A few weeks ago I received an email from Photobox asking me to review one of their photo diaries or photo calendars. We don’t have a calendar at home, mostly because we forget to look at/write on it. Mr TOPP and I both have calendars on our phones that are linked to each other so we can update on the go and hopefully minimise the risk of doubt booking. Pffff.
Anyhoo, I was about to turn down the Photobox request when I had a stroke of genius. Even if I do say so myself. We don’t use a diary, but my Granny does. My mum and aunty write in it to let her know what is happening day to day. When people go to visit her they write in it so that she can remember they have been. At the moment she has a regular diary, functional but not very pretty.
I emailed my family and got them to send me photos of themselves, and while I waited I emailed Photobox and said “Yes please, I would LOVE to review one of your photo diaries“. They gave me the choice. I opted for the Deluxe Photo Diary, which is 14.9cm x 8.5cm. This didn’t mean much to me, but it was the biggest one available, and we need a big one. Turns out it is A5 size (approx).
Once my family had emailed me elevnty hundred and four photos I set about creating the photo diary. It was easy to upload them to the Photobox site, although if you do it in great numbers like I did, it can take some time. You can choose the layout for the page (which I didn’t realise until I was half way through. Tsk.) On some pages I went for one photo, on others two or three. You can also put a photo on the front and back covers.
The diary is ring bound and has a transparent plastic cover so you can see the photo you have chosen for the cover. For an additional charge you can have a more durable cover, but given this diary is just going to sit on the table I stuck with the basic option.
Once you have created your diary or calendar you have the option to check it before you buy it. You can look at it page by page and Photobox will let you know if the quality of your photos are ok. I have to say I panicked when I was told a couple of my photos were “average” quality. I changed most of them for high quality ones, but there were the odd few I wanted to keep. I changed the layout on those pages so they were smaller and I have to say they all look fine. If I had opted for a full page print of them I may well have been disappointed.
I am very pleased with the quality of the photo diary, and I hope my granny will enjoy seeing her family smiling up at her each day as she looks to see what’s happening that day.
Photobox say they’ll deliver your diary within 6 -8 working days. I ordered mine on Saturday and it was here on Thursday. Can’t say fairer than that now can you? Well, maybe you can: if you’re quick, there’s a buy one get one free offer on photo diaries and calendars at the moment until Thursday (27th October).
Disclosure: Photobox sent me a photo diary free of charge for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.