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Frequently asked questions
about custom scrapbooks

Wedding custom scrapbook example

Why hire a custom scrapbooking professional?

What is the difference between a custom scrapbook and a pre-made scrapbook?

Do you complete custom pre-made scrapbooks?

Why a custom scrapbook and not a photo album?

What is included in the cost of the project?

How do I order a custom scrapbook?

What is acid free or archival safe? Cowgirl custom scrapbook page

I have acidic items I want to include in my scrapbook, now what?  

Should I give you memorabilia as well as photos?

How do I provide the photos to you?

How many photos can fit in my project?

What is cropping a photo?

What is journaling?

How is journaling done?

What is a page protector?

If I give you supplies, does that lower my cost?

Can I see progress of my project?

If I have a layout in mind, or saw one in a magazine, can you re-create it?

How long will it take for my project to be completed?

Can I give a gift certificate, sign up for a gift registry or gift album?

I started an album, but never finished it. Do you complete albums for people?

Do you help others scrapbook or get organized?

Can I hire you even if I am out of the area?

What are my payment options?

Do you have a contract? 

Do you have a privacy policy?

Do you have a satisfaction guarantee?

Can I cancel my order?


Why hire a custom scrapbooking professional?
Do any of the following statements describe you?

    • “I don’t have time to create a scrapbook, but I really want to preserve my memories”
    • “I don’t know how to create a scrapbook, but I really want to share my photos and memories”
    • “I tried scrapbooking and it’s not for me”
    • “I have so many photos and stuff, I don’t even know where to start or how to display it”
    •  “I need a personalized gift for someone”
    •  “I have a very important event I need scrapbooked”

Many people lack the time, desire, and/or skill to do it themselves and there is nothing wrong with feeling like this.

What is the difference between a custom scrapbook and a pre-made scrapbook?
Custom scrapbooks are one-of-a-kind, personally designed to your preferences and specifications. Custom pre-made scrapbooks are created without your photos, memorabilia, and journaling so you can later add your information to the spaces provided. Commercial pre-made scrapbooks are available at major craft store retailers such as Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.

Do you create custom pre-made scrapbooks?
I specialize in custom scrapbooks and do not recommend a custom pre-made scrapbook. I tailor my custom scrapbooks around the colors, subject matter and style of the photos and mementos that are in them. It’s impossible to create the best results with a custom pre-made scrapbook without seeing the actual content. If you're interested in a pre-made scrapbook, I recommend the commercial albums available at major craft retailers.

New baby example custom scrapbook pageWhy a custom scrapbook and not a photo album?
A custom scrapbook displays your treasured stories, photos, and memorabilia together beautifully and protects them over time.  All items are of archival quality, preserving them for many years to come, unlike many standard photo albums.  With a custom scrapbook your stories are right there with the photos so no one will ever wonder ‘where was that?’ ‘when was that?’ or ‘who is that?’
You invested in a wonderful digital camera to capture the memories of your family, now don’t let them fade away on your computer.  Invest in your family's memories by showcasing these photos in a custom scrapbook album.

Can you give me some ideas for a scrapbook?
Instead of having pictures in a box that you never look at or mementos that are scattered all over your house, you could enjoy a beautiful album to document your special occasions and life’s milestones (or give one as a gift). Some ideas are as follows:

  1. Baby shower
  2. New baby
  3. Adoption
  4. Birthday
  5. Bridal shower
  6. Wedding (for Bride, Groom, Mother-of-Bride, Mother-of-Groom, Attendants)
  7. Special Occasions (Anniversary, Retirement, Recitals, Promotions, and Graduations)
  8. Vacations and travelMommy and Me Example of Custom Scrapbook page
  9. Heritage
  10. Mother’s Day
  11. Father’s Day
  12. Mommy and me
  13. Daddy and me
  14. Grandparents and child(ren)
  15. Sisters
  16. Brothers
  17. Friends
  18. Pets
  19. Hobbies
  20. Parties and gatherings
  21. Holidays
  22. __________ And Me (Great for teaching your little one family members’ names)
  23. All about: business, a loved one or friend, special programs and events
  24. Religious ceremonies and celebrations
  25. Sporting events
  26. School days and field trips
  27. Extra-curricular activities and athletics
  28. Teacher gifts
  29. Outdoor Fun
  30. Zoos and museums
  31. Everyday life
  32. A Day in the life of...
  33. Loved ones in the armed forces
  34. Memorial or tribute

