Kenya Photo Book

Almost two years ago I posted about my desire to print books of our old vacation photos. Well, I’ve finally done it for our trip to Kenya in 2005! I choseĀ Blurb to print my book, primarily because they provided a plugin for Adobe InDesign (rather than forcing me to use their limited design tools like many other photo book printers out there). Now that I have my book in hand, I’m quite impressed with the print quality. Since I’ve already come up with the layout, it should be easy enough to drop in different vacation photos and print a book for each of our past trips. It will be nice to bring all my digital memories into the tangible world.

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  1. Shawn

    That looks AWESOME! It is a professional coffeetable book and the photos look incredible. I love the croping of the giraffe one. Beautiful. Can a beginner computer person do a decent job on the ‘Blurb’ sight? Are their instructions easy to follow?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Blurb does have some predesigned templates available. I didn’t use them so I can’t say for sure, but they can’t be that hard since Blurb calls them “Easy-to-Use Templates”! :)

    2. meg w

      we used blurb’s online program to make a photo book of our nephew’s first birthday, and the online templates were relatively easy to use. If you’re really a beginner I would suggest letting the program automatically fill the book for you, and then you can make any small modifications. It was a little simplified for me, so I’ll be trying the plug-in next time (thanks for the tip – we still have to print our wedding photos!)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I hope I get to go back again someday! (And bring along a better camera! ;)

  2. Elena

    That’s a great idea. I still haven’t done one for our wedding photos and I really need to get on that. I might have to look into Blurb. Your photos look amazing!

  3. Bella

    Amazing idea. Why not share your journey in a nice coffee book. I have longed to go on a safari and witness the Elephants in their natural habitat. Seriously jealous.

  4. Kelly J. R.

    I switched over to Blurb because of their option to use InDesign and upload your final pdfs. I couldn’t find another company that offered that service. I also love that they have color profiles for their printers that you can import into Photoshop. That way you can see your photos on YOUR monitor how they will actually PRINT. I have been so impressed with their book quality.

  5. Rubee

    Love your book! Pictures are amazing from what I can see on the blog. Might try this ‘Blurb’ myself.
    Thanks for bloggin about this. Love your blog! I’ll be visiting again :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Yes, I liked it a lot and used the same standard paper for all my new books as well. :)

  6. Colleen

    Awesome! I will do that too then. I also love your idea of shooting the wall with the blank cards and then pasting in the images in InDesign (I might steal some of that.)

  7. Aga

    wow just have find your book on pinterest and I absolutely love the 1st two photos – how did you achive those shadows – was it a template?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I took a photograph of a white piece of paper pinned on the wall and took a picture of that so the shadow is a real shadow created by the paper. Then in Adobe InDesign I overlaid the photo on the white paper.

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