An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

An artist’s perspective: Mixbook Review (+ Free Wallpapers!)

Hey everyone! Today, I shall be talking about Mixbook- an online service for creating custom design. Let’s take it from the top… starting with what Mixbook offers as a brand and..why it’s so awesome! Also, I’ve got some free wallpapers for you! Read on…

An artist’s perspective: Mixbook Review (+Free Wallpapers!)

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

Mixbook is a photo printing company that caters to creating beautiful and orginal design.

Beautiful, because they have a ton of gorgeous templates for you to design as a starting point.

And original, because you get to customize it the way you want- add your own photos, tweak the designs already provided – all down to the very last detail. 

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They have various options for different occasions and themes:

Photo books 

Photo books are great for collecting memories in one place such as birthdays, travel trips, holidays, and so many special occasions. Mixbook has specific options to get you started (but you can customize them the way you want!) Their photo book choices include: everyday, romance, family, kids, wedding, wedding guest, travel, sports, yearbooks, professional and baby photo books.

Cards

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love cards- and forget just special occasions, I think cards make everyday special! So, I had to order lots of cards for myself. Mixbook has the following starter options: real foil (love these!), holiday, greeting cards, graduation, invitation, stationery (you can personalize these with your name!) etc. Labels, stickers and magnets are also included in this option. 

Calendars

Who doesn’t love personalizing your calendar for the rest of the year? 

Home Décor

The home décor options Mixbook has are: canvas prints, metal prints, acrylic prints and poster prints. This one is ideal for getting your photos printed to hang in your home- they are shipped ready to hang- with a professional finish. If you’re picky about the print options: you can get them unframed, mounted and framed. 

I really liked the home décor options, especially from an artist’s perspective! I’m constantly searching for good printing services for my art.

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

The stuff I ordered was very art-oriented: the cards, labels, canvas and an acrylic block. It was so fun seeing all the products arrive in perfect condition, but you know what was more fun? Designing them first!

Here’s a mini tutorial on how to do it:

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How to use MIXBOOK to design and order your own photo products!

Head over to Mixbook.com and browse the various templates..

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Sign up (It’s free!). Quick and easy.

Choose your preferred option- let’s say, you want to create some stationery cards:

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Now, spend some time looking at all the templates! Remember you can customize them and change them completely too. The templates just make designing it easier for you.

Click on the template chosen. For this step by step, let’s opt for a real foil option. Because I love shiny things, haha. 

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You can see the price at the top right, along with a PERSONALIZE button. When you click on it, it opens a pop up. We come to the fun part! 

You’ll see an ‘add your photos’ option. A cool feature here is that you can directly add your Instagram pics! You can add photos later too. So, if you’re not quite sure about which photo you want or if you want a photo at all, just close that and let’s explore the design software! 

Here, I wanted to add some of my original artwork (which I am giving to you for free!) on this note card:

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Okay, so now the experiments begin…you can literally change the background, names, write anything, add photos anywhere! Here are some crazy experiments (featuring my art). As you can see, when you first start, you might construct some random (read: bad) ideas but as you experiment, you’ll get more comfortable and create an awesome card!

Try 1 (i literally just placed three pics together, haha. Just my first try, so let’s move on..)

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Try 2: Since I really wanted to feature my art somewhere and have it gel with the given templates, as opposed to creating my own out of scratch, I simply added this girl’s head behind potted plants haha! I know, I know…needs improvement..(still hilarious, though, right? An oversized head behind some cactus plants!)How to use Mixbook// surelysimple.com

Third time lucky! I actually really like this one (and the back is white for you to write in, by the way.) 

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See how it works? You can your own photos, your scanned art, photos directly from your instagram feed! 

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I got this ready-to-hang canvas print of some old art I had made- and I absolutely love it! The quality was great, and you can customise the edges of the canvas (spot the gold polka dots?).

