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Let’s Get Physical! How To Make a Photobook

In such a digital and iPhone based age, it’s becoming less and less trendy to print your holiday or family photos to stick in an album. These days, it’s all about the instantaneous upload to Facebook or Instagram to share with your friends. At first, I loved this idea, I could share my University photos with my old school friends without boring them with a stack of photos, but after awhile, I got bored with the disconnected feeling I got from flicking through images on the computer.

Where’s the fun or hygge factor in that?

And that’s why, after our first holiday together in Paris a few years ago, I decided to make a Blurb photobook for Peter and I, so that our memories could be captured in a really personal and unique way. By creating a book to share your most treasured times, you can pop it on the shelf and in five, ten or twenty years time, you call pull it out, sit down on the sofa with a cuppa and look back at your memories.

But that’s enough writing for now, in the short video below, I explain why I love photobooks, tips on how to make them personal to you and how to create one of your own. Once you’ve finished watching that, I’ve popped some helpful links below to help you get started!

How to Create Your Own Photobook – For a Physical Momento!

  1. Take lots of photos of your holiday, family event or time at university;
  2. Keep random things that will jog your memory of certain points within your event – for example, a ticket stub from a memorable museum or meal out;
  3. If you want to, edit your photos with a photo-editor. I use Adobe Lightroom but the standard photo editor on your laptop will be useful. iPhone apps are also great, I particularly like Snapseed. Choose a smaller amount of photos for the book – if you took 1,000 images, I would look to cut that down to about 300;
  4. Scan your random bits and bobs in to the computer, we use an App called Scannable;
  5. For Blurb, download the free book editor – there are two, I use Booksmart and decide on the type of photobook you’d like to make – there are many price options to make it affordable.
  6. Follow the instructions in the book editor and before you click to buy, ALWAYS search for a promotional code. Blurb frequently run offers, so you should be able to get a few quid off the full price (you can check on the Facebook page, here)!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the post – I hope you enjoyed the slightly different format! Please feel free to comment below!