Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My blurb book obsession + A giveaway

It started a few years back, when Jennifer ordered her first Blog Book from Blurb. We all had to sit and look through the entire thing, admiring all of her hard work and remembering the moments that we had already forgotten about.

I tried to start one on several occasions and would end up getting too frustrated to finish. Until they added the edit layout function. Oh happy day. I was able to add pictures and change them to whatever size I wanted. Make them vertical or horizontal to fit my pictures perfectly. Stretch my text box or shrink it down.


I ended up making books for...
my brother-in-law's family,
Mother's Day,
vacations,
but my most favorite are my blog books.
Instead of hundreds of blog entries just sitting on the computer,
four hardbound books now proudly sit on our shelf.
 I LOVE them!! 

They are a wee bit time consuming. But, when the mailman dropped off my box of books, I couldn't have been any more school-girl-giddy.


My first two books I ordered with the dust jacket. But my next two, I had the image printed right onto the cover (it was only a few bucks more and totally worth it).


Here's a sampling of my 2008 blog book...


so...
want to make a book of your own?
maybe you'd like to become a little obsessed like me?  better be careful.... it's not a hard thing to do.
when you make a book... it will quickly become one of your most prized possessions.
(besides my family they would be the first thing i ran for to save from a fire!)
well...
how does a $100.00 gift certificate sound?
pretty good right?
one of you will be making a book real soon.


here's what you need to do to enter...
make sure you are an eighteen25 follower. once you've done that. leave a comment for each of the following things you do:


-head over to blurb and take a look around, then come back and answer blurbs famous question... "what will your book be?"
-like us on facebook. or let us know if you already do.

we'll announce the lucky winner on sunday.
good luck!!

this giveaway is now closed
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LOTS more information and tips about making your own books HERE!



1,139 comments:

  1. I would just LOVE this! I have been meaning to make more blurb books. I have done 2007 and 2008 but need to get caught up on the last few years!

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  2. Love Blurb! I switched to Blurb from scrapbooking in 2008. I do one book each year of our family pictures. SUPER time consuming (I'm still wrapping up my 2009 book. . . eek), but the end product is so worth it.

    What a great giveaway!

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  3. My book would be an 8x10 book with the photo from my blog Header on the cover and a year of my blog inside the pages. Ooooh, how I would LOVE to win this!!!

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  4. I'd definitely make some blog books so I can sit back one day and read through my posts!

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  5. Oh I have been wanting to make a blog book for years now! If I win I will take the time to do it!!!! Yay for the giveaway!

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  6. left a comment on blurb's facebook page too!!

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  7. Would love to put last years family pics into a nice book like this!!

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  8. How I would love one of these for my blog!!!

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  9. I would love to make a blog book! Our blog is about our time overseas as missionaries - so it would be great to have it all in book form!

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  10. Oh! How I would love this! It would be perfect timing. I FINALLY finished my first book (from 2008)! Yikes!! And it's HUGE! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I would love love love this. I really want to make a wedding book. We don't have any pictures scrapbooked from our wedding and it would be nice to see them again!

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  12. I just ordered three Blurb books, with vacation photos and a lifetime of photos of our recently departed kitty. But I'm still working on my 2010 digital scrapbook, so this would be perfect to win!

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  13. I would love to make a senior book for my oldest daughter. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. I LOVE Blurb. My book will be a travel album documenting an upcoming trip to California!

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  15. I left a comment on Blurb's page:)

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  16. I would want another 8x10 blog book, but because I already have 2006-2010 done {LOVE these blurb books & options}, I would use it to compile our first years of marriage 2003-2005 into a blog book, so we had a total library of our marriage.

    I like you on Facebook.

    I like blurb on facebook.

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  17. I would love to make a blog book!

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  18. Left a comment on blurbs page:)

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  19. i would love to do a book for each of my children for each year...yeah! i'm 6 years behind:)

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  20. These are awesome! I think I'd like a general family yearbook.

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  21. I already like you on Facebook. ;-)

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  22. I have been wanting to make a blog book for at least a year. This would be so great! I have heard to them but have yet to use it

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  23. I've been meaning to make out blog a Blurb book forever now. You've just given me the motivation to get that project going! Thanks. (I've shared this message with Blurb, too.)

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  24. My book would be a collection of my Project 365 photos!

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  25. I LVOE you on facebook....ok I "like"

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  26. I love Blurb. I'm working on my 2009 blog book too! My kids love taking out our other blog years and reading through them!

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  27. Definitely a book with lots of pictures of my little guy!

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  28. left a comment on Blurb's facebook page!

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  29. I LOVE Blurb! I've been using them for years but have never branched out from the Standard Landscape. I need to make a Large Square...so cool!

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  30. Wish I had known about Blurb before I started scrapbooking my Disney vacation. Will definitly use them for my vacation trip this year! Beautiful books.

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  31. Perfect! I would definitely make a blog book {first at least} followed by many family books for each child. I tried to make a blog book once but gave up as I wasn't sure of the quality. Nice to know you trust them and to see the final outcome!

