After a book a month pace in 2012 I have scaled back my workload for 2013 so I can spend more of my daytime hours with my young children.
Unless your blog is very photo heavy with very few words and/or text is all grouped together in paragraphs (not captions) I am not available for Family Blogger style blog books at this time.
For examples of books I am looking for please click on this link that shows some samples. In a nutshell, they include:
Family Photo Albums
Alphabitty Moment Books (ABC book for children using your photographs)
Child Photography Albums
When in doubt if your project is the right fit for me, don't hesitate to ask! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for visiting!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
After a book a month pace in 2012 I have scaled back my workload for 2013 so I can spend more of my daytime hours with my young children.
It has been a a while since I've had an opening on my waiting list so this website has sat dormant for over a year. Word of mouth and return clients keep me hopping so posting here hasn't been high on my priority list.
I'm sorry to say that openings for new projects are still few and far between (see previous post for books I AM available for), but that doesn't mean I can't pop in and share some of my favorite layouts & some design/blogging tips when I'm waiting for a final book draft to upload to Blurb.com.
Tonight I'm sharing some layouts from one in a series of books that I have been making for a client in Colorado. My hope is that seeing what a difference the ratio of text to photographs has in the feel of a blog book will encourage you to format your blog posts with a potential blog book in the back of your mind.
Vacation posts tend to have an abundance of photographs that can often take up multiple pages in a book. Whenever possible I try to group the text together at the beginning or with one particular photo so the rest of the photographs can be showcased like you see in the layouts below. (The dark gray rectangle that you see at the top and bottom of the screenshot is the spine of the book.)
I am always on the lookout for 'clean space' in a photograph that I can use to superimpose text. I feel like this gives me the best of both worlds - eye catching layouts with the descriptions that are meant to go with the photos.
Wasting space means wasting clients money which is a big no-no in my book, but page after page of my signature 'patchwork layouts' is not ideal either. Instead I strive to strike a balance which to be honest, is often achieved simply by the flow of a blog...some posts have lots of photos and some don't!
Sometimes white space can be just as powerful as the photos themselves.
...and sometimes I use a combination of white space, blocks of text, and patchwork layouts to lead the eye through the story as the author intended.
Remember, a blog is set up to scroll through one picture or at best, one collage at a time with text sprinkled or pooled in varying places in the flow of pictures. A blog book, on the other hand is designed to help a reader take in a much larger portion of the story all at once. They eye travels around and around each two page spread until everything has been processed. If I've done my job right, a reader will keep circling the layouts, picking up new nuances on each pass.
When it's all said and done what matters is that you have invested in preserving memories! I hope I have inspired you to take more photos, write more blog posts, design your own blog book, or hire me if your project fits my current availability.
I made a book a month last year so there are many more samples & tips to come! If there is something you'd like me to cover in my next post please leave your questions and/or topic suggestions in the comments.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to visit my design site! I am taking a limited number of new blog book clients for 2012. Please contact me so we can discuss whether I am a good fit for your project. Large blog book projects (200+ pages) are probably not something I can take on at this time since I can only work when my older two are in school and the baby is sleeping.
Projects I am looking for include:
Alphabitty Moment Books
Monday, August 2, 2010
Thanks to a new feature at Blurb.com I am able to share select pages of the books
I design. Below you'll be able to view 102 pages from a 430 page book I recently finished. 400 blog posts, 1,415 photographs, and countless memories preserved in a one of a kind blog book. Be sure to click on FULL SCREEN for the best view!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Jake's Baby Blog (the very first book I designed)
"I wanted to let you know that my husband was really impressed by the blog book you made for us. He spent a lot of time looking at it last night and commented multiple times that it exceeded his expectations. He was impressed at how professional it looked and how substantial it was. He is already planning on the next book!"
The Adventures of Jake and Alex
Our Story (The second book I designed)
"This book has been such a gift to us! It is a tangible way to look back on our first year with our twins and remember the challenges, the beauty, and God's faithfulness through it all! I am so thankful to have found Carrie to design the book for us. She did it in a timely, thoughtful, and professional manner and the finished product is such a treasure!"
