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Image 3-D Viewmaster {Review}

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You remember these from your youth, don’t you.  There was something intriguing and magical about this pair of colored binoculars that had rotating pictures.  In 3-D!  It might have been on one of these toys that I saw something in 3-D for the first time as a kid.  These were so cool!

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And they don’t have to be a relic from the past!  Image3D makes customized 3D viewer and reels!  You just found yourself the PERFECT gift for anyone who loves toys, vintage items, collectors items, or personalized gifts.  Everyone will give a little “whoa cool!” when it is pulled out of the Christmas box.  You can order just one or as many as you like, so you could get one for the entire family!  Let me walk you through the ordering process…

siteIts really as easy as uploading your favorite pictures and dropping them into the order you want them.  You can change the orientation so that no one’s head is cut off, and you can also add text to each picture, which will really stand out in 3-D.  You can also customize in the inner circle of the reel with a picture and title.

site3The viewfinders come in red, black, blue or white, and the sets get cheaper as you order more.  If you already have a viewfinder, you could also just make and order the reels.

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As fate would have it, our viewfinder arrived on “Rocket”s birthday, so how could we not play it up as an awesome birthday gift?!  HE LOVES THIS!!!  He was instantly intrigued and fascinated, and we couldn’t get his eyes out of it for a single picture!  All of the proceeding toys were sub-par to him, and he still begs throughout the day to play with his ‘picture camera’.

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What a great product!  Unlike the old viewfinders that I remember playing with, with their sticky and hard to push top round buttons, this is very functionally easy to use.  The lever glides and the body is well-constructed.  The reel is nice the thick, difficult to bend or damage, and has crystal clear picture prints.  I think all of our kids will get a kick out of seeing these pictures in a cool set-up, and that it could surely last a long time, even with destructive toddlers in the house.

Get a leg up on Christmas gifts and order your own viewfinders and reels from Image3D!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Poyomi Photo Books {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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 You guys!  I have another fun Blog Hop for you today!  ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN of us have joined up to bring you some fabulous giveaways, and all of them are book-related!  Its our way of officially saying goodbye to summer and hello to staying indoors and cozy-ing up to the comfort of books and novels, virtual or in print :)  Be sure to hop around to all the blogs at the bottom of this post, and check in with our hosts, BTS Book Reviews, Decadent Publishing, and Everpress Media for the grand prize of a Kindle or Nook!  (They are the first three blogs to follow in the list below) hop-summer-september-1

Our featured giveaway here at Dandy Giveaway is sponsored by Poyomi.  Now to introduce them, let me tell you about how I have an entire bookcase of 3-inch binders chock full of pictures of me for every year of my life.  Its true.  My mother has labored for hours over pictures, cardstock, and cut-out printed captions to preserve all of our memories since the day I was born!  I LOVE looking through these scrapbooks that have preserved all the pictures and stories of the people and things that I love!
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Try as I might, I am not my mother.  I can’t do it!  I could keep up with it for awhile, but I think the 2-kid lifestyle pushed me over the edge and I just have TOO many great pictures I want to preserve that we really don’t have the space to keep adding a 3-inch binder to the collection every year.
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I have actually been anti-photobook for awhile, convinced that they are a little too impersonal and uniform, but I’ve really changed my thinking after creating my own book with Poyomi.  Putting it together online was really just an exciting, creative, and fulfilling activity for me!  I was able to paste in all of the important pictures I could find from other that last 15 months, which came out to be 90 pages, and the entire book is less than 1/4″ thick.  Your book could be 20 pages or less or even up to 384 pages!
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The creative process was so easy and slick.  I basically uploaded the pictures I wanted, selected which ones to combine onto a page, and rearranged if I wanted certain pictures to be larger than others.  There were multiple times that I saved my project and came back later to finish up.
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I felt just as crafty as if I was cutting and pasting actual pictures because I’m still copying, pasting, arranging, and really personalizing my own scrapbook, but it is just SO CLEAN that I don’t want to ever go back!  The pictures look printed in high-resolution on thick paper with the detail and brightness preserved.
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Poyomi can create your photo books into different dimensions besides the standard “Letter” size.  They can also print into “Digest”, “Digest Landscape”,  “Square” and “Calendar”, as well as perfectly bound, or saddle stitched.
IMG_6886What I reeeally love about this set-up is being able to paste in pictures of odd and unusual dimensions, like collages I have photoshopped together for blog posts.  If I were to print this in regular 4 x 6 format, things would get chopped off, squished, or come back completely unusable.  Poyomi lets me keep the dimensions I’ve got, and just arranges according to what layout makes the most sense.  Zero frustration.
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They also have an ipad app and an iphone app, and both are free.  Here’s a snazzy video to give you an idea of how that works:
Doesn’t this inspire you to want to create your own book of memories?!

