Posts Tagged ‘viovio’


Time to start planning your holiday gifts!

July 31, 2008

The holiday season seems a long way off right now, but if you are planning on photo or digital scrapbooking related gifts it is never too early to start working on those projects.  Before you know it the shipping deadlines will be upon us, but with careful planning you can avoid paying the extra shipping costs for rush orders.

Here are some great ideas on how to include photo books in your gift giving plans:

  • Favorite cookie recipes, along with pictures of the baking process and of finished items can be collected in a photo book and passed down for future generations.
  • If you’ve got kids in sports, pageants, dance recitals or holiday programs at school, make them their own book show casing their role in the event.
  • Surprise a loved one with a family history book. You might have to sneak pictures out of their house a few at a time to scan. A big project like this, needs to be started as soon as possible so you aren’t rushed to complete it at the last minute.
  • Create a personalized ABC or 123 book for a youngster in your life. Kids love seeing themselves and loved ones in print!

Finally, remember photo books don’t need to be more than 20 pages or even big to make a great gift! Viovio has a lot of great options, including some really cute mini books!


Reasons to create Photo Books

July 28, 2008

Every photographer and scrapper is looking for a way of doing more with their photos and layouts.  But they may not be sure what that “more” might be.   Here are some ideas on how you can use photo books to extend your creativity:

  1. Tell a story. If, for example, you’ve taken a series of photos – from your summer vacation, from protest rallies or a series about conservation – a printed photo book can put those shots into a collection that captures the emotion or helps to move the viewer in some way.
  2. Capture an event. Concert photographers and wedding photographers don’t just snap a single picture – they take a number of photos that really show the completeness of an event. Photo books display the whole experience, not just a single moment in time.
  3. Preserve memories. An amazing vacation. Your child’s first year of school.  Your family tree.  With a printed photo book, you can keep your memories fresh.
  4. Create unique gifts. A collection of your layouts is a gift that a digiscrapper can give that no one else can.
  5. Share a part of yourself. When you capture moments or things that you are passionate about, gathering them in a printed photo book gives you the opportunity to share the world as you see it.

There are a lot of photo book companies out there, and I’ve tired many of them.  To date my personal favorite is Viovio.  They offer a quality product at a very affordable price, plus great customer service!


Price Comparisons for Hardcover Photo books

June 2, 2008

There seem to be a lot of new companies offering photo books these days and many claim to have the best prices. So I did a little comparison shopping and thought I would share the results with you.

Prices for a 40 page 12×12 hardcover book:

  • Viovio = $44.99
  • MyPicTales = $59.99
  • Snapfish/Walmart = $62.82
  • Realbooks = $67
  • Shutterfly = $84.99 (currently on sale for $67.99 )

For a 40 page 8×8 hard cover book:

  • Viovio = $24.99 (finished size is 8.5″x8.5″ making it 3/4″ larger than the other books finished size)
  • MyPicTales = $35.98
  • Snapfish/Walmart = $40.12
  • Shutterfly = $49.99 (currently on sale for 39.99)

* Realbooks doesn’t appear to offer an 8×8 hardcover.

If you know of any other places that offer 12×12 or 8×8 books in hardcover please let me know where and at what price.


Father’s Day Gift Idea

May 28, 2008

Father’s day is only a couple of weeks away, but there is still time to create a personalized photo book for dad, grandpa or a favorite uncle. Here are a few themes to spark your creativity:

  • Children/grandchildren
  • Hobbies
  • Vacations
  • Family History

My father-in-law tells me that the 5×3.25 mini brag books from Viovio fit perfectly in a man’s shirt pocket which is “very handy for showing off grandchildren because men don’t carry purses.” These little books come in multi-packs and there are also square mini books available too!

If you are looking for something a little larger, Viovio offers over a dozen different book sizes, all at a very affordable price!

Here are a couple of pictures of the mini brag book I made for last Father’s day:


Single page printing now available at Viovio!

May 2, 2008

Raleigh, NC (May 2008)- Viovio, an on-line community and creative photo book publishing service, in celebration of National Scrapbooking Day, introduced an unbound book option today, in conjunction with their new 12×12 photo book.

