Recently I had the opportunity to create a Blurb Designer Photo Book as an early bird trial, so wanted to share the results with all of you. For all scrapbookers out there, photo books are a great way to compile your memories together quickly for sharing with friends and family.

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When I got back from the hospital post-labor, I didn’t have much time to do anything with a newborn, not to mention I was still recovering physically from a difficult labor. But even in those conditions, I had no trouble putting together my photo book using one of the designer templates.

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You basically prepare your photos, then go into Blurb, choose a designer template and upload your photos to arrange using their software online. It was a quick and easy process!

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I received my little minibook extremely fast, even located here in Tuscany, Italy and I’m really happy with the results. The book is so well made as I chose the dust jacket and linen cover. Talk about professional!

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What would I change? Well, I should have color processed my photos, but in all my haste, I just used phone photos and such completely untouched and unedited. So the quality is a bit inconsistent due to the photos I chose. I believe they look duller in real life than on my computer screen generally.

The other thing is that I would get imagewrap instead of the dust jacket cover. I simply wanted to try it out, but I think it’s hard to predict how photos will print on the dust jacket paper as well. I’ve done photo books with the imagewrap cover and like those results better.

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Overall, I’m happy with the results and this little book has been great for those visiting our newborn and asking about the whole experience. It’s all encapsulated in the book and they can flip through to see.

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Full disclosure, I was given the opportunity to create the photo book for free, so I went ahead and tried it out. However, I have used Blurb many times before – in fact, all my photo books are printed through Blurb. It’s just that I usually design them myself, rather than use a premade template. Hope this information has been helpful to you.

Blurb is graciously offering a 20% discount for my readers… so take advantage!

Offer Code: DESIGNMYBOOK | What it’s good for: 20% Off Designer Book Templates only* | Expires: 3/31/13

*Fine print: Get 20% USD, AUD, CAD or EUR off your Blurb Designer Bookify product total up to $150. Offer expires March 31, 2013 11.59pm local time. May only be used once per customer and on books created by you. May not be combined with any other coupons, volume discount or applied retroactively to previous orders.

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