This post is kindly sponsored by Blurb.
I’m alive and back with new work to share, this time in collaboration with one of my favorite services out there, Blurb. If you’re not a giant photobook nerd like I am and haven’t heard of Blurb, it’s an independent book making and self publishing platform- meaning that *anyone* can log on, drop their photos and text into a book template, and get it printed without a publisher or anyone to give you permission. I’m a big fan of just doing stuff and Blurb is perfect for that.
I’ve amassed so. much. work. that I’m proud of over the past few years, so when Blurb reached out to me about creating a book with all of it I jumped at the opportunity. I just turned 21 and I’ve been #reflecting on the past couple of years, so I was thrilled to sift through all of the work I’ve made since I’ve been in college (I started art school in 2016) and pick my favorite to put into a bound archive. I wanted a book that would showcase my work in all of its wacked out glory- lots of details, crisp punchy colors, and BIG- so that I can use it in meetings with clients and agencies in the future and also give one to my mom (because duh).
Now for the nitty gritty details…..
To actually design the book, I used Blurb’s free desktop software, Bookwright, which is super intuitive and quick to get the hang of. I had a super easy time with it and have already started another project with it since. Yay for computer literacy! Almost everything about the design of your book is customizable (I did everything myself), but if you’re not the type to sit down and design a book from scratch, you can use one of Blurb’s free/downloadable/professionally designed templates to make things easy for ya.
Blurb has a bunch of different options for book creation on their Photo Books page- I sifted through all of ‘em with those needs in mind to figure out what was right for me. I ultimately chose to use Blurb’s Large Landscape 13”x11” book to really blow up my images. I wanted it to feel substantial, and like something I’ll be proud to see my work in years from now, too.
You also have a bunch of pretty paper options. I went with the Proline Uncoated paper because I’m a strong believer in matte paper- it’s what I work with for my collages so it felt right to use it for the book as well. If you’re not a matte paper person, or if you just like to weigh your options IRL, Blurb also offers a $7.95 paper swatch kit (and gives you a promo code to apply the cost of the kit to your book purchase, which is cute. And helpful.)
Then I got the book in the mail!
I felt like I had given birth to my first child. Seriously. There’s something so special about seeing your work not only in the flesh, but bound and built to last 4everrr. As someone who creates a ton and rarely takes the time to sit and reflect, this was a really nice and needed reminder of the work that’s important to me.
Being the tactile mixed media nerd that I am, I left the center of the book cover blank so that I could collage on my logo (designed by the incredible illustrator Ruth Mora) to introduce the handmade feel that I love so much. I printed my logo on gold sticker paper and stuck it to the front of the book like a big ‘ol price tag. I wanted it to feel like one of those stickers on the front of a CD that tells you just how special it is. Feels fitting!
I’m so obsessed with this book and genuinely excited to spread it around in the coming year. I obviously highly recommend using Blurb to make a book, or at the very least just taking a minute to think about everything you’ve made recently and gah, PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK. #inspiring #HireMeOWN
If you make something gorgeous with Blurb, LMK! I wanna see it alllll ❤︎