What makes Tessera Memory Books unique?
Tessera's "Book plus Insert Pages" concept is what differentiates our Memory Books from other alternatives.  We designed a memory book that is complete with basic pages that could apply to most people.  However, the days of Dad, Mom and 2.3 children are behind us.  Families of the 21st century are unique and blended, but memory books and journals haven't evolved with those changes. We started Tessera to meet the needs of today's families.

To help you customize a book that fits your life, we designed Tessera Memory Book Insert Packs; sets of 12 pages to tailor your book to your life.  You can capture the experience of adopting a child from a foreign country, or the details of your Destination Wedding.  Find the specialized Tessera Memory Book Insert pack that completes your book.  Some people buy several inserts, others don't buy any.  It's all about making it yours.  On average, Tessera sells two inserts pack with each Memory Book. 

What are the actual dimensions of the Memory Book pages?
The book itself is approximately 12.5" wide by 9.75" tall (landscape).  Due to the binding, the actual available page size is 11.5" by 9.5".

How many pages can the book hold?
Each Tessera Memory Book comes with 42 pages which fit perfectly on our screw posts. However, if you decide to add a Tessera Insert pack, an additional 12 pages, simply remove a cardboard spacer (found in the binding) and add the additional pages.  Using the 5mm screw post extensions that come with every Tessera Book, you can add up to three insert packs to your book. If you would like larger screw post extensions (holding approximately seven inserts), call the toll free number (414) 291-5868 or email us at customerservice@tesserapublishing.com and we will get you what you need.

How many Insert Packs can I add to my Memory Book?
You can easily add insert Packs to your Memory Book without using Tessera Screw Post extensions.  The books are designed with small cardboard spacers built in to the binding.  Simply remove the cardboard spacer to add one to two Insert Packs to your book. 

If you are adding three Insert Packs, we recommend leaving the cardboard spacers in place and using a 5mm Screw Post Extension.

Can I choose a different ribbon for my Tessera Memory Book?
Absolutely!  We have over 30 different ribbons in stock--far too many to show every combination on our website.  You can mix and match any ribbon and cover that you see on our website.  If you don't see a ribbon you like, just contact us at customerservice@tesserapublishing.com and tell us what you're looking for. 
What are the different types of ribbons and covers I can choose from at Tessera?
If you would like to create how your book looks, take a look at all of our different types of covers and ribbons you can choose from. Click this link to see the PDF: Tessera Cover and Ribbon Options

I am having difficulty putting my book back together after I added my inserts. Are there instructions?
They say a pictures is worth a thousand words so we decided to show you the steps. Click here for step by steps with pictures!

I am having difficulty getting my Screw Posts open.  Are there any tricks?

Sometimes the screw posts can be stubborn.  We suggest you use your thumb to push into the “T” side of the screw post while using a flat-head screw driver to unscrew the opposite side of the screw post. Be sure to turn the screw driver in a counter-clockwise direction (to the left) to unscrew.   

You need to push the two ends of the screw post together to create the friction to unscrew them –otherwise you'll’ end up turning the entire post and not unscrewing them. If you have one of those rubber kitchen gadgets used to open jars, that usually does the trick for more stubborn screw posts.

Is Tessera able to ship my order outside of the United States?
Yes, but there is an additional charge for non-US orders.  Also, international orders must be placed via the telephone.  Click Shipping for more information. 

How can I protect my Tessera Memory Book from getting dirty?
Never use alcohol, cleaning solvents, oil varnishes or polishes.  Treat your silk or cloth book with Scotch Guard to protect against stains.  Use a magnetic wiping cloth to dust.