Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to complete my photobook?
This will depend on how many photos and the level of detail you want in your photobook. Each page can take several hours to complete. All of the details will be discussed at our FREE consultation. You can expect that I will work in a timely and professional manner. A photobook with 20 pages will take approximately six weeks.
What is the difference between a traditional scrapbook and a photobook?
Traditional scrapbooks use printed photos, paper and embellishments that are adhered to each page with photo safe adhesive. Photobooks include all digital supplies (photos, paper and embellishments) that are created with a scrapbooking program. I use Photoshop.
Can I see some of the pages of my photobook before it is completed?
Yes! Your satisfaction is my highest priority. I can e-mail you copies throughout the project to be sure that I am designing your photobook the way you envisioned. If you are dissatisfied with any part of a page we can discuss possible modifications.
How many photos fit on a page?
The style of the page and size of your pictures determine the number of photos that will fit on each page. When choosing your photos keep in mind that there are approximately 125 photos in a one inch stack. I will care for your photos and memorabilia as if they were my own. Using standard 4 x 6 photos follow these guidelines. 12 x 12 page: 3-5 photos 8 x 8 page: 1-3 photos.
How much does it cost?
Pricing varies. Please contact us for a quote.
Scanning and Photo Restoration
What resolution do you scan?
I scan in 600 dpi for photos and 1200dpi for 35mm slides. The images on your DVD or USB are called JPGs. Each JPG file will range between 1 – 5 Meg depending on the size of the photo and the scanning resolution.
How many photos will fit on one DVD?
That depends on the size of your original photo prints. If all your photos are 4 x 6, you can fit up to 1,000 photos on a DVD.
What size photos can you scan?
I can scan photos from wallet size all the way up to 8x 10. If your photos are larger than that, I scan in portions, then “stitch” them back together.
What type of slides can you scan?
Current I can scan only 35mm slides. These are 2 x 2 films inside a cardboard or plastic holder.
How much does it cost?
The price depends on how much damage there is to the photo. Additional changes, such as color adjustments, changing the background, or removing people also increase the complexity of the project, and the price.
How long will the restoration process take?
Projects usually take two weeks to complete.
Can all photos be restored?
Most photos can be restored. To help restore missing details, we can use additional photos for reference. We will attempt to restore every photo regardless of its original condition. Contact us for a free consultation.
Can a blurred photo be sharpened?
If a photo is blurry or out of focus it can be sharpened to some extent. Contact us for a free consultation.
Are my originals altered?
We make digital copies (scans) of your originals. All restoration is done only to the scanned copy of your photo or documents. Your original will never be altered and will be returned to you in the same condition in which it was received.
What if I want to preserve my photos without restoration?
We can scan your photos, slides or treasured documents and create a digital image. These images are then save onto a DVD. Your originals are returned to you in the same condition in which it was received.
Can you restore only photos?
We can also restore negatives, 35mm slides, old certificates, documents, and newspapers.
I don’t feel comfortable sending my original photos through the mail, but I don’t have a scanner. Any suggestions?
Yes. Many local companies offer scanning services.
Are my photos secure?
The privacy of our customers is important to us. We do not share your photos, images or documents with anyone. We never use your photos or images without your permission.
How do I get started?
Contact us to discuss the project. We can meet in person, talk by phone or do everything virtually – your choice.
How long will it take to complete my scrapbook?
This will depend on how many photos and the level of detail you want in your scrapbook. Each page can take several hours to complete. All of the details will be discussed at our FREE consultation. You can expect that I will work in a timely and professional manner. A scrapbook with 20 pages will take approximately six weeks.
How many photos fit on a page?
The style of the page and size of your pictures determine the number of photos that will fit on each page. When choosing your photos keep in mind that there are approximately 125 photos in a one inch stack. I will care for your photos and memorabilia as if they were my own. Using standard 4 x 6 photos follow these guidelines. 12 x 12 page: 3-5 photos. 8 x 8 page: 1-3 photos
What is the difference between a traditional and digital scrapbook?
