Why create a scrapbook?
Let’s be honest: how often do you look at those boring albums containing the photos of your last vacation or your parents’ anniversary party? If you’re like most of us, the answer is “not often.” The truth is, those plain photo albums just aren't very interesting to look at. A scrapbook is a stunning, colorful way to showcase your photos and tell the story of the event behind them.
What does “archival” mean?
The acid in regular paper can eat into photos over time, causing yellowing and fading. Archival paper is also known as “acid-free” because the acid is removed at the pulp stage, leaving the paper with a neutral pH balance of 7.0. In addition, archival paper is also lignin-free and has good color retention. Lignin is a component of plants that helps provide strength, but its presence in paper can contribute to the paper's chemical breakdown over time.
Traditional photos begin to fade after a few years. Putting them into an album can help, but old-fashioned “magnetic” albums use a glue that actually eats into the photos, shortening their life. The archival paper and inks used to create our scrapbooks are certified to last for over 200 years. This certification is provided by Wilhelm Imaging Research, the leading researcher on the subject of printing permanence.
Do you alter my original photos?
No. When you purchase a Gold package scrapbook, we use a high-resolution scanner to scan all the photos and memorabilia you give us. We then return the originals to you, untouched.
How long does it take?
A single-page layout generally takes 2-3 days. An entire scrapbook takes anywhere from 2-3 weeks to create, depending on the length. Hardback printing takes an additional 2-3 weeks.
After your free consultation, we’ll estimate the number of pages your project will need and the time it will take to complete. Of course, we'll try our best to accommodate you if you need your scrapbook finished as a rush order.
What if I'm not in Los Angeles?
No problem at all. Simply mail or email your photos and mementos to us, and we'll scan them and send them back. When your scrapbook is ready, we'll send it to you via Fedex or UPS.