Our generation has become use to uploading our whole life into the cloud - documents, photos, letters… But what would happen if it all crashed?
Perhaps you download your precious files onto your hard drive, but the reality is, a hard drive isn’t any safer than the cloud. If you store your pictures there, they could easily be lost if your hard drive were to malfunction, leaving you unable to recover your stored files. This would leave you with only the memories of those events, and memory is far more malleable than any of us would like to believe.
What can we do to fix this problem? How can we ensure the safety of our photographs? Sure, you could simply print out the pictures, but then what? You are left with a disorganized jumble of photos getting bent and banged around inside a shoe box or plastic container. Chances are, if you are like most of us, you toss your pictures into boxes, slide them under your bed and in to the land of dust bunnies, and they are not thought of for years to come. As the old saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” After a while, you forget what you have pictures of as the moments they represent fade into obscurity. Sometimes you will forget entire events in your life as they fade from conscious memory.
Being forgotten is not the only danger to these pictures. Most photo papers are not meant for archival. They contain acid and other chemicals that slowly break down the picture. Over time, these chemical processes take their toll, leaving you with pictures that are yellowed, brittle, blurry and faded.
In a traditional photo album, the pictures are a little safer, or at least more organized. However, photo albums aren’t meant to last for generations. Over time, pages loosen and may even fall out, causing you to lose the pictures on that page. If you are using the photo albums with the sticky-backed pages, the compound that makes the page sticky can break down, damaging the picture. It may seem like there is no good way to protect your snapshots, but there is still hope! A photo book from MILK Books will last for generations to come.
What is a Photobook?
Photo books are a lot like your classic albums. They are collections of pictures that you have grouped together. Captions are added, and the pages are designed… However, there is a brilliant high-tech twist. Every MILK photo book starts out on the Internet. Simply create your account, upload your pictures, and prepare to have fun editing. You do not have to spend hundreds of dollars on obtaining hard copies of your pictures. Even the account creation is free. You only pay when the book is finished and shipped.
How to Create a Photo Book
Creating high-quality photo books on is really easy. After account creation, you will be able to upload and edit your photos. This allows you to crop them as you would like them to appear in your book. After that, you can choose a template for your pages and insert the pictures, adding any captions you would like before you get to the exciting part. There are 2000 editorial templates for you to choose from, allowing you an almost endless amount of possibilities for page design.
Once you have your pictures and captions on the page as they should appear, you get to preview the finished project. Check to make sure that everything is as it should be and that the pictures look pleasing in their current configuration. If you do not like something, now is the time to change it. Drag images around, resize them, change which pictures are used, and customize the book as much as your heart desires.
Every MILK photo book has either a fixed number of pages or a set range of numbers of pages to pick from. That way, you can generally have some variation in the amount of pages that your book holds. If you need more pages than the basic number, you can add them in four-page, two-side spreads. The cost of extra pages is calculated starting at the base price of the book.
Next you need to choose your paper. We have five acid-free paper stocks in varying textures and glosses, available depending upon the type of book you are creating. These papers will not break down over time. They are guaranteed not to fade or yellow. The type of stock available depends on the type of book you are making. Pick the available stock that best suits the feel of your book. You will also need to pick a cover and cover design. Add a picture or text to the cover of your photo book to personalize it.
When everything is perfect, it is time for checkout. Place your order, provide a payment method, and you are set!
After you place your order, we get to work. We take your digital layouts and print them onto the quality acid-free paper or board you have chosen. Then we hand-stitch and bind your book using techniques passed down through the generations. We have had two decades of experience and we have tried every print technique and paper variety out there, so we know what works best.
The MILK Books Range
What sorts of photo books can you create at MILK Books? Take a tour of our offerings here. We will start with our newest variety of books. After that, we will move on to the range that started it all, the MILK Books Originals. Finally, we will end with the Moleskine range, a collaborative partnership between MILK Books and the most trusted notebook company in the world.
MILK Archival Photo Books
MILK A photo books have a base price of $65. They are center-stitched and hand-bound with archival materials that will not decay. However, that is not what makes our albums the best photo books on the market. Most photo books are printed in four colors. However, we at MILK books believe that since your life has more colors than four, that your pictures should, too. For that reason, we print most of our photo books using a six-color method, perfect for catching the true colors of people’s skin tones, foliage on trees, and even a beautiful summer sky.
