Offbeat Brides make their own customized Mixbooks and LOVE IT #Sponsors: Web Services#wedding albums June 29 2012 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. Trisha and Matthew's Mixbook cover. Photo by Darren Threlkeld and Mike Soliman. Layout by Mixbooks Every once in a while I find myself at a party and someone whips out a scrapbook that they've spent hours and hours making, and I'm always taken aback by how awesome it looks… and how I really don't want to do that much work. It looks amazing and lovingly crafted, but you don't have to be a scrapbooking junkie to get a customized album for your wedding photos. (Oh, and find out how you can get 20% off!) We teamed up with our sponsor Mixbook to give some of our Real Offbeat Wedding couples (like Trisha and Matthew above!) the opportunity to take their photos and make a Mixbook online. We then collected the results for some interactive photo book porn. Aw yeah. The software on the Mixbook website is easy to use and doesn't require a download of any kind, so anyone can go in and start playing around without any commitment. You can either choose one of Mixbook's pre-made templates or use your own designed layouts if you're fancy like that. The templates range from rustic garden to retro and glam. The customization tools allow you to resize, rotate, chop up, layer, and anything else you want to do to your photos in the layout. Then you can add in theme-specific borders, images, and text. Plus, the tools are really easy for a design newbie to handle. Check out this video demo to see what kinds of tools they have for lots of fiddling fun: Once you complete your Mixbook online, you can order it up (prices start at just $6.99!) and the archival-quality book is sent in the mail! They ship internationally too. Photo by Darren Threlkeld and Mike Soliman. Layout by Mixbooks Here is a sweet little ensemble of Trisha and Matthew's first look. They were able to add in the background, tweak the photo sizes, add drop shadows, and of course add in the copy. Photo by Lulu Photos. Layout by Mixbooks Jessica and Jake also took advantage of the sweet deal and made a Mixbook based on their retro 1950s wedding. On this page they actually wrote out their vows next to the photos! GUH — love this. Adding in the text is great for other elements, too. You could list out your favorite parts of your program, best contributions to your guest book, or the mini-bios of your wedding party. Here is what Jessica had to say about her experience: I just wanted to send over a quick thank you for the epic Mixbook! We just received it in the mail, and it is FABULOUS. The quality is excellent, and it's such a cool keepsake. We will definitely be ordering from them again. Thank you! – Jessica Photos by Charla Maarschalk and Jana Photography. Layout by Mixbooks Krista and Rob had a super colorful wedding that looks perfect against this sleek black theme. Their nighttime photos blend in seamlessly. Check it out: | Start your own Photo Books | Create custom Christmas Cards Oh you want to see MOAR Mixbooks?! Here is Laura and Steve's classy and retro Mixbook: | Start your own Photo Books | Create custom Christmas Cards Mary and Charles had a roller derby tiki wedding and their Mixbook ROCKS the the beach-y theme! The layout of their photo booth photos is especially awesome. | Start your own Photo Books | Create custom Christmas Cards Now check out this discount Mixbook is offering to readers of Offbeat Bride: Take 20% off when you order your Mixbook before August 1 using the promo code OFFBEAT20. This discount does not apply to shipping. It is only good for one order per customer, and cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers, or promotions. If this is getting your creative juices flowing, grab your file o' photos and head on over to Mixbook to try it out. There's no obligation to buy what you create, but based on what I'm seeing here, the results may be tempting. Click here to starting making your own Mixbook. UPDATED TO ADD: Ooh, their new service Montage Book makes this whole process even easier! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Paint your ring fingernail for your "something blue" NEXT Kristen & Shawn's theater production Hallo-wedding Show/Hide comments [ 4 ] I just got my mixbook! It's our guestbook and it turned out AWESOME! They have special templates for guestbooks. The printing was go great, the FH wants to order another one just to save a clean copy – it's that good. 1 agrees Reply I'm so glad you made this comment! I have been batting around a bunch of guest book and guest book alternative ideas, then read this post, and your comment, and it was such an "aha" moment! I spent the weekend sort of mushing together most of my previous ideas into the making of a Mixbook Guest Book. I can't wait for it to arrive! 1 agrees Reply I think I am going to use mixbook to design some budget friendly invitations! 1 agrees Reply We used Mixbook for our wedding albums for mother of the bride/mother of the groom. Hubs liked the result so much he said he wanted the same one instead of the special one was in the process of designing with Photoshop templates to be printed at WHCC. They're always running specials so you can easily get 20-30% off. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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