We hope everyone enjoyed making their Blurb book!

I’ve been super excited about this giveaway for over a month, and I’m so excited to finally be able to post it! But before we get to the giveaway part, let me show off one of my new favorite things sitting on our coffee table…

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I love Instagram. If you haven’t joined in on the Instagram bandwagon yet, it’s kind of like Twitter, but with photos. If you’re already on Instagram, you can find us at 7thHouseBlog. Sometimes I find myself taking photos of the most random things just to post them on Instagram. Recently, Greg has taken to asking, “Instagram?” whenever I take out my phone. Now, pair this obsession with my love for pretty coffee table books, and bam! you have Blurb. One of Blurb’s latest and greatest features is the ability to design fully custom, beautifully printed books using your Instagram photos. Needless to say, I had to try it out.

Importing all of my Instagram photos only took a few minutes. It was a lot of fun to arrange all of them and choose which ones made the cut (I used the Bookify option). About a week later, I got my finished product in the mail. The anticipation was killing me, and I could hardly open the package fast enough. I chose the black hardback cover (which came with a spiffy dust jacket) but decided to personalize the cover in a different way…

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I used one of my favorite stamps with some gold ink and stamped front cover. I love the metallic gold ink against the black cover and the design of the stamp gives the book a modern rustic look which will eventually tie in with our living room. My cup of tea.

I’m super impressed with the quality of the book – and I’m one of those super-picky paper people. It’s just like an expensive coffee table book you’d buy from a bookstore, but with my Instagram photos. Being 7×7, it’s the perfect size to sit out on the coffee table. It’s fun to show it off to our non-Istagramming friends and family.

Now that I’ve tasted a bit of the Blurb awesomeness, I’m thinking this would be a really cool way to preserve our photos every year. Or, how fun would it be to create a vacation book with just our Disney World photos?! Yep, that’s happening.

Now for the giveaway part… Are you ready for this? Today, we’re giving one lucky reader ALL OF YOU your very own Instagram book! Yes, you read that right! The oh-so-awesome people at Blurb are giving all of our readers an Instagram book!

All you have to do is click on over to Blurb, sign in, import your Instagram photos, design your book and enter INSTA7HOUSE at checkout. This code is only valid through October 17th, 11:59pm local time. *Your $19.95 credit covers the cost of a 60 page, 7×7 soft cover book. Taxes and shipping are additional and vary by location. Blurb ships worldwide (yay!), but to check out the shipping areas, click here. The fine print: Get up to $19.95 USD, CAD, $21.95 AUD and 17.95 Euros off your book total (GBP not allowed). This offer is valid until 10/17 11.59pm local time. Each coupon may only be used by a customer once and on books made by you. This offer may not be combined with other promotional codes, volume discounts or used retroactively on previous orders.

Good luck, everyone! Congrats, everyone! ; )

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    October 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    So Cool! Thanks for the fun giveaway! Now to get myself in gear and make it happen before Wednesday!

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    Amanda @ willful/joyful
    October 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    This is so cool!!! Thank you 🙂

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    Christina @ Homemade Ocean
    October 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Holy excitement!!! I’ll be sharing this with everyone!

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    October 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Oh how I wish I had started an instagram account sooner! Do you know if the discount will work with other types of photos if we still get the same size book/photos?

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      October 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      The discount will work on whatever Blurb product your heart desires : )

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    Sarah M
    October 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Eek!!! I love it!!!

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    Heather @ AccomplishingDreams
    October 15, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Dude – you guys rock! Thank you so much 🙂

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    October 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Wow sounds great, have used blurb before & was delighted with my photobook. Do you have to upload the shots from instagram or will any source for my photos do? Thanks!

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      October 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Nope! You can also upload photos from Facebook, Flickr, your computer and a few other apps.

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    Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    October 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    So awesome! Thank you so much! 🙂

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    Jessica Anderson
    October 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Wow thanks!!

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    October 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you guys! My new project tomorrow is to take way better, more artistic photos. Most of mine don’t make the cut for a nice little coffee table book, so I’ll be shooting away to take some better ones for this!

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    October 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I’m so excited! I never win anything!

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    October 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    OMG! Thanks guys! I just put together my book. I’m not new to Blurb, but I didn’t know you could make Instagram books. Will definitely be making another one next year!

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    October 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! Just finished & ordered my book–it looks amazing. You guys rock!

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    Candace (NYStateofMoM)
    October 15, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    This is such a cool giveaway! THANK YOU!

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    Teresa Long
    October 16, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Now THAT’S what I call “A GIVEAWAY”! Thank you!!!

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    Jessica H
    October 16, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Just made mine! Thanks so much, you guys are AWESOME! Loveee the blog and read it daily, thanks for such an awesome co-lab. 🙂

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    October 16, 2012 at 8:47 am

    what the hell? this is amaaaazing! you guys (ashley, greg and blurb) are awesome!

