The Story Of Us


As many of you know, this past summer I got married. As a surprise for my husband, I pulled together a beautiful photobook of our wedding photos – something that now has a place of honour on our coffee table. How did I pull together this wonderful creation you ask? I used, a brand I briefly mentioned back over the holidays but felt deserved a little more attention as we head toward Valentine’s Day.

Blurb Sample Books
To summarize, Blurb is a print-on-demand book creation site that is extremely, almost insanely versatile. You start by choosing what ‘type’ of book you’d like to create – perhaps you’d like to commemorate the first year of your child’s life, or you’d like to create a custom guestbook for your pending nuptials or anniversary celebration, or maybe you’d like to relive a memorable holiday in photos. Heck, you can even create more off the beaten path choices, like a recipe book (a cool pick for the at-home chef in your life that scrawls down their own concoctions) or a blog book (that gobbles up content from the likes of LiveJournal, Blogger, and WordPress – which is what this blog is built on).

blurb_booksmartFrom there, it’s really about customizing your book to your heart’s content – and it couldn’t be easier. If you’re a newbie or want to whip something up fast as can be, use their free online tool. Alternatively, they also offer a free downloadable program called BookSmart that is filled with useful templates, tools, layouts and more to help you take almost total creative control over the book from start to finish. Seasoned design pros will love the fact Blurb can actually tie right into Adobe’s InDesign or Lightbox, for complete and total customization. Whatever option you choose, you’ll have the chance to tweak, fiddle with and preview the book to your heart’s endless content.
Blurb Instagram Book
Blurb is even compatible with the likes of Instagram. You can look into your Instagram account through their site and have your feed automatically uploaded, for super simple integration. Given the petite size of Instagram photos, I’d recommend the uber affordable $18.99 option with 60 pages to lay out your favourite moments from the past year. With a variety of sizes, paper types and upgrades available, it’s easy to get carried away – but even the simplest books have a pretty huge design appeal, so don’t worry about busting your budget if you’re in a situation where you want to make a bunch of books at once (and trust me, after seeing one, you will).

Blurb Travel BooksI really can’t say enough good things about this site. There are so many other little features I’ve discovered in revisiting the site and planning out additional books. For example, I can convert my photobook into an iPad-friendly book to send worldwide for just $9.99. Or I can sell my book in Blurb’s online marketplace (which would be weird in my case, but still – cool concept). If you’ve crafted a recipe book or a stunning book of landscapes, this is a great way to share your work with the world and maybe make a little cash toward your next camera upgrade.

blurb-custom-photo-booksBeyond that, I still believe in print as a medium. I think I’ve mostly moved away from the idea of printing off a million 4×6’s that I’ll never look at (or at least, not often), but I love, love, LOVE the idea of gathering some truly special (and flattering) shots into a tome you will continually want to hold in your hands and reflect on. It’s just a new, more interesting way to look at and preserve our memories – as a companion to all the digital sharing we tend to do these days. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m sure your loved ones would adore a special memory book of their own. Books start at just $4.95 with affordable and fast Canadian shipping rates, so do some browsing today to find the perfect style for your sweetheart.

With that, I’m psyched to be giving away 2x $50 gift codes to – enough for you to craft a pretty freaking gorgeous photobook for whatever occasion you’d like. Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave me a comment below by February 2nd and tell me – what kind of book would you make on Blurb if you were chosen as the winner?

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around February 3rd, 2014 to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow Blurb on Twitter and / or Like them on Facebook. Tweet @ em (and me @cdngiftguide) and / or leave a comment on their FB Wall about the kind of book you’d like to make. Leave links back to your activities below to earn up to two bonus entries.


60 Responses to “The Story Of Us”
  1. Jennifer K. says:

    Since we invested in a digital camera I have rarely printed any photos…we have literally thousands!!! It has been a huge undertaking to catalogue and sort them electronically…let alone decide what to print! Then it came to me! I have planned to put together a sort of “Year Book” to tell the story of our life year by year. Voila! I am sure it will become a tradition for the family (the “stars” of the photo-book) to gather together to reminisce and relive the moments we shared over the past year.

  2. Kimberley says:

    I would love to make a book of my trip to France. So many great memories!

  3. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d make a memory book for 2013 with my partner!

  4. Victoria Ess says:

  5. May says:

    I would make a vacation book!

  6. Leah says:

    I’d love to make a baby book for my 6 month old

  7. Susan says:

    I’d make a book about my granddaughter’ slide so far!

  8. Christine says:

    I would create a book for my husband of our African adventures!

  9. Chantelle says:

    I would make a vacation book of my kids and I from the last couple years.

