Meg did a fabulous post back in January about blogging. As an avid blogger and blog-to-booker, I figured I'd entice you even more to print those babies out!! I started my blog shortly after my husband and I were married and haven't regretted it as it's become our journal of sorts. I actually wish I would have started one earlier. Don't get me wrong, I was an avid journal keeper and scrapbooker before, but blogging has made it possible to combine the two efforts in an easier, more organized, AND MORE COST-EFFECTIVE way. Don't believe me? That's okay, you don't have to...yet... Here are the three individual posts I have posted on my family blog about the books I have printed (if you're interested). If not, continue reading here and most of the information will be re-capped.
**Please accept this apology in advance for sounding like an infomercial. Just know I wasn't paid a single red cent for this little "advert."**
My blog books have ranged anywhere from $130-$170 and that includes the shipping fees. I receive them about a week after ordering and have never been disappointed. EVER. Back in my scrapbooking days, I decided to see how much one of my uber-cute-creative books was costing me. I had worked at a summer camp, printed all my pictures, and was ready to scrapbook the three-month adventure. When all was said and done, it was $350+!!!!! That's right. For a three-month scrapbook, I was out a load of cash and had one more 12x12 3-inch binder to store. Granted, it's wonderful, way cute, and I love looking at it constantly. But I'll be completely gutted if my home floods or burns down because it's the only copy I have. Oh, and I have nearly twenty other scrapbook binders just like it.
Enter: BLOG BOOKS! I can digitally scrapbook my pictures if I want, but don't have to. The pictures can be added to pages just as they are as well. And the image can be as big or as small as I'd like. For example, we took a trip to Europe last October. Those pages look like a full-fledged travel book with the images taking up full pages. So pretty. Have I mentioned that I don't have to clean up the mess after scrapbooking as well? It's glorious. I can print a book at the end of each year for less than half the cost of my three-month camp scrapbook. I can print another copy if the one I have is destroyed. It takes up less than an inch of bookshelf space (and they're 200-350 pages). Seriously, what's not to love? There are many companies willing to print the blog for you (Meg listed a few in her post). I use Blurb and love it. My cousin uses Blog-2-Print and loves it. I am also working on a book of our wedding pictures because to have a gorgeous hardbound wedding book done by your photographer can be nearly $600!!! That's ridiculous. I am also planning to print out my blogged recipes into a book so I can literally throw away all those other recipe books I have cluttering my kitchen. Having one with all my favorites in it is all I need.
Anyway, if you have blog-to-book questions, just let me know. I'd be more than happy to answer them!