I always wanted to try get a book printed with an on-demand service like Blurb.ca but luckily an opportunity came up recently to try out Michael’s MiDesign web application. This application allows you design and get professional printed photo products or custom invitations. So I designed a book from a recent summer trip, a calendar with my shots of my art journal pages, 5 by 7 postcards, and individual pages.
I am so pleased with the results! The quality is incredible, beautiful paper, and you get design help by using one of MiDesign’s free templates. The templates can be modified. I found that they provided good starting points and that they allowed me to see what was possible. All those colourful and patterned backgrounds are provided free when you use the application.
As you’ll see I’m a bit obsessed with my puppy dog Carrie who is now 10 months.
Here’s how the calendar turned out. I got two made. Someone is getting one as a gift!
The front and back of the calendar
Detail photos of my art journal pages with colourful and patterned backgrounds picked from the MiDesign application. There’s lots of fonts to choose from. I used a typewriter style.
As you can see on the July art page, there are some neat postal graphics to choose from.
My bird image wasn’t sharp because my original wasn’t so make sure your images are sharp to start with.
With MiDesign you can get individual 8 by 8 or 12 by 12 inch pages with your images and whatever backgrounds or graphics you want. These pages are cardstock thickness and could be matted and framed or cut up to use in your scrapbook or art journal.
I am hanging one of these pages in my studio by the laptop.
Do I love my puppy? Hell yeah! Best person in the world! I’ve used a lot of my instagram photos for these projects. I think instagram images can be at least 8 inch wide.
Now, onto the photo book. When you don’t have kids, your puppy is your kid!
Cover page. You can get soft or hard cover. I got soft but now I think hard would have been nicer.
Our trip on Quadra island was hike intensive. Every day we went on a hike, so I designed the book around the hikes. Kay Dubois was the name of a trail and I really don’t know anything behind the name, so I really was wondering who Kay Dubois was. I played around with some of the graphic elements. This book was like a test to see how the same things would look when printed. This book definitely has a scrapbook feeling to it which is a first for me.
I’ll say it again. I’m pretty impressed with the quality. The animals at left were living on the farm where we stayed. The donkey’s name is Jujubee.
And finally, I got some 5 x 7 postcards printed with an image of my hand-screenprinted journals. The image is a scan right off the journals. They look exactly like the journals. I thought these would be handy to have for thank you notes. By the way, you can now buy my journals online too at my Etsy shop but be warned they won’t last long as I’ve only printed 5 journals in each design and only one of each is available on Etsy.
MiDesign now offers flat fee shipping to Canada. It is currently $20, which is not bad if you’re getting a whole bunch of stuff.
I had fun playing around with MiDesign. It’s like an online design assistant that can make you look really professional. Almost forgot! When I submitted my order, there were a few issues with my projects, like images not showing. I was surprised to get a call from a real person all the way from Dallas, Texas that pointed out the issues and gave me a chance to fix them before printing my order. He even spotted a spelling mistake!
If you try it, I’d like to see how your projects turn out. Share your link below or email me through the Contact form.
Disclaimer: I am not receiving compensation from Michaels to share this information with you. In August of 2012 I was invited to participate in the Michaels 2012 Blogger Event with an all expense paid trip by Michaels. My sharing this with you is my way of saying thank you to Michaels for a great experience. During the Blogger Event I received many arts & crafts supply gifts that I will be using for my own crafting and I will share those projects on my blog with you. These MiDesign projects were also a gift from Michaels.