This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
I don't know about you, but since the advent of digital photography I have slipped out of the habit of getting pictures printed and putting them into albums. Most of the time, this is fine: I have far more images that I would ever need (or want) to have in physical form, and can order up a fully-printed album using my digital pictures easily and cheaply. However, there is something undeniably pleasing about a traditional photo album, and about the almost-meditative act of sorting and choosing images to put into one. Not to mention the years of pleasure that a physical album will bring. If you're feeling nostalgic and fancy storing some photographs oldy-timey-style, then check out these beautiful albums.
1. Kirstie Allsopp is truly taking over the world. She now has a stationery range to go with her books and home wares and, as you'd probably expect, it's very pretty indeed. This album has 18 acid-free heavyweight card pages interleaved with vellum so you could use it as a scrapbook as well as a photo album. It costs £20 from Paperie.
2. This beautiful, handmade embossed leather album is both fairtrade and ecologically sound. The pages are made with khadda paper which is made from recycled cotton left over from the garment industry in India. There are 30 pages, enough to hold 240 photographs, and the album costs £34.95 from Not On The High Street.
3. Since you're going to the trouble of making an album with your own fair hands, why not get really creative and try a spot of scrapbooking? This scrapbook album by Grace Taylor has twenty clear pages (with plain white inserts) to get you started, but you can hold up to 70. The album measures 12 x 12 inches (to fit standard scrapbooking paper) and has a space on the front cover fo you to add a photo. £14.99 from Hobbycraft.
4. This is the kind of photo album which belongs in a Merchant Ivory film. It's made by Aspinal of London using traditional book binding techniques and is covered with French linen. It's available in black, cream, aqua, platinum, ruby, sapphire and sage green (pictured), and is priced £65.
5. Sometimes, I don't feel like being tastefully understated. Sometimes, I want my stationery to be bold and bright and fun like the 'Whoosh' album from WHSmith. It has 25 self-adhesive pages and is currently half price at just £10.