Wednesday, August 4, 2010

* Making A Book From Your Blog



My blogging journey has been an  evolving process from day one. 

It serves as a digital diary, documenting our arts and crafts adventures, family trips, and daily life.

A perfect "scrapbook" of non-traditional sorts for my two young daughters. 
I have been trying to find a way to  preserve the posts for them to read in the future.

Blog 2 Print came to my rescue  when I found them using a google search. 
They are not endorsing this post,  I just wanted to share my experience with
their product with any of you who may want to preserve your own blogs.

I have to admit,  after all of the time I've spent at this keyboard
typing away, it was very satisfying to have tangible evidence of my hard work. 


I ordered my blog divided by seasons, in three month increments 
(4 books for each year) and (of course!) I ordered them in RAINBOW order!
I love the way they look on a bookshelf.


They let me put my own photos on the front and back covers. 


Love it! 

6 books so far --  The seventh book is still in progress!

Table of contents....

No fancy formatting  like Snapfish or Kodak Gallery Photo Books....
but my photos are in there  with my words an none of the other sidebar stuff. 

Exactly what I wanted  to save for my kids. 
(My mom and dad ordered a set for themselves as well.)

Down the road, each of my daughters will receive a complete set of hard-bound books,
documenting their childhoods.

Happy Memory Making!

Fondly,
pink and green mama
MaryLea

39 comments:

jenny said...

What a fabulous idea! Your books look amazing.

sippy cup mom said...

What a work of art....literally!
Great Job, Karen

Sippy Cup Central

Brown Sugar Babies said...

WHOA ... this is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing this information!!!

DelhiBound said...

Love this!

I was looking into Blurb, but got frustrated ... will try these guys for sure!

Thanks!

Twig and Toadstool said...

What a lovely idea! I'm going to look into this, I mean, what a super way to preserve these memories!
xo maureen
ps...I like the new header!

Ági angyalai said...

Great idea as usual...
Can I buy them as well ?:-)))
I'd love to.

Agnes from Europe, Hungary

Kristi said...

I loved Blurb. The software was free, I found it easy to use (yes, I was frustrated that it downloaded every page on the same layout) and it was easy to pick new layouts. The cost for the product was great AND they have coupons available almost year round for free shipping, 10% off, etc.

But the reason I love them best is their customer service. I ordered two 160 page books for my blog, hard covered with my pic on the cover. One was perfect, one was not. I was so disappointed. I emailed the customer service who took care of everything. They ordered a new book, sent a UPS slip to pick up the "bad" book and the made sure the new one was to my satisfaction. No cost, arguing or fuss.

I've used snapfish and picaboo. Both produce good products, but when I had a problem with the printing one time I was told it was my fault and that my pics were fuzzy. (They weren't) I was not going to trust a larger project to them!

Your books are lovely. I'll have to try Blog to print next!

Christy said...

I also order books through Blog 2 Print. Next time I order, however, I will be ordering in rainbow colors because yours look so pretty!

Stacy of KSW said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, I want to make books from my blog for the kids too. (Only the categories that relate to them though) and I love to see examples of others who have done so. How many pages did you get in each book? They look terrific and I'm loving the rainbow look :)

Jackie said...

Cool, thanks for sharing. I have been thinking of doing the same thing but was intimidated with the process. You make it sound pretty easy. Thanks again.

Rebecca said...

Can i ask how much each book costs?

thelacy4 said...

I love the new header! Even better than before. I didn't even know something like Blog 2 Print existed. What a neat idea...not that I blog or anything to be able to use it.

Ellen Stumbo said...

What a great idea!
Love the new layout too.

I have never left a comment before, but, you are who I wish I was when it comes to crafting! All my ideas are inspired by you :)My oldest loves it and it is great OT therapy for my 2 youngest with special needs.

Cheryl said...

Thank you for sharing this! What a great idea. While I'm glad I have my blog, someday when I don't, it will be nice to have it recorded so beautifully. Definitely adding this to the Christmas list this year!!

Hanneke Nelson said...

What wonderful timing! I was just debating which printer to go with and it's great to be able to see what the Blog2Print books look like. Thank you!

Hanneke

Jen said...

Your blog looks wonderful. Did you have someone help you with it? I've been thinking about getting a makeover, but I don't want to change it too much so that it's not recognizable. Any suggestions?

Also, the book idea- I've been thinking about doing this as well. I've started two years ago and I love looking back when they were preschoolers and our experiences.

Great post- thanks!

