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Making Photo Books with Blurb


Stylish shouldn't mean complicated or expensive

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

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By nature, I’m something of an archivist. When I was little, I would spend hours in our garage, going through old family pictures. I wanted to know what life was like, back when my grandmother was a little girl. When I got older, I made albums. My high school albums are a sight to see (and boy am I glad I went all out with them). They have the sticky pages, and are adorned with little notes written in marker, cut out of printer paper. After college my album making trailed off, and didn’t pick up again till we could afford a nice camera and started doing some serious travel after we got married. The decade I stopped making albums was, not unrelatedly, the decade that everything went digital. Those years were recorded in the new novelty album of social networks. My photos were posted to Friendster or MySpace or Flickr, and were then left there, as the Internet world migrated on.

In the last trimester of my pregnancy, I developed a very particular form of nesting. Convinced I’d never have time to do a project ever again (false, by the way), I realized that now was the time to print and organize the pictures of David’s and my first eight years of couple-hood, along with other random photos of my early twenties. Surely, someday my unborn child would want to know what his parents looked like in their twenties! So I set out to track down those digital pictures, and print them. It was good I was already on medically related maternity leave and had time to kill, because collecting those photos was a full time job, and nearly drove me around the bend. It turned out that a lot of those files I’d saved to digital albums were only saved as low-resolution files, and without the originals, the best I could get was a small pixelated snapshot. Other files were corrupt, or had been lost on tiny flash drives in one cardboard box or another. And still other photos had been taken on the first cell phone cameras, and I had no way to pull the (teeny tiny) photos off those dead phones. I finally pulled together an album, but my memories from the first age of digital will forever be pixelated and incomplete.

I vowed to do better.

Making Photo Books with Blurb | A Practical Wedding

When Blurb offered us a chance to play with their services and create some photo albums, I jumped at it. I made four photo books, in an array of sizes and styles. One was of our wedding photos, one was my maternity and newborn sessions with (the amazing) Christina Richards, one was a family session we’d done with (the awesome) Jamie Street Photography (also of Rad + In Love), and one was simply my cell phone pictures. Here is what I learned.

1. Blurb’s software is… just better. Because I now have a goal of documenting, I’ve made photo books on a few different platforms in the past year. I normally get sucked into any place that promotes beautiful and minimal designs (which is a little silly, since obviously you can use just about any book-designing software to create something minimal; it’s maximal that’s hard). I’d come to terms with the fact that book building software was all terrible and clunky, and I had to just deal with it. Not so. (Whoopsy, hours of my life that are now gone.) Turns out you can use Blurb’s software to do just about anything you want (including beautiful and minimal, if that’s your jam), and the platform is the real deal.

Blurb offers a few different book-designing programs. The two geared towards non-pros are Bookify (their online platform) and Booksmart (a program that you download and use offline). I used Bookify for all of my books because I was aiming for the simplest possible way to do things. I wasn’t looking for fancy layouts (or even text), and I wanted to move fast so I could design a lot of books. Even though Bookify is, in theory, the most stripped down of their programs, it was everything I needed. In other programs I’ve used, you can’t re-arrange pages, add pages, or even change the style of the book you’re working on. That means if you realize you’ve made an error on page 30 of a 150-page book, you’re going to be fixing it for 120 pages (cough, Meg, cough). With Blurb, you can rearrange every page, you can change colors and styles, you can make copies of your book and create multiple edits. Blurb offers platforms that work for super amateurs (me), to professionals, and all of their tools are serious business.

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2. Blurb’s Print And Paper Quality were shockingly good. Let’s rewind to the fact that I’ve made books with a lot of Blurb’s competitors in recent years. In doing this, I’d decided that affordably printed books were just always going to have sub-optimal photo quality. The two problems I’d encountered were really cheap paper (like, you touched it and it bent a little. So much for fifty years from now), and color that was just off. (When my baby was born he was pink, not slightly grey, but thank you for playing.) Because Blurb gave me the chance to make more than one book, I made sure to try out lots of kinds of paper, and lots of book and cover styles. I have a few things to report:

