20 & 21 21 & 22 down, 30 to go!
20 and 2121 & 22 were full of fun – from tea parties to flaming sushi, and my baby’s first official haircut at a kids’ salon (he’s actually had 3 haircuts already at home!) On the photo book front, I just finished an Instagram book with Blurb and I’m currently working on a graduation photo book for my cousin as well as lots of books featuring Photo Book Baby!
Also in progress is a review of different photo book design programs (other than the free photo book software tied to a specific company) that you can buy to lay out your own spreads. These are programs that you have to pay for, but the main benefit is that you can print your photo book with any company. For purposes of my initial reviews of a photo book company, I normally use the company’s free built-in software so I can write about the experience of using it in the review. Where I have felt limited by the company’s software, I’ve made my own layouts with external programs such as QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop and Aperture. Now, I’ve gotten to the point that I’d like to see what other software is out there. Given the number of photo books I make in a year, buying software may prove to be a good and efficient investment! If you find yourself feeling limited by the design tools certain photo book companies offer, you may also be interested in getting your own software, so stay tuned as I check out some of the popular programs out there!