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I know that Jessica already mentioned this in her guest post Home, Honeymoon and Anniversary, but photo books are awesome. Personally, I can now say that I am years behind in both scrapbooking and photobooks. The photo up there is of the back cover of my book… My shoes are awesome. My spouse hates them. (Sorry about the poor quality picture of the book – a lot of that is glare.)
The first one that I ever made was of my wedding. I still intend to do scrapbooked ones for our parents and for us, but I wanted to do something for the grandmas as well. Well, once I actually got around to making the photobook for them, I decided that I definitely needed a copy for myself. Plus, I thought I should get them for the parents, seeing as it was just a case of spending money at that point, all the work was done! Then my brother wanted to know if he could have one, because he’d seen the whole lot of them at my parent’s house. They must be awesome… see how two books turned into six, just like that?!
I’ll admit, it took me awhile to get the photos together, but part of that was because it was my wedding photos… there was more than 1500 to choose from! To get my butt in gear, I invited a friend over who is scrapbooking obsessed, to help me get my head around this adventure. Below, I’ll share how we tackled them:
Step 1: Decide what “categories” or “ideas/thoughts” you want to include in your book. Some examples that I had were Bride’s group getting ready, Groom’s group getting ready, My family, Spouse’s family, Ceremony, Speeches, Details I DIY’d, Dance, Party-Time, Glamour Shots and Guests.
Step 2: On your computer, make a set of folders with your category names. Then go copy and paste the images you like into these folders. Eventually you can see which categories are over or under populated. Decide if you really want eighty pages of ring and flower close ups or not. This also gives you a chance to realize that you haven’t included any photos of Great Aunt Betty, so you should probably find one.
Step 3: Parse or beef up your categories and then decide what order to present them. For example, I started and ended our album with what I called “glamour shots” of the two of us.
Step 4: Go to Blurb.com and get their photo designer software. Next, go to town! Add photos by folder to ensure you include all of the ones you want. Plus, right now, Blurb has a sale on throughout October! Simply use FALL15OFFBOOK to get 15% off your order.
How to make this into an awesome gift, you ask? Well, if you’re looking for a wedding shower gift and just so happen to have already attended the bachelor or bachelorette party, you could do one of that night’o’fun! If you are close friends with the couple or one member, you could compile a book of memories to give them. Does the couple want a guest book? Offer to design one using photos of them! Or, if you have a fair bit of time, you could offer to make a book once they have their wedding photos or honeymoon photos back.
For Mother’s Day, I told my Mom that I would make her a Blurb book with the images from my parent’s trip to Norway, Sweden and Ireland this year. (Yes, I am aware that it is well past Mother’s Day… I told you I had a backlog!)
Best of all, Budget for Health is offering a FREE giveaway of $25 toward a Blurb book right now! Check it out, it is open until October 18, 2012.