The lovely people at Pixum emailed me a few weeks ago to see if I might be interested in reviewing a photo book, and I have to say I jumped at the chance. You see, the photos taken at our wedding didn’t come in an actual album, so I had to do my own with a nice album from good old M&S. Now this is lovely, but I have to say I get a tad jealous when I see the beautiful books that friends who married later show off. It’s just a sign of the times, I suppose, but I have been coveting such a treasure for a while now.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I decided to see if I could create a wedding photo book as a pressie for Lee. So, after deciding the size I wanted (I chose the 26 page book with a hard cover), I set about choosing some pictures for it. I was a little concerned because the photos we have are from the pre-digital era, and once scanned in the quality isn’t the best, but it’s what we have, so I tried to work with it. And work with it I did. The software that is downloaded from the Pixum website is pretty self-explanatory, and after a quick trial run, I figured out how to do everything I wanted. I went with the basic layout for the pictures, but then once the setup is done, you have the option to resize and relocate them, and even add text if you want to. Some of the photos I wanted to use weren’t good enough quality, but it tells you if the printing isn’t going to be great and it’s really easy to change them for alternatives – just a simple drag and drop. I am not the best at technical stuff – mainly because I think I am going to do it wrong, and get unsure of myself, so I tend to rely on Lee for advice. Obviously this was not an option now. So, what I am trying to say is, if I can do it… well, you know the rest.

After a few changes, adding some extra bits, and taking some away, it was good to go, and I excitedly sent my order in. The website says it takes 5-7 days for production plus 2-5 days for delivery, but I was enormously pleased when it arrived only 3 days after ordering! How’s that for service? I still didn’t know quite how well the photos would have been printed (I’d gone with them, even though it only came up as “OK” in the guide, rather than the more ideal “Good”) but I was thrilled when I opened the book and saw how fabulous they looked. The book is well printed, on high quality paper, and is a beautiful memento of our wedding day. And I can’t ask for more that that.

Thank you, Pixum. I love it. I hope Lee does too.

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