Photobooks: My finished 2012 photobook.

The week before last my 2012 photobook arrived and I finally got to reap the reward for all those hours spent editing photos and creating photobook pages. I am really happy with how it turned out. It was my third time ordering from Blurb and by now I've mostly figured out how to get the result I want.

As an added bonus I had my 2009 book reprinted in the 7 x 7 small square size. I ordered it from a different site back in the day since I got a free sample and I was never happy with how the colours came out and wanted the books to all look the same. Next year I am going to reprint my 2010 book as well. I did order it from Blurb but it contains many photos that are not so dear to my heart anymore. That's the one downside to printing photobooks rather than traditional scrapbooking - you can't just rip photos out or replace them after the book is finished without redoing the whole thing. I thought I'd have the 2010 book reprinted in the small square size but I think I am going to stick with the original 12 x 12 size because the 7 x 7 is just so tiny! It was great for the 2009 book though because I didn't take many photos back then and it's only 26 pages long. The 2011 and 2012 books are 116 pages each, on the other hand.

I will definitely be making another book like this for 2013, and I hope to keep making them. While I often glance longingly at the beautiful Project Life pages people post on Instagram and various blogs I know it's just not for me at this time in my life. I don't even own a printer and I don't really have the space for scrapbooking supplies either. Keeping it all in your computer works out so much neater when you live in a one bed apartment. That's not to say I won't try it out in the future though.

This year I have learned to streamline my photobook making process. When I did my 2011 pages I'd skip wildly from one part of the year to the next and ended up using a number of different fonts and templates and ended up with a book far less consistent than I'd like. On the other hand I scrapbooked 2012 chronologically, used the same couple of fonts throughout the book and templates that were similar to each other. I also started each new "chapter" of the book with one big photo on the left side and small ones on the right side. This all made the finished book more consistent than my 2011 one. I still use very few embellishments and prefer to let the photos stand out on their own but I do make good use of my large collection of backgrounds.

The 2012 book is the first one I've included photos from my phone in. I got my iPhone in early 2012 and at first I wasn't sure how I'd combine my many Instagram photos with the DSLR ones, but I figured out a method and the iPhone photos printed really well, too. Some were of lower resolution than they should have been but you can't tell from the finished pages. I will definitely be including iPhone photos in the future as well.

Technical details for those who are interested:
Company: Blurb
Size: 12 x 12 & 7 x 7.
Design software: I make all the pages in Photoshop and create the book through Bookify on the Blurb webpage.
Paper: Matte premium.
Cover: Wrap-around. I have always disliked dust covers on books so this choice is an easy one.

Photobook pages: December 2012 + the cover.

The front and back cover. The 12 template is from Chelle's Creations but I got the idea to split up photos rather than putting one in each square (which would have taken forever) from Mes Scraps, Mes Voyages. The template for the back cover is from Simply Yin (actually many of the templates I use for my books are from her site).

Glimpses from the month of December. I can't believe how wintery it was - halfway through the month the stream that runs through central Kalmar had frozen over. I doubt it will happen this year, although it is getting colder so who knows.

Church in the morning on Christmas Eve.

More photos from the big day. Last year we celebrated Christmas at my aunt's place, which means we'll be celebrating it at my parents' house this year.

I didn't take that many photos during the days between Christmas and New Years. This is a spread from Boxing Day when we ate (a small portion of) the giant lolly Per bought me in Gränna that summer.

I didn't take any photos on New Years myself (fail) but I got some from the friend that we celebrated it with. They are terrible quality (think non-DSLR/flash/blurry) but without a spread for New Years the book felt incomplete so I decided to include them anyway (as a compromise I made them tiny). The photo on the left is actually not even from New Years Eve 2012 (but the year before) but I added it in order to complete the spread. I searched for a stock photo of fireworks online but couldn't find a fitting one. Note to self: No matter how we celebrate New Years this year: bring the camera, and use it!

Photobook pages: October-November 2012.

Here's the second to last instalment of my 2012 photobook pages.

Glimpses from September & October, mostly from Instagram. I didn't give September it's own spread because I had surprisingly few photos from that month, and a great many from October. The "Hello fall" text is a recent download from paislee press.

Another spread with a mix of photos, most of which were taken in Kalmar.

An evening in Karlskrona at the end of the month. We were catching the ferry that evening and left a little early to get to revisit the favourite places we found when we went there in the summer. The Brändaholm allotment area might have been just a little bit lovelier in the fall than in the summer.

The next day in Gdynia, Poland, on the other side of the Baltic Sea. It was such a beautiful autumn day.

Obligatory fountain photos. The other day it occured to me that it would be pretty neat if I made a compilation of the photos my family has taken by this fountain over the years. Unfortunately not all of them are digital, but it's definitely a project I'm adding to my mental to-do-list. Sidenote: the fountain has since been renovated and now looks entirely different.

Stunning autumn colours. This spread makes me happy.

Visiting grandma...

