Recently I was contacted by some really sweet people at Lulu. They offered me the opportunity to try out one of their photo books, share my review with you all, and even giveaway a free book to one lucky reader! I was so excited to have this opportunity! I love printing my layouts into bound books, love trying new printing companies, and love giving things away, so this was a win-win for me.
It's easy to create your own photo book online using Lulu Studio, our free online photo book creator. You can choose from a range of sizes, cover types and make use of our free professionally designed templates. Photo books are a great way to save and share your digital photographs instead of ordering photo prints. Convert your digital photo albums into beautiful, high quality printed photo books to keep, sell or share with friends and loved ones. Are you an artist publishing your portfolio photo book? A young parent creating a baby photo book? A newlywed making a wedding photo book? Or perhaps you are just feeling creative? Now you can publish and sell your photo book using our online tools. Lulu print on demand publishing makes it easy and affordable to publish and sell your custom photo book. Want to get it done quickly and easily? Lulu Studio makes it easy to use your pictures from Flickr, Facebook, Photobucket, SmugMug, or just upload them from your computer. Our photo books use a custom print on demand process and ship within 3 days of receiving your order. Buy in larger quantities to save money on each book you order.
Options and pricing: They have so many sizes of books to choose from. I love the “wallet books” that are 3.75” x 2.5.” How cute!!! They go all the way up to 13” x 11,” too. They have several sizes perfect for digital scrappers: 8.5”x8.5” (my favorite size) and 12”x12” square are perfect. A 12”x12” book with 20 pages starts at $49.95. A 8.5”x8.5” book with 20 pages starts at $19.99.
The Creation Process: Lulu Studio makes creating your book simple. You choose your book theme, add images, and off you go. You choose the layout you want for each page (for scrapbook layouts, I chose a full page), and then drag in your uploaded images. You’ll notice a dotted line marking the cut-off for each page. That’s very important and you’ll want to make sure that you don’t have anything important (photos, journaling, elements) in that area or it WILL BE CUT OFF in your final book. Even though I kind of knew that as I was creating my book, I didn’t want to resize to fit for each page and I did lose some detail in some of my pages. Leaving about ¼” from the outside edges is a pretty good rule of thumb. I could not find an option for creating a custom spine or title page, but neither of these was a big deal for me.
You can get up to 7 entries to win this fabulous photo book!!! How fun! This giveaway will close at MIDNIGHT EST on JANUARY 31st. Be sure to check back then to see if you've won. Good luck!