Though I love a stuffed planner my Filofax is starting to get to the stage where it needs to shed some weight soon! This has led me to start thinking about how I can start archiving my pages of layouts that I have created. I was originally thinking about keeping all my pages safe then at the end of the year putting them all together, fixing them to each other and making all the pages into a book of some kind. This all sounds really doable at the moment, but I am the kind of girl, who on a whim (and possibly due to the influence of Instagram posters…), will normally change my planner format and style every few months, (and at this very moment I am overdue a change though strangely feel like sticking with what I have…), this idea may not work further down the line/at the end of the year.
Then I saw an add on Facebook for product reviewers to apply to test out a photo book by the company Saal Digital and I thought that this may be a perfect way to archive my layouts and not have to worry about the size and format of the actual, physical pages, or how to bind them, make them into a book and keep the pages safe from mold, bugs or disintegration from other means. So I applied, the application took minutes, I outlined why I would like to test the product and what I would use it for and within a day I had been accepted and been sent a £40 voucher for one of the photo books.
The photo books start at £19.95 for an A5 format 26 page book (glossy, un-padded cover, matte pages) and go up to £272.95 for an A3 landscape 100 page book (premium cover, padded, matte pages). The price is really reasonable and around the same as other brands I have looked at (if not slightly cheaper…). I chose to go for an A5 option as I think it will fit into my book case really well, I didn’t want anything too big or bulky, a plain glossy cover with the bar code removed (£5 to remove), with 26 pages. In order to create my book I needed to download the software that is needed to enable me to create my own book, this was super easy and took literally seconds.
Once the software was downloaded I was well on my way! The software is simple to navigate and once you have decided on your book style and found the images* you want to use in your book it is a simple case of dragging and dropping them into the pre designed pages. If images need re-sizing or moving then the tools are fairly intuitive, you can even change the size of the space allocated for the image and move them and other page elements around easily. There is even the option to add text, for me this was a fab tool, I was able to add the week my layout was for, the date and the details of where the kit for the week came from so the pages truly are fully customizable!
I managed to get 10 layouts and a few images of my filofax malden into my book, in reality I should be able to fit 13 layouts (a 2 page spread with one image of the layout before pen and one half way or end of the week, after pen image) to the 26 page A5 book. This means that over 4 books I should be able to fit my whole year of layouts in (regardless of the original size!!!), they will all be uniform and look neat in my book shelf, be easy to look through as they will be in date order and be safe from disintegration caused by damp, bugs, mold or acids in fingerprints or paper 🙂 .
So far I am impressed! Now I need to wait for my product to arrive 🙂 (I ordered after 8pm on Thursday 10th March) as soon as my product arrives I will be sharing my thoughts on the photo book, the quality of the product and speed that I received it!
(*here’s a valuable hint – go through all of your images before hand and shift the ones you might want to use into one folder, saves a lot of time further down the line, and I’m talking from experience, its not a software issue more of a “where is that image?”, “what camera did I take that on?”, “when did I take that?”, “Where would that be saved?”issue – yep, I am not that organized digitally!)
***disclaimer*** while I may have been offered a photo book as payment for this review and subsequent reviews of the actual product (once received) I have NOT been paid to form a biased opinion. All thoughts, opinions, words and ideas expressed in this blog and about this product are my own and I express them freely.