So, you may have noticed that I like to take pictures. In fact, so far in 2012, not counting client photo shoots (more than a dozen of those – what a year!) I have 2237 photos in Lightroom. That’s post-sort – nothing but ones I’ve deemed as keepers. And you know how many of those live anywhere outside my computer or the interwebs? A dozen or so. Maybe twenty at most.
I’ve blogged before about this weird fear I have of framing my photographs. Maybe it’s too stressful choosing just one, or maybe it’s the committing to one. (Cuz you know taking a frame off the wall and swapping out the print takes whole minutes of your life.) Maybe it’s the lack of wall space in our open concept house. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of taking down an old photo I’ve loved for years so I preemptively don’t hang any new ones. Whatever it is, framing is clearly not working for me. And keeping them only as digital files seems not only a crying shame, but an accident waiting to happen. (Post for another day: my disappearing photo files. Terrifying!) Even with redundant back up, those photos should be living out here where the boys and guests and random passers-by on the street can be invited to admire them, yes?
The answer is so ridiculously simple. I love photos. I love books. The answer, of course, is photo books! Over the years I’ve made a couple, but I have always wanted to try my hand at a Blurb book, especially after getting my hands on some made by my fellow photog friends. I even upgraded my copy of Lightroom primarily because they have Blurb book integration. And four months later, still no books.
And that’s why I was so tickled to accept this offer from the lovely folks at Blurb.ca:
With the upcoming gift-giving season on the mind, we’d like to invite you and your blog readers to create your very own bookstore-quality books with Blurb, a creative publishing platform that lets you design, publish and share professional-quality books starting at just $4.95.
Blurb would like to offer your blog readers a promo code for 25% off their total book order so they can test out the online self-publishing platform and create a personalized gift in time for the holidays.
Inspired, I sat down yesterday and opened Lightroom, determined to finally take a good look at the Blurb integration and see how it works. And two hours later, I was on page 17 of my 2012 year in review book. It is SO AWESOME that I can barely wait to finish it and get it into my hot little hands.
Don’t have a copy of Lightroom handy? No problem! Blurb offers three bookmaking options: use their web portal, download their bookmaking software or take full creative control by using PDFs you create in Adobe’s InDesign. (And hats off to you if you can do this!)
Want to get started on your own book? The discount code for 25% off your Blurb.ca book is GIFTIDEA
Fine Print: Offer valid through December 12, 2012 (11:59 p.m. local time). A 25% discount is applied toward your product total with a minimum order of 1 unit or more. Maximum discount is CAD $150 off product total. Valid for printed books only. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I still have the September through November photo pages to lay out!
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