Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Blurb your blog into a book...

I don't scrapbook. There, I said it and it feels good to get it out there in the open. But - I do love to blog. I blog because it's my way to document what's going on in the life of my family. I blog so I can go back and look through the archives on my site and see how much we've grown. In a sense, blogging is my form of scrap booking.

I have always thought to myself, wouldn't it just be the coolest if I could turn my blog into a coffee table book? I'm so excited - I've finally find a book publishing platform that does just this!

Blurb.com helps you create your very own bookstore-quality book with their simple (and free) bookmaking software for Mac's and PC's.

Currently, I'm making a book out of my 2008 blog post from my personal blog DesignHER Momma; kinda a "year in review" if you will. I'm not quite done with it yet, but I'm ecstatic to see the finished product. If it's as cool as I think it will be - I'm going to start working on a book for my 2007 & 2006 posts (yes, I've been blogging that long).

Blurb.com is not just for blog-to-book applications. At Blurb, you can make any type of book your heart desires. They have fantastic examples of books including photo, poetry, wedding, and even cooking. Additionally, you can't beat the Blurb's prices. A 0-40 page softcover book starts at just under $5. My hardcover blog book, with around 120 pages will cost just under $50.

WIN IT! We're running this contest just a little different than usual. Blurb.com is giving away bookmaking opportunities for five (5) lucky Simple Readers (a $29.95 value). In a month, after we've all done our books, I would love to highlight the finished product again in a second post on Simple.

To enter: Go to Blurb.com , look around, come back here and tell us what type of book you would make if you won.

Contest will run through March 30, 2009. Winner will be chosen at random.

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108 comments:

  1. What great books! It's got my mind whirling of all the possibilities already!

    I think I would do a blog book or a cookbook!

    tamara at schrojo dot ca

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  2. would do a graduation since i have someone graduating in a few months- or a family cookbook

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  3. I would slurp my 2008 blog entries into a blog book! Awesome!!

    erica.zimmerman@gmail.com

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  5. I would love to make a wedding book as a anniversary present for my husband.

    appetizerforacraftymind@yahoo.com

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  6. I would make a book of my Honeymoon!

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  7. This is awesome! I'm going to get my blogs of my kids milestones made into a book!! I'd love to win this!
    teriannm AT gmail DOT com

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  8. I would love to create a hardcover blog book. That would be too cool for my coffee table.

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  9. I'd love to make a book of my son's birthday party. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  10. I would make a book on hubby and myself and our 4 kids. More like a real book with some photos rather than just a photo book. I made one from Blurb for my in laws and it's looks fabulous.

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  11. I would make a book about my oldest daughter, who will be going off to college in the Fall. *sigh*

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  12. I'd love to try their books. I'd do a square format blog book. What a great keepsake!!

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  13. I am thinking about a family cookbook showing the girls cooking with me. Boy if I win I would have to get alot of pics for that.

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  14. I love this idea! I would make my Mom's blog into a book for her. She started a blog last year to chronicle her training for her first ever Half-Marathon! She ran the race for her 65th birthday.

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  15. Oh, this is so great!! My sister just made me a blog book from last year as a present. But I would love to do a story book for my kids. With my children in it. I think that would be fun. Maybe have my kids draw the landscapes and then I can put their pictures on the drawings. Oh, the possiblilites are endless!!

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  17. I'd love to make a wedding book for my nephew.

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  18. I love the Large Format Landscape... it would be great to do a coffee table book of my husband's artwork.

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  19. a montage of my new grandson

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  20. Oh I love this idea. There site is so cool. I would love to do a book of my blog too.

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  21. I'd do one of the hardcover, image wrap blog books.

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  22. What a great idea. I'd like to have a book with all my grand-children in it. Thanks.

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  23. Oh I LOVE Blurb! My BFF made a book for me for Christmas full of pictures and letters from loved ones. I love it!

    If I won I would make a book for my family full of pictures and the fun stories we love to tell.

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  24. I would make a family book full of pictures and simple descriptions!

    aikychien@yahoo.com

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  26. What an amazing opportunity! Please enter me! They have such a selection of sizes!