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  32. I have seen Blurb books but have never made one. I would make one of my blog - so many posts sit on the computer!

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  33. Right now I'd do a book of family pictures from 2010. Next year, maybe I'll do my blog!

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  34. ohh this is just what i need. i ordered my blog book just last week but will always need coupons for the years to come.
    they can get expensive :(
    yay for blurb.

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  35. I love Blurb! I would make my annual blog book with the credit! THANKS!!

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  36. I've been working on a blurb book of my now-inactive blog so I can save a keepsake of my daughter's first year. I agree, the edit layout function is what drew my attention to blurb. It's also why it's taking me so long to finish the book... lol! Thanks for the chance to win a blurb book! You guys are awesome! I love your blog.

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  37. Just left a message on Blurb's FB as well! Thanks!

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  38. I follow Blurb on FB and left a comment!

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  39. My sister and I have been wanting to put together a book about my grandparents life for the family. This would be awesome to win!!! I'd also love to make some blog books too :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  40. Post on blurbs facebook page!

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  41. I am a follower and I like the idea of a blog book!

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  42. I would be delighted to make a blog book. How exciting!

    angie.center at hotmail dot com

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  43. Oooh, what would my book(s) be... probably I would finally do something with all my photos and do a yearbook for my family!

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  44. I would do a standard portrait book, with image wrap on the cover - and I'll need lots of pages! :)

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  45. I follow you on GFC.

    angie.center at hotmail dot com

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  46. I would make the black and white blurb book. I've always wanted to do one.

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  47. I am one of your facebook followers.

    angie.center at hotmail dot com

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  48. I started my blog when I was on bedrest with my twins, just as a way to pass the time. Now 3+ years later it is their "baby book". I have wanted to turn it into a *real* book for the past 2 years and just haven't had the time. What a great giveaway!

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  49. I am working on my wedding blog book!

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  50. I am also obsessed. I tell my husband all the time if our house ever catches on fire, his job is to get the kids out and I'll grab the Blurb books!

    My next book will be a baby book for my little girl who turns one in July. I've done baby books for all my kids this way and they are truly priceless.

    garnrose at yahoo dot com

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  51. I'm a follower and I LOVE blurb books!!

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  52. i made my first blurb books at christmas this year and l also fell in love!!! I only got one that was soft covered so now I am going to try hard cover! I am making a book about our family each year for each grandparent set and one for us!!

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  53. I commented on blurb's FB, too.

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  54. I left a message on the Blurb wall.

    garnrose at yahoo dot com

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  55. I wrote on their FB wall. Thanks!

    angie.center at hotmail dot com

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  56. Our family just went on a HUGE vacation. I would love to do a blog book about our trip to California!!

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  57. I like you on FB!

    garnrose at yahoo dot com

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  58. I left a comment on blurb's facebook page too!!

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  59. Love the Blurb books, although I have always been admiring them from afar. I would make a book about our family photos from last year (or this year). What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!!

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  60. Blurb is my favorite! My next blurb book would be a book of letters that my husband and I wrote to each other while he was away for 8 months on rotations. I also am dying to do a blurb book of our dating/engagement story. And I absolutely LOVE my blog books from blurb!

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  61. I would put my blog into a book. It is my journal and scrapbook! I would love to win this!

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  62. I need to make my next blog book!

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  63. I LOVE this idea! I've been wanting to document my daughters first season playing softball this would be the PERFECT way of doing that!

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  64. Oh, I would LOVE to win this! I make a Blurb book every year, so I could use this gift certificate towards my 2011 Blurb book!

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  65. I liked Blurb's fb page and left a comment saying you sent me over

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  66. Love this!!! I would make a book of my Son's first year of life!!!

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  67. I would love one of these books to help document my daughters 7 month and counting hospital stay

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  68. I have started blurb books but gave up too out of frustration. I'll have to download the newer version with the edit layout. I just might finish a book now. Yay! I would make a book out of my family blog posts for sure.

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  69. I've always wanted to do this, but never knew if it worked! I need to make Blog Books...all the way back to 2005!

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  70. I loved your album! I liked you on FB. I'd like to make a Blurb book of our vacation next week!

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  71. I wrote you sent me on Blurb's facebook wall!

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  72. Oh yes, I'd love one! In fact, I have my 2010 blog book ready to be printed, perfect timing! So, definitely a blog book!

    sarah8914 at gmail dot com

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  73. I liked blurb on facebook. :)

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  74. I am a follower and love your blog. I kept a blog a couple years ago in which I posted one picture a day. It was fabulous to see the special AND the mundane parts of our lives. I printed the blog in a BLURB book and the quality was fantastic. Everyday I want to do the 365 blog again - I would definitely use the Blurb g.c. to print another book!

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  75. I like you on facebook!! :)

    sarah8914 at gmail dot com

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  76. I also LIKE you on Facebook. :)

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  77. I would make a blog book, I have been wanting to forever!