The latest addition to Viovio’s expanding menu of print-on-demand products is the direct result of customer input. “At Viovio we strive to accommodate to our customers’ needs,” commented Connie Fowler, Co-Founder of Viovio, “and customers have indicated they want the option to print loose pages in a 12×12” size for a variety of reasons, including for use in hybrid scrapping.”

The same digital silk quality pages available in the 12×12 bound books are now available loose at the low price of $.75 per page. The double-sided minimum page count is 24. For customers that prefer single-sided printing for their pages the fee is only an additional 15%. With single-sided printing the minimum page count is 12.

To order loose pages simply create a gallery, upload your pages, and click the “order photo book” icon engaging the bookmaker process. Check the box to have the cover image printed inside the book, accept the default cover info and move to the purchase page. “Unbound book” is the last selection from the drop down menu.

About Viovio (
Founded in 2004, Viovio offers a creative and easy-to-use photo publishing service that allows users to upload photos, completed pages or PDF books, create travel blogs, create photo books, and exchange information about their favorite places and memorable adventures. More than just a publishing Web site, Viovio is an on-line community designed for photographers (professional and novice), travel enthusiasts, and those who want to combine the two. Viovio’s goal is always to produce on-demand products of exceptional quality with record speed without ever compromising quality, customer service or price. The company offers 300 MB of free photo storage, a capacity that can be upgraded.


Are you Affiliated?

April 29, 2008

Viovio is ready to launch an Affiliate program and they are looking for beta testers. Anyone can sign up, so if you have a website or you refer friends and family to Viovio this could put a little extra cash in your pocket! If you are interested in being a beta tester please send an email to with “Affiliate Beta Tester” in your email subject line.

Check out the Affiliate program here.


Create a personalized school memory book

April 25, 2008

Spring is in the air, school is coming to a close, and we look back remembering the year. It doesn’t matter if you home school, attend private school or even pre-school, through Viovio’s custom book creation process you can quickly and easily create a school year book and preserve those memories. Viovio’s flexible application allows the creator ultimate control over the layout of the book. The two creation methods are flexible and easy; offering unique benefits to you, the creator.

Image Upload

Upload your images from your computer or camera, and follow the steps in the bookmaker process to layout your book. Creators who use this method love the ease quickly uploading images and building the book. There is the ability to lay out one image on a page, and then three images on the next, and 12 on the next. There is no constraint on page layout. It is up to you.

This is also the method to use if you use your own software, like Adobe Photoshop/Elements, ACDSee or Paintshop Pro to create pages that can be saved as a jpeg files. Simply create them in the desired size (12×12 if you want a square book) and then select the one image per page, full bleed and auto crop options in the bookmaker.

PDF Upload

Create the page layout on your computer using a desktop publishing application and upload your PDF to Viovio. This method is perfect for creators who love the control of designing the entire book using a desktop application with which they are familiar. It’s simple: just create the full book, save it to a PDF and upload your PDF to Viovio.

Creating Your Cover

Both options allow for flexibility with creating covers. When you create your book by uploading images to Viovio, you can set one of the images to your “gallery image,” which will print as your front cover. You can also upload a separate cover image (.jpg) during the cover creation process. This is true for the front and back cover.

When you create your book by uploading a PDF to Viovio you can identify the 1st page of your PDF as the front cover image or upload a separate image. You also can identify the 2nd page of your PDF as the back cover image.

Design tips for creating your own pages

  • Do not put anything that you don’t want to possibly be cropped off the page within a 1/2″ of the edge of your page.
  • If you know ahead of time which will be a right facing and which a left facing page plan an extra 1/4″ for the binding this will make your page look slightly off center before printing, but it will look better in the bound book.
  • Name your pages in the order you wish for them to appear and it will be much easier to ascertain that they are in the correct order once you have uploaded them to your gallery.
  • Review the PDF preview carefully, this is your last chance to catch any typos or to make any other necessary corrections before printing!