is a memory album and why should I have one?
A memory album is a collection of your treasured photos and memorabilia.
These are assembled in a custom-designed "photo-safe" scrapbook
that will allow you to share your story from generation to generation.
It is designed with the goal of portraying the essence of you or
a loved one and displaying it in an exquisite way.
Why should you have one? If the event was essential enough to take
a photo of it, it's essential enough to preserve that memory in
an album. Also if you get those photos out of your shoeboxes and
developing envelopes, you will be able to enjoy them whenever you
like. Thirdly, you might not always remember the exact date of a
certain event but you will be able to look in your album and remember
the date, as well as see them over again!
What album themes or page ideas could you
do for an album?
Baby's First Year
Book of me
Memory of You
Our Furry Friends
Pet Memory Album
Vet Office Book
How should I store my photographs while waiting
to put them in a memory album?
Always keep pictures and negatives in a dry place, away from any
light! (Never in a humid, damp garage)
I am simply overwhelmed by the number of
photos I have in a box! I don't even know where
to begin. How can you help?
Simply e-mail me your wishes to get started on a custom made scrapbook
and that you are finding it difficult to know where to start. We
can set a time in which I can ring you at your convenience and together
we can come up with an album theme in which to get started. If from
there you have difficulty selecting and editing your photographs,
you can mail me all your photos in order for the album theme and
I can make the selection for you with your approval. In my e-mail
of my preliminary plans for the page I will include the photos that
will be included and those that I will exclude. You can always voice
your opinion on what photos to include throughout the creative process.
What is journaling and will you journal
Journaling will add your personality to your album. I recommend
that you use one of the archival quality pens provided and journal
things yourself. If you don't like your handwriting however, I do
offer a couple options.
• You can have your handwriting turned
into a computer font. Then you just need to type out your journaling,
and let me adhere it to your pages. I can give you more details
about this option if you are interested or…
• I can hand journal for you for an
Journaling is the story of your pictures or memories. It is the
answer to the questions Who? What? When? Where? and Why? This is
an essential part of a memory album. Isn't it frustrating to not
know who people in old photos are? A few words written on the back
of a photo with the essential information is the bare minimum, but
it's still journaling. Some of the best pages include no more than
the names of the people in the picture, the date and the occasion
if any. Extensive journaling isn't necessary for every page, so
don't worry if you just don't have all the information. The most
important thing is to get your photos in a safe and viewable environment.
(Note: If you are going to write on the back of your photos –
do not use a ball point pen!! Use a felt tip marker, preferably
photo-safe and quick drying. Ballpoint pens leave an indentation
from the pressure of writing - eventually you will see this through
the front of your photo. What a great way to ruin a perfect picture!)
How many photos fit on a page?
This depends on the style you choose for your pages. Usually, a
12x12 album will hold between 3-5 photos per page, or 6-10 per layout.
An 8 ½ x11 album will usually hold between 1-3 photos per
page, or 2-6 per layout. The number of photos per page depends not
only on the style of the page, but also on the size of your pictures,
as well as whether or not you choose to have some of your pictures
resized or “cropped”.
At Make My Scrapbooks, I want your pictures, not embellishments,
to be the stars of your scrapbook pages. If there is a picture that
I feel represents the layout particularly well, I may choose to
enlarge the picture for the layout. I would do this only after you
agree to enlargements on the inventory sheet we fill out together
during the initial consultation. An enlargement would obviously
affect the number of additional pictures that would fit on a page.
I will give you an estimate on the number of pages needed for your
album after assessing your photos during the initial consultation.
What if I only have the original to a favorite
I would suggest having a quality copy of it made to use in your
memory album. If you are unsure about having this done, I can guide
you through the process. I can also make the copy and print of your
original photograph if you chose to go that route.
What if I don’t want a picture permanently
No problem! During the initial consultation, we discuss which pictures
are to be permanently mounted. Most scrapbooking adhesives are intended
to permanently mount your photos. However, there are many options
for not permanently mounting, such as photo corners, corner punches,
and repositionable adhesives.
It is recommended that most pictures be permanently mounted. That
is the purpose of a scrapbook – to be a safe, permanent home
for your photos. However, you may have a one-of-a-kind original
that you do not want mounted. In such a case, you could either have
a copy made to mount permanently in the album, or have the original
mounted with a non-permanent method in the album.
What if I don’t want a picture resized
No problem! This is your decision and will also be noted on the
inventory sheet filled out during the initial consultation. Part
of my job during the initial consultation is to advise you. Some
pictures certainly should not be cropped. Look what is shown in
the background. Can your house be seen? How about your car? Even
though your layout may not be regarding these items specifically,
just think how exciting it will be for you and others to see the
car 30 years from now. You may have otherwise forgotten it.
On the other hand, if your pictures represent your child’s
first birthday party, for example, and your neighbor’s back
is dominating one side of the picture, it may be best to crop that
part of the picture off, to better help the layout focus on your
child’s special day. Either way, the decision is ultimately
yours, and at Make My Scrapbooks, this will be respected!
