PhotoWorks! (Review & $50 GC Giveaway – 4/18)

Do you love making photo cards, books, calendars and other fun gifts? Then the newly renovated PhotoWorks is just for you! PhotoWorks, the photo site brought to you by American Greetings, has relaunched with all new updates making the site easier to navigate and final products easier to edit.

Here’s some information about PhotoWorks:

PhotoWorks, an American Greetings Corp. (NYSE: AM) company, has re-launched its Web site with a fresh look, enhanced navigation, and great new products. The popular site makes it easy for shoppers to personalize and create unique, high quality cards, books, calendars and other gifts with their favorite digital photos.

Consumers come to the site looking to capture a moment in time, and create a beautiful gift to commemorate it.  The great product variety that shoppers have come to expect from PhotoWorks is uniquely accentuated with the creativity of American Greetings artists, and now new tools and a strategic re-organization make finding that perfect gift as simple as ever.
“Our consumers are looking for an easy way to make something that is truly unique, and the combination of American Greetings creativity and the personal touch of consumer’s favorite photos offers the perfect solution,” said Sally Babcock, senior vice president and general manager at PhotoWorks. “Now with the updates we have made, browsing for and creating these memorable gifts is even easier, and more enjoyable.”

These updates required the skills of a cross-functional team willing to think outside the box to come up with solutions that would really enhance the experience for shoppers. To ensure success, the team utilized a variety of initiatives including usability testing, customer feedback, and an analysis of industry best practices to determine where improvements where needed.

Specific updates include improved navigation, a new search function to make finding products a snap, easier access to help, more robust merchandising to guide product selection, faster uploads, simplified photo sharing, streamlined ordering and much more.

In addition to the fresh look and increased efficiency, the site also features creative new products for shoppers to enjoy.  With the holiday season right around the corner, original photo gifts are being introduced that are perfect for any recipient. Highlights include an exclusive collection of Papyrus photo cards, featuring elegant designs from the popular greeting card brand, along with new photo books, calendars, holiday cards, coffee mugs, mouse pads, cutting boards and more.

If you haven’t stopped by to check out the refreshed site, you simply must head there now:

My Review of PhotoWorks
Thanks to my rep at M80, I was able to try out the new PhotoWorks website. I was given a $50 Gift Certificate to order and give my honest review. Thank you to both M80 and PhotoWorks for allowing me to do so.

I started the process late last Thursday night. And by late, I mean that I started browsing the PhotoWorks website around 11:30pm. I was blown away by all of their choices. Photo Mugs, Photo Woven Throws, Photo Paper Cards, even Studio Books. And that’s just the start! There were so many things to choose from that I had the hardest time deciding. Plus, I was really surprised at how reasonable their prices were. With the $50 gift certificate, I could afford to get several things. I love that!

Photo products make great gifts. And as a mom and a photographer, I love to put my photos onto products and send them to family as gifts. Because most of our family still lives in Ohio, they don’t get t see the kids very often. Photo gifts are a great way to keep them feeling close, even when they’re not.

After much debate and back-and-forth, I finally settled on several items. I ordered 2 identical Photo Mouse Pads to give as gifts, a Tapered Photo Mug for hubby’s birthday, (don’t tell him!), and a photo magnet for myself. (I wasn’t leaving the site empty handed!) It was really, really easy (and quick!) to upload photos, place them where I wanted in the products, and review my masterpieces before placing them in my shopping cart.

I placed the order at 1:36am on Friday, March 19th, and immediately got an email confirmation. In the email, it told me that my products would take approximately 4 days to create, and then I should expect a few more days for shipping. Imagine my surprise when I received another email at 5:51pm that very same day telling me that my order had shipped! And it arrived in record time, arriving on my porch on Tuesday afternoon – just 4 days after I had placed the order.

The items are all absolutely perfect, too. I can’t wait to give the mousepads as gifts, and hubby is going to love his new mug to go with his new coffeemaker that I’m giving him next week. And the magnet? Too cute for words, and is hanging on my fridge as we speak.

Overall, I am completely impressed with the PhotoWorks website, ordering process, and products. These are high class items on a budget. I will definitely be going back to PhotoWorks in the future, and will be ordering lots more family gifts – and things for me!! – from them. PhotoWorks definitely gets the 5 Vinez Monkeys Seal of Approval!