Roots & Wings
"I can't tell you how much I love the blog scrapbook you did. It's priceless! It's gone on my list of "things to grab in an emergency". - Sarah
"LOVE LOVE LOVE the book. It is so perfect and looks fantastic on our coffee table. The cover is absolutely perfect and very "me" and the layout of the book is perfect. THANK YOU for your TIME and hard work!"
Tidbits & Snippets
Monday, May 10, 2010
I recently had the privilege of creating a blog book for a family who at the time was beginning the process of adopting a son from Ethiopia. (The blog entries were from 2008 and they have since brought home their newest blessing, Connor.)
Their family album is full of pictures of their two daughters, stories of their antics, and family celebrations.
Every project is different - some have more pictures than text, others have more text than pictures, but this one fell right in the middle. If you click on the collage you can get a sense of what an album of this type will look like.
Keep in mind though that every book is unique. Every blog posts are laid out very carefully.
For example, the page below is part of a birthday post that I chose to highlight against a fun photo of the daughter's hands.
Another way to personalize your book is to have blog names replaced with real names.
Originally the daughters in this book were referred to as G and L but for $15 per name I replace them all with their real names.
If you are considering hiring me to turn YOUR blog into a book it would be a good idea to get in touch with me via email asap as my waiting list is about long enough to keep me busy until Christmas.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Forget the old fashioned baby books. Now you can share your child's milestones and memories with family & friends via your blog AND archive content for their baby book at the same time. Thanks to Blurb's new widget you can preview a baby book example right here in post. Get inspired today!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Favorite family recipes:
....all preserved in in a beautiful hardcover book for each of your children and their future children thanks to the archival quality of the paper used in printing these books.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Travel blog books are so much more than photo albums. The emotion in the writing after viewing a majestic mountain for the first time or chronicling a memorable exchange with a local...these moments and so many others are brought to life when the words accompanies the photographs.
Ten years ago when I traveled around the world I scribbled in a journal and carried 24 rolls of film for my 35mm cameras. I spent $500 printing out on 3 1/2 by 5's of my photos and on the albums to put them in. Fast forward a decade and I'm traveling the world again...this time via your blog.
Chances are you spent a significant amount of time chronicling your travels so friends and family could stay in touch with you and so you'd have a record of your journey. This is where I come in. I can take the content from your blog and turn it into a beautiful book.
Here's an example of a 400 page book I designed for a missionary who spent 2 years in Nepal.
Cover to cover no detail was overlooked. It was very special to the client that she was able to master the Nepalese language both in written and spoken form so I added the Nepalese version of the title to the cover as well as translating a verse that held special meaning to her to put on the back of the book.
Who decides the cover looks like? You do. I will come up with a couple of options to get the ball rolling but ultimately, the design is up to you.
Dedications are optional, but this particular client wanted to thank the people who prayed for her during her trip.
For a preview of this book you can visit my bookstore by clicking on the badge below:
Friday, February 5, 2010
One of the main reasons people hire me is to ensure that their family's memories are preserved forever. Let's face it - the internet is a great thing, but it can be scary to think of all the time and effort of blogging could be a vapor if something were to happen to our blogs.
Of course I'm going to recommend that you hire me to back up your blog in the form of a blog book, but I have always felt very strongly about sharing the gifts that God has given me and that means I am going to tell you how you can back up your blog yourself. No need to thank me. It's not really a big secret. It isn't technically a true back up - what I'm going to share is the way I back up my blog so that I can be sure that I will be able to eventually turn my blog into a series of books for my kids.
I use Blurb.com's free software, Booksmart, to design books. One of the many reasons I love this company is that I can 'slurp' a blog into the program and drag and drop the information into the layouts that are either preset or designed by me. If it were really as easy as dragging and dropping the text and pictures I wouldn't be in business. Time consuming is the understatement of the year when it comes to this part of the process for a novice bookmaker. (I should mention that photo books are a breeze to make in Booksmart, but the blog books take a long time.)
