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February 17, 2016

Just what makes the Our Memories for Life coverset the best album in the market?

If you are reading this, then you are most likely a memory keeper. And if you are a memory keeper then you probably love pictures and have hundreds if not thousands of them documenting all the moments of your life. So when it’s time to share your story in an album, why choose Our Memories for Life albums?

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Luckily, I can answer that question, both from a technical perspective and from a personal one. First, let’s get the nitty gritty out of the way. These albums are not only made in the USA, but have some of the finest components and workmanship, which makes them an industry leader. Here is an excerpt from the OMFL Quality Guarantee:

Album Coversets: We use products that are free from plasticizers, acid, and chlorine to allow your pages to last as long as the elements they are in will allow.

Paper and Pages: Our industry leading Domtar paper products have  “maximum permanence,” which translates into a shelf life of several hundred years. You have our guarantee for a great and thoroughly tested product. 

Note: You can read the full Quality Guarantee at the end of this post.

But let’s talk about all the non-technical stuff too. I have had the opportunity to use these albums and pages since their introduction, and although I may have been a little hesitant at first, I can now say they are my absolute favorite! Here is why.

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Quality. I want an album that will last and pages that will last. I don’t want to spend all the time and money creating my pages just to have my album fall apart. My OMFL albums and pages have been handled, photographed, displayed, and shipped from place to place and still look great. I have seen firsthand how these products perform and love them. In addition, OMFL has a commitment to continuous improvement, and if they can make a better product, they will. Have you noticed how you don’t see the straps on the front cover side? That’s another patent-pending improvement!

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Value. I’m not one of those “one-picture-per-page” kinds of scrappers. I need to tell my story with several pictures and my pictures need to be the focus of my album. On average, I use 4-5 pictures per side or at least 8-10 pictures for a double page spread. So take a guess how many pictures this album can hold.

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Drum roll please… this album can hold at least 500 photos! I found with other albums and pages I had to limit my pictures or what layouts I created if I didn’t want my album to be too big and clumsy. I was so excited to learn I can easily put 50 pages into my family book and it looks and feels great. Now that is some bang for the buck! Especially for someone who likes to take pictures.

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Beauty. The texture you get from true bookcloth albums just can’t be beat. It looks good and it feels good (even with 50 refill pages). This combined with the ease of cleaning and quality guarantee gets my vote. And that is just the outside. The 100 pound (super thick) refill pages with clear mylar reinforcements provide an incredible canvas to work on. Your eye moves seamlessly from one page to the next. The pages are sturdy and durable and the colors and designs we have give so many choices.

And then there is album color… and this is where I will leave you with exciting news. In an effort to keep up with customer requests and design trends, our album line will be expanding. Keep an eye out for some fresh new colors coming soon!

– Lauren

Full OMFL Quality Guarantee

Album Coversets: We use products that are free from plasticizers, acid, and chlorine to allow your pages to last as long as the elements they are in will allow.

  • Cloth:
    • 100% natural cotton weave pigmented with inks that surpass internal fadeometer testing standards.
    • Testing comprises material being exposed to extensive UV light with the color stability being more than twice the acceptable amount.
    • Maximum crack resistance (book cloth abrasion resistance)
    • Excellent stain and mildew resistance-wipes clean!
    • No color transfer
    • Water resistant
    • Scuff and abrasion resistant
  • Liner Paper:
    • Our Domtar paper has “maximum permanence,” which translates into a shelf life of several hundred years. In addition, our papers are acid and lignin-free. They are Archival or Acid Free with more than 3% calcium carbonate as a buffering reserve.
  • Coverset straps:
    • DuPont Hytrel straps are free from all plasticizers, acid, and chlorine. (It is a block copolymer of poly tetra methylene glycol and butane diol).
    • New patent pending T-Strap design simplifies adding pages by eliminating opening from the front.
  • Glue:
    • Archival and free of acid and chlorinated plasticizers

Paper and Pages: Our industry leading Domtar paper products have  “maximum permanence” which translates into a shelf life of several hundred years. You have our guarantee for a great and thoroughly tested product:

  • Paper:
    • Lignin Free to prevent yellowing and brittleness
    • Archival/ Acid Free with more than 3% calcium carbonate as a buffering reserve.
    • Domtar is an award winning producer of environmentally responsible paper and paper does not contain post-consumer waste.
  • Refill Pages
    • Patent-Pending Clear Mylar Acrylic Reinforced Refill Pages
      • New technology utilized to develop state-of-the-art clear reinforced protective page edges
      • Mylar Acrylic prevents yellowing and maintains clarity of designs and colors on all refill pages
      • Edges lay flat to allow more surface space when needed
      • Exceeded all competitive strength tests to assure decades of album enjoyment
      • Pages lay flat for seamless two-page spreads
      • Comparable number of pages lay flatter and expand albums less