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32 of 32 people found this helpful
Work well, sometimes pocket stuck closed
on June 14, 2012
These are really good for mounting photos in an album. I've gone through 4 rolls so far, and I've learned alot so far.
1. Where it says "tear here", just remove the whole flap on the bottom of the box. If you only tear off the portion it tells you to, corners will sometimes catch & peel off as you're trying to pull the strip out further. It's better to remove the whole flap so that it's exiting the box at more of a natural angle, preventing corner from getting caught on the way out.
2. If the photo & backing is going to be protected by a layer of plastic (like most albums), then you can save yourself time, frustration, and money by only doing 2 corners. I like to get albums with 4x6 slips, attach photos smaller than that to a 4x6 index card, and then slide it in. Doing 2 corners that are diagonal to one another means the photo stays still stays put, and it's alot easier to slip it in/out repeatedly in the future if you ever need to for any reason.
3. Bend the strip so that it's concave when you go to slip the photo into it. If bending it doesn't make the pocket open for you to slide your photo in, then don't try to force the photo. Take your fingernail, corner of a thin card, etc to force the pocket open first, then try again with the photo. Sometimes the two sides to the pocket are stuck together (much like window clings), and if you don't get it open first, trying to slide/force your photo's corner in will ruin the corner of the photo.
4. For older, more delicate, or smaller photos, leave a small amount of space in each corner to make it easier to remove/re-insert the photo (if you ever need to). The smaller the photo, the harder it is to minimally bend it to slip it back in to the corners if yo had to remove it for some reason. The older & more fragle it is, the less time you'll want to spend abusing it by handling it or bending it when removing/re-inserting.
1. Acid free
2. Clear, so it doesn't cover up parts of the photo
3. Reasonably easy to use dispenser
4. Adhere's extremely well to every surface
1. Dispenser needs additional "modification" to work well
2. Sometimes two corners will be stuck together by a thin strip
3. Adhere's so well that if you place it wrong, good luck lifting it back off to adjust its position
4. Sometimes the pockets are stuck closed, so it's not as easy as "just slide photo in & lift off". I've had several I had to struggle to open just so I could slide the photo's corner in. It's usually the first portion of the roll that's like that (sometimes as much as the first quarter of the roll or so).
Giving these a 3 seemed appropriate.