The album I assume is a chipboard covered 6x8 D-ring binder. What I like is that the d-rings are not mounted on the spine but on the back page and all the pages lie flat nicely. The Red Buffalo Plaid covering has the finish feel of a good wrapping paper, so it does have a bit of a sheen to it but it is not plastic covered. The inside is a nice solid black with the same finish. Of course the metal corners protect it nicely from all the use it will get. Enjoy!