Want to Try PhotoWorks for Yourself?
Shop Online: You can head to the PhotoWorks website and shop 24/7. There are tons of products, and right now, you can get 20% off your order with the code SPRINGCLEAN.

You Can WIN! I’ve got a $50 Gift Certificate to PhotoWorks that I can giveaway to one lucky reader. Imagine the possibilities!

To Enter
Head over to PhotoWorks and take a look around. Tell me at least one item that you’d purchase with the $50 Gift Certificate.
*Mandatory. If this is not done, you cannot win.

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  • Sign up for the newsletter at PhotoWorks – it’s in the bottom right corner of the homepage. (Please leave the email address that you signed up with so that I can confirm the account was made.) 
  • Blog About this Giveaway by copying and pasting the following (5 extra entries) :

    Photo Gifts make the best gifts. At least that’s what Angie at 5 Vinez Monkeys says. She wants to prove it to you by offering one lucky reader a $50 Gift Certificate to PhotoWorks. With tons of items to pick from, like Photo Mugs, Photo Woven Throws, Photo Paper Cards, and even Studio Books, there’s something for every taste – and every budget! Stop by before 11:59pm ET on April 18th, get all the details, and enter to win!

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Fine Print: Contest is open to US Residents. If you already do any of the above, you qualify. Please leave a comment for each of the extra entries you complete. However, you must first leave the required comment as stated above. Giveaway will end on April 18th at 11:59pm (EST), and the winner will be selected via Winner will be notified via email upon selection, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by M80 on behalf of PhotoWorks. They provided the $50 Gift Certificate for my honest and unbiased review, and will be fulfilling the winner’s prize as well. I was in no other way compensated for this post, and the free products in no way boosted my review. All opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. Others may have different results or opinions after using this product.

Please note: Survey Bonus Entries may ONLY be used in ONE Giveaway.

Angie Vinez (2894 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    kathy pease says:

    id get the Sterling Silver Photo Charm Bracelet (circle)

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    1 your email subscriber

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    2 your email subscriber

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    following you on twitter klp1965

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    following on networked blogs Kathy L Pease

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    pw fan on facebook Kathy L Pease

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    I'd get a large photo album.

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    Carolina Girl Mommy says:
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    i like the sterling silver photo charm bracelet(square)

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    subscribe by email #1

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    follow on twitter


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    google friend


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    fb friend


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    photoworks fb fan


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    Fab Find Foodie says:

    I would love to get the Photo Coaster set of 4, as well as the Cutting Board-Sandscape!

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    Fab Find Foodie says:

    I subscribe via email #1

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    I subscribe via email #2

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    tina reynolds says:

    I love the Cutting Board – Sandscape, mousepad, and a mug thanks for the chance to win

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    Fab Find Foodie says:

    I wrote a review on Alexa #1 (fabfindfoodie)

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    I wrote a review on Alexa #2 (fabfindfoodie)

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    I wrote a review on Alexa #3 (fabfindfoodie)

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    tina reynolds says:

    i subscribe by email 1/2

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    i subscribe by email 2/2

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    Fab Find Foodie says:

    I follow you on Twitter @FabFindFoodie

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    tina reynolds says:

    i follow on gfc

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    Fab Find Foodie says:

    I'm a friend on your Facebook!

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    Fab Find Foodie says:

    I'm a fan of PhotoWorks on Facebook!

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    Fab Find Foodie says:

    You're on my Blogroll!

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    I follow you publicly on Google Friend

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    Tylerpants says:

    I would love to get some photo coasters! tylerpants(at)

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    Tylerpants says:

    I'm an email subscriber. tylerpants(at) #1

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    Tylerpants says:

    I'm an email subscriber. tylerpants(at) #2

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    Tylerpants says:

    I'm a follower. tylerpants(at)

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    Jinxy and Me says:

    I would love a photo book!

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    Jinxy and Me says:

    I'm following your blog in Google Friend Connect.

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    Jinxy and Me says:

    I'm following you on Twitter. (My Twitter name is @ThriftyJinxy)

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    I like the Rectangle Key Ring. I wish I could afford to buy about two dozen of them, for the cast and crew of the play I'm in right now.

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    I'd love to get a photo pillow case. So cool!

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    1 I subscribe via email.

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    2 I subscribe via email.

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    I follow your blog!

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    I'd buy the Winter Elegance Photo Hard Cover Book.

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