Friday, February 13, 2009

Choosing the right photo album for you

There are many photo albums to choose from, so I'll try to be short and to-the-point. Always remember to ask for archival quality, and use acid free, lignin free products, (yes, even the adhesive) so your photos are protected (no fading, no yellowing) and viewable for longer time.

  • Old magnetic photo albums - the ones from the 70's with the 'sticky stuff' that hold the photos on the page, covered with a sheet of clear plastic (PVC or Mylar). The glue is acidic and causes the photos to yellow and fade. To remove and protect your photos look here.
  • The old leather bound, rice paper dividers album - Grandma has one, probably, and on it's black inside sheets the black and white/sepia photos are assembled, about 2 per page, with photo corners. See sample here.
  • Slip in pockets - nylon pockets in which you can slip your photos, scribble something on the side journeying bar if yours has one. See how it looks here.
  • 3 Ring binder - On the outside a binder, inside you'll find sheet protectors to place your scrapbook pages or pocket inserts that divide the space to a few pockets where you can slip your photos in. See it here.
  • Post bound/Scrapbook - my favorite. This album will allow you to expand the number of pages and is usually bound by 2 posts running through the pages. They usually come with durable sheet protector to protect your photos and avoid finger prints.I use the post bound scrapbook photo albums with all of my medium and large size premade scrapbook albums.
  • Brag book - smaller slip in pockets album you can fit in your purse for quick bragging sessions. See one here.
  • Book bound - bound just like a hardcover book, with a spine and a seam where the pages are sewn together. See sample here.
  • Saddle Stitch - Folded signatures are placed over a "saddle" and then stapled along the spine. See here.
  • Rag and bone - ribbons sawn and contains filler strips to prevent the album from yawning when filled with photographs. see how it looks here.
  • The old shoe box - shuv it in and forget about those photos, or, for the fancier version, see here.

Next time I'll add photos of the different photo albums and premade scrapbooks, as well as the digital additions.

Be well and seize the day,


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Books I liked

  • A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
  • Almost any book by David Grossman
  • Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child
  • Clean and Simple Scrapbooking by Cathy Zeilske
  • Creation Companion by Betty Higins
  • Great Design Using Non Traditional Materials by Wendy Lyonsand Sheree Clarck
  • Handmade Cards by Anne Akers Johunson
  • Life Lines by Carol Wingert and Tena Sprenger
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • People of The Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Thinking of You by Making Memories


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