January 30, 2011

Photo Books vs silver halide Persnickety photo paper

We appreciate Photo Books- but will they last?

"If it’s not photographic output, it’s either going to be an ink-jet or it’s going to be electrostatic (fancy word huh – think color copier with toner and paper). While some ink-jet prints are shown to last as long or longer than photo prints, it depends entirely on using a particular printer, ink, and paper from that printer’s manufacturer. Do you know exactly what combination someone is using to print yours? If it varies one bit (like using a lesser grade paper or ink) it can significantly impact the life of your layout. And most home printers we digital scrapbookers use are not suitable for archival quality output – unless you dropped a couple of thousand on your ink-jet! The same issues are magnified with electrostatic prints – the toner can vary from batch to batch, as can the paper. And as most electrostatic prints are on the low end of the price range, you know the labs that use them are saving every last penny to keep the cost down."

These are photo books from 2008 
Less than 3 years old, and they are already falling apart.
We prefer single page photographic prints for our memory keeping.
Why? Because they are archival, waterproof, and will last a lifetime!

Chemically processed layouts are beautiful! 
Our software also reads your sRGB profile in every single layout- 
 the colors are amazing! 

You are spending time creating beautiful layouts- why compromise?

Wilhelm Imaging Research conducts research on the stability and preservation of traditional and digital color photographs and motion pictures. Silver Halide ranks the leader in the photo industry.


  1. this is so true- my books from various companies have fallen apart within 5 years

  2. I see the problem... but, I have an obvious question: if I'm not going to be printing my layouts in photo books, can you please recommend a type of scrapbook to put them in? I'm just lost when it comes to how to use a 12x12 layout... In the "olden" days of paper scrapping, I used a well-know company's post-type books, and although I have LOTS of empty albums left, it just seems silly to put my layouts on paper pages. And, I'd have to trim them, as the album pages aren't true 12x12 (more like 11.5x12). How about a blog post with album options? Please??? :-)

  3. Can you do a post about how the photo books from Persnickity measure up because don't you sell photo books too?

  4. Barbara- we print a full bleed 12x12 print on our silver halide photo paper. These should fit in your post bound albums. We work with American Crafts and DCWV- they should slide right into your "old" page protectors.

    Kendra- we do print photobooks. Here is a blog post that Chari did a few months ago with comparisons-http://bit.ly/hmOUdh
    Is that what you are referring to?

  5. That's really nice and beautiful. A practical use.

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