Archive for August, 2007

August 31, 2007

Trick My Mix – Fun with Type

Today’s trick comes from a night of staying up late and experimenting with fun new ways to present the typed content of a book. Try these examples below in your own Mixbook!

1) ABC Type – this is what we call ABC type, because instead of typing regular content, you use letters to create a type of design on the page. This is how we got the look below:

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– Choose a background and set it to 30% transparency (find this feature by clicking “more” in the background section of the Creator)

– Set the font to Cooper Black and the size to 45. Type the letters of the alphabet, or even use words related to the photo (see word example below).

– Change the colors of the fonts by highlighting selected text and clicking on the color palette to select a color. Then use your own eye to change the colors as you prefer.

2) Word Type – instead of using letters, use words to create a design.

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How cool is that? We especially love this technique when it is used in a themed book. Change the words and the style depending on what your theme is (the book above was about a trip to Seaworld) – maybe use some of the following:

A book about France – Eiffel, Je t’aime, Oui, Ooh la la, Macarons, Croissant, Romantic, Love.

A book about your kids – Funny, Messy, Loud, Fun, Family, Sweet, Spunky, Caring, Loving, Imaginative, Creative, Youthful.

A book about your dog – Silly, Goofy, Playful, Curious, Cute, Lazy, Nosy, Cuddly, Fluffy, Puppy.

This is just one new way to make your Mixbook unique and interesting!

Dedicated to making Mixbooks better,
Alison

August 30, 2007

Mix-ins 2

Another great usage for a Mixbook is showcased here in a book by Mixbooker Jennifer – she used it to show off the recital performances of her dance students. This is one way for each student to have a memory of their dance performance and the fun they had! Jennifer can post her Mixbook on the dance studio’s website and invite her students to order a Mixbook.

This is a great idea for any teacher! Check out her book and get some inspiration for your own Mixbook!

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Mixbook-a-lot,
Alison

August 28, 2007

The Mixing Bowl 3

Ah, we’re back again! And with more fun to boot. Check out these new (and some old) Mixbooks that we picked to be in the Mix! From professional to profound, these books are definitely something to see.

1) Willie Herath Photoshoot by Arpit M. Photography

This book is full of fine photos of musician Willie Herath, from Arpit M.. Dropped into a few simple layouts the photos don’t need much more embellishment . This book is not only cool to look at, but is a great example of using a Mixbook to showcase your work (see previous post!). Arpit can get a Mixbook printed and show them to potential clients or even to show his clients what their proofs look like after a photoshoot. Brilliant! Arpit’s work is inspiring and fun.

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2) Trip to Cambodia and Thailand by Carolyn L.

Carolyn’s trip to Cambodia makes me want to travel. Carolyn’s travel itinerary is filled with history and green photos! Cambodia’s picturesque countryside, ancient ruins, and happy children’s faces make for an interesting trip.

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3) Peyton and Caroline by Sherry W.

The sweet relationship between a brother and sister. This book is all about the fun we knew as children, playing dress up at Halloween, going to camp, swimming in the lake. I love this book for its playfulness and of course, for its keen subjects! Great job, Sherry! It looks like you and your kids had a wonderful year!

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Mixbook ’em,
Alison

August 24, 2007

Trick My Mix – Custom Color Picker

Today’s tip is a simple and easy trick – with potentially beautiful results. Using our custom color picker to match your background and text to your photo(s) can give the appearance of continuity, and can be a striking addition to your book page. We took the photo below and clicked on our background color picker (the small colored square located in the background section) and scrolled over the sky color in our photo (instead of selecting from the pre-set colors). The background is now the same color of the sky, and is complementary to the photo.

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The same can be done with the text by selecting the text and clicking on the text color box. Use the tiny eyedropper tool to scroll over the photo and click on a coordinating color. For our book page, we took the text color from the lights at the top of the hotel, as a contrast to the deep blue background color.

And voila! There you have it … a page as beautiful as the hotel itself.

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Have a great weekend, and take some time to explore more of our new books and play around with our Creator tool!

Matchy Mixbooks are afoot,
Alison

August 23, 2007

Mix-ins

Mix-ins are that bit of yummy goodness that you add to make your Cold Stone Sweet Cream ice cream personalized to your tastes.

Mixbook “Mix-ins” are the same, they make a Mixbook that much sweeter. What can you do with a Mixbook to make it cooler than it already is? Here is one way:

Make a portfolio for your business to showcase your work in a professional soft-cover book, like two of our Mixbookers did:

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This can boost your business and help you promote yourself without spending a lot of money. Mixbooks are relatively inexpensive if you need several copies of your book.

This is just one way to make a Mixbook oh-so-sweet … and useful too!

Join the Mixbookerade,
Alison

August 22, 2007

New Feature – Open Books!

You know the old saying “read me like an open book”? Well, we’ve made that a reality by introducing our new Open Book feature!

What’s an “Open Book,” you ask? Well, it’s the essence of what making a Mixbook is! An Open Book allows anyone to contribute to its content by adding pages and photos. Unlike other books, everything is unlocked and editable by any user. An Open Book is marked by a symbol that looks similar to Lisa Simpson’s hairdo! Open Books can be found on the Explore Page in the “In Progress” section, and you can click “Edit” to automatically become a contributor of the book!

