Has Anyone Tried Viovio.com?
Posted 27 September 2007 - 03:42 PM
But I really wanted to hear from the experts I trust - you guys. Has ANYONE used them?
Posted 27 September 2007 - 04:39 PM
Posted 27 September 2007 - 05:14 PM
Posted 30 September 2007 - 01:07 PM
If you click on the "Scrap Books" tab at the top of their home page - they have a new section for scrappers with info on how to design your layouts so that they come out looking good in bound books. (Some of my layouts were used as examples.) Remembering to leave enough margin is the biggest thing. Once you start scrapping with that in mind, it becomes second nature. (99% of my layouts end up in a bound book)
There are a few things that I have found to make the process easier. Number all your pages 01,02, 03, 10, 15, 23, 47, 99 etc before uploading - that way they will automatically appear in your gallery in the order you want them to appear in your book. If you select your cover page as your "gallery favorite" it will automatically appear as your cover in the book maker. If you are going to have a seperate back cover (instead of a full wrap cover) wait to upload it until you get to that part of the book maker.
Also if you are doing an 8.5 size book, you can resize your jpegs to 9x9 before hand and that will reduce your upload time as well. (I batch convert my files from psd to jpeg and change the size all at once).
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40 page softcover book filled with pictures of the grandkids - $15 from Viovio
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Posted 30 September 2007 - 01:52 PM
Posted 09 October 2007 - 10:39 AM
Another question: Has anyone ordered the smaller books, 5x7 and smaller so that you get multiple books in the order? Am I correct thinking they are soft covers? I was thinking this would be good for my girls to have a book about a trip to the zoo so they could look through it often. It wouldn't be my archived book. Any thoughts?
Posted 09 October 2007 - 10:47 PM
I REALLY appreciate Wags, Tpaley, and Nicole's experiences and comments! I feel more prepared now and as I finally have a book ready to go will definitely be using VioVio! Scrap Girls members ROCK!!!
Posted 09 October 2007 - 11:32 PM
Posted 10 October 2007 - 10:36 PM
The page on "Book Binding Specifications" says upload 9x9 for the 8.5” book and 10.25x10.25 for the 10” book and there will be 1/4" cut all around. It also says not to put anything important within 3/4 inch of the edge.
The "Scrapbook Printing" section says that the trim is 1/4" and to keep anything important 1/2" away from the edge. This section does not say anything about the need to upload an image size larger than your desired page size.
The "Bookmaker FAQ" does not say anything about the need to upload an image size larger than the desired page size.
The section on "Cropping and Bleed" says the trim area is 1/8" but to keep everything 3/8" away from the edge for "caution". It also did not say anything about the need to upload a larger image.
So... I e-mailed Viovio Support and was told that:
For a 10x10 book you should upload 10.25x10.25 images.
For a 8.5x8.5 boox you should upload 8.75x8.75 images for softcover and 9x9 images for hardcover.
The trim on each side could be 1/4 inch so at least keep everything that far from the edge but 1/2 inch was better.
My images were flattened as I am re-printing a couple old Christmas albums and I couldn't adjust the elements near the edge of the layouts. Fortunately the background papers were only three different colors so I resized my pages to 9.25 and pasted them in the middle of a 10.25 paper leaving a 1/2 margin on all sides.
I am hoping everything comes out okay. I am feeing a bit nervous.
Posted 10 October 2007 - 10:44 PM
I think the "bigger than you need" is really for PDF's.
Posted 11 October 2007 - 02:28 PM
If you previewed the book and were happy with the results than you will be fine. I just compared my actual book to the PDF file that they prepared and it was almost identical. I think top and bottom was right on the money, left to right they printed a tiny bit more than what appeared in the PDF file. I was going to use Shutterfly so all my pages were created 11.95 x 11.95 (I had downloaded templates from Shutterfly and used their grids and it worked fine.) I waited on the cover until I had everything uploaded and then I used the size that they told me to. It was difficult to center by eye but it came our great.
Posted 05 November 2007 - 01:03 PM
the company actually printed the 'cover design' on it's own page right inside the front. When we saw that we panicked...worried that it would through all the rest of the pages off (since they were designed as LeftHand/RightHand layouts ... NOT TO WORRY! They must have just decided to insert the one page, single sided ...
the rest of the book is in perfect order AND we have a full size print of the cover design...yay!
We are very happy with the quality and the PRICE can't be beat! Thanks to everyone HERE for sharing this company's info with us! We are confident that our next order with go without a hitch...it took a bit to get around their site, but we have good notes to go from now.
Posted 05 November 2007 - 02:16 PM
Posted 05 November 2007 - 03:57 PM
The create your own cover option is not available in the 10x10 size. (I personally would like to see the create your own cover in the 10x10 size but there are technical details to be worked out for that to happen) And if you upload a cover page and don't check (or maybe its uncheck) the box that says print the cover page inside the book it will show up there. They also will sometimes print that page if they realize you were setting things up for double page layouts and forgot that the first page is always a single right facing page.
The scrapping section of Viovio's site is undergoing some remodeling and a "new & improved" version is expected out in the next few weeks. Hopefully the instructions there will make perfect sense.
Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:28 PM
Oh and I just got back the mini-brag books I ordered and they are just so cute!
Posted 01 February 2008 - 02:29 PM
The square format options are: 12x12, 10x10, 8.5x8.5, 7x7, 5x5 and 3.5x3.5. (The two smaller sizes are soft cover multi-packs)
You only have to upload 12x12's and then choose the size you want on checkout and it will automatically resize everything for you. So you for example you could order a 12x12 for yourself and a 8.5"x8.5" for the someone else all on the same order.
Oh and for those that scrap in 8.5x11 they have a dust jacket option now too.
Posted 01 February 2008 - 11:52 PM
The rule of the thumb stays the same - keep anything important at least a 1/2" away from the edge of the page and everything should be fine. I offered to "beta test" the 7x7 hardcover with dustjacket and am eagerly awaiting it's arrival.
Posted 05 August 2008 - 07:29 PM
I ordered the minimums I could, so my final costs was $60. My really nice price has risen about $25. I wanted a full-wrap exterior as a book cover, but I have now found out that they don't offer that option for a 12X12. You can only get one style, hardback with a cut-out in the center. You can, of course, get it in several colors and even leather. The full wrap isn't offered on any book (even the 10X10) until you get down to the 8X11 size.
I now have to wait until the book arrives to determine the speed of printing (they said about 7 days) to the speed of delivery (I paid for 3-7 days). I should have my book to inspect within 14 days. They were very polite, but informed me that if there were any error of judgment on my part, there would be no refund. So, the first book is bought on blind faith.
I will keep everyone updated if and when I get the book. True, I could have gotten the book cheaper by about $10 if I had used their cheapest shipping method, but I'll donate $10 to speed up the test.
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