Thursday, October 22, 2009
Blog Book-It's a Good Thing
If I showed you the coat closet full of scrap booking supplies that I have, I'd embarrass myself. Picture a coat closet with a plastic dresser in it, on wheels, with 10 drawers, each stuffed. Non-acidic archival papers, in every shade of the rainbow and then some. 'Cause archival papers are important. Heaven's sakes if the pics are tinted yellow from cheap paper. Not 1, not 2, not, 6, but the Costco super pack of 15 designer edge scissors for all my cutting needs. You gotta have stickers if you're gonna scrapbook! And die cuts too. And no less than 1,648 permanent markers with various tip widths for documenting everything. And adhesive to stick all this crap together. But let's not stop there. By all means let's purchase extra albums and pages for all the scrapbooks I'm gonna make years into the future. And top it all off with the extra large 36 inch long matte cutter with poster-board sized self healing matte! I know what you're thinking, Surely she can't be serious. Well I am serious. And don't call me Shirley! Did you say you wanted to hang up your coat? Too bad 'cause that coat closet is full! I did a lot of scrap booking for 5-10 years and have many albums to show for it, but I haven't scrap booked since Boo was 12 months old. Guilt. I'm thinking of selling the whole closet on Craig's List.
Then I found this-
and the guilt started to ease. It's a site, that at the push of a button, (ok maybe a 3 or 4 buttons) my blog became a book! Voila! Instant family album via our blog!
Pretty impressive cover with one of my favorite photos from VietNam! Starts at $25 as a base price, then they charge more the more pages you have. And there are options to change things around a bit, take out comments if you want, things like that. I didn't do a thing. I'm in to simplicity these days typos and all.
It has a table of contents for each entry.
And here are entries when we were more neurotic than usual waiting for our little ones to come home...
Here we are in SaiGon, VietNam...
And this one is about Nana and strawberry jam. Oh I miss my grandmothers. Don't get me started.
And my Vietnamese recipes are in there too!
Looks awesome! I'm self published! I'm easily impressed.
And most importantly the pictures and stories are all there for my children.
Now when I'm of advanced age and in "the home" and unable to articulate the stories of my children's youth, they can turn to the pages of our family book and wipe spittle from the corner of my mouth.
Ya, definitely gonna go the Craig's List route. It's a good thing too.