Intro To Blurb

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Like many great companies before it, Blurb was actually started by accident. In the early 2000s, Eileen Gittins, Blurbs’ Founder, rekindled a passion for photography while trying to figure out her next career gig.

She wanted to compile her photos into a nice coffee table photo book, but she only wanted to print a handful of copies. The conundrum was that every publisher was quoting her hundreds of dollars for each book! She found this curious – and frustrating. So she asked herself, are there other people like me who want to affordably create their own high-quality book from their photos? The answer, of course, was yes, and it changed her life – and book publishing – forever.

In 2006, Eileen launched Blurb, a simple book-designing platform and a publishing process that could quickly produce beautifully made books at game-changing price.


Everyone from award-winning photographers, to couples wanting to commemorate the birth of their child started using Blurb – and they continue to do so today. Even after almost a decade, people are still blown away by Blurb’s user-friendliness, quality, and affordability. People trust Blurb to create every kind of book imaginable, including:

Blurb doesn’t just help people make books and magazines, they also help market them by providing publishers with their own dedicated sales page. Blurb’s dedicated sales pages allows authors to:

  • Make their book or magazine available to the public or by invitation-only
  • Write a compelling book description
  • Customize a preview of their book
  • Share their book with others on social media

Blurb also created their publishing platform to work seamlessly with Amazon and Apple iBooks Store so authors would have even more options for how they sell their books.

There are so many remarkable things to share about Blurb – too much for just one post! So keep an eye out for next week’s post because I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Blurb tools and tips — which, if you’re like me, will leave you thinking … “I didn’t know Blurb could do all that!”

Oh! And I almost forgot to mention that now through 4/28 you can get 20% off any book you create! Can’t wait to see what kind of book you create!

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15 Amazing Things to do in Berlin

Berlin is one amazing place to visit, but you probably already know that! Being one of the biggest European cities, you can imagine the sheer amount of things you can do here. This post is going to give you not 5, not 10, but 15 amazing things you can do in Berlin! Enjoy.

Take a Tour of Alternative Berlin

An alternative tour of Berlin is so worthwhile because it gives you the opportunity to see a side of Berlin you wouldn’t see anywhere else. Forget the touristy places for a minute and book one of these tours. The mood is quite underground, and you’ll be taken off the beaten path to enjoy some urban artwork. There’s even a gallery in an abandoned factory! You don’t even have to book this; you can just turn up and enjoy yourself!

Get an Amazing View

Kreuzberg offers an amazing view of Berlin, as it’s the highest point in the city. It’s a beautiful place to go and explore; climb up it and take plenty of pictures, then relax. Go on a summer’s day for the best experience!

Head to a Market

If you love the hustle and bustle of popular markets, head to BiOriental market in Berlin. You’ll find just about anything you can imagine on sale here, from flowers to Turkish food. You don’t even have to buy anything, just make sure you soak up the atmosphere. If you do see something you’d like to buy, make sure you haggle!

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Sample Some Gardening

The Princess Garden is a living project in Berlin where you can go and take a walk, and sample some of the delights they’ve grown. Why not take home a pouch of seeds as a souvenir? There are plenty of hotels in Berlin nearby, so you might even have this on your doorstep!

Go for a Walk

There are lots of different places you can walk in Berlin, so you won’t be short on routes to take if you like doing this. Although Berlin is fairly modern, it does have a kind of ‘old town’ you can take a stroll through – Nikolaiviertel. The architecture is wonderful to look at and the walk is lovely and peaceful. This is an educational and relaxing experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Go to an Ex Amusement Park

In Berlin, along the river spree, there was an amusement park running from the years 1969-2001. However, high prices meant that visitor numbers dropped drastically, and the owners decided to abandon it. Up until recently, it was not allowed to enter – then they introduced guided tours. This is interesting and spooky all at the same time.

Explore the Forest

Grunewald forest is a huge forested area in Berlin, perfect for going to relax for the day. Make sure you pack a picnic so you can spend a good few hours here in the sunshine. You could go through it on a bike, or even on a horse. Guided tours are also available.

Shop for Bargains

Mauer park is home to some amazing bargains, as a huge flea market opens each Sunday. You can buy food, clothes, bikes, and even furniture here! Just make sure you have enough room/cash to get it back home with you.

Walk the Berlin Wall

It wouldn’t be a trip to Berlin without walking the Berlin wall, would it? There are guided tours you can take and points you can visit that will educate you on the story of the wall.

Rent a Bike

There’s a big bike culture in Berlin, so rent a bike and see how much you can explore. This will shave hours off your usual exploring time, and you’ll get some exercise while you’re at it.

Party

You can’t fault Berlin when it comes to partying; sometimes it doesn’t stop all week long. Weekends and weekdays all blend into one here! Plenty of different kinds of venues and music styles can be found, so you’ll always find something you like. Many of them have great views and even the opportunity to watch the sunrise.

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Try Traditional Food

Currywurst might sound strange on paper. A traditional german sausage covered in ketchup and curry powder – but you’ll forget all that once you try it. People eat it for all occasions over here, but it’s especially delicious after a day out drinking! Have it with fries or a bread roll if you’re especially hungry.

Go to the Open Air Cinema

This should be on everybody’s bucket list! Enjoying a film at an open air cinema from dusk till dark is an amazing experience. You’ll need to arrive early to get the best deck chairs though, so make sure you leave plenty of time. Snacks will be available there so you don’t need to worry about taking your own. There are two places you can go: Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz or Friedrichshain open air cinema.

Play Some Ping Pong

Forget your age and your ping pong skill level; Dr. Pong is definitely one of the best places to visit in Berlin. The music is good, and the atmosphere is fantastic. You’ll love being a part of a real competitive ping-pong competition. Just make sure you alternate drinking with playing, as spilling your beer won’t be appreciated. One of the most unique places you can hope to go in Berlin!

Go to the…Beach?

You would be forgiven for thinking that Berlin didn’t have any beaches, but they got a little creative! You could rock up to just about any river in Berlin and find somewhere to relax with a blow-up ball and a comfortable chair. I suggest Yaam, where you can enjoy a great atmosphere and even a Tai Chi class if you want to!

As you can see, Berlin has pretty much everything you could ever want in a big city break. You get all of the big city excitement and activities, while still having the opportunity to relax on the beach if you want to. Have fun!

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Check Out Minted

blog3I absolutely love finding unique shops, online or in person, especially when they offer great stationary or gift items. I really don’t have much willpower when it comes to planners, journals, note cards and so on. I just love having pretty items to help me organize my life. That’s why I have always loved Minted.

But now, with the addition of some really great new families of products, I highly recommend all of you go check out Minted! They have added “save the date” cards, which are such a fun way for brides to prepare for their upcoming weddings. Not to mention their beautiful art prints that are now available.

What I really love are the newly added map gifts. I’ve always been intrigued with maps because they show me that there are so many places I still need to visit. I really love this piece, which is made with real foil and will shine as the light hits it, especially if I went with a reclaimed barn wood frame too …….

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