One lucky winner will receive $50 to spend at Poyomi to create their own photo book!

 

 

Now be sure to follow along and check out all the other sweet book-related prizes in this Sunset on Summer Fun blog hop! <!– end LinkyTools script →

And thank you to all our co-sponsors!

Decadent Publishing Deena Remiel Kathleen Ann Gallagher Taryn Kincaid Lia Davis Susannah Scott Natalie-Nicole Bates V.S. Nelson Jennah Scott Milly Taiden J.A. Garland The Smutty Kitty Cynnara Tregarth Christine Murphy For the Love of Reading Hannah Fielding Eva Lefoy Writer Wonderland Katalina Leon Kendall McKenna Lisa Kessler Tiffany Allee D.C. Stone Tory Richards Joanne Jaytanie Cathy Perkins Joya Fields Grave Tells Heather Long Layla Hunter J.L. Hammer Serena Zane Cat Johnson Renea Mason Patricia Green Lisa Beth Darling Sabrina York Annie Seaton Annie Seaton Celia Breslin Amanda McIntyre Susan Arden Lena Hart D.L. Jackson Colette Saucier

 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Oct 1st and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

 

MailPix Brag Book {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I’m a bragger.  I’m totally a big bragger.  I love posting pictures of my cute kids, talking about our fabulous weekend date, my husband’s raise, and being overly obnoxious when I win board games!   I know its sometimes the quickest way to lose friends, but isn’t it fun to brag?!

I think the older we get, the more fun it is to show off our kids because they’re just so darn adorable for being nothing but themselves, and we like to think they got it all from us :).
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I think these “Brag Books” by Mailpix are such a fun way to carry around your treasures and show them off to anyone and everyone!  I can’t always tote around my heavy binders of scrapbooks, or bring up my blog at the next high school reunion, but I could whip out my new brag book that I made on Mailpix!  These brag books can be made in 4×6 or 5×7 size, and filled with 5 to 40 pictures.  They are professionally spiral bound, and a clear cover in the front protects the pictures inside from scratches and from fading.

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To be honest, I had a distraction device for my rambunctious toddler in mind when I put this together.  I wanted to fill it with people he recognized and memories of his (like his birthday, playing with grandma, last Christmas) to grab his attention while we are trying to teach him the importance of sitting still in church for an hour at a time.  The process of ordering was actually pretty fun, and fairly easy to figure out.  MailPix has several templates of themes to choose from, which change the layout of the pictures and can arrange multiple pictures on one page.

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The book turned out great!  My favorite feature is the clear protective first page to keep everything from getting smudgy.  “Rocket” sat admiring pictures of himself, his parents, his cousins, and his brother for an amount of time that I didn’t expect.  Eureeka!  A distraction device for my church diaper bag!  God bless you, Mailpix.  As you can imagine, Mailpix specializes in much more than just cute brag books.  They can tackle anything from photo calendars and mugs to large photo books, prints, enlargements, greeting cards, etc.  They’re pretty much a one-stop for anything involving your pictures.  Personally, I love that they grant you unlimited photo storage when you sign up on their site.  In this day and age, when everyone is running out of storage on their blogs and looking for alternate places to store their pictures, I’m relieved that my pictures can be safe with Mailpix.

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Is your head surging with ideas of the next brag book you want to put together?  A book of your grandkids school pictures to keep in your purse?  A book of your last vacation to keep out on your coffee table?  A flip book of your artwork to carry around as a portable mini portfolio?  These are so useful in so many ways!

For the giveaway prize today, one winner will be able to create their own 40-page 4×6 brag book, and only pay the $4.99 shipping!

Connect with Mailpix!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MailPix

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mailpix

Google+: https://plus.google.com/s/mailpix

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/mailpix/

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Friday, February 22th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by MailPix, but all opinions are strictly my own

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