  • If you want to keep your book a long time, splurging on good paper is worth it. (Note: when I made a wedding album for my parents, I didn’t splurge on paper, because it wasn’t meant to last fifty years.) I loved both the matte and glossy high quality paper options. When I used the matte paper in a large book, with full bleed photos, it created an art book effect that I loved. When I used the glossy photo paper, I got a more photographic feel.
  • The different book sizes work well for different things. I used the larger sized books for things that felt momentous—wedding photos, newborn photos. I used smaller sized books for family photo sessions, and the smallest books for Instagram photos. The variation in size gave a nice variation in sense of importance, which I liked.
  • The huge books with tons of photos are shockingly affordable, and stunning. The wedding album I made cost $192. I was shocked by how good the quality was… and how big the book was. Years ago we made an expensive wedding album in a coffee table book style. The one problem is we’ll never put it on the coffee table, because replacing it would cost more than a grand. This book, on the other hand looks like a massive and beautiful coffee table tome, and is going to go exactly there (as soon as the toddler stops hurling everything he sees to the floor). At $192, I can risk a wine stain or two, in the service of perpetual enjoyment.

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3. We take photos all day, and do nothing with them. I recently saw an article about a comparison of surveillance video that a restaurant did to try to figure out why the turnover time in their restaurant had jumped from an hour and five minutes to an hour and fifty-five minutes between 2004 and 2014. The not too surprising answer was cell phones. Everyone was checking their phones, and taking pictures of their food and taking more pictures of their food, and asking for their now cold food to be warmed up. Instead of, you know, eating. We’re all taking pictures of every last damn thing, and posting them to Instagram (so we can get our dopamine hit of likes) or maybe texting them to someone. And then… nothing. Since I’m pretty sure we’re not going to peruse our Instagram feeds in our old age (nor will any possible descendants) maybe we need to stop and take a moment to think about what we’re taking photos for. We should think about what we’re trying to remember. (Our… last meal?) And then, you know, maybe we should print the photos that matter.

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4. Blurb has Instagram books. And Facebook books too. It turns out, Blurb offers Instagram books, and even Facebook timeline books that you can create with a click of a button. PROBLEM SOLVED. Well, problem solved if you put all your best pictures on Instagram or Facebook, which I certainly don’t. Still, a one click Instagram book seemed like a great way to organize my cell phone chock full of baby pictures, so I wasn’t going to pass it up.

Here is what I did. First, I backed up my cell phone. Then I sorted through it to try to delete unneeded pictures. I was flabbergasted at the amount of visual garbage there was cluttering up my phone and my life. Four shots of a cup of tea I had four months ago? Great. So I deleted about a thousand photos. Then, I opened a private Instagram account, where I could upload whatever I wanted, not worry about privacy concerns, and not flood anybody’s feed. Then, in the click of a button, I uploaded those photos into a Blurb book, and had them auto populate the pages. It’s almost embarrassing how much better it feels knowing that all those little moments will be in print. I feel like my shoulders can relax a little bit, and I don’t have to have that niggling worry in the back of my head. I didn’t want my baby’s childhood to be eaten by our obsession with digital, and now it won’t be. (And I’m going to keep using that private account to make more books.)

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5. It’s never too late to make a wedding album. As I mentioned, a few years ago, I made an expensive archival wedding album. I’m really glad I did, but I remember the process as being painstaking, not even a little bit fun. If I was paying a four-figure amount for this album, you better believe it was going to be perfect. I spent months picking the very best pictures of the wedding, and then laying them out thoughtfully. It’s a really nice album, but I never want to have to spend the time making an album like that again (and hopefully I won’t have to).

Because our five-year anniversary was this weekend, I decided that I wanted to make a Blurb album of all of our wedding outtakes. My goal with this album was the opposite of my goal with the first album. Instead of creating an official record, where every family member was represented equally, and only the very best photos were used, this time I just wanted to have fun. I wanted to look at all of the photos I’d forgotten were taken. I wanted to put as many photos into the album as I wanted. Last time I kept reminding myself, “No one wants to see hundreds and hundreds of pictures of your wedding day.” This time, my motto was IDGAF. I was making this book for David and myself, and I didn’t care how many photos were in it, or if the family portraits made it in at all. I wasn’t planning to show this off to every family member, or the world. This was just a cool way to remember our wedding, five years later.

Guess what? The album is the most fun ever. Of course, right? It turns out those photos that weren’t artistically flawless or significant seeming, captured moments and emotions I’d forgotten. Being freed from the expense of creating something important and archival let me remember what it felt like to get married, and why we did it. Highly recommended.

Plus, only five years later, some of those wedding photos stored on my computer have been corrupted. While I’m sure they’re not too far-gone to save, let this be a reminder to you that digital files are not forever.

