Support Children’s Wish Foundation with Groupbook

We are very excited to announce that we have partnered with The Children’s Wish Foundation Manitoba & Nunavut Chapter to help make the wishes of these kids come true!

We are donating 25% of every sale back to Children’s Wish when you use the code WISHCHILD at the checkout.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, what a great time to use this code and support a great cause an make an awesome gift at the same time. As a parent myself, knowing that a gift for me also helps a child means a lot.

Canvas Prints Are Here

We have been working on this behind the scenes for a while, but we are now happy to announce that our Mounted Canvas Templates are ready for order. There is now a new option out there for printed canvas in Canada.

It uses the same great tools as our Photobooks do. This lets you take your own digital photos and create full stretched canvases or make canvas collages. All of the canvas are mounted on 1.75″ deep gallery frames and printed with archival inks that will not fade in light over a lifetime. We also coat the canvas prints with a special formula for extra protection that will help make your mounted canvas last for a long time.

Check out the current sizes and styles here.

 

Support Movember with GroupBook

November is Movember month and to help support the cause, we will donate 10% of the sales from any order where you use the code MOVEMBER. We will also send you a set of adhesive mustaches so you can show your support.

We have also made some awesome FREE printable mustaches that you can print off yourself and use to show your support for Movember.

Check out www.groupbook.ca/movember for more information.

Tutorial Page is Almost Here

It has been a while coming and some work to put together, but the software tutorials are just about done. The videos are made and the tool tips are in. All that is waiting now is the integration into the actual design tool pages.

These tutorials are basically a screenshot of the designer screen. Each button will have a video that shows how it is used and tool tips explaining how it works. There is also video for the first few steps where you pick your size/type of book or product, one for choosing your theme and another for uploading pictures in the economic mode.

Hopefully these will make your GroupBook experience even better and help you create even better designs. I’d love to hear any feedback people have once they are live.

Tutorial Page Revamp

Just want to give everyone an update on the tutorials. I have slowed down on the blog for now as I am hard at work creating micro-tutorials for each and every tool, trick and step of the design and checkout process. I’ll start posting a few here as they are completed and then you will eventually see a revamped, in-depth tutorial page covering everything you’d need to know to make your designs.

 

Is there anything specific you’ve noticed that you think you’d like some tips or support for?

 

Take care and hope you all enjoyed your summer. Just a few days left of it so make sure to take advantage!

Ready for Back to School?

School is back in session. Hopefully, the kids had a great summer and got their fill. I’m not at that point with my son yet, but I remember the days from when I was younger. Starting a new school year was always a little bitter-sweet. The free summer days were done but you got to see all of your friends everyday, (plus, having always loved playing hockey, it meant the Hockey season was starting soon!).

Back to school created a whole bunch of new opportunities to make new Photobooks and other stuff. It is always best to start planning your books from the start to make sure you get everything you need.

Some pictures you might want to take are day 1 backpack items, lunches, field trips, big projects and any other “firsts” they will have this year. If it is your child’s first day of school, why not start a tradition of taking their photo on each 1st day of school. I know it is a long time until they are done with school, but I have seen some cool series of pictures of kids from Kindergarten to grade 12, all in the same setting. Amazing to look at and see how they grow (and how the clothing styles change!).

Big projects are also something that might be worth using GroupBook items for. Have a  big science project you need to display on a poster, you can build that online. Reports and art projects look great as soft cover Photobooks. Wow the class with personalized Christmas and Valentines cards?

At the end of the year, scan all the report cards, art and projects and build you child (and yourself) a nice, organized way to keep those items around forever. I know that my parents kept various projects from my years in school and it quickly became a big mess with all the stuff I had brought home. This would have been a great solution for that.

 

These are just a few ideas and few things to think of for the coming school year. Get creative and think up some that you think would be worthwhile. There are lots of resources out there with other ideas too. Check them out and good luck with the school year!