Are the books copies or originals?
They are not copies. 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?
We can bind papers up to 8.5 x 11. We don’t recommend anything smaller than half a page 4.25 x 5.5 inches. If you have papers that are smaller than half a page, we suggest adding a pocket page or clear archival sleeves that you can slide those papers into after your book arrives. Please note that up to 1/2” of the far left margin will not be visible once it is bound into the book, as it is in the Binding Area. See Binding Area below for further explanation.
If your paper is slightly larger than 8.5 x 11, you can trim it down before sending it.
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 pages can you bind?
Most types of papers will bind into the book. We don’t recommend risking very thin and delicate papers like rice paper and newspaper. We also don’t recommend papers that are so stiff they don’t bend. But pretty much anything else flat and flexible will work: Scrapbook, copy, notebook, graph, card stock, manila, photo, laminated (if it’s not overly stiff), shiny, construction, handmade/pulpy papers are all good. We recommend our pocket pages, photo pages, or clear archival sleeves to hold delicate, small or odd shaped items. 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 for you to bind them?
Remove all staples, paper clips, spirals, plastic binding combs or any other materials that are holding pages together, like yarn or string. Then 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. You would still need to remove all other combs, yarn, string, etc.
Can you bind in newspaper clippings, greeting cards and photos?
We have clear archival sleeves, clear archival photo pages, and pocket divider pages you can order, which we will bind into the back of your book empty and then when you get your finished book, you can put whatever you want in them: Popsicle sticks, newspaper clippings, sticky notes, photos, ticket stubs, cut out hand turkeys, Bazooka gum comics, fortune cookie fortunes, Mother’s Day cards, Spring Concert programs. Or, another idea is to put a few blank pages where you want them into your stack of papers before you send it in. The blank pages will be bound into the book and when you get your book back, you’ll have those pages to glue or tape whatever you want to them. You can attach photos, cards, doodles, whatever you like. 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 a lot of blank space in the book. It’s up to your level of creativity.
What if I send you something that won’t bind well into 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 so many 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 all out for me?
We’d love to say yes, because that means more books for us to make. Realistically, until we have more staff, it would be very expensive for us, which means it would be very expensive for 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 ship my papers to you?
We have some great recommendations that will get your papers to us in a safe, secure manner for the best possible price. You will receive complete instructions after you order and, if you follow our suggestions, you won’t need to wait in line at the post office, you’ll save a few dollars, and your papers will ship with insurance and tracking.
What if I’m nervous about sending my papers?
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 ecommerce 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.
Should I add “Signature Required” service when shipping the book(s) back to me? You know your neighborhood/apartment building/mail box better than we do. If you are at all concerned about your package being delivered and left sitting out while you are not at home, then for a couple bucks you can add Signature Required service, which means somebody must be at your address to sign for the package. It’s an extra step that isn’t expensive. If your workplace is more secure, perhaps you want to have the book(s) shipped there instead.
How do I know what size book to 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 I have too many papers for the size book I ordered?
You have a couple options:
What if I ordered the Chronicle size book and then I gathered all my papers and it’s more than 1.5 inches?
You can edit down your pages to fit or you can order a second volume and we will make the exact same cover as the first volume. If you have personalizations on the first cover like a silhouette or a special font, we will not charge you again to place them on the second cover, however, we would charge you for the second spine printing, and we would add Vol 1 and Vol 2 to the spines of each book, respectively. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more or pursue this option. Typesetting and font changes cannot be made to second volumes. They will look the same as the first volume.
What if I ordered the Keepsake or Chronicle size and then I realize I don’t actually have that many papers, can I downsize?
You’ll be the first person on the planet that doesn’t have more than enough papers saved but yes, if you haven’t yet shipped us your papers, we can downsize your book and refund you the difference in price.
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 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 book binding 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.
Do I have to bind my book by Grade? What if I have a bunch of stuff from all through the years? Could I just do an Elementary book?
Yes, that’s a great idea to do just an Elementary book if you like. Or, perhaps you want to combine two grades into one book. Or maybe just “The Early Years”. That’s up to you. We merely assume many people will want to order by school year, but if you want the second line of your cover to say 2nd & 3rd Grade 2013 – 2016, just type that in when you order. Or it can say “My First Drawings” or “Short Stories”. We will print whatever you like for the second line.
What other kinds 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 email@example.com and let us create something custom for you.