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    October 16, 2012 at 9:46 am

    What an AMAZING giveaway. You guys are awesome. I just ordered mine. I had a little snafu where to book I worked on last night didn’t save (sad face) but I recreated it and I can’t wait for it to arrive! Whoohoo. I hope it’s not too weird that my whole book is about our pup? Thanks again!

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      October 16, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Not weird at all, haha! I could have easily made an entire book of Bentley ; )

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    October 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Yipeeeee!!! Thank you all so much. 🙂 Made my week, even if it is only Tuesday!

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    Ashley S
    October 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

    This is an awesome giveaway! Thanks for being just as awesome 🙂

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    October 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    This is awesome. Thanks so much! 🙂

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    October 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    This is great! I love my instagram pics and I’ve been meaning to do something with them. This makes it super easy! Thanks!

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    October 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Now my Instagram pictures are out of my phone and in print. I’ve never used Blurb, but it was super easy!! Thanks again – this made my day!!!

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    October 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Wow, THANK YOU!!!!

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    October 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    thanks so much! love it!

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    October 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Something to do with all my instagram pics? Yes please!

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    October 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    thank you so, so much!!! this is really awesome. i spent a lot of time on my book and i can’t wait for it to arrive 🙂

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    October 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you! I saw one of these giveaways before but was having trouble with the software to make the book. This time it worked perfectly 🙂

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    Whitney Moberg
    October 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you so much for this great offer! I just made my book and I can’t wait to see it!

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    October 17, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Done and ordered…so cool, can’t wait to see it…thank you!!

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    October 17, 2012 at 10:40 am

    SO awesome!! Thanks so much!! 🙂 I made my book at work, shhh…don’t tell! Hee!!

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    October 17, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Thanks so much Ashley and Greg! Looking forward to getting my book. 🙂

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    Whitley S.
    October 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

    IM SO STOKED about this book. Ive been looking for some way to print my instagram pics. Thank you guys so much! I do have a question though. I can only get it to upload my most recent 59 pics but I want to use older ones. Is there a way to do that that I just cant seem to figure out? Either way I’ll totally make it work. 🙂

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      October 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Hmm, I’m not sure… I was able to upload all of my Instagram photos. I’d suggest contacting their support or clicking the “Help” button. They are super fast about getting back to you. Hope that helps!!

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      October 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Whitley,

      Mine did the same thing so there must be a glitch.

      I ended up having to go into EDIT BOOK and then ont he next screen at the top right it says something like GET PHOTOS or DOWNLOAD (Sorry, I’m at work and the site blocked). It may ask you for your Instagram info again but it will then download ALL of your Instagram photos.
      While it is downloading it will give you two choices: 1. Auto insert or 2. You insert them into book yourself. Because the first 59 will duplicate I do not suggest choosing AUTO (and because they really do not want you to be able to delete any pages either), so choose doing it yourself and they will insert the photos into a photostrip at the bottom after they are all downloaded.
      I moved pages around and then inserted the non-duplicated photos page by page until I was happy with the layout. I never could get any of the pages to delete if I added too many, etc., so by the 3rd do-over I finally had it down. 🙂

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      Whitley S.
      October 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Thank you both so much! I’m at work too right now so I can’t wait to get home and work on it. Looking forward to showing it off! Also, Ashley, I LOVED the stamped cover you did on yours and may just have to borrow the idea 😉

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    October 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Just ordered my book! Simple, easy and baby book done for the year. boom!

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    October 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Just ordered my book – my kids will be sooo excited to see pictures of themselves in a real book! Thanks!

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    October 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Just finished mine. I did a soft cover of all (okay some) of the instagrams I’ve taken of my boys. Going to give it to my husband for Christmas! Thanks so much.

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    Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove
    October 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Just ordered mine – it was a lot of fun going through all my instagram shots and choosing my favorites!

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    October 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you! Just ordered my book, can’t wait for it to arrive.

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    October 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Awesome! Thank you!

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    Ashley B
    October 17, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Woot! My husband and I just made books with both of our feeds! Great deal!

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    October 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks so much!!!

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    October 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I just ordered my book; I can’t wait until it arrives! Thank you so much for this offer!! 😀

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    October 18, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Just placed my order! 🙂 I’m excited to see how this turns out–when I have more time to work on my photos, I’m looking forward to ordering a large portfolio book, and a planner, and a notebook for blog planning, and…oh lord, I’m getting ahead of myself. Thanks for the giveaway. This was awesome!

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    October 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for great giveaway! Just ordered it before the cut off time last night. Didn’t have time to plan it well as I was running out of time so did book full of our 2 labs!
    Enjoy your blog…I try read it every day.
    thanks again!

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