Our Memories for Life Album Straps Now Photo Safe

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Earlier this year, this blog published test results showing that the strap in Our Memories for Life (OMFL) albums was not photo safe and consequently their “100% photo-safe” claim was not correct.

According to OMFL, the straps are now made from DuPont Hytrel. This material is a polyester-based thermoplastic elastomer. It does not contain PVC and is photo-safe.


I would like to acknowledge this improvement, and while I cannot say for certain what role this blog had in the change, I suspect it was a factor.


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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14 Responses to Our Memories for Life Album Straps Now Photo Safe

  1. LianneG says:

    Thank you for providing this update, Dr. Mark!

  2. momfawn says:

    Thanks for letting us know, Dr. Mark! – Fawn

  3. You sure do think highly of yourself don’t you. Don’t give yourself too much credit.

    • What?! Dr. Mark is extremely knowledgeable and has provided valuable information to CM consultants – as well as the company – for many years. He is well respected. What’s your problem?

    • anmore92 says:

      Clearly beachscrapper2 is a graduate of the Rhonda Anderson Public Relations School.

    • Lisa Graham says:

      Was it due to ignorance or deception when OMFL labeled their albums “photo-safe” when they were, indeed, not photo safe? I found it very telling how certain people associated with OMFL reacted to this information. Talk about shooting the messenger! Much like you are now, “beachscrapper2.” Lashing out at people that provide information so consumers can make educated decisions doesn’t put the company in a positive light. I have no doubt that this issue would not have been addressed if Dr. Mark didn’t bring it to their attention. Thank goodness he’s out there looking out for those that want true “photo-safe” products!

    • Dawn says:

      beachscrapper2, many people think very highly of Dr. Mark Mizen. His knowledge, experience and testing have proven invaluable to those who wish to safely preserve their memories. That is why we read his blog. What would be your reason for doing so?

  4. Nicole says:

    Knowledge is power! Thanks for doing this for free, it’s a shame we can’t still have you working full-time to ensure the safety of our scrapbooking supplies.

  5. Silvia Mayers says:

    Thanks for the update and for being an advocate!

  6. Debbie says:

    I value Dr. Mark’s expertise and judgement. He was a great asset to CM while he was there. I appreciate him sharing his thoughts with us now!

  7. Tricia says:

    Thanks, Dr. Mark!!

  8. Sharon W says:

    I really appreciate the truthful information Dr. Mark shares. It makes me more comfortable when choosing product for my scrapbook.
    ‘Tis the season of gratitude. Hope beachscrapper2 and OMFL realize that and they grasp the information shared in the spirit it was intended.

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