Frequently Asked Questions

Are These Copies or Originals?

We bind the ORIGINAL pages you send us, up to maximum page size of 8.5 x 11 inches. 

What Size Pages Can You Bind?

Our books are designed to hold 8.5 x 11 papers. You can also include smaller papers, but we don't recommend anything smaller than 1/4 page.  If you have papers smaller than that, we suggest mounting them onto larger pieces of paper, or you can just attach them to the back of another page, since many school and artwork pages are one-sided.  

Important:  Please note that up to 1/2” of the left margin will not be visible once it is bound into the book, as it is within the Binding Area. See Binding Area below for further explanation.

What if I have oversized pages larger than 8.5x11?

This is common with construction and sketch/art paper, which is often 9 x12.  We can work with papers as large as 11 x 17, using a variety of techniques such as trimming, folding, a combination of trimming and folding. We offer a menu of services for trimming and folding larger items and/or mounting smaller items into your book. We don't charge for these services until after we have received your papers, so we can evaluate the scope of the job and combine services where possible to save you money.

What is the Binding Area?

The Binding Area is the left hand ½ inch margin of your paper.  Up to ½ an inch of the left-hand margin will not be visible once the page is bound into your book, so if you have anything critical written or drawn there, you may not want to bind that page.

What types of paper can you bind?

Most types of papers will bind into the book, even laminate. We don’t recommend papers that are so stiff they don’t bend easily. Pretty much anything else flat and flexible will work:  Scrapbook, copy, notebook, card stock, manila, photo, laminated (if it’s not overly stiff), shiny, construction, handmade/pulpy papers are all good.  We also offer pocket pages, photo pages, or clear archival sleeves to hold other items you may want to keep in your book. We bind those into the back of the book empty and you insert your items after your book arrives.

What do I need to do to prep my papers?

1.  Remove all staples, paper clips, spirals, plastic binding combs or any other materials that are holding pages together, like yarn or string.  

2.  Put the pages in the order you want them to appear in the book. If you’re more of a free spirit and don’t really care what order the pages are in, then however you send them to us is the order they will be in. We will honor the order of your pages and not rearrange them.  We do offer staple/paperclip removal for an additional charge at checkout if you don’t want to do that yourself. 

Can you bind greeting cards and photos?

Photos:  you can mount them onto another piece of paper and then we bind that in for you.  Remember the 1/2 inch on the left is inside the binding area and won't be visible.  We also offer an Archival Photo Sleeve that holds four 4x6 photos, plus a few extra smaller spaces. Another option is for you to put some blank pages in your stack of papers when you send it to us.  Those blank pages will be bound into your book and then when you get your book back, you can mount your photos. 

Greeting cards/Post cards:  We can bind that into the book using a proprietary "hinge" system, so the card will "flip" easily and can still be opened.  We charge a $5 flat fee plus $1.00 per card for this service, as it requires extra materials and labor.  We can invoice you after we receive your papers and have counted your cards for you.  The number of cards you add may also increase the thickness of your book, requiring an upsize for an additional fee. See UPSIZING for more details.  We also offer a Pocket Divider and a Clear Archival Sleeve for holding cards and other items.  We bind those into the back of the book and you can add whatever you like to them after you receive your book.

Other things:  You can also glue/tape things to the backs of your other pages, as many school assignments or art pages are one-sided, so there is usually a lot of blank space in the book.  It’s up to your level of creativity.  

What if something I send won’t bind well in the book?

If we determine that a certain page won’t bind well in the book, because in our judgment it’s too delicate and we’re concerned it might tear, or it has macaroni glued to it, or there are jewels glued in the binding area, we will pull that page out and return it to you with your finished book.  If you’re not sure, just go ahead and send it, but put a sticky note on it where we can see it.  If we can bind it, we will.  If not, we’ll return it with your book.

I have years of papers saved- where do I even begin?

Please don’t feel like you have to get all the papers sorted all at once.  Get out a bin and leave it by the t.v., then do some sorting while you have some free time.  Try to pull out and sort at least one grade, then work on the rest later.  Hopefully, most of your papers are pretty much sorted by grade, but if not, put some sticky notes on the table that say K  1  2  3  etc., then as you go through the papers, put them in the proper grade.  Put the ones you’re not sure of in a separate pile, so you can revisit them later.  Once you have at least one grade (or time period that you want, like Preschool, in a pile, then go back and edit that pile down, if necessary.  Put the pages in the order you want them in the book, if that matters to you.  If you think you’re going to have too many pages, try removing the ones that really don’t seem as important anymore.  Once you have a final pile, it’s time to order a book, if you haven’t done so already. 

Can I just send you my giant bin of papers and you sort it out for me?

Yes, but it can get pretty expensive!  We would have to look at your bin of papers and email you an estimate, based on a rate of $15.00 per hour, plus the cost of the books.  If you didn't want to proceed, you would pay the shipping and handling fees to have us return the paper to you.  Unless you have unlimited cash and really want us to do it, we suggest you start by just sorting one year or grade and go from there.

How do I get my papers to you?

We recommend you ship via USPS Priority Mail, which includes tracking and insurance, or any other reliable shipping service, like UPS or Fed Ex.  USPS is extremely safe and reliable, which is why all the giant e-commerce sites, like Amazon, rely on it.  Their prices are very reasonable, especially their Flat Rate Priority service.

Ship to:

4everBound attn:  Robyn Pomonis

826 E Palisades Rd

Oro Valley, AZ  85737

What if I’m nervous about sending my stuff to you?