By 'slurping' your book into Booksmart you are able to save the text and photos to your computer in a few easy steps. If you want to use this method for backing up your book go ahead and download the free Booksmart software from Blurb.
Create a new book (8x10 size works best) and enter your password and username to access your blog posts.
Choose which posts you want for each book. IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 150 POSTS PER YEAR I RECOMMEND MAKING MULTIPLE BOOKS which means you'll have to go through the slurping process a couple of times.
DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT chose the auto populate your book. It only makes more work if you do indeed plan to design a book yourself.
Repeat these steps for each year of posts that you want to archive.
I then open each book and under the file tab there is an option to import/export the book. Export it to a flash drive that you can store in a fireproof safe. You'll sleep better at night. I know I will after I finish backing up over 1500 posts from the past three years.
Feel free to share your own tips for how you back up your blog in the comments or ask any questions you might have about these steps!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
You've taken the first step towards being able hold proof of your precious memories in your hands!
You've spent hours and hours blogging about the things and the little things. Now it's time to get them off your computer and into a book!
You can't do this on your blog....
And that's where I come in.....
Please take the time to look over my new website, especially the FAQ's and COST sections - you can save both of us a lot of time that way.
If you would like to request an official cost estimate please note the following in your email to me:
1) your blog address
2) how many posts you want in each book (please include a date range as well)
3) a list of posts you want to exclude (or at least a description of them)
Exclude all posts related to: my etsy shop, my photography business, other bloggers, contests, product reviews
Please email me at carriepauly at gmail dot com and I will do my best to get back to you with a page total within a week. From there, if you decide to hire me, I require 1/2 down as a deposit and a signed customer agreement to hold your place in line.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I recently taught a bookmaking class to a group of moms who were interested in learning how to create books for their families. One of the topics I covered was the many challenges of taking information that is written for a blog audience and transforming it into album format. In this series called "How to get the most book for your buck" I will share suggestions on what to keep in mind as you add new content to your blogs...and subsequently material for your blog books.
First up.....Video Posts.
There are two ways to approach this challenge.
1) Pay $1 (per video) for a screenshot of the video so you have a visual reminder of what the video was about.
2) When you post a video also post a description of the video. Not very many bloggers do that because lets face it, using words to describe Junior's first steps aren't necessary everyone's strong suit. So instead bloggers say "check out this video of Junior on the move...watch for the part where he starts singing too."
Set the scene. Describe the emotions of the moment. You will be glad you did! Too often some very special moments are excluded from books because the text from a video post couldn't stand alone without the video to fill in the gaps.
Keep in mind that the screenshot of the video does not have to be the very first moment of the clip. I can fast forward to any point and make a screenshot - or mulitple screenshots for that matter.
An example of how to include a video post in a blog book:
These final pages in AnniePearl's book would not have been the same without the pictures of the video. Remember that the details that make a big difference in the final product, but by working together I can help you get the most book for your buck!
Monday, December 28, 2009
I am a photographer by trade, but I have a passion for photo book & blog book design. I offer clients worldwide the ability to take their beloved photos and words from their blogs and put them onto the pages of a one of a kind hardcover book. I am transitioning from a stay at home mom/part time photographer to a full time bookmaker. I will photograph a few weddings a year and do some family portrait work, but my main focus is going to be book design. This is my third year in business and am excited to see where God takes us in 2010!
I live with my husband and two small children surrounded by Minnesota cornfields. We love small town life and are blessed to have so much of our family living close. Please check out the rest of my website for more information on the process of turning your blog into a book and what information I will need from you before we can begin a project.
I look forward to working with you!
carriepauly at gmail dot com
I will still be the designer of your book.
The style of book that I've become known for will remain the same.
I will be the person you will be in contact with throughout the design process.
My two assistants will be working behind the scenes to insert text and photographs and edit the books. I used to read each page a dozen times and that limited the number of projects I could complete in a year. Don't worry, I will still know your book like the back of my hand, but it will be in your hands much faster.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this change!
Kristina is a mom of three and happens to live just a few miles down the road from me.
