I don’t know about you, but I love to sit with my boys and look at photo albums.  Just this past week we busted out the book of Anthony’s birth and looked through the pictures and took a walk down memory lane.  I also have a book that belonged to my grandmother and it has old pictures from her time as an Army nurse.  She has shots of Paris and Germany and they tell such a fabulous story.

An unfortunate side effect of the digital age is that all of our memories are being preserved on hard drives instead of in print books.  People don’t  just sit down with their kids and remember past family members and regale in their stories anymore.  With a  Photobook, you can still have your favorite pictures in print, while still saving their originals neatly in digital.

This is where Lulu.com comes in.

Lulu is actually a self publishing and book printing company that allows people to publish their work.  Everything from eBooks to Photobooks, Cookbooks to published Manuscripts.  Lulu does it all.  If you have ever wanted to be a published author, this is the website to make it happen.

I really wanted have a photobook of the boys’ past year to give my mom for Christmas.  Lulu did not disappoint!

The process of making my photobook was very easy.  I had full control over page layout, theme and text.  It took me about an hour to put together a beautiful 20 page book full of printed memories from the past year.  You can zoom in and out, adjust the layout, add pictures, remove pictures, all with a few clicks.  No program to download to your computer either, it’s all done online.

When the book came, there were a few blank pages in the front and back where I let each boy draw Grandma a picture.  This made the book even more memorable.  The book was just beautiful.  Well put together and my mom was thrilled!  She even took it to work to show off to all of her friends.

Now that the holidays are over, I am sure you have a gazillion pictures sitting on your hard drive now, too.  Wouldn’t you love to get some of them printed out to share?  Or maybe you are a photographer and would love to have a printed portfolio to show off to clients?  The possibilities are endless and I get to give a beautiful book to someone.

One lucky reader will get to create their own 20 page 8.5″ x 8.5″ hardcover photobook with Lulu.com!

First Mandatory Entry

Leave me a comment telling me about something you would love to have published from Lulu.com.  Would you love to have your family recipes published in a professional cookbook (I DO!)?  Do you have hoards of photos that need printed?  Calendars?  Lulu has so many options!

Extra Entries for This Giveaway Only

“Like” Lulu on Facebook and get one entry.  Leave me a comment telling me you did it.

Follow Lulu on Twitter and get one entry.  Just don’t forget the comment.

Check out other ways to get entries as well as my contest rules.

This giveaway will end on January 15, 2011 at 10pm PST.  Open to residents of the US.  Winner will be chosen by the plug in “And The Winner Is…” and entry will be subject to verification.  Winner will be notified by email and have 72 hours to claim their prize.  I am not responsible for product shipment.

FTC Disclosure:  I received a Lulu.com photobook for the purpose of reviewing the product and telling you about it.  My opinions are always my own.

Congratulations to Erica L who was chosen as the winner!