Username Post: Scrapbook Albums        (Topic#1528025)
lojay7
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Hello, I don't know if this has been talked about on here or not, but I would like to know what are some of your favorite scrapbooks to use. Do you like a certain brand or style of book?

Lori


 
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I like the 12X12 three ring binder type they hold so much more and you can easy rearrange the order of pages. I dont scrap in order so this works best for me.


 
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I love...love...love the 3-ring (D ring) albums!


 
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I agree with everyone above...the 3 ring binders have worked best for me.


 
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  • Hev on 02-12-10 11:44 AM
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American Craft or making memories d ring albums!


 
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Creative Memories has excellent quality albums. They are all I will use.


 
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honestly i don't have a favorite brand. i like the post bound albums best. maybe because that is what i started with, i don't know. the binder type just don't look as good with all the two page layouts i tend to do. and the one CM memories album i bought, was the strap hinge and i didn't like the way the page protectors slip on. i think CM has redone this though, so they may be better.

honestly, i tend to spend my money on paper and embellies and photo developing and not worry too much about the album as long as it is post bound. i can always alter the front of a cheaper album to make it look better or themed. IMHO


 
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I also am generally a post-bound fan. My favorite brands are K & Co. and Making Memories. If I had to advise as to what kind of albums to NOT buy, I don't suggest purchasing Heidi Swapp's wire albums... All of mine have fallen apart!


 
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  • Judes on 02-12-10 05:20 PM
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Another CM user here. I use 8.5x11 for everyday albums and 12x15 for heritage. They look as new as they did on the day I bought them years ago. You have to get used to the strap-hinge way of taking it apart and putting it back together, but, that will come. I love how they lay flat and fit on a regular shelf, the 8.5x11 anyway. The 12x15 can be a pain to "wallpaper" because there are basically only two sizes of paper, but, I make due because I like the size for my larger heritage memorabilia.


Edited by Judes on 02-12-10 05:20 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I have used just about every kind of album. I really like the ease of the 3 ring binders. It makes it much easier to put pages in. I just finished some pages that I had to put in the middle of about 20 other pages and it made it much easier to just click open the rings and slip an extra page protector in.
I have used Creative Memories too and I like the albums but they are a pain for me to put back together. The post bound are fine too but not as easy to mess with as the rings.


 
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I am also a Creative Memories user. They have great quality and great warantee. I have tried others but I still like the quality these give. In fact, I became a consultant just to support my habbit!!!!


 
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I prefer 3-ring because they hold so much more than postbound. They're also easier to use if you scrap out of order. I went through a postbound phase for a few years. I got tired of having to take the album apart just to add more pages. What a chore!

Right now I'm using these albums by American Crafts. I haven't bothered to alter the covers because it would never survive in my house. The downside of this album is the fabric binder attracts cat hair. Otherwise the album is nice, holds a lot and the price isn't bad if you pick it up on sale (my LSS carries them and accepts competitor coupons).


 
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Thank you all for your input. I have only done 2 albums one was the strap kind and the other was postbound. I didn't like the strap. So far I am liking the postbound. I would like to try the 3 ring. Thank you all again. Lori


 
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I LOVE Collected Memories scrapbooks. I only purchase those now.


 
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This is a timely thread as i need to decide on albums for my kids and family. I used to love post bound, but several are falling apart and are hard to find page protectors for. Or the back binding is cheap looking once you add extenders. Even my Chattterbox one is yucky, you can see the holes! Anway, I am contemplating 3 ring hoping they'll hold together better.


 
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I feel the best ones are Creative Memories, however, they keep going up in price and are very expensive. I also use Pioneer, less expensive but good quality as well. I hope this helps.


 
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I used to be a Creative Memories snob. I am if the book is thick, but I don't like to make any books too thick or I hate handling them! As long as the book is a strap-hinge (or post-bound converted to strap-hinge) then I'm fine with it!

I'm glad I've discovered this BEFORE buying too many albums...there are some cute ones out there!


