8.24.2011

Mixbook Review & Custom Photo Book Giveaway! (+ exclusive discount code!) - CLOSED



When I was contacted by Mixbook to create and review my own custom photo book, I was initially worried that it would take me days to create a photo book from start to finish, especially with a newborn at home. I decided to do a photo book with pictures from my baby shower as I hadn't printed those out at all considering Ethan's speedier than anticipated arrival and wanted to make sure that I ended up having an album to document those photos. I was definitely impressed when I logged onto Mixbook's very user friendly website and saw that you don't have to upload the photos straight from your camera (which you can do still) but you can also grab pictures you previously uploaded to Flickr, Photobucket and even Facebook! Talk about a timesaver! I'd already uploaded my pictures to my Facebook album after my shower, so I chose that option. In just a couple of clicks, all of the photos copied from my Facebook album and into my Mixbook account. It was so simple!


Right off the bat, I was so impressed that Mixbook offered the option to print text on the spine of the hardcover photo book that I was creating. We store our photo books under our coffee table for our guests to be able to view and unless you pull all of them out and look at the covers, you have no idea what they are. This was always something I hated about photo books. I was so excited to see that Mixbook offered the ability to print on the spine of the book. It was also pretty cool that I was able to pick a background and my own layout for the front and back covers of the book. That, too, was a feature I hadn't yet seen before and it really was great to add my own personal touches.


I've ordered photo books from other vendors in the past but I really liked the options Mixbook provided when selecting a layout or theme (there are tons to choose from) or you have the ability to design your own layout. Feeling kind of creative, I decided to design my own layout and see what Mixbook had to offer. There were so many backgrounds to choose from -- you could make each page as detailed or as simple as you wanted. What was even cooler was that you could upload your own background image! That was a feature I'd never seen before and used on my book to tie in my theme.



Since my baby shower was children's book themed, I added text to some of my pages in the form of quotes from children's books or notable children's book authors. Mixbook gave many great options in terms of font and the finished product ended up being extremely clear and legible! Sometimes font can print a little bit blurry if you're altering the size too much but all of my fonts came out crystal clear!



I decided to play around with the photos (which you can make bigger or smaller as you so desire to fit on your page) and found that you can make the frames in whatever shape you please, not just your standard rectangular frame.




I was extremely pleased when my Mixbook photo book arrived in the mail. The quality of the photographs was flawless, as you can see (even though I stole them from my Facebook album!). I liked that I was able to have so much creative freedom when creating the photo book (you can even choose a fun background and your own design for the cover!) and -- because I can't say it enough -- it is the coolest thing to be able to grab pictures you already uploaded previously. Because of that feature, I was able to design my photo book in no more than a half an hour. It's the time consuming nature of photo books, not to mention the usually pretty steep price if you want a high quality book, that always puts me off. Mixbook most definitely changed my opinion on photo books. Their prices are just as impressive as the services that they offer!

All in all, Mixbook is an awesome company in all aspects. From their customer service to their products, they leave their customers totally impressed and pleased. I've already told several friends about Mixbook and will be using them for photo books in the future -- which will be often, since I'm pretty much a picture fiend if you haven't noticed! They also print cards and calendars, too!

Their greatness doesn't just stop there. The wonderful people at Mixbook offered my readers a 20% discount and I get to offer my readers a chance to win their own free custom photo book!


Exclusive 20% discount for You Are The Roots readers: To use your discount, visit Mixbook's website and enter the code YROOTS20 upon check out!



Mixbook is offering one of my readers the chance to win a 20-page, 11x8.5 landscape, hardcover photo book with free US Domestic Ground shipping!

MANDATORY ENTRY:
  • You MUST be a follower of You Are The Roots on GFC (Google Friend Connect) to be eligible for entry!
  • Leave me a comment and tell me what you'd like to make a photo book of!