Jen

My Family My Forever said...

I've been using Blog 2 Print as well and LOVE it! It really makes my time blogging fruitful and the fact that these books will be around for generations to read is amazing! My kids already enjoy having me read to them from our books.

Love your rainbow color scheme!

Olives and Pickles said...

Waoo this looks genial! I will love to keep these wonderful memories for the future, Thank you for sharing!
Because you are such a great inspiration here is an award for you, please visit my blog to get it.thank you.Have a green day!

El said...

Wow, what a great presentation of your blog. I will have to file this idea away for later! Thanks!

Deborah said...

I made one too of all my fingerplays:) I love it!!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

The fancy formatting never mattered to me but ease of creation does. Did it take forever to make? BTW I love the rainbow of colors!

AND Hello NEW look! Perfect for you, so bright and happy!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

My books were pretty big so they averaged between $40 and $50 per book but I did have a discount code that I was able to use for each book that they sent me as soon as I ordered the first one!

Yes, I found the site easy to use. I've made books with Snapfish before and thought it was trickier than Blog2Print's site.

Thank you for all of the kind words about the new blog design. I worked closely with Emma Hughes of Indiechick Designs -- you can find her button on my left hand sidebar under the Facebook window. She's wonderful!

Fondly,
pink and green mama
MaryLea

Cricket said...

MaryLea, thank you SO MUCH for sharing this. I have been trying to make a book a year for each of my kids at Snapfish, but I rarely seem to get it done. And I often look back over the family blog thinking how perfect it would be as a scrapbook.

E. RaMona (Alaiyo) said...

An awesome idea and what a beautiful way to preserve memories!

Ann said...

i love your blog and all your inspirational ideas!! thanks for sharing about the blog book, too. i teach preschool and am looking forward to using some of your ideas this fall...

ann in sc

Sara said...

Thank you so much for posting this... I have been avoiding printing my blog because I could not devise a good plan outside of cut / paste and recreate to print nicely for my daughter to have later on...

This is fantastic!

Phyl said...

This book idea is really cool, and I want to chime in also as really loving your new blog layout. If you read my blog at all, you've noted that I've changed the look of it about 1/2 dozen times in just a few days, because some of the templates somehow meant people using safari as their browser could not leave comments. DISASTER!! So I gave up trying and went backwards to save my blog. I guess I need to hire someone if I want something more unique, huh?
Oh - one more thing - since I started reading your blog, I've wondered about the significance of the pink and green in your blog name - and especially since the blog isn't colored pink and green. So where did the name originate? I'm sure there's a story there somewhere...

The Activity Mom said...

So glad you posted this! Your books look amazing! I'd love to do something like this!

Morgan said...

Marylea-
Your blog books look so cool! I would love to do that someday. That site is going on my bookmark list!

Sharon said...

WOW!!! Makes me wish I kept up my family blog! Thanks so much for sharing!

Melodie said...

I haven't been here in awhile but nice new layout, and speaking of books, I think I know of one that needs a little attention from me over here. (wink wink) I am still settling into our new place and trying to get into the right space to get motivated but it's one of those New Year (i.e. the one that starts in September) resolutions, and I hope to be in contact with my illustrator soon. :)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Phyl --

I tried tinkering with my blog myself and could never do what I wanted. With my blog designer I was able to give her specific ideas and examples and tell her what I wanted it to look like and she actually made it happen! I couldn't be happier with the final product.

And YES! There is a story behind the Pink and Green name...I explain it under my little story about me if you click on the "About" tab at the top of my blog (right under my header)

: )

Fondly,
pink and green mama
MaryLea

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@Melodie,

I'm right there with you -- things have been crazy here all summer with the art camps I've been teaching. I think things will finally calm down a bit when the girls go back to school!

You know where to find me. : )

-MaryLea

Förskoleburken said...

Wonderful! What a neat service! Thanks for all your inspiration!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

as I blog I am mindful of the memories I, too, am preserving for my children. Thanks for sharing this company. It is on my to-do list.
Warm wishes, Tonya

Montessori Beginnings said...

Thanks so much for posting this. I've been wondering about it for a while. You should get the next book for free the amount of business you're going to give this company!!

Tina said...

Wonderful books! It's great to see what the Blog-to-print people can do, as I've been wondering about them too. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing...

meg duerksen said...

this is awesome.
i want to do it too!

Megret said...

THANKS for linking this company! Never heard of them. I have been searching for something similar, since the early days of my blog was basically a baby book online for my firstborn. :)

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