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I am one of those people who has a million pictures of my family and never gets around to doing anything with them. I mean, I have plans when I take them. I envision scrapbooks, or photo albums, or even big framed collages. The problem with all of those is that they involve actual, physical pictures, and all of mine are in digital form, spread out over several computers. The last time I sent pictures to my mom was when she literally begged me, telling me how she didn’t have any recent pictures of her grandchildren at all. Oh, the guilt!
Blurb.com is going to change all of that for me. They gave me a $25 gift code to play around with, which is enough to make a hardcover, 20 page book (not including shipping and taxes) – and that’s nowhere near the least expensive option. There are sizes, cover options and page options to fit any budget.
I just uploaded a dozen pictures and put them quickly and easily into an album. I used their new Bookify feature, which works online. This is incredibly handy for several reasons: I don’t have to download yet another program; I can use it from different computers (since my pictures aren’t all on one computer); and my other family members can sign into my book and upload their own pictures. That last one is my favorite feature, especially since I’m going to become an aunt in about six weeks (yay!) and I’m going to leave a couple pages at the end of the book for baby pictures. My sister will be able to upload the pictures easily, and then we’ll be good to go with ordering the book in plenty of time for Christmas!
If you’ve got your pictures on Flickr you’re even able to grab them straight from there (or from something called SmugMug, a paid photo sharing site). You can upload jpgs up to 10 megabytes each. Once they’re uploaded there are a number of ways to make your book: you can practically have the site make it for you, arranging all of your pictures, or you can customize it using very intuitive tools (if you need help there are plenty of tutorials to help you get the most out of the site). You can do simple picture editing on the site (zoom, rotate, etc.). You can even make a custom cover.
When you save your book you give your email address and create a password. I’m going to give that login information to my family members so that they can upload their pictures as well. In the end we’re going to have a thoughtful, easy, very affordable gift for my grandmother, who is 94 years old and just loves looking at family photos. And if we want to give the book to anyone else we can order multiple copies. I still cannot believe how easy this was, and I’ll be sure to share the results with you after I get my first book!
To enter to win one of ten $25 gift codes to use toward a Blurb.com purchase, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me which of these books you would make, or what you would use it for (a gift for your mom, a coffee table book of your favorite photos, etc.).
For a second entry, you may tweet about this contest with a link back to this page. Or, you can copy and tweet the following:
Want to make your own book? @SelfishMom is giving away 10(!) $25 gift codes to use on Blurb.com! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/99WW8I
Make sure to leave a second comment with a link to your tweet, or it won’t count (instructions on how to find and post the url of your tweet can be found here).
So, that’s a maximum of two entries per household please! This contest will close at noon-ish on Friday, October 29th and the winners will be chosen by random.org. Gift codes cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon. Each entrant may only win a maximum of one gift code. Must be at least 18 years of age to enter. See my complete Giveaway Rules page for more information.
But that’s not all: 25% off of a Blurb.com order for everybody!
Besides the great giveaway, Blurb.com is also giving everyone 25% off of an order until November 2nd! (11:59 pm Pacific time to be exact.) Just enter BOOKIFY at checkout to receive 25% off your product total of $12.95 or more. (Maximum discount is US $200.00 off product total. This offer is good for one-time use and cannot be combined with other promotional codes, offers, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous codes.)
Remember, if you don’t win the giveaway, you’ll still have four days to make a book and check out using the BOOKIFY discount code.
So now you have no excuse: it’s easy, there are a wide range of prices and styles, and your mother will finally stop calling you begging for pictures. :-)
Originally posted on Selfish Mom. All opinions expressed on this website come straight from Amy unless otherwise noted. This post has Compensation Levels of 10 & 11. Please visit Amy’s Full Disclosure page for more information. Amy also blogs at Filming In Brooklyn,Behind the Screen, and Momtourage.