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£4,861
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165
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 26 2015 8:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

Meet HeyWow! 

A unique, personalised seek and find picture book for children aged 1-8yrs. It's a 'Where's Wally-esque' adventure - where kids discover their face (photo) and name amongst 28 beautifully illustrated pages. 

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Please back us and choose from the special rewards below.

New to Kickstarter?
Don't worry we've explained how it works at the bottom of this page.

Live in the US or overseas?
No problem, we ship our book worldwide and it's FREE! (See our note on overseas backers below)\

We're a mum and dad team called HeyWow! working from the small seaside town of Oban on the north-west coast of Scotland with our two little highland monsters (aged 2 and 4). 

Twelve months ago we had the crazy idea of creating our own personalised children's books, to bring a bit more WOW to kids lives. Our aim was to create something vibrant, well designed and exciting that parents could enjoy too! How hard can that be??? Ha! 

Nearly one year later (in between caring for the kids) and after lots of brain storming, cups of tea, sketching, tea, emails, business plans, photo shoots, more tea, Skype calls and many many late nights, we're now ready to reveal our first picture book... 'In the City'.

HeyWow! is a personalised seek and find picture book for children aged 1-6yrs old (although older kids will enjoy it too). It's a 'Where's Wally-esque' adventure - where kids discover their face and name amongst 12 beautifully illustrated busy city scenes. 

How it works
All we need is a good quality, front-on headshot of your child (aged 1+) and their name which we will carefully place into all the scenes in the book. We will contact you for your photo once the campaign successfully ends. Future customers will be able to do this via a bespoke HeyWow! website.


As well as searching for themselves, kids will have extra fun spotting our Panda Boy who also features in each of the illustrations.

We’ve already done a lot of the hard work; photographing over 50 children (from our local nursery and schools ) to feature permanently in the pictures, putting together a great production team of retouchers and printers. And of course creating our first lovely book. We’re now super excited as we’re nearly ready to get the book out there.

Each book contains 12 beautifully illustrated double-page spreads

To enable people to upload the faces of their adorable children we need to develop and build a wonderful website and get the word out using great marketing. We have a brilliant web developer and a cutting edge digital marketeer on stand-by to roll into action as soon as the kickstarter campaign is successful (fingers crossed!). We hope you'll like our project enough to back us or even just support us by sharing it with others.

Kids will love seeing themselves on the cover. Their name will be nice and big too!
Kids will love seeing themselves on the cover. Their name will be nice and big too!
Your child will discover themselves at the Cafe
Your child will discover themselves at the Cafe
Or having fun at the playground
Or having fun at the playground

From sketched concept through to final printed book takes a huge amount of perfecting, polishing, printing and a wee bit of magic. Especially as we have to carefully place your childs face and name into every scene. Its a time-consuming (but fun) process but that's what makes this book different to any other. 

Having worked so hard on perfecting all the illustrations and design of the book we didn't want to skimp on the production so we have chosen one of the best printers in the country to print our first masterpiece. Pureprint are an award winning UK based company and are leaders in sustainable print production. Using carefully chosen paper stock means that not only do our images look great but the pages are also tough enough to withstand lots of over-excited use by little hands. 


Our fantastic rewards range from copies of the book itself and go right the way up to having something completely unique created especially for your child- a one off creative work of genius! Even if you don't have kids there are a few rewards you will like too. Take a look below.

Our Amazing Personalised Book 
Your kids will love it! Featuring their name and photo on the cover and within all 12 city scenes. We will contact you for your photo once the campaign successfully ends.

Your child will star on the cover and on every page.
Your child will star on the cover and on every page.

Panda Boy print (unframed) / 30x40cm
As well as your child searching for themselves amongst the city scenes there is a panda boy to spot too. Our Panda Boy print will look great on any wall! (and he fits really nicely into Ikea's RIBBA frames)

Panda Boy A3 print
Panda Boy A3 print

Personalised wall prints (unframed) / 50x40cm
Choose from three personalised wall prints; The Fairground, The Zoo or The Traffic Jam. Or just pick all three!

Your child will love seeing themselves in one of the bold illustrations hanging on their own bedroom wall (and they also fit really nicely into IKEA's RIBBA frames).