It’s an understandable thought, but if you package and address things properly and use a reliable service like US Priority Mail, your papers will get to us safely.  Almost every large e-commerce company in the United States uses the US Postal Service and it is incredibly reliable, especially when it is insured and tracked.  All Priority mailed packages include $50 insurance and tracking. Our headquarters is located in a secure residential/commercial area and we are open when packages are delivered, so your package will not be sitting outside.  It’s a very secure process.  We also provide you with very detailed suggestions how to package and ship your papers to us.

How do you ship the finished book back to me?

We wrap the book very carefully in sturdy kraft paper, bubble wrap, and then place that inside a water and tear resistant “tyvek” envelope, all of which is then placed inside the appropriate mailing envelope or box, depending on the size, type or number of books in your order.   Then, we use extremely reliable Priority Flat Rate shipping with tracking and insurance, with a pre-printed address label with tracking barcodes.  You will be notified via email when your package is getting ready to ship, when it ships, when it’s out for delivery, and when it has been delivered.  You’ll know exactly where it is every step of the way. 

What size book should I order?

If you know you’re planning to do an entire grade, we recommend ordering the Chronicle, which holds an inch and half stack of papers.  Stack your papers on the table, DO NOT press down on them, and use a ruler to measure the stack.  If it’s 1.5 inches or less, it will fit.   Keepsake holds 1 inch and Sentiment holds half an inch.  Use the same process of stacking and measuring. 

What if my papers won’t fit in the size book I ordered?

You have a couple options:

  1. EDIT/PURGE:  Go back through your paper stack and re-edit.  Pull out any papers that are not critical.  We moms tend to over save. 
  2. UPSIZE TO NEXT SIZE: Unless you’ve ordered the Chronicle, which is our largest size, you can upgrade to the next size book.  Just email us and tell us what height your paper stack is.  If it’s ¼ inch or less more than the book you ordered, we can upsize you to appropriate size for the difference in price.  
  3. ADD VOLUMES: Chronicle is our largest book size, so there is no upgrade available.  However, you can add a second volume.  Email us at orders@4everbound.com to add a second volume to your Chronicle Book.

How long will it take for my book to arrive?

We are very excited to get you your book back as fast as possible!  We want you to enjoy it right away and then we want you to share it with your friends and on your social media, so you can start earning referral points toward your next book (referral program coming soon).  So, we are highly motivated to get your book done quickly.  However, we know how important these papers are to you and we handle them with great care.  We inspect your papers for any issues that may cause problems with binding, look for staples or paperclips you may have missed, then we jog and straighten everything into a perfectly neat stack…and we mean perfectly even and straight. Your papers are inserted into the book cover by hand and your book is then run through the binding machine by hand.  The pages are heat set with a professional grade bookbinding adhesive glue that creates a permanent bond with the cover.  Then we let it cure (cool and set) for at least 24 hours.  After curing, we package it carefully to ship back.  We will notify you via email as soon as your book ready to ship and you’ll receive all tracking information so you’ll know when it is due to arrive.  Our goal is to accomplish all this within one week of receiving your papers, but we won’t risk any mistakes with your precious papers by rushing the process.  Therefore, we ask you to set your expectation to two weeks, and we hope to get it there sooner. 

What if I want to combine papers from different grades or multiple kids in one book?

It's your book, you can put in whatever papers you like and then have us title it accordingly for you.  Instead of putting a Grade and Year on the second line of your cover, just tell us what you would like it to say, such as “My First Drawings” or “Short Stories”.  We will print whatever you type in for the first and second lines of your cover.

What other types of books can I do?

If we can bind it, we can make it for you.  Bridal Showers, Weddings, Milestone Events, Baby Showers, Graduation books, Memorial Books, Cards and Letters, Family Recipes, Family Ancestry,  Short Stories and Poems, Family History.  As we grow, we will begin to release those options into our store, but if you have an idea now, we are more than happy to make it happen for you.  One woman asked us to bind a book with all the letters she saved while her husband was deployed.   A great gift for Grandparents, especially for Christmas or Chanukah, is to have your children draw pictures and write letters or stories, then we bind it all together in a book to give them.  Or set aside a portion of their work throughout the year to make a book just for Grandma.  Perhaps you have a collection of Mother’s or Father’s Day cards you’ve been saving, especially the handmade ones.  A great way to turn them into a keepsake is to create a book of just clear plastic sleeves, then you can open the cards and insert them into the sleeves, making it easy to flip through and read them.   How about a white book for First Holy Communion, with her name and year, then some lovely blank paper inside that all her friends and family can write in during the celebration?  The same idea would be wonderful for Baptisms, Weddings, Showers, Birthdays, 50th Anniversary, Retirement, etc.  We recently made a Memorial Book for a woman who was very active in her church.  Many church members wrote letters describing how much she meant to them, then we bound those letters into a book and it was presented to the family.   Something similar could be done for couples about to be married or about to have their first baby.  Another young man has been extensively researching his family tree through Ancestry.com and he wants us to make him a book of all the family documents and letters he has found.   Somebody else has a mishmash of old letters, family stories, recipes, deployment papers, important documents from beloved family now deceased.  We’re going to put it all together in a book so it’s all preserved in one place where people can actually take it down off the shelf and read through it all.  So, while 4everBound has kicked off with a focus on children’s school and artwork because we know there is a huge need out there, we’re just as ready to bind pretty much whatever special papers you have saved.  Just email your idea to info@4everbound.com and let us create something custom for you.