Catching the sunset from the pier in the Orlowo district of Gdynia. I love it there.

Finally, glimpses from the month of November. This is the only spread I made from the entire month. However, that isn't so bad compared to this year. At this rate I'll be lucky if I manage to fill one November spread in my 2013 photobook. What can I say, November is just not a very photogenic month...

Photobook pages: August 2012.

For the sake of continuity, here's the next instalment of my 2012 photobook pages.

First some everyday glimpses from the month, the move, my birthday preparations, the first signs of autumn.

The third and final trip of my summer vacation, down to the province of Blekinge. The places we stopped by on the way to our first destination.

The city of Karlskrona where we spent the first night...

... before we moved on to Karlshamn.

Finally, on the third day we went to the third largest town of the Blekinge, Ronneby and also fit in a visit to the island Karön.

Then it was time to go back to work again but the summer didn't quite end there. The first weekend after we went back to work we went on a roadtrip to northern Öland with its beautiful forest and cute little train line that I'd wanted to go on forever.

Photobook pages: Spain 2012.

I am so close to finishing my 2012 photo book now! Only 15 % to go. Two trips, Stockholm in September and Poland in October/November. And the cover which will take forever, but I am ignoring that for now. It is not included in the 15 %. In any case, today I will share the spreads I made of my trip to Spain with Fanny in late July/early August of 2012. I thought that trip would be the hardest part to get through because we took so many photos, but I actually finished it quite quickly.

The first spread with a photo from Tossa de Mar on the left and Instagram photos from our long journey to Spain and back on the right. As you might recall we travelled by bus. That's about 32 hours each way!

We stayed in Calella but we went on a day trip to Barcelona the day after we arrived. It was a quite busy day during which we visited most of the city's main sights.

I put together our photos from Calella on three spreads. The first consists of various photos we took while out and about town.

The best times of the trip; hanging out by the hotel pool and eating unholy amounts of frozen yoghurt downtown.

Photo's from Calella's park where we spent a couple of afternoons in the shade.

Our second outing to Barcelona, this time in the evening to watch the Magic Fountains and see the view of the city at night from the Montjuïc hill.

Finally, the day before it was time to go home again, and our day trip to the beautiful Tossa de Mar.

Photobook pages: June-July 2012.

In the past few weeks I've been working away on my 2012 photobook (hence my somewhat decreased level of activity on Lj). I'm feeling quite inspired and still have hope that I'll complete it this year. I've only finished 45 % of it so far, but if I keep working at the same pace that I have lately it shouldn't be impossible. Here are the June and July spreads. There'll be a few more pages with photos from late July but they will make a chaper of their own. Those of you who were around back then might have a clue what it'll be about.

My visit to the Sofiero Gardens outside of Helsingborg in early June.

When the whole family except Cissi went to Stockholm to celebrate my cousin Sanna's high school graduation. Such happy times with most of the family gathered.

Random glimpses from Midsummer Eve and other days in June. Many of these photos don't look very special but there is so much I could tell you about the context in which they were taken...

A walk through central Helsingborg, starting to say goodbye to my favourite places.

The Fredriksdal Gardens in Helsingborg, my first and only visit.

Instagram photos from the month of July in Kalmar and my hometown. Many memories are hidden in these photos as well.

The start of my summer vacation and the first trip I went on with Per, to the island Visingsö and the town of Gränna. Also, the first official photo of the two of us together ♥

Gränna, the town of candy. Getting that huge lollipop from Per will forever remain one of my favourite memories.

The Västanå waterfall outside of Gränna, and some photos from the city of Jönköping where we stopped on our way back south.

Photobook pages: May 2012.

Remember how thrilled I was that I'd finally made some progress on my 2012 photobook way back in April? Well, I made a couple more spreads after that but then the summer came and I didn't work on it at all for months (just like I'd expected - summer is not the time to stay indoors in front of the computer after all). Now that autumn is here I've taken it up again and this week I finally completed the month of May 2012. What a busy month it must have been - I devoted 9 whole spreads to it alone as opposed to the 4 I did for February-April. Based on the amount of photos I've got saved from 2012 I'm only about 27 % done, but I haven't given up on completing the book this year yet. It was one of my new years resolutions after all. Anyway, enough writing. Here are the spreads:

My first visits to Kalmar (Instagram photos from March-May, template on the right inspired by this template by one of my greatest sources of inspiration paislee press).

When Cissi and I went to Dalby on the 1st of May. (Template on the right from paislee press.)

A weekend in my hometown and visiting my cousin and her baby Wilma, May 5th-6th.

Exploring the parks of Helsingborg, May 13th.

When I visited Råå, south of Helsingborg, May 17th.

Isle of Ven with Cissi and Fanny, May 19th.

Beautiful rapeseed fields on the Isle of Ven.

A day on the beach in Bjärred with Fanny, May 20th.

From the woods outside my hometown at the end of the month, May 27th.

I am very much looking forward to seeing these in print. Just have to finish another 100 pages or so first so I can order the book...