and then I went BLURB!

I used to be a die hard scrapbooker.

I know.  Let that sink in.  Katie and scrapbooking.  Yes. It was a thing.

Actually, if I had the time and the space, it would still be a thing.  I really love having all my pictures put together in a creative, fun way.  Eddie adores looking through my scrapbooks…especially his baby book, which if I am honest, is pretty impressive.

Charlie does not have a baby book.

At all.


(To be fair, the one I want for him doesn’t come out until the beginning of December).

Anyway, since finishing Eddie’s baby book just after his first birthday, I realized that there was no way I would be able to keep up scrapbooking all the pictures I now take.

So for Eddie’s second and third birthdays, I made quick little photobooks of all the pictures that I thought were the best of him from that year.

A few months ago via the blog of one of the most outstanding picture-takers of all time, I was introduced to Blurb.

Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books – reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them.

Blurb is different than the average photo book you can make on a snapfish or shutterfly in that they are not just for pictures.  The different templates and page options allow for you to create a book…any book…just how you want it.

It’s 100% customizable.

For the purpose of this post, I made a photo book of my boys.  I named it “The Sluiter Boys: Brothers in 2012”

After playing with all the options, though, I am hoping to turn some of my blog posts into Blurb books for my boys.  I think it would make a lovely gift for them when they are older to create books of the letters that I have written them here on the blog.  The picture quality is lovely because they use bookstore quality materials.

In fact, I started a list of all the different books I could make for my boys, for Cort, for my family.  I have over five years of writing on this blog of mine and with my DSLR camera now a thing I try to use regularly, I could put together some great keepsakes for people.

Check out all the different options for self-publishing a book of your own and the top notch quality of the paper, the binding, and everything else they do for you at Blurb.

This Blurb book sits prominently on our end table and Eddie has asked to look at it with me three of five nights this week.  And as you can see by the picture above, we adore photographs in this house.

I don’t think I could ever choose another site for creating photograph books again.

Blurb, you have my heart.


Disclosure: Blurb sent me a promo code to make my own Blurb book.  I was not compensated in any other way.  The book I chose was a Large Square (12×12) size with 20 pages.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. That looks fantastic! Totally coffee table book candy. Love it!

  2. Very cute! Are you waiting on the new Project Life baby book? Pretty sure I need to get one next month and put it together for my toddler.

    • YES! I am waiting for the Project Life Baby book! Eddie’s is done with the old Becky Higgins baby pack and I LOVE it! I might have to blog about that book sometime…maybe when I get Charlie’s stuff and I start organizing to actually put it together. Ack. I don’t even want to think about it!

  3. Gorgeous, my friend! These books are priceless. 🙂

  4. WANT

  5. I did a small one recently and love it. I don’t know if I have enough pics to do one from my blog, but I grabbed either instagram or facebook and rocked it!! :>

    • You can have pages of all words if you want. So that you can capture your blog into a book. You really don’t need tons of pictures to do one. Technically Blurb is for self-publication of any book. You could even make up a children’s story with photo illustrations. It’s so versatile!

  6. Confession: I am also a scrapbooker. Boom

  7. I love photo books and will definitely have to have a look at these. Love the pics of your smiley boys. 🙂

  8. Looks like a great idea for a company — though I’ll hold out that my manuscript gets picked up and published without me having to consider self-publishing. But, I think that means I’d have to complete said manuscript.

    Also, I debate the lack of Charlie baby book. See, there’s this website: that chronicles Charlie’s life, so far, in surprising detail. You might be familiar with it 😉

    Blogging, it’s the new scrapbooking.

  9. we (and by we, i mean i) made photobooks of louise’s first two years as christmas gifts for all the grandparents, they LOVE them. we also have copies for ourselves and louise loves looking at them now. i’ve never tried blurb, if we do it again this year, i’ll check them out.

  10. I have to admit that I’m the sort who usually skips over review posts… but this one grabbed me. I always use shutterfly to create my annual family photo books and it is such an exercise in frustration. Not enough options, sputtering website (at best) … you sold me. I want to try Blurb this year. (Hey Blurb! Send me a promo code, too!! 😉 )

  11. Love Blurb!

  12. Oh, this is a great idea for Christmas presents for a couple of people. Thanks!

  13. Love it!! Great gift or nice to hold on to too.