one little word

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I have been following Ali Edwards blog for years. She constantly inspires me with her real world storytelling. At the beginning of each new year, she talks about choosing a word for a year. This years story about her word is here:

http://aliedwards.com/2013/12/one-little-word-2014.html

I can embrace the idea of an inspirational word rather than trying to make a dozen resolutions that never seem to happen. We usually choose a word as a family, something we want to strive towards, a foundation for change, a feeling to embrace and live by. Our past words include, change, create, rediscover, emerge. This years word is BUILD. In an attempt to figure out how to embrace this word, I started perusing the internet looking for quotes that included the word “build”. I looked through pinterest and then went to on to quote sites: There are tons of good quote sites out there but these two are my favorite. The following two you can search by whatever word you are looking for and it will come up with quotes including that word.

http://www.brainyquote.com

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes

Once I found all these inspirational quotes, I wanted to make sure they were in a place in our house that we could refer to them and remind us of our goals/ inspiration for 2014. I decided to make a cute little book that we could refer to.

I turned to Blurb.

http://www.blurb.com

Blurb have a variety of sizes and cover options, very user friendly templates and you can make enormous books ( really great for books over a 100 page limit which most companies have). My complaints with their books is if you have high quality photos they can look a bit noisy or grainy in print and they do not have a lay flat option. For this book, Blurb was the perfect choice.

I started with a 7×7 softcover book. I took some abstract photos I had of flowers, trees, architecture, etc. and instagrammed them to get that whimsical, oversaturated look. I stuck with one basic format of picture on the left, quote on the right.

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sunset photo books

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Every holiday season, I make my husband a photo book composed of sunset photos we have taken during the year. We are very fortunate to have some incredible sunsets. The last two years I have made a book with Adoramapix. You can find their website here: http://www.adoramapix.com/app/home.

I really like Adoramapix photo books for their variety of sizes and high quality, lay flat pages. The cons of this company are their specific page numbers – 14, 26, 38, 50 or 76. I don’t mind the page limitations with this type of book about sunsets because I can easily figure out how to make the photos fit or delete a couple photos, but when I am telling a story in a photo book, I have a much harder time limiting my pages to a certain number because I never know how many pages I will need to tell the whole story.

For both books, I chose the “Custom Hard Cover” option for the covers which takes an image of mine and wraps it as the cover. When my first book arrived, I was in awe of the cover’s most beautiful, metallic finish. It just has this incredible luster. The attempt to photograph the finish just doesn’t come out so you have to take my word for it but it will make say you “wow”!

Both books are 8×12 in size with 26 pages each. Below are some sample pages.

Sunsets 2010 Book:

Sunset Books-2For this book I chose black as the background color or base color. And used Ali Edwards “Words of Beauty Hand Drawn Words” digital brushes. Included are cursive words such as ” beauty”, “stunning”, ” “fantastic”, “dazzling”. The perfect words to describe these sunsets and add a simple detail. Here is the link: http://www.designerdigitals.com/digital-scrapbooking/supplies/product_info.php/products_id/9914

You can see how I used the words.

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For the 2012 Coronado Sunsets Book, I wanted something similar but different. So I kept the same size book, used white as my base color, did not add any digital brushes and used different, simple layouts.Sunset Books-10 Sunset Books-12 Sunset Books-11 Sunset Books-14 Sunset Books-18 Sunset Books-19