BLURB book: 1 year at Schubert HQ

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Last week I posted about 1 year of living in our house (I still love it even if we bled money the first few months).

Around the same time I started working on that post, Blurb emailed me to offer me a free book to try out their new Designer Collection – it was fate!

Introducing the Designer Collection – six beautiful photo book templates for our 7 x 7 inch books, created with designer Laura Brunow Miner. Highlight your favorite photography with textured backgrounds and stylish designs and create a photo book online in minutes.

Blurb Designer Photo Books

Create a quick, high-quality Small Square book with one of our six designer photo book templates and our streamlined drag-and-drop process.

Choose one photo to highlight per page, switch photo orientation, add captions if you wish – even import photos from Facebook and Instagram. Easily switch between templates to choose the one that matches your style, click order, and you’re done.

Our new Designer Collection photo book templates were created for us by editor, designer, and photographer Laura Brunow Miner. The founder of Pictory, an online photojournalism magazine, Brunow Minor also runs Phootcamp, an annual photography retreat, and was included in “Most Influential Women in Tech” in 2010. Laura has brought her passion and experience to create these elegant, fun templates for people who want to feature their favorite photos, from wedding to travel to fine art, in style.

Blurb designer collection

So here’s a quick look at the Designer Collection Blurb book I made last weekend….

As you know, I had already taken all the house-tour photos (for this post), and in preparation for the book I took some more detail shots to sprinkle throughout.

I used the ZURICH design and just had the software prefill the book for me with all the photos. Because I had taken the detail shots all after the tour shots, I did have to spend a *tiny* bit of time rearranging the photos so they were in the right order.

But all in all, this was the QUICKEST Blurb book I have ever made. Faster even than my Fangsana and Khaleesi Instagram Blurb book, since I didn’t add any text to this one.

Just the book title and our address (blurred out in these photos for privacy) – on the front cover and spine.

front cover:

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back cover:

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and a glimpse at the interior pages (not all):

That first gray page (Blurb puts these end pages at the front/back of each book) will be home to the first impression of THIS Home Sweet Home stamp from Elise Cripe (which had not yet been received when these photos were taken). That will more or less act as the ‘title page’ since otherwise I just started with the first photo.

I used a plain, black Bic pen (my favorite favorite pens) to hand-write a few little captions throughout. There are a couple spots where I rushed it and the ink copied on to the opposite page just a little bit. But it’s barely noticeable.

In that first page (photo of the garage), you can see the pen I used – which also should give you an idea of the size 7×7″.

I love this book.

Andrew loves this book.

I love how easy it was to use this Designer Collection template.

I love that we have this little moment in our home’s history all bound and recorded in this sturdy little book.


ONE THING TO NOTE: It looks like these Designer Collections are only available using the web-based Bookify book designing software. I would only use that for smaller books – Instagram books, photo tours like this or similar. I would never use Bookify for a bigger Blurb book about a vacation or longer story. Instead, I use their downloaded software BookSmart for those.


What it’s good for: 20% Off Designer Book Templates only*

Expires: 3/31/13

*Fine print: Get 20% USD, AUD, CAD or EUR off your Blurb Designer Bookify product total up to $150. Offer expires March 31, 2013 11.59pm local time. May only be used once per customer and on books created by you. May not be combined with any other coupons, volume discount or applied retroactively to previous orders.

P.S. I’m a Blurb affiliate. Purchasing through these links helps support Lemon and Raspberry.

P.P.S. As an affiliate, I almost always have access to Blurb discounts, so email me before you order one!

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  • Megan Anderson March 19, 2013 at 9:10 am edit

    I love it! Also, such a good tip about Bookify / BookSmart. I’ve had bad feedback from people using Bookify for big projects. I’m sharing mine later this week, I JUST got it in the mail. So in love.

  • Michele March 19, 2013 at 10:26 am edit

    Hey I am so excited to know you have discounts with Blurb I love using them and have been using them for my PL book and also my blog book I always print them out in January. This past January I did my 2012 book but couldn’t find a coupon so had to pay full price which hurt but let me say I would pay it again and again I absolutely loved the book. FYI a page fell out of my book when my daughter was looking through it just 24 hours after getting it, I emailed Blurb sent them pictures and they replace the book completely I will always use them their customer service was the best and the fact that they replaced a precious book with over 300 pages and 1200 pictures by far the best! I love looking at the books you have done and thanks for the updates I love them awesome website!


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