The other day I mentioned receiving my blog book from Blurb. A few of you had questions about the process, time involved, etc. Please bear with me as I try to answer them from my not so deep pit of knowledge.
I have ordered two books from Blurb. One is a 7X7, approximately 20 page record of our day trip to see the bluebonnets this spring. The other is my blog. Yes. It's a doozie. It's 8X10ish and a whopping 350ish pages (I am too lazy to go check the exact number).
Since I am terribly behind on my scrapbooks, it was very important to me to have a printed record of the last year and a half in my hot little hands.
The process is relatively simple. Once you set up a Blurb account, you are asked to download their BookSmart program. There is a wizard that takes you through each step once you decide what type of book you want to make. Then your photos and/or blog posts are "slurped" so you can start your book.
I did not allow myself to get too involved in making each page original or change up the layouts often. You can do this easily, but it does take time. My goal was to get it done, not get lost in the process, especially with a year and a half of blog posts.
Most of the layouts look like this. Small pictures along the edge and the post in the middle.
I got over that quickly. Otherwise I would STILL be tweaking it. I ended up staying with the default (basic) layout for most of the posts and I told myself to be fine with that. I am.
I think I spent a few hours in the evening over a weekend and then ordered it on a Monday. I made the font larger and made sure the pictures were aligned in their boxes, that was about it. Since I kept it basic, it did not take that terribly long.I actually spent much longer working on the smaller book. I changed each page layout and was a bit more creative with that one. Key word being bit.
I am pleased with the results of both books. Annelise has enjoyed looking through them, like a scrapbook, and that has warmed my heart (and softened my scrapbook guilt).
You can choose a softcover, hardcover with a dust jacket, or they have a new feature called image wrap. The photos and words you use for your cover are printed right onto the cover. Nifty. Since dust jackets are annoying, I went with the image wrap.
I don't know much about digital scrapbooking. Okay, I don't know anything. However, this seems like it might be similar. I think if you have a particular event, like a vacation or holiday, making a Blurb book would be a fairly easy project. If you want to print your blog, and keep it fairly basic, the process is simple and quick.
The smaller book was in the $25 range, plus shipping. The blog book was, well...more.
To me, the end result of having our memories bound and sitting on our shelf (or kitchen counter, whatEVER) is priceless. I don't want my blog or these Blurb books to replace my scrapbooks, but they certainly are a nice addition.
Have you made a photo book or printed your blog? Do you think you will? Any tips to share?