I bought this album to do a CJ. I have never altered an album before and this was so easy to do! This is not a flimsy chipboard album, it is very sturdy. I didn't cover up the black part, it is a soft fabric. I just used a good adhesive to apply the paper, cut the paper down to size, and then inked the edges. A great way to make an album personalized, to make it yours!! Thanks sb.com for such great products!