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Why Photo Books Make Great Gifts - #BlurbBooks



We just recently celebrate a Disney land and sea adventure. While it wasn't our very first Disney land adventure, it was our very first sea. Madison and I have been on numerous trips and I've always managed to get most of it on camera. However, I have very rarely been in-front of the camera, I'm usually the one behind it. Also, once we get home our photos either stay on the memory card, get uploaded to a flash drive or memorialized on my computer. Lately I have been thinking of other ways that I could I could show off my photos so that everyone could see them, and photo memory books came to mind. I have made photo books in the past, quite a few of them actually, and have even given a few as gifts. I was however recently introduced to Blurb, an independent, creative book-making platform. They made it so easy to recreate my memories and best of all I could do it in either print or digital format. I decided that I was going to go with print.


I mean who doesn't love flipping through a good photo book? These slim, lightweight and polished creations turn our memories into professional-looking storybooks. Less bulky, less wasteful and less expensive than creating scrapbooks, photo books are the best way to preserve and share pictures. In a time when our society seems to be adopting a less is more mentality, photo books make much better sentimental gifts than any knick-knack ever could. I was able to upload my photos easily with Blurb’s free desktop publishing software BookWright which made it so simple for me. I think my most difficult decision was actually choosing which size and swatch I wanted. What I received after I placed my order, was a book of such exceptional quality that I decided I was going to keep it for myself.


I however want to share with you a few reasons why photo books make great gifts.

They're versatile. I can’t think of an occasion that a photo book wouldn't make a great gift for! They work for men and women, kids and adults, business owners, pet owners, teachers and clergy members. Photo books can be given for Mother's and Father's days, birthdays, weddings, baby showers, graduations and even as a thank you gift. They are especially great for the person who has everything. When in doubt, give a gift card to an online photo service so that the recipient can even make one in the future!

They're customizable. You can add as many or as few pictures and pages to a photo book as you'd like. You determine whether it's a hard or soft cover, whether it has a dust jacket, and even whether it will be leather bound! You can set the theme, you can choose how many photos go on each page, and you can zoom into each photo to make the subject larger, which is a great feature for older gift recipients who may not see so well. (You can’t do that with printed pictures without paying more for larger size!)


They're simple to create. If you don't have time for all of the above, simply allow the software to auto-populate the design template you chose with the photos you've uploaded.

They're easy to duplicate. Once you save and purchase your project, the hard part is done! If you want to purchase a duplicate, you can do so in the future because the project will always be in your account. If you make a photo book to give to one set of grandparents, for example, as long as you don't add text unique to them to the book, you can print a duplicate to give to the other set of grandparents as well. You get double the results without double the work!

They're environmentally friendly. Printing out copies of pictures, purchasing colorful papers, borders, stamps, stickers and embellishments in order to make a scrapbook is all very wasteful (and expensive). Photo books allow you to print everything on a single page, front and back, and fit multiple photos on each one.


They're portable. Regardless of if they're big or small, photo books are lightweight and fairly slim. This means you can move several from place to place without struggling under the weight of traditional photo albums!

They're fairly inexpensive. Photo books are a fairly inexpensive way to preserve those memories that you want to cherish for the rest of your lives. Much cheaper than a professional photoshoot and today I have an offer for you. Use discount code ANNMARIEJOHN for 25% off* your own photo book at Blurb.

So don't be afraid to get in-front of the camera. Start taking more photos of yourselves and your family and preserve them in a Blurb photo book for generations to come.

What memories will you be adding to your own photo book?


*Offer valid through May 15, 2017(11:59 p.m. local time). Valid only for photo books uploaded to and purchased through your own account. A 25% discount is applied toward your product total with no minimum or maximum order amount. This offer is good for five uses, and cannot be used for digital purchases or combined with volume discounts, custom orders, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders.
Annmarie John
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  1. Photo books is great... Making memories is a beautiful thing to do.

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  2. Photo books is great... Making memories is a beautiful thing to do.

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  3. We have a family member who has done several of these photos books. They aren't crafters but still want something that looks great and will last.

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  4. I love making Photo Books as gifts to family and friends. It has so much more meaning behind the gift and everyone seems to love it.

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  5. I love your photo book! I am a big fan of photo books I definitely feel they are beautiful for cells in it. I have given my mother and my mother-in-law and they always cherish and love them

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  6. These are so fun! We got one with our family pics, but didn't think of one for vacation pics!

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  7. I never thought about this. I'm extremely into photography and I think this just might be what I do next! It's still has a personal feel and is better than something handmade, I think.

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  8. I agree. Photo books make great gifts for anybody. Especially since you can curtail it to the recipient and add memories that really matter to them.

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  9. I am so excited to see this! I know several people who would love it too, so I'll share it around - and I may even order some for myself!

