You just brought tears to my eyes. But congratulations on choosing to embark on a new journey. I hear your pain about your photo albums. I just removed photos from over 20 huge albums for the same reason. What a pain! I would rather be scrapping for sure. I still have six to do that are going to require UnDo, hairdryer and a little more elbow grease. Good that you are removing them sooner than later.
I purchased two Iris cases similar to this Cropper Hopper to organize my photos in. On top that, my hubby is helping me scan them all in so we will have digital files AND he got me Corel Paintshop for my birthday. I have so much to do!