I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already over and we’re only weeks away from Christmas!! Why is it going so fast WOW?! This is my first holiday season in my OWN house and I’m just proud of myself for getting the tree up before December 1st. Seriously. That’s a huge deal for me because I am the world’s biggest procrastinator with stuff like that. So things are good. There’s a tree (fake, pre-lit, pre-pinecone’d, don’t judge), I’m burning the annual stash of Volcano candles, and 2 days into a 5-day juice cleanse that I wish was a 0-day juice cleanse. So whilst I daydream of all the things I can’t eat, I’m excited because I get to share a project I did with Blurb! #sponsored
If you haven’t heard of Blurb, they make custom books for you. You can basically self-publish any digital or print book you want with them, and the greatest part is the QUALITY. When photo book services started popping up a few years ago, I remember trying them and always being disappointed because the designs available were terrible, the quality was cheap, and at the end of the day, my book wasn’t something I’d want to actually display in my house (let alone gift OR sell). So when Blurb reached out, I was skeptical, but I went through the process of creating my book and the first thing I noticed was how easy it was to design my own template from scratch using Bookwright. You simply download the software for free, load in your photos, add text, and position everything right where you want it for easy saving.
The second thing that stood out was the swatch kit. They send it out so you can choose your paper prior to printing, and the paper options were STUNNING. Literally the quality of a coffee table book you’d purchase at some fancy boutique.
So when it came to a concept, I knew what I wanted to do right away. I started the #whyweadventure hashtag years ago to share moments from my life that marked my journey of healing and overcoming fear. An "adventure" can look like anything, and the reasons for adventuring are so beautifully unique to the adventurer. It's not JUST mountaintops, oceans and traveling to faraway places! I've been so inspired by what people post to this hashtag, so I decided to design my book in a way that threads together some of my favorite #whyweadventure moments from my own feed over the last 5 years.
I gathered the photos, illustrated my own text, positioned everything in Bookwright, then sent it off to Blurb for printing with the click of a button! Everything was so easy. The hardest part was waiting for the book to arrive. When it did, I FLIPPED OUT. It felt like I was holding a professionally published book in my hands. I’m in love with this thing!! I stand by the quality 100% and I hope you guys try it out and get SUPER creative because not only can you proudly decorate your coffee tables with these books, you can proudly gift them, or even go to a bookstore, leave one on a shelf and pretend you’re a famous author. Ok, don’t do the last thing, that’s bad advice. But definitely enjoy your book and make all the gifts!! People will be shocked.
I’m doing a live video on Instagram today where I’ll show my book and answer any of your questions about it (or about anything…cats, juice cleanses, socks, relationships)—but if you miss that, don’t worry! I’ll be posting the live recording to my stories, so that’ll be up for the next 24 hours!!
Question before you go!! What would YOUR book be about?? #takingnotes #BlurbBooks @BlurbBooks