Monday Giveaway: Blurb Bookmaking Gift Certificates

by Kelsey Norwood

in Giveaways

THE PRIZE

blurb blog baby book canvas

Two lucky readers will each win a Blurb bookmaking gift certificate for $36.95, enough to get you a whole lot of pages in any of their selection of sizes. Yippee!

MY REVIEW

I am thrilled to announce this giveaway because I just finished my own Blurb book and I can’t wait to click “PUBLISH” and get it in the mail! I decided at the end of last year to focus on blogging instead of scrapbooking all of my pictures and our daily lives because I was falling further and further behind. At this stage in my life, blogging is much more practical than scrapbooking and preserving our stories and memories is more important than using pretty paper and fun embellishments. Blurb is my printing solution!

Surf Style canvas

So what is Blurb?

Blurb (www.blurb.com) is a creative publishing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share, and sell affordable, bookstore-quality books. Download Blurb’s free book design software, BookSmart, to design your masterpiece. The minimum order is 1 book, and you can expect to receive your book within 7-10 days of ordering it. {from Blurb.com}

What this doesn’t tell you is that books are available in 5 sizes and begin at $4.95, that there are video tutorials to help you get started, or that you can “Slurp” your blog to the free software for the easiest transformation from blog to book possible.

When you first start in the software, you choose which blog(s) you want to slurp (Typepad, Blogger, WordPress, and more) and then which posts from that blog, and it automatically uploads all your titles, photos, text, comments, and date stamp into the software. From there you can mix and match and swap and play until you’re totally satisfied.

Besides slurping, my other favorite thing is how customizable each template is. They have dozens of preset text and photo templates for you to use with all different numbers of photos and placements, but you can also edit their templates or create your own to make things look just exactly how you want them to. I edited quite a bit to make the photos as big as possible on the page and to fit as much in as possible.

The whole process was easy to learn and so fun to do! And of course, Blurb is not just for blog books, but that’s the most enticing application for me…

Here are 3 of my favorite layouts. Click on the image to view larger and see what the software looks like.

blurb blog book

blurb blog book

blurb blog book

The program is intuitive and you’ll have it down in no time. (FYI,when you make your Blurb book, make sure you check the “Display Trim Guidelines” box so nothing important gets chopped off!)

This is the scrapbooking of my future. I have been able to record so much more of my family’s life blogging than I ever did scrapbooking, and I have this easy and affordable way to print it nicely.

A standard portrait size book will fit so much nicer on my bookshelf than those enormous scrapbooks do also…

The benefits in favor of printing a blog book are obvious right now – with all the money I spend printing pictures and on supplies, this is a less expensive option also.

I can’t wait to get mine in the mail and share it with my family. Thanks Blurb!

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • Visit Blurb.com
  • Come back here and tell me what kind of book you would make before midnight Friday, March 5.
  • A winner will be selected and announced at the top of this post on Monday.
  • Only one comment per person unless you earn extra entries.
  • Giveaway open only to residents of the continental United States…sorry.
  • Winners must email me to claim their prize within 5 days.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES

You may earn up to 25 entries by blogging about this contest and including certain links – click here to read more about earning these entries.

You may earn 1 extra entry each for doing the following (make a separate comment for each thing you do):

GOOD LUCK and THANKS!

{This product was provided to Vanilla Joy for review purposes.}
Blurb (www.blurb.com) is a creative publishing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share, and sell affordable, bookstore-quality books. Download Blurb’s free book design software, BookSmart, to design your masterpiece. The minimum order is 1 book, and you can expect to receive your book within 7-10 days of ordering it.

{ 145 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristen March 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I would make the 7×7 book. I have already done 2 and I need to finish up 2009 and print it. This would be a wonderful motivation to get me to finish it!

2 Kristen March 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I have downloaded Blurb Booksmart

3 Kristen March 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Blurb facebook fan

4 Kristen March 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Subscribed to your feed.

5 Kristen March 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Visited the tutorial page. There are so many good tuts on there!

6 Heather D. March 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I’d love to do this for my blog in a 7×7 book

7 Heather D. March 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm

subscribe to your feed

8 Maren B. March 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I am working (slowly) on turning our blog from last year into a book with blurb. I like the 8×10 size because it allows you to see the pictures more clearly, but of course that makes it more expensive, as well. I would love the gift certificate!

9 Michelle March 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Oh, how I’d love a blog book! Wonderful.

10 Michelle March 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

11 Michelle March 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I receive your newsletter.

12 Michelle March 1, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I visited the Blurb tutorials page.

13 Michelle March 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I comment on your other non-contest posts.

14 Shauna March 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Blurb is awesome!

15 lisa March 2, 2010 at 9:10 am

I subscribe via email!
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16 lisa March 2, 2010 at 9:10 am

I would love to try this as I’m terrible with photos. I like the larger photo book.
lisag

17 lisa March 2, 2010 at 9:11 am

facebook!

18 jakell March 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

I would make a large landscape blog book. I have made one and have 3 more to do…I LOVE this company and am so pleased with the final product I received it around valentines day..it can hold a ton of photos! For one year of my blog book it has over 1600 pictures, seriously! I love it
thanks for such a great giveaway!