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6. Everyday matters. The world tells us that our wedding is The Big Day, and everything that comes after is just an after thought. The world is obviously bonkers. But even knowing that, we painstakingly document our wedding… and then forget to even print photos of our everyday. Putting together these albums, I was reminded that our wedding pictures (even the outtakes… particularly the outtakes) captured how I felt in a fleeting moment. And in the same way, pictures of our everyday capture moments I want to hold on to forever. I want to remember what it was like to be heavily pregnant, or to have a tiny newborn, or to have a chubby nine month old, or to wear cool shoes at a huge work conference. And I want people in the future (my kids, my grandkids, honorary god children, who even knows…) to be able to get a sense of what my life was like. Not through Instagram, but through paper. I’m glad I have Blurb books to stack on my shelf, to contain my everyday moments.

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Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • mudphud

    This is great timing! I am going to wrap up my Blurb wedding album in the next few weeks, so I am definitely appreciative of the discount code! This is my first time using Blurb, and I was drawn to it because they are one of the few amateur-friendly photo book companies that doesn’t require that you use their layout software. Since I know my way around Adobe InDesign, it’s faster for me to create my layouts and arrange photos that way, then upload a PDF proof. In addition to allowing me to do this, Blurb goes a step further and provides a killer InDesign plugin that creates page templates, checks for errors, uploads the proof, and even tells you how much the whole thing is going to cost. I have messed around with a few of the other photo book publishers, and it was a total waste of time. If you are even remotely comfortable with InDesign, I really think Blurb is the way to go.

  • Belle11

    I used Blurb to create a wedding album (to give to our parents as a gift). I have absolutely zero experience with design software or creating albums and Blurb made it so easy to create a stylish, personalized album. The books came out looking fantastic (and professional) all thanks to their intuitive software.

  • emmers

    So cool! Definitely planning on using this.

  • Erica

    Love Blurb’s style and page layouts! My only complaint with Blurb is that it limits the size of the photo you can upload, so all of those gigantic, high res wedding photos cannot be used. Have other APWers encountered this problem and have a solution?

    • Meg Keene

      Well, it’s really easy to downsize photos (just adjust the size to a smaller number of pixels), and you can even do a bulk downsizing. This may only be a problem if you have TRULY huge files. None of my high res photos were so big I had to size them down.

    • Jane Patterson-McGuire

      Using the software you install on your computer, rather than the web version, helps a lot with this.

  • pajamafishadventures

    I’m an archivist and I love the simple practicality of it, the way I can put things in files and organize away without any concern to the art of it all. No love is lost between me and scrapbooking! This looks positively awesome because I have soooo many travel pictures in Facebook albums that I’ve never printed off. It even looks simple enough for lazy and easily frustrated me to handle. Maybe I’ll ask for some photo books for Christmas.

    Can anyone speak to the photo quality if you use the “from Facebook albums” option?

    • swarmofbees

      speaking of archiving, does anyone know if any of the options they offer are archival quality? I am looking to make a keep forever wedding album and I can’t tell from their website if this is possible with Blurb.

      • Maddie Eisenhart
      • Meg Keene

        If you’re doing keep forever, my advice is to go with the highest quality on the paper though. It’s going to be worth it.

      • Jane Patterson-McGuire

        Archival is a somewhat relative term but I think it is safe to assume one of their books on the better paper is going to hold up as well as, say, one of those big art books from the bookstore; I have some of those that are 30 years old and still look good. So while you can make a book that is *more* archival, Blurb is probably archival enough for most purposes.

        • Meg Keene

          I think this is both exactly the right answer, and the one I was looking for.

          We did a side by side of the Blurb album and the album I made that retails for $1,500-$2,000 (I did it in trade, but, that’s the real cost). It was sort of a silly comp, because at the end of the day they are really different products, and if you are spending a few grand, it’s a whole other ballgame. It would make more sense to do a comp with Blurb and a competitor book, but I didn’t have to do that because the quality was so obviously better than the other ones I have. BUT ANYWAY. They were different. The one that cost two grand is (well really BETTER BE) more archival, though Blurb was clearly also going to last a damn long time. But our conclusion (I had Maddie the pro photographer weigh in), is that there wasn’t a $1,800 quality difference. Now, that’s partially probably the style of book I made (it has normal book pages, not those really hard pages). But I think, in short, affordable book printing has improved faster than the cost of high end book printing has come down.

