Monday, January 24, 2011

Lulu Photobook Product Review and Giveaway

Recently I was contacted by some really sweet people at Lulu. They offered me the opportunity to try out one of their photo books, share my review with you all, and even giveaway a free book to one lucky reader! I was so excited to have this opportunity! I love printing my layouts into bound books, love trying new printing companies, and love giving things away, so this was a win-win for me.

From Lulu’s website, you can read this information:
It's easy to create your own photo book online using Lulu Studio, our free online photo book creator. You can choose from a range of sizes, cover types and make use of our free professionally designed templates. Photo books are a great way to save and share your digital photographs instead of ordering photo prints. Convert your digital photo albums into beautiful, high quality printed photo books to keep, sell or share with friends and loved ones. Are you an artist publishing your portfolio photo book? A young parent creating a baby photo book? A newlywed making a wedding photo book? Or perhaps you are just feeling creative? Now you can publish and sell your photo book using our online tools. Lulu print on demand publishing makes it easy and affordable to publish and sell your custom photo book. Want to get it done quickly and easily? Lulu Studio makes it easy to use your pictures from Flickr, Facebook, Photobucket, SmugMug, or just upload them from your computer. Our photo books use a custom print on demand process and ship within 3 days of receiving your order. Buy in larger quantities to save money on each book you order.

Options and pricing: They have so many sizes of books to choose from. I love the “wallet books” that are 3.75” x 2.5.” How cute!!! They go all the way up to 13” x 11,” too. They have several sizes perfect for digital scrappers: 8.5”x8.5” (my favorite size) and 12”x12” square are perfect. A 12”x12” book with 20 pages starts at $49.95. A 8.5”x8.5” book with 20 pages starts at $19.99.




The Creation Process: Lulu Studio makes creating your book simple. You choose your book theme, add images, and off you go. You choose the layout you want for each page (for scrapbook layouts, I chose a full page), and then drag in your uploaded images. You’ll notice a dotted line marking the cut-off for each page. That’s very important and you’ll want to make sure that you don’t have anything important (photos, journaling, elements) in that area or it WILL BE CUT OFF in your final book. Even though I kind of knew that as I was creating my book, I didn’t want to resize to fit for each page and I did lose some detail in some of my pages. Leaving about ¼” from the outside edges is a pretty good rule of thumb. I could not find an option for creating a custom spine or title page, but neither of these was a big deal for me.

Book Quality: I love the cover of this book. It’s not shiny like most of my photo books. Instead, it’s a pretty matte with just a touch of sheen. I love that it’s different and it really is pretty. I was able to just use a layout for my cover (again, remember not to have anything important around the edges!), and it worked out just fine. The binding is nice and seems sturdy. The pages don’t lay flat when open, but that’s no different than my other photo books. It would just keep me from printing double page spreads very often. The print quality is very good. It is much better than Artscow and about even with Shutterfly. The pages are thick and the colors are great. No over saturation or dullness. The pages are vivid and pretty true to what I see on my monitor.





All in all, I’m very impressed with Lulu. Their customer service was top notch. Emails were answered in a timely fashion. Shipping was quick and packaging was great. If you are looking for a new photo book publisher, give Lulu a shot. I think you’ll be pleased.


Now, here’s the best part. Lulu has given me one 8.5”x8.5” photo book to GIVE AWAY to a lucky reader. How fabulous is that? If you’d like a chance to win, leave a comment here telling me what your book would include.


Would you like an extra chance (or chances!) to win? Simply do one or more of the following and be sure to leave each entry in a separate comment for more chances.


1. Follow this blog.
2. Become a fan of Jennifer Fox Designs on Facebook.
3. Subscribe to my newsletter.
4. Follow jfoxdesigns on Twitter.
5. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook page.
6. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.

You can get up to 7 entries to win this fabulous photo book!!! How fun! This giveaway will close at MIDNIGHT EST on JANUARY 31st. Be sure to check back then to see if you've won. Good luck!
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139 comments:

Mandy January 24, 2011 at 1:00 PM  

Your book looks great Jennifer! I would love to do a book of Christmas. I've never done a themes photo book and I think it would be a lot of fun.

Cindy January 24, 2011 at 1:15 PM  

1. Done
2. Done (Cindy Turner)
5. Done http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=145946358794982&id=684422608

Leslie January 24, 2011 at 1:32 PM  

I follow this blog. :)

Butterfly Dreamer January 24, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

I would make a book about the special events of 2010...Thanks for the chance:)

Your book is amazing!!

Scrapi Mama January 24, 2011 at 1:49 PM  

I'd make a book of layouts I've done of my boys. I rarely print my layouts, so this would be a great opportunity!

1. Follow this blog. CHECK
2. Become a fan of Jennifer Fox Designs on Facebook. CHECK (BRANDIE CARLSON)
3. Subscribe to my newsletter. CHECK
4. Follow jfoxdesigns on Twitter.
5. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook page. CHECK
6. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.

