Wednesday, 6 August 2014

bookmaker | london album photographed

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With the failure a while back to post a link to my Blurb book of the London album I created, I had a request to come back with some pictures of the book once it arrived, and with my thoughts on the quality.

First off, with the software that Blub provides; the Book Smart Program, it is very easy to put the book together. The software is downloaded to your computer and you choose the pages and so on without having to be online. Once you are finished you upload to the Blurb website and are taken directly to the ordering page. Very convenient. It did take a while for the upload to process as I had full bleed 12x12 pages.

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Blurb offers two different speed delivery options at different rates. I chose the cheaper one and was given an estimated delivery date about a week and a half from ordering. The book was delivered to my house via FedEx three days before the estimate. I think Blurb added a European print site to their American one a while back, so that is probably the reason for the speedy delivery to Sweden. I was very happy.

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I chose a hardcover book with image wrap (I really don't like dust jackets) with the premium lustre paper. The quality of the paper is really nice. It's very thick and I've had a few comments on that from people I've shown the book to. They have all thought two pages were stuck together. I really like it.

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The print quality is far better than what I have seen with other album printers (of which Shutterfly is the only American one). The colours match those on my computer very well. The saturation is very good (one point where Shutterfly often failed in my opinion). Blacks are mostly really nice. There are some images that could have been better but I couldn't say that this isn't an error on my part in my editing.

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All in all I am very happy with this album, and wouldn't recommend anyone to go anywhere else for printing their albums. This was my third album ordered from Blurb and they have all been equally nice.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

bookmaker | london album

I finally got around to ordering my London album (from our trip in August last year). I finished the pages a couple of months back, I think, but didn't upload them to Blurb for some reason.

But today I did! I cannot wait to see it in real life!

OK, so here is where I had a link to my book on Blurb. But apparently they won't show the book unless I set it up for selling. I'm not so hot on that idea, as I think and hope you will understand.

If you have forgotten what the pages look like, please do feel free to go back and check my many posts on the topic!

Sorry folks! I think I found one thing I would rather Blurb to improve on here!


Friday, 30 May 2014

hybrid hotness | recipe cards

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A while back I stumbled across a 6x8 Snap album by Simple Stories, and even though I am strictly a digi girl when it comes to my Project Life, I felt like I had to have it. So I got it, and then it sat empty on a shelf for a couple of months. I had no idea what to do with it.

But then I happened to see the super cute and very practical Recipe Maven recipe cards templates by Scotty Girl Design. The album would be ideal to keep all the recipes that we have come to love but that I only have pinned on Pinterest, and with that are becoming increasingly difficult to find as I grow my pinboards (and that seems to happen quickly).

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The templates come in several shapes, that fit perfectly with the page protectors. Since I got the Snap album in teal, I felt that I wanted a neutral compliment in the recipe cards, so I modified the templates to fit my vision.

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I am very happy with the look, and the fact that the plastic page protectors are perfect in the kitchen when messy fingers want to get hands on.

Now I just need to remember to actually take photos of the food when we cook it!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

laying it out | london album - the final installment

So when I posted about my London album last I was hoping to be able to finish before June. Well, it's now May 20th and I finished yesterday! LOL!

I had to compromise and not create new page layouts, but simply using already creating ones and swapping out photos and journaling. I knew this was the only way I was going to finish. And really, I am ok with that. I think the foundations are really pretty so it works well.

So here are the last six spreads of my London album:

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And here are the single pages of the ones that are not full bleed photos:

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If you want to see the other layouts I have created for this album you can do so here:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

laying it out | london album part I don't even know

I should have finished this album several months ago. I really should have worked on it more. But the fact is that I haven't done anything since November. I got a little stressed last week because I am afraid I will completely forget everything that happened before I finish. I do have my journal entries in Evernote to help me, but I really do want to finish.

So last week I created two spreads. I have to admit that I'm not really feeling it anymore, so I simply copied pages I've already done and just switched the photos and journaling. I figure non original pages are better than no pages at all. Scrapbooking can be like that too sometimes. I am not going to beat myself up about it.

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Here are the single pages that are not full bleed photos:
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(Supplies: Kraft Essentials Paper Pack by Karla Dudley, London Baby Kit by Libby Pritchett, Studio DD Layerworks 326 and 336 by Studio DD)

I've got maybe two layouts to go for day two. Then hopefully I can charge full steam ahead with day three and four. Maybe I can get it done by June! LOL!

Friday, 8 November 2013

laying it out | london album continued

This week I have allowed myself to not do any kind of work on the computer at all. I have thought about opening it up a few times, but haven't felt like I had the focus, the strength, or the interest to sit in front of it.

But, I have a few layouts for our London album that I made a while ago, that I haven't shared before, that I would like to show you today. I'm finally finished with day one, and got a good start on day two. Yay me!

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Here are the single pages that are not full bleed photos:
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(Supplies: Kraft Essentials Paper Pack by Karla Dudley, London Baby Kit by Libby Pritchett, Studio DD Layerworks 326 and 336 by Studio DD)

I am really liking how this album is shaping up. I like the large white space canvas combined with the shabby elements, papers, and frames. I like that it's combined with the very sleek full bleed photos.

Now I'm just hoping to have inspiration and focus enough to be able to finish it.

Monday, 9 September 2013

laying it out | london album in the works

Slowly but surely I am making my way into the London album. More slowly than surely, to be honest. I'm still on day one! Ha! But I have three spreads to share with you today.

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And, seeing as the pages are quite small, here are the single pages that aren't full bleed photos.

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I figure I have two more spreads to go before I can start with day two. Baby steps, people!

Monday, 26 August 2013

laying it out | crazy album plans

Call me crazy, but I decided to create an album about or trip to London. Like I had nothing else on my plate, right? Well, we talked about it while flipping through the albums from our Italy trips and both felt we needed one. It's kind of hard to stop once you've started, you know?

So, it was a four day trip and I only got a couple of hundred (four? five?) shots or so, and I am planning to edit as I go to not spend time on editing photos that I may or may never use. So I am hoping it won't take too long.

My first two spreads are finished. I still have to create a title page as well as a cover but I figure that can come later.

These spreads both cover our first few hours after arriving and checking in at the hotel.
Ha, so maybe the book won't be so small after all if I keep this rate up!

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(I am still debating if I should do that large photo in B/W. I don't feel like the green goes too well with the colours on the other side, but then I think that some of the point of the photo gets lost - you won't know that it's moss and algea on the letters in B/W. So, still debating.)

If you want to look closer at the left sides of each spread, then here they are.

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(Supplies: Kraft Essentials Paper Pack by Karla Dudley, London Baby Kit by Libby Pritchett, Studio DD Layerworks 326 and 336 by Studio DD)

I am happy with the start of this album. It is more decorated, and the photos are smaller, than the albums I've made previously but I just like it. So I am running with it and hope that it won't be to cluttered by the end. I am so thankful for the kickin' templates by Kayleigh Wiles who is Studio DD. They were just what I needed to get started.