When I first discovered Artifact Uprising, it was 2014, and they were on the forefront of a tiny revolution to make Instagram a place to make and share art instead of just a place to post pet photos. I have a friend I always gift a calendar to during the holidays, and given that she’s the kind of hipster that has color-coded bookshelves and a record collection, I decided a wooden calendar—one of only a handful of products at the time—of photos from her IG feed would be the perfect present. Ever the procrastinator, I made that decision somewhere around December 10th, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Artifact Uprising’s design software was super intuitive (it took longer to figure out how to pull the photo files off the internet than it did to design the calendar) and their shipping super fast and transparent (there’s a handy chart right here with all of their holiday order cutoffs).
But it was when the calendar and its lovely wooden clipboard arrived in the mail that I was totally blown away. I swear, it’s like Artifact Uprising has printers full of fairy dust instead of toner, because even when what you’re holding is technically a piece of paper, you can feel the next-level craftsmanship. And it’s that magic that makes silly Insta photos into art you’re proud to display around your house. (Ask me about my treasured large format giclée print of me in the ocean in Mexico.)
Essentially, I’ve been waiting for Artifact Uprising to offer a layflat wedding photo album since I held that first calendar in my hands. Because if they can make cell phone photos look that good, professional photos don’t stand a chance. Of course, like I said I’m a procrastinator, so even though they have offered my dream Layflat Photo Album (that hand-stamped foil, right?!) for a minute now, I still haven’t gotten around to, you know, actually making one. But Artifact Uprising just launched an album design service (which yes you can apply a Zola credit toward it in the future, thanks for asking), so now I have no excuse. Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for the service and decide on the Layflat Photo Album of your choice. Pricing including the design service starts at $360, which includes design fee ($119) plus the album and shipping. (Exact album sizes and prices are all spelled out right here, plus read on to find out how to score free design service). While AU has some of the highest quality albums in the game, let’s talk about what really matters: the fact that you can choose a millennial pink album cover. Or mustard yellow. Or emerald green. Or deep turquoise. Basically #BanBoring. And also #JewelTonesForever. Not to mention the hand-stamped cover and spine options in gold, copper, white, or silver foil. You can find super helpful tips on narrowing down which formats, cover options, and colors are right for you here.
- Get matched with your designer. Just knowing that someone works for Artifact Uprising means that I trust their design sense implicitly and would hand over my wedding photos to them without a second thought. But you don’t have to, because they’ve created a super collaborative design process, and you’ll work directly with your designer to understand your style, your wedding, and all the details of what you’d like in a wedding album.
- AU sends a Dropbox link to upload your favorite wedding photos (up to 300 of them). Culling down your images will help ensure your favorites are selected, so you’re not totally off the hook on doing legwork here, but AU makes it easy as they can with this incredibly helpful resource on narrowing down the hundreds of images from your photographer. Seriously, if you ever need to make a wedding album, bookmark this.
- Your designer works their magic, and the book design is sent over for your review within five business days (see some examples of their beautiful modern layouts here), and then you can take advantage of unlimited design reviews until it’s totally to your standards.
- Once you feel confident approving your book, it goes into production and you’ll wait ten to fourteen days for it to arrive on your doorstep.
Artifact Uprisings’s new design service is available for Wedding Layflat Photo Albums, which AU also offers bundled with Parent Albums in Wedding Album Collections, so you can check off wedding album AND holiday gifts in one fell, discounted swoop. (How do the collections work? Just select the package that best suits you, purchase a collection upfront at a discounted rate, and receive gift card codes via email to use on each of the packages in your collection. The codes will never expire—so you can create your albums how you want, when you want.)
Artifact Uprising has come a long way since the days when my wooden calendar gift was one of only a handful of products they sold. In fact, you could basically shop your whole wedding with them these days, from beautiful minimal wedding stationery suites and individual cards, to save-the-dates and invitations, plus thank you cards in photos, foil, and even letterpress!
My hunch is by now, you’ve probably found at least one Artifact Uprising product to check something off your wedding or post-wedding or holiday gift-giving to-do list. So I’m going to shut up now and let you get to shopping, because from now until November 8th, Artifact Uprising is offering APW readers 10% off sitewide with the code PRACTICAL. Plus everyone who uses that code will also be entered to win free album design services! Go get on that, and that magical printer dust will be arriving in your mailbox soon.