Follow @mixbook 💕💜Comment MAGIC letter by letter (1 per comment!) + win a shoutout on stories😊 I'm so excited to show you a service that is just perfect for printing art and photos-with a twist! @mixbook allows YOU to design the exact format of the work you want printed, and you can add as many details as you like! • Also, it's so cool to see your own art printed on canvas! I made this hermione piece years ago and it's been literally stuffed in some files- so seeing it printed and ready to be hung on the wall is very motivating haha 😃 • 🌟For example, in this canvas order, using their easy design form, I added those gold dots at the edges to make the art seem a little more fun and (magical)! 💫 Check out the back of the canvas! Completely ready for framing 💫 In the design function before ordering, I could change up details of the art- saturation, contrast etc! 💫 You can anything printed – photos, art, lettering- whatever you choose! …… If you're looking for a great printing service (quality is top notch), I highly recommend @Mixbook. They're also very affordable and cater to your creative side. What more do you need? ….. Follow @Mixbook for more updates and get to thinking about art that's left discarded in your home, old photos itching to make memories on your walls, notes sprawled on plain paper – why not check out Mixbook's services? You can order canvases, photo prints, decor products, stationery (MY fave! Will be showing you all some notecards I designed and ordered from their site!), cards, invitations for any occasion etc. …. Check my stories today for how to use the Mixbook site! #mixbook #surelysimple Tag a friend who might like this ❤️ Remember to follow @mixbook (we have some giveaways coming up too! *hint)

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Alright, so then I also wanted to have some more fun with the stationery I had ordered. So I did some testing! Haha, it’s not as scary as it sounds. I tested the stationery on how different art tools would work with the paper quality since I’m ALL about doodling on every piece of paper I find. 

I “conducted’ three tests:

WHAT IS MIXBOOK // An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

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An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

How to use Mixbook// surelysimple.com

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!)

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

 

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Follow @mixbook 😍🎉Comment 'hello' in different languages (1 per comment)! (I can think of about 7) I ordered some stationery from @Mixbook and the cool thing about it is- they have some amazing customisation options! So on the back of a card, I added this watercolor background…mostly because I thought it would be fun to doodle on! SAVE IT if you like because this little wreath design is super simple to doodle anywhere- and it always looks good! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What I really like about @mixbook is that you can order stationery items that are totally personalised. They have an interface that allows you to get your creative on – you can add your photos, use their graphics library, add text, get real gold foil printed- it's as simple as a drag and drop on the computer! ….. Follow @Mixbook and maybe design and order your own batch of stationery, decor items (they also have custom photo books, invitation cards, canvas prints, calendars and so many more options!). Pros? Impeccable quality, you have full control of the design you want printed, so many templates to choose from and customise further all at an affordable price. Cons? Once you get designing…it's hard to stop! I shall be showing you all the stuff I ordered (daily peeks on my stories so check there as well!) so stay tuned…#mixbook …. Save this + tag a friend! ❤️🌟

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An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

 

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Follow @mixbook ❤️😍Comment as many words starting with S (1 per comment!) + WIN this CARD from me! I shall mail it to you 🙂 international winners allowed 😉 ▶️ SAVE THIS! So, as you know- I ordered a bunch of cards and other stuff from @mixbook . Wanted to show you a demo of this one – you can design it in the very easy @mixbook software and get it ordered to be printed. Here, I added this template in the back and gold foil in the front! Along with my name on it (because we all want our own personal stationery, don't we? It makes it that much more special!) and of course, I had to DOODLE on it! So here you can see a bunch of mediums- watercolor, brush pens, pencil etc – and guess what? All of them work beautifully with the super paper quality @mixbook offers! • If you're looking for custom stationery, or any paper goods with an original touch (YOU get to design it from front to back- add as many details as you like!), I recommend following @mixbook for more updates and checking out their site mixbook.com to order some for yourself too! ❤️😍 #mixbook • Save this + tag a friend! 😊😍 follow @mixbook

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Verdict: The paper quality is well suited for pens, brush pens, fineliners, watercolor (the smaller stationery may warp a bit if you overdo the water), acrylic paint, however, with certain inks when using pointed pen, the ink tends to discolour the paper. The pointed pen test may have been a bit too much, since when we use stationery to jot down thank you notes, we don’t usually use nibs and ink, but here you go!

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Okay, so if you’ve scrolled down this far, you get some free stuff! I made some art for you to use in your own Mixbook projects! You have my permission to use all these designs for mixbook.com if you want to order any stationery/other products with some custom art. I created these freebies inspired by Mixbook’s versatile design interface so they are similar but also very distinct 🙂 There are three variations of the girl drawing and six mandala patterns to choose from for your phone! Just click the links below!

