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My charaben book! January 15, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in Everything else.
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This isn’t another excuse for not doing a bento blog today, but this definitely deserves an exclusive post.

A friend of mine, whom I’ve known for 7~8 years since art school & works at the same company gave me & my boyfriend belated Christmas presents yesterday.

I opened the package, and I could not believe my eyes.

It was a hardcover book of my bento!!!!!!!!!!!

She told me that she used an online self-publishing site called Lulu.com. I’ve seen an album she made using the same site before, but it was softcover and smaller, but this just totally blew me away. The quality of prints and the binding on the book look so professional.

It even includes the bento that made my boyfriend go Awwwww the very first time.

The book starts with the bento that made my boyfriend go "Awwwww" the very first time! (It's not even in my flickr!)

I went to the site and seems like they can even print from one book! It’s not like I’ve never seen “print your pictures on stuff” sites before, and I have used a similar site before to print an image on a mug, but it came out really crappy. It was a couple of years ago, but I thought that’s what you’d get from those kind of sites, and never really thought of doing it again. I’m no publishing expert, but a 24 pages hardcover photo book, all in color with this quality for about under $25 (I think…? I could be wrong.) is worth every penny in my opinion.

They have so many different templates available. They also have “cook book” style, which gives you the space for the picture of food, and its recipe. But I’m so glad that she went for the “art book” style. And the font on the book cover is just so dead on. She knows me too well. 🙂

This is definitely one of the best gift I’ve ever gotten! I so want to make another book and send it to my mom!

If you know someone who loves taking pictures of their crafty works, taking pictures just as a hobby, drawing, or painting, I assure you that this will make them squeal with joy. I know I did. 🙂


1. shoppingmum - January 16, 2009

Wow! That’s is such a nice collection of your own bento creations. 🙂
Your friend is so darling and nice.

2. Nathalie - January 16, 2009

I’ve used this site (Lulu.com) to make a book for my boyfriend for Christmas. I had lots of pictures in it too (since it was a summary of our latest trips and hikes), and I was surprised by the quality of the book.
My boyfriend was really happy about his present.

Btw, I love what you do with your bentos and I don’t even dare trying one as I know there’s no way it’s going to look like yours!

3. Angel - January 16, 2009

That is such a totally awesome idea! The book looks really professional.

4. Kym - January 16, 2009

You should mass-produce and sell it!!! 😛

5. javapot - January 16, 2009

hi, what a super book! you have great and thoughtful friends. tks for sharing yr how-to on wall-e, it was v clear and had fun with it. 🙂

6. Tiffany - January 16, 2009

what a lovely and thoughtful gift!

7. lilyanette - January 16, 2009

Very good idea…. the Bentos look so nice in print!

8. Sita - January 16, 2009

aaaawww… I want the book 🙂

9. Monica - January 16, 2009

That is awesome! You have the best friend!

10. joy - January 16, 2009

hee, blurb.com also does this, and they have a better, more customizable layout. the quality of the prints/paper is also MUCH better!

just in case you wanted to make more! 🙂

11. Julianne - January 16, 2009

Wow, what a great book and present!! You got a great friend. And great way to keep your photos, too! Lucky you. 🙂

12. flyinglilies - January 16, 2009

What a lovely thoughtful gift and beautiful book.

13. Lisa - January 16, 2009

what a nice gift!

14. Colin Woon - January 17, 2009

What an awesome gift! Your friend deserve a HUGE hug!

15. Heidi D - January 17, 2009

I don’t remember how I came to finding your blog, but I am really glad that I did. When I first saw what you are doing, I instantly thought of children’s books. Kids would LOVE a book with your edible art. I know that my girls love them. You could even come up with your own story and characters. Just thinking out loud. Keep up the very artistic and awesome work!

16. Lana - January 17, 2009

I am in total agreement that your o-bento are picture-worthy! That’s a gorgeous book!

17. Lana - January 17, 2009

Hmm..I think I meant book-worthy.

18. wynibear - January 24, 2009

Wow. You seriously have a talent. :o) Do you make an original bento for your boyfriend every single day or just once a week?

19. Debbiedoescakes - January 25, 2009

the book is just lovely! what a thoughtful gift…….. your stuff was just screaming to be in a book anyhoo =) love it!

20. kcee - March 24, 2009

aww that’s so sweet.

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