Worth Waiting For

This month Creative Memories launched the Custom Album Page. This project, along with last fall’s You Create It Album, required over ten years from the initial idea to product launch. I prepared the initial samples for these projects in the year 2000 (remember Y2K), and it is gratifying to finally see them reach the market. During this time, they have survived a host of on-again off-again decisions to become reality.

These projects bring in a new era, allowing photo book enthusiasts to create their books one page at a time. No longer do photo books require 20 completed pages. Instead, we can now create books as life happens, one page at a time. Now, we can have a book of school photos that grows each year or a book of holiday traditions that reflects our changing families. Custom Album Pages also allow users of traditional albums to add digital pages directly to their albums.

Custom Album Pages take advantage of Creative Memories lay-flat binding system and are available with white or black (my preference) reinforcement tape. They are also printed on acid-free, lignin-free, buffered paper to ensure that they will survive the test of time.

What are your thoughts? How do you see using these products? Also, if you haven’t completed my survey on unfinished photo books, please go to Don’t Forget to Finish and scroll down to the questions at the end of the posting.

p.s. My first Custom Album Page project will be a book for the kids’ school photos that I can add to each year.


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 Worth Waiting For

  1. hueynews says:

    I am making a digital book for the church that sponsors my son’s boy scout troop. After they hosted his Eagle Scout ceremony, we wanted to give back – and I am working with the church historian to make a beautiful book of the church’s history.
    I can’t wait to use the new custom pages – and it will be nice to be able to add to the book as time goes by.

  2. Linda says:

    Mark…so glad you finally get to see the results of your hard work in this project! The first projects I will use these cool new pages and coverset are both faithbooking: my personal faith journey where I will reflect and write testimonies of how God is working in my life – in any order I want and a growing book for my church’s Youth Ministry…where the teens can document anything they want to share about their faith journeys. I’m so excited about both of these!

  3. Susan Austin says:

    I love this idea, it is going to do really well !!!

  4. hueynews says:

    Hi Mark,
    We just submitted an order for 45 custom pages – wow that really adds up! I can see how making the book page by page would be easier on the wallet. My daughter spent last summer living and interning in NYC and the book is the story of the fabulous time she had.
    She did something really fun with these pages – she scanned lots of memorabilia but she also left space (carefully measured with photo frames which were deleted before purchase) to add the actual memorabilia when the pages come back. She is so excited to get these pages and add them to her custom album! (is there any chance we could have an additional discount for 20 or more pages?)

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