Monday, July 26, 2010

Blurb .... The Joy Of Creating Your Own Photo Books

"I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things." ~George Robert Gissing

"To be reminded" .... isn't that part of the wonder and attraction of photographs?   To capture a moment in time ... and then to remember it.   A few months ago, my sister Nancy sent me a link to a photo site named Blurb.   Her daughter Hannah had made some photo books through the site and had been pleased with their service.   One day, I took the plunge and skeptically started working with the Blurb templates, making a book of my own.   I did not have high expectations.   The first book I made was a softcover one that only had 30+ pages.   I entitled it "Small Towns of the Eastern Shore".   It included pictures from a visit Gary and I had made to the towns of Oxford, Vienna, Tilghman's Island and St. Michael's.   Since it was my first attempt, I did not realize that the files needed to be saved in as large a format as possible.   I saved those files as jpegs instead of png's and therefore was not able to use the full-page templates but had to put several photos on most of the pages.   Still, it was a wonderful thing the day the book arrived in the mail ... and  I held something in my hands that was my creation.  Here are a couple of pictures of that first book ...
(click photos to enlarge for better detail)

My next book was entitled "Pennsylvania" ... and included photos from our trip to Scranton, PA .... Steamtown ... and then home through Hershey and Lancaster and Strasburg.   For that book, I knew I needed to save the files as png's ... and thus I was able to use a lot of the full-page templates.  This time, I chose a hardcover book with dust jacket ... and there were about 110 pages.   Here are some photos from that book ....

And then my third and most recent book featured photos from our trips to Washington, DC.   This time, I ordered the largest landscape size available ... a true "coffee table" book ... measuring 11 x 13 ... hardcover with dust jacket ... and having about 136 pages.   I was so pleased when it arrived.   The large size is well worth the extra cost ....

If you love photography and are looking for a site where you can create your own books, I highly recommend Blurb.   I always spend a few dollars more for the high-quality paper.   And remember to save your photos in as large a format as possible .... png files normally will work well.   File size won't matter as much if you are ordering the small books.   But if you want the large, coffee table sizes, you will need your files to be as large as possible.     With all three of my books, I edited each photo that was included, so there are many, many hours represented here.   Literally hundreds of hours.   But well worth the effort.

To make your own book, visit

Many thanks to my friend Linda who actually purchased a copy of my Pennsylvania book.  I never dreamed anyone would want to buy a copy.   What an honor and encouragement, Linda.   Thank you.

"Oh, it's delightful to have ambitions. I'm so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them-- that's the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting."
— L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)


It's me July 26, 2010 at 12:20 PM  

So nice making your own photobook........they all looks veru good !! great job !! ...wishing you a happy evening..............hugs from me......Ria....

Bonnie July 26, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

I adore Blurb! I've been wanting to make a book of some of my photos... just have to put it all together. I know how many hours you have to put into those books. Just from the little snippets you've shown us, they really look beautiful. Are they still on the website for us to preview? I understand why your friend would buy one. You create works of art all the time, I think they would make beautiful gifts. It's good to be back visiting all that I've missed. Hope all is well Frances.
Talk to you soon!

Pauline July 26, 2010 at 5:04 PM  

Wow! These are amazing, Frances! I want to buy your books too with your dedication and signature on it! I'm so glad to see that you've made your stunning photos into photobooks. Thank you for sharing this Blurb. Now, how can I purchase your books? Sending you lots of love...

Bren July 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

I'm with Pauline, how do we go about buying one of your incredible photo books? I can't even begin to tell you what an amazing job you have done on these photos, seeing them there in full page glory, breathless.
So email me and tell me how I can buy your photo books my friend, and signed would be good :-)

Anonymous,  July 26, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

Oh my goodness Frances...
i am so happy you shared with all of us your wonderful books....all your time and effort has definately produced magnificant results
...real works of art!!
i can personally attest to that having purchased your Pennsylvania book!! for anyone considering purchasing one of Frances' will not be disappointed!!!! i am so very pleased to have a copy. it includes such professionally captured photos and all are enhanced so perfectly
and Frances, thankyou for the thankyou! :D
you have yourself a great day!!
warm hugs to you my friend, linda
ps: i saw bright eyed suzy's on my way home from work today....and i thought of you!! :D

Kim at Thistle Dew July 26, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

That's really neat, Frances! They're beautiful!

Kim :-)

momma-nance July 27, 2010 at 11:03 PM  

Frances for your next book try
Hannah likes them better than blurb because the book is bound (sewn pages instead of glued) and they give you all sorts of free stuff periodically after you've made an order. I'm so glad you've found a venue for showcasing your beautiful photos.

Gloria July 28, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

Your books look very professional and well done. It is amazing all the ways the internet has opened up doors to express ourselves in the photography world!
I knew there was a site that was available to turn your blog into a book, I did not realize there were so many other options available out there. Thanks for sharing!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti July 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

Your books look beautiful Frances...true treasures for you to enjoy over and over again. Your photography is outstanding!

I would have so much trouble choosing among my photos to make a book, but after browsing for some time on Burb I had the idea to possibly make one for my grandson.
Thanks for the link and inspiration!

Kati August 2, 2010 at 3:43 PM  

This is really neat! Love them!

The Sheridan Avenue Boys August 19, 2010 at 9:59 PM  

Your books look beautiful Frances!

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