Scotland Blurb book design progress

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I know I have been talking about this on and off for months…. so let’s just say I am *slowly* working on my Scotland Blurb book.

Among other things…. I’ve had to go search out my brother’s (then) girlfriend Chelsea’s photos and download them, go get Andrew’s iPhone photos that he had backed up for me and download them and I’m still waiting to get photos from my mom. And then add them in to our photos. But because of timestamps being off, they don’t sort correctly. So I have to manually reorganize some thousand-ish photos.

And my computer is REALLY not the best, so the software runs slow with all those photos.

And somehow, on top of all of that, I lost the journaling that I had already typed up for the first 4 days of the trip! Sigh.

So, um. Slow going.

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But, I am still going…. This is going to be a BIG book, so I obviously want to make sure it’s right once and not have to do a second draft …..

I don’t know if you’ve ever used it, but BookSmart, Blurb‘s book design software, makes it *super easy* to design your book…

I have created my own templates for chapter/section titles … and several other templates to use throughout the book.

Blurbs’s templates are awesome and versatile – and full of white space … I just like to fill the page a little more so I tweak my own.

So for today’s update, I wanted to show you the chapter/section title pages ….

Each DAY of the trip will be it’s own section, set off with a page like this.

2-page full bleed image taken on that day, with the location and date of that day’s activities. The template (1 template for the left side, slightly different one for the right side) were designed by me. The typeface is ROMERAL (as also used on the cover)

Some examples:

Now here’s my question for you:

Do these pages look off balance?

I can’t decide. Someone with more of a design sense than me tell me what you think.

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  • Nancy October 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm edit

    Hmmm, I don’t think they look off-balance. I think I would move the text to the outside edges of the pages just so you don’t lose anything with the binding. Or maybe put all the text on the left page…I guess I’d have to see the options. Can’t wait till it’s done! I just made a note to upload my Scotland favorites to Flickr, but I won’t have time to do it today. It’s about # 20 on my to-do list, but I’ll move it up in priority if you’re getting close to putting the book together.

  • Kam October 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm edit

    This is so great! I love that you are including photos from everybody else on the trip. I think I’m going to need to order a book for an upcoming trip we have planned 😀 or maybe for our recent Colorado trip!!!

  • Christine October 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm edit

    I stopped by at the recommendation from Megan @ The Nerd Nest. I’d love to see the finished book. I also suggest moving the date under the section title for more of a cohesive look. Perhaps a smaller font as well so you don’t loose the beauty of the image??
    Have you ever used Blurb to publish your blog content into a book? I’m interested in learning more about that if you wouldn’t mind responding to my e-mail provided. Thanks!


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