 
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  • fishdc Said:
I feel the best ones are Creative Memories, however, they keep going up in price and are very expensive. I also use Pioneer, less expensive but good quality as well. I hope this helps.


Ditto!!!


 
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  • Judy_Scraps Said:
I prefer 3-ring because they hold so much more than postbound. They're also easier to use if you scrap out of order. I went through a postbound phase for a few years. I got tired of having to take the album apart just to add more pages. What a chore!

Right now I'm using these albums by American Crafts. I haven't bothered to alter the covers because it would never survive in my house. The downside of this album is the fabric binder attracts cat hair. Otherwise the album is nice, holds a lot and the price isn't bad if you pick it up on sale (my LSS carries them and accepts competitor coupons).



I love 3-ring for heritage albums. When my mother or grandmother sends new info or pics, I can add it without messing up the rest of the book!


 
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I agree, D ring albums are the best and hold so much... Post bound albums seem like such a pain to expand and it's impossible to add anything to them and not expand them.


 
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I personally only use Creative Memories Albums because of the quality of these albums. The ability to reposition pages,page protectors that keep fingerprints off the pictures, the sturdyness of each page...photo safety is high on my list. Hope this helps. There are so many choices in this industry...


 
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I agree with CM albums...how long have you used them? I once used 12x15 Big books, but now I prefer the 12x12.


 
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I just started using the 3 ring and I don't know why it took me SO long!! I love them and I know I won't be going back. I love that you just open the rings, slip in page protectors and keep on going. The other albums with the screws... it used to take me forever to take the screws off, not mess up the pages (because I scrap in order) and then add the page protectors and put the screws back on... I HATED IT!! Now it's as easy as 1,2,3!!


 
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I will have to try the 3 ring. Is there a certain brand that is better in the 3 ring albums? I haven't seen them in stores. Where do you get them?


 
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I like 3 ringed binders. I love We Are Memory Keepers. They have such pretty colors.


 
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How easy is it to get additional pages for the 3 ring albums and are the pages sturdy?


 
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I like American Crafts albums. I started out with 3 ring but now I've moved to post-bound.


 
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  • lojay7 Said:
How easy is it to get additional pages for the 3 ring albums and are the pages sturdy?


Most post-bound pages have 3 holes in them and can be used interchangeably. I really like CTMH. I have ordered WeRMemory ones because I have heard good things about them as well.

I also just received some WeRMemory albums, brown leather with gold trim on the corners and am very impressed! I used to use only Pebbles,Inc albums but they always are out of the brown leather. So I took the advice of some gals here and think I'll be using WRM ones from now on.
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I use CTMH post-bound albums. The quality is great. I haven't tried their new snap system (post-bound but you don't have to unscrew the posts. You just slide the cover up or down to unlock/lock the posts.).

I tried CM and didn't like them. They are a great quality but I don't like that you have to adhere the LO to the page and buy seperate page protectors. Don't really like the staples sticking out and having to try to string the strap through.

I didn't care for Pioneer's strap hinge albums...very cheap feeling.

Paper Studio albums are to be AVOIDED! I dropped one out of my arms and the pages ripped out. Cheap cheap cheap!!!


 
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I have a bunch of black MM leather albums with a window. I'm not sure if they still sell them but they are sturdy, pretty and look good on the shelf in my family room!

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I too would have to agree with the Creative Memories. Expensive but you get what you pay for!


 
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CM defiantly worth the price I have had some for nearly 10 years now and they still look brand new!


 
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My oldest CM album is 15 years old and the only wear and tear any where on it is the bottom of the spine. I absolutely love everything about them. For me- CM albums are the only albums I use. There are so many choices in the industry for us to use, aren't there? That's a good thing...


 
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I agree too CM is great quality albums but kind of expensive.Worth it too me. My DH buys them from ebay. I guess I am sort of a fan of them although I have not tried anything else but I like to keep equally in my albums. I think its great to hear others have sucess with with other albms.
Happy Scrapping!


 
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