What is included in the cost of the project?
All supplies and labor costs are included. There are a couple of exceptions:

    • The album is not included-there are many different styles, colors, and prices available-I will help you find what best fits you and your budget or I can purchase one for you at your expense
    • Page protectors may need to be supplied by you or reimbursed to me if I buy them for you
    • If you are not local to Fort Wayne, Indiana, a shipping and handling fee will apply
    • You will need to supply all photos in printed format and any mementos you want included

How do I order a custom scrapbook?
Step one is to organize your photographs and mementos. If you have digital photographs, you will need to get prints made. Then purchase a scrapbook album, your page protectors and any additional items you want to furnish. For more detailed information, review “How to Order a Custom Scrapbook.”

What is acid-free or archival-safe?
The acid found in regular paper can eat into your photos over time, causing yellowing, or even fading. Using acid-free products allow the aging process of your pictures to slow down. I use acid-free products to prevent the destruction of your photos.

I have acidic items I want to include in my scrapbook, now what?  
Many mementos such as newspaper articles, handwritten notes, and other paper goods were not created with acid free materials. The best option is to make a copy of the item onto archival safe paper but if the original is desired there are a couple options, de-acidification spray to neutralize the acid and/or laminating.

Should I give you memorabilia as well as photos?
Absolutely, memorabilia/mementos enhance your story even more.

How do I provide the photos to you?
Your photos should be provided as prints (on paper specifically designed for photos, such as what you can print at the drugstore or from a photo store). Put all related events in an envelope or plastic bag, such as a Ziploc. In each envelope or Ziploc include an information label. These do not have to be filled out completely, but I do need to know the basics. Then send it to me.
Example of basic labeling information:  “Grandma Helen's 95th birthday, February, 2011.”

How many photos can fit in my project?
The amount of photos used for a project is depends on the size of the project.  Here are a few estimates to give you an idea (these are assuming a standard 4x6 photo):

    • 12x12 page: 3-5 photos
    • 8 ½ x11 page: 1-3 photos
    • 8x8 page: 1-2 photos
    • 6x6 page: 1 photo
    • 12x12 Shadowbox: 1-4 photos

What is cropping a photo?
Cropping a picture is cutting away unnecessary parts of a photo, or changing a shape of a photo. Cropping is done to either allow more photos on a page, or to draw attention to the subject in the photo. Sometimes, the background of a picture has a personal significance, so please advise in writing if you do NOT want your photos to be cropped or altered.

What is journaling?
Journaling is what makes a scrapbook different from a plain photo album.  You not only give the facts (who, what, when, where, why, and how), but you share your feelings and emotions at that time. This makes the scrapbook become a personalized storybook for you and your family. Journaling is another way of describing storytelling. Imagine sitting next to someone looking through your album. What would you tell them about the pictures or the event on these pages? Write it down so you don't have to tell the story every time.
Journaling can be a description of the photo(s), a story about the photo(s), describe your feelings in relation to the photo(s), or all of the above.

How is journaling done?
Your own handwriting is the best way to personalize your album, no matter what your handwriting looks like. I can either leave a blank spot for you to journal, or you can tell me what you want written for each layout. ALL of the journaling I do for you will be done by a computer.

What is a page protector?
Page protectors are a plastic sleeve that fits over your scrapbook page to protect it. There are several different kinds available in craft stores. Depending on the album you purchase, it will determine if you need page protectors. Some albums do come with page protectors, and some do not. Prices do NOT include page protectors or the actual album.

