Trade Tricks: A Personal Photo Book
Display and store large prints in a way that’s both archival and convenient
I chose to mount my prints in the Big Book by using large corner mounts, also available from Light Impressions. The corner mounts are clear, archival-quality polyester with adhesive already applied to the backs. The adhesive is set back from the edges so that there's no danger of it touching the image once mounted. Since the corners are preformed, I only need to pull off the backing and place the corner on the Big Book page. Some care is needed to apply the corners because the adhesive is very sticky and can easily stick to the wrong part of the page or the front of your print. The corners come 200 to a box (at four corners per image, you can mount 50 images with the contents of one box). Since the images aren't permanently bound to the page, I can switch the order or replace photos in the book at will.
Now, when friends come over, I clear off a table and bring out my impressively sized photo album. I proudly show off my photographs that were taken with my digital cameras or scanned from my negative and slide archive. When I'm done showing my images, I simply put my album away, knowing that my large images will rest safely in archival-quality comfort.
Contact: Light Impressions, (800) 828-6216, www.lightimpressionsdirect.com.
Tricks Of The Trade
Acid is a killer. The most important component to your overall archival preservation is to be sure all of the materials are acid-free. Beware: Adhesives typically are loaded with acid so, if possible, use archival corners, which are readily available and will keep your images safe.