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You can make an Open Book about anything – the food you like, the actors you admire, or even the recipes of other Mixbookers! I’ve given you blog readers a head start by making my very own Open Book. It’s called “A Recipe for Success” and I’d like it to contain all of your favorite recipes with photos! Maybe your grandma made some killer dumplings or your mom made the best brownies ever and you want to share it with the world. Or at least share it with me. Click the book below to contribute now!

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You read me like an Open Mixbook,
Alison

August 21, 2007

Upgrading Mixbook

Hi Mixbookers,

Sorry about the maintenance page! We’re upgrading Mixbook right now with some pretty cool new features. We’ll have the site back up and running by 2am PST. Thanks!

Andrew
Chief Mixbooker

August 21, 2007

The Mixing Bowl 2

In honor of the summer that is quickly slipping away, today we’re featuring 3 Mixbook adventures. This post could also be alternatively called “A Day in the Life of a Mixbooker!”

Each person used their Mixbook to tell a story about their vacation and the fun that was had, whether it was a trip down the highway or across the world. Read on, and be inspired to make a Mixbook about your summer!

1) The Fongs in Japan by Lisa F.
Lisa gets an award from me for the coolest Mixbook! This 75 page book is a virtual tour of Japan – its sights, sounds, and tastes. Lisa tells me that there were over 1500 pictures from this trip, and in this book we are treated to the best selection of those photos! I love that the kitsch and culture of Japan has been captured in this Mixbook. Lisa used lots of custom frames in this book – I think I’ll take a cue from her excellent eye.

If this doesn’t make you want to take a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, I don’t know what else will!

2) Banff Trip 2007 by Kenny S.
This book made me appreciate how picturesque lakes can really be, and how the mundane can be overlooked. This book chronicled a sweet trip through Canada taken by a mother and son, with lovely scenery every step of the way. Mountains, lakes, and icy glaciers make for a super cool (get it?) summer jaunt!

3) A Laffoon Family Adventure by Rebekah L.
So, we may be a bit biased on this one … but it’s a neat book nonetheless! What would summer be without a trip to the beach? Combine that with a visit to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and you get an awesome day trip! The silly antics of this family are featured in this colorful and quirky book filled with otters, jellyfish, and the occasional Laffoon!

Get together with your family and friends to make a Mixbook of your whereabouts this summer and share them with us!

We’re Mixbookin’ that’s what we’re doing,
Alison

August 18, 2007

Tricks and Tips

We’re back after a week of being MIA, so we thought we would spice it up and bring you more fun! Here are a couple of cool tricks that we wanted to highlight for you today:

Trick #1 – many people don’t realize that when you’re using the Mixbook Editor that you can enlarge the tool drawer area to view more of your photos, layouts, frame selection, and backgrounds. Just click on the sidebar and drag it out to the desired size you’d like (up to 5 rows wide) and VOILA! There you have it … a larger viewing area to improve your Mixbook creativity!


Just a regular ol’ drawer … happy and carefree. But click and drag, and you have …


A drawer that is now large and in charge.

Trick #2 – This is not so much a trick as it is a tip. Save yourself some time and add photos that you’ve already uploaded for another book. Do you need more pictures of grandma for your book? Click on “Add Photos” and select “From Mixbook” to add photos from your other books. You’ve just shaved minutes off the upload process so you can get to creating your book!

If you have any tips you want to share with other Mixbookers, email us at info@mixbook.com. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed if you like what you see!

Just keep Mixbookin’,
Alison

August 18, 2007

Fresh Features on a Friday!

We’re back after a week of being MIA, so we thought we would spice it up and bring you more fun! This is the start of regular weekly posts to give you more Mixbook goodness! We know that’s what you want after all. So tune in each week to read our feature Mixbook articles, in addition to our other blog posts:

MondayThe Mixing Bowl, a selection of Mixbooks that tickle our fancy. Look out, yours might end up here!

Wednesday Mix-ins, a few good ideas for books and what to do with them.

Friday – Trick My Mix, we’re doling out helpful expert tips and tricks to make your Mixbook the best it can be. Think of this as the extras section on a DVD – an added bonus! And since today is FRIDAY, it’s time to get started.

Trick My Mix – the Mixbook Creator

Trick #1 – many people don’t realize that when you’re using the Creator that you can enlarge the tool drawer area to view more of your photos, layouts, frame selection, and backgrounds. Just click on the sidebar and drag it out to the desired size you’d like (up to 5 rows wide) and VOILA! There you have it … a larger viewing area to improve your Mixbook creativity!


Just a regular ol’ drawer … happy and carefree. But click and drag, and you have …

 


A drawer that is now large and in charge.

Trick #2 – This is not so much a trick as it is a tip. Save yourself some time and add photos that you’ve already uploaded for another book. Do you need more pictures of grandma for your book? Click on “Add Photos” and select “From Mixbook” to add photos from your other books. You’ve just shaved minutes off the upload process so you can get to creating your book!

If you have any tips you want to share with other Mixbookers, email us at info@mixbook.com. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed if you like what you see!

Just keep Mixbookin’,
Alison