Friday, August 15, 2008

It's here


I first learned about blurb from this post on Design Mom. I decided to try it out. And here is the first installment of Glass Posse in print. About 200 pages long, this is 2006!



9 comments:

evelyn grier parks said...

Your book looks GREAT! I was actually going to tell you about blurb.com because i thought your blog would make such a wonderful book, but someone beat me to the punch! I know this will be such a great conversation piece and keepsake for years to come. What a beautiful gift to your girls!
Was it hard to do? I've heard varying opinions. Some say it takes forever to do layouts and formatting, and some say it's a piece of cake. What did you think?
Thanks for your two cents!
-Evie

Kristie said...

congrats! next time im over i have to see it. shop around so to speak.

Laura said...

I have wanted to do this. I have a few questions...

Does it take a long time?

Can you separate the year so you can have different books for each year?

I have resizes pics for my blog when I began uploading my blog the pictures were showing that they might look bad in the book. Not many just a few. Did this happen to you?

Thanks for the tip. I have started this and this post got me motivated to finish it.

Kage said...

egp, downloading the software is so easy and the learning curve is short. One could just download the blog into it and print it, but I was way picky. I was able to cut down at least 50 pages by combining pix and posts, more than one on a page. I started this early in the year and just barely finished after working on it at night on and off. Also subtract the several months I was out of commission. So, not hard, not too long...worth the time...but I like this kind of stuff.

laura, I think my second one (2007) will take much shorter time because now I have the hang of the software and the process.

Yes, you can separate the year....i don't recall exactly, but there must be some sort of selection of dates process...easy I am sure...I did it for 2006...

pix question is a good one. I resize as well (not sure when I started doing this), so I might need to REupload the pix. The program shows you with an alert sign if it is too small, you then have the option of uploading any pix you want in a separate photo bank, and then dragging them in, to replace the low quality ones. However, the template don't allow for super huge spaces for pix. Your question I could see applying more to the photographer blogger, who wants their full size images taking up an entire page or something...but there are ways around the pixel question for sure.

FINISH IT!

Also, my 200+ page hardcover creation (you can also do softcover and dustjacket), was about $60- with shipping, and I used a coupon I found on www.retailmenot.com for about 3 bucks off....I thought that was a good price.....all in the name of family history right?

Kage said...

egp, downloading the software is so easy and the learning curve is short. One could just download the blog into it and print it, but I was way picky. I was able to cut down at least 50 pages by combining pix and posts, more than one on a page. I started this early in the year and just barely finished after working on it at night on and off. Also subtract the several months I was out of commission. So, not hard, not too long...worth the time...but I like this kind of stuff.

laura, I think my second one (2007) will take much shorter time because now I have the hang of the software and the process.

Yes, you can separate the year....i don't recall exactly, but there must be some sort of selection of dates process...easy I am sure...I did it for 2006...

pix question is a good one. I resize as well (not sure when I started doing this), so I might need to REupload the pix. The program shows you with an alert sign if it is too small, you then have the option of uploading any pix you want in a separate photo bank, and then dragging them in, to replace the low quality ones. However, the template don't allow for super huge spaces for pix. Your question I could see applying more to the photographer blogger, who wants their full size images taking up an entire page or something...but there are ways around the pixel question for sure.

FINISH IT!

Also, my 200+ page hardcover creation (you can also do softcover and dustjacket), was about $60- with shipping, and I used a coupon I found on www.retailmenot.com for about 3 bucks off....I thought that was a good price.....all in the name of family history right?

Rachel H said...

Fun fun! It looks great! I started my 2006 blurb book (from my blog too) and still haven't finished it. Kinda lost steam around the time we had the baby... but now maybe I'll get back and try to finish it! They are so cute...We all love the one I made of my maternity photos.

Laura said...

Thanks for the info. Do you think if I ignore the warning and don't reload the pics (its a lot) they will look bad? I figure if they are small in the book maybe it doesn't matter. I actually load mine all full size now. The problem with that is that creeps could just steal them and it takes SOO long to put them up.

I appreciate you sharing :)

Kage said...

laura, I would just take it one page at a time. You can shrink the pages until they are the right size, and if that is too small for you, then re-upload it. It will work out....I am sure of it.

DTA said...

Looks great!