Blurb: Creating Lasting Memories Part 2

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Last week I told you a little bit about Blurb and how you can create your own lasting memories. Blurb is so much more than a self-publishing platform. They want to inspire your creativity by creating a stage to make that happen by providing some pretty cool tools. Here are a few of my faves.

Free Book Making Tools:

Blurb gives you complete creative control and customization through many easy to use tools.  

BookWright: The only desktop publishing software built for creating professional-looking print books, magazines, and ebooks. It’s super simple to use, which means you won’t need to hire a fancy designer, know a line of code, or buy expensive software.

BookSmart: A user-friendly book-making tool that allows you to create beautiful, professional-quality photo books, notebooks, and planners.

Adobe InDesign Plug-In: If you use Adobe® InDesign® then this Blurb plug-in is for you. It lets you create and lay out books and magazines directly within InDesign and output in both print and digital formats. It also includes free professionally designed starter templates for photo books, cookbooks, portfolios, and magazines.

Adobe Lightroom: This book creation tool is fully integrated into Lightroom, so users can make a gorgeous photography book without needing to leave the Lightroom workflow. It also includes 5 paper choices, including high-end photo-quality paper from Mohawk Fine Papers®.

Online Photo Books:

How would you like to create your very own photo book in less than an hour? There are beautiful layouts and and templates to choose from to create a photo book that is unique to you. The drag & drop feature makes it easy to add photos from your computer, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.

Instagram Photo Book:

You’ve got a ton of adorable photos on your Instagram feed, so why not make them into a super cute 7×7 book? Add up to 60 images or 240 pages, so you can enjoy those photos offline, too!

Facebook Photo Book:

We all post lots of memories on Facebook via photos. Turn all your socially-shared memories into a beautiful book that looks like it came from a bookstore shelf. Add Facebook comments that you want to include along with your photos, and create up to a 60- page book full of memories!

Other Awesome Free Tools:

Step-by-step Tutorials & Webinars – Blurb has a very useful section of Webinars and Tips and Tutorials, so you never have to worry about getting stuck. These sections also provide lots of creative ideas!

Creation and Layout Tools – These tools are great when you think you know what you want, but you want some help deciding which book size, paper type, etc, will look the best. You can choose the best fit for your book without making a publishing design error. 

Pricing Tool – Never be surprised by the cost of creating your own book. Use Blurb’s Pricing Calculator to select the options you want and price your book so there won’t be any surprises when you’re finished creating.  Choose options such as your book type, number of pages, type of cover, and paper you want and the pricing calculator calculates what your book will cost. 

Stay tuned to learn even more about the awesomeness that is Blurb!