(Closed) DIY Albums

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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267 posts
Helper bee

Ooh! I know this one!

You’re looking for flushmount albums, right? Most places only deal with photographers, but you can go to http://www.albumart.com and get Zookbooks and Graphistudio albums. You just send in your digital files and they can design the pages for you, or you can design your own and get them printed and bound.

Or you can try http://www.candid2000.com. Their "Tuscany" album looks very similar to the Zookbook, except the covers aren’t real leather. You don’t have to be a pro photographer, you just use their "Express" software to order your prints and albums. They won’t design the album for you, so you can use their templates or design your own pages and upload them as single images. They’re less than half the price of the albums at Albumart. I ordered some test prints from them and they turned out good quality, so I’m going with them.

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
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51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Kodak does have hard cover ones, they have one that they advertise just for weddings. I also like mypublisher, and they do hard bound leather (or maybe fake leather) albums and even have a wedding motif for the pages that I think is very pretty.

Post # 6
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

OMG, Tanya, or anyone else — have you seen any of the actual Tuscany product from Candid 2000?!  I had my heart set on a flushmount album, and even asked my photog if she could order me one at cost if I designed it, and she said yes, but it was nearly $1000!  This looks like a perfect solution for me…but how’s the quality?  I mean, $400 is still nothing to sneeze at, so if it’s not high quality, I’d rather scrimp and save for a few years and get one from a vendor I can trust.

Post # 7
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267 posts
Helper bee

I haven’t ordered an actual Tuscany album yet, but I probably will in the next month or so once I design my pages. I did order several composite 11×14" prints, and they turned out perfectly, so that’s a point in their favor. (don’t get the linen finish, though, it’s ugly)

I also really like their online customer service– you can chat with someone live instead of just sending an email and hoping to get a response soon.

Once I get my album back I’ll see if I can submit a guest post to Weddingbee about the quality. I know, it sounds too good to be true, but all the reviews I’ve read online in the pro photographer forums seem to indicate that it’s a good product! I didn’t want to spend $1000 on an album either, and I’m willing to sacrifice real leather covers for the ability to get a flushmount album for under $500.

Post # 9
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I’m so excited!  Uh-uh-uh…that’s the sound effect for the little dance-y move to illustrate how happy I am that my flushmount dreams might come true!!

Tanya, please do share your review, if not as a guest post, as a thread post here!  I am somewhat intrigued that they can offer such a huge price cut on the albums…even my photographer couldn’t get them that cheap, but I suppose the album people *would* mark them up somewhat to the photogs too.  Yeah, the cover material totally doesn’t matter to me — I just want the flush style pages!  It’s definitely good to hear that there are pro photogs giving them positive reviews!

Post # 10
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26 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2006 - Rockhouse Hotel

http://www.albumbinding.com also sells flushmount albums directly to the public. however, i haven’t used them so i can’t attest to their quality.

Post # 11
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267 posts
Helper bee

Hmmm, that does look promising. Then again, I tried Googling the company (bridesincorporated.com) and there were no links to it except those sponsored by the company itself. Which worries me a little. I mean, no one is discussing them on any of the bride or photographer boards? Their prices look good, and I appreciate more cover options, but I think I’ll still go with Candid2000.

Also, their "live chat" customer service doesn’t work, or at least it didn’t for me when I tried it. If anyone else gets an album from there, though, please post a review!

Post # 12
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260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I just found: blurb.com.  I have no idea about quality, but they sell hard covered books for $23.  It’s not the same as an album, but so cheap!

http://www.blurb.com/create/book/pricing

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