Make Custom Notebooks with Blurb

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Blurb custom Notebooks are here, and we’re rather excited about them. They’re  truly unique because you choose the page type (lined, gridded, or blank) and you fill them with your images (by default you put in an image every fifth page, but you can customize them further). Starting at $4.95 (USD), they’re the same price as our Color Trade Books. And photographer extraordinaire Dan Milnor was in the Blurb office last week to talk about them:

To learn more about how to make yours, check out our page on how to make custom Notebooks.

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  1. This is a really great idea. Would it be possible to have this as a calendar? Either with a compact calender at the beginning or the end of the book or as a calendar with one week per double page (or something similiar)? Inbetween you can then place nice images.

    By Chris
      August 12, 2011 – 2:04 pm   Permalink
  2. You people get better every day : ) Is it possible to mix lines, squares, plain in the same book?
    Extending the notebook theme, how feasible would it be to produce a book of tear off postcards? All my favourite pics, made into a post card sized book with perforations and an address / notes section on the reverse side of each pic?
    Love you!

    By Tee
      August 15, 2011 – 2:55 am   Permalink
  3. Hey Chris,

    It’s a good idea, and something we’ve seen a few requests for. We’ll keep it in mind as we work on our Notebooks. Some people have actually designed calendar pages for their Notebooks, but that takes a certain amount of Adobe InDesign know-how.



    By Kent
      August 15, 2011 – 10:03 am   Permalink
  4. Hey Tee,

    Why, thank you! Yes, you can mix lines, squares and plain easily. Just click on your “blank page” and select either a “lined layout” (which includes grids, and a bunch of other line-type layouts) or a “blank layout.”

    As to the other thing, it’s a neat idea. No plans for it immediately, but you never know.



    By Kent
      August 15, 2011 – 10:09 am   Permalink
  5. Hi Kent,
    I would love to have such a notebook. Probably even together with some extra pages for notes.

    By Chris
      August 16, 2011 – 6:51 am   Permalink
  6. WOW…Dan Milnor…I do believe that I know you…somewhat indirectly….my brother is Paul Gero.

    What a small world. I’m planning on making a couple Blurb books and I checked into the “new” journal/lined books and think it’s a GREAT idea and there you were touting the product as the Blurb photographer at large!

    I cannot wait to get started on my projects.

    What a great website and product…and I haven’t even bought it yet, but I’m sure I’ll be a contented customer.


    Peggy DaValt

      August 16, 2011 – 9:05 am   Permalink
  7. I love this site i got interested since rosie hardy who sold her books on here which i bought. I would like to know if it is possible to make this notebook and sell it with my work in it?

    By amanda avilez
      August 17, 2011 – 2:36 am   Permalink
  8. Dan Milnor? I think I know you. Yep. I’m pretty sure I do. Nifty.

    By Clytemnestra Jones
      August 17, 2011 – 3:45 am   Permalink
  9. Hi Kent,
    Being able to create my own journal/sketchbook will save me the frustration and disatisfaction of what I usually have to choose from when I am getting ready to pack for a trip. I like to do watercolors and also journal while traveling. I can already see my art studio shelves lined with these custom notebooks!
    If a heavier weight paper could be made avaliable, say 93# acid free sketch paper, that would appeal to my artists needs especially!

      August 17, 2011 – 8:05 am   Permalink
  10. When can I get started??!! These are fantastic!!

      August 17, 2011 – 8:59 am   Permalink
  11. Hey Amanda,

    Absolutely. You can make a Notebook with your work on it and sell it right here on Blurb. Take a look at our Notebook page to get started.



    By Kent
      August 17, 2011 – 9:36 am   Permalink
  12. Hey Janelle,

    They’re available right now. Check out our Notebook page for a bit more information on how to get started.



    By Kent
      August 17, 2011 – 9:38 am   Permalink
  13. Hey Marti,

    That’s a good idea. I can see why this would be helpful. We do offer a 100# ProLine Uncoated paper in our other book sizes. You could leave blank pages and populate it with images too. I haven’t used watercolor on it, but I have written on it with pen.



    By Kent
      August 17, 2011 – 9:44 am   Permalink
  14. Love it, but am I the only one wondering about cost? I don’t see any information about pricing on either the notebook page or the Blurb pricing page, and it’s not mentioned in the video … thanks!

    By B.
      August 18, 2011 – 9:54 am   Permalink
  15. Hey B.,

    They’re the same cost as our Color Trade books, starting at $4.95. You can see more information here:

    By Kent
      August 18, 2011 – 10:35 am   Permalink
  16. Hey there!

    I love this whole notebook idea! I’d like to update my BookSmart so I can have the Notebook option but im currently working on a couple of books. If I update my current BookSmart so I have the Notebook option, will it delete my current projects in BookSmart? Let me know because I think I’ll finish a notebook before I finish the books lol! Thanks in advance!

      August 29, 2011 – 9:41 am   Permalink
  17. Hey Rolaine,

    No need to complete the other projects first. Assuming you’ve saved them to your hard drive, you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off with the new version of BookSmart (and start making that Notebook).



    By Kent
      August 29, 2011 – 1:48 pm   Permalink

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