Celebrating anniversaries may sometimes feel redundant and unexciting compared to the first anniversaries. When the gifts your partner gives are predictable and sometimes just as similar as the last, one may no longer look forward to it. My boyfriend and I have been dating for the previous five years, and believe me they are the happiest years of my life. On our first anniversary, he surprised me at work with flowers and a box of chocolate in the morning, lunch at the restaurant we meet, and a scavenger hunt of our moments together until when we shared our first kiss. On the second, third and fourth it was almost similar to the last, which was getting rather boring and predictable. A colleague at work told me about lovebookonline.com where you can customize a love book for your special one, and I checked it out immediately. Our love was becoming rather stale and boring, and I felt a love book was just the right way to jumpstart it.
Step one: character stage
Here I was asked to create an avatar of myself, specifying the name I wanted to go by, my skin tone, body features and me. I loved this process as it would help me make the book as personal as possible, as you could get the size of your eyes, the length of your eyebrows, the shape of your mouth, and much more. Also, I made sure I didn’t forget to add all the things my boyfriend loved and some humor. My boyfriend has geeky glasses, crazy hair and a goatee, which they helped me achieve with the features provided.
Step two: select cover
I was asked to choose the cover I would want the book to come, either hard cover or soft cover. I was reluctant in the choice of the soft cover, as I wanted the book to last as long as forever, we would read together every anniversary till we grew old. The hardcover is case bound, while the soft copy is paper bound, but they give assurance of durability in whichever cover you choose. I went with the hardcover for my book.
Step three: Select theme
The website provides a whole range of topics that you can choose for your cover, which captures how your memories would seem like to you as you share them. You can choose the theme of the two of you under the moonlight, watching the stars, in the sandy beaches, a quiet night at the park, and much more. I choose to go with the simple cover, with love hearts and words around it. Simplicity is what defined as we are the kind of couple who would find romance in the slightest of things. We could be on the subway amongst thousands of people, he would look into my eyes, smile, squeeze my hand, and with no words, I would know what he just said.
After selecting the cover theme, there were options for personalizing the title where I choose one that could capture everything inside in three words. I was also able to choose the font type, font size, and edit text. I prefer the title idea ‘story of us’, which I felt it summarized all I wanted to document in the book. With the cover theme and the title, I was feeling giddy thinking of how overwhelmed my boyfriend will be when he gets the book and the surprise in his face.
Step four: page editor
I was given the option of editing the pages that would be in the book to ensure they covered what I wanted. I wanted to document the moments we have shared since he asked me out to date, everything that I love about him and us, in a few words and gimmicks. I liked the template they provided, but they were not as relatable to me. Therefore I edited every page. The editing process was so fun and fulfilling for me, as it took me through memory lane and helped me realize just how much I loved him. Honestly after completing the editing process, all I would think about is running to his arms and whispering how much I loved him. The page editor comes with features such as text bubble, alignment of text, objects that you can add to the page and the option of adding characters too. Additionally, there is this page by the name "about the author", where you can write a few things about yourself, I used the page to express how much it meant writing the book for my boyfriend, and what I hope to achieve with it.
Step five: payment
Here they give you the option of editing the book if the preview did not satisfy what you wanted to achieve, remove the book if you choose to and approve the book if it has everything in order. In this step, you can get to see how much the book will cost. I was charged $44.95USD for the book.
Step 6: check out
At this point, they request for your shipping information; that is your first and last name, country, postal code, state or province, city and phone number. If it is being shipped to APO/FPO/Military address, they help you specify it as it should be, by adding the grade, PSC or unit number and one should be in the United States as it is shipped via United States Postal service (USPS). Additionally, if you have a promo code at this point for some percent off on your shipment rates, where delivery rates depend on the country, it is being shipped. You can choose the type of shipping method from standard and premium, where premium offers tracking services.
The creating process is both fulfilling and exciting. I could not wait for our fifth anniversary to give him the book and see his reaction. He said it was the most thoughtful gift he has ever received, and we agreed to make a love book after five years capturing our moments. What started out as a gift turned out to be a tradition, and our relationship fire came back, I can not thank the love book enough.