Alicia McCalla Had Seven Samples Before She Could Perfect her 101 Badass Superhero Affirmations Book

7 Samples to Get it Right: My Process of Perfecting the 101 Badass Superhero Affirmations Book

As I was putting together my 101 Badass Affirmations collection, I knew I wanted to offer an inspirational print book filled with affirmations and an empowering design. But getting the perfect format, binding, and paper quality took me through 7 rounds of sampling!

The early samples pictured on my desk show sticky notes marking different sections, cross-outs where I changed an affirmation and pictures that needed adjusting. I wanted a book that felt sturdy but not too heavy, with a binding that could stand up to daily use but be flexible. 

Each sample helped me refine the design - narrowing the margins, adjusting the font size, and switching from a spiral binding to a simple stitched binding. I kept asking myself - will this book make readers feel truly badass? Will the bold graphics POP on the page and ignite their inner superhero?

The final version of the 101 Badass Superhero Affirmations book is everything I dreamed it could be - premium paper, pleasing dimensions, and empowering graphics that leave you feeling like you can take on the world. I love the stitched-binding with glossy cover, if feels like a high-end comic book. 

Sometimes it takes samples, failed attempts, and a little grit to get to the good stuff. But the process of perfecting something you believe in is worth it - because when you finally hand it to the world, you know it's truly the badass version you envisioned.

I hope you enjoy this version. Get it here.

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