Glossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & Cloth

Our Macaron Coffee Table Book!

Glossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & ClothGlossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & Cloth

photos by Jared Smith

As most of you all know by now, I’m quite the lover of macarons… and coloring on them. I know, I know, it’s all very adult and professional, but hey, the heart wants what it wants, right? Out of all of the glossary of macs projects and DIY’s I’ve done over the last four years, I’ve never actually sat down and put together a compilation of some of my favorites until now, with our macaron coffee table book!

We made the book through Blurb, and I originally thought it would just be cool to have as a keepsake since we never create tangible versions of the blog photos, but I’m kind of loving the idea of making it available to you all to purchase if you’d like! What do you think, would you all be interested if we offered a macaron book?!

I had no idea that that you could even design and sell your own book until we started creating it with their desktop designer, but you can actually sell your creations either through Blurb, Amazon, Apple Books, or in retailers (clearly we are not that cool yet), which is kind of crazy awesome! I don’t know that we’re skilled enough designers to sell a book in retailers all on our own, but a coffee table book I can do. I also think they’d be perfect for portfolios, family heirloom gifts, etc, so I’m going to share my quick thoughts/tips on what we did wrong, or plan to do differently so you have a heads up!…

Glossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & Cloth

I knew I wanted to have a mix of designed pages, styled photos, and tutorials for each project, but that would mean a mixture of choosing our favorite images and designing the layout for the remaining elements to upload into the Blurb designer.

The first mistake we made was saving the text pages as .JPG and uploading them as images. If you’re looking superrrr closely, it’s not has high quality as just a regular book text page. We should’ve saved them as higher quality .PDF’s or something similar to keep the quality there after printing.

Glossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & ClothGlossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & Cloth

This next go around with printing, I’m also going to change the paper to ProLine Uncoated paper. I wanted it to be sleek, matte sheets but we just got the standard matte, and I wish we would’ve gone the extra mile with the ProLine. In hindsight I would have just order the swatch kit, first!

I also plan to do a hardcover matte binding instead of the softcover, too. I really, really love softcover books, but I’m not the biggest fan of the matte finish, and the hardcover matte makes the final product much more elevated in my opinion.

Glossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & ClothGlossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & Cloth

Have you all ever considered creating your own book for work/portfolio use/family memories? I really loved the ease and level of customization we had with Blurb, but I’ve definitely still got some tweaking to do if we’re going to sell a version like this.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see in our macaron book, too! Would you want additional projects not on the blog, extra tips and tricks? Let us hear it!

This post is made possible by Blurb. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep bigger and better DIY’s and even sweeter sweets coming straight to your inbox!
Glossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & Cloth

Our Macaron Coffee Table Book!

Glossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & ClothGlossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & Cloth

photos by Jared Smith

As most of you all know by now, I’m quite the lover of macarons… and coloring on them. I know, I know, it’s all very adult and professional, but hey, the heart wants what it wants, right? Out of all of the glossary of macs projects and DIY’s I’ve done over the last four years, I’ve never actually sat down and put together a compilation of some of my favorites until now, with our macaron coffee table book!

We made the book through Blurb, and I originally thought it would just be cool to have as a keepsake since we never create tangible versions of the blog photos, but I’m kind of loving the idea of making it available to you all to purchase if you’d like! What do you think, would you all be interested if we offered a macaron book?!

I had no idea that that you could even design and sell your own book until we started creating it with their desktop designer, but you can actually sell your creations either through Blurb, Amazon, Apple Books, or in retailers (clearly we are not that cool yet), which is kind of crazy awesome! I don’t know that we’re skilled enough designers to sell a book in retailers all on our own, but a coffee table book I can do. I also think they’d be perfect for portfolios, family heirloom gifts, etc, so I’m going to share my quick thoughts/tips on what we did wrong, or plan to do differently so you have a heads up!…

Glossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & Cloth

I knew I wanted to have a mix of designed pages, styled photos, and tutorials for each project, but that would mean a mixture of choosing our favorite images and designing the layout for the remaining elements to upload into the Blurb designer.

The first mistake we made was saving the text pages as .JPG and uploading them as images. If you’re looking superrrr closely, it’s not has high quality as just a regular book text page. We should’ve saved them as higher quality .PDF’s or something similar to keep the quality there after printing.

Glossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & ClothGlossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & Cloth

This next go around with printing, I’m also going to change the paper to ProLine Uncoated paper. I wanted it to be sleek, matte sheets but we just got the standard matte, and I wish we would’ve gone the extra mile with the ProLine. In hindsight I would have just order the swatch kit, first!

I also plan to do a hardcover matte binding instead of the softcover, too. I really, really love softcover books, but I’m not the biggest fan of the matte finish, and the hardcover matte makes the final product much more elevated in my opinion.

Glossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & ClothGlossary of Macarons coffee table book with Blurb - Sugar & Cloth

Have you all ever considered creating your own book for work/portfolio use/family memories? I really loved the ease and level of customization we had with Blurb, but I’ve definitely still got some tweaking to do if we’re going to sell a version like this.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see in our macaron book, too! Would you want additional projects not on the blog, extra tips and tricks? Let us hear it!

This post is made possible by Blurb. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep bigger and better DIY’s and even sweeter sweets coming straight to your inbox!

Comments

  • Anett

    10.01.15

    I love your book! I’d totally buy it as I’m a Macaron Freak as well :)

    Anett

  • Alicia

    10.01.15

    Yes I would love that book, I want to buy one!

  • Pam Cassidy

    10.01.15

    I would definitely buy this book! And any additional projects, tips and tricks would be awesome! Hope you offer this for sale! ?

  • Bailey

    10.01.15

    I’ll definitely buy it!

  • Danielle W

    10.01.15

    I would definitely buy your macaron book!
    I used blurb for my wedding albums and loved it!

    -Danielle
    mostlysewing.com

  • Amy

    10.01.15

    When will it be available for purchase?!

  • Amy W

    10.01.15

    I have so many thoughts! First of all, I love Blurb. I’ve created a few books with them (from our family blog for each of my child’s first year). The books were very simple but a clean design, hardcover and over 130 pages and still so reasonably priced!! Can’t say enough about Blurb. Secondly, I would definitely buy any book you made, macaroons, party pics, DIYs, etc… You are my favorite blogger and your pictures and styling is so inspiring – I’d definitely buy a book. Done with my excited overshare now. =)

  • Emily V

    10.07.15

    Such a fun idea, I would love to buy this book!

  • Sara Worth

    10.14.15

    As a first time reader of your blog, I actually clicked on the link thinking about purchasing a book about macaroons as a gift. So…please make a book because it’d make the perfect gift.

    • Ashley said:

      Hi Sara! So happy you like the book! We’re planning on making it into a book to purchase. We’ll let you know when we do!

  • Joel

    11.10.15

    You gotta let us know when it’s available! I have a mighty need