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How do I Choose the Best Scrapbook Album?

By B. Miller
Updated May 17, 2024
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To choose the best scrapbook album, begin by considering the type of scrapbook you want to make. There are many different types of scrapbook albums available in various sizes and designs, with different types of pages to make it easier to customize the scrapbook. Start by determining whether you want to create a scrapbook album for a specific event and be done with it, or if you want to have the ability to add pages to the scrapbook over time.

Determining this first will help you to choose the best type of scrapbook album for you. A pre-made scrapbook, with pages permanently in the book, is a great choice for commemorating an event such as a wedding or a new baby. A scrapbook that features three rings to add new pages, or even just the capability to glue more pages into the book, can be more versatile, allowing for a scrapbook that will be kept over the years. In addition, consider the size of the scrapbook album you want.

Some scrapbooks are the size of a small book, and can be easier for storing on the shelf and nice to give as a gift. If you only have a few items to place in the scrapbook, then a smaller one will be a better option. Other scrapbooks are much larger, and can be great for displaying lots of pictures. They can also look nice when left out on display, such as on a coffee table.

When you are choosing a scrapbook album, consider the design of the pages as one of the most important features. Some scrapbooks feature clear plastic page holders; this way, the individual paper pages can be placed inside the page holders where they will be protected, and they can be removed and modified as needed. Be sure to choose a scrapbook album with good paper quality; some are designed to be used for mounting photos, ticket stubs, or other memorabilia, while others are designed to be written on as if in a journal. The paper should be sturdy enough to hold up over the years, as well as to accept glue from gluing photos into the book.

If you are making a scrapbook album as a gift, choose one that is designed for the occasion. There are many scrapbooks available in craft stores that are already designed for wedding memories, for example. The scrapbook can then be further personalized with other items such as stamps and stickers.

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Discussion Comments

By dfoster85 — On Feb 20, 2012

@ElizaBennett - I also work on just one side of the page when I scrapbook. My scrapbook albums are always 12x12, meaning that the paper is square. I like the big ones because I feel like they make more attractive displays than the smaller ones; I like to put a lot of pictures on each page.

The problem I ran into was that 12x12 paper is, well, square. So when you flip it over to work on the other side, there's no easy way to tell which side is supposed to be up. Yep, I accidentally rotated it ninety degrees so that one side of the page was sideways!

That only had to happen once for me to switch over to the one-side club. Another advantage of doing it that way is you don't have to worry about the completed side getting messed up while you work on the other.

By ElizaBennett — On Feb 20, 2012

I just want to give a warning to new scrapbookers that you need proper scrapbooking albums; do not try to repurpose old photo albums or office supplies like binders and page protectors.

The thing is that scrapbooking paper and page protectors have to be acid-free or your photos will fade. Sometimes that takes many years, but the cheapest albums will destroy pictures in just a year or two. You are looking for "archival quality" materials.

An advantage of using page protectors is that these can hold two pages. I prefer to work on only one side of each page. That way you can always cut a photo out later if you need to.

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