Yearly Blurb Books

Every year I make a Blurb book that contains all my photos from that year. This serves as my coffee table album 1. Because it takes up a lot less space than print albums 2. I prefer my hard copy prints be stored in a fireproof safe just in case. They're fairly simple to make, there is a program on the website (www.blurb.com) so you can design your own. Although if you have any graphic knowledge and Indesign you can install a plugin and design from that software. A few other blurb book examples can be found in my pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/jessiegray/photo-organization/





For our Heritage album I scanned a genealogy chart my mother created. Every person has a number and I made sure to place the number in the photo captions for easy reference. This book was by far the biggest undertaking since I had to scan all the old photos & add captions. But it was well worth the effort to have something to pass on to the kids.


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  1. I just had a quick question about the genealogy chart your mom made and the photo book you made afterwards? How did she make the genealogy chart? Could you email the information to me? lghthsegirl@yahoo.com

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    1. She used a chart similar to this one: http://letsplayhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/GenealogyChartJPG300.jpg

      You start with yourself then biological father/mother, their father/mother and on and on. She received hers with a family tree binder kit I believe. Though she had to add lots of hand drawn lines (seen on that right hand page) since she was able to get all the way into the 1800's. I suggest printing it out on 11x14 paper since it can become a bit cramped with 8.5x11 sheets.

      The blurb book where I put my Heritage photos is just like my other blurb books except in this one I added captions. I tried to put names and their reference # from the Genealogy chart. These #'s also link up to any information we have in binders (marriage, death, birth certificates, grave site, notes, photos, personal items etc). On some of the photos I chose to add who they were related to, just to make it easier for the kids one day without them needing to flip back to the genealogy chart.

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  2. How did you get the chart in the blurb book...by scanning a PDF or jpg? Everything I scan as a jpg that isn't a picture is blurry. ?? Thanks!

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    1. I scanned it at 300 resolution JPG (I'm not sure if blurb will let you import PDFs?). The trick is to scan at a high resolution, that way you have a large/quality scan which equals sharpness and legibility. Also it helps to have a basic photo editing software so you can kinda clean up the whites/blacks and make the text edges crisper. You've probably noticed white paper scans as a dingy grey/yellow color, correctly that in Photoshop or the free GIMP editor online really does help.

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    2. Thank you!

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  3. Did you use bookify or booksmart to get the grid layout of your pictures?sorry if this is a repeat, I can't seem to see the post.

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    1. I used booksmart software, it's their 9 photos to a page layout. Seems to fit my 4x6's with minimal cut-off. Comments don't post until I moderate them (so much spam is sent in), so it's not your computer just the blog :) Next time I plan to use Adobe Indesign, Blurb has a plug-in that I didn't know about...so excited to have much more control over the layout instead of Booksmarts preset templates.

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  4. Jessica, this bog is amazing ;) lots of great ideas for my daily life and now for x-mas! thanks for sharing all this!

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