We’re currently enjoying the insane temperatures in Arizona on our fifth house exchange. It’s bliss, and we are having a great time, not least because there is a pool in our backyard and a ‘monster’ truck in our garage. But as I sit typing at a very smart Mac that is literally thousands of miles away from the laptop I could use in my sleep, it makes me realise how many things there are that are particular to your home and your way of life that you need to mention to anyone you are exchanging with. When do the bins need to be put out, for example? What’s the alarm code? And who do you call if there is an issue with your health/air conditioning/alarm?
So when Pixum got in touch to ask if I would like to review one of their photo books, I knew what the solution was. I downloaded their software, spent the best part of the day taking photographs which would seem bonkers to anyone looking in my windows, and got to work. It’s not every day you have to edit photographs of your remote controls, or heating controls, or dishwasher. But I have. And it was easy. As was editing our Home Instruction Manual. There were so many options for page layout & number of pages that the hardest part about the whole process was finding the uninterrupted time to sit and write in simple terms how you light the fire in the sitting room. It was one of those times when DH was grateful that I blog, as writing simple instructions is something that is becoming second nature to me.
Once he’d given the draft the ‘once-over’, and edited a few things, I edited them back before uploading to the Pixum website and ordering our ‘Manual’. A couple of days later I had an email telling me it had been dispatched, and I had our Home Instruction Manual in my hands seven days after I ordered it. I was very impressed with the quality: the images were clear, the writing easy to read, and we have already received word from the UK, and our exchangees, that they think it’s a super idea. I don’t suppose Pixum imagined that their photo book application could be used for a House Instruction Manual, but we are delighted with the results. So delighted that I immediately set about creating another book for the Beach House.
Having the software on my laptop makes it so simple to create new photo books. I have no doubt that when I am awake at unsociable hours with jetlag (Arizona is seven hours behind London) on my return, you will find me editing my next Photo Book: a diary for each of The Girls to take to school in September so that they can relive our amazing holiday for all of their friends.
Take a look at the Pixum website, because there’s currently a $5 discount on your first Photo Book!