vol. 1-blog printing.

for almost a year now i have been researching ways to get my blog printed.
a huge reason that continue to blog is to document the lives of my kids...
not just on the special days but on the day to day.
to me, it will be so cool for my kids to get to read these
entries when THEY are 30.
i am not a scrapbooker, nor a diligent journaler...this blog has
been the best way for me to document all the things i want to remember.
many of the ways that i had found were either unnecessarily
difficult, too expensive or did not work with blogger.
i can't tell you the number of hours that i spent
researching and trying to find the best way to do it...
in a way that would be nice, durable and affordable.
and then i was sent to Blurb.
from step one it was easy...worked with my MAC and blogger.
included color photos and looked like a REAL book.
the pages are glossy and thick.
you can even add a photo to the cover.
this is my first volume. it is 275 pages and cost me approx $60.
at first that number may seem high, but believe me that is a great deal.
other places, this exact book could run me more the $200 and up.
and if you think about it...this is like our scrapbook...
and imagine the cost for all the supplies i would spend on that?

because my blog is so wordy and has so many photos,
i plan on doing a new volume every six month/two per year.

so if you are looking to print your blog,
i did the research for you and
Blurb may be the best bet for you.

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34 comments:

Lora said...

Yea! Thank you for that. i have been working on lulu.com and it's been harder than i'd like. Your book looks great. i know what a moving thing it is to hold your own writing and photography in hardcopy. I'm sure you and your babies will enjoy it over and over. :)
congrats!

Kandi said...

Hi~ Love this idea so much! Two questions: Did you do the "Standard Portrait" style book? Did you have comments printed or just your original post?
Thanks.

My2Gs said...

I'm so glad that you did this post Crystal. I too began blogging to document my life and my kid's life. Like you I don't scrapbook or journal but love blogging. I have thought about purchasing a blog book but didn't want to spend a ton of money and then possibly be disappointed. I love that you showed your actual book for people like me. Thank You!
~ Lacie

BC said...

Crystal - I could cry. This is EXACTLY what I have been wanting and needing and looking for. The book looks gorgeous. I will be doing this for sure!

Thank you thank you for those countless hours of research. :)

I am in love with your new blog design by the way.

Feather said...

blurb. got it. i've had that thought in the back of my head...turning my blog into a book. i think 60 bucks is great! and it looks so professional! thanks for all the research!

Big Yellow Dog said...

My husband and I were just talking about starting a private family blog and then getting it printed as a book of family memories. Thanks for the info! Your's looks great!
Margaret

1 Funky Woman said...

Awesome and thanks for all the leg work. What a fantastic idea putting it all in a book to have, I just love it!

Beth said...

oh my, i was just checking into this very thing. my mom even started printing pages at work on her color laser printer.
your book is beautiful...i can't wait to make our own!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I have been curious about doing this and I have even made other books with Blurb. You sold me!

venus said...

Crystal, this is awesome! I never even thought of doing something like this. Such a great idea and thank you for sharing this!

Your book looks unbelievable.

BeccaH said...

Long have I wondered about using blurb - thanks for sharing your experience - I now feel a little better about jumping in to it. I've had my blog for 5+ years - there's a lot recorded in there...

Mama Thompson said...

Thanks for sharing your positive experience. I have heard of blurb, but was hesitant because I have had issues with the whole Mac working with certain programs...I'm glad that it worked so well and the pictures are gorgeous in your book.

Miss G said...

Crystal, thanks for this post. I have heard of blurb and thought about using it and this is just the push I need. Thanks for doing the research and sharing it with all of us! Kelly

Amy said...

I have 2 blog books from Blurb. Needing to start on my 2009 one. LOVE them both! Thrilled with the quality and price. So glad you are happy with yours, too! Enjoy!

Trish said...

Love it... what a great idea :)

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

My sister sent me to you & I'm so happy! I love this idea! Even more I love your blog & crafts - awesome stuff!! I'm a new follower :)

Heather K. said...

I am so excited! I have used Blurb to make memory books for my kids' teachers but I had no idea that I could turn my blog into a memory book. I am all over it! Thanks!!

Kirsten Johnsen Martin said...

Looks great! Glad it worked out for you... We're waiting for the personal delivery of a kiss in Lancaster. You were oh, so close when you were in Baltimore! Hope you're all well!

SarahRachel said...

Love this!! Yeah, my blog is essentially Jackson's baby book and will be Chase's so this is a must!

Whimsical Creations said...

Thank you for sharing this info!! I have been thinking about getting my blog printed and this is wonderful information.

Wendy said...

I too just turned my blog into a book through blurb. LOVE IT! The quality is great and I was able to mix up designs as I wanted!

Lisa said...

I love your blog book! What a special keepsake.

I started the process of making one on Blurb, but it wouldn't auto fill my manually edited picture sizes. Did you run into that problem?

Lace said...

Love it! I think $60 is def. reasonable now that you mentioned scrapbooking... ugh, that's an expensive and time consuming hobby!

Just me.....Shelly said...

oooooh, good good stuff. I need this, I want this, I have to have this!

Thanks for doing all the work, heheh.

Heather at All A Flutter said...

That is so cool! I think $60 sounds incredibly reasonable. Especially for 275 pages!! I definitely wnat to look into this. Thanks for doing the hard part. :) Great work.

Sandra said...

Thank you for your research! Looks awesome!

Tasha said...

What size book did you do? What was the style you choose? I love it!

Tasha said...

What size book did you do? What was the style you choose? I love it!

Kat said...

It looks beautiful! Thanks for doing all that research!

Tammy said...

Love it.

Peggy Rice said...

Thanks so much for this post, I have been wanting to do this as well!

mommyholly said...

That is seriously amazing!!! I feel the same way in that I gave up on scrapbooking and don't keep my photos organized like I'd like them to be. I might look into doing this soon as well! :) Thanks for doing the research for us! xoxox Holly

Tiffany said...

Oh, my goodness. I have been wanting to do this so bad. I am so excited that you shared this information with us. I am definitely going to do this! So exciting. It looks great and how fun to have that keepsake forever? That is definitely the point of blogging for sure, record those precious memories. Love it. Thank you so much for your research and your kindness to share it with us all!

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