These books can hold from 24 to 160 pages, making them perfect to replace large photo albums.
This photo book is totally customizable. Simply choose the size, paper stock, cover fabric and amount of pages. Then press that create button and start uploading pictures.
MILK A Wedding Photo Album
Are you getting married? Do you want to make a photo album to commemorate that special day? If so, the MILK A photo album is perfect. This book’s starting price is a bit steeper, at $256. However, the pages are board, not paper, which means they are even more sturdy.
This is a lay flat photo book, which means that you can spread pictures across two pages without that annoying seam in the middle, allowing you to tell a story with fluid grace.
The wedding album will hold from 24-40 pages, a perfect amount for archiving your ceremony. If you need additional pages, you may add them in intervals of two.
As with most MILK books, this album is done in the six-color print, and has nine cover materials to choose from. There is also an optional leather cover upgrade, allowing you to create a masterpiece worthy of your coffee table.
MILK Original Photo Book
If you would like to buy the photo book that started it all, this is it! The MILK original photo book starts at $54.99. It is center-stitched and lovingly printed on a quality art paper.
There are four linen cover materials to choose from to add that touch of class and each book is perfectly hand-bound. These are heirlooms that your children’s children will love.
Photo books in this range are printed with four colors as opposed to six, which brings down the cost to you. There is even a hand-bound presentation box available for the larger photo books.
This book also contains the most pages, up to 200. You could chronicle your family history in a book like this.
MILK Original Cream Photo Albums
The starting price for this photo album is $495. This starting price gets you board-mounted paper pages with two paper stocks that you can choose from. There are also two options for the type of cover.
Speaking of covers, this book features a three-quarter wrap cover image for added pizzazz. The cover comes in two colors, black or ivory.
Your photos will be perfectly preserved in a six-color print to capture all those tiny details and bound so it will lay flat. Display your photos across two pages instead of just one. Furthermore, the book can hold up to 40 pages.
The Moleskine Range
Do you adore Moleskine notebooks? If so, this is the range for you. We have partnered with the maker of these legendary journals. Thanks to the inclusion of actual Moleskine materials, these photo albums look and feel just like your favorite notebooks.
Moleskine Classic Photo Books
The evolution of the Moleskine journal is explored with this classic book. Add your own images, art and stories. Tell the tale of your life in the most elegant fashion possible. Moleskine classic books begin at $95.
Unlike most books offered from MILK Books, this one has 96 pages. That number is fixed and you cannot add extra. The binding is center-stitched, and lays open flat. This is another book where you can spread your pictures and writing across two pages as opposed to one.
This book features the elements Moleskines are famous for, the rounded corners, beautiful soft leather covers and ivory papers. Be prepared to wow your friends with this brilliant testament to the moments that really matter.
Moleskine Photo Books
These photo books are affordable, starting at $60. They contain classic Moleskine materials, as well as featuring the aesthetics you’d expect from a quality journal, including rounded corners and ivory papers.
The Moleskine classic photo book will hold 20-80 pages that you can cover with your photos and stories. They are also center-stitched, with a binding that will let the book open flat. This way, your content can scroll across the two pages as if they were one.
choose the format that best fits your needs. The book is available in either square or landscape orientations.
The Monograph Moleskine range starts at a price point of $125. For that price, you get a book that contains sixty pages. This number is fixed so you do not have the option of changing it. Like the other photo books in the Moleskine range, this one is center stitched with an open flat binding. Spread your pictures nicely across a two-page spread to create seamless, fluid layouts.
This book features genuine moleskine materials, and is protected by a black linen slip case. It is only available in landscape format, so bear that in mind when you begin your design.
Why Wait? Organize Your Photos Today!
Imagine that you were never allowed to take a picture again, or that any picture you took suddenly disappeared. There would be no more pictures of your children or snapshots of the important moments in your life. You would never be able to take pictures of your aging parents or other relatives and you can forget the exquisite pictures of places you love. Would that not be a sad world?
Pictures are sometimes how we remember. They take faded memories and bring them back into sharp relief. We look at a picture and remember where we were, who we were with, and sometimes even the smells and sounds of the place the picture was taken.
Thankfully, we do not have to live in a world where these precious mementos do not exist. However, we have to do our part to save them before they fade away, and a key step in that process is making a MILK photo book. Pictures are like a paintbrush for our memories, and when you make a photo book online, you are touching up the details of your life’s canvas.