long does it take to complete an album?
the initial consultation, we determine
a timeframe and specific deadline together. The length of
time before completion depends on the size of the project.
A 20-page, 12x12 album will usually take between three and
six weeks, depending on the complexity of the design style.
An 8 ½ x11 or smaller album would take less time. At
Generation Scrap, we make every effort to accommodate your
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if I need the album rushed?
a situation can arise that requires an album be done very
quickly. At Generation Scrap, we will do our very best to
provide you with your completed album as soon as possible
in such situations. Back to
Can I see some pages of my scrapbook before the book is complete?
In fact, we insist on it! We want to be sure we’re on
the right track. After completing two or three layouts, we
will provide a picture or scan of the layouts to you to be
sure we are designing your scrapbook just as you wish. At
that time, we can discuss any design changes or additions
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How many photos fit on a page?
depends on the style you choose for your pages. Usually, a
12x12 album will hold between 3-5 photos per page, or 6-10
per layout. An 8 ½ x11 album will usually hold between
1-3 photos per page, or 2-6 per layout. The number of photos
per page depends not only on the style of the page, but also
on the size of your pictures, as well as whether or not you
choose to have some of your pictures resized or “cropped”.
Generation Scrap, we want your pictures, not embellishments,
to be the stars of your scrapbook pages. If there is a picture
that we feel represents the layout particularly well, we may
choose to enlarge the picture for the layout. We would do
this only after you agree to enlargements on the inventory
sheet we fill out together during the initial
consultation. An enlargement would obviously affect the
number of additional pictures that would fit on a page. We
will give you an estimate on the number of pages needed for
your album after assessing your photos during the initial
consultation. Back to Questions
if I don’t want a picture permanently mounted?
problem! During the initial consultation,
we discuss which pictures are to be permanently mounted. Most
scrapbooking adhesives are intended to permanently mount your
photos. However, there are many options for not permanently
mounting, such as photo corners, corner punches, and repositionable
is recommended that most pictures be permanently mounted.
That is the purpose of a scrapbook – to be a safe, permanent
home for your photos. However, you may have a one-of-a-kind
original that you do not want mounted. In such a case, you
could either have a copy made to mount permanently in the
album, or have the original mounted via a non-permanent method
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if I don’t want a picture resized (“cropped”)?
problem! This is your decision and will also be noted on the
inventory sheet filled out during the initial consultation.
Part of our job during the initial consultation is to advise
you. Some pictures certainly should not be cropped. Look what
is shown in the background. Can your house be seen? How about
your car? Even though your layout may not be regarding these
items specifically, just think how exciting it will be for
you and others to see the car 30 years from now. You may have
otherwise forgotten it.
the other hand, if your pictures represent your child’s
first birthday party, for example, and a distracting element
is dominating one side of the picture, it may be best to crop
that part of the picture off, to better help the layout focus
on your child’s special day. Either way, the decision
is ultimately yours, and we at Generation Scrap respect it!
is one of the most important parts of a scrapbook. Journaling
is the written word on a page that tells a story, describes
a picture or shares how the subject felt that day. Journaling
can be done in many different ways. The two most common ways
are to print the journaling out on the computer, or to hand-write
the journaling on the page.
Generation Scrap, you decide how much journaling you would
like to have on your pages. We strongly recommend to journal
on almost every page. Your handwriting represents part of
who you are. It is an important part of you to include in
your scrapbook. Most pages we create include a separate space
for you to journal on.
If you would prefer to not have the journaling block adhered
to the page until after you journal, that is no problem. We
will discuss journaling during the initial consultation, and
the amount and size of the journaling blocks on your pages
will reflect your wishes. Generation Scrap does not usually
do the journaling for you. However, this can be arranged for
an additional fee. Journaling does not include titles. Titles
are included in our normal fees.
if some of my items are acidic (i.e. newspaper)?
articles are a great addition to scrapbook pages. However,
the acid and lignin in newspaper make it very dangerous for
the preservation of your photos. Does this mean you shouldn’t
include newspaper in your scrapbook? Of course not! There
are several options for including newspaper, including making
a photocopy of the article onto acid-free cardstock, laminating
the article, or spraying the article with a deacidification
spray. All of the these options ensure that the newspaper
will not damage your pictures or your scrapbook.
do acid-free, photo-safe and archival-quality mean?
order for your albums to last for generations, they need to
be free of damaging agents such as acid, lignin and other
items that cause damage to pictures. Do you remember those
old magnetic photo albums with a plastic sheet that peels
back to expose pre-glued pages? You may notice now that those
little lines of glue are yellow and that your pictures are
discolored or partially disintegrated. Acid is the culprit!
is used to pull apart the wood fibers when manufacturing paper.
If acid remains in the finished paper product, your pictures
will begin to disintegrate. All materials used in a scrapbook
should be “acid-free”, which means they have a
pH factor of 7 to 8.5. Lignin is what holds wood fibers together
in a tree. It is also found in some paper, mostly newspaper.
Newspaper turns yellow due to the high lignin content.
labeled “acid-free”, “photo-safe”
or “archival-quality” have been tested by their
manufacturers to ensure that the products are safe for scrapbooks.
Their products should not fade or discolor, nor should they
alter or harm your pictures in any way. At Generation Scrap,
all materials used are specifically labeled “acid-free”,
“photo-safe” or “archival-quality”.
Every item we use to assemble your scrapbook, from the paper
and stickers to the adhesive and pens, is safe for your photos.
if I already have some supplies?
If you already have some supplies that you would like Generation
Scrap to use, we can discuss them at the initial
consultation to be sure they are acid-free and appropriate
for the theme and style of album you choose. If so, Generation
Scrap will gladly use them in your scrapbook and deduct a
percentage from your project cost. Back
if I don’t live in or near the Denver-metro area?
problem! We can correspond by email, telephone and/or regular
mail throughout the entire process. We have successfully completed
projects for clients throughout the United States, as well
as projects in both England and Germany. We recommend using
a mail service through which shipments can be insured and
tracked. This helps guarantee the safety of your photos. Terms
for mail delivery are outlined in the client-consultant
agreement. Back to Questions