Traditional scrapbooks use printed photos, paper and embellishments that are adhered to each page with photo safe adhesive. Digital scrapbooks (photobooks) include all digital supplies (photos, paper and embellishments) that are created with a scrapbooking program. I use Photoshop.
Can I see some of the pages of my scrapbook before it is completed?
Yes! Your satisfaction is my highest priority. I can e-mail you copies throughout the project to be sure that I am designing your scrapbook the way you envisioned. If you are dissatisfied with any part of a page we can discuss possible modifications.
What if I don’t want a picture permanently mounted?
I recommended that most photos be permanently mounted. If you have something special that you don’t want permanently mounted, a copy be made or I can use photo corners, which will allow you to remove it.
What if I don’t want a picture resized (cropped)?
During the FREE consultation we will discuss your options. Some photos should certainly not be cropped. Sometimes the background contains interesting things you may want to remember many years from now. It’s exciting to see a car, house, or people you may have forgotten. If it’s cropped, that information would be lost. Either way, the decision is yours.
What does archival-save, photo-safe, acid and lignin free mean?
Products labeled archival safe or photo safe have been tested by their manufacturers to ensure that they are safe for scrapbooks. This means the items are free from acid and lignin and should not fade, discolor, or harm your photos in any way. Acid is a chemical agent used during the manufacturing of paper that causes paper and photos to deteriorate. Lignin is a natural occurring bonding element in plants that holds the wood fiber together.
Why does this matter?
Acid and lignin cause paper to deteriorate. Newspaper is a good example of this because after a few days, it begins to turn yellow and brittle. This will happen to your scrapbook and photos over time. If it does not say archival-safe, photo safe, or acid and lignin free, assume that it is not. All the products I use are properly marked.
Does this mean I can’t use newspaper articles in my scrapbooks?
If you have a newspaper clipping, report card, or other unsafe memorabilia you want to include in your scrapbook I suggest one of the following; using a copy of the item, laminating the article, or spraying the article with a deacidification spray. These options will keep your photos from any damage. When making a copy of the original memorabilia, I recommend using acid free paper. If you use a copy you won’t worry if it is cropped, glued, or permanently mounted in your scrapbook.
What is journaling?
Journaling tells the story behind the photos. That’s what makes a scrapbook different from a plain photo album. Imagine sitting next to someone looking through your scrapbook while you describe who, what, where, when, why and how for each of the photos or events. Writing the story through journaling means you won’t have to tell the story every single time. The most common way to journal is by printing the story on the computer and adding to the page. Your family will appreciate the story for generations.
Yes. The contract must be signed before I begin your project and ensures we are on the same page with all the details; color, design, preferences and pricing. All the stories and personal information that you share as we work together will be kept confidential.
What if I don’t live in your area?
No problem! Working with out-of-state clients is just as easy as it is for local ones. We can communicate by telephone, email or regular mail. I suggest using a mail service that allows packages to be tracked and insured. This helps guarantee the safety of your photos. I use UPS to ship your completed scrapbook.
How much does it cost?
Scrapbooking pricing varies. Please Contact us for a quote.
“I love and will always treasure my scrapbook album of a very special time in my life. Thank you so much.”
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“Thank you for creating such a beautiful album of my daughter’s swimming years. She was so happy and excited when I surprised her.”
“Our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah album was exactly what I wanted. I will definitely call you after our son’s Bar Mitzvah.”
“The photo of my parents is just like new. I’ve been wanting to restore this for years. Thanks for all your work.”
“When I received the Baby Shower Album I cried. It captured the shower just as I remember it. You did a beautiful job.”
“I wish I could find the words to thank you for the wonderful scrapbooks. My father cried as he looked at it. You truly did a great thing for him. He has a hard time many days so it was great to have something for him to focus on just about him. I know he will be showing it off to many of his friends in the next couple of days. The three of us were very happy and surprised to each receive an album. Once again thanks.”