    • Meg Keene

      I didn’t do the FB album, but I did to the IG album (it didn’t arrive in time to photograph, so I’m really sorry about that). It was the easiest album I did (under an hour), and it was actually probably the one I feel the most emotional about, even more so than the wedding album, oddly. Anyway, the book itself is 7X7. You can tell the photos were taken on a phone, AKA, they’re not perfect. But at 7X7 the quality is still pretty good. And what’s lost in quality on photos taken on the phone is made up for in that real in-the-moment-ness.

      Not an exact answer re FB, because I’m not sure what quality FB stores photos at. But I’d suspect it would at least be as good as IG, quite possibly better. Interested if anyone has done it though.

      • pajamafishadventures

        (today in archiving I have apparently entered a Monty Python sketch because I keep confusing 3 and 5…)

        I guess it’s probably safe to assume that if cell phone IG photos come out pretty good, real camera FB photos should as well? They’re owned by the same people right?

        • Maddie Eisenhart

          Speaking just from a perspective of pixels, I think FB would be better. Your cell phone camera and regular cameras actually take pretty sizable photos, but IG cuts them down to 640px. I just downloaded a photo I had stored on FB and it was closer to 2000px wide. So it’ll depend largely on what the original source file was and how Blurb pulls them in, but you should be safe with FB!

          • Meg Keene

            And 2000px wide, for the uninitiated, is plenty wide for really solid quality.

  • joanna b.n.

    Holy shit, Meg… I am totally going to do the exact same thing and do a redo wedding album for our 5th anniversary (this October). What an incredibly great idea! I can’t wait to get started, and I can’t thank you enough for inspiring me to do it!!

    • Meg Keene

      GOD, that project ended up being so worth it. I kind of did it on a whim, because Blurb asked us to make books, but seriously EVERYONE should do it ;) It was super fun, and just a nice walk down memory lane. Like, oh RIGHT, this is how it felt.

  • Anon

    I love this idea. One question: how do you make a “private” instagram acct??

    • Meg Keene

      You sign up for a new account, you lock it, and you don’t follow anyone.

  • Mary

    I <3 Blurb. I've made a photo book with them every year for a while and I've always been happy with the result. And it costs less than making a traditional 4×6 album, too. I use the Booksmart software; I love that I can keep my project local on my hard drive until I'm ready to upload. My books usually have 1000+ photos in them, so working online would be really slow.

  • vegankitchendiaries

    Great timing for me as I want to start looking for albums that are affordable (definitely sub-$200) but a lil’ nicer than Shutterfly!

    Really sweet to see some sneaky pics of Meg and David’s wedding day here too… :)

    • Meg Keene

      $192 lady, and that was with… cough… possibly an absurd amount of photos. It was outtakes so I did what I wanted.

      Two endorsements for that album: pro photographer Maddie decided to get one after she saw mine (she’s never made a wedding album for herself, crazy right?) And David got surprisingly emotional over this when I surprised him with the gift this weekend. Both of them were SUPER impressed on quality too.

  • Liz

    These are gorgeous!! (And that surveillance photo thing turned out to be a hoax, btw.) I will try Blurb.

    • Meg Keene

      Ha. Did it? The reason it went everywhere is IT COULD BE TRUE, and we all know we’re guilty.

  • MC

    Okay I clearly need to get one of these as a pre-wedding present for Fiance and I so I can take advantage of the sweet deal, right??? I love taking pictures and super miss having them somewhere else besides my computer.

    • Meg Keene

      RIGHT. IG book, baby. God, I love mine.

  • http://prettypicturesbydanielle.tumblr.com/ Danielle

    Off topic, but: Meg, your nails and top are SO cute!

    • Meg Keene

      Nails: cost too much, splurge for teenage cousin in town.

      Top: TARGET, Y’ALL. Like $20, maybe.

      • http://prettypicturesbydanielle.tumblr.com/ Danielle

        What. Gorgeous!

      • Ella

        I love Target so freaking much. It’s the kind of store that makes me both poor and not poor.

  • ElisabethJoanne

    I’ve been wanting to do this, but uploading 700 hi-res wedding photos to one of Blurb’s competitor’s sites took over 12 hours. I did it at my old office, so I had a good internet connection and high-powered desktop computer. I don’t have the resources to do that again – or even do it a bit at a time. Why/how will it be better with Blurb?

    • Meg Keene

      You might want to downsize your photos. It sounds like possibly they are SUPER huge, and there is no reason to upload photos that big anywhere. A mass size change to your photos is easy as pie.

