I started Embossing by Sandy in 2006. My parents owned a bookstore in the 70’s. My father would imprint names on bibles and hard covered books for customers. He taught me how to imprint using a small Kingsley machine with gold leaf foil. Little did I know that 36 years later I would have my own business imprinting/embossing photo albums. I have personalized hundreds of scrapbook albums and have embossed thousands of lines/graphics. Embossing/imprinting is a process that uses heat and pressure to create a permanent foil imprint on an item. Being a scrapbooker myself, I wanted to know at a glance what my photo albums were instead of pulling each one out to check the inside cover to know what it contained. Embossing is the perfect way to identify each album. Embossing the spine and front cover not only identified what each album is but it also personalized it. On the back of my albums I emboss the graphic “Made with Love by Mom” as an added embellishment to my album.
When I began my business, I embossed almost exclusively on Creative Memories scrapbook albums. Since then, so many other brands have been introduced to scrapbookers and many of you have asked “Do some albums emboss better than others?” The answer is “YES!” These are some brands that I have found emboss well: Creative Memories, Close to My Heart, Dalee Military, Die Cuts with a View, the Paper Studio, K & Co. and We R Memory Keepers the cloth or dull vinyl. I have a list of albums and how the embossing imprints under Accepted Album Brands. Some brands just don’t emboss well so for those I use a trophy plate.
Trophy plates are recommended for those album surfaces that are too textured (Creative Memories tapestry) or too slick (Sandylion Disney, S.E.I.) or the inside padding of the cover is uneven (Pioneer). The trophy plates are made from Mylar or PVC and are thin, flexible and self-adhesive. I offer 4 colors; brushed gold, brushed silver, gloss white, and matte black. I cut the trophy plate to whatever size you want and my foil colors can be embossed on any of these trophy plates.
I have 18 fonts to choose from ranging from 1/8” to 1” high. I also have graphic letters that are 1” high and are more ornate. These can be used as a monogram at the top of a spine or paired with the Goudy lowercase letters to form words. A line is 9” long. The font you choose dictates how many words you can fit on a line.
I have over 280 graphics to choose from, which can be viewed under Graphics. I also offer the possibility of customizing a graphic for your specific embossing need…contact me to talk about it.
I have over 40 colors to choose from…my philosophy is that there are more than 2 colors in the world so you don’t have to stick with gold or silver. Your color choices can be viewed under Foil Colors.
My machine is a Kwikprint 86 which gives me the versatility of putting your embossing just about anywhere on a cover or spine depending on the brand of album. Albums that are 3 ring bound are restricted so embossing can only be done from the center to the right side of the cover. I can also emboss on ipad covers, tablets and bibles.
I guarantee my work. If I make a mistake I will replace your scrapbook and emboss it at no additional cost to you. If your scrapbook cannot be replaced at the original value then I will offer you a refund of the original price of the scrapbook. I want you to love and enjoy your personalized scrapbook and will work with you so that you are 100% satisfied with the final product.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I see a sample before you emboss my album? Yes. If you include your email or cell phone number that will accept text I will emboss what you want on white or black paper to make sure the spelling is correct and place it on your scrapbook so you can see the placement of the wording/graphic. I will take a picture and send it to you so you can see a sample of what your cover/spine will look like. You can change the position of the words or graphic however you want. There is no extra charge for samples. I also keep your order form on file for future reference.
What sizes and styles of print do you have to choose from? I offer 18 fonts all of them can be viewed in Fonts. I also offer Graphic Letters which are 1 inch high letters A-Z that are paired with the Goudy large lowercase letters to form elegant words. The graphic letters also look beautiful as a monogram at the top of a spine. The cost of just the letter is the same as the cost of a graphic.
What different colors of foil do you have to choose from? I have over 40 colors to choose from. My philosophy is there are more than two colors in the world. Most of my colors can be used on covers, spines or trophy plates. There are some that are just for trophy plates. Your color choices can be viewed under Foil Colors.
What happens if a mistake is made? If I make a mistake I will do my utmost to replace the cover/spine and redo the embossing for no additional charge. If the mistake is the customer’s fault as misspelled words or wrong date then they will need to replace the album and I will emboss it at no extra charge.
What type of albums can be embossed? Not all albums can be embossed and NOT all albums are created equal. If there is any question I will contact you to get additional information. It is my right to refuse to emboss an album, book, etc. if I don’t feel comfortable doing it or the item is not in good condition to take embossing. The alternative to embossing is to have a trophy plate embossed and you can place it on the item. Check out Trophy Plates to see colors and pricing.
How many letters or words will fit per line? A line is 9” long. The size of font chosen dictates how many words fit into 9”. I have fonts from 1/8” to 1” tall and wide. This is one reason why I make a sample of what you are asking for so you can see what it will look like before I emboss it on the surface of the cover.
Does it cost more to have more than one color embossed? No. If you want different colors embossed using a certain graphic or words there is no extra charge as long as I can do it. The Disney Trio #1 graphic is a prime example…you can have the “mouse ears” black, “castle” silver glitter and the “hand” white.
How long does it take to get my order done? If mailed to me it is usually a 2 week turn around. You pay for the cost of mailing it back to you.