My Disney World album arrived from winkflash! Overall I'm happy with how it turned out.
The only thing that bugs me is that a *tiny* bit of each page was cut off on the top and bottom, and there is a white border on each edge. Not sure why my perfectly square 8x8 pages didn't fit their 8x8 book... :( But really that is my only complaint, and it's probably not noticeable to anyone but me.
I love the professional look and durability of a hardbound album, and I wish I all my scrapbooks were done this way, but it doesn't really work with how I scrapbook. Since I don't scrapbook chronologically, I can't really upload all of my 2007 pages for a nice book... because I'm still working on 2007 pages all the time! I just scrapbook whatever memory strikes my fancy at the moment, and after they are printed I slide them into a page protector in the right album.
Speaking of albums... for my albums, I was inspired Stacy Julian's "Family Fun Library" system as outlined in her book, "The Big Picture". I took her ideas and tweaked them a bit; I have a set of three albums for each year:
- All About Us: for personality pages. A tab for each person, as well as one for layouts about both boys, and ones for Mom/Dad & me pages.
- Celebrations & Traditions: for those birthday, holiday, graduation pages, as well as other traditions we celebrate.
- Places We Go/Things We Do/People We Love: pretty self-explanatory, with a tab for each of these. Places We Go is for vacations, trips, home, etc., Things We Do reflects our lifestyle from everyday life to hobbies & accomplishments, and People We Love is reserved for layouts about extended family and friends.
So, if I create a page with older pictures from, say, 2006 (which I did recently) I just find the proper 2006 album and slip it in there. I really like how this is working so far.
But in addition to my "Family Fun Library", I think it will be fun to do more mini-albums like this Disney one, and I think I will always do those as hardbound albums. I have plans to start a "Tribute to Philly" album, as well as "A Week In The Life" album (inspired by Ali Edwards) that I'm working on this week and chronicling on my other blog.
I think I'll try some other companies and see who I like best... a few I'm interested in trying are Shutterfly, ArtsCow - they're having a sweet deal, an 8x8 book for $4.99 - , and Viovio.
So, I wanna know... how do your organize your scrapbook layouts? Have you ever had a hardbound book printed and if so where and how did you like it? I'd love to know!