No blog updates for over a week!
No late night TV for over a week!
Wifey and I have been working madly to finish our first Blurb book for our Round the World trip in the summer of 07-08. We were nearly able to finish 1 city per night, but then we hit Paris and found we had over 1,000 photos to prioritise there alone!
And then came the borders and page backgrounds. Wifey got really excited and nearly went crazy with them, but I tried to hold her back. There’s something I really like about clean white crisp pages with photos on them, but Wifey wanted to pull out certain colours from the photo onto the page background.
We weren’t quite sure what to do about the text though. On our trip, we did keep a travel diary which started off quite detailed, but started to thin out at the end. Should we go back and complete the diary now? Should we include days of activities with the photos for those cities? Should we just use bullet points?
In the end, we wanted our book to be primarily a photobook/photojournal – the emphasis on photos and some captions if required and we felt 1-2 pages of text might break up the flow. But I did condense the activities of each day into a 3-4 line paragraph, and we put these at the end of the book for reference. Each paragraph is a summary of the day’s events. The full travel diary exists only in electronic form for now.
(By the way, I found it much easier to edit text in Microsoft Word and then copy and paste the whole lot in once done.)
Once the whole book was complete last night, we did a final spell check which picked up a few embarrassing typos. And then it was upload time to Blurb. With over 300 pages and roughly 860 photos, we had to leave this overnight. And then this morning, I checked it and it was all done! I hope all pages and photos are there without corruption – unfortunately I can’t seem to find a way to check.
So what now? We have to do the final touches to the Italy trip book, then place our orders!