BONUS ENTRIES: *Mandatory entry must be completed for these to count!
  • Like You Are The Roots on Facebook and leave me a comment with your name (first name, last initial) or URL so this can be verified!
  • Like Mixbook on Facebook and leave me a comment with your name (first name, last initial) or URL so this can be verified!
  • Leave Mixbook a Facebook comment and let them know you've entered the giveaway at YouAreTheRoots.com!
  • Add Mixbook on Twitter and leave me a comment with your username so this can be verified.
  • Tweet the following message (can be done once a day for one entry a day) and comment with the link to the tweet: #WIN a custom @Mixbook photo book! #giveaway 9/7 US. http://tinyurl.com/3qf3pm5
  • Share this giveaway on your Facebook (can be done once a day for one entry a day) and comment with the link!
  • Vote for me on Picket Fence Blogs (look to the left to see the buttons) - counts as one entry, can be once a day. Leave me a comment to let me know you've voted!
  • Enter another one of my giveaways and comment here to let me know which one you entered
  • 3 Entries - Blog about this giveaway. Comment (one comment for each entry, 3 total) with a link to where I can find your blog entry.
  • 2 Entries - Grab my button and comment (one comment for each entry, 2 total) with a link to where I can find it.


Giveaway ends 9/7 and is open to US residents. Winner will be selected at random and notified via e-mail!

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AND THE WINNER IS...


166 comments:

  1. Love this! I'd make a photo book of my mother-in-law and the kids for her birthday.

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  2. I've never heard of this site before, I love your book! I would make a book of our honeymoon and wedding pictures!

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  3. I liked your website and Mixbook on Facebook!

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  4. I left a comment on the mixbook's Facebook page and added them on twitter. My username is Mrs_Knaack

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  5. GFC follower - I'd like to make a book of my dog's first year.

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  6. I'm a GFC follower & I'd like to win this for my g'ma.

    @YummyBoyMummy

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  7. I like You Are The Roots on Facebook.

    Rhonda M.

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  8. I like Mixbook on Facebook.

    Rhonda M.

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  9. I added Mixbook on Twitter.

    @YummyBoyMummy

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  10. Voted for you on Picket Fence Blogs.

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  11. I followed You Are The Roots via GFC!
    I'd make a photo book of my son for his birthday!

    Thanks!
    Jenn from How to Make Hair Bows
    learnquilling@gmail.com

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  12. I liked YouAreTheRoots.com on FB!
    (Lynn Swift)

    Thanks!
    Jenn from How to Make Hair Bows
    learnquilling@gmail.com

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  13. I liked Mixbook on FB!
    (Lynn Swift)

    Thanks!
    Jenn from How to Make Hair Bows
    learnquilling@gmail.com

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  14. I followed @Mixbook on twitter!
    (@makecandles)

    Thanks!
    Jenn from How to Make Hair Bows
    learnquilling@gmail.com

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  15. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/MakeCandlesEasy/status/106593021260333056

    Thanks!
    Jenn from How to Make Hair Bows
    learnquilling@gmail.com

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  16. I would love to make a photo book documenting our second pregnancy.

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  17. I'm a GFC follower!

    I'd love to make a photobook of my birth, well not my birth, but Justin's birth lol. Mine would be cool too though, but my mom doesn't have any of those boo

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  18. Left Mixbook a FB comment saying I came from you

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  19. following Mixbook on Twitter (VictoriaInFL)

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  20. tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/VictoriaInFL

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  21. Have your button on my blog front page 1

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  22. Have your button on my blog front page 2

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  23. I'd love to make a Mixbook of my honeymoon to Mexico!

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  24. I left a comment on Mixbook's Facebook page telling I entered your Mixbook giveaway!
    Tammy R

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  25. I like Mixbook on facebook

    Kimberly M

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  26. I follow Mixbook on twitter

    @MommyJD

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  27. I would like to make a pregnancy journal of my pregnancy

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  28. Voted for you on Picket Fence Blogs.

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  29. I follow via gfc
    I would make a book of my daughters first disney world trip!

    markafisher7@yahoo.com

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  30. Facebook Follower (Amanda J.)

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  31. I commented on the mixbook wall (Amanda J.)

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  32. Following Mixbook on twitter (@mssluna02)

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  33. Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mssluna02/status/107504208416223233

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  34. GFC follower - I would like to make a mixbook for my Grandma as a present. It would be a tribute to her mother with pictures and all the amazing poems she's written.
    Desiree M.

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  35. I liked You Are The Roots on Facebook.

    Desiree M.

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  36. I liked Mixbook of facebook.

    Desiree M.

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  37. I left mixbook a comment on facebook about entering the You Are The Roots contest for a free mixbook.

    Desiree M.

