- 9 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
As we all know, pro photo albums (from pro photographers) are really expensive. Why, why, why? I understand that a lot goes into editing photos, and photoshopping pages for an album. Which is why Im not ordering an album from my photographer. With the cost of the service alone, I cannot afford their album.
Which brings me to my first thought. A blurb book. Or something of that nature. I know a lot of people go the digital album route, which is far more cost effective than ordering one from the photographer. I think the books are nice, but is there anything wrong with a traditional photo album, with real photos?
Call me old fashioned, but coupled with my love of photography comes my love for traditional albums.
I came across this photo album at Michaels, made by Martha Stewart Crafts. (I admit, I love Martha!)
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Sorry I couldn’t find better pictures!)
They are pretty pricey, as they come in 2 sizes, 11. 12"x12" and 18"x18" (gigantic!)
I believe that the big one is $79 and the small one is around 30, but with a 40 or 50% coupon that Michael’s readily sends out, you could save big bucks!
The outside is made of a linen/canvas type fabric, and inside, the pages are very thick cardstock-like paper. They come in many colors, including walnut (my favorite), black, red, blush, light blue, ivory…
The pages are archival quality, and each page is separated/protected by a tissue paper layer. They come with 10 pages (but at 12 x 12 or 18×18 you can fit a lot of photos on one page) and they sell refill pages for $10-15 / 10 pack depending on the size. And again, you can buy them over time with lots of coupons.
I think that using adhesive photo corners to adorn the edges of the photos would look gorgeous.
We had thought of doing the same kind of thing for our photo booth guest book….
What is the downfall of keeping a traditional photo album? The pictures might get messed up over time? The work involved?
Im thinking this might work for us, and it would be really beautiful, but I guess I should be concerned about the durability of the photos over time. I suppose I could do both, but that would be more cost and time intensive.