Archive for July, 2007

July 27, 2007

Update on Ordering

Hi Mixbookers!

I know many of you are eager to order your Mixbooks, and I want to let you know the process that we’ve been going through and when you will be able to order. At Mixbook, we strive to give you the highest quality possible in our printed books. Unfortunately, several of our first customers received books with weak binding – thus, the books did not stand up to normal wear and tear as well as they should. Because of this, we took ordering down while we spent the past two weeks improving the binding of the books and testing our solution. I’m happy to say that we are nearly done with this process, and the binding is far improved and nearly matches the sturdy binding quality you would find in any bookstore.

On that note, we are going to be be turning ordering back on this weekend, so you will be able to order your Mixbooks very soon!

As for the $9.99 promotion that has been mentioned in so many blogs and articles – we will be extending the promotion to the middle of August to make up for the downtime in the ordering system. Look for more updates on this blog and the Mixbook home page on Monday.

Thanks all for your patience and understanding. We have a great product coming for you!

Andrew
Chief Mixbooker

July 24, 2007

Mixbook News – Spreading like Wildfire

Whoa, we’re on a roll today! The folks over at Mashable.com blogged yet another post about us and called us “a YouTube for Photobooks.” We’re definitely taking this as a compliment.

Go ahead and read the post here, or click the link below.

http://mashable.com/2007/07/24/mixbook/

Alison

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July 24, 2007

Mixbook News from the Blogosphere

We got more blog coverage recently … this time from a few guys who know the technology behind all the Mixbook magic.

Thanks to Mike Potter and Ryan Stewart for blogging about us! We are so appreciative for the reviews, and hope that our blog readers will enjoy reading their posts. Read more here:

http://www.riapedia.com/2007/07/24/mixbook_flex_based_photo_book_builder

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Stewart/?p=468

I especially like Ryan’s screen shots of the Mixbook Editor and book previewer:

Have fun!
Alison

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July 24, 2007

Mixbook News – Hot off the Presses

We got more blog coverage recently … this time from a few guys who know the technology behind all the Mixbook magic.

Thanks to Mike Potter and Ryan Stewart for blogging about us! We are so appreciative for the reviews, and hope that our blog readers will enjoy reading their posts. Read more here:

http://www.riapedia.com/2007/07/24/mixbook_flex_based_photo_book_builder

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Stewart/?p=468

I especially like Ryan’s screen shots of the Mixbook Creator tool and book previewer:

Have fun!
Alison

July 23, 2007

Beautiful Photo Books from Our Gallery

Hey all, it’s Alison, writing my very FIRST post on the Mixbook blog. So exciting!

There have been lots of things going on here at the Mixbook World HQ because we’ve been using your feedback to update, improve, and make Mixbook the best it can possibly be.

In all of the hubbub, your lovely creations have not gone unnoticed – many of you have been churning out fantastic Mixbooks that are worthy of recognition and praise. So this part of our blog will regularly feature notable and unique Mixbooks made by you, the user. Check it out!

1) Our Wedding by Sherri J.
For all you Weddingbee readers out there, here’s some inspiration for a photo book you can give away to friends and family. Sherri’s May nuptials are beautifully laid out using simple colored backgrounds and lots and lots of photos. It’s Mixbook in an elegant and classic style.

Be sure to check out pages 18 and 19 to see Sherri’s collection of fun wedding moments in one of my favorite layouts!

2) Chile 2007 by Abby M.
Abby’s book is a great example of what to do after you go on a trip. Upload your photos to Mixbook and make a book with a funny narrative of your silly adventures. I love her lighthearted yet poignant outlook on the people of Chile. She also proves that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover – this book has a lot to behold!

3) Uganda 2006 by David C. with Live Loud
Taking another trek across the globe, this Mixbook is all about the photos. Our full bleed pages allow the photographs to speak for themselves — each piece is a striking portrait of the life and condition of the Ugandan people. This book encourages the reader to have compassion by taking action to help, so that others can have hope. It’s a pretty powerful statement, and I find myself looking at the photos on pages 28 and 29 especially.

