Monday, September 14, 2009

Coupon Code: My Publisher

When my inlaws were in town, my mother-in-law asked me to help her order some of our wedding pictures for various frames throughout her house. Happy to oblige, we looked through my photographer's site and filled up the shopping cart. $150 later, something had to give.

Looking at the pictures she wanted to order it really made sense to order the 11x17 and to print the rest at Walgreens (I have the disc and rights, so it would be ok)... except then when she said she really wanted an album, I had an even better idea.

I had used My Publisher a while ago to make Christmas gifts for my college roommates and remembered that it was really easy to use and pretty inexpensive for what you got. So I spent the day putting together a pretty comprehensive wedding album of the day's events. I started with the girls in the salon, went through the ceremony, and ended with an artsy shot of our hotel room. It ended up having about 200 pictures and was 53 pages long. The best part was I had a buy one, get one free coupon code, so I got a copy of the album as well!

My book came in this week and I couldn't be happier with the quality! The album arrived in a white cloth cover:
And the black leather was really nice:
Here are a few pictures of the inside pages, though you'll reeeeally have to excuse the terrible lighting. These pictures are a LOT brighter in person, but with no flash, this is the best shot I oculd get:

Each page can have a different layout, so it's easy to really "tell the story" of whatever it is you're making your book about. In my case, I was able to put in tons of pictures so that you could see our day progress. Here's a shot where you can see that all of the pictures are full-bleed (they go right up to the edge of the page with no border):

Here's another 2 page spread that shoes the different layouts I was able to use:

And here's a shot of the spine/binding:

Those pages are never coming out. And here's one last one, just cause I like it. It's our ceremony, in action:
Please excuse the white line up my dad's back - that was the flash on my camera.

The pages are thick and the quality is great. I used all professional shots (courtesy of Bella Pictures), and every one came out very crisp. Overall, the book was $80 (leather cover upgrade, 20 pages included, and 33 pages extra at $1.99/page), plus shipping. The great thing about My Publisher is they put the book online for others to buy, so I was able to send the link to my mom. She was able to preview the book online and ended up buying a copy for herself ($64 for the book, minus the leather cover upgrade).

After I got my wedding book, I decided to put together book using our roadtrip pictures. They have a bunch of different layouts where you can insert text, so that's what I used - I wanted to be able to put in names of restaurants we ate at and places we visited. The booked ended up to be about 45 pages (I cannot stick to the 20 free pages ever), but I found a coupon online (love http://www.retailmenot.com/) for $30 off any purchase PLUS free shipping. My book ended up to be $15!!! I was also able to select OVERNIGHT as the free shipping option, and got an email yesterday saying it was going to be shipping on Monday. Awesome!

So, My Publisher = awesome, and as an added bonus, here's the code for $30 off plus free shipping: 65AZ-QHZ4. Just enter it exactly like that when you get to the check out page! Happy book making!

4 comments:

Misty said...

Stopping by from SITS!!!! Have a great week!

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Nicole-Lynn said...

Turned out great.. nice pictures :)

Pollyanna said...

Oooo, I've been meaning to get some pictures into a book for quite some time. It's so easy to accumulate pictures on your computer, but where's the fun in that? I like to share!

Thanks for the coupon code.

Molly said...

Awesome! Why am I scrapbooking when I can just make this???
Thanks for the coupon!