FAQ

How long does it take to complete a project?
The length of time to complete a scrapbook varies based on the size and complexity of the project. At the initial consultation we will discuss your timeframe and will determine a specific deadline. Most projects take between three to six weeks to complete. I will make every effort to accommodate your needs. Rush orders will incur an additional charge.

Do my photos have to be digital or can you take regular photos as well?
Any type of photos can be used for your scrapbook. If you already have prints, you can organize them in Ziploc baggies, label them and send them to me. We will discuss how they should be organized and labeled in our initial meeting. If you have digital images, you can burn them to a CD, upload them to a photo sharing site (such as Snapfish or Shutterfly) or email them to me. A printing fee of .25 per 4 x 6 photo will apply. 

How many photos fit in an album?
That depends on how many pages you would like for your album to hold. Generally a 12 x 12 page fits 3-5 pictures or 6-10 for a 2-page layout. An 8 x 8 page will fit 1-2 pictures per page or 2-4 per 2-page layout. There are times when a particular photo really captures the event and I will recommend for it to be enlarged. In that case, fewer photos will be able to fit on that layout.  After our initial consultation, I will give you an estimate of the number of pages and pictures needed for your album. 

What is journaling?
Journaling is one of the most important aspects of an album but the one that many people neglect to include. It can be as simple as listing the who, what, where and when behind the photos or it can be more lengthy, telling a story, describing a picture or giving details about a person or event.  The two most common ways to include journaling are to type it on the computer or hand-write it on the page. During our initial consultation we will discuss how much journaling and which type you would like to include in your album. If you type the journaling I can include it on the page. Alternately, I can leave space for you on the page if you would like to hand-write the journaling.

What do acid free, lignin free, and photo safe mean?
Acid is a chemical in paper that causes the paper (and your photos) to deteriorate. Lignin is a fiber in trees, and therefore in paper, that causes the paper to discolor and turn yellow with time. Manufacturers can remove both the acid and the lignin from their products. Photos preserved with acid free and lignin free products will last longer and will not turn yellow or fade. Acid free and lignin free products are termed "photo safe."

What if I already have scrapbook supplies?
If you have already purchased scrapbook supplies or would like to purchase your own supplies, we can discuss this at our initial consultation. Once I receive the supplies and evaluate the quantity, I will deduct a percentage off the final cost of your scrapbook.

What if I do not live in the Houston area?
No problem! We can communicate via email, telephone and/or regular mail throughout the process. I recommend using mail service that will track and insure your package when shipping photos and memorabilia to me. The finished project will be packaged and shipped back to you via UPS.

Will you cut my pictures?
Generally I do recommend that photos be cropped (cut). There are often distractions in the photos that were not intended to be there and the subject of the photo will pop out more if the photo is cropped. Professional photographs as well as scenic pictures and heritage photos do not need to be cropped. During our initial consultation we will discuss whether or not you would like your photos to be cropped and/or which ones should or should not be cropped.

Can I include memorabilia?
Absolutely and I recommend that you do! Newspaper articles, ticket stubs, greeting cards, invitations, etc. are all important to include in your scrapbook and add to the character of your pictures. These items all include acid and lignin so care must be taken to ensure that they do not touch your photos. Newspaper articles can be copied onto acid free/lignin free paper and other items can be sprayed with archival spray. 

What payment methods do you accept?
I accept cash, personal check, cashier’s check or paypal at this time. You can pay by credit card via paypal. 50% of the total estimate will be due prior to starting the project. The remainder will be due upon completion, before the album is shipped back to you. There will be a $35 fee on returned checks.

Can I see the progress of my album?
Absolutely! After completing the first 3-4 layouts of your project, I will email you pictures or scans of them so you can take a look. Additional pictures can be sent as the project progresses upon request. We will be communicating throughout the entire process as to the progress of the project. We can discuss any changes to the design or layout prior to it being shipped back to you complete.