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There is a project that’s been bouncing around in my head for a while – a book for Blake. A tangible photo based chronicle of his life so far. Believe it or not, since I don’t really give our kids access to electronic devices very much they haven’t seen most of the photos I take.
Which is insane considering that they are frequent subjects of the little moments I’ve captured and shared over the years. I’ve created a gallery wall in our home full of photo canvases, but still wanted something more pint sized to share with Blake.
As anyone with a toddler knows, they love repetition and familiar faces. Plus a wild as this little boy can be, he is almost always down for a snuggle session with a good book. So I knew that a book full of him and the people who love him would make his day.
Enter Blurb books. A fully customizable way to make a variety of books. As a small business owner I can utilize their services to self publish ebooks or create a portfolio of my work. As a parent I can harness those tools created to give businesses custom options and use them to create the ultimate bedtime story for one of my most important clients.
That would be Blake.
I was able to use Blurb’s publishing tools to choose a clean, simple layout for my book that showcased some of my favorite photos of the little dude. For me, the best part of Blurb’s platform was how quickly I could create pages, pop in photos and large print text and make changes as I discovered yet another photo that HAD to be included.
The hardest part of the experience of course was deciding which photos would make the cut. The same task I had attempted on other sites in the past and quickly given up because it was too time intensive or I couldn’t make the exact tweaks I wanted to (hello, control freak!) became an enjoyable process and a trip down memory lane.
I completed my Blurb book with a mirrored photo I had recently taken of Craig and Blake on the front and back covers. When my book of Blake arrived, I was thrilled with the final results and with its matte covers, it fit right in on the new bookshelf in his room.
But of course the most satisfying moment of all was couch cuddling with Blake and reading his very own book with him. The look on his face when he saw who was the star of the book was priceless. And hearing him call out the names of our family members while squealing with excitement was one of those mom moments where you think yes, today I nailed parenting. At least for this moment. At least until the next toddler meltdown. But for now, nailed it!
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