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  38. I'm a google friend connect follower. And I would love to make a book of my grandbabies.
    Connie G
    CGruning at aol(dot)com

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  39. I follow you on Facebook as CGruning
    Connie G
    CGruning at aol(dot)com

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  40. I follow Mixbook on Facebook as CGruning
    Connie G
    CGruning at aol(dot)com

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  41. I follow Mixbook on Twitter as CGruning
    Connie G
    CGruning at aol(dot)com

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  42. Left a thank you on Mixbooks Facebook page.
    Connie G
    CGruning at aol(dot)com

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  43. I follow your blog :o)

    I'd love to make a book of our first family vacation -- our California trip and the kids' first visit to Disneyland.

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  44. I follow you on Facebook, of course!

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  45. I "like" Mixbook on Facebook :o)

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  46. I left a comment thanking Mixbook for the giveaway on their Facebook page!

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  47. I voted for you on TMB and PFB because we LOVE your blog at our house! Logan always comments with "Awww! Baby!" when he sees Ethan's picture at the top :o)

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  48. New GFC follower

    I would use this to make a christmas present for my in-laws.

    jenniekcoupons at gmail dot com

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  49. gfc
    christmas
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  50. I voted for you on top mommy blogs today!

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  51. I follow on gfc. I would make a book of all of my twin boys' special olympic events. Thanks.
    mrspoofa(at)aol.com

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  52. I Like Mixbook on Facebook. Shelley C.
    mrspoofa(at)aol.com

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  53. I left mixbook a message on fb http://www.facebook.com/mixbook/posts/10150287689209396
    mrspoofa(at)aol.com

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  54. tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Mrspoofa/status/108911538945011715
    mrspoofa(at)aol.com

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  55. I follow Mixbook on twitter @mrspoofa.
    mrspoofa(at)aol.com

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  57. I liked youaretheroots.com on facebook
    I want to gift a book to my parents with sweet memories

    rachana.maniyar@gmail.com
    Rachana Maniyar

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  58. I liked you are the roots on Facebook, I liked your blog, and I liked Mixbook on Facebook.

    My mother passed away from breast cancer last year and I would make a book in memory of her; with pictures of her and excerpts from different letters she wrote me.

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  59. GFC follower. I'd make a book of my son's first year!

    monorox (at) gmail (dot) com

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  60. Like You Are The Roots on Facebook / Roxanne K

    monorox(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Like Mixbook on Facebook / Roxanne K

    monorox(at)gmail(dot)com

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  62. Added Mixbook on Twitter / littlemonorox

    monorox(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Vote at Top Mommy Blogs & Picket Fence Blogs

    monorox(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. I'd make a book of Samantha's first 6 months!! (well 5 since she's only 5 months old, lol)

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  65. tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Mrspoofa/status/109440156989276160
    mrspoofa(at)aol.com

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  66. I'm a new follower! I'd make one of recent pictures of my kids!
    Cassie
    cjm92995@yahoo.com
    notoneordinarymoment.blogspot.com

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  67. I follow via GFC as ani hearts japan.

    I would like to make a mixbook of my daughter's first bday party that was in June.

    aniwilsonintx {at} hotmail {dot} com

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  68. I liked youaretheroots.com on facebook as Ani G W.

    aniwilsonintx {at} hotmail{dot} com

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  69. I like Mixbook on facebook as Ani G W.

    aniwilsonintx {at} hotmail {dot} com

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  70. I left a comment on Mixbook's wall about the giveaway. Ani G W on facebook.

    aniwilsonintx {at} hotmail {dot} com

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  71. I follow mixbook on twitter @aniheartsjapan.

    aniwilsonintx {at} hotmail {dot} com

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  72. I tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/#!/aniheartsjapan/status/110466095676276736

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  73. I voted for you on picket fence.

    aniwilsonintx {at) hotmail {dot} com

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  74. tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Mrspoofa/status/110476889117822976

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  75. Following GFC as maggietucker10
    I would make this book of my 3 month old granddaughter for her parents!

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  76. Liked you on FB as Rhonda Bailey Grisham
    maggietucker 10 at yahoo.com

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  77. Liked Mixbook on FB as Rhonda Bailey Grisham
    maggietucker10 at yahoo.com

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  78. Left a comment on Mixbook's FB page thanking them for the giveaway here.
    Rhonda Bailey Grisham
    maggietucker10 at yahoo dot com

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  79. Voted for you on Picket Fence
    maggietucker10 at yahoo dot com

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  80. Following Mixbook on Twitter as RhondaBGrisham
    maggietucker10 at yahoo dot com

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  81. i follow! i would make a book of my infant daughter! beatrizbry2 at aol dot com

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  82. I have over 5000 iphotos that I need to get crackin; on! hope i win!

