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According to a recent article, Psychologists Say Taking Too Many Photos Could Wreak Havoc on Your Brain. Here are ten steps to fewer photos:

  1. Only take photos on Tuesdays.
  2. Only take photos between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
  3. Only take photos on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  4. Leave the camera in the car.
  5. Leave the camera at home.
  6. Wait for the perfect moment.
  7. Buy the smallest memory card possible.
  8. Switch to film.
  9. Wait for a full moon.
  10. Let somebody else take the photos.

Seriously, I think photos are great. Just don’t over do it.

100 photo-safe

Because 100% photo-safe and photo-safe are perceived differently, they are not the same. Here’s why. When Our Memories for Life promoted their albums as 100% photo-safe, my immediate response was you have to be kidding. How could they develop a product line in three months that they were 100% certain would not harm photos? I was immediately skeptical, probably more so than if they had just said photo-safe. The 100% emphasized photo-safe in a way that was not justified. This skepticism proved valid when further tests showed that the straps that held the album together contained chlorine and were probably made from PVC.

Creative Memories, on the other hand, never claimed 100% photo-safety, since nothing is ever that certain.

Mr. Caleb Hayhoe, Chairperson, Flowerdale Group Ltd., Hong Kong

Mr. Caleb Hayhoe, Chairperson, Flowerdale Group Ltd., Hong Kong

As announced on July 5, Mr. Caleb Hayhoe, Chairperson of Flowerdale Group Ltd., Hong Kong purchased Creative Memories Japan, Creative Memories and Ahni and Zoe brand names, and related production equipment.   He has named Yoko Amano General Manager of Creative Memories Japan and hopes to sell these quality Creative Memories products again in USA, Australia and Germany when business growth in Japan is stable. Whether or not he will restore the emphasis photo-safety remains to be seen, but we can certainly hope so since high-quality, photo-safety products are a large part of the Creative Memories brand.


If Ahni and Zoe don’t meet your needs, Shutterfly is now up for sale. Unlike Ahni and Zoe, Shuttterfly has four mobile apps, as well as the ability to order various photo products, including prints, photo books, mugs, and mouse pads, directly from the internet. Shutterfly’s apps even generate revenue, unlike many popular and highly valued mobile apps.

Unfortunately some work is required since Shutterfly may post its first loss since 2006 this year. For more details see Why Shutterfly is (probably) going private and The press gets it wrong about Shutterfly’s business.

Gang Warfare Continues

The battle between the Utah-based OMFL gang and the Minnesota-based Ahni and Zoe has heated up with Ahni and Zoe pulling pages out of OMFL’s scrapbooks. Ahni was reported to have said that it was so easy she couldn’t resist. Ahni and Zoe also painted OMFL’s home turf in Salt Lake City pink. OMFL retaliated by kidnapping several top leaders from Ahni and Zoe and threatening further violence.

The FBI has been called in to mediate, since the war has crossed state lines. Director James Comey pleaded with both parties to just make photo-safe products. Unfortunately, consumers no longer care about photo-safety, and his tactic was unsuccessful.

Threats continue and tensions are high. Stay tuned to the All About Images Blog for further updates to this situation.

photo 2_edit

photo_editCreative Memories no longer manufactures the Custom Album Cover, and while I liked this album it is no longer an option. So, what else is available?  If you’re willing to consider post bound albums, Panstoria offers the 12×12 Custom Post Album. This album contains polypropylene top-loading pages, has no PVC  components, and is available for $34.99. Best of all, the front and back of the album can be customized, unlike the earlier Creative Memories album, which only allowed the front to be customized.

XRF results
I had a chance this morning to see the X-ray Fluoresence (XRF) results on Our Memories For Life’s album strap. Anything that contains 36% chlorine is not 100% photo-safe. Sorry, Youngevity.

X-ray FluorescenceF Spectrometer and Our Memories For Life Album Strap

X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer and Our Memories For Life Album Strap


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