  10. mousecat says:

    My book would be entitled “Summer road trip ’13 – Wierd Canadian Giant Roadside Attractions” and it would show my family on our x-country move/road trip stopping by all the weird giant statues that we came across during the drive!

  11. Erin McSweeney says:

    I would make a book for my best friend and her daughter, in which I have 10 years worth of photos

  12. Suzanne G says:

    I would make a book of my grandchildren and perhaps one of my childhood throughout the years.

  13. Julie G. says:

    I’d make a book all about our vacation in Thailand.

  14. cookie3 says:

    I’d make a Vacation book of our trip to New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

  15. Andrea K says:

    I lost my mom last month to a horrific battle with cancer. I would put together a book all about her exciting life – from being an international fashion model to being the best mom in the universe. Would be beautiful:)

  16. beewbedard says:

    I would do one as a memory book for my family

  17. Juliee Fitze says:

    I would like the book Impressions

  18. Evan says:

    It would be great to make a portfolio book … for (and of) the family. Thank you.

  19. i would love to a family History book from all of the entire relatives

  20. Melissa Avey says:

    I would make a vacation book for our Mexico trip this year 🙂

  21. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I would make a photobook of our recent vacation in Mexico.

  22. Joan G says:

    I would make a book about my grandkids.

  23. Kristina Ziegler says:

    I would make a Walt Disney Vacation book!

  24. Athena says:

    I think I’d make a photo book of 2013 highlights

  25. Athena says:

  26. Burcu says:

    I would make a travel photo book

  27. Emilia says:

    I would make a book featuring my dream vacation I took

  28. Emilia says:

  29. Lauralee says:

    I would make a book about family for my son 🙂

  30. Elizabeth R says:

    A family memories book for my sister’s birthday.

  31. mrdisco1 says:

    I would make a photobook of watches I covet

  32. mrdisco1 says:

  33. Valerie says:

    My Mum’s 80th birthday is this year and I would like to make her a memory book.

  34. Edmond says:

    A cookbook. Pick me! Your next winner! Show me the $! . It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. 😦 Starving artist here desperately needs the Blurb $50 card to have fun, feel alive & inspired again. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity.

  35. Elaine says:

    I want to display my landscapes of Hong Kong and Thailand.

  36. Eric Reardon (@KnowNothingMan) says:

    I would make a book of my sisters wedding. She trusted me to be the photographer on her wedding day and this would be an awesome way to pay her back.

  37. Pam says:

    I have so many photos I should make books into

  38. Lori says:

    I would make a wedding album for us! We are getting married in June and will not have a professional photographer. This would be a great way to have a book of memories and be able to spend our budget to make books for our families and our children!

  39. Melissa Avey says:

    I follow on Twitter @melissaavey3

  40. Dennis says:

    I would make a pucture book ob my town.

  41. KellyPC says:

    I would make a book of photos from trips we’ve taken together.

  42. Crystal Kordalchuk says:

    Since I’m throwing an art show fundraiser later this year of my work, I’d also like to feature some photography. This book would be a perfect addition to the show 🙂 PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Elaine says:

    My kids’ nest nany photos.

  44. Stephanie N says:

    A photo album of my brother in laws wedding.

  45. Janice Lewis says:

    Been waiting to make a portfolio book for my wedding planning business and this would be perfect I just started getting all my fav shots together.

  46. Victoria K says:

    I would make a book about my three girls.

  47. diane p says:

    I would create a book of my children.

  48. Wanda Bergman says:

    I’d probably make a “memory lane” type book for my husband and I.

  49. Jacquie Hess says:

    I would finally get my pictures from Egypt organized.

  50. Megan says:

    I’d give it to my mom as a present 🙂 She loves to scrapbook!

  51. Jessica Lord says:

    i would make a photo book of our daughter, for my husband

  52. tfraser23 says:

    I would love to make a book for each of my boys of our trip to Disneyland

  53. Sara says:

    I would make a book of each of my children! In this digital age the photos rarely make it off the computer!

  54. Dreena says:

    I’d like to make a book of my travel images. I’d choose a Hardcover, ImageWrap one.

  55. Beth Gallinger says:

    I would make one with pictures of my niece.

  56. Elizabeth says:

    I would like to make a book,all about my life and the struggles and tribulations,I have had to go through. In my book,I would speak about how I overcame challenges,diversity,and stereotyping.
    My book would be,somewhat of a memoir,dedicated to my beautiful mother! I just know,in my heart,that my book is sure to help someone!

  57. diane says:

  58. Leah says:

    I’d make a book about my niece and nephew

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