Her role as design editor will streamline the bookmaking process and I'm so excited that she is sharing her talents here at Your Blog to Book!
Marla also has three children and her English degree and eye for design are a welcome addition to the team!
2009 was a big year for my fledgling book business and I'm very excited to see where 2010 takes us. I am back from vacation and ready to offer estimates for anyone interested in having a blog book made in 2010. If you are thinking of having a book made for a Valentine's Day gift please contact me asap as there only a couple more spots left in order to have a book in time for February 14th.
Stay tuned for a new series I am offering called "Getting the Most Book For Your Buck" where I will share tips that will help reduce the cost of your book and improve the quality of the content.
Whether you are considering hiring me to turn you blog into a book for you or you plan to do it yourself, you won't want to miss this informative and educational series!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
First of all I wanted to say thank you to all of my clients who have helped make my dream come true this past year. Growing up I thought it would be such a great job to be able to make scrapbooks for other people. At the time it wasn't a very practical dream, but times have changed and I've now completed over 3,000 book pages for people from coast to coast and beyond!
Thank you for your patience these last few months as I hustled to catch up and meet Christmas deadlines. I'm happy to say that every last 2009 book has been ordered and will be arriving on your doorstep by Christmas.
I couldn't have finished 1,000 pages in the last month alone if it weren't for my new design editors, so I want to give a big shout out to Kristina and Marla who put up with the strange way the creative side of my brain is wired. Thanks for all your hard work ladies!
I'm excited to share in the upcoming months some tutorials per say on how to get the most book for your buck. If you are considering hiring me to make a blog book for you or want to tackle the project yourself, my team and I are cooking up a list of tips that will help your blog make the transition to book as smoothly as possible.
While we are working on those posts I will be doing some behind the scenes work to get this site up to speed and streamline our business a bit more. In addition to some prep work for 2010, I will be taking a much needed vacation from my Photography business as well as Blog To Book. During this tough economic time I am so grateful for the opportunity to provide an income for my family, but the hours involved had kept me away from my two little ones for far too long lately.
If you need to contact me feel free to do so via email (email@example.com) and I will do my best to get back to you within the week. Any price quotes will have to wait until the first week of the new year due to their time consuming nature. It is my goal to come back to work refreshed ready to make twice as many books in 2010(but just not all in the same month!)
Blurb Inc. (the publisher I use) has upgraded their software so customers can now see a full preview of books that clients have ordered at least one copy of so until I return there are six new books blog books, three new photography books, and the Grand Prize Winner of the Best Blurb Book (family category), Alphabitty Moments for you to browse through.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Posted by Carrie at 4:23 AM
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Linda has been preserving family memories on her blog for over a year. She posts stories, pictures, and samples of the digital scrapbook pages she's created. They look beautiful as part of her blog book.
Most clients add text to the beginning of their books - either as a dedication or as introduction. If you would like to add text or photographs at any point in your book - don't hesitate to ask!
Linda's book came together so nicely with an introduction explaining how her blog came about and then we wrapped it up with a picture collage of her favorite photographs from the year. Consider your blog and it's content as a starting point - there is so much more we can do together to make your book as special as can be.
(To see more of Linda's book, check out my bookstore)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
From the positive pregnancy test to the candle on the first birthday cake, your blog entries can be turned into a precious keepsake of your child's first year and beyond.
Click on the image for a closer look. You can also preview the first 15 pages of the book in my bookstore
It's looking like I will have six people on the waiting list for 2010 so if you are considering having me turn your blog into a book, it's not too early to contact me for a quote.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sometime soon I will take the time to post pages from both of my latest book projects, but for now you can click on the badges and will be taken to my bookstore - or click on 'book preview' to see the first 15 pages.
Friday, June 12, 2009
That's how many blog book pages I need to design for my current clients.
Everyone has been so patient with me as I take the time away from designing to give people quotes and to put a rush on the Stellan Will Live project.
That being said, I still feel the need to focus on the clients that are counting on me to create blog books for them. Some have been waiting for months and with two rush projects on my plate unfortunately they will be waiting a little longer.
