For YEARS I’ve wanted to create artful, curated photo books for our home. I have seen them done beautifully – think less scrapbook-y and more coffee table book compiled of creative images – and I so badly wanted to create one (or five) of our memories over the years.
Sadly, I hadn’t ever made it happen. . .
This summer, we’ve really had the time of our lives with Aaron’s family here on the east coast! Between my mom coming early in the summer, countless trips to the southern + northern parts of the state, paddle boarding/hiking/kayaking, family get togethers, etc – it’s truly been a blessing! In the midst of all these things we’ve created some beautiful images + captured some special moments.
When looking back on the photos of this summer, I got to thinking about ALL the adventures + photos this year has held for us. I started thinking “what am I going to do with them all?” . . . Yes, I have the blog to record our memories. And my Instagram. And hard drives full of photos. But beyond that, as you know, at this moment we don’t have a forever home to adorn the walls of (hell yes for being nomadic!). Then, BOOM! There was the photo book idea again. . . Why not bring them to life in that way? It’s something we could take with us anywhere, yet far more tangible than just viewing images on the computer.
So cue: BLURB BOOKS.
I was beyond giddy to finally be making my photo book come to life!
My creative process started with finding inspiration + figuring out what I wanted to do with the book. . .
I knew I wanted the book to be artful + bold, not ordinary or expected. I wanted the photos to be on display + chose to omit words or descriptions (love that it’s an options though if you want to add that).
I decided to make it an ode to our year of travel + wanted to start in Hawaii and end the book in Maine.
Next, I started compiling photos from our year that were sentimental, beautiful, calming + textural.
I’ve looked into making books before but to be honest, I’ve gotten completely overwhelmed with the process and get overwhelmed by projects like this in general.
My thoughts tend to be:
‘So many photos to go through, how do I design the book, how do I make it artful and not cheesy, etc.’ YIKES!
Although when I found Blurb Books, I was thrilled that the process was straightforward and user-friendly. I was able to do the whole thing online using their site and I could drag + drop, find my groove and create something beautiful.
You can choose from a variety of free, downloadable, professionally-designed photo book templates. I started by choosing a book size (umm, the bigger the better, right? I went with the 12×12), next I picked from a few different style options (paper type, cover type, etc.) and then simply uploaded my photos using their page templates. (Also, take note that you can create photo books and magazine in both print + digital formats)
I wanted to focus on the feel of the photos. They didn’t all need to be of Aaron + I smiling, family photos or posing for the camera. And I didn’t want only ‘iconic’ photos from our year. I tried to bring in photos that represented moments – both big and small. Landscapes + details, portraits + scenes from around us, DSLR + iPhone. I wanted to give life to the photos that wouldn’t necessarily be framed in our home + nestle them up with our greatest + dearest shots.
This year has really pushed me to find inspiration in my daily life – I want to look back at my life and be thankful for the experiences I have always. As I was creating this Blurb Book, all I could think was what an incredible way to have those memories + experiences right there in front of me to share with family, friends and acquaintances alike.
Well, after excitedly designing the book + submitting it for print. . .
It arrived and I was smitten.
The first thing I noticed was the quality. Outstanding.
I’m obsessed with the size, the image quality, the feel of the cover + pages. Just everything.
It’s been awesome turning our photographs into a tangible glimpse of our creativity that we can enjoy forever.
Exactly what I was hoping for all these years later.
I’ll quit yapping your ear off + let you see for yourself. . .
(PS keep an eye out for the GIF below)
You know how chef’s on TV wish there was ‘smell-evision’? Yea, well at this moment I wish you could reach through the screen and flip these pages for yourself! (As you can tell, I’m very experiential)
After completing this book, I welcome you to bring your photos to life too. Make them into something that you can share offline, feel in your hands + have for years. Take my word for it, you’ll be in love.
So, what are you going to make your photo book of – summer adventures? Your year in review? A wedding photo book? Whatever it is, I want to hear! Share your ideas with me! I’m excited to see it come to life xoxo
This post was brought to you by Blurb Books. All opinions, thoughts + perspectives are my own!