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picaboo yearbook review

I received my yearbook photo book from Picaboo last week and my whole family is totally impressed!

The quality is awesome! 

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I want to start by saying that it was loads of fun to do this yearbook photo book.

The web site is really neat. The amount of options are incredible… from simple little things; like different text to write in; to a ton of different layouts  and  backgrounds to choose from, and even scrapbook fun stickers to add where ever you choose. That is a just a few of the options to play around with and make your yearbook completely personalized.

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I want to suggest if you choose to make your own, set yourself a deadline. Otherwise you could probably be at it forever; if you’re anything like me. I would probably have kept adding pages and kept editing it for a long time.

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I suggest that you use high quality pictures; but don’t worry if some of your pictures are not the best quality they have this neat feature on the site where it will tell you when you zoom into a picture past where the quality will be good for printing and viewing.

Their customer service is amazing. The response time was really fast. I had to contact them as I could not figure out where to add a page. And I want to suggest that they do something a little easier for consumers to see a very simple  “add page” button; as even once I figured it out due to a friend telling me I was still confused. 

The site was a little glitchy for me. I would upload a picture and then drag it to the photo book but it would not let me move the picture around. So I would have to reload the picture.  One more thing that didn’t work so well for me and ended up  taking a long time was when  I would want to superimpose a picture on top of another. For some odd reason it would just not do it; even after several clicks. I had to click on another picture and then back on the picture I would want to superimpose and even then it would only work sometimes after a couple of clicks.

Besides those couple of small  issues; everything else went very smoothly.

Once completed; you get a file to review your completed photo book and then ordering took less than 2 minutes time.

And although they do say expect 3 weeks for delivery; I got lucky and got it in less then one weeks time.

I want to finish by saying that although it was a little glitchy for me … it is a super awesome site and it has so many customizable options; and I love how they include homeschoolers in the list of what kind of photo book you are making 🙂 and although they call it a yearbook, you could use their yearbook for any kind of photo book… from groups, families, activities even for camps … and so much more. You can customize the book anyway you want … it is really neat! Even kids could work on a photo book together as a group project.

As a homeschooling mom I will definitely be making one every year with them. I am even thinking of making an individualized photo book for each child  although you could change the cover picture on each of your yearbooks to make each one more individualized. like I said completely customizable!  🙂   oh and another option is family and friends could order a copy for themselves easily through the website.

Go check them out here and start your own yearbook today at Picaboo Yearbooks

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~Lisa

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Favourite Canadian Book (s)

It is too hard to just pick one … so I have decided to name several books that we love.

My oldest who is 9 years old really enjoys the books Canadian flyer adventure series; they are great chapter books that teach some history of Canadian events.

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My 7 year old enjoys the short stories in the two books by  Canadian author Ian James Corlett; E is for ethics and E is for Environment. Great short stoies that get kids to think about ethics and how to be kinder to the environment.

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My 4 year old  currently loves all books by Canadian author Melanie Watt. The scaredy squirrel series  is particularly entertaining to her. Actually I have to be honest all three of my kids and myself included love her stories.

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Then I have to have an honourable mention which are more work book type books rather then story books.

The map books by George Quinn and Debbie Sherman; they are absolutely awesome and my kids love the worksheets in them and they have learned so much from them.

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This is a small sample of some of our favs.

Do you have one favourite in particular or many? Honestly I am not sure I could ever pick just one favourite book.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway  for the books  ‘Disaster Strikes’ by clicking right HERE 

and visit the rest of the blogging team posts for favourite books this month HERE

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~Lisa


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homeschool weekly photo challenge ~ fav book

Favourite books… well that is a hard one as it depends on my mood and the kids as well… but here is a small sample 🙂

These books are great for teaching kids ethics and environment  and my kids love them, the author uses short stories  🙂

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These ones are great as well for kids

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This is one of my favourite just for fun authors, although oddly enough I am not so crazy about her famous shopping series of books

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and an old one that I have had for years

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The Canadian Homeschooler is doing a weekly photo challenge  … the theme this week is ‘ Our favourite book ‘

Homeschool Weekly Photo Challenge | The Canadian Homeschooler

have a great weekend

Lisa