Personalised print "At the Fairground'
Personalised print "At the Fairground'
Personalised print 'At the Zoo'
Personalised print 'At the Zoo'
Personalised print 'In the traffic jam'
Personalised print 'In the traffic jam'

HeyWow! print (unframed)  / 50x70cm
For those of you who want to support us but don't have kids. Or if you just like really nicely designed pieces then this is for you! Daniel is a Graphic Designer and has created a stunning typographic HeyWow! print especially for our kickstarter project.  

HeyWow! print in mono
HeyWow! print in mono


HeyWow! Tote Bag
For everyone that just wants to support us whether you have kids or not. Our lovely Tote Bag has been designed especially for our kickstarter project.

HeyWow! Tote Bag
HeyWow! Tote Bag

How Kickstarter works
If you're new to Kickstarter - this is how it works: If people like our project, they can pledge money to make it happen. In return they'll be able to choose a special backer rewards (e.g. Our personalised book or print etc). If our project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' will receive their chosen reward and their credit cards are charged when the time expires. If our project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. So please back us and help bring our project to life.

A note for overseas backers
Although HeyWow! is based in the UK, we're looking for support from people all over the world. So if you live in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa or anywhere else for that matter, we'd love your support. We've got a special FREE SHIPPING book backers reward just for you (see our list of rewards)!

Risks and challenges

The main challenge of this project is timescale. As many of the rewards are personalised these all have to be handled individually. Good planning and sufficient time is needed to carefully place your childs face into the book or print and we want to make sure it looks the best it can. This will be dependant on how quickly you send us your childs photo and its quality. We will contact you if there are any issues and we will do our best to get your rewards to you on time.

As mentioned before, we have already completed the illustrations for the book and have printed several samples so we know it looks and feels great! Prints have also been tested and look lovely on our wall.

We hope you've enjoyed learning about our project and that you love it enough to back us (YAY!!!) or just support us by spreading the word and sharing the fun. We've worked so hard over the last year putting everything together and have poured our hearts and souls into our beloved book.

And in the end all we really want to do is make really nice books for really nice people!

THANK YOU!!!!

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.50

    THANK YOU!!!!!

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    A HUGE THANK YOU!!!

    HEYWOW! TOTE BAG
    You'll receive our wonderful HeyWow! canvas bag designed especially for our kickstarter campaign.

    FREE UK postage

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    AN EVEN BIGGER THANK YOU!!!

    We'll send you a lovely little postcard pack which includes 5 postcard sized images from the book including our special panda boy postcard.
    You can also suggest a name for him.

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    ***Early Bird Offer***

    THE ACTUAL BOOK (personalised)
    PLUS FREE UK POSTAGE

    An amazing personalised copy of our book 'In the City' featuring your childs name and photo in every scene with FREE UK postage.

    We will give you details on how to send us your photo once the campaign has ended.
    We will do our best to get this reward out to you early and in time for Christmas but it's not guaranteed.

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    THE ACTUAL BOOK / PERSONALISED
    (not including postage)

    An amazing personalised copy of our book 'In the City' featuring your childs name and photo in every scene.

    We will give you details on how to send us your photo once the campaign has ended.
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    Pledge £22 or more About $28

    ***For USA and OVERSEAS BACKERS***

    THE ACTUAL BOOK (personalised)
    (£22 is approx US$33 or €30)
    FREE SHIPPING

    You will receive an amazing personalised copy of our book 'In the City' featuring your childs name and photo in every scene with FREE postage worldwide.

    We will give you details on how to send us your photo once the campaign has ended.
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    PANDA BOY PRINT

    Our wonderful Panda Boy print.
    He features in all the illustrations throughout the book. Can you spot him?

    Print size: 30cm x 40cm
    (unframed)
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    THE ACTUAL BOOK (personalised)
    plus our
    HEYWOW TOTE BAG
    (FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING)

    You will receive our wonderful personalised book and the HeyWow tote bag as described in the rewards above.

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    HEYWOW! PRINT

    We designed this print for people who don't have kids but still want to support us. Daniel is a Graphic Designer and has created a stunning typographic HeyWow! print especially for our kickstarter project.