I do not want to turn away new clients by any means, but until further notice I will not be able to promise any additional books before Christmas. Nor will I be able to offer quotes within a weeks time. I have to look at every single post in order to get an accurate page count and as you can imagine that is very time consuming.
I will create a second waiting list for people who are interested in having a book made in 2010. If by some miracle I am able to create (and proof) more than 713 pages a month for the next 5 months, I will gladly open the first list back up.
Thank you for your business and patience as I adjust to increased workload!
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
All along I've been sharing examples of how the finished products look, but today you get to come along and see where that information comes from - what the blog posts look like and how I come up with the final page design. You'll see that good book design isn't just about the layouts, it's about the text as well.
Take a look at this post called "The cloth diaper verdict is in" (Notice the words "Here are my lovely models...." under the picture that I chose as the focal picture of this layout.)
I changed the words in the book to say, "on the opposite page my models..." (another example of the detailed attention your book will receive)
This is a lengthy post so it takes up 3 pages in fit it all in - all but the slide show images. If your blog has slide shows and you want any of those images included in your book, you'll need to email the picture to me and I'll be happy to put it in your book.
The original text for the next post is as follows:
2 . We use glass baby bottles instead of plastic
3 . We decided to wait to vaccinate our children until they
are older (see older post about this)
4 . We switched pediatricians
5 . We don't use the microwave anymore
6 . We stopped using the bottle warmer (It breaks glass bottles)
7 . I make Julia's baby cereal now instead of using boxed rice and oatmeal
8 . We use mostly glass dishes and stay away from plastic if at all possible
9 . We packed away the sippy cups and Sam uses water bottles or big boy cups
10. We started potty training Sam
11. We put ourselves on a tight budget in hopes of reducing our debt
12. We started putting Julia to bed on her tummy instead of her back now that she can roll herself back over when she wants
13. We stopped using a nebulizer to treat Sam's colds. (Frequent trips to the
Chiropractor and Marshmallow root drops have eliminated the need for it.)
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Notice that the extras have been excluded from the final layout. You do have the option of having footnotes for any links you want to be able to visit again, but in this case the post has been stripped to the bare bones. Links are added as footnotes at the bottom of the post, typically in 10 point italic font.
It might seem odd to put the Thursday Thirteen post with this one, but in blogging, not all posts are related to each other. In fact, subject matter often jumps from topic to topic, but it is still possible to make the book cohesive with the use of consistent font patterns and sufficient white space. Here is another example of pages with multiple posts per page.
These particular pages are not dated. Some clients ask for each post to have a date, while others ask for them to be added weekly or monthly to give readers a general idea of the time line of events. I should also add, that one of the very best ways to save space is to opt for the later option. Not only does it eliminate the need for one more line of text, it allows me to shuffle posts here and there to maximize space.
Hopefully these examples give you a better idea of how I turn a blog into a book. If there are other blog book topics that you'd like me to cover feel free to ask!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
When I design a book I am not simply copying and pasting the information from your blog into the page. On average, I read each post a dozen times while I carefully position each word, each photograph, each title, each date etc... into the ideal location in your book.
Some posts, like this one from my most recent book, deserve extra special care. Sam and Amelia are twins who spent weeks upon weeks in the NICU before coming home to their parents. Their first birthday was a day to celebrate! Sixteen pages* of their 314 page book are dedicated to their birthday. This particular one includes letters written to the twins from their dad, Joel.
I created a stationary like look for the letters and used a unique font to make it look like Joel had written in the book himself. If you look closely you'll see at the top and the bottom of the page, pairs of balloons.
Because I read the blog posts over and over again during the design process, I know them like the back of my hand. I know that it was very important to Jenny that there were balloons at the birthday party. Her husband stood out on their porch and blew up all the party balloons for her.
My hope is that when Jenny sees those little balloons on the birthday letter stationary it will bring a smile to her face and remind her of Joel's kind gesture.
To see a 15 page preview of my latest book you can click on the button below.