Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ZOOM album Review

I recently had the opportunity to test out a new photo album kit by Zoom Album.  Zoom Album kits allow you to easily turn your digital photos into memory books.  The kit that I used was for a pocket-sized (3"x3") photo book.  Going into this, I had my doubts about the quality of the end product, but was willing to give it a go.

The kit came with its own software, which easily installed and was simple enough to understand.  Your book can be put together in three simple steps.  First, the basic picture software allows you to drag-and-drop photos from your computer, camera or cell phone.  Editing tools, however, are limited to cropping, rotating and zooming.  There is also the option to add text to your pages.  Second, you print.  Instructions are very clear on setting your printer up and inserting the paper correctly.  Third, assemble the album.  Step-by-step instructions clearly show how to easily make your cardboard cover and assemble and attach the pages.

I had recently taken fall photos of my girls and decided that these photos would make a cute fall book.  This project was incredibly easy and only took me about 1/2 hour to complete.  With the exception of a few pictures not printing due to the paper not running all the way through my printer (see note below), the book came out with astonishing results! 

I love the ease of making this album and the ability to personalize it.  The only necessary equipment is your computer, a printer, and the the kit.  There are no hassles with scissors, tape or glue as everything is precut and self-adhesive.  The results are professional looking.  With it's small size, is a cute little book to throw in my purse and take with me.  This would also make a nice gift for grandma's, friends or even a nice display for dad's to have on their desk.

Here is a photo story of my project:

Assembling the cover by lying the photo paper over it, punching out the cover and folding the self-adhesive paper over.

Cover complete

Pages on the inside

Final product

Note: I have an HP printer Zoom Album knows can clog the paper. They have a suggestion online to prevent this problem but I have not tried it yet.

My only negative about the album is its cost. The price of the kit, which makes three albums, is regularly $29.95, and although it is on sale for $26.36, I still feel it is a little steep for my budget. However, if there was a special gift that I really needed for someone or for an event, it might just be worth it. 

If you want to read more about it or order a kit, please visit their website, http://www.zoomalbum.net/index.php/   They also offer an income opportunity by becoming a photobook coach.

Note:  I received one photo album kit from Zoom Album for the purposes of reviewing this product.  I did not receive any monetary or other compensation for this review.

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