I was recently contacted by Blurb and asked to review one of their photobooks.
I don't know about you but I'm one of those people that CONSTANTLY takes photographs but never actually prints them off.
It was one of my new years resolutions to change this, so this opportunity came at the most perfect time - especially as we had hundreds of photos from the Summer and of Evie's arrival in the Autumn!
With Blurb you can create lots of different kinds of photobooks including Instagram and Facebook photobooks. It's super easy to produce a book with one of their simple templates (which I did), although you can also download their software and customise your book yourself if you're a technical wizard (which I'm not). You can choose different shapes and sizes of book, go for hardcover (with or without protective sleeve) or paperback and design your own front cover, have up to 440 pages (!) and design each page layout completely differently.
If you are making an Instagram or Facebook book you can log into your accounts via Blurb and upload your photos directly which takes no time at all! Making a photobook from files on your computer is a bit more time consuming but still very fun to do. I would, however, recommend choosing and editing all your photos before you start - and then saving them in a separate folder so that they can be uploaded altogether.
I spent a good couple of hours selecting my photographs, editing them and arranging them over the pages of the book but I thoroughly enjoyed myself in the process. The website is really easy to navigate around and Blurb will even fill the pages for you if you are really pushed for time or not feeling particularly creative!
Delivery of the book took almost a fortnight (although a faster delivery option is available at a premium) but it was so worth the wait!
Our book is just beautiful! Bearing in mind ALL of my photographs are taken on an iPhone 4S, the quality of them in print is just outstanding and the paper is of fabulous quality too. The price of it, including standard delivery, came to a few pence short of £35 which I think is perfectly reasonable for a book of this standard.
It's a perfect coffee table book and I will definitely use Blurb again in the future! In fact we love our book so much we are going to order duplicates as gifts for our family. Why not take a look at them yourself? xoxox