Holiday Extravaganza: Doing it Digitally

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Let’s face it. We can’t make everything by ourselves.

I’m a dreamer. I want to give every single person on my list a handmade gift that truly encapsulates the gratitude and love I have for that person. I want to sit and glue little peices of paper together, add photos, embellishments — and then journal my heart out. I want every gift to capture the magic of the special relationships we have. But I’m also a realist. I can’t possibly hand-make every single gift for every single person


But there are a couple ways to create special gifts that still come from the heart and express — and today I’m sharing one of the easiest ways I’ve found — Creating a Digital Photo Book.

This is a book I created last year as a gift for Jeffrey. We had taken a trip out to Southern California. Throughout the trip we drove all over and took some of the most amazing photographs ever. Because there were so many photos, I knew I would never have the time to put them all into a traditional scrapbook, or even a mini-album. That’s when I decided I would create a digital album.

Blurb makes great digital albums and their prices won’t break the bank. If I’m giving a photo-book as a gift — it has to be of respectable quality, and I’ve been impressed with every book I’ve gotten from them.

Another perk: they always have great coupons and sales. For this weekend they have 30% on Blurb’s Print Books with code: SAVE30, and if you don’t have the time to create your own books, they have a bunch of artisan books that look really cool — definitely one for everyone on your list. 

I originally planned on journaling in the album with a black sharpie — but when I got the book, I loved the book so much I’ve been scared to take a pen to it. What do you think?

Should I Journal in the Book? Comment below!


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  • Janine van Emden

    yes you should!
    it’s your book and you can do with it waht you want.
    i think it makes the book even more personal that way.

    • It definitely makes it more personal. I totally agree.

  • Cricket Rawlins

    LOL, I’d be scared too! Maybe you could write Jeffrey a note on the inside cover telling him your feelings on your trip together etc..I think this is what I’ll do for Todd for our Vegas Trip!

    • That’s a good compromise!

  • feedthebirdies

    Ah! I have a few that I have made that I am scared to write in too! I wonder why? I don’t know.

    • I know I’m like overly afraid of smudging the book lol.