2016 has kept me super busy. Writing projects, teaching workshops, serving in my church, tracking down new genealogy leads, all in addition to raising my family. The one project that I haven't completed yet is my annual "Year in Review" scrapbook for our family. Thankfully, I have practiced my Power Scrapbooking method for years and in a short amount of time, I can throw together the album. This year, I created 106 pages (or 52 two-page) layouts in a short amount of time.
This time, I broke my method and decided to put the journaling on last. Why? Well, because I plan on sharing some of my favorite scrapbook pages and why I like them. I keep the journaling private, so I will have 'fake' text in the layouts you'll see. So, the journaling will be added as the last step before printing when in actuality, journaling generally goes onto my layouts before I decorate the pages.
The other hold up is printing. I have recently submitted projects to a few photobook printing companies. I have contacted the companies to learn how to improve the quality of my printed books. The process is slow going, but I can't wait to share with you what I learn once it's all complete.
The reason I'm excited and taking time from blogging about scrapbooks is because I really want to provide a great service. When I searched the internet for company comparison blog posts, I discovered numerous of chart based analysis that offer a star rating regarding quality. They rarely depict side-by-side comparisons of what you would expect to see (your computer rendering) and what you receive (a photo of the printed book). I have two companies that I can compare in this way. But, I don't want to compare and leave it at that. I want you and I to both know how to correct for the variations prior to printing.
There are some moderately helpful websites that recommend calibrating for the printing company. Not every company provides the ability to so do, and it can be complicated enough that many won't bother and thus won't create family history scrapbooks. So, that's why my experiment is taking a bit longer to provide. I have sent to the companies what I've noticed and thus far, one is willing to discuss how to improve. The other company is still not answering my quality issues. Thus, I might just have to force things a bit by showing the side-by-side comparison and mention that this company isn't willing to help us produce quality albums.
Stay tuned scrapbook fans. There is a reason why I haven't posted much about the topic recently, but I'm looking forward to what will be shared in the future. In the meantime, be sure to read old posts about creating personal and heritage scrapbooks.
And, if you'd like to learn more about scrapbooking, visit my Amazon.com Author's page to purchase my books on the topic.