Annual Photobook Complete

Checking off a personal to-do, our 2014 year in review photo book is here. It's one of those things I push myself to get done by February because I know if I wait, I'll be tempted by good weather and it will fall the wayside. Starting with travel books in 2009, 2010 and 2011, it then morphed into more of a  year in review in 2012. Last year's book was supplanted by an baby's first year book since that made the most sense. Now back to a year in review style. I love having the years most important photos in physical form.



Once again I used Blurb to make my annual book - mostly because I've used them so many years now and I want the book to be the same size. Up until now I've been really pleased with the company but this year was a little bit disappointing. The book is still a good quality piece at a reasonable price but they made two changes this year I wasn't crazy about. First they changed the software which made it much more annoying to line up photos correctly. Since I use a lot of collage layouts that was a lot of spot checking and editing to get it right. Second, they changed the size slightly so now its a tiny bit longer which means the books don't line up perfectly anymore. A small annoyance but I might just look for another supplier next year. Any suggestions?

21 comments:

  1. That is the cutest baby. Your trips are so fabulous...and with a baby!

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  2. So cute, my goal is to go back and do these for our family too. Here's hoping. I've heard great things about MyPublisher.

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    1. I keep saying I'm going to go back and do books for the years before 2009 but I don't see it happening anytime soon. Maybe when I retire? :)

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  3. mypublisher.com. Significantly different book sizes though.

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    1. Thanks. I used My Publisher years ago but I was really unhappy with the quality. Maybe time to try it again?

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    2. They've changed a lot over the years - the quality of their large format books are the best I've seen.

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  4. Anonymous12:28 PM

    Your photo books are what inspired me to make my own year in review books! (Sometimes I have to combine two years, to make them thick enough, like the 2013/2014 one I am finishing up now). Your layouts are much more interesting and dynamic than mine though-- inspiring me to step up my game in 2015! If you're interested....
    http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/2810484/ed05abf42a76a0a24f6e03e4199390c7f87599d8 and http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/3528734/6c79197354f3c43aec82a078166d59c36c0b89a1

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    1. Those books look great. As you can tell, I have significantly ramped down my layouts just for ease so I'm with you on that. Isn't it fun to see them in hardcopy?

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  5. I've used a few different photo book sites, but I was super impressed with the quality of Adoramapix. Lots of different sizes and the software is easy to use.

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    1. I do the "standard portrait" size which is a little shy of 8 inches wide by 10 inches high.

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  7. Love them... Reminds me that I need to get started on this. Do you do pictures only or do you add text too?

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    1. Most years I don't have any text (except for the month or location) but for Aggies baby book I did a month by month recap of what she was doing, etc. I actually think having some write ups for every year would be nice but I know it would mean never finishing so I just use photos.

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  8. I print out my blog every year on blurb. That's my year in review. I also make a little video highlights of our most exciting or photo worthy adventures. I love having a record of family life.

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    1. Ive thought about doing that but I don't know how the format would work. Does blurb let you import the whole thing?

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  9. This is such a lovely thing to do! I am inspired!

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  11. So good! I am woefully behind on this! Btw, I have been trying to email you but it keeps being sent back? Wondering if you have a new email:)

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  12. Can I just say that Agatha has the sweetest wardrobe? I want her black & white scallop dress. And her furry vest. And the heart dress!! Completely adorable.

    I used to make yearly photo albums but I think the last one was in 2013. *hangs head in shame*. I need to get on that. I've used Shutterfly in the past but your Blurb books look much better.

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  13. I'm a big fan of Blurb. I used their Bookwright program for my latest project. Bookwright gives you a little extra creative control which is always a good thing:)
    http://www.blurb.com/books/6285512-six-owls-and-a-party
    I enjoy your blog and love your photo books!

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