19 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

I would like to make a photo/geneology-family history picture book with my mom.We visit my parents each summer in NC and this would be a great activity she and I can do together. We have tons and tons of old family photos from my great great relatives and this would be a better way to preserve them so my kids can learn about their family history as well.

20 jakell March 2, 2010 at 9:25 am

Joined the Blurb Facebook fan page

21 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

I have already Downloaded Blurb Booksmart and actually made a book for my sons birthday last year. It turned out great.

22 jakell March 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

follow you on twitter (cthmommy)

23 jakell March 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

cthmommy

follow blurb on twitter

24 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

I subscribed with google reader.

25 jakell March 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

watched some blurb tutorials

26 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

I Follow Blurb on Twitter
@zebastyandylan

27 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

I Joined the Blurb Facebook fan page
Dana J Valle

28 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

I follow you on twitter.
@zebastyandylan

29 Terressa T. March 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

I would make a scrapbook of my 3rd childs first 2 years. I have heard amazing things about this company and would love to try it out…I may even have to make a recipe book-oh the possibilities!!

30 jakell March 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

http://www.vanillajoy.com Two lucky readers will each win a Blurb bookmaking gift certificate for $36.95 less than 20 seconds ago via web

cthmommy

tweeted http://twitter.com/cthmommy/status/9881073374

31 jakell March 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

have Blurb Booksmart downloaded

32 Terressa T. March 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

I get your newsletter via email

33 Terressa T. March 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

I have your button on my right sidebar

34 jakell March 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

I receive your e-mail subscription

35 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:32 am
36 Terressa T. March 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

I’m a blurb FB fan!! :D

37 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:33 am
38 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

I receive your newsletter.

39 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

I have your button up.
(right side under great sites)

40 Dana March 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

I subscribe to your feed through google reader.

41 jakell March 2, 2010 at 9:37 am

posted on facebook

42 Nenabeena March 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

I would make the standard landscape. I want to work on one for my little boy, and would like to make one for the whole family.

43 Nenabeena March 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

Just downloaded the software…and starting to work on the first book!

44 Dana March 2, 2010 at 10:25 am
45 Dana March 2, 2010 at 10:25 am
46 Dana March 2, 2010 at 10:26 am
47 Dana March 2, 2010 at 10:26 am
48 Dana March 2, 2010 at 10:26 am
49 Dana March 2, 2010 at 10:27 am
50 Dana March 2, 2010 at 10:27 am
51 Dana March 2, 2010 at 10:27 am
52 Dana March 2, 2010 at 10:28 am
53 Dana March 2, 2010 at 10:28 am
54 Melanie P March 2, 2010 at 10:36 am

I would make 8×10 yearly photo books.

55 Rebecca March 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

I would probably try a blog book…it sounds like a great site!

56 Melanie P March 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

I subscribe to your feed.

57 Rebecca March 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

I subscribe to your RSS feed

58 Melanie P March 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

I downloaded Blurb Booksmart

59 Melanie P March 2, 2010 at 10:38 am

I checked out the tutorials

60 Adele Aston March 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

I would definitely make a blog book! I have done it in years past and I love it…

61 Angela March 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

This would be the perfect motivation to create my blog book!

62 Adele Aston March 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

I subscribe to your feed

63 Adele Aston March 2, 2010 at 11:05 am

I downloaded the software already!

64 Adele Aston March 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

Joined the blurb facebook fan page

65 Adele Aston March 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

I follow you on Twitter

66 Adele Aston March 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

I’m signed up for your newsletter

67 Angela March 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

I downloaded Blurb!

68 Adele Aston March 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

i follow blurb on twitter now!

69 marne March 2, 2010 at 11:18 am

I would LOVE a blurb book! I blog so much that it was going to be pretty expensive. So winning a book is right up my ally! I would make a blog book. It is my version of our family scrapbook and would love to have it in print!

70 marne March 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

I subscribe via Google Reader

71 marne March 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

I also downloaded Blurb onto my computer! YAY!

72 brandy March 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

I would make a blog book a square one too cute! Thanks for the chance!

73 brandy March 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

I downloaded it and tried it , It’s awesome!

74 brandy March 2, 2010 at 11:33 am

I follow them on twitter now

75 brandy March 2, 2010 at 11:34 am

I follow you on twitter

76 brandy March 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I am their fan on facebook

77 kari March 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I would make a blog book. What a great product!

78 emily e. March 2, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I have been wanting to print my blog for a while now! This would be perfect! I think I would go with the “standard landscape” book. Thanks!

79 emily e. March 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I also follow you through my google reader account!

80 Nikki March 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I have downloaded the blurb software. I would love to make the large square book!

81 Dawna W March 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I would make the blog book. I have been wanting to do this for my family to give as Christmas presents! Now you really have me motivated!!!

82 Dawna W March 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

I downloaded the blurb program onto my computer.

83 Dawna W March 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

84 Dawna W March 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I receive your newsletter.

85 Dawna W March 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I have your button on the sidebar of my blog.

86 Dawna W March 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I joined the Facebook Blurb fanpage.

87 Whatever DeeDee Wants March 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I would make a little square book of pictures from my sons first year.
I hope I win!

