blurb books | sharing my first experience

Once you read this review you will want to use this coupon code I found: 15% off until Dec 31st (AFFILIATE15OFF)

I have been meaning to try out blurb for a while now-in fact, I purchased a groupon for them and let it expire:-(What can I say, it expired in the middle of a busy wedding season. Anyway I usually don’t use consumer books anymore but I wanted to try them for a very specific reason. Instead of a family album I wanted to do a family yearbook-meaning our entire year in one photobook. Most of the labs I use do not go up to the capacity that I needed so I tried blurb. I did the middle of the line book designing-in other words I didn’t use Adobe InDesign (because I have never tried so I don’t know how) but I didn’t autofill. I think its called BookSmart (not the Bookify). So I did 234 pages with a custom ImageWrap Cover and, well, here are my full specs: Large Square 12×12 inches (30×30 cm) , 234 pages ProLine Black End Sheets ProLine Pearl Photo Paper. And here is the fabulous result in images (unedited to preserve integrity of review) and then more about quality and price at the bottom:

The cover is exceptional with a satin-y finish and the colors appear spot on.

(Greyson may have gotten some chicken grease on the spine already;-)

And to give you an idea of the thickness all I could find that was pretty universal is a compact flash card but it is well over an inch thick.

And now to the inside. These are the pages and I can’t say enough about this paper-I love the satin feel of it-its neither glossy or matte really. Upgrade to the ProLine Pearl Paper. Disclaimer: I have never tried their other papers but this one rocks;-)

And now onto the inside…here are a few spread from the book:

A beach spread from Memorial Day Weekend. Also you must forgive the inconsistent light as you know I am natural light kindof girl…

And from Halloween Pumpkin Carving…

And from FSU Booster Tour…

And from some Album Type pages that I did…

Here are some macros of the pages/images:

And this is a macro of an iPhone image in the book (at the back I put a iPhone gallery of all the images I took with my iPhone for the year since I use it so much) also keeping in mind this is a grainy image already-taken in afternoon in car with iPhone without flash:

I like that the pages are numbered;-)

And finally the back and the entire cover:

Bottom line I love this book-I love the modern take on the family album-I love that it looks and feels like a real coffee table book. The cover is smooth with a satin feel and the images are true to life. The pages are thick and feel amazing. The images printed very well-better than expected and the book has an overall professional feel. The only thing I don’t like (but also kindof like the feel of it-like a real book) is that it isn’t lay flat. However I am unsure, because of the binding, you could do a lay-flat with that many pages which is the main reason I used Blurb.

Would I sell these to my clients? No. Why? First of all they aren’t professional and secondly I like a book with thicker pages for a smaller (as far as number of pages) album so it appears thicker and I don’t see myself doing a 234 page album for a client. However if my clients want to put every image from their wedding in an album this isn’t a bad choice at all. Keep in mind I used 905 images for this book to make it the 234 pages that it is however a lot of the images are smaller. With this type of paper I think you are only allowed 240 pages so I was making sure I stayed under so I could use it!

So drum roll please……………….I only paid $212 for this amazing book! I used the coupon code at the beginning but WOW what a price for something like this;-)So just my 2 cents! Please comment and ask any questions you may have and order one! This one took me probably 4 hours to do but I do have all my images very well organized by year, month, and folders for each “event.”

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