Mixbook is one of the most highly rated photobook websites right now, so I decided to give it a try, and I wasn’t disappointed. There are hundreds of templates to choose from including holiday, year in review, travel, recipe, etc. that make it easy to create a beautiful photobook. They have an iphone app, but I have an android phone so I wasn’t able to use it. But the website interface is easy and intuitive to use, and I was able to do everything on my phone. The hardest part of the whole process was deciding which pictures to put in the book. I scrapped several projects I started until I finally decided on a theme of our life in El Nido during the pandemic. Once I had my theme down and all my pictures organized, I spent an entire day on the layout. If I had more time, I would have added captions, but I was pretty burned out after sorting thousands of photos and playing with layouts!

I placed the order on December 13th and paid extra for priority shipping because I was worried that it wouldn’t arrive in time for Christmas. It arrived a week later on December 20th. Mixbook always has coupons –new members get 50% off and they regularly have sales directly on their website. I ordered a 11 x 8.5″ 73-page photobook that cost me $77 after a discount and including tax. The pages were nice and thick, and pictures looked exactly like what I saw on my preview screen. I had a lot of landscape photos, and they turned out so crisp and vibrant. The pages and binding were great quality. Everyone in the family wanted a copy! I would most definitely order from Mixbook again. In fact I’m motivated to keep my pictures better organized so it’s easier for me to make another book next year. It’s a challenge to buy Christmas gifts for my parents every year, but you can’t go wrong with a photobook.

If you’d like, you can view the entire 73 page photobook here! We did a lot of farming, animal rescue and built a children’s library, and every picture in the book was taken during pandemic times.