Blurb Photo Book Review

Blurb Photo Book Review | The Handcrafted Story

This is my first Blurb photo book review and [SPOILER ALERT] I’m really happy with this photo book. I wanted to print a photo book with Blurb for a long time, and finally ordered my first Blurb photo book in June 2014.  The size I chose is their “Small Square 7×7 inches (18×18 cm)”, with 60 pages. I chose my favourite photos to represent our family in 2012 and all the photos are from my iPhone 4S.


  • The binding feels good. I’m glad I chose the hardcover option. This book feels really nice, and I’m picky about book covers. I think part of why I really like the cover is that it’s a matte finish, which I much prefer, rather than a glossy finish. I’m very happy with the quality of the binding and overall quality.
  • The paper is high quality. I upgraded the paper to Premium Paper, lustre finish. I can’t remember where I’d read that it’s worth it to upgrade Blurb paper, but I did and it’s really great paper.
  • The printing quality is good considering the source. All the photos in this book are from my iPhone 4S, with quite a few from Instagram filters and I’m satisfied with the printing quality considering the source. I wouldn’t want to print these photos any larger since they just don’t have the sharpness required.

Blurb Photo Book Review | The Handcrafted Story


  • Small Blurb logo on end sheet. There is a small Blurb logo on the last page, which I think can be removed for an extra fee.
  • No photo on back cover. The back cover is blank because I couldn’t figure out how to add a photo there. I’m not sure if it’s possible to add a photo there or if I just couldn’t figure it out. I was in a rush, so didn’t contact Blurb to figure this out, but I would prefer to have a photo there.
  • Extra cost for white end sheets. I don’t think I should have to pay extra for white-coloured end sheets (the default is standard mid-grey) but I’m glad I did, since the rest of the book has a white background and the grey would have looked out of place.

Blurb Photo Book Review | The Handcrafted Story


I didn’t include any text in the photo book and decided after looking at it in person that I wanted to add more of the story behind the photos. Since these photos were from Instagram, I looked back at the photos on Instagram and used the comments I made there to hand-write in the book. I used an American Crafts Precision Pen, which works well, but I did need to wait a couple minutes for the ink to dry before I could turn the page.

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I haven’t tried it yet, but Blurb offers an option to sell your Blurb book on Amazon.


I will definitely print with Blurb again. I like the idea of a book a year the same size.

Have you printed with Blurb? Post a link in the comments.

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By | 2017-09-21T13:11:56-07:00 August 7th, 2014|Photo Books, Photography|9 Comments


  1. Denielle August 8, 2014 at 9:02 am - Reply

    It looks great! This makes me want to do one with my vacation photos . . .

    • Anika August 8, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks Denielle! It’s super easy and I recommend you do it. It makes a really fun keepsake.

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  6. Ebon January 6, 2015 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Looks great and nice review!

  7. Carrie January 9, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    First let me say what a lovely site you have! Memory keeping is a huge passion of mine so it was fun to read through your posts!
    I have been using to make books for years. I think I passed the 50 book mark a couple years ago. Secondly, I wanted to let you know that you can put a photo on the back – just make sure you are in the double spread view when you are making the book and the front and back cover will show up so you can drag and drop a photo into the box. I love how you used your own handwriting for the captions! Such a personal touch!

    If you ever have any Blurb questions feel free to contact me! @4MamaBear on Instagram and Twitter or I did include my email link in my comment.

    Have a great day!

    • Anika Lacerte January 9, 2015 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Carrie! I’d like to make another Blurb photo book, but I’m not sure what it will be yet. I will be sure to read your tips on adding the photo to the back of the book. 50 books! Wow!

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