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#1 BarbaraC1977

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 10:29 PM

First, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to all the designers for their beautiful products, the layout artists with their inspiring images, and all the members who answered my questions as I was learning, and left so much love and encouragement on my layouts! ALL of you were significant factors in helping me get this book done; thank you!

I uploaded 98 layouts in book form to MyPublisher last Monday, to take advantage of their Cyber-weekend sale (65% off orders over $200.) The six books would have been approximately $650 without the sale. With the sale, and with shipping, they were a total of $259, or about $43 apiece. I selected a taupe linen cover, with an image inset on the front, and their "standard" paper. I'm not quite clear on whether or not this is the same paper for 12x12; my book is 8.5x11 landscape. I ordered six copies of the book, with more than a little trepidation, despite my sister's earlier successes with them. The six books shipped on Tuesday, and I began tracking the Fedex shipment, practically hanging on every update. Sadly, I missed the driver on Saturday, and this order required a signature despite a release on file. It took a couple of days, but I've opened the box now, and I am over the moon!

The paper is heavy, satin-finish, and the fabric cover is lovely. The colors are exactly what I saw on screen and hoped for. The images are beautifully aligned in the spreads. The "trim loss" on the full-bleed images is no more than 1/4" at the spine binding, and about 1/8" on the outside edge, and a little less than that on top and bottom. I am SO thrilled with the quality, the color and resolution, and proud to be able to give these to my FIL, BILs, and DH for Christmas.

I definitely won't wait so long to do another book. I may even collect other layouts and some of the ones out of these, and do another book soon. For those of you who have not printed your layouts, do so! Even disparate layouts side-by-side are still wonderful to peruse away from the computer! (many of mine were spreads, but by no means all of them.) Their software was easy to download and install to "organize" the book locally on your PC as you went along, and yes, they have periodic sales, from good to great. However, the I'd never seen a discount quite as deep as Cyber-weekend this year. Whether you use My Publisher or another vendor, don't put off getting your layouts printed--it's worth it. Thanks again to all who provided technical assistance, and for the fabulous products here--I only used SG products.

If you'd like to take a look, I've shared it on my Facebook page, and it's also here: RPCrane_90years. In case this link is too long, I've made a Tiny URL to RPCrane_90Years. Enjoy!

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 11:00 PM

WOW! What a treasure you've created Barbara! The entire album is gorgeous . Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 11:39 PM

Isn't that fun to actually hold them in your hand. I have been doing just one book a year of our vacations. I might have to do more. The kids love to look at them over and over.
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Posted 08 December 2011 - 03:11 AM

Wow, Barbara! Oh, my - what an awesome creation! Absolutely gorgeous! Such beautiful memories so beautifully scrapped. Thanks so much for sharing your album with us. I can see why you're over the moon
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Posted 08 December 2011 - 06:54 AM

Wow, you did a great job, Barbara! What a treasure you're giving your family!
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Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:06 AM

Oh, Barbara, thanks for the update - you know how much I have enjoyed watching your beautifully touching album come to life! I've actually thought a few times that I should go look for it in one place, but something always gets in the way and then I forget... So, I am very glad that you posted the links and am looking forward to poring through your album all at one time. :)
Thanks also for the tips on your printing - sounds wonderful and I'm going to save that info, too. Can't wait to hear how thrilled everyone is with their gifts -- actually can't wait to SEE how thrilled they are - hopefully you'll take pics and we'll all get to be a part of it.
Merry Christmas and thanks again!

PS - looking at your heritage pages throughout the year, I became more intrigued with the idea and recently scanned some old pics of my Mom's for possible scrapping... Then, I bought a collection at the last sale which is so unlike what I'd usually buy, but I bought it with heritage pages in mind. Last night I started a page and am almost finished and ready to post -- see how inspiring you are! THANKS! :)

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:09 AM

Wow - what a fabulous job. It's so fun to look at the finished product. Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:32 AM

What a treasure! It looks great. I'm glad it turned out so well.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:49 AM

Gosh, Barbara - I couldn't wait and went to take a look -- I'm overwhelmed with how even more beautiful your pages look together in one book!
Wow... Truly spectacularly special... :)

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 08:53 AM

Barbara, it's amazing!! What a heirloom to pass to your family! They will love the book! 90 Years ... WOW! I especially love the scanned letters you included. Congratulations on completing such a BIG projects. TFS!

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 09:45 AM

Barbara, your book is wonderful! I loved every page of it. What a job it was to put it together -- but, you are right, it is so much better to see as a book. (Well, of course, I'm seeing the "book" on the computer screen, but it felt and looked like a book, so I can imagine what the real one is like.) Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse of your family. It actually brought a tear to my eye, so I can just imagine how your family will feel when they receive their gift. Good for you!!

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 10:11 AM

Fantastic Barbara!!! Boy, what a wonderful gift - you are a sweet lady to give your family these precious memories!!!!

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:23 AM

The individual layout were wonderful, but the album really is special - it looks great! Good job!

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:26 AM

That's a stunning album! I'm sure it will be a treasure. I too encourage you to print your pages.
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Posted 08 December 2011 - 01:00 PM

YAY!! Don't you feel so accomplished now that they are printed! (with a sigh of relief the quality is what you expected as well!!) Thank you for sharing your knowledge and the stunning book!

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