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Mixbook Daydreamin' Phone Wallpaper (184 downloads)

 

Mixbook Dream Phone Wallpaper (121 downloads)

 

Mixbook Flower Dream Phone Wallpaper (135 downloads)

 

If you want to use these images in your mixbook projects, click on these links:

 

Mixbook Girl Graphic Variation 1 (Plain Pink) (65 downloads)

 

Mixbook Girl Graphic Variation 2 (Hearts) (58 downloads)

 

Mixbook Girl Graphic Variation 3 (Painted Background) (40 downloads)

 

Now, let’s talk mandala patterns on watercolor backgrounds! Perfect for your phone – take a look: mixbook girl wallpaper// How to use Mixbook// surelysimple.com

 

Mixbook Zen Mandala Phone Wallpaper (169 downloads)

 

Mixbook Splash Mandala Phone Wallpaper (108 downloads)

 

Mixbook Sunkissed Mandala Phone Wallpaper (109 downloads)

 

And three more mandala designs:

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Mixbook Tangerine Mandala Phone Wallpaper (78 downloads)

 

Mixbook Water Mandala Phone Wallpaper (95 downloads)

 

Mixbook Beach Mandala Phone Wallpaper (80 downloads)

 

And one more:

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Mixbook Girl Desktop Wallpaper (43 downloads)

Hope you enjoy these art designs! 🙂

WHAT IS MIXBOOK // An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

If you’re looking for some fun stationery where YOU’RE 100% in charge of the design- I highly recommend you head over to Mixbook’s site and order some! I’m speaking from an artist’s perspective of how this printing service is- however, you can always add your own selfies, travel photos, family + baby photos- whatever you want! It’s totally up to you!

Here’s how you can get started:

 
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Mixbook offered two giveaways the past month on instagram- both for $100 credit! I shall be announcing the winners on these posts (so stay tuned!)

 

❤️😍GIVEAWAY TIME! ▶️ Win $100 @mixbook credit to design your own stationery, photobook, canvases, photo prints etc! Enter below ⬇️ 1️⃣ follow @mixbook 2️⃣ follow @surelysimpleblog 3️⃣ tag 3+ friends! (1 per comment! More tags = more chances to win!) extra entry: LIKE this photo 😍 4️⃣ Comment done ✅ that's all! Must be following all accounts mentioned 💫 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Giveaway is open worldwide. Closes in a week, one lucky winner gets the opportunity to spend $100! Please check mixbook.com to see their products and their unique approach to custom design if you want more details. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I am so thrilled with my @mixbook order! I ordered a bunch of notecards (stationery items), a canvas and an acrylic block with my lettering printed on it! Swipe to see😍❤️ #surelysimple #mixbook

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❤️😍GIVEAWAY TIME! ▶️ Win $100 @mixbook credit to design your own stationery, photobook, canvases, photo prints etc! Enter below ⬇️ 1️⃣ follow @mixbook 2️⃣ follow @surelysimpleblog 3️⃣ tag 3+ friends! (1 per comment! More tags = more chances to win!) extra entry: LIKE this photo 😍 4️⃣ Comment done ✅ that's all! Must be following all accounts mentioned 💫 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Giveaway is open worldwide. Closes in a week, one lucky winner gets the opportunity to spend $100! Please check mixbook.com to see their products and their unique approach to custom design if you want more details. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I am so thrilled with my @mixbook order! I ordered a bunch of notecards (stationery items), a canvas and an acrylic block with my lettering printed on it! Swipe to see😍❤️ #surelysimple #mixbook

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Super cute cards!
 WHAT IS MIXBOOK // An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com
WHAT IS MIXBOOK // An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com
This acrylic block is so adorable. They also have fridge magnets- I should’ve ordered some with my lettering! Oh well…
WHAT IS MIXBOOK // An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com

WHAT IS MIXBOOK // An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.comThe envelope test! I love doodling on envelopes whenever I send mail. It’s my favourite part of the process! Here are some small envelope doodle ideas- can you see that they spell out m-i-x-b-o-o-k?

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WHAT IS MIXBOOK // An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com 
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WHAT IS MIXBOOK // An artist's perspective: Mixbook Review (+ 9 Free Wallpapers!) surelysimple.com
This design (readymade template in Mixbook) is one of my favourites!
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…..okay, I think you can see that I absolutely love these products! Please check out their links:
 
 
Follow Mixbook on instagram too- @mixbook, they have a lovely colorful feed!
 
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A big thanks to Mixbook for the opportunity to try out their products! :)- Aaria

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