The best scrapbooks in 2022: showcase your best photos and memories

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The best scrapbook lets you display your photos of family and friends in a way that others can enjoy truly them. It's so more satisfying and engaging than just putting them on Facebook and Instagram. For one thing, it forces you to curate your photos and narrow them down to just a few. It also allows you to get creative with layout. And overall, creating a scrapbook or a photo album is just darned good fun.

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In this article, we've brought together a selection of the best scrapbooks you can buy today. There's a wide range of products here here that will suit every taste and budget; from cheap, cheerful DIY scrapbooks to luxurious leather-bound beauties. To choose between them, there are four main things to look at: the type of album, quality, material and size of the scrapbook. For more details, see our Tips for Scrapbooking.

Want an alternative to scrapbooks? See our guide to the best photo books for an all-in-one printed option, or consider one of the best digital photo frames for an alternative way to display lots of images. Finally, while some scrapbooks are self-adhesive by design, many aren't, so also check out our guide to the best scrapbooking glue.

The best scrapbooks in 2022

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1. Leatherkind Personalized Cortona Leather Photo Album

The best scrapbook overall

Specifications

Total pages: 50 (100)
Holds: 120 8x10, 6x8, 5x7, 4x6 photos
Dimensions: 23.5 x 30.5 x 7.5 cm
Weight : 1.6 kg
Manufacturer: Leatherkind

Reasons to buy

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Comes with a unique gift box
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High-quality leather
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Protective interior sheeting
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Option to personalize

Reasons to avoid

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A bit pricey
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You have to use mounts or photo corners to display your snaps

If money is no object, and you'd like to buy the very best leather scrapbook you can, look no further than this one from Leatherkind. 

It's handmade in Italy using top-grain leather called Spazzolato – a material which is usually reserved for high-end designer handbags. The leather is lustrously smooth thanks to advanced tanning techniques. And the album has a contemporary design featuring hand stitched, subtly contrasting leather edging. It is, quite simply, beautiful. 

Inside, the high-quality, acid-free pages are separated by transparent sheets, which stops your photos from potentially rubbing on each other and helps to prevent a build up of moisture within your album. As the album is 6 x 22 x 26cm, it’s one of the largest hand-crafted albums you can buy, so there’s lots of room to personalize it. And talking of personalizing, there's the option to have it engraved too. 

In short, if you're looking to create a gift or an heirloom that will wow people, this scrapbook, with its luxurious leather and contemporary appeal, is a winner.

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2. MCS MBI Embossed Gloss Expressions Scrapbook

The best scrapbook for value

Specifications

Total pages: 10 (20) can expand by another 10
Holds: any size photo
Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 13.25 inches
Weight : 1.79 pounds
Manufacturer: MCS

Reasons to buy

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Good value
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Screw-in post makes it easy to expand

Reasons to avoid

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Bright red design might be off putting

Want some a little more reasonably priced than the first entry on our list? This large-size scrapbook is glossy, bright and cheerful with embossed lettering on the front saying “Live, Laugh, Love”. It’s a top-loading scrapbook that has 10 pages of acid-free cardstock inserts, which means you can relax knowing that your memories and photos will be kept safe from dust and fading over time. 

The neat elastic band ensures your scrapbook closes nicely and safely. The scrapbook has a screw-in post spine which makes it easy to move the pages around, and means that the scrapbook can be easily expanded. 

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3. Kolo Newport Scrapbook

The best reasonably priced leather scrapbook

Specifications

Total pages: 20 (40) can expand to 40 (80)
Holds: two 4x6 photos per page
Dimensions: 10.8 x 9 x 1.3 inches
Weight : 1.15 pounds
Manufacturer: Kolo

Reasons to buy

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Quality product
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Have to use your own adhesive

Reasons to avoid

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Only 8.5 x 9.5 inches is available for layout design
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No plastic sheeting

This is a quality leather scrapbook from Kolo that's a bit more affordable than our first option. If you like your scrapbook to have protective clear sheets to keep your photos safe, then look elsewhere. But if you like to create your own pages without the sheen of plastic interrupting your viewing, this is a good buy. 

This scrapbook comes with 20 pages and these are plain paper, but you can easily pop in any other paper that you'd like by using a hole punch. It measures 8.5 x 11.0 inches, with approximately 1.5 inch for the binding edge, so only 8.5 x 9.5 inches is available for layout design, which may or may not be handy depending on the size of your photos.

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4. Pioneer Ring Binder Scrapbook

The best ring-binder scrapbook

Specifications

Total pages: 50 (100) and can expand
Holds: Any size photo
Dimensions: 39.4 x 7.6 x 31.8 cm
Weight : 1.02Kg
Manufacturer: Pioneer

Reasons to buy