Find the Right Scrapbook Album for You

Find the Right Scrapbook Album for You

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Welcome to the Creating Keepsakes magazine podcast! We bring you cool ideas & easy solutions for scrapbooking your memories.

I'm Joannie McBride, assistant editor for Creating Keepsakes scrapbook magazine. Today we're talking about the various scrapbook-album options available and which is right for you.

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And now, let's talk scrapbook options.

With the overwhelming amount of scrapbook albums available to consumers these days, it's a good idea to think about what your needs are before committing to a long-term album relationship. Remember, what might work well for your friend, may not be what works best for you. A few simple things you should consider when making your album decision are the size, the style, and also, the availability. We've gathered some basic information that will help you on your way to storing those beautiful scrapbook layouts, one page at a time!

Whether you scrapbook in one size consistently or several different sizes, here are some helpful suggestions to find the right album for your needs: 

1. Blended Sizes.  Who says you have to scrapbook all 12" x 12" or all 8 1/2" x 11"? If you find yourself doing both page sizes, a 12" x 12" album is a great choice! It'll hold both 8 1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12" page protectors, so you can truly reflect your wonderful equal-opportunity scrapbooking style.


2. Binding Types.


These albums are sold in various sizes and contain page protectors that are easy to slip your completed pages into. Choose a post-bound album when you want your two-page layouts to lay flat when opened, merging seamlessly together without the gap in-between, or "gutter effect". Post-bound albums are also a good choice because they're easy to expand by adding extra pages, or extensions, which are usually sold separately. Something to consider before choosing this album type is that you'll have to disassemble the album and remove the pages before any extensions can be added. If you're short on time and don't want to go to this trouble, it may be time to buy a second album and start volume two.


Also called D-ring albums, three-ring binding albums are a flexible album choice because adding and removing pages is a snap--just pull the rings apart for easy access. You'll have "gutters" between your two-page spreads with this album type, which is something to consider if those seamless transitions are important to you. These albums are also sold in various sizes to fit your needs.


3. Mini Albums. These bitty books are a great choice for gifts albums and are perfect for scrapbooking about a theme or event. The most common sizes of mini album are 6" x 6" and 8" x 8", but they're also available in smaller sizes and shapes, and materials, such as chipboard and acrylic. If you'd rather scrapbook on larger sizes, then you may want to skip the mini albums.


4. Digital. Creating a professional looking photo album online is quite simple, thanks to online stores such as Kodak, Picaboo, and Shutterfly. They offer photo books in your choice of colors and sizes. All you have to do is select the layout of each page, drop-in your digital photos, and you're done. Choose these albums if you're short on creative space or want a more professional than handmade look.

So that's the low-down on album types and sizes as a starting place to find the one that's right for you. Remember, you can always change the size of your scrapbook albums size as you go or "grow". And there really is no right or wrong album choice. What's most in important is that you find an album that supports you and your scrapbooking needs.

That's all for today. Visit us online at for more scrapbooking tips & solutions or to subscribe to our magazine. And be sure to visit our sponsor site,, for award-winning camera lenses to make your scrapbooks shine.

If you have a question or a topic you'd like us to cover on the Creating Keepsakes podcast, email us at

And remember: when you scrapbook, you're not only sharing your story, you're creating keepsakes.

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