I was recently given a complimentary custom notebook to review from Blurb. I decided it would make a great birthday gift for my mom who has her birthday right before the holidays. I knew my mom would be excited to have some photos of her new grandson to show off to her friends, so I decided to fill it with photos of her and my dad with the baby and other family photos.
At 6 x 9 inches, the notebook would be good size to throw in her purse or a tote bag, and she could write any notes, phone numbers etc. that she would normally jot on random slips of paper in her purse.
You build the custom notebook the same way you would a photo book using Blurb’s BookSmart software. You have a lot of custom choices. Unlike other notebooks that may allow you to only customize the cover with a few photos in set templates, because you build it like a photo book, you can decide to put as many photos on as many pages you like and leave other pages blank.
You can also choose blank pages, or from various types of lines or a grid for the notebook part.
The layouts are fully customizable. One new feature I noticed recently is that Blurb’s software auto detected that I made edits to a few of my photos in iPhoto (Mac’s photo management software) and asked if I wanted to update them in my book. That was a welcome feature. For more on Blurb’s software, check out my earlier post.
The paper is 60 pound text weight which does allow for some bleedthrough, (photo books come standard with 80 pound paper) so I suppose if my mom were to write on the back of those pages, it may show through. That’s not what’s preventing her from writing it in however, it seems she’s hesitant because she likes it so much and doesn’t want to fill it with random notes! Oh well, I guess that’s a good problem to have. My book contains 120 pages but you can get up to 440 pages in your notebooks. They also come in softcover version. The book that you see here was $35.95 plus tax $.19 and shipping $7.99, for a total of $44.13. If you know someone who likes to sketch or journal, these notebooks would make a great gift.
If you like what you see, make your own custom notebook with Blurb. You can also Save 15% on your entire Blurb.com order. Be sure to check my photo book deals page, or Blurb coupons page to see if any other current promos are available! Happy notebooking!