This post does contain affiliate links, but all of these opinions are completely my own.
About a year ago, I decided to stop scrapbooking. If you would’ve known what an avid scrapbooker I was, that may have come as a shock. I have a shelf just full of scrapbooks, with probably close to 15. I take a lot of pride in them, as I have spent countless hours on them and value the memories within them. But as I look at the stack of pictures that I had to scrapbook and realizing that I wasn’t as excited about it as much as I used to be, I questioned why I continued to scrapbook. So, I decided to put that hobby aside and just make homemade cards.
The problem is that I still had pictures I had taken, that I wanted to be bound in a memory book of some sorts. I like the idea of being able to pick up a book and reminisce about the good ole days. I had read a lot about different digital scrapbooking programs, but I wasn’t even sure I wanted to go that extravagant. I just wanted a simple book with pictures in it, with maybe a little pizazz. After thinking about the things I wanted, which was to have a year’s worth of pictures in one book, be able to add titles and descriptions to the pictures, and have multiple pictures on each page, I found that Blurb.com was the best option. When I researched the prices as well, I found them to be quite reasonable, especially after using a coupon code on the internet for a certain percentage off.
So why Blurb? Of course this is just my personal opinion, but I speak from experience!
User friendly – with any new program, sometimes the most frustrating part is learning it! I have found that the tutorials when you first start, are extremely helpful. There are many different options if you want to get fancy, but you can go as basic as you want.
Different layouts – you can customize your own layout, or choose from NUMEROUS collages and spreads (with or without text). Sometimes I do not need to add any descriptions to the pictures, so a collage is perfect. Also, with having many different options for layouts, it adds variety and a different look to each page.
Quality – I was a little skeptical and nervous about the first book I did. Considering it was a year’s worth of pictures in one, I wasn’t sure of the quality of the pictures or how it would turn out. When I received it in the mail, I immediately opened it to find that it was worth every penny! Some of the pictures that I knew weren’t the best quality, turned out great. I did a 12×12 book with a image-wrap cover. It is perfect.
Worth the time and time-saving – one of the biggest struggles I had with scrapbooking was the time it took. I didn’t enjoy doing the layouts as much as I used to. Now being able to plop pictures into a “drag image here” slot, with such ease, has been well worth my time! The most overwhelming part is deciding what pictures to include. Yet I feel with this set up, if I want 12 pictures on a page or even 16, I can! They all fit!
Options – like I said earlier, you can make it as fancy or “unfancy” as you’d like. You can add colored backgrounds, colored fonts (even each letter a different color), and even some embellishments. The options are there if you want to use them!
Pricing – When you first look at the prices, it may be more than what you would spend on a simple book, but when you find a coupon and figure out that you have a YEAR’S worth of pictures stocked into one book, you will find that it is well worth the price! For me, I thought about what I spent on pictures, paper, books, and embellishments, and Blurb.com is by far more cost-effective! Here is where you can find their prices.
As you can see, I am loving this new-found way of scrapbooking! When I received my 2014 book in the mail, it was just a few days later that I started my 2015 book! It is easy to just pick up the computer and do a page or two in minutes!
If you are looking for an easier way to organize all of your pictures or maybe even START a new way, I highly recommend Blurb!