How do you protect your pages in a bounded book

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Posted 2/2/2013 by kelkeepsakes in Digital Scrapbooking


PeaNut 579,331
February 2013
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Posted: 2/2/2013 2:30:41 PM
Hey I am new to TPs and I have been reading posts about Shutterfly and with a question in mind: "How do you protect your pages in a bounded book". Don't get me wrong - I have a shutterfly book of my wedding so I like the book I want to protect my pages. I am afraid someone will rip or bend a page. What do you all do to protect your bounded books from folded pages, rips, and constant bending of the books spine? OR should I just print individual pages and put them in a traditional scrapbook with page protectors? I mean the purpose of scrapbooking is to preserve memories so I want my pages to last!


PeaNut 187,882
January 2005
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Posted: 2/2/2013 4:29:06 PM
I don't do anything to my bound books. I have never had a problem, if anything people are really overly cautious when looking at my books. I have books that are over 10 years old and there is nothing wrong with them at all. An they do get flipped through from time to time. the only thing I worry about is grubby fingers so if you were just eating wash your hand before you grab a book.


PeaNut 307,816
April 2007
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Posted: 2/2/2013 4:34:28 PM
You can take my suggestions with a grain of salt, because I have never once printed a bound book (yet! I plan to!)
If you have small children, young enough to tear, smear, dirty, bend and generally damage a bound book, then perhaps you might consider printing your pages individually, and putting in page protectors the traditional way until they are a bit older. Another suggestion is to order a duplicate book of every one you print, and put that one away to keep in pristine condition.
Since I don't have young ones at home, and I haven't printed a book, I certainly don't know how much wear and tear they can actually take. I do know that my niece and nephew orderred a bound book years ago from Apple (iPhoto) when they got married. They had it done ahead of time, and the idea was to combine engagement and pre-wedding photos into a book, with lots of blank pages for the guests to write in. By the time the wedding was over, that book was so smeared and tattered, I don't know why they even bothered! Even the ink on the photos was smeared. (I think this was before printing techniques improved- I doubt they would do that today). So, what should have been a treasure ended up kind of a disaster. They probably love it, but my perfectionist tendencies cringed!

Good luck, what ever you decide!


PeaNut 352,358
December 2007
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Posted: 2/2/2013 6:50:18 PM
The books from Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc., do fingerprint easily. While I like them from the standpoint that I can print multiple copies easily, I do not consider them even remotely archival. The paper is quality, but it bends easily and little fingers quickly will damage the pages. One of the books I made for a Christmas present this year was looking a little rough within the first fifteen minutes after the package was opened. The children were enjoying the book so much that I wasn't too concerned about it at that moment and I want them to look at it repeatedly. At least for a little while, I can always order extra copies of the book. (If anyone from Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc., is reading these posts, I would LOVE to have the option to print pages as a board book for children.) However for the pages you want to last generations, these books are just not going to make it from what I've seen. I recommend printing individual pages and putting them in albums.

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PeaNut 242,431
January 2006
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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:20:52 PM
I know of someone who recently printed a book through Blurb, and the pages were unusually thick, which would probably stand the test of time well. However, she wasn't thrilled with the quality in other respects, so I'm not sure it's a good option anyway. I print pages individually and put the pages in page protectors in a D-ring album. That way you can replace individual pages without having to replace the whole book.

That board book idea was fabulous, I would definitely do that if I knew of a place that provided that!


PeaNut 579,331
February 2013
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:14:06 PM
Thanks you guys! I also love the idea of the board style book. My highest concern about the bounded book def. was geared towards my lifestly of having 3 children who are all under the age of three! I don't want them to destory the book like they do some of their other books.

From your posts I have made a decision:
    For me: I will print based on my individual want for the book
    For archiving: I will print invidual pages to put in a scrapbook with page protectors
    For gifts: I will print bounded books (unless it is for someone that I know will ruin the book - at that point I will revert back to protecting the pages).
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