Social media has been such a big part of our lives for so long now that I think we forget that someone people just aren’t really online – that they maybe don’t have a facebook account or follow you on instagram and therefore don’t see your updates or the cute family snaps you share. My Mum is a case in point – she hates facebook with a passion, though we did convince her onto instagram about a year ago so she sees what we’re up to over there a lot of the time now! Dave’s Mum on the other hand doesn’t have any social media accounts at all so when I heard about Neveo – a monthly family journal which is printed and delivered by post to your nominated recipient, I knew it was perfect for us. (The Neveo website does suggest this as being ideal for Grandparents – presumably as they are the least likely to be online – however you could send it to whoever you wanted!)
The Neveo app is free to download and easy to use
Using the free Neveo app you upload you photos and captions throughout the month – you can do this as you take them or all at once at the end of the month. I was bothered that I couldn’t change the dates on the images thinking that they would be printed alongside the pictures but that isn’t the case. I would try to upload them chronologically though. At the end of the month, Neveo sort out the layout for you and automatically send out a printed copy, keeping your chosen family member up to speed on what you’ve been doing that month!
Monthly updates sent direct to your family
For our first month’s pictures I just used images I’d already published on instagram so everything was square. Some pictures I wrote captions for, others I didn’t really need to say anything as they were just nice pictures in themselves. You can always go back and add captions later or edit them right up until the end of the month – you can see in the image above where the images say “add comment” to them so it’s quite clear which ones are missing a caption.
At the end of the month you get a reminder that the deadline for adding new photos is approaching just in case you have any last minute images to add. Once that time has passed, you get regular updates as to the status of your booklet until it is shipped.
As you can see, the name of the person who uploaded the photo is printed at the top of each entry – in this case it wasn’t really necessary as there was only me creating the newsletter however you can add other family members so that they can contribute too. Now that Dave has seen how lovely the booklet is and has commented just how much his mum will appreciate it, I think he will be inclined to help me make it each month.
Do make sure you proof read your work as your comments will be printed exactly as you have typed them – unfortunately I didn’t notice I’d made an error and so my children apparently visited the “I’ve Cream Farm” rather than the “Ice Cream Farm” – whoops!
Although I chose not to include captions for a number of pictures, I do think that in future I will make sure I’ve taken the time to include a comment for each image as it looks a little strange without it as the space is just left blank. I had just assumed the booklet would be set out in such a way as to fill any gaps rather than leave a space for a comment. I think, whereas I had just written a little tittle or short comment, the Neveo newsletter is designed to be treated almost as a diary entry.
Neveo monthly subscription service
All in the Neveo family newsletter is a really lovely idea and something which I know Nana will love to receive each month. The service costs £9.99 for up to 50 photos a month or £14.99 a month for up to 100 photos but can be cancelled at anytime so would make a lovely gift for a family member this Christmas. (There’s currently a promotion running to get your first month for just 99p and once you’ve signed up, if you choose the annual plan you will get three months out of twelve for free).
*I have been gifted a year’s subscription to Neveo and compensated for my time in writing this post however all thoughts and opinions remain my own*