Again, making a photo book of a big trip, etc, is totally worth the time, and it’s really nice to create something.

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Report on my ornaments from Snapfish: eh. The color was less vibrant than I hoped, but I guess that’s what happens when you print on porcelain. Three of the seven were unsatisfactory—in one the image was off-center, with the other two I had uploaded a picture with a slight color shift that was unacceptably magnified in the ornament such that one half of the pic looked all washed out. But Snapfish put a credit for three free ornaments in my account within 24 hours of my complaint, and I’ll be happy enough to use them (although it does mean I have to pay shipping again).

However, the packaging was very safe.

For future reference, the post-Christmas clearance sale went to 50%, then vanished by 21 January.

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It looks like CafePress does the type of magnet I most prefer. Now I just need to find someone who does panoramic photos wrapping around a mug. And learn how to take/make panoramic photos. Cafe Press also has ceramic coasters instead of those cork things—although considering the above re photos on ceramics, I should probably not order seven the first time.

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I’m really glad iPhoto ’09 came out before I got anywhere with making a photo book of my many road trips . I was totally planning to create map pages, and now it will basically do it for me.

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I’ll have to check out Mpix, which offers fancy paper which I think meets archival standards. Although I think that the structure of a book is such that even non-archival paper can survive pretty well for a long time.

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