CEWE Photobooks Review And Competition

You may not have noticed (in which case, where have you been!!) but I love taking photos and am what you could call trigger happy when it comes to taking pictures. Back in the days before children I used to create photo albums, collecting confetti, beach sand and anything else ‘sensory’ that went with the pictures and added it to the photo albums. Since having Ameli, I haven’t managed to put one album together. Life sure has changed.

Another thing that has changed is photo books. I don’t remember them being around as much, even three years ago.

CEWE Photobooks does photo books – no surprises there – from £5.99 and they really do have a lot of variety. Everything you could want from small 26 page booklets, right up to XXL (42x30cm) 130 page landscape photobooks. They offer hard covers, soft cover, faux leather, linen and premium linen covers, and normal or photo paper.

As with all these things, you have to download the CEWE software in order to make your photobook, and I’ll be honest and say that I found the software really complicated at first. As with all new software, it does take time! I probably spent about four hours one night trying to sort out pictures and then arrange them in the book. The next morning I had a different idea for how I wanted to do the book, and deleted it, starting from scratch. Having then ‘figured out’ how it all works, it took a lot less time, and I actually really like the way it came out (on screen, anyway.)

I’ve used similar software for other books but more specifically for calendars and I am really impressed by the software behind this system. It gives you so many options, it’s really quite something.  You have so many font, layout and design options, you can easily spend hours just playing about!

I think my favourite thing about this software is the fact that as you add pages, and different materials and so on for the cover, there’s a little box in the corner that tells you how much your book is going to cost. I have on more than one occasion spend days working on a photo book, just to get to the ‘checkout’ stage and find the books is three times more than I could afford and I had to abandon it! So I really love that you can keep a check on it as you go.

The options are limitless. You can have up to 25 photos to a page, writing, no writing, back ground picture, pretty much anything you could possibly want.

Another brilliant thing about these photobooks – or at least putting them together – is that you can save your project as you’re going along. So if you were participating in Mamatography or another 365 (366) day project, you could upload you pictures regularly, so that at the end of the year your album is there, ready and waiting.

Once you’ve made and uploaded your photobook it will take between 4 and 12 days to arrive, depending on the product you choose – that being the case, I haven’t received mine yet, so I’ll update this post with info on quality once I do.

Update: 21/06
Our  photobook arrived a few days ago and it is really beautiful. Even my husband took the time to sit down and look through it. It’s so lovely, I am considering doing one for my parents too. It is really gorgeous!


One reader can win a £30 voucher to create a photobook, calendar, photo prints, posters and canvases, greeting cards or photo gifts of your choice (thinking ahead for a birthday or Christmas? PERFECT!)

I am trialling Rafflecopter for a while as it should make the process of picking winners a lot easier and quicker for me! It may look imposing at first, but its actually really, really easy. More and more bloggers are using Rafflecopter, so it’s certainly worth giving it a shot.

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Pic Of The Week – Week 47 – Dishes And Dinners

It’s not often these days that we get to eat out. It’s rarer still that ‘eating out’ doesn’t involve a play area. At one time, “eating out” meant one of us got to eat while the other walked Ameli around and then we’d swap so the other could eat. Fun times.
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365-230 to 365-236 A Week in Pictures

I have either lost or deleted an entire memory card full of pictures.

If I ever locate my missing week, I shall edit this rather sad and forlorn page and update it.

In the meantime,while you wait with bated breath for next week (!) here are some poor quality phone photos from around the same time to keep you company!

Mama Cuddles Are The Best

As A Newborn, These Were The Stars To Reach For

Melt My Heart

Going Somewhere

See you again next week for our Week in Pictures

Yabba Yabba Children’s Print

My little girl is turning one in just seven weeks. Aside from the fact that I cannot believe a year has passed since her beautiful birth, I can’t believe that here I am, planning a party for her.

I know that many people don’t make a big fuss for a first birthday, but it is important to me, since she didn’t have a christening, and since we’re actually moving the day after her party and heaven only knows when we’ll see all her/our friends again. And also because our friends have been our family over the past few years.
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365-203 to 365-209 A Week in Pictures

All good things come to an end, and while our week started in Austria and moved on to Germany, it ended at home amidst a mountain of laundry and a lot of ‘to do’s.

Day 203 – Memories of the Sea

In a coffee shop garden in Austria, this is such a wistful picture – I’m sure she wasn’t, but it makes me miss the sea

Remember the sea
Day 204 – Graz, Ausria

Graz is a beautiful city. It has a huge mountain (from where I’m taking this picture) with a castle on it, overlooking the city. The strange looking blue thing on the left is a zeplin-style are center and the contraption in the middle of the river is a man made island with a restaurant and outdoor eating/concert area.  The city is now a world heritage site as a result of the ‘harmonious way in which architectures from different periods co-exist’

Graz, Austria

Day 205 – Dinner Time in Munich

This was our 4th visit to Munich, so we didn’t actually do anything touristy. We went to a very big supermarket and looked at the things locals buy, and how much they pay for it. (Germany gets so many more Lindt chocolate varieties than we do!) Afterwards we went for dinner and Ameli kept herself occupied with the coasters.

Day 206 – Going Home

On the ferry on the way home – 8 weeks is a long time for a baby to be on the road – almost a fifth of her life.

Day 207 – Paper Work

Arriving home after 1am, we unpacked and went to bed. I was up and out and at the council office by 8.30 the following morning, because our parking permit and vehicle tax expired and there were a few things at the post office for us. An admin day was not really what I had in mind for my first day back, but bills wait for no… woman

Admin Day

Day 208 – Laundry Day

Admin all sorted, it was time to get the holiday goods unpacked. Washing for three peole for about 10 days (we were able to wash once on holiday) is about 30 outfits – a lot of laundry. Add in towels, nappies and what was already in the basket – I did a lot of washing. Unfortunately, there’s no way to make that look like fun!

Day 209 – …

Surrounded by drying washing and exhausted from 8 weeks of travelling, and two days of hard work, this was a quiet day. I don’t honestly recall what we did, but I do have a vague memory of icecream.

Thanks for joining us for our week in pictures!