Stop by my blog to enter to win a pair of sassy boots!

88 jen@ourdailybigtop March 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm

I would love to print out my blog in standard portrait.

89 jen@ourdailybigtop March 2, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I downloaded the blurb software.

90 Dawna W March 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I commented on a non-contest post.

91 Carrie March 2, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I would make an 8x 10 book out of my blog from the last couple of years. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, so the gift certificate would be great to get me motivated to make a book!

92 Missy March 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I LOVE blurb.com! I’m currently using them to make my blog book for 2009 and I really like the new layout editing feature. I’ve also used blurb to make memory books for my husband and best friend. For each of their 30th birthdays I collected 30 memories from 30 different people and published them in a book with pictures and all that. They LOVED the books.
Thanks for the giveaway! (…..pick me!)

93 Missy March 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

94 Missy March 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I subscribe to blurb’s feed.

95 Missy March 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm

i have your button.

96 Missy March 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I facebooked about the contest.

97 Missy March 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I have blurb’s software downloaded.

98 Amy G. March 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I would make a standard landscape blog book. I’ve been wanting to make one but haven’t made the time for it yet. This would be wonderful!

99 Amy G. March 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

100 Amy G. March 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I receive your newsletter.

101 Rebecca March 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I would love to make a book of my blog!

102 Rebecca March 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I downloaded the blurb software

103 Lisa Magaoay March 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I have been wanting to get one of these mabey winning one would bet my behind going!

104 Rebecca March 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I follow you on Twitter

105 Rebecca March 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm

i added your button to my blog

106 Rebecca March 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I am following Blurb on Twitter

107 Lisa Magaoay March 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Became a fan of Blurb on facebook

108 Rebecca March 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I just signed up for your newsletter – I love all the patterns you have!

109 FoxyJ March 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I keep hearing about Blurb and would love to try it. I’d probably do a standard size book; need to do baby books for both my kids.

110 FoxyJ March 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I also subscribe to your feed.

111 NTE March 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I would probably make a wedding book, for my poor sister who’s been waiting over a year for me to finally put hers together.

112 Natalie H. March 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm

i’ve been dying to convert my blog into a book! this would be perfect!!

113 Gina L. March 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I would love to make a book for my parents for their 50th anniversary chronicling their life together thus far. Very cool.

114 Gina L. March 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I downloaded the Blurb BookSmart.

115 Gina L. March 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I follow Blurb on Twitter.

116 Gina L. March 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I am a fan of Blurb on Facebook.

117 Gina L. March 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I visited and check out the tutorials.

118 Gina L. March 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I follow you on Twitter.

119 Gina L. March 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I subscribe to your feed.

120 Gina L. March 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I get your newsletter.

121 Gina L. March 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I commented on the felt puzzle making post.

122 Gina L. March 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I Facebooked about the contest.

123 Judy March 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm

i subscribe to your blog on my google reader does that count!

124 Judy March 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm

became a fan on facebook of blurb!

125 Judy March 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

i have downloaded their booksmart

126 Kimberly R March 3, 2010 at 9:13 am

What an awesome idea. I love scrapbooking – but this would be an awesome addition to a coffee table.

127 Ruth M March 3, 2010 at 10:24 am

I need to print two years of my blog. This would help!

128 Mutti March 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

I would do 7x7s of my kid’s blogs for them and for me! How fun… thanks.!

129 Kristy March 3, 2010 at 11:23 am

I want to make a book for my sweet hubby for our 5th anniversary of pics and stories from the past 5 yrs! :)

130 Brooke March 4, 2010 at 12:22 am

The standard landscape for sure!! Can’t wait to try it!!

131 Brooke March 4, 2010 at 12:24 am

I just followed you on twitter. I can’t believe I didn’t think to do that sooner.

132 Brooke March 4, 2010 at 12:27 am

Does it count if I already subscribed to your RSS feed?

133 jeri March 4, 2010 at 7:56 am

I’m one Sunday away from finishing my ’09 book! Pick me!

134 Kris March 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I would make a photo book definitely but I’m keeping it in mind for a cookbook too. Great site, i’ve never heard of them, but the books look great. I’m bookmarking this one for future use. Thanks

135 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 9:49 am

I would make a book(s) of my personal blog for 2008 and 2009! I started using Blurb and have made yearly books, but for while they weren’t supporting Typepad so I’m behind. I had contacted them and they told me they were working on it. I’m so glad to hear I can use Book Smart again!

136 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

I have Book Smart and it is easy to use!

137 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 9:51 am

following Blurb on twitter (someluckydog)

138 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

Blurb Facebook fan (someluckydog)

139 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

subscribed to Blurberati

140 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 9:59 am

I watched the tutorial video What’s new in Blurb BookSmart

141 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

follow you on twitter (someluckydog)

142 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 10:02 am
143 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 10:04 am
144 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 10:05 am

newsletter subscriber

145 Some Lucky Dog March 5, 2010 at 10:05 am

button on right sidebar of my blog

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