Making a Photo Book with Blurb


It’s no secret that I love photography. I’m always shooting something with my iPhone, Fuji xT1, Canon Mark iii, or Polaroid Instax. A few moments make it to instagram or facebook, most sit on my iPhone until they need to be deleted, and the really big files get stored in Dropbox.

Until now. I teamed up with Blurb to share their creative book-making platform that makes it easy to turn those everyday moments–both big and small–into a book or magazine you and your friends will actually enjoy. I decided to make two books–one with some of my favorite photos from our trip to Europe and another with some of my favorite #ohlookitsbuddy instagram photos.


Use Blurb’s templates or if you’re a designer, make your own in InDesign or Lightroom. I chose to use Blurb’s templates because they’re aesthetically in-line with what I would have done and so easy to use. I just uploaded my photos, placed them where I wanted them to go, and ordered my books.


One of my favorite features is the ability to upload photos directly from your instagram account. This makes sharing all those photos a lot more meaningful because the odds I’ll be scrolling through today’s photos in 20 years is pretty slim. But every few months or year, or after a big trip, I can order a book with some of my favorite moments.

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How pretty is the natural linen cover? And can we take a moment to process the amazingness that is Buddy’s book? Bookmakers can sell their books on Amazon or in Apple’s iBooks store and I can think of at least a dozen people (ok. maybe just my sister) who would want a copy of photos of the world’s greatest rescue dog. I know what I’m getting everyone for Christmas this year. Ha.


And now I have photos of my trip to Europe on my coffee table which really beats searching for them on a hard drive. And it’s neutral, so really, it’s a win-win.

What do you do with your photos? What moments would you put into a book?

This post was sponsored by Blurb. 

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  • Hi Danielle!
    I have a question about this! I’ve always wanted to make a photo book like this but have worried that the photos I take with my smartphone are not high enough resolution to look good printed out in the book format. It’d be really disappointing to put together a photo book and discover when it arrives that a few of the photos ended up being blurry when printed larger. Do you (or Blurb) have suggestions for how to figure out whether a photo would look blurry if enlarged for a photo book?

    1. Hi Christina! When you upload photos, they’ll actually let you know if they’re high-res enough. If not, you’ll see a little warning sign. I really love their little instagram books for this reason. You just upload photos right from your instagram account and they’ll print in a smaller 7×7 book (the size of the book about my dog).

      Hope that helps answer your question.