4) Beautiful Specific Details by birdie
This book is also surprising, and I love the different combinations presented – older photographs with new ones, along with black and white photos paired with sepia and colored photos. Her snippets about family and friends were touching and it looks like birdie had a lot of fun with this one!

5) San Francisco … on the bridge. by Rebecca P.
This book chronicles a day trip across the famous Golden Gate bridge, for Mixbooker Rebecca and her companions. I love that Rebecca used the color picker (found in the background section) to match the background to the photos AND used our custom frame tool to match the frames to the backgrounds! Great job, Rebecca!

Her story was sweet as well, chock full of adventure and laughter.

And there you have it! Take a look and create a book of your own, maybe you’ll find yourself featured on our blog someday!

Thanks for all the eye candy, Mixbookers! Keep up the good work!

Alison

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July 23, 2007

The Mixing Bowl

Hey all, it’s Alison, writing my very FIRST post on the Mixbook blog. So exciting!

There have been lots of things going on here at the Mixbook World HQ because we’ve been using your feedback to update, improve, and make Mixbook the best it can possibly be.

In all of the hubbub, your lovely creations have not gone unnoticed – many of you have been churning out fantastic Mixbooks that are worthy of recognition and praise. So this part of our blog will regularly feature notable and unique Mixbooks made by you, the user!

Thus, the Mixing Bowl is born … a compilation of current Mixbooker goodness for all eyes to see. Check it out!

1) Our Wedding by Sherri J.
For all you Weddingbee readers out there, here’s some inspiration for a photo book you can give away to friends and family. Sherri’s May nuptials are beautifully laid out using simple colored backgrounds and lots and lots of photos. It’s Mixbook in an elegant and classic style.

Be sure to check out pages 18 and 19 to see Sherri’s collection of fun wedding moments in one of my favorite layouts!

2) Chile 2007 by Abby M.
Abby’s book is a great example of what to do after you go on a trip. Upload your photos to Mixbook and make a book with a funny narrative of your silly adventures. I love her lighthearted yet poignant outlook on the people of Chile. She also proves that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover – this book has a lot to behold!

3) Uganda 2006 by David C. with Live Loud
Taking another trek across the globe, this Mixbook is all about the photos. Our full bleed pages allow the photographs to speak for themselves — each piece is a striking portrait of the life and condition of the Ugandan people. This book encourages the reader to have compassion by taking action to help, so that others can have hope. It’s a pretty powerful statement, and I find myself looking at the photos on pages 28 and 29 especially.

4) Beautiful Specific Details by birdie
This book is also surprising, and I love the different combinations presented – older photographs with new ones, along with black and white photos paired with sepia and colored photos. Her snippets about family and friends were touching and it looks like birdie had a lot of fun with this one!

5) San Francisco … on the bridge. by Rebecca P.
This book chronicles a day trip across the famous Golden Gate bridge, for Mixbooker Rebecca and her companions. I love that Rebecca used the color picker (found in the background section) to match the background to the photos AND used our custom frame tool to match the frames to the backgrounds! Great job, Rebecca!

Her story was sweet as well, chock full of adventure and laughter.

And there you have it! Take a look and create a book of your own, maybe you’ll find yourself in the Mixing Bowl one of these days.

Thanks for all the eye candy, Mixbookers! Keep up the good work!

Alison

July 19, 2007

Welcome Wedding Bees!

Hi Mixbookers! We just found out that Mrs. Plumeria at Weddingbee wrote a little post about Mixbook.

She says: “This could definitely be a cool way to get some nice books of those candids taken by wedding guests, laid out and compiled with ease… or a group memoir of a bachelorette night or bridal shower… or even a personalized bridesmaid’s gift. I personally love to scrapbook together with those of my friends that do — and now this is even possible online. Who woulda thunk? ;-)

You can read more here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/07/18/an-idea-for-the-hive/. Thanks Mrs. Plumeria, we’re glad you love Mixbook as much as we do!

P.S. And yes, wedding bees, our books really do start at $9.99 until July 31. Get Yours Now!

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July 19, 2007

Printing Mixbooks

Hi Mixbookers!

