Book of the Week: A Customized Instagram Book

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You already know that Blurb’s bookmaking tools  offer countless page layout options to match any creative vision you can muster.

But maybe you haven’t thought about the ways that you can customize your Blurb book once it’s in your hands.

This week’s Book of the Week will inspire you to take your own books to a whole new level of cool.

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I can’t do this but I’m doing it anyway

Elise Blaha Cripe, the talent behind the blog Enjoy It, recently designed a book of Instagram photos documenting her daily life while her husband, Paul, was deployed to Afghanistan.

It’s no secret that we’re already big Instagram fans around these parts, but what really makes Elise’s book neat is the way she customized it after it was printed. She filled the pages with handwritten notes, musings, and captions.

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Elise is no stranger to bookmaking; she’s been making handmade scrapbook style mini-books for years. But her skills seem to have easily translated from glue and paper to Blurb’s online book making software, Bookify™.

She has a great eye for pleasing page design and does a nice job mixing up different page layout options. The thoughtfulness of the layouts and the handwritten text create the impression of something that was truly crafted, not just printed.

The end result is a unique book that clearly captures the story of what it felt like to balance a creative and positive day-to-day with the difficulty of separation from a loved one.

You can preview more of the book below in the online BookShow, but of course it will be missing Elise’s customized handwritten notes. To see more photos of the finished photo book and to learn more about Elise’s bookmaking process, be sure to check out her blog post.

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