And so I spent much of my holiday vacation spare time in a menage a trois of me, my computer and the Blurb bookmaking software(free to download from their site). We easily spent about 30+ hours together, pouring over photographs for the book, editing them, and laying them out in the book--then writing the text. And the end result was this: Beeper Bebe Plushies--Handmade Plushies from Secondhand Stuff.
It is a retrospective of my plushie design work since I started making them back in 2005. Not that there is any practical purpose for this book other than forcing it into the hands of people I know and making them peruse it--and also, it makes me feel all warm inside to have this nice and tidy little view into my plushie design efforts.
I organized the photos my design type: mangy menagerie, bitty bebes, babies on a stick, two-faced friends, etc. Then chose those I thought were the best representative photos of my work, and added a little text of that particular design--keeping it light and not too technical. I had this one printed hard cover, and used the premium paper option--I mean, why not when it is only a few bucks more (especially when you just like Blurb soooo much).
And I have to say, I am really, really, REALLY happy with the end result. Oh, Blurb, I love you for making my stuff look so good when bound all up together like this. I could just caress the hardcover with its sweet little dust jacket and kiss the inside book flap.
And like I mentioned, I did have my first foray with Blurb last spring when I made two hard cover books with photos of Beeper for my mum and mother-in-law for Mother's Day. Then I made a cheap little soft cover for Beeper as a birthday gift with photos of just his friends and family--goofy photos abounded here.
You can see the book is little crinkled with reading and use because Beeper loved it. And I think I only paid something like $12 for getting this book printed and it had about 40 pages (I am partial to the square book format--I like the handy size of it and its contemporary look).
The other thing about Blurb--in case you do not know--is that you can list your completed books on their website for sale---and you name the selling price. And you know what? I listed my little Plushie book out there in soft or hard cover for whomever may be interested...because, why not? You can find it here.