We’re sorry to say that we have to take ordering down for the next couple of days. We’ve been receiving a lot of great feedback on our printed books, and we’re going to be rolling out some major improvements over the weekend. Get ready for better and more beautiful Mixbooks!

For now, keep creating and publishing books. We’ll post here when ordering is back online, or send us an email and we’ll let you know when it’s ready. We should have it back up early next week. Have a great weekend!

Andrew

July 10, 2007

Mixbook has Launched!

It’s 3:48 AM, and Rebekah, Alison, Josh, Aryk and I have just launched Mixbook. Now you and your friends can create amazing books, print them, and share them with the world! In our late night stupor, let me share a couple quotes from some of our favorite Mixbookers:

“I just finished my first little book! Can I just say that I will NEVER again scrapbook. This is the easiest, most efficient thing ever!!! We’re leaving today for a month in Europe, I can’t wait to get home and start my next book!”

Linda G. – after publishing Graham Family Beach Trip 2007

“Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! I’m addicted to Mixbook!”

Arpit Mehta – after publishing Disneyland

“can i please just tell you how much i LOVE mixbook?!? i find myself looking at people’s mixbooks for hours and i don’t even know them!!”

Libby S. – she published Our Friendship

And that’s just a small sampling of the great feedback we’ve been getting from people who have used Mixbook. So what are you waiting for? Get on the site and try it out now!

Andrew Laffoon, Late Night Mixbooker

July 4, 2007

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s my first Mixbook!

Remember when it was actually fun and exciting to get a package in the mail because it just didn’t happen that often? Ah, those good ol’ days… Well, times have changed and nowadays, online shopping sprees result in too many boxes, peanuts all over your carpet (or air-pacs if you get lucky), and shrink wrap galore–and it’s pretty much no big deal when you get another delivery.

I had become quite jaded myself…until I ordered a Mixbook that I worked on with my sister recently. When I came home from work yesterday, I just had this feeling and I could not be more excited to go check my mailbox. Ladies and gentlemen, let me just say that there’s nothing quite like getting your very own beautiful Mixbook creation shipped to your door, ready to be paged through, admired, wowed over, and passed around the office/neighborhood/classroom/social gathering/etc.

Here’s a little peek into my afternoon of happiness:

IMG_2936.JPG My Mixbook package goes so well
with my MacBook. Hmm…Mixbook. MacBook. Eerie. Ah, two great loves of my life. 🙂 Both brought into my world, courtesy of my husband (Shout out to the greatest love of my life!!)
IMG_2932.JPG See how peacefully it lies on my dining table.
IMG_2933.JPG Close up shot of how you can get to my place (if you can unblur my address).
IMG_2943.JPG I’m starting to get goosebumps right about now…
IMG_2944.JPG There it is!
IMG_2945.JPG First, we have the obligatory packing slip.
IMG_2951.JPG [play Overture from Romeo & Juliet]Ahh… I love it. ❤ It arrives to me in pristine condition thanks to the cool shrink wrap packaging. What a great feature!
IMG_2954.JPG It looks exactly like the screen version of my book and I can’t believe how crisp and true the colors are. Glossy cover, perfect binding, versatile size (8×8”) – Gosh, this feels great in my hands!
IMG_2955.JPG Let’s take a look at my title page…Shout out to my mom!
IMG_2956.JPG Mmmm….Bo’s California Rolls. Yum.
IMG_2957.JPG The sequel will definitely be my next project. Can’t wait to get another Mixbook published and sent to my little home!

It’s pretty amazing how Mixbook let me upload digital pictures that had just been hiding inside my Mac all this time, create beautiful pages with layouts, frames and backgrounds, and immortalize the cooking magic inside my brain into text on a page. Even better, I had so much fun collaborating on this recipe book with my favorite (and only) sister. It’s fun to share it online with friends and family, but I gotta say — it’s wonderful getting a fabulous, professionally printed book to have and to hold. 🙂

Now it’s your turn! Get started now.

–Rebekah, Mixbook Connoisseur

P.S. If you’re not a Mixbooker yet, post a comment and I’ll send you an invite.

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