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There are many types of albums available.  From a miniature size - at just 1" tall - to a large, 50 page sprial bound album.  Using a smaller album format helps make this gift easy to complete in a short amount of time because you are limited by the amount of space you have to fill.  Yours photos will often determine the size of the album you will need.  A heritage project with many photos will often need a book with many pages.  A book of school portraits may require a larger albums, but to remember a fun barbecue or bridal shower you may need only a few pages.

Consider the style of album you might need.  With three ring binder, post bound and strap style albums, you can rear range, remove or add pages as needed.  The spiral bound album doesn't allow you to move pages, but you can take pages to add in.  The staples and accordion album are perfect for single events and quick projects.  If children will be looking at the album often, consider using PVC free (polyvinyl chloride) page protectors to keep pages smudge free.  Whichever album you select, be sure it is made from archival materials that will withstand the test of time.  Further, any materials used to create pages from page to stickers, die cuts and more - should be acid and lignin free.  Use photo safe adhesives and pigment pens for long lasting results.

Knowing beforehand the number of photos that you wish to feature in an album will help you determine the number of pages needed in an album.  You can purchase smaller sized albums on the internet or at craft, scrapbooking and specialty pager stores.  Some select stationery and book stores also carry smaller, archival quality albums.  Consider an album with a blank cover if you want to decorate it to personalise your gift.



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