Archive for October, 2007

October 26, 2007

Trick My Mix – Funny Faces

Today’s Trick My Mix post is inspired by children’s books where you can flip portions of the book to make a funny face. You can change the eyes, nose, mouth, hair, and even ears. It’s so easy to customize your own “funny face” with the Mixbook Creator … check it out!

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This trick requires high-resolution photos (at least 4MP) so you can zoom in on the details of the face.

– For this layout, click on the layout drop down menu and select the 4 photo layouts. Choose the one that looks like the above photo.

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– Use pictures that are similar in size or proportion and also in the same pose. For this layout I used photos that were all portraits of faces, where everyone was facing forward. Then I zoomed in on key features of the face – the top of the head, eyes, nose, and mouth and connected them where they best fit.

– There you have it! Silly funny faces, and it was so easy to do.

Try to play around with it, and you’ll get some neat effects. Try using other layouts, like the ones below:

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This one is like a puzzle, so try switching it around to make it more fun!

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This is another funny face photo that you can try. Play with your friends faces, or even use animals.

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The possibilities are endless! It’s a lot of fun, and can be done with almost any layout.

You have a funny face,
Alison

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October 25, 2007

Mix-ins 8

Gather round everyone, it’s story time! Today’s story is about a phantom and his opera, illustrated by a group of Brazilian students. Thanks to Class 74 for the great Mixbook idea! Students rewrote the story in their own words and illustrated the story as a class, then scanned in their drawings and came up with a book that is a work in progress. It is such a cute project for any class, family or individual!

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Hey now, we know you’ve got lots of stories to tell … so come up with an epic tale of your own, illustrate and publish it using Mixbook!

Once upon a Mixbook,
Alison

October 24, 2007

The Mixing Bowl 10

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas earlier and earlier in the season nowadays. It seems that stores are just skipping Halloween and Thanksgiving altogether and going straight to Christmas trees and Santa Claus.

So with this 10th edition of The Mixing Bowl, we’ve hopped on the seasonal bandwagon! We wanted to inspire Mixbookers to make personalized Christmas gifts with a twist, so we made a Christmas Mixbook. This book is a compilation of page layouts that you could use for the holidays to bring someone you love a little cheer! It is fun, sweet, and so easy to make.

Check out some of our ideas, and catch the Holiday Spirit! Wouldn’t it be great to have all your Christmas shopping done by the end of November? Yes, of course it would!

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Sending you Holiday Cheer,
Alison

Shout out to our intern Anna for making a stellar Mixbook!

October 19, 2007

Mix-ins 7

A rhyme, a line, a Poetic verse that’s a Mixbook first. It’s a book of poetry!

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Mixbook can publish your verbal works of art almost as fast as you can type them. Mixbooker Johanna has an in progress book that is filled with her lyrical verses of poetry. Each section of the book is broken down into “shades” – sepia, gold, jade and littered with poems of different sorts. Some delightful, some puzzling, some dark and deep. One of my favorite lines is from a poem called “A Walk in the Park”:

“I do have a repertoire of silly stories up my sleeve.
Before we leave, I shall make you endure a couple.
Just because I like to hear your laughter bubble up
Best of all is when we have to stop because

the giggles bend us double or the wind buffets us
like tangled puppets or the dog pulls too hard
in the rain and all the movement is suddenly slapstick,
plastic macs flapping stupidly. That tickles me.”

So try your hand at it, it doesn’t even have to rhyme.

I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it,
Alison

October 15, 2007

The Mixing Bowl 9

As fall continues to come upon us, I’m reminded of the beauty of the fall weather. Crisp, cool, and laden with rain or snow. All across the country, fall manifests itself in changing leaves and windy days. Here in northern California the fall season is interesting, since weather tends to be pretty mild. In any case, here’s a look at fall in three different cities, from three different Mixbooks.

1) Boston by Christina B.

This book chronicles a year in the life of a Harvard grad student. There are many pictures of Boston landmarks, marked by the change of seasons in Boston. A Red Sox win, Quincy Market, a Harvard-Yale football game, turkeys and pumpkins!

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2) Ladies in San Francisco by Annie S. with Kari M. and Nora G.

Almost every famous San Francisco sight shows up in this Mixbook – the Golden Gate, fog, Chinatown, Ghirardelli, sea lions and the Bush Man! This book looks like such fun.

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3) Fairweather Friends by Alison T. (hey, that’s me!)

Seattle’s gray skies and falling rain make for good “hot chocolate and warm blanket” days. Our visit to the Pacific Northwest was an adventure, with fun every step of the way.

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Enjoy the fall … wear lots of layers and make a Mixbook.

Alison

October 12, 2007

Trick My Mix – Frame Fun

Slide frames were oh-so-cool back in the day. I remember making my own slide prints in elementary school and having a lot of fun with it. So we’re bringing back the old school by doing some frame effects in the Mixbook Creator tool.

