The first time I had used Blurb (for my cousin's wedding album), I had actually created a template myself in InDesign and loaded that onto the site to be printed. When it came to making our book, I realized that Blurb offered an InDesign plug-in. I was pleasantly surprised; this made things a lot easier for us when we were laying out the images and text. I didn't need to figure out the bleed lines, crop marks, and page folding boundaries—the plugin had set all this for me.
For anyone wanting to create a similar book, I would definitely recommend you start with your text and images on pieces of paper. That way you can move things around and create a storyboard. Often if you jump straight on the computer and start laying things out, you can be quite confined to the screen—drafting and storyboarding away from the computer lets the creative juices flow a little easier.
When the books were delivered we were absolutely thrilled with them. In today's society so many things remain on our screens. We show people holiday snaps on a tablet, watch slideshows of a wedding on our TVs⎯it was exciting to tell our story with a magical twist in the form of a printed book. It immediately feels more special, more personal, and becomes a keepsake instead of a computer file that lives on a hard drive.
“In today's society so many things remain on our screens. We show people holiday snaps on a tablet, watch slideshows of a wedding on our TVs—it was exciting to tell our story with a magical twist in the form of a printed book.”
It is so difficult to pick a favorite part of the book as each part of it holds a good memory for both of us. The final page is obviously one of our favorites. I wanted this page to simulate one of my favorite Disney moments—the kiss between Ariel and Eric in The Little Mermaid. But then there is also the page where we arrive in Los Angeles on a white horse that's pretty fun and iconic. Needless to say, that's not actually how we arrived in America but there's nothing really magical about arriving in a rental car.