Friday, March 6, 2009

Which scrapbook album should I choose and why?

Choose your photo album cover design in accordance with the purpose of the photo album and the personality of its owner (example: school days - in the photo to the left, baby theme, photo in window or embellished cover).
Three ringed and post bound photo albums allow for page addition. Your family photo album will expend as your family memories accumulate.
Book-like binding are attractive, photo albums with sheet protectors are attractive and durable. On the right you can see the photos of the exposed posts that bind and keep the pages of this album together and a side view of the pages held together.
All photo album materials, pages, layouts and embellishments should be archival (both acid and lignin free) to keep photos from fading or yellowing with time.
Archival (non PVC) sheet protectors are recommended, to protect photographs from environmental damage and oils from human skin. When adhering photos to the layout, make sure to use only acid free (archival) adhesive to keep photos from discoloring and deteriorating with time.
In summery, choose a cover that works with your theme, choose album size that will work best with your subject and desired photo sizes. Use materials that are archival safe (acid and lignin free) to keep your photos from discoloring and use sheet protectors so viewers can point at their favorite photo without leaving their fingerprint on it. If your theme or subject is a growing/developing one (school years, baby, holidays through the years), start with an album that can expand later. Good luck!

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Books I liked

  • A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
  • Almost any book by David Grossman
  • Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child
  • Clean and Simple Scrapbooking by Cathy Zeilske
  • Creation Companion by Betty Higins
  • Great Design Using Non Traditional Materials by Wendy Lyonsand Sheree Clarck
  • Handmade Cards by Anne Akers Johunson
  • Life Lines by Carol Wingert and Tena Sprenger
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • People of The Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Thinking of You by Making Memories


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