Paper Scrapbook Albums

Paper scrapbook albums come in many sizes, textures and colours. What type is best for your project?

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Questions to Ask Yourself when Making Paper Scrapbook Albums

Paper albums have probably been around for centuries. There are many varieties of them available to buy, but you can always custom make them yourself.

The type of paper you choose for your scrapbook will be important. Consider such things as:

  • How heavy will the pages be altogether? This will determine the strength of the pages you might need, (the weight of the paper in other words). It will also help you choose a cover. For light, thin paper albums a cover can be correspondingly light and thin, and vice versa, though it is probably best to make a stronger cover for albums with thinner pages purely to protect them better.
  • How long do I want this particular paper scrapbook album to last? If it is a temporary project, I can choose material that is not as durable as paper I would choose for a heritage album, for example. 

Did you know? acid free, lignin free and buffered Archival quality paper can last for 100 years or more!

  • What size photos do I want to place in the album? This will help determine the size of the album I choose and the strength of its binding
  • How much will my album be handled? Do I need to cover the pages with protectors?
  • Do I need to mail this album? How bulky and heavy should it be if I post it?

Common Sizes for Albums

Albums can be custom made by you (or others) to suit the projects you have in mind (see how to make Paper Bag Albums, for example).

As another example, I made a Circle Journal by having heavy card cut to a 6" x 6" (15 x 15cm) size. This was a good size for mailing the Circle Journal to all the participants in the project, though it was not a standard sized album. A stationer cut the pages to order for me.

The standard sizes of albums generally available are:

  • 8" x 8" (20.5 x 20.5cm)
  • 10" x 12" (25.5 x 30.5cm) landscape
  • 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5cm)
  • "12" x 15" (30.5 x 38.5cm)

You will consequently find paper and embellishments made to fit the standard sizes. This makes it easier to create pages quickly and conveniently.

You will find albums that are both larger and smaller than the standard sizes I have listed. Some scrapbooks are made entirely of chipboard and are not paper at all. There are albums made of leather, fabric, polypropylene, and many other mediums.

Of course, as a creative papercrafter, you will find you can adjust pre-made embellishments and paper to fit albums that are not a standard size, and have a lot of fun doing so.

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