What do acid-free, photo-safe and archival-quality
In order for your albums to last for generations, they need to be
free of damaging agents such as acid, lignin and other items that
cause damage to pictures. Do you remember those old magnetic photo
albums with a plastic sheet that peels back to expose pre-glued
pages? You may notice now that those little lines of glue are yellow
and that your pictures are discolored or partially disintegrated.
Acid is the culprit!
Acid is used to pull apart the wood fibers when manufacturing paper.
If acid remains in the finished paper product, your pictures will
begin to disintegrate. All materials used in a scrapbook should
be “acid-free”, which means they have a pH factor of
7 to 8.5. Lignin is what holds wood fibers together in a tree. It
is also found in some paper, mostly newspaper. Newspaper turns yellow
due to the high lignin content.
Products labeled “acid-free”, “photo-safe”
or “archival-quality” have been tested by their manufacturers
to ensure that the products are safe for scrapbooks. Their products
should not fade or discolor, nor should they alter or harm your
pictures in any way. At Make My Scrapbook, all materials used are
specifically labeled “acid-free”, “photo-safe”
or “archival-quality”. Every item we use to assemble
your scrapbook, from the paper and stickers to the adhesive and
pens, is safe for your photos.
What if some of my memorabilia are acidic
Newspaper articles are a great addition to scrapbook pages. However,
the acid and lignin in newspaper make it very dangerous for the
preservation of your photos. Does this mean you shouldn’t
include newspaper in your scrapbook? Of course not! There are several
options for including newspaper, including making a photocopy of
the article onto acid-free cardstock, laminating the article, or
spraying the article with a deacidification spray. All of these
options ensure that the newspaper will not damage your pictures
or your scrapbook.
Can you still work with me if I am not in
Absolutely! Thanks to the wonderful world of the internet, e-mail,
and overnight mail we can easily work together regardless of the
distance. You can send me your photos along with a completed inventory
sheet and I will get to work. Then, instead of face-to-face meetings,
I will e-mail you digitized pages so you can see the progress. We
can then chat online, over e-mail or even over the phone to discuss
How long does it take to complete a memory
During the initial consultation, we determine a timeframe and specific
deadline together. The length of time before completion depends
on the size of the project. A 20-page, 12x12 albums will usually
take between three and six weeks, depending on the complexity of
the design style. An 8 ½ x11 or smaller album would take
less time. At Make My Scrapbooks, I will make every effort to accommodate
your timing needs.
I have started a scrapbook but have not had
the time to finish it. Do you also complete
albums for people?
Certainly. To determine your cost, I would charge $10 per single
sided page (based on 12 x 12 albums). I would complete an album
of smaller size if that is what you have started with. Your deposit
would be 50% of that figure. If you have an on going theme you have
created in your scrapbook (i.e., a color theme) I would gladly attempt
to continue with what you were going for if at all possible.
How much will my memory album cost?
The cost of your album will really depends on a lot of variables.
You can see our pricing page to help you estimate how much your
album will cost. I will work with you to keep within your budget,
including ways to make your album fit inside your budget.
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Do you have a contract?
Yes. At Make My Scrapbooks, my priority is to provide you with an
album you absolutely love. In order to do this, I need to be sure
we are on the same page with you regarding design style, timing,
delivery, and price. Therefore, I have a client-consultant agreement
that is completed and signed at the initial consultation by both
the client and myself. Download
What if I am not satisfied or don't like
I strive very hard to make you happy with your album. If this is
the first time you've ever thought about getting a custom album,
send me your photos and I will make a sample layout page for you.
If you're not happy with the results, you are under no obligation.
If you choose to have me continue creating your album, simply send
me the remainder of your photos. I will give you regular updates
so that you can tell me if there is something you would like to
change. Also, I recommend that you keep your doubles and negatives
so that I can redo a page for you if you're not satisfied with it.
I will even pay for you to get your duplicates printed from negatives.
Because this is a custom album and everything is handmade, I cannot
offer any kind of money-back guarantee, which is why I provide you
with frequent updates. I want to make sure you are completely happy
with the results.
What if I wish to cancel my order for a custom-made
album once you have started?
I have no problem with you canceling an order at anytime, for any
reason. You are liable for the cost of each page that has already
been created at $10.oo per page. Your deposit will be returned minus
the cost of work already completed and return shipping. If the amount
due is more than the deposit, items will be withheld until payment
for remaining balance is received.
What are my payment options?
I ask that you pay 50% of the estimated total upon signing your
contract. This ensures that I am able to purchase things like extra
pages, cardstock, adhesives, your album (if applicable) etc. that
are needed to begin your project. Final payment is due upon receiving
your final invoice which details exactly what was used in your album.
Once we receive final payment, you will receive your album.
I accept money orders and personal checks made payable to Stephanie
Larbalestier. The design process on any album will begin once your
check has cleared the bank. If your album will be shipped to you,
you are responsible for all shipping costs including insurance and