Blurb Photobook

While I was out at BlogHer12 I got my hands on a code for a Blurb Book.  I’ve never had the opportunity to make a hardcover photo book before, but boy does the quality shine through. The book that we bought (a wrapped hardcover) came in over the weekend and was absolutely gorgeous.   Here’s a sneak peak.

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Blurb Books create high quality custom photo books

According to Blurb’s website:

Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books – reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them…So we put our minds together, and developed a creative publishing service simple and smart enough to make anyone an author – every blogger, cook, photographer, parent, traveler, poet, pet owner, marketer, everyone. (This means you.)

What is wonderful about their service is that you can use several options to create your book, including a very structured model through the site, a little more detailed option requires you to download a program, and finally for professionals, they have a version that has a plug-in for Adobe In Design and also gives you access to typographic and layout changes, as well as publishing for iPad. I used the middle level (Blurb Booksmart) on my computer and felt I had enough control to create my book, yet still enough structure to not get lost in the weeds.

So far everyone we’ve shown the book to has been extremely impressed.  The book will be displayed at our wedding on the Guestbook table.  Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to using Blurb again when we get ready to immortalize our wedding pictures.

You can learn more about Blurb here: http://www.blurb.com/make-books

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Making Paper Flowers

So, as I started to plan my wedding out, I’ve really loved the idea of paper flowers.  I love that they aren’t silk flowers (which can be, for some, gorgeous) trying to be real and they are definitely not as expensive as the real thing.  I love that you can write messages on the flowers (or have others write them for you to take down the aisle with you).

Needless to say, I’ve been in love with them forever.  So- for awhile, I trolled Pinterest until I finally found a great tutorial from Jones Design Company where the trick to making them look more dynamic was given. Instead of cutting in a straight circle (a slight oxymoron, I’ll admit)- you need to cut in waves as you cute the spiral.

I think my turned out be-a-utiful!

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As it turns out, I love my paper flowers, but am now in the position that they might not go with the more formal style dress I’m leaning towards. Which means I’m now going to be on the look out for options to make clothe rosettes and other options to see if I can dress them up a bit.