Today I wanted to show off my Instagram book from Blurb. One of the things I wanted to do from my 30 Before 30 list was to complete the Fat Mum Slim 2013 Photo a Day Challenge and to have a book made of my pictures. Well, gold star for me, as i’ve just done it!
I used the Blurb Instagram book service. It signs you into your Instagram account and then opens a Bookify dashboard to allow you to compile your book. I found it a little tricky at first but once I had a play around with the settings I eventually got the hang of it. It took me around 3 hours in total, including the faffing about at the beginning.
Keeping my pictures in date order, I decided to go with a square, 4-a-page layout with the odd single page photos. I think that this looks really effective. There were lots of choices, including for the images to fill the whole page, but I liked the borders. It leaves the option on going in and adding details like date or prompt name later if I decide to. Just like an old-fashioned photo album.
I then laid out the front cover (is three photos of myself on the front a bit vain?), and added the book title to the spine. Lastly, I choose the format of the book, going for a hardback book with no dust cover and premium matte paper. The finished book has 101 pages and cost £35.77 including postage. Pretty good deal I felt! It arrived within 10 days which was a lot quicker than I expected.
Overall, I really happy with my little book. The photos look great, considering the fact that Instagram is fairly low-res, and the finish of the book is great. I would definitely order from Blurb again and would happily recommend them if you were thinking of having a photo book printed.