      That said, with pretty normal sized high res files and normal internet it was pretty speedy. I don’t remember how long it took, but I didn’t notice. I didn’t upload in bulk, I sorted through my pictures and just uploaded one by one what I wanted. As someone who edits weddings together all day, that’s the much faster and saner way to do it. DON’T upload all 700, just sort through them, and upload the 200 you want (in not the hugest file size ever, I’d say).

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      Just coming in to second what Meg said about resizing. I can’t upload 700 high-res photos to ANYTHING in less than a day. And I intentionally use a camera that produces images half the size of what other wedding photographers use. But resizing should be pretty easy (I used to be super confused by it until I started taking pictures for a living.) Depending on what software you use, select the images you want, then find something that looks like an export function or save as, and then define the size of your images according to these guidelines:

      http://blog.blurb.com/prepping-your-photos-for-bookify-and-booksmart/

      I’m pretty sure you can do this with freeware like Picasa or iPhoto, and a few google searches led me to believe you can maybe even do it with Windows photo viewer.

    • ElisabethJoanne

      I’ll try to give it a try. I think more than 500 of the 700 photos made it into the album. I know more than 75% of our honeymoon photos are making it into the albums I’m setting up.

      But the wedding photos are on a flash drive, and just putting them on our laptops to manipulate will take hours.

  • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

    I’ve been looking at BLURB for a while. The bulk of our courtship is recorded in emails and I’ve been pulling them together off and on with the intention of printing them in book form. Perhaps a discount is exactly what I need to finally get around to finishing that.

    • Hope

      I love that idea! Thank you! I’m doing it! I had always thought I’d print out our dating emails on the computer printer, but this is such a superior idea!

      • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

        One of the funnier things for us is I’ll read him an email I wrote 6 or 7
        years ago and he’ll respond almost word-for-word with what he wrote
        back then.

        I’m not quite 3 years into our 5 year courtship and we’re already pushing 700 pages in Word. I had no idea we were so verbose.

    • Meg Keene

      DO IT. I’m possibly emotional today and possibly feeling sniffly about that.

      I actually really should do this with my grandfather’s letters from war to my grandmother. I mean, I have a scanner. I should see who in the family has them.

      • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

        That would make an awesome present to give to your family as well. I’d love reading something like that.

      • Another Meg

        Also, having a digital copy as a backup is always a good idea for something irreplaceable like that. My family used DropBox for all of my grandpa’s stuff, including some sound files of my aunt interviewing him about his childhood (which I recently discovered and sniffled through).

        First rule of preservation- if you can make a copy of it for access, do it. Then you can preserve the physical letters (oh god I’m starting to geek out real bad). I’m an archivist in training, bad habit.

    • swarmofbees

      oooh! That is such a good idea! Throw in some OK Cupid messaging and we have a deal.

      • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

        We actually met online, so the whole thing starts with the first message he ever sent me, in which he informed me he has nice shoes. We celebrate that day every year as “Shoe Day” in our family.

    • Ella

      What an absolutely beautiful idea!

  • M.

    Yeah this is definitely happening for my travel pictures, and likely for gifts for husband’s family of our wedding photos from this spring. First stop, the year I lived in Germany. Never printed a damn thing, but I find flipping through albums a great way to remember little details that are conjured up… Oh, hooray!

  • Hope

    If I was going to do a wedding/baby album that mattered to me on a site like Blurb, I would definitely recommend springing for the highest quality paper. I did a Blurb book and just got “premium” quality and was pretty disappointed. It looked like it came out of an inkjet printer, not even a Walgreens photo printer. I even had them send me a sample of the paper afterward because I was convinced that I had received the wrong product–nope. Moral of the story: Don’t be cheap, if the pictures matter to you.

    • Meg Keene

      It’s a good moral, and I’m wondering when that was that you made those books. First thing out of David’s mouth was “Holy shit Blurb upped their game.” I went back and looked at old books I had, and tried to figure out if that was true, and I’m not sure. I think it’s a combo of factors. I made some books in the past on cheap paper, so that wasn’t good. I also made books with photos from point and shoot cameras, back when those were pretty low res files. So even books on higher quality paper from 5 years ago, don’t look that great.

      However, this time I tried ALL of the photo paper that wasn’t the free/ cheap paper (because I knew that wasn’t what I wanted). Short story, I couldn’t tell the difference between the two photo papers. Maddie said she thought the highest quality one was taking pigment in a different way, but it was hard to tell. And I was REALLY impressed by the matte paper. On a huge book it looked like a art book. I wouldn’t want it for everything, but it was stunning for maternity portraits, an newborn portraits.

