I think it's awesome that you put the pics in an album. I have mountains of pics either on my computer or in envelopes (unlabled) in a drawer. I'd be THRILLED if these photos were actually in albums.
As others have suggested, you can easily do a hybrid photo album/scrapbook. I bought some photo sleeves for my D-ring scrapbooks for this purpose. The Superstore here sells them and you can sometimes find them in craft stores too.