There are a number of types and sizes of albums you can choose from when picking out a scrapbook. We’ll help you learn about the differences, so you can choose the right one for your project.
The most common sizes are:
- 8 x 8 album
- 8 1/2 x 11 album
- 12 x 12 album
There are also other sizes, but these are the ones you would find most often. The 8 x 8 and 8 1/2 x 11 work well if you are doing a theme, such as a trip, a party, a graduation, etc., but they won’t hold as many photos as the 12 x 12.
The different types of albums available include:
- Post bound
- Strap hinge
- 3 ring binder
The post bound type is popular. There are screws holding the pages in, and you unscrew them to add or remove pages. My favorite is the strap hinge album. I find the straps easier to use than the posts in the post bound album. The 3 ring binder style is the easiest of all to add or remove pages, but it is much bigger in size.
You also have a choice in types of pages. Choices include:
- Full pocket pages
- Pocket pages for multiple photos
- Solid pages
The full pocket pages allow you to slide a finished page right in. You begin with a piece of cardstock and add photos and embellishments and then slide it into the pocket page. You can also get pocket pages that have pockets for numerous photos and embellishments – you slide them right into the page. Finally, you can get solid pages that you put your photos directly on. They usually come in white, but you can also find them in black and beige.
Albums are also available that are predesigned. The pages already have decorations on them, usually by theme. You just add photos, journaling, title, etc. and you have a completed album!
There are a number of companies that make albums. You’ll find lower cost albums by Pioneer, K and Company and We R Memory Keepers, just to name a few. There are more expensive albums sold by Close to My Heart and Creative Memories. I have found that you get what you pay for with scrapbook albums. I’ve had a couple less expensive albums fall apart, and I’ve had to take the pages out and put them in a new album. If it’s an album that’s not going to have lots of pages in it and won’t be handled much, the less expensive ones might be fine. But I find it’s worth paying the extra money for my main albums that I want to last a long time.
Please join us for our next part of the series that focuses on laying out a page!