Some things to remember:

– Frames can be made thick or thin, and give a different feel to each photo.
– The color of the frame can drastically affect what the photo looks like, just like a matte (in a real framed photo) does the same.
– Pairing a frame with a matching or contrasting background can highlight the colors in the photographs.

1) Photo Slides

This simple frame trick makes photos look like they are individual slides and focuses the eye on the main subject, which is the photo.

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– Simply click on the “Create Custom Frame” button in the Frames section of the tool.

– Increase the thickness to the highest setting by dragging the tiny arrow all the way to the right, until it is 8.00 in thickness.

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– Change the color of the frame if you wish, or leave it at white — which is clean, bright, and usually works with any photo.

– Drag the photo frame to your layout for the book page, and re-center your photos where they need to be.

– Finish by clicking “Save” to save the frame to your drawer for later use!

2) Playing with Frames

This is just a little exercise in fun, to change the look of a page by mixing up the thicknesses and colors of the frames.

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– We used the same method as the “Photo Slides” trick only we used the thinnest setting for frame as well and changed the color to match the blue water.

– This page is fun because of the bright background color contrasting with the dark skin of the seals, and the placement of the different frames.

Try mixing your own combination of frames and remember to save the styles to your drawer so you can play with them again!

Alison

October 12, 2007

Mix-ins 6

On special occasions what better gift to give than a lovely memento that will remind the recipient how wonderful and blessed the event was … this Mixbook was a sweet sentiment from one friend to another before a wedding. This particular event was a bridal shower tea, but there are endless possibilities. Birthday parties, baby showers, bachelor parties, high school dances, summer camps, and more!

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Mixbooks are inexpensive, and for one very good reason. We wanted to be able to make a lot of books about anything we wanted — for a good price. So that’s why we created a soft cover collaborative photo book. So go ahead, make Mixbooks just because. Document your life and finally print out those digital pictures that you have been waiting to see.

Then show us the results,
Alison

October 9, 2007

The Mixing Bowl 8

Ahhh, love is in the air. Well, okay maybe not in the air … but on Mixbook! My own wedding anniversary is coming up, so it pleases me to see a few engagement books on our site. With engagement stories becoming so elaborate these days, it is a good idea to have a way to recall the happy moments even years later. Check out the books of these two couples — they have quite a few things in common. A convertible, Pebble Beach, and of course, a ring. One book is still in progress, which speaks of any relationship. Because as married folks we’re always “in progress …”

1) Matt and Jen’s Engagement by Jennifer S.

This book chronicles the surprise engagement that took place down the coast of California, all the way to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. This couple got engaged and began their adventure right away, enjoying the blessings over the course of an entire weekend!

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2) Thai and Angela’s Engagement! by Thai L. with Angela C., Rebekah L., Arpit M. Photography, cadenais, and Stacy J.

What a fun engagement story – and what effort it took to come to fruition! Thai had to do a lot of work to make sure everything went right on his engagement day. I love that this engagement was a joint effort among family and friends, since everyone was supportive and involved in every step of the event, even in the Mixbooking portion.

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Mixbook is LOVE,
Alison

October 3, 2007

Mix-ins 5

Ah, the instruction booklet. Utilized by few, hardly revered by anyone. The few sheets of paper that it is comprised of speaks of the mundane and ordinary, but with a Mixbook you can make it so much more! This week our Mix-in comes from Mixbooker Michelle T. who did a great job of outlining the process of making a longboard. So take a cue from Michelle – instead of a boring old text-filled booklet, you can show each step of the do-it-yourself project along with a photo, helping to guide and instruct.

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Another example of the instruction booklet is a recipe book. Photos of delectable food should encourage readers to get into that kitchen and start cooking! Take this Mixbook from two sisters … the food is almost real enough to taste, and the photos are key to inspiring others. Mmmm, I’m getting hungry already. Their recipe for Baked Salmon with Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes would be a tasty addition to any fall menu. So get your recipes together, make your own book and share it with us! Then the whole world can follow YOUR instructions … doesn’t that sound appetizing?

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You know, this just proves that Mix-ins really are delicious.

Mix-in it up,
Alison

October 2, 2007

The Mixing Bowl 7

Ciao Mixbookers! This week’s Mixing Bowl is coming to you from the country of Italy. Newlyweds Rebecca and Matt went on a fabulous honeymoon trip to Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Venice — and through their Mixbook we get to travel along with them.

Italian Honeymoon by Rebecca F.

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Romance and love are in the air … along with cups full of gelato! I love Rebecca’s narrative style paired with the beautiful photographs of Italy’s architecture and famous sights, with funny little anecdotes here and there. Be sure to check out page 12 for a picture of the Pope on a giant lollipop! That was definitely a sight to see … and I didn’t have to pay the price of a ticket to Italy.

Take a look at this Mixbook and be inspired — whether your next Mixbook is about a trip to another country or a trip down the street, the memories are what it’s about.

Felice (Happy) Mixbooking,
Alison