Turning “Gator Bride” into a Book

For months I have thought about turning this blog into a book. Not a book that you would want to read (I think?) and check out, but more for Mr. Knight and I to look back on all the planning, hard work, love, ideas, memories (and stress) that went into our wedding. Well… more like I will enjoy looking back at it, I doubt Mr. Knight will even touch it. He keeps saying “Your blog will be on the internet, you can always go back and look at it.” I’m not the ‘browse my blog/read books on the computer’ type of gal. I like the idea of holding something physical in my hand and flipping through it.

Blurb’s Blog to Book Example
I just HAD to use the baby blog example, right?

So it begins, the search for the perfect place to export my blog to, layout the book, and print the book from. I have used Lulu in the past on my graduate portfolio for architecture school and on my thesis book for graduate school, and have loved the quality and clarity of the images/text/etc. Top notch stuff, and for a great price (double score!). Downside – they don’t currently (to my knowledge and google searching) have an easy way of converting all your blog posts into a book format. I would have to export them all myself (the old cut and paste method) in InDesign and design the book myself. Can we say “I don’t have time for this?”

Another book printing site that I’m sure y’all recognize is Blurb. They have a no-stress, easy way of converting your blog to book. They even export all your entries from your blog into their ‘booksmart’ program. Although Blurb has been known to have poor color representation, I may have to check them out considering they are the ‘easier’ publisher to go with. I really like some of the layouts I have seen on their example Blog books, but I’m unsure if mine will look as nice. {pondering}

So far, I have checked out Blog2Print. You can just type in your blog address and it will automatically formulate a proof of the book for you, without even creating an account. Fun to do on a whim.

Preview Gator Bride Blog book by Blog2Print

It was super easy and doesn’t look too terrible, but still not my cup of tea. And you have to use ‘stock’ covers for the book. Not my thing. I’m all about the customization. :-)

Either way, I will keep y’all posted with what I discover! I’m excited to get started with this, and plan to print the book once I finish all my recaps and DIY project. Then it will be time to cross-over. What do I mean by “cross-over” you might ask? You will just have to wait to find out!

Do y’all have any plans for your blog after you finish blogging about your wedding/baby/etc? I’m still working on what to do over here on Gator Bride. I love blogging wedding stuff so much, I may just have to keep on doing it! :-)

{heart} Mrs Gator

PS- And for those who haven’t seen it yet, I just opened my Etsy shop, Gator Bride Designs {hooray}! I’m super excited about it and have been having too much fun helping other Bride’s with digital stationary. I love hearing about their colors/themes/ideas. I even just completed my first ‘truly’ custom invitation, a housewarming invite (in postcard form, how fun!) for a dear twitter friend. Look out for a blog post coming up soon about my little ol’ shop. :-)

6 Comment

  1. LauraLou says:

    You’ll have to post about what you decide because I’m hoping to do the same thing! Blog2Print is so easy, but so blah, so I wanna see what you come up with!

    And congrats again on the etsy shop! It’s so stinkin cute!

  2. How exciting for you!

  3. Stephanie says:

    As graphic design enthusiast, I have designed all the paper good and graphics for my wedding. I plan on printing up a seating chart (kind of like the one in your shop.) I would love to buy a layout from you, but the Photoshop nerd in me just won’t allow it.

    Anyway, as a long time follower and fellow gator, do you have any printing tips for me? Such as where could I go in town to get this done? Thanks!

    Also, I didn’t realize you could print your blog into a book! That is awesome. Can’t wait to see the results.

    The final thing I have to say is that you pretty much made me get a photo guestbook! I was so inspired that the fact that my photographer was giving me a free photoguestbook was one of the main reasons I picked them. (I wanted Starke but they were booked already :( ) I even designed each page in Photoshop. I’d love to show you the results (if you care LOL.)

  4. Mrs Gator says:

    @LauraLou: I will be sure to keep you posted! I’m really excited about this and have been thinking of the cover design and everything. I’ve been putting our wedding album ideas on the back burner. I think I’m scared to design our wedding album. I know.. I’m crazy.

    @Stacy Marie: Thanks! :-)

    @Stephanie: I know EXACTLY how you feel. It’s one of those things were I’m always like ‘hey I know photoshop, I need to just do this myself’. I did actually purchase a baby print for a friend that I could have TOTALLY done myself in illustrator (I’ve been slowly mastering it!) but decided I didn’t have the time to do it and ordering it was easier… although I did save it to make when I have a baby room one day if I so choose… here’s hoping!

  5. Brit says:

    I have this on my “to-do’s” for after the wedding, too. Great minds think alike :)

  6. Lia says:

    Wow I just saw your items in Etsy and have already decided what I’m gonna order I think. I just need to get to that point in the planning. Reception details look like they will be a lot easier! Yay!

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