Articles by Caroline

Supersize Your Memories

We all have loads of digital images, but how many of you have taken that extra step to take them back a generation and make a book? You probably know by now that you can make a fantastic photo book with Lulu. It’s simple, fun and you end up with a beautiful keepsake for yourself, your family and your friends. Whether you’ve got loads of wedding photos, shots from your vacation last summer, or designs for your professional portfolio — the options are endless.

What you might not know is that Lulu now offers photo books in extra large sizes. We have 12″ x 12″ square and 13″ x 11″ landscape books with premium paper and gorgeous matte covers. Of course we think they’re great, but seriously, they are GREAT. The larger sizes have a majestic feel and harken back to days when people actually had photos printed and took the time to paste them into albums. But you’re not pasting, you’re dragging and dropping. With these books, you can create a seriously professional project with minimal effort on your part. We have plenty of themes and fonts to choose from to give your book the personal touch you desire.

In fact, these large size books aren’t just in the Lulu Studio. If you want a bit more creative liberty, you can design your own book and upload the PDF into the Lulu Wizard, while still taking advantage of premium paper and the classy matte hardcover option.

With the holidays just around the corner,  this is actually the perfect time to start a photo book project and still have plenty of time to tweak your text and add that extra bit of finesse to your photos. The only real decision is whether you flex your creative muscles and upload your own custom created PDF or take advantage of specially designed themes in the Lulu Studio™.

New Photo Book themes

Just in time for wedding season, we have created 3 new photo book themes for the Lulu Studio:  Platinum, Brilliant and Eternal. Not exclusively for weddings, these new themes round out our current selection with notes of elegance and modernity. Enjoy!

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Help us create new Studio Themes

As Nuno mentioned in his recent post, we like to keep things fresh here at Lulu. And we also like to know what you’re thinking.

We are continually creating new themes for the Studio which includes Photo Books, Cookbooks, Poetry Books and Calendars. We value your opinion and we’d like to know what you want.  I’m not talking about functionality – that’s a whole different discussion!  What I am talking about is backgrounds, colors, layouts—the basic look and feel of things.

So if you have some ideas, bring them on!  We have many new fonts and recently added 2 new themes but we want to do more and we’d like your help. Thanks for sharing.

p.s. new cookbook theme – it’s called Savory  Savory_Cookbook

Lulu Studio: more new fonts and themes

NewFonts2SmallIt keeps getting better! Yesterday we added two new photo book themes and eight new fonts to the Studio.  These new fonts will definitely enhance your ability to create stunning projects that are unique to your vision and personality.

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Lulu Studio: New fonts!

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Exciting news for the Lulu Studio! In our efforts to continue to make improvements,  yesterday we released eight new fonts for you to use in your photo books, cookbooks, calendars and poetry books.

To see the fonts up close, click the small image to the left.

Keep checking for more new fonts in the future and let us know what you think!

Design Chat: What to do with all your holiday photos?!?

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If you’re like me, you took a ton of photos over the holidays and probably don’t really know what to do with them. A great way to share photos with family and friends is by making a photo book. It doesn’t have to be big in size – the Compact books are very portable 5.25″ x 3.5″ and come in a set of 3.

If you’ve never made a photo book using the Lulu Studio tool before, or just have questions about how to make your projects even better, then join me for Design Chat this Wednesday at noon (EST).  We’ll go over how to use the Studio in general as well as “tricks” on how to customize your project with your own fonts and designs.

Send an email to: DesignChat@lulu.com and the first 10 people will be sent the URL and password to participate in the chat.

Design Chat: Postponed until 11/18

designchat1Due to unforseen circumstances, Design Chat will be postponed until Nov 18th. See you all then!

Caroline

Design Chat: Photo Books and Calendars

designchat1Now that Halloween is behind us it seems like holiday decorations are already going up! If you’re thinking of getting a jump on your holiday gift giving and want to keep to a budget, why not a photo book or a calendar that you can personalize for those special individuals in your life. If you’ve never used the Lulu Studio tool before, or just have questions about how to make your projects even better, then join me for Design Chat this Wednesday at noon (EST).  We’ll go over how to use the Studio in general as well as “tricks” on how to customize your project with your own fonts and designs.

Send an email to: DesignChat@lulu.com and the first 10 people will be sent the URL and password to participate in the chat. Looking forward to helping you making beautiful books!

Lulu Publishing Services 101

How do you know if Lulu Services are right for you? Why not join us for a free online webinar to find out.

On November 5th at 3:30pm EST we will be hosting Lulu Publishing Services 101 to discover how a little professional help on your book goes a long way. We will be discussing the reasons why or why not you might benefit from services such as editing, formatting and cover design.

Join us for a half hour right here and we’ll cover the most common pre-publishing topics. Mark your calendar—seating is limited and we’ll be accepting attendees 30 minutes before the call. No need to register in advance. If you cannot make it at this time we will post the seminar for replay in the near future.

Get a jump on publishing using this coupon and save 20% off when you purchase at least $350 worth of services.picture-1

Promotional codes cannot be applied to any previous order. No exchanges or substitutions allowed. Only one valid coupon code may be used per account. Offer expires on 10/31/09 at 11:59 PM EST. Orders must be in U.S. Dollars. Lulu.com reserves the right to change or revoke this offer at any time. Void where prohibited.

Design Chat: Start your holiday calendars now!

designchat1Join us again tomorrow (Wednesday October 5th) from 12 noon until 1pm (NY time)  if you would like to discuss photo books and calendars – simple questions or in depth inquiries into how to create successful projects.

Please send an email if you’d like to join and I’ll send you the URL and password for the chat. DesignChat@lulu.com