    If I won I would definitely love a little baby book of Jacob's first year full of pictures and record information!

    ryanshanilie@gmail.com

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  27. My Blurb.com Book would be a biography of my life with pictures of things representing what I went through at each phase in the book. I had a very traumatic childhood, teen years and young adult life. But I am a survivor and have a great story to share. Thank you for the contest!
    txgigggles@yahoo.com

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  28. I would turn my daily journal into a book with photos, etc. taken at the time of the comments.

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  29. We're going to Hawaii for Spring Break and I'd love to make a Travel Book of the vacation. Thanks for the really fun giveaway~

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  30. How cool! This would be so nice to have! I would like the Standard Landscape style book!

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  31. I would create a book from the blog I kept during the wait to adopt my daughter! Awesome!

    Shawna
    shawnaoreilly at gmail dot com

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  32. I would love a book for my daughter.

    sewarren2{at}comcast.net

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  33. I would make a photo book of how my daughter has changed over the last fifteen years.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

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  34. I would do a blog book for my children

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  35. I adore Blurb! Can't say enough about this company and their books. I made a wedding album which I felt was better than the one I received from my photographer and it was cheaper to boot. I gave one to all of our parents. I also made a family cook book as Christmas presents for my sisters (and myself) with family photos throughout. My next project would be for my younger sister ~ I want to make a wedding/maternity pics/first few days of life album.

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  36. I'd make a picture book for my parents about how they met and got married
    heyhazelhazel[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  37. I would make a blog book in the square format for all my 2007/08 blog posts. What a great idea!

    jennimiah@juno.com

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  39. Great books.

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  40. The inspiration books have given me so many ideas. I think I'd slurp our blog of photos of our kids for all the grandparents.

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  41. I would love to make a cookbook....what a fun contest! This is a great product to explore


    kimbly at gmail dot com

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  42. I would love the chance to win, thanks.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  43. I would love to win this to make my second childs first year book.

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  44. A blurb book is actually on my birthday list!! It's the big 3-0 on the 30th of March. I want my blog to be made into a blurb book for my little man to have as he grows up. Great give away!

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  45. I would love to make a book for grandma of all her grandchildren:) It is her 60th birthday coming up and this would be the perfect gift!!! Thanks for the giveaway:)

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  46. Thank you so much for introducing me to Blurb. I never knew something like this existed!! I would probably make a photo book or a cookbook (my husband keeps telling me to get my recipes organized).

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  47. Would be awesome to have this as me and sis plan on making a scrapbook of children and grandchildren for her for xmas!!!


    hockey1defense8@hotmail.com

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  48. Standard Landscape with Hardcover,
    ImageWrap

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  49. I'd do a photo book of my children. Thanks.
    -Terra H.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  50. Love these books so much, they have GREAT quality at great prices. I know just what I would do, have been wanting to do... a first words book for my kids!

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  51. My nephew just got married - so I would do a wedding book for him and his lovely bride

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  52. love to do a photo book of the kids

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  53. I would make a cookbook with all of our old family recipes!

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  54. I would choose a Hardcover, ImageWrap Blog Book.

    plur268 at yahoo dot com

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  55. Family photographs

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  56. I woud make a book documenting my baby's first year.

    pabav at aol dot com

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  57. I would do one of either my family of a cookbook

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  58. I would make a book for my mother. She smokes so much and coughs constantly and she is so close to getting lung cancer but I want her to know how much I love appreciate and respect her.

    I would include recipes she has created, old photographs of her, images of the cross-stitch things she's made, lyrics from songs that bring us closer together... anything that reminds me of her, basically.


    joelle(at)sympatico(dot)ca

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  59. I'm an avid traveller and photographer and with my best friend's birthday coming up, I'd create something like a scapbook of all our adventures and travels as gift to her... Thank you for the contest!

    Aliya D.
    aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

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  60. I'd create a book about my sister who passed away this last year to give to family and friends.

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  61. What a fabulous looking book. If I won, I would make a story about my cat's wild adventures.

    brfox47@gmail.com

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  62. I would make a book about our trip to China.

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  63. I would make one of my daughter from birth to one year old.

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  64. I'd love to make a book of my favorite recipes or my fave photos

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  65. I would put a book together of my recent vacation to Mexico!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  66. I would love this! I'd make a story book for my son. I'd use pictures of him, our home, our city, friends, etc.