    Print size: 50cm x 70cm
    (unframed)
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    TWO BOOKS / PERSONALISED
    (including free worldwide postage)
    (£40 is approx $61)

    You'll receive two amazing personalised copies of our book 'In the City' (for two different kids) featuring their name and photo in every scene.

    We will give you details on how to send us your photos once the campaign has ended.
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    PERSONALISED WALL PRINT

    Your choice of ONE of the following prints:
    'At the Zoo'
    'At the Fairground'
    'In the Traffic Jam'

    The print will be personalised and will feature your childs name and face.
    They will look great in your kids bedroom!

    Print size: 40cm x 50cm
    (unframed)
    FREE UK postage

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    TWO BOOKS / PERSONALISED WITH SIBLINGS in the same book.
    (including free worldwide postage)
    (£60 is approx $90)
    For additional children and books please add £30 per child.

    We have added this new "Kickstarter only"reward for people that may wish to have their kids featuring together in the same book. As this involves a lot more time-consuming retouching work it is a little more expensive. Each child will still have their own name in the book and on the cover but their siblings photo will feature in the images too.

    So you'll receive two amazing personalised copies of our book 'In the City' (named for two different kids but featuring their own name and photo and also their siblings photo in every scene. Please ask us any questions if need be.

    We will give you details on how to send us your photos once the campaign has ended.
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    Pledge £65 or more About $81

    THE ACTUAL BOOK & A PERSONALISED WALL PRINT

    You'll receive an amazing personalised copy of our book 'In the City' featuring your childs name and photo in every scene.
    PLUS
    Your choice of ONE of the following personalised prints:
    'At the Zoo'
    'At the Fairground'
    'In the Traffic Jam'

    The print will be personalised and will feature your childs name and face.
    They will look great in your kids bedroom!

    Print size: 40cm x 50cm
    (unframed)
    FREE UK postage

    We will give you details on how to send us your photo and print choice once the campaign has ended successfully.

    We will do our very best to get this reward out to you early and in time for Christmas but it's not guaranteed.

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    Pledge £150 or more About $188

    MEET US FOR A CREATIVE CHAT OVER LUNCH

    We live and work in an amazing town called Oban (Scotland). Daniel and I will treat you to lunch at our favourite restaurant here in Oban and you can quiz us about our book, our illustration style, our process, our creative background or even just the weather.

    Travel and accommodation not included. Just lunch and good chat!
    If you can't make it we're happy to do a Skype call instead and send you a sandwich!

    We'll be in touch once the campaign successfully ends to arrange a date anytime from January onwards.

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    YOUR CHILD PERMANENTLY IN THE BOOK. FOREVER!

    You will receive a copy of our fabulous book featuring your child (preferably aged 3+) who will now live forever in the pages of our book.

    Lorna will require several photos of your child to enable her to magically retouch them into the illustrations. Lorna can advise on this after the campaign has successfully ended. A model release form will also need to be signed.

    FREE UK postage.

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    A SPECIAL COMMISSIONED PRINT

    Lorna will create a unique, personalised, commissioned print in a similar style using any theme you choose. Lorna will discuss options with you, draw up sketches and will keep in touch with you throughout the whole process from initial concepts through to final print. She will require several full length photos of your child (preferably age 3+) to enable her to magically retouch one of them into the illustration.

    Does your child love dinosaurs, fairies, art, aliens, books, trees, tigers, cakes, things that are purple! Let your imagination run wild! Woohoo!

    The print is for one child only.
    Lorna retains all copyright on the image created and retains the right to use it in any future project (your child can be removed for this if requested)

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    A BESPOKE BOOK ESPECIALLY FOR YOU!

    Lorna will create a unique one-off commissioned book in a similar style using any theme you choose. Lorna will discuss options with you, draw up sketches and layouts and will keep in touch with you throughout the whole process from initial concepts through to final printed book. She will require several full length photos of your child (preferably 3+) to enable her to magically retouch them into the illustrations.

    Does your child love dinosaurs, fairies, art, aliens, books, tigers.... The book could be based in a particular country or themed all in pink! The sky is the limit for this one! Fun! Fun! Fun!

    The book will be the same size and use the same paper-stock as 'In the City'
    The book is for one child only.
    Lorna retains all copyright on the images and retains the right to use any of the images created for future projects (your child can be removed for these if requested)

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Funding period

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