I want to create something uniquely for you that will stay in your family for generations. Facebook galleries won’t do that. USBs won’t do that. DVDs DEFINITELY won’t do that (my iMac and MacbookAir don’t even have DVD slots…)
Congratulations. You’re at the first step to creating your first family heirloom – a handmade one-of-a-kind album with a beautiful leather or silk cover and photographs that are professionally lab printed, UV coated for lifelong protection, and mounted in a lay-flat floushmount style.
Digital is amazing, wonderful, and fantastic. However, in my opinion, keeping them on its little USB or on your cloud storage is not the best way to show them off. These signature albums – tangible heirlooms – is truly a unique and personal way to show them off.
Imagine that we’ve fast forwarded your life by 50 years. You’ve surrounded by family and are in front of the large touchscreen computer in your family room. Your grandkids are all curled up and are excited to see what grandma looked like fifty years ago.You plug in your USB into the iPad turboAirMax version 38 (or whatever they have in 2064). It reads “file corrupted – these files are too stinkin’ old to read on this device.” Epic FAIL. That would suck, wouldn’t it?
Now imagine a book – handmade with love – one that your grandchild can flip through slowly and point at specific photographs, asking you questions about your hair, your dress, the person that you’re hugging, the funny dance move that grandpa is making, and why there are so many kissy photographs! Now imagine your granddaughter closing the album, smiling, hugging the book, running her fingers over your embossed names and wedding date in the cover, putting it back into its album case, and then hugging you.
That feels better, doesn’t it?
Invest in something that will stand the test in time. It’s worth it.
The album design process is fun and collaborative. For the first draft, you have the option of selecting the images that you’d like to start with or you can trust me to take a first stab at selecting the images. (Most select the latter!) After the first draft, we’ll work together to decide which images we should keep, modify, rearrange, etc. After the design is finalized, we get to chat about the cover decisions – leather or silk covers, what to emboss on the front, what font you’d like to use and if you’d like to have a photograph on the cover!