hello, love (the photobook)

July 21, 2011 |  by  |  SHOP NEWS

The photobook I was working on for Maddie’s birthday arrived last week. I ended up ordering a softcover 8×10 portrait sized album from blurb.

One of my favorite pages in the album is this photobooth mosaic – it includes a photo of every guest that attended the party and it was one of the easiest pages to pull together because all the photos had the same striped backdrop. If you can do a little pre-planning for your birthday/shower/party event, I highly recommend designating an area where everyone can go to take a photo with the guest of honor.

You can see more layouts from this album here, or view the entire album here:

MADELINE’S 2ND BIRTHDAY by liz tamanaha | Make Your Own Book


About this album

20 pages, 8×10 portrait size, printed at blurb.com

products used in this project

– printed at blurb

hello, love album kit

– photos edited using photoshop actions by Totally Rad

The album kit is 20% off thru July 26th and presslist subscribers get an additional 20% off the sale price so be sure to check your inbox for the latest issue! (Not yet a subscriber? Sign up here and the latest issue with the subscriber discount will be emailed to you instantaneously.)

Also, I’m giving away a set of the templates, so be sure to stop by THIS POST to enter. If you purchase the album and end up winning the giveaway, you will be issued a coupon code to redeem at a later time.

I’ll be back tomorrow to post the giveaway winner and to post sample album pages from the creative team.


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    3beans says:

    Can you tell us more about your experience with Blurb and the photos you have crossing both pages? Did they line up correctly? Did you have to guess at making any adjustments? Were you satisfied at how they turned out? They look really nice in your previews. I’d love to do that, but too concerned about them shifting and not looking nice in the final product.

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      Liz says:

      Hi 3beans,

      I’ve ordered a lot of books from Blurb and have been happy and satisfied with the results. On the rare occasion that something went wrong, they provided excellent customer service, corrected the issue and shipped a new printed book very very quickly.

      For this book, I didn’t make any adjustments on the photos that spanned two pages mainly because I chose photos with lots of white space and was ok with losing some of the detail to the gutter. BUT, with the previous album (the book of audrey-isms – I haven’t posted the printed album here yet), I did make adjustments so that I wouldn’t lost any of the details to the gutter. Basically what I did was assume that a 1/4 of the page on either side of the spread would be a sort of “buffer” zone. It’ll probably be better if I post visuals to explain. I hope to be able to put together that post for you soon. Anyways, I was really thrilled with the way the pages printed with that method. Perfectly. :)

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    Martine says:

    I really love your new album! And a late ‘Happy Birthday’ to Madeline!

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    Linda says:

    Ooooo. so lovely. simple and yet a big impact. I really like it.

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    bina says:

    This is really beautiful.

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    Ellie says:

    how adorable! love it :)

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    Leilani says:

    Oh…Liz, I am soo in love with everything you do!! You’ve brought out the inner minimalist in me :)

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    Denise S. says:

    Very nice. You do such great work.

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    Carlie says:

    Less is more… Great Album and love the red theme for a girls party, very refreshing!

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    dana says:

    this is great! i love blurb, they are the best!

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    Christina says:

    oh how beautiful. I now know I want to make one of these books for my late father. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Mel says:

    Agree with 3beans. Liz it is amazing. I love it and would LoVe to try it but dont know where to start !!
    I love all of your work..

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    EvaDEF says:

    Gorgeous album (as always) and absolutely gorgeous girls as well!!!

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    TaraMcK says:

    Love this Liz had to buy it right away – making books from our family photos to give to everyone for Christmas this year! LOVE IT

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    BosoxQT says:

    I am just in awe of your talent! So crisp and clean. Totally up my alley!!!

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    ava-j says:

    Hi Liz! I’ve finally gotten our travel photobook published and ordered, yahooo!
    Here’s the link to it at blurb.com (hope i got the link right)

    Thank you so much for the templates. You cannot imagine how much easier it was with you (figuratively) holding my hand through all that. And now I must impatiently wait for it to arrive…
    Bless you always!

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    ava-j says:

    Hi Christina! Thank you for your sweet comment.<3 I got my Blurb book a month after I ordered it and the wait was so worth it! I promptly ordered another 2 books! I have to warn you though, making photobooks is addicting,lol! Can't wait to see your own books. Hugs!

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    Gemma says:

    Hi Liz! I’m Gemma and I’m trying to make a photo book for my son’s first birthday. I saw your books on Blurb.com and they are just awesome!!!!! Your daughters are so lucky to have such a talented mom as you. I love all the photos and also the fonts that you used for your books! Could you tell me what fonts they are? (if you don’t want to, don’t answer!) Now I must return to think about my photo book 😉 Thank you!

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      Liz says:

      Hi Gemma,

      You are so sweet, thank you! The fonts that I use most are american typewriter and helvetica. Good luck and have fun putting together your son’s 1st birthday photobook!

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