If I give you supplies, does that lower my cost?
If you have leftover supplies from previous projects or you thought you would enjoy scrapbooking and have since realized you don’t, or you just don’t have time to scrapbook I would be happy to put them to good use.  After I receive the supplies and evaluate the quantity and quality I will deduct a percentage off of the final cost of the album based on the supplies that are used in your album. Supplies that I don't use in your album may or may not be returned to you.

Can I see progress of my project?
You will be given updates throughout the whole process, whether you are local or many miles away. I will also have ongoing communication via email, phone, or in person to give you updates, but it’s generally not practical to see the layouts as the scrapbook is being completed. To get an idea of my layout style, please visit my gallery.

If I have a layout in mind, or saw one in a magazine, can you re-create it?Example of holiday custom scrapbook page
I gladly accept ideas and I will do my absolute best to re-create the layout you want.  Please note that some accessories are difficult to find, and the page may not look exactly the same.

How long will it take for my project to be completed?
The time it takes to complete a project depends on the size of the project and is estimated on a case-by-case basis.  This will be discussed at the start of the project and the due date will be defined in the final contract. If you have a specific date the project is needed by let me know. An album is generally completed in 4-6 weeks. It can be completed sooner if needed, but may be subject to expediting fees.

Can I give a gift certificate, sign up for a gift registry or gift album?
Of course you can!  I offer gift certificates, a gift registry and other personalized gifts.  If ordering a gift scrapbook and you do not have photos, that is fine, I will leave spaces for the recipient to add photos and journaling when they receive the album.  I will gladly ship it directly to the recipient if you would like!

I started an album, but never finished it. Do you complete albums for people?
Yes, I will complete an album for you if you did not get to finish. I will do my best to continue with your theme, colors, and ideas. I will quote you a price based on the amount of time it will take me. New pages that are created will be at the rate shown on the pricing page.

Can you complete a pre-made scrapbook for me?
If you already have a pre-made scrapbook and want me to add your photos and memorabilia to it, I will quote you a price based on the amount of time it will take me.

Do you help others scrapbook or get organized?
I will help you organize your photos, shop for supplies and give you ideas for your albums.  My consulting fee is $25.00 an hour.  If you are more than 25 miles away I charge for travel expenses.

Can I hire you even if I am out of the area?
Yes, I offer services to clients who are out of the area. All correspondence will be done via email, phone, or mail whichever you prefer. I recommend that photos and memorabilia shipped to me be tracked and insured by a reputable shipping company. The completed project will be insured and shipped back to you using a reputable shipping company such as UPS. Note: shipping and handling fees apply.

What are my payment options?
I accept cash, personal check, cashier’s check or money order. Once your check has cleared the bank I will begin. Half of the estimate will be due up front and the balance will be due upon completion. Your completed album will be shipped once the balance of your bill has cleared the bank. All returned checks are subject to a $25.00 fee.

Do you have a contract? 
Yes.  The contract assures we are on the same page regarding all the details; such as pricing, timing, and delivery. 

Do you have a privacy policy?
Yes. You may be sharing some personal journaling, stories, and facts throughout the process; all these stories and information will be kept confidential. 

Do you have a satisfaction guarantee?
All albums are created with care and I will do all I can to make sure you are satisfied.  You are involved in the process and able to review scrapbook pages as they are completed, so if you noticed the project is not headed in the direction you imagine, we can make adjustments along the way. While a monetary refund is not possible for work that is completed, with custom creations I will do everything possible to make sure you are satisfied with the final product.

Can I cancel my order?
Yes, you may cancel your order, but you are held responsible for the pages already made at the cost agreed upon.  Your deposit will be returned minus the cost of any work completed plus return shipping.  If you owe more than your deposit, items will be withheld until payment is received.

 

 

 

 

 

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