I really need to learn how to use Twitter! LOL Thanks for the chances to win!

OliO January 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM  

My dream is to make a book with a picture of my youngest son and fairy tales, which could be read to him the evening before bedtime!
Thank you for the chance!!!

Leslie January 24, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

I am friends with you on FB (Leslie Beahm)

Amelia January 24, 2011 at 3:29 PM  

Would love to do a book of our skiing this winter! Thanks for the awesome chance (and the review!)

Kristin January 24, 2011 at 4:11 PM  

I would so use this for Luke's first scrapbook for his Florida trip- he's making on his own!

Kristin January 24, 2011 at 4:12 PM  

Following your blog. :)

Kristin January 24, 2011 at 4:13 PM  

Shared the giveaway on my FB.

Jennifer C January 24, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

Thanks for the chance to win! The book looks great!
1. I follow the blog.
2. I'm a fan on fb
3. I subscribe to your newsletter.

I really need to figure out twitter!

tamis3angels January 24, 2011 at 7:41 PM  

I would love to print some of my pages into a book. Mine would be about my first granddaughter, Ava.

tamis3angels January 24, 2011 at 7:44 PM  

I posted about the giveaway on my facebook page.

tamis3angels January 24, 2011 at 7:46 PM  

I subscribe to your newsletter.

g6scrapped January 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM  

Your book looks fabulous!

I follow your blog.

g6scrapped January 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM  

I'm a fan of you on Facebook

g6scrapped January 24, 2011 at 9:32 PM  

I subscribe to your news letter.

Gummysmom January 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

Its time to put pages to books, something i've never done to date. I'd love the chance to try out a print company for free ;)

I follow your blog.

Sugar Pie Scraps January 25, 2011 at 9:31 AM  
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Sugar Pie Scraps January 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM  

Thanks so much for the chance to win this!! :)
I follow on FB & Twitter, 1 am subscribed to newsletter, I retweeted & facebooked :)

fran January 25, 2011 at 11:54 AM  

I have done 16 pages already of my grandson Riley's first year...this would be PERFECT timing! I get your newsletter and follow on facebook too.

Heather January 25, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

Probably would include the pages I do as a journal...this would be the perfect size!

Heather January 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

I'm subscribed to your newsletter.

Heather January 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

I follow you on Twitter.

Heather January 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM  

Posted this on facebook.

Jewely Bug January 25, 2011 at 2:24 PM  

Oh boy this is exciting! lol My book would include my toddler's second year scrap pages. I would love to have them all bound in a book together. :)

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Jewely Bug January 25, 2011 at 2:25 PM  

I liked your page on Facebook.

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Jewely Bug January 25, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

Subscribed to your newsletter as Sonshine1296. :)

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Jewely Bug January 25, 2011 at 2:27 PM  

I am a follower of your blog via GFC.

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Wholie Scrap January 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM  

I subscribed to your newsletter

Wholie Scrap January 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM  

I shared your post on my facebook.

Wholie Scrap January 25, 2011 at 3:09 PM  

I just twitted about this giveaway

OliO January 26, 2011 at 12:24 PM  

My second chance : follow Facebook ;) Thank you!!!

Nikki Martin January 26, 2011 at 1:10 PM  

I follow your blog!!

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Nikki Martin January 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM  

I get your fabulous newsletter!!

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Nikki Martin January 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM  

I follow your tweets!!

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Nikki Martin January 26, 2011 at 1:13 PM  

Shared on FB
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Nikki Martin January 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM  

I tweeted it!!

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Jan January 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

I follow your blog, get NL and like you on FB. Love the photobook.

Daydreamer January 26, 2011 at 9:06 PM  

I already follow this blog. thanks for the chance(s)
nancy_malott(at)yahoo(dot)com

Daydreamer January 26, 2011 at 9:07 PM  

Already a fan on Facebook...

Daydreamer January 26, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

I tweeted here http://twitter.com/#!/just_nancy

Daydreamer January 26, 2011 at 9:14 PM  

My book would include my family and friends.

Daydreamer January 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM  

Posted on my facebook page... Nancy Malott

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Angel Jacklyn January 26, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

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HeatherB January 26, 2011 at 11:50 PM  

I would love to win a photobook. Thanks for the chance to win Jennifer!

Michelle January 27, 2011 at 7:48 AM  

I follow you on twitter!

Georgia January 27, 2011 at 10:28 PM  

I'd love to make a book for my son of his tattoo profile. gmissycat@yahoo.com

Georgia January 27, 2011 at 10:29 PM  

Following on GFC "gmissycat" gmissycat@yahoo.com

Georgia January 27, 2011 at 10:29 PM  

Liked your page via facebook via Georgia Caudle gmissycat@yahoo.com

Georgia January 27, 2011 at 10:30 PM  

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Georgia January 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM  

Shared on facebook via Georgia Caudle http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=136917439706241&id=100000116307400 gmissycat@yahoo.com

Georgia January 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM  

tweeted too! http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/30829317676077056 gmissycat@yahoo.com

Lisa January 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM  

thank you so much for the chance! I have never printed my pages but I would love to do it, my book would include a variety of all the pages I've done over the passed year. :)

Lisa January 29, 2011 at 3:11 PM  

I'm already a fan on Facebook, I shared a link to this post on my page to all my scrapping friends! :)
http://www.facebook.com/lisa.purko

Jody January 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

I would fill the book with photos of my 9 grandchildren!

