A few days ago, Matt started flipping through it and about halfway through, he noticed that some of the pages were starting to stick together. And when we gently tried to pull them apart, the top layer of the photo paper started ripping off, still stuck to the opposite page.
Don't see it?
How about now?
Then the pages started getting more and more stuck and ripping larger and larger areas of the pages, so eventually we stopped trying to open the pages and just left them stuck together. Which kind of defeats the purpose of having an album, but I just couldn't watch Matt try to pull the pages apart anymore, because no matter how careful we were, you could hear and see the pages ripping.
I really don't know what happened to make it do this. We've taken great care to never let anything happen to this book, and it opened just fine even a couple of weeks ago, when I looked through it on our anniversary. Even that one time I spilled water on the coffee table, none of the liquid actually touched our album, since we had other books underneath it.
It makes me sad that our album now has these torn places, and I'll never be able to look through it and not see those spots. Matt and I looked at what it would cost to reprint the book, but we just don't have an extra $100 laying around for a new copy. I'm just super bummed that there's not an easy fix for this.
What would you do if this happened to you? Would you suck it up and live with the torn spots, or would you re-order?
EDIT 7/10/13: I got in touch with AdoramaPix. They replaced the album (I only paid shipping) and gave me some helpful tips for protecting their photo books. I am very impressed with their customer service.