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  83. Wonderful photo books. I love photography so would certainly have a ball using my family photos to create an heirloom photo book.

    Following along on GFC! :)

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  84. Liked your FB fan page

    Lisa Middleton Griffin

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  85. left a comment on mixbook facebook page!

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  86. Shared giveaway on facebook!
    http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.marie.farrell

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  87. You're button's on my "About me" page of my blog.
    http://practicingparenting.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html

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  88. GFC follower.
    I'd love to make a book showcasing my roadtrip down the west coast!

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  89. following Mixbook on twitter @mrsclutterbuck

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  90. voted on picket fence blogs

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  91. I follow on GFC and would like to get a book for my daughters birthdays
    cluelessme8{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  92. I like mixbook on FB
    cluelessme8{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  93. I wrote on their FB wall
    cluelessme8{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  94. I follow mixbook on twitter
    cluelessme8{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  95. i am a gfc follower stracey2010 and i'd make a book about all our summer adventures
    stracey2010@live.com

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  96. tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Mrspoofa/status/111260917462876161
    mrspoofa(at)aol.com

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  97. I would like to make a book about my son who is about to start Kindergarten next week.
    holli.moore(at)comcast.net

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  98. gfc
    of my wedding
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  99. I'm a google follower. I'd make a photo book of my niece's first year.
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  100. I voted for you on Picket Fence Blogs.
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  101. I tweeted. Thank you!
    http://twitter.com/#!/Aerated/status/111451800627978240
    kirbycolby at gmail dot com

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  102. Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/mssluna02/status/111466820682264576

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  103. I follow on GFC and would love to make a book of my 4 little granddaughters
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  104. I follow mixbook on twitter @hrddiana
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  105. I follow you on GFC (Beck). I would love to make a book of our vacation this summer to Niagara Falls! I actually started to put a book together, but never finished it. This would motivate me to finish it!

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  106. I follow Mixbook on twitter @bkxanon

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  107. I tweeted... http://twitter.com/#!/bkxanon/status/111505982038880256

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  108. I voted for you on picket fence today!

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  109. I'm a GFC follower & I'd make a photobook of my first trip to Kern River over this past Labor Day holiday weekend!

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  110. I liked youaretheroots on facebook!

    olivia t.

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  111. I liked mixbook on facebook! woot woot!

    olivia t.

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  112. i've followed mixbook on twitter!

    @olivetree45

    Olivia t.

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  113. follow you GFC and would love to make a book of my daughters bday
    julie hebb GFC name
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

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  114. like you on FB
    Julie h
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

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  115. like mixbook on FB
    Julie H
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

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  116. follow mixbook on twitter
    @hbgarden
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

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  117. voted for you on the fence
    hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

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  118. GFC (gala)
    I'd love to make a book about our trip to VA
    galyettina at yahoo dot com

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  119. Like You Are The Roots on Facebook (gala ya)
    galyettina at yahoo dot com

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  120. Like Mixbook on Facebook (gala ya)
    galyettina at yahoo dot com

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  121. left a message on their wall (gala ya)
    galyettina at yahoo dot com

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  122. voted for you on the Fence
    galyettina at yahoo dot com

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  123. follow on GFC and would love the traditional wedding scrapbook

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  124. Like you on FB
    laurie brown

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  125. like mixbook on FB
    laurie brown

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  126. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/FrugalWahms/status/111601483165868033

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  127. voted for you on picket fences

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  128. follow mixbook on twitter
    frugalwahms

    laurie1993@verizon.net

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  129. I am a follower of You Are The Roots on GFC(jadavis42) and I would like to make one of our past family Christmases to display!!
    Jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  130. I Like You Are The Roots on Facebook (JessicaD)
    Jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  131. I Like Mixbook on Facebook(JessicaD)
    Jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  132. I Left Mixbook a Facebook comment
    http://www.facebook.com/mixbook#!/mixbook/posts/10150294996839396

    Jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  133. I Added Mixbook on Twitter (JessicaADavis)
    Jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  134. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/JessicaADavis/status/111618576212951040

    Jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  135. I shared this on facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=172526702822880&id=100002400632299

    Jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  136. I voted for you on Picket Fences
    jadavis42@tntech.edu

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  137. I would love to do one of just my 2 kids. They are so far apart in age (11 and 4), that I want them to always realize how close they are and will always be.

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