Jody January 30, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

I receive your newsletter

Lois Michael January 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

My book would be about my family.

Lois Michael January 30, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

Also a follower....nice blog.

Trina January 30, 2011 at 3:58 PM  

I would print out some of my 2010 pages, I haven't printed ANY of them yet! Thanks for the chance to win Jennifer, this is a great giveaway!

Trina January 30, 2011 at 3:59 PM  

I subscribe to your newsletter!

Trina January 30, 2011 at 4:00 PM  

And last but not least I follow you on Twitter! :)

Heather January 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM  

I would love to win this..I've NEVER printed any of my pages...so this would be an amazing opportunity for me to start! haha!My boys would love it :)

DiSailsToo January 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM  

If I won, I would make a photo book for my father who recently moved to Oklahoma to retire (the rest of us are here in CA!). I'd fill it with layouts of his 11 granchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. (which would, of course, make him miss us all so much he'd move back! LOL!)

Heather January 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM  

I'm a fan on Facebook :)

Heather January 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM  

I got your newsletter this morning..already a subscriber :)

DiSailsToo January 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM  

I subscribe to your newsletter.

DiSailsToo January 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM  

I follow jfoxdesigns on Twitter.

DiSailsToo January 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM  

I am a fan of Jennifer Fox Designs on Facebook.

Heather January 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM  

Shared it on my FB page!

Terra January 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM  

I am a fan on facebook.

Terra January 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM  

I subscribe to your newsletter.

Terra January 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM  

I follow you on twitter.

Terra January 31, 2011 at 10:57 AM  

I follow this blog on google reader.

Terra January 31, 2011 at 10:57 AM  

I tweeted about this giveaway.

Terra January 31, 2011 at 10:59 AM  

My book would most likely be a scrapbook of my son's first year.

Carrie January 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM  

OMG...how exciting!

My book would really just include photos of all the things that my family/friends have done throughout the year. We hang out a lot together and I'd love to have a year of our adventures documented.

Carrie January 31, 2011 at 11:27 AM  

Posted on my Facebook page!

Carrie January 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM  

Followed you on Twitter!

Tech Chick January 31, 2011 at 12:28 PM  

I follow your blog! Nice book!!

pattin January 31, 2011 at 12:54 PM  

I subscribed to your newletter. Great giveaway!

Michelle Crisp January 31, 2011 at 1:27 PM  

Great book, you are so crafty. Great blog.

Jennifer January 31, 2011 at 8:21 PM  

Posting for Jacyln F.

Thank you so much for offering to put my entries in this way!

1) I would make a book of Great Grandma Myrt's visits here - we only get to see her once a year

Jennifer January 31, 2011 at 8:22 PM  

Posting for Jacyln F.

2) I'm a fan on Facebook

Jennifer January 31, 2011 at 8:22 PM  

Posting for Jacyln F.

3) I subscribe to your newsletter

Jennifer January 31, 2011 at 8:22 PM  

Posting for Jacyln F.

4) I follow you on Twitter

Jennifer January 31, 2011 at 8:22 PM  

Posting for Jacyln F.

5) I've posted about the giveaway on Facebook

Jennifer January 31, 2011 at 8:23 PM  

Posting for Jacyln F.

6) I've tweeted about your giveaway (jacmomof5)

Lisa January 31, 2011 at 9:48 PM  

1. I follow your blog!

Lisa January 31, 2011 at 9:48 PM  

2. I am a fan on Facebook - Lisa 'Viola' Coleman

Lisa January 31, 2011 at 9:49 PM  

3. I have already subscribed to your newsletter!

Lisa January 31, 2011 at 9:49 PM  

4. I follow you on twitter! - lbcoleman04

Lisa January 31, 2011 at 9:51 PM  

5. I posted about your giveaway on facebook!

Lisa January 31, 2011 at 9:52 PM  

6. I tweeted about your giveaway!

Lisa January 31, 2011 at 9:53 PM  

7. Thanks so much for the chance to win! I would make my photobook my P365 layouts for 2010.

Kayre January 31, 2011 at 10:56 PM  

Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chances to win...commenting, liked your FB page, following your Blog, joined the newsletter! :)

Jennifer February 1, 2011 at 9:56 AM  

***CLOSED***

Winners will be announced soon! Stay tuned!!!

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As a creative team member for several digital scrapbook designers, I have received their products for free in return for creating and posting projects (digital layouts, hybrids projects, etc). Many of the layouts you see here were done in conjunction with requirements for these creative teams. Please be advised that the products used were indeed received for free.
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