Thursday, October 8, 2009

Review: Zoom Album

Thanks to my involvement at the Product Review Place, I had the opportunity to review Zoom Album's Pocket-Sized Photo Book Kits.  I was excited when the people from Zoom Album said that they were sending me a kit to review, and really excited when they emailed me and let me know that Zoom Album is a local Seattle-area company. I love local companies!

My kit arrived in the mail, and I was seriously doubtful that it would live up to its claims to "easily turn your digital photos into handheld memories you can share". I am not particularly good at putting things together, particularly at the end of a day spent wrangling children.  But I was determined to give it a try.

My husband is going off on a weekend trip without the kids and I in a few weeks, and he will be spending time catching up with some old friends, so needs pictures of the kids to take with him for showing off. So I decided that I would make him a little album to take on his trip. I sat down and opened the small package and put the CD in the drive and got started. The process of adding the pictures was really easy- I just dragged and dropped them where I wanted them to be, and easily zoomed in and out and moved the pictures around to get them just like I wanted. The whole process of uploading and fixing pictures just took about 10 minutes, including input from Daniel on what pictures he wanted!  You can get fancier with the pages, since the program includes options for frames on your pages and text for the pictures. I didn't do that this time, but those are great options to have.

After we chose the pictures came the moment of truth, printing out the pages.  I get nervous whenever I'm printing out high quality photos on my printer, but the kit comes with practice pages, so you can be sure you're getting things in with the right side facing the right way, so that you feel comfortable before printing your pictures out on the photo paper. The kit also comes with detailed instructions about the settings to use on your printer, so that's pretty foolproof as well.

My kit also came with a printable photo cover, so it was two steps to print out the pieces of the album, but that also only took a couple of minutes. Then came the moment of truth- the assembly! Putting together the album requires no scissors and no glue- the photo pages are sticky on the backs, so it all just fits together. I was very impressed at how easy and obvious the fold and stick instructions were, everything is well labeled, so it's hard to make a mistake.

Daniel and I are both really excited at how cute the album turned out. It's an adorable little album, just 3" by 3", so can easily be slipped into a pocket or purse and taken along with you wherever you go. And it only took about me 20 minutes total to make the album, start to finish. Now it's ready for showing off to lots of unsuspecting friends! I've already emailed my parents and my in-laws to ask for their favorite 12 photos of the kids so that I can make them albums of their own.

Yes, my daughter's hair is a little insane :)

The Zoom Album kits can be purchased online or at a local retailer. Click here for a list of retailers. A kit for making three albums with photo covers is currently on sale online for $26.36. If you just want a color cover, a kit of three sells online for $23.96.  These would make really cute presents for grandparents for Christmas this year, grandparents love albums that they can take with them and show off easily!  I would have also loved this when I was a newlywed and wanted to stare at my wedding pictures all the time- if I had had this I could have printed out my wedding pictures right after the wedding and had the album to take along with me on the honeymoon! There are so many other times this would be perfect- I love this idea!

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Disclaimer: I was sent a Zoom Album kit so that I could write this review from personal experience.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions presented here are mine and mine alone.