In this "Learn Before You Buy" section, we'll address some
of the most commonly asked questions along with some general information
that helps explain different aspects of ordering a formal wedding or portrait
album. With this being an investment that will last many years, you want
to get it right so you can enjoy it forever.
#1 Top Question: What is a side and page?
#1 Super-thorough answer: Okay... well, you asked for it, so here
it goes. A side and page are the same thing. Why do we use the term "side"
in our ordering process? The reason is because so many people don't know
what a "page" actually is so if we use that term in the ordering
process some customers are going to receive an album that is VERY different
than what they thought they ordered and that's one expensive mistake they
would have made. Let's take a regular book or magazine as our example.
If you look at the sides of the paper, Page 1 is on the front side of
the paper and Page 2 is on the back side of the paper. The paper itself
is NOT a "page", but so many people mistakenly call it
a "page" that they think a page has two sides which is completely
false. The paper itself is called a "leaf" by definition (check
Webster for "page" and "leaf"). So, as you see, a
side and page are exactly the same thing, and a page does NOT have two
sides like many people mistakenly think.
Final word: When you go to order your album, you'll use the number of
sides to determine the size of your album. Each side requires one mat,
so your number of sides should equal the number of mats (unless you're
ordering extra mats). Now, how many of those do you need (for a new album
- not a replacement cover)? Proceed to our # 2 Top Question below. For
replacement covers, you'll simply enter the number of sides you need to
hold your mats (sides = mats).
#2 Top Question: How many sides/mats do I need for my new album
(not replacement cover)?
#2 Long Drawn-Out Answer: Okay... whew... let's go at it this way
(which is long, but thorough). The quick answer is "We don't know".
Here's why. Say, for example you have 4 4"x5" prints. We don't
know if they're horizontal, verticals, or mixed... and if they are mixed,
we don't know how many of each you have or what order you want them in.
Let's take a look at why the answers can be so different.
As you can see, all these options are for 4 4x5s and the answers to how
many sides/mats you need is anywhere from 1 to 4. Now, just think how
much that changes when you don't have only 4 prints, but 80-150 which
is more typical of the average album. It's nearly impossible to answer
the question of "how many" until you actually do the layout
for the album first (which we recommend). How you find out how many pages/mats
you need is by completing your entire layout on paper before you order
anything. This is the most assured way to get exactly what you. There
are some exceptions such as if someone has 40 8x10s. Because only 1 8x10
will fit per page, that answer is easy, but that's a rare case. Usually,
there is a mixture of sizes, so we recommend using our mats online to
make up a "mock layout" on paper which allows you to build a
summary of the components you need to purchase.