StoryBooks are now even better!

In September, we will start manufacturing all Hardcover StoryBooks here at Creative Memories. This change allows us to further integrate digital StoryBooks with our traditional products.

Improved quality

Starting in September, we’ll be discontinuing all 11 x 8.5 linen and leatherette StoryBooks and replacing them with books manufactured with Creative Memories’ traditional bookcloth. This bookcloth has improved stain and abrasion resistance. In addition, we’re taking advantage of the latest printing technology to produce higher quality pages for our StoryBooks. This technology uses clear toner to improve the photographic appearance of the printed page.

Our Hardcover StoryBooks will continue to have all of the features that set our current StoryBooks apart from the competition, including:

• High-quality laminated custom covers

• Protective end sheets

• Stitched binding

Our books are tested at elevated temperatures and under high humidity conditions. They will withstand years of use and are truly designed to last for generations.

New products

In October, we will be introducing the 8 x 8 Softcover StoryBook with a glossy personalized cover. In addition, the current 7 x 5 Softcover StoryBook will be discontinued and replaced with a new 7 x 5 Softcover StoryBook with a custom cover. The new custom covers will give our Softcover StoryBooks a distinctive appearance that further differentiates us from the competition. We’ll also be using an improved adhesive designed to give Softcover StoryBooks added durability.

Make it big or small

StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 allows 12 x 12 and 11 x 8.5 StoryBooks to be easily converted to 8 x 8 and 7 x 5 StoryBooks. At this time, StoryBook Creator Plus doesn’t support converting smaller sizes into larger sizes, so if you’re planning on resizing your StoryBook, you will want to create it at the larger size. Finally, in October we’ll be adding calendar designs to StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 in preparation for a brand new calendar design we’re introducing in November. Watch Scraps for details.

The complete September/October Tech Notes is available as a PDF at Tech Notes_200909&10.

About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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4 Responses to StoryBooks are now even better!

  1. Dorothy Huey says:

    Hi Mark,
    I want to use the 8×8 Softcover storybook, when it comes out, to make a calendar/yearbook/planner (haven’t picked a catchy name yet) for our high school instrumental music students, for a fundraiser. I am fundraising chairperson. 🙂
    Do you know how much it will be, and do you have any suggestions?

    • Mark Mizen says:

      The 8×8 Soft Cover will be $24.95. Each additional sheet (2 pages) will be $2.50. Soft Cover StoryBooks will be available October 1.

  2. Lisa Flack says:

    Will CM be coming out with an 8 1/2 x 11 size StoryBook? I prefer portrait rather than the landscape.

  3. Mark Mizen says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. We will keep your comment and others that we have received in mind as we develop future products.

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