Saturday, August 02, 2008

Got my free ArtsCow photo book today…

And I couldn't be happier. They are literally identical to Shutterfly's photo books, except ArtsCow's standard is 30 pages (which is more than Shutterfly's) and they're cheaper.

Shutterfly's books are normally $29.99 for the first 20 pages and $1.00 for each additional page. ArtsCow's are normally $15.99 for 30 pages. Shipping at ArtsCow is a bit more ($11.99) because they come from Japan, but that's still less total than Shutterfly. They do take a little longer to receive (2 weeks from the day I ordered until the day it arrived), but as long as you plan ahead and aren't in a hurry, it's well worth it in my opinion.

If you register at ArtsCow, you get a free photo book (you pay the $11.99 shipping) plus a TON of other free credits. Here are some photos. Any discoloration you see is completely because my white balance was off in my camera and I didn't take the time to edit these photos much at all.

And I was just about to post photos of the outside cover, but I realized that our last name is on it and I’m too lazy to go blur it out right now (it’s 1:15 AM), so I’ll post those tomorrow.

If anyone signed up the first time I mentioned it and your free 8x8” photo book credit expired, I have 10 codes here to get another free one. Well, technically, they say it’s $11.99 and the shipping’s free. But shipping is normally $11.99, so it’s easier to say that the photo book is free. :D

(And the codes came with my photo book, so no, I am not affiliated in any way with ArtsCow. ;)

Anyway, if anyone wants a code, post a comment here and I’ll hook you up with one. :)

ArtsCow Photo Book

ArtsCow Photo Book

ArtsCow Photo Book

ArtsCow Photo Book

Also, if you process your photos in Photoshop or Elements, etc. or if you're ordering a photo book of your layouts, MAKE SURE to turn off image enhancements. Click on the Print Options link in the main menu on the left-hand side and deselect the Image Enhancement box. That's also where you select matte or glossy as your default for prints.


Mary said...

hey can you send me a credit? I let mine expire :-(

thanks chick

Susan's 365 said...

I ordered mine, but haven't received it yet. I did get my prints yesterday and also a set of coasters and a eyeglass cloth as well. Like you said, it took a bit longer to get from Japan, but so far I'm thrilled with the quality of what I've seen. Oh, and this morning I got an e:mail saying that the shipping on their photos books is now $7.99. One of these days I'll figure out digital scrapbooking so my books can look cool like yours. Mine will just be the standard layouts that Artscow offers.

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Carrie said...

What program did you use for your scrapbook. I know those are not Artscow's templates.

Allison said...


No templates. Just Photoshop and my digital scrapping stash :)

Carrie said...

WOW! Great work.

Deanna said...

I'm about to make one of these and just wanted to know exactly what size to make my canvas? Did you scrap yours at exactly 8 x 8, or did you have to make it slightly smaller than that to allow for the binding, etc.? I know on shutterfly it has slightly different dimensions than the book. I don't know if you have any codes left, or if they are expired, but if they aren't I would love one! thanks!!