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  78. My daughter is almost 7 and I'm only up to her 6 months with scrapbooking. I just have no time to do it but don't want all her life to just be on files in the computer! I would love to make a yearly book to document!

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  79. I commented on Blurb's facebook page! :)

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  80. I would definitely try to capture all those moments from my blog in a 12x12 since that's what my digi scrapbooks are done in.

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  81. Left Blurb some love on Facebook!

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  82. OH MY GOODNESS... this is awesome! I would totally do a blog photo book... love that i could set a book on the coffee table that is pictures and stories of our family in that year! I already like you on facebook... You guys ROCK!

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  83. I definitely am long overdue for a blog book.

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  84. I would make a book documenting my blog entries of course! I need to get some of our photos in print!

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  85. I really need to start a book for my baby. She is almost 18 months! This would definitely help we get something going.

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  86. My Blurb book would be my family blog. I have been wanting to convert it to a book forever and just haven't found the right company yet. Your Blurb books look awesome!

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  87. I would LOVE this! Would definitely make my book from my blog. I'm WAY behind :)

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  88. I like you on FB.

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  89. Headed over to blurb's fb :)
    Thanks for the chances to win!

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  90. I have used blurb before and also love it. Especially now that you can edit the page layout! I am a follower, and my blurb book would be my annual family scrapbook. Fingers crossed! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  91. left a lovenote for blurb on facebook.

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  92. I'd like to make a family year book! These are awesome!

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  93. So excited about this give away! I'd love to do a blog book!!!

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  94. I liked you on Facebook and my book would be a blog book or a book of people we have lost in our family and what they mean to me, so that my children and their future families will always know a little about the people in our past!

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  95. I commented on Blurb's facebook page.

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  96. I stopped by Blurb and am already planning on making some blog books!

    krobertson9{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  97. I am a follower. I would definitely start making blog books. My children's whole lives are on my blog and I have yet to make any books!

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  98. I like to do the 8x10 books with image wrap...I have tried the white background, black, and turquoise background book themes.

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  99. Of course I "like" you guys on fb!!

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  100. I "like" Blurb now on fb and I left them a comment on their wall.

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  101. I am already a follower of
    eighteen25. I used blurb to create my blog book for 2008, but I need to get my 2009 & 2010. LOVE Blurb!! What a great giveaway.

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  102. Following you here. I love Blurb books!!! I have been making them for years. I usually do a family year book for my in laws that live in MA. I also did books just for my duaghter when we would take trips to Disney. I did a really cute book just for her Princess Belle birthday party. They are a lot of fun and if some reason the book gets ruined, I can just order another one, unlike my paper scrapbooks.

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  103. I would LOVE to make a blog book, so everything I've written on my blog could be preserved forever.

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  104. I like you on Facebook too. :)

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  105. I would make a blog book! I started blogging when I became pregnant and have turned my blog into a diary for my baby girl. I write to her almost everyday about the things we do and add pictures. I would LOVE to turn this into book so I could look back at it and remember EVERYTHING!!

    josephine.a.king@gmail.com

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  106. I like BLURB on facebook!! and left them a comment telling them you sent me!

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  107. Oh it would for sure be a blog book. I make them every year and get so excited when they arrive.

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  108. WOW WOW WOW!!!! I have been wanting to make a blog book for a LONG time! I had a very rough pregnancy and delivered my second baby 6 weeks early. I documented everything on my blog. What an experience having a preemie and being in the NICU was! I want to get it into a book (along with all the other milestones since then). Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a gift certificate!

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  109. liked you on FB!

    josephine.a.king@gmail.com

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  110. I've been following your blog for a while on google reader, but just clicked the 'follow' button! :-)

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  111. I love Blurb books and if I won this I would make my mother and mother in law a book since I am already caught up on my blog books:)

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  112. I 'like' you on facebook now too!

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  113. AND I like Blurb on facebook now too!

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  114. I follow you and would probably make a Large Square 12 × 12 about my husband's artwork!!!

    thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  115. I like Blurb on facebook and left them a comment

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  116. I let Blurb's facebook know you had sent me.

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  117. I signed up to like you on FB!

    thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  118. I would definitely make a blog book!!! My 2011 book is already in progress. I am also in the process of making a journal for my little baby girl on the way. So I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this giveaway!!!

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  119. I signed up to like Blurb on FB!

    thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  120. I liked the Girls at Eighteen25!!

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  121. liked them on FB! and left them a comment!

    josephine.a.king@gmail.com

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  122. Oooo I love Blurb! I've never heard of it before- but I LOVE the idea of having all of my crafts in a handy book!

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  123. I also liked them on facebook- and told them you sent me!

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  124. I love this giveaway! I would definitely make a book of my little boy (probably one for each year!) and I love the idea of a family recipe book. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  125. I am a fan of your's on facebook!

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  126. I would FINALLY print my family blog. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  127. i've been meaning to do a blurb book for years... now maybe i'll get to that project :) i have a couple years in blogs to print.

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