      So in short, paper quality matters. But I also think that A) Digital printing has improved, and B) Digital cameras have improved, and together that’s created a huge quality jump.

      • Jane Patterson

        They did up their game, though it’s been several years now, though (and unsurprisingly coincided with improvements in the available printing technology.)

  • Jen

    Our eight years of couple-hood is in one month, and I was wondering earlier what I’d like to do to mark the anniversary. Thanks for the answer, Meg.

    • Meg Keene

      OMG I SHOULD DO A TEN YEAR BOOK FOR NOVEMBER.

      Good thing David never reads the comments. <3

  • Ariel

    I just made a book on shutterfly this morning, but didn’t order it yet. Maybe I’ll play around with blurb instead. What good timing you have!

  • Amie Melnychuk

    We’ve made all of our travel books out of Blurb. I just tried Shutterfly for two different books for my parents and sister, and I was meh about them compared to the quality I was used to seeing with Blurb. I am a Blurbian and will always be a Blurbian.

  • Molly P. Kopuru

    Your albums look amazing. Definitely using blurb when I can afford to make our album!

  • Sparkles

    I remember a few months ago you did a sponsored post from a company that does photo albums that are archival quality. I remember there was a lot of conversation in the comments about how the printing methods used meant the photos would last and last, unlike with some of the less expensive photo book services (here’s that post: http://apracticalwedding.com/2014/05/albums-remembered/

    Would the Blurb albums be classified as the archival quality photo albums or one of the more temporary styles of albums?

    • Jane Patterson-McGuire

      A blurb book is not going to be as archival as the kinds of albums (usually called flush albums) discussed in that post, where the pages are true chemical photographs and the binding is sewn, but are definitely better than some of the other commonly available paper paged books. I haven’t found a permanence rating for their ink+paper combination anywhere, but it can be reasonably assumed to be similar to a well produced art book. (If anyone wants to me to geek out for them about archivalness of different album types, e-mailing/tweeting me would be better than doing it in this post.)

      • Sparkles

        Awesome. Thanks for the info.

  • http://www.nthdegreedesigns.com/blog Seshat

    We went the really cheap route and used Shutterfly (I had a ton of promotions codes that they let me layer). It’s fine and easier enough to use… but then I browsed Blurb’s site and saw they had an InDesign plugin. SOLD! I never know what to do for the covers of these things and really dislike the limited options Shutterfly offers in that area ( ended up do the layout in Photoshop and saving as jpg then uploading like another photo) and it’s annoying as hell to work with text if you want to be fancy.

    One of my goals is to organize hard copies of our photos (I don’t know about you, but I rarely browse my photo files, but will happily flip through a physical book) so I think I’ll be trying this out in the future.

  • EmilyRose

    I’m on the British version of Blurb right now and not sure if it’s the same as the American one – but the best paper quality is “ProLine Pearl Photo”. Is that what you mean by the high quality glossy paper? Or did you just get Premium Paper in Lustre?

  • HannahESmith

    My photographer recommended Blurb, and I made albums for family members. They turned out beautifully. Sadly, I haven’t actually made one for myself. This post really convinced me that I need to do it. I think you inspired me to do the big coffee table version. It’s weird. We paid a significant portion of our wedding budget to have a professional photographer there on our wedding day, and then we didn’t print the pictures for ourselves. This is definitely something I need to do before our first anniversary.

  • Heather

    Here’s a question…. I’m considering doing my Facebook photos but I’d want to do them in two chunks- the college years and the met-my-now-husband years. The college years would be light, because FB didn’t exist until after I was done. Questions: would it be easy to delineate a timeline to upload from (pre husband and post husband), or is it ALL Facebook photos in one go? And then, could I add in other, non Facebook photos easily? Because I love this idea….

  • Marlena

    I just finished a book of my fiancee’s parent’s wedding, and I am really excited to have it at our wedding in 3 weeks. The only photographs they had were a handful of old Polaroids because the photographer had left the lens on the camera all day! They are no longer with us, but I hope some of the relatives can help us identify some more of the family in the photos.

  • Ioana

    Hi Meg! I never used Blurb before but I to make a photo album for my husband with pictures of us in the last few years but I have no idea which paper would be the best. Can you give me any advice? Thank you. Ioana

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