Scrapbooking Tutorial #8: The D-ring, Strap Hinge, and Post Bound Albums

Uploaded by Pages4theAges on 18.10.2010

You can’t judge a scrapbook by it’s cover.
Scrapbooking is the best way
to capture memories and
make them last a lifetime
But how do you get started without spending a fortune?
Pages for the Ages is here to help you out!
Scrapbooks come in all different shapes and sizes...
and this can be a little daunting for new scrapbookers.
I met a lovely woman this weekend named Adrianne who asked me,
“How do you know which type of scrapbook to choose?”
Well, Adrianne, we'd love to answer your question...
so in this week’s Pages for the Ages tutorial
we'll be covering three different types of scrapbook albums.
Those types are: d-ring,
strap hinge,
and postbound.
Now, these names refer to the type of binding which keeps
the scrapbook pages within the scrapbook.
You’ll see what I mean.
Let’s take a closer look at the d-ring album.
Here’s an example of a d-ring scrapbook album that I own.
Now, don't be fooled by cover.
Um, it's a very boring cover, but...
there are plenty of d-ring albums out there
which have leather bound or fabric covers;
ones with lots of colors and detail work.
Now, this is the perfect album for a brand new scrapbooker
because it’s basically a 3-ring binder.
So, the type of thing that you've used in school.
It's very simple to use
and very familiar to a lot of people.
In fact, I actually owned a
d-ring photo album before I got into scrapbooking.
So, all you need in order to put
your pages into this book, um...
is a page protector that has three holes in it.
Here's one here.
I didn't even go to a craft store to get this.
Actually, went to a local office supply store
and they sell Sheet Protectors
which are Archival Safe which is important
and they were only a few dollars.
This is by the brand Avery
so that might be one you can
look up on the internet.
In case you're wondering,
d-ring gets it's name from (snap)
when the rings are closed.
Looks kinda like a capital "D".
So, I'm going to show you an example of a scrapbook page.
All I have to do (snap)
is put it into the protective sleeve...
...and then, clip that into the album.
So this is actually the very first scrapbook page that I
ever made, back in elementary school
and now it's been clipped into my d-ring album.
So, if you're ever interested in
purhcasing a Pages for the Ages
premade scrapbook page,
you can fit these into a
a 12 x 12 inch d-ring scrapbook album
and all you have to do is
clip it into the album.
Our next type of scrapbook album
is the strap-hinge scrapbook album.
I’m showing you this one second,
because it’s the second type of scrapbook album I tried to use.
It became pretty popular I think in the 1990s,
or, at least, that's when I was using them,
but I believe that they are going out of style entirely.
I'll tell you why a little later.
I do want to show you, at least,
how vastly different this is from the d-ring ablum.
This is the strap and that's what keeps the pages in.
In order to use a strap hinge album
you have to buy a special type of paper.
This is the paper and it has these
little staples on the side.
So, there are two staples and
that's what the strap goes through
in order to keep the page in the book.
So, that means you're actually
going to build your scrapbook page
right here on the white space in the middle
and then you buy a page protector
like this one and notice how it's different
than the last one we looked at.
It just covers the middle section here.
So that means if you were to buy
my premade scrapbook pages,
this cover would be useless.
You would have to be throwing out the page protector
and then you would have to
adhere my scrapbook page
to the strap-hinge page
in order to make it fit
into that type of album.
So, the reason I no longer use
strap-hinge pages is that
some of these staples over time
have come out on me.
When people are turning the pages
there is sometimes pressure put on that hinge
and as a result, some of the staples have come out
and there's really no good fix for that
so I don't recommend this type of album any more.
Here is one of my postbound scrapbook albums
and the premade pages my company sells
are perfect for this type of album.
The posts that hold the pages together
are hidden here behind this flap.
These are the back of the posts....
and... is the front.
Now, these can be a bit tricky to take out when
you need to add additional pages.
If the screws on the posts are
screwed in tight, I sometimes use a flathead screwdriver
to unscrew them.
Today, I'm just going to use my fingers and
show you what these posts look like
when they're taken off.
Okay. I have disassembled my
post bound scrapbook album.
I already showed you the posts and what they look like.
Now I'm going to show you how to put this back together.
So, first thing,
I would take all of my scrapbook pages
and line them up with the posts and just put them down.
I'm only going to put down one, but put down all of your
scrapbook pages onto the posts.
Next, your srapbook usual comes with
these little, flimsy cardboard things.
They're supposed to be for reinforcement.
So put that on top of the last scrapbook page
and then you take the back cover
which has holes in it and
you line those holes up with the posts.
And, the last thing you have to do is
take your screws, which we took out earlier and
screw them back in by hand
or you may want to consider using that flathead screwdriver again.
Now, I love that the post bound scrapbook album hides
all of this going on underneath.
You don't have to see that.
It's very aesthetic that way.
Another thing I really like about
the post bound scrapbook album
is, it's expandable.
That means, if I have sooo many scrapbook pages
that they actually go all the way
up to the top of this,
I can buy expandable posts and
I'll show you those little guys.
Here are two of them.
These usually come with post bound page protectors.
They come with the refill packets,
but if need some you can also
check out my online store.
I'm going to be putting those in soon
and you can get them at a pretty decent price.
So, these just screw in on top and...
voilà! Now my post is twice as big
and I would do the same
procedure to put the album back together.
So now you've learned a little bit about the
d-ring, strap-hinge, and postbound scrapbook albums.
Now, I’m going to tell our U.S. viewers
what prices these can be bought at and at which locations.
I did a quick price comparison this weekend of three stores.
Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Walmart.
I discovered that the d-ring album
is available at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s.
The price varied according to the detail work of the cover.
However, Hobby Lobby had the
larger selection and they were
usually about $19.99.
As I said before, I don’t recommend
the strap hinge album.
I believe it’s going out of style.
I was only able to find it at Hobby Lobby.
If you're interested, however,
Hobby Lobby does sell a brand
called "The Paper Studio" and the
price ranged between $19.99 to $24.99
depending on the album cover.
Finally, post bound scrapbooks abound!
You can find them at all three locations.
Walmart sells a brand called Colorbök
and those are $10.
They don't have any detail work on the album, however.
It's just plain primary colors to choose from.
At the other two stores Michael's and Hobby Lobby,
the price was $19.99 or more depending...
...once again, on the album cover.
Between the two stores,
I would recommend Michael's.
They have a larger selection.
Their brand, ReCollections, comes in almost any color imaginable.
Plus, they have tons of choices
with detail work on the album covers.
Also, Michael's usually runs
more sales on their scrapbook albums.
I hope this tutorial has given you a little introduction
to the different types of scrapbook albums which
you might want to use to preserve your memories.
Realize, there many, MANY other types of
scrapbook albums and mini albums
out there to choose from and
we'll continue to cover those in future episodes.
I’d like to thank Adrianne again for sending us her question.
For anyone watching the show,
feel free to send us scrapbooking related questions.
You can even post them in the comments below.
I'm Jennifer Neumann from
Pages for the Ages Scrapbooking.
Thanks for joining us for our weekly tutorials.
Have a happy, scrappy week.