how to print digital project life

There was a knock at the door.

He’d arrived.  After months of waiting, he finally stood on my doorstep.

The UPS man.  Here.  Holding a box from

My digital project life [baby edition].  In a real, beautiful, tangible book.


I have used Blurb to print my digital project life for three years.  I continue to return to them year after year because I’m thrilled with the quality of their books.

So, today, I want to share a little more about my process for turning digital project life into a printed book.


Adobe Lightroom has a built-in book function that partners with Blurb directly [I believe in LR version 4 and above].

Using Lightroom, I follow these simple steps:

  1. Import your finished project life pages [mine are saved in .psd format]
  2. In the develop tab, create a collection of your pages
  3. Move over to the book tab and choose your book settings in the upper right menu [mine are: Blurb, Large Square 12×12, Hardcover, Proline Uncoated]
  4. Select your collection of pages on the left navigation menu
  5. Click ‘Auto Layout’ in the right menu [this puts all of your pages into a book for you]
  6. Change your view settings to see all of your pages [click the icon with four squares, under the displayed page]
  7. Important:  if you’re using the page templates from, you’ll need to add padding to the pages to ensure everything falls in the ‘safe zone’:
    Select all pages [not the cover]
    Change padding to 25 [this is found in the right navigation menu]
    To make sure the ‘padding’ matches the template background, update the background color.  Click on background color in the right navigation, select HEX in the right corner, and enter: DED7CF [this is the color that matches the templates, provided you haven’t altered the background]
  8. Add your cover images [here’s a free template of the cover you see pictured]
  9. Update the spine to match your cover.  If you’re using my free template, you can edit the background color and input HEX 43C0B3 to get a matching teal color.  Add text if you’d like and….
  10. Click SEND TO BLURB!


I do highly recommend upgrading to the image wrap cover [pictured above] as well as the Proline Uncoated paper.  It’s more expensive, but oh so worth it.

Want to see more of the inside of Colin’s baby book?  Check out the entire book!

Curious about how I make my digital pages QUICKLY?  Read about my process!

Any other questions?  Feel free to leave a comment below!
[I do reply to every comment.  Except the spam.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.]

  • This is just gorgeous. So happy to have found your blog and to have found another Seattle Project Lifer! Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Love this so much! I have the digital baby edition for him also, but my son was born in 2010! My goal is to have his baby book done before baby #2 arrives in May. I think I may get it printed through Blurb now.ReplyCancel

  • Oh, one other question! Did you get it printed 8×8?ReplyCancel

  • Anja

    I really like this cover design. I can’t seem to figure out how to update the spine color though. I am using the Blurb Bookmaker app and uploaded from Photoshop (not Elements).
    Do you have any insight of how to update the spine color that way? It doesn’t seem to let me edit the spine at all.
    Thank you for your help!ReplyCancel

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  • Hi, I’m so glad I stumbled across your cute blog. I love your PL style! I print through Blurb too but only made the switch to (digital) PL this year from more traditional photo books. I use Photoshop and not Lightroom, so I thought I’d ask if you know how many pixels wide the padding you need to add to the digital templates is. Does the number 25 indicate pixels or something else?ReplyCancel

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  • Tenille

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I don’t have Light Room 4 so I am just saving mine files onto my computer and dragging them manually (not as an slick as LR) but still so much more convenient than anything I have done in the past. A few quick questions!
    How big are your books? I am just asking because I think mine might be pretty big and I am wondering how much I need to worry about the inside pictures by the spine (where the shaded area is)?
    Is the cut off mark accurate? I have never ordered through Blurb before so just wondering!
    Thank so much for the inspiration! Got about 20 pages done today!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Tenille! My files & books are 12×12. On the blurb website software, I had to adjust the zoom to .3 (double click the page to get that option) and then it fit in the ‘safe zone.’ I made a video showing an example that will be shared on my blog later this week, but you can check it out here:

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Does step 7 apply too if you are using the project life app?

    Thank you!!!! This is awesome! I’m so glad I found your site!ReplyCancel

  • Aline

    How do you export your pages made on the app to photoshop?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Aline- I export from the app as a 12×12 and save it to Dropbox (saves as a .jpeg file), then I open those files in Photoshop or Lightroom.ReplyCancel

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