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  10. I agree! Photo books and gifts are great! I always make a book, calendar or mug for Mother's Day!

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  11. I totally agree, a photo book is a great gift idea for any occasion! And since we've largely stopped printing pictures as a culture, they are even more special now. It would be lovely to sit and flip through a curated book about a recent adventure.

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  12. Photo books are such a delightful keepsake. Something that can be shared for years to come.

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  13. I agree that photo books are a great way to remember special moments! We own several from weddings, birthdays, and more.

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  14. I love taking picture, and to stamp them to create a photobook! They area great way to preserve and taking care of our memories!

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  15. I love photo books. They are great idea to share memories of your family with other family and friends.

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  16. All of this - yes! I think photo books make THE best gifts. It's about capturing memories and events and love. It also inspires me to want to do things all over again - like trips!

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  17. I love photos books. It so nice to have some physical to hold rather then on a screen. xx

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  18. Photo books ARE the greatest gifts! I think I'm going to do this for my mom this year for Mother's Day or her birthday or something, because she would love it!

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  19. I always give photo books as gifts. They are a great personal gift for any occasion.

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  20. I love photo books. I love giving them and receiving them. They do make great gifts. Never heard of Blurb, but it looks like a wonderful service.

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  21. What a beautiful way to capture your memories! I just got back to a trip and was looking for a way to keep the memories fresh!

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  22. I love making photo books for gifts. My sister and I are recreating some of our childhood photos with our children to make into a book for our mom for Christmas.

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  23. What a great book! I made one for my moms BFF a couple years back for her birthday and she cried her eyes out. She took it to work and showed everyone. I haven't been able to top it since. These are great ideas! - Jeanine

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  24. I love photo books. I have so many pictures from my daughter growing up, my son't birth, and even my wedding that I need to get all together and make into a photo book.

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  25. Your photobook looks amazing! Absolutely love the idea. I have tried making one for my own self, but haven't tried to make one as a gift! definitely worth trying next time for someone special :)

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  26. Never thought of them as gifts - a novel, creative idea. Thank you!

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  27. Victoria HeckstallMarch 26, 2017 at 7:58 PM

    Today’s photo books have gone high-tech. In fact, there are many online services that can help you create one in just an hour or two and you don't need a lot of money or experience to get the job done, which means they make great holiday gifts.

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  28. I love photo books. I haven't tried Blurb though. I will maybe look into it next time.

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  29. I need to do more photo books! I always say I'll scrap book or organization my photos myself and it never happens!!

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  30. Photo books are the best. I've come to the point that for my mom, I just give her photo books. That's what she really wants. :)

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  31. absolutely love it - I always get a photo book made with all the holidays and trips we've been on in a year so we have one per each year! It's always so lovely to look back through them, especially if you're into photography xx

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  32. I actually love the idea of a photo book as a gift idea. Blurb I will have to check out for sure. It is awesome you have the choose to do it digitally or print. Thanks for sharing this awesome gift idea.

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  33. I actually love the idea of a photo book as a gift idea. Blurb I will have to check out for sure. It is awesome you have the choose to do it digitally or print. Thanks for sharing this awesome gift idea.

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  34. I love taking pictures and it's always nice to be able to share them with family or have something that my daughters can keep. I think it's a great idea to print them into photobooks! I love how versatile and customizable photobooks are these days. You can do so much more than just stick the photos in an album.

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  35. I agree! Photo books make an amazing gift! Is there anything better than a long lasting reminder of amazing memories?

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  36. I love the Mother/Daughter hair and that it totally matches your blog. The photo book is adorable and it will be something that you both treasure forever.

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  37. I think photobooks make great gifts because they are way better than putting together a cumbersome photo album, in my opinion. There is definitely a different feel to it when turning the pages (and much easier to fit everything in one).

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  38. Your books look great!!! What a fun way to commemorate a trip to Disney!! I love making books as gifts. It is such a meaningful gift full of memories!

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  39. I have made quite a few photo books for friends and family over the years. They do make greats gifts.

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  40. These photo books are beautiful. I want to make one for my mom.

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  41. I will have to check out Blurb. I love photo books and giving them as gifts as well.

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  42. I really love this photo book so beautiful and unique. I want to have this one

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  43. Yes I totally agree with you. Photobooks are really lovely and will make a perfect gift for someone. I will definitely check this out!

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  44. I love to make photo books online. I have atleast a dozen on my bookshelf. I also make them for friends and family members on special occasions.

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  45. I've made quite a few of them over the years. I used to print pictures, but they eventually fade and printer ink is expensive.

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  46. So long I have been wanting to compile all those photos of my family especially my kids. But I can't find time to buy online, one day I will and will share my experience too...

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  47. This would be such a great thing to make for grandparents or after a special occasion. They look such great quality too!

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