Memories are too precious to live on a hard drive.
Like many of you, I also have thousands of photos sitting on the computer, waiting for us to open up a file and take a quick click-through.
I’m a firm believer in printing out and displaying photos, whether you make a collection of 4 x 6 pictures pinned to the bulletin board or display a gallery of large framed photos above the mantel.
The problem is you only have so much wall space, right? With so many photos sitting on the hard drive, I make custom photo books with these images so I could relive the memories all over again.
Blurb is an online photo book company that allows you to create your own photo books with your own images. Photo albums aren’t some new-fangled idea, but they’re not old-fashioned artifacts, either.
As a professional photographer, I’ve used many different digital photo book companies over the years, but Blurb is the best by far. Read on for my review of Blurb.com.
2 Examples of Blurb Photo Books
My first foray into Blurb books was a small, square album that I created about my son when he was first born seven months ago. It contains some beautiful black and white images of when he first entered this world.
I designed the book using one of Blurb’s Designer Collection, the Zurich template. It was seriously SO EASY to use. The entire design is pre-made, so all you have to do is drag and drop the photos in the placeholders.
It didn’t take too much time either. It took me a little over an hour to make the book, and that was only because I had so many pictures to sort through that I was having a hard time narrowing down which images to include in the book.
My second Blurb project stemmed from a special request from my brother-in-law. He wanted my sister to have a custom book made for Mother’s Day, so I made her an album using Blurb’s Bookify system.
This online photo book making system is simple to use: just tell the computer where to pull the images from, select how many pages you want, and click and drag the photos into the placeholders.
Blurb offers the option of including text alongside images, so I utilized that feature. I used images of Maggie and her daughter, and included a sweet letter Maggie wrote for her little girl. This letter was broken into a few sections that was placed throughout the book.
I also personalized the book by pulling special quotes and placed them on top of corresponding/appropriate images.
Not only will this book serve as a sweet bedtime story when this little girl is a bit older, but it will be a memory of how much a mother loved her child and how much she thought about them while growing up.
I believe that images of parents and children together remind the child of just how much they are loved, and a book containing and displaying these images is the most tangible expression of a mother’s love that you can have.
I love Blurb’s clean, simple, and modern designs.
There are other companies that can produce a photo book that resembles something like a scrapbook, with different backgrounds and graphics available. But for me, when I look at these photo albums, I want to see my beautiful family on the pages, not be distracted by some pink flower or soccer ball – so Blurb it is for me.
Also, if you want total customization of the layout of your book, Blurb has a software called BookSmart which you can create custom layouts of your photo book.
Being a super busy mom, I don’t have time to learn the system and create things from scratch. Since Bookify is SO easy to use and the templates are really well done already, I didn’t find a need to use BookSmart.
Pricing of a Blurb Online Photo Album
Blurb’s pricing is incredibly affordable, especially considering the superb level of quality and care with which the books are produced.
The examples above are Blurb’s small square 7×7 hardcover books with dust jackets.
Since I wanted a light and airy feel to the books and I want them to be durable, I added a few upgrades: from the standard black linen cover to a natural colored linen, from the standard mid-grey front page of the book to white, and from standard paper to premium lustre paper.
The standard price for a hardcover book is $25.99 and with all my upgrades, I paid about $46 for it all, a small price to pay for an heirloom photo album that my family and I will enjoy for years and years.
Let me take a moment to say that while soft cover books are a lot cheaper (Blurb’s start at 12.99 for a small square album), they’re also not as nice or durable.
These family photo albums are meant to last a long time, meant to be heirlooms for your children so I’d recommend investing a little bit more money to get a hardcover book.
Blurb Promo Code For November 2013
Once in a while, Blurb will have coupons for their photo books. From November 22nd thru November 30th, you can get a 30% discount on your photo books.
Blurb’s Quality Compared to Other Photo Book Companies
I once was offered a 40% off coupon with another online photobook printing company and I used this promo code to make 3 softcover books and regretted it.
With this other company, the quality of the printing wasn’t very good and the book just straight up RIPPLED. The book wouldn’t lie flat and the whole book is wavy. I suppose you get what you paid for…
Why Blurb Is Worth It
As a professional photographer, I’ve worked with other companies that provide services for making online photo books and can say that every company is different in terms of pricing — it really varies and depends on factors like book size, amount of pages, color, paper quality and so on.
I could say with confidence Blurb has one of the best photo books on the market in terms of the quality of the printing, the way the books are made and the quality of the materials used compared to the other online photo book printing companies – and their price is comparable as well.
Plus, I know other professional photographers and colleagues who use Blurb to make books for their clients — that should tell you something!
The Importance Of Photos Books
Having these photo books reminds me of what’s most important.
When my family and I see our photos in these books, it reminds us that we’re so blessed to have each other and so blessed to have a wonderful life together. That is the power of images – with a little help from Blurb.
Ready to Create Your Own Photo Books?
Blurb has a US site as well as a Canadian Site. Click on the appropriate links below to start your photo book.
Disclosure: Please note that I am both an affiliate for, and a user of Blurb. I love their photo books and I think you will too, which is why I’m sharing about it here with you. By supporting me, you’re also supporting my family and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.