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London Photo Book [with video]

London Travel photobook blurb

Somehow I finished the London photo book by mid-August, which was my goal (because THREE years after a trip is an appropriate deadline. Ha!). Blurb was ridiculously quick this time with the printing and delivery (a week! It usually takes two weeks). I was delighted at the book’s early arrival and have to say that it’s been my favorite personal photo book to date.

So this past Saturday morning, while my husband and son were out on the town (aka my husband was running errands probably while wondering why he volunteered to take our 18-month-old with him), I decided to pull together a video flipping through the book.

The video:

Man, I’m kinda sad that I did this because my voice was out of control (I was sick – still am, wah) and even though it only took about 10 minutes to record everything, I couldn’t stop coughing for another 10 minutes straight after I was done. (But really, how fab do I sound???)

Anyway, some takeaways from this book:

  • A couple of books ago, I realized I should focus on the spine since it’s the first thing we all see when a book is sitting on a bookshelf. I find myself studying book covers more than ever now. Ironically, I’ve been receiving a couple questions from people asking how I got Blurb to print my spine. (Answer: InDesign!)
  • This was the first time I used the soft cover option through Blurb. I like the gloss look and how the entire book bends, which allows me to tuck it in my purse and tote it along with me wherever I go [well, except that I have ticket stubs in the book that I don’t want to fall out]. As much as I like the soft cover though, I prefer the durability and finish of Blurb’s hard cover option and will most likely stick with that from now on.
  • This was also the first time I designed my book in an 8×11″ portrait format. I have to say that I like it as much as the landscape books and that deciding which to go with is a personal preference.
  • I use my photo books as a place to tuck away pamphlets, tickets, receipts and other paper memorabilia. Aside from scanning them and making them part of the page, is there another creative way to include them? I think scrapbookers have an advantage here because they can always incorporate these things into their designs. Lucky ducks. 🙂
  • As always, tackle your photo book project as soon as you can after the trip. Don’t wait three years. 🙂

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