You take hundreds of photos, but you don't print them. You store them on your smartphone, computer, or in the cloud. Over time you forget about them, what a shame! Photographs bring memories, encourage long talks and telling interesting stories. That's why they deserve to be presented with style and properly protected!
Choose, Print and Mount!
The limited number of photo album pages encourages you to select only the best shots from hundreds of images you take. This makes the albums unique and eye-catching. Photo albums can make perfect gifts for many occasions, such as baptism, first communion, or wedding. They will encourage recipients to capture the most beautiful moments from their holidays, family meetings, and celebrations. Albums gain their value over time – they are beautiful keepsakes often passed down in a family for generations. They are a must-have for every photography enthusiast!
Photo Albums – How to Choose Them?
Photo albums are the most popular method of storing photographs. They protect prints against fading or damage. We especially recommend the traditional ones designed for mounting photographs. You can arrange the prints the way you want, combine photos of different formats and shapes. We encourage you to select products of small Polish studios, such as Kaiko or Papierowe Sztuki. Their albums are crafted using traditional bookbinding techniques from the best, often eco-friendly materials. They feature linen binding, heavy paper stock pages, and subtle gilded details. The albums with the “soul” that will last for years to come.
Photo albums gain their value over time – they are beautiful keepsakes often passed down in a family for generations.
When looking for a photo album, think of its design. If you want a long-lasting product, pick an album with thread-stitched binding that ensures it will stand the test of time. In addition, the decorative stitching on the spine will add to the eye-catching appearance, as in the albums designed by Papierowe Sztuki, the Wroclaw-based studio. Spiral-bound albums are slightly different because their pages can be laid completely flat when open, and the metal spring adds a modern touch to their design.
You can also choose accordion-like photo albums. They have an intriguing design and feature eye-catching details such as the Japanese-style button closure. Photo album pages come in a wide array of colours. The most popular is black, which creates a great background for presenting photographs. Light-coloured paper is a little less popular, and pairs well with sepia and warm colour prints. It is also great as a guest book. An additional feature to consider when selecting photo albums is glassine/parchment paper that separates the pages and prevents the prints from sticking together.
What About Accessories?
When it comes to mounting photographs, extra tools and accessories might be essential. We recommend two solutions: photo corners or special double-sided tape. Prints mounted with photo corners can be easily removed, which is very handy if there is a note written on the back of the photograph. They come in a variety of colours to match your photo album pages. The other quick, convenient, and cost-saving method is to mount the pictures with self-adhesive squares. You simply attach them to the corners on the back of the photograph, peel off the outer layer and stick the print to the page. You can also choose between adhesives and tapes in special dispensers. The most important is to select acid-free accessories that will not damage your photo album and prints via chemical deterioration.
The most important is to select acid-free accessories that will not damage your photo album and prints via chemical deterioration.
You can also use special decor accessories – they add charm and a scrapbooking style to your photo albums. These may include colourful washi tape, paper stickers in a variety of shapes, paper clips and bookmarks. Sentimental items such as postcards, tickets, or receipts will also work great. They will help you emphasise the individual style of your photo albums. Be creative!
Photo Storage Boxes
Do you remember those days when we used to store our photographs, letters and postcards in an empty chocolate or shoe box? We still do it today, just slightly different. Those boxes are replaced by decorative linen photo boxes that are durable, perfectly crafted, and have an elegant appeal. They will store and protect not only your photographs but also small items and keepsakes.
Time spent for selecting, printing and mounting pictures in photo albums is not only a beautiful, analogue tradition. It is a wonderful way to spend time together and have fun with family and friends.
Your Moments with a Photo Album
Memory is deceptive, so you should create your own photo library. It will come in handy at family meetings. Its pages will delight many generations and encourage telling humorous stories and tales from the past. Time spent for selecting, printing and mounting pictures in photo albums is not only a beautiful, analogue tradition. It is a wonderful way to spend time together and have fun with family and friends.
Author: Karolina Radomyska, Images: Magdalena Konik-Machulska
Translation: Rafał Stachura