press, if you're feeling generous, I have a lot of photos looking for a home. ;-)



Go!  Now!  Make a book!  

What are you still doing here??





Pinhole Press - 25% off all photo books through April 26th - use the discount code RLMD13

16 comments:

  1. LOVE this idea! And yours turned out super cute! Totally copying this!

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  2. This is so cute, I love it!

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  3. What a great idea! That's so fun for him to have a book to look through of his loved ones. :)

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  4. What a good idea! Where did you ever some up with this. Might have to go look into this... :-)

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  5. I ADORE this idea, and it turned out amazing. Well worth the money!!

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  6. Love your book! I made a similar one with a free shutterfly code I got at Target. This is way more sturdy than the one I made, though. So fun for babies to look through the pics of familiar faces :)

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  7. This is so cute!! And why are you so cute?! FRIDAY!!!!

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  8. This is awesome! Looks like I know what I'll be toying around with tonight.

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  9. Omgosh I was hoping that there would be a discount code at the end of this post -- dream come true. I am purchasing this STAT. My son loves (like love love loves) books so this is perfect.

    xx
    josie
    www.straightnochase.com

    p.s: your picture in the book is AMAZING.

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  10. This is awesome! I saw a board book version of something like this recently. Love it!

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  11. I love love this! If I can get my shit together in time this would be awesome for Estella's first birthday! Such a cute idea:)

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  12. I have a picture/name book on my list of April goals to accomplish for Max! I will definitely look into this! It turned out fantastic.

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  13. LOVE this idea!! Whoever thought of this is genius

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  14. Hi Sara! Just hopped over! Cute blog. We did a similar name book for Drew. We're 13 hours from our family in Kansas City so it helped him recognize faces whenever he saw them in person/skype/facetime, etc!

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  15. Hi I loved your photo book so much that I just placed an order and wanted to say thank you for the promo code and review! It was really helpful and I've been looking for a book that would be toddler-friendly. I actually ended up ordering the Wire-O Photo Book for a family portrait session that we had. Thanks again! :)

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  16. this is absolutely amazing! and if I had time in the 2 days I would totally place my own order...maybe I'll just have to break down and make my own...this book is beautiful!

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