Create YOUR Photo Book with Blurb

Create Beautiful Photo Books with Blurb #AdriansCrazyLife I am a digital scrapbooker and I use services like Blurb to create fabulous books out of my creations.  As you may or may not know, I am a HUGE digital scrapbooker.  I used to sell products for Stampin’ Up! and when their digital products came out, I was about dancing for joy!  I had done a lot of traditional scrapbooking as well, but I’d always struggled with it.  It would take me literally HOURS to select the colors, trim the photos, select the right embellishments, and I’d usually just end up frustrated.

I came over to the digital side of scrapbooking like a duck to water!  I could enlarge, shrink, recolor, move stuff around, just do anything my little heart desired and if it came out looking yucky, there was always that undo button!

One of my favorite things to do was to create printed photo books because it was so easy to share them with my friends and family members.  I did quite a number of them over the years, including nice ones for my son’s Jamboree Troop and for other youth group-type events he was involved in.  It was wonderful because all of the parents could order copies for themselves and I would usually earn enough money to pay for my own books, although creating them was a labor of love.  I do all my layouts from scratch, so it was about a 40-hour labor of love for each book!

One of my favorite things to do was to create printed photo books because it was so easy to share them with my friends and family members. Click To Tweet

Sadly, Stampin’ Up! is discontinuing their digital product line and their print services, so I am shopping around for a new provider.  So far, Blurb is the front runner.  I’ve checked out their website and they have some pretty great options for printing out my creations.  And I have a son who will have an Eagle ceremony sooooooon, so I need to get on the stick and finish up his Scout pages!

Note:  This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated (yay me!) if you purchase items from these websites.  It’s one way I am able to keep my site running and share all my fun posts with my readers.  

The nice thing about companies like Blurb is that you don’t HAVE to do the whole create-from-scratch thing like I do.  They have all sorts of templates and options where you can just drop in your photos and run with it.  And each one is still your own unique creation.

Or you could create your own recipe book and give them as gifts, a baby book for grandparents, a memory book for your soccer team.   It’s totally up to you – it’s like having some Shake-a-bake on hand when you don’t want to cook a whole gourmet meal.

However, if you DO want to do the whole custom photo book thing, I can share a secret with you. Here is a whole post on how to create your pages in a full-sized 12 X 12 layout and then easily downsize them to fit in a smaller (and cheaper) book.  Downsize your Digital pages

And here are a few of my layouts just ‘cuz I’m a big show off!  These are some pages from a special book I made for my sister’s birthday.  It features all of her kids and grandkids – who are my nieces and nephews, so I was very happy to have a copy too.

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  1. I need to give this a try! The perfect opportunity is upon us now too – Summer Bucket List

    • I hope you do. If you do, be sure and post some pictures and come back and link to them. I love to see other people’s scrapbook ideas. I need to get busy and finish up my son’s Scout book for his Eagle ceremony. Then I’m going to use Blurb to print it up.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on blurb. I’ve been debating trying them awhile now, I’ve made several photo books via other sites, but haven’t tried blurb, although I’ve heard good things. Visiting via SITSSHarefest

    • Yes, I want to make one for my son’s Eagle ceremony in the Fall, but I need a few more pages. Unfortunately, blogging takes up massive chunks of my time, so I’m going to have to schedule a weekend retreat or something to get them done! Love those SITS girls!

  3. I’ve wondered about Blurb, the k you for this review because I’d rather use something if I read a bit of personal review. I’m going to get my rear in gear and make some early Christmas gifts! Thanks!

    • Christmas gifts? Wow, I’m in awe. I don’t get started near this early. But you’re right. I think things like this make the BEST Christmas gifts. I ran across one my grandkids made me a while back and it was so fun to see their cute faces again and marvel at how much they’ve grown since then!

  4. Those are so cool! I need to make one!

    • Aren’t they fun! I just love books like these. And they’re so easy to make. Thanks for stopping by.

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