Post # 1
It’s been months and I’ve researched companies that allow non-pros to order flush-mount albums. I’m thinking of going with Nations Photo Labs, but it’s just taking me forever to do layouts – I’ve redone them multiple times already and it’s making me go crazy when I change my mind and have to rearrange photos. These things aren’t cheap either so there’s no turning back once I hit “Place Order”.
Sooo, I’m thinking of just going the old school route (until I’m ready to splurge on the big “pro” album) and ordering 4×6 prints of our wedding photos through one of those online photo services and putting them in those photo albums that have sleeves in them. I’m just tired of having to look at photos on my computer each time I want to relive a moment.
Anyone else doing this? Now my only challenge is finding nice photo albums that hold about 200 photos (Suggestions on where to look?).
The wedding stuff never ends.
Post # 3
I did an Adorama album for our engagement photos/guest book, and I’m pretty happy with it – lay flat, print quality, etc. IDK how many photos will fit into the biggest size though. My plan was to just make a big one with the best photos to tell the story, and then scrap book ones that didn’t make the cut.
Post # 4
If you’re still wanting the flush with page album, I also used AdoramaPix for albums for the parents and they turned out AWESOME!
The site is user friendly and in regards to layouts, they have lots to choose from, but the great thing is that you don’t have to use them. You can start from scratch on each page. Even if you do choose a layout, you can move, resize and crop.
I used the digital images my photog gave me and with resizing and cropping some of the photos, they still turned out perfect in the albums.
For two 10×12 albums with 72 pages, it came out to about $450 w/ international shipping, but they had a 25% sale going on at the time, so I paid $339.
The only things I wasn’t too impressed with was that you can only have a maximum of 72 pages and the pages were cut off a bit more then I accounted for while creating the album, but it wasn’t anything to complain about.
Post # 5
I was going to go traditional and break out my scrapping papers and stickers, but then I ended up finding Mixbook.com and LOVE how much control you have over everything on there. I really feel like I’m scrapbooking when I’m doing my books on there. I love how it came out and so do both parents! 🙂 We ended up having 296 pics in there and it was 100 pages long, and only about 1/2 inch thick.
I have a scrapbook that I did (manually) for a trip years ago that has 90 pages (by pages I mean each side not to be confused with spreads) and 560 total photos in it, and it’s about 2.5 inches thick. I put (obviously) A LOT of pictures per page but I’m guessing that you’ll want to put a lot less per page, so you could easily end up with having around 90 pages. The book that I used was one that was expandable and had enough spine coverage to allow me to add that many pages – just barely! BUT, what you’ll really have to look out for and be very judicious with is the big puffy stickers that stick up from the page a lot. I have very few of them in this book that I’m talking about, but these days those stickers are so prevalent and SO cute that it will be hard to stay away from them. Those types of stickers WILL add to the thickness of your book very fast.
Let me post some pictures to give you an idea of each. Here’s some sample spreads from my wedding album:
And the comparison size wise to the manually done album:
The manually done album was from a looooong road trip, here are some pics:
Forgot to add that I am pretty sure that I got the album from Michaels along with expander sets.
Post # 6
I am! Except not with sleeves. I got a gorgeous book on etsy with acid-free paper, and I’m going to mount the pictures myself.