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  67. I would love to make a family picture book for my grandmother

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  68. I would do a blog book as a memory for my daugter

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  69. i think i would do a blog book. a great way to remember all that ive written and posted on paper!

    sabeckstrom at yahoo dot com

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  70. I would make a memory book.

    axelrulz@hotmail (dot) com

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  71. I would probably do a biography for my dad's upcoming 75th birthday. Cool idea!

    rlgrady[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  72. I have two different books I'd like to make. I've been blogging since birth about my 2.5 year old son, and I plan to someday pull that blog into a book... perhaps a book per year. Who knows. But more immediately, I'd like to make a custom alphabet book for him, with pictures of him holding the items for each letter of the alphabet!

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  73. I'd love to make a children's book for my son that is all about the objects of his babyhood like his toys, clothes and other items so that I can pass on these items without feeling guilty for not saving them. I enjoyed reminiscing about the childhood toys I had in the 80s, and would have loved some photos of these as an adult.

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  74. I would make my book of my upcoming year. A new start-a new life

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  75. I too would like to make a book with the posts from my family blog. I have tried to find something like this just for that purpose!

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  76. Cool! I would definitely do a blog book.

    mrs_kateboard@hotmail.com

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  77. I would love to do a storybook for my daughter!

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  78. I'm getting married in July and it would be great to do a wedding book...or just a book of photos from the last 10 years that we have been dating! thanks!
    weezandkoto@gmail.com

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  79. i would definetely do a wedding book, been meaning to do one for a while

    rylee.elizabeth@gmail.com

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  80. I'd love to make a photo book via Blurb!

    Jean E. Sides
    j.sides@sbcglobal.net

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  81. I've been keeping a journal for my daughter since I learned I was pregnant. Now that she's 2, I'd love to turn it into a book, with photos!

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  82. I would do a book of my son's first year or a book of my trip to Germany.

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  83. I would make a photo book... and that blog idea sounds so great!!!

    smarie222@yahoo.com

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  84. I'd do a blog book or a cookbook... if I didn't do a member directory for our church... but then again, a photo book would be cool...

    Hmmm, ask me again when I win. ;)

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  85. Would love to make a book with family from across the country so Kayden can recognize his family.

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  86. I would make a book of pictures of my friend.

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  87. I would make a book of photos of my son's first year!

    addeviant006 at gmail dot com

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  88. I LOVE these!!!

    I've been hanging on to my photos and journal from my European backpacking trip since 2005 - this would give me the motivation to finally organize it all and cherish it forever!

    slaphapy12@aol.com

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  89. aahhh, i would love to do this book, but cannot afford it by now....

    so winning a giveaway would be awsome:)

    leslie

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  90. I would definitely make a Blog Blurb Book chronicling the blog posts during my son's first year!

    Thanks so much,
    Megret
    musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

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  91. I love the cookbook!

    so that or one of our boys & my husband for fathers day

    thanks!!

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  92. I might make a cookbook with it. Fun!

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  93. I would also do a blog book or maybe a photobook!!! I would love to win!!

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  94. I need to turn my blog into a book in a major way. Can't wait to hear how yours turns out Emily. I've actually looked into doing this more than once.

    lindsaylur at yahoo dot com

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  95. I would love to make a book for each of my sons since I never did baby books for them. And these would be WAY cooler than a baby book!

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  96. My son is due april 10th--I'd love to make a book for him!

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  97. My baby's first birthday is coming up. I would love to make a blog book for him! chelseadmurphy@gmail.com

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  98. probably would do a wedding book or a baby album book. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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  99. This is an awesome idea. I'd love to do a book for my daughter since her birthday is coming up.

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  100. Oh I've been wanting to do this for a while now. I never made a babybook for either of my girls...just blogs. I would love to put one of their baby blogs into book form so they can have it as a keepsake.

    Thanks for this contest!

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  101. I'd make a family book for my dad who is recovering from a stroke.

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  102. Wow, what a great site. I would love to do a book about my two daughters and how wonderful sisterhood has been for them.

    Thanks!
    xpsundell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. I'd love to slurp our baby blog; a no-fuss, instant baby book! Thanks for the giveaway.

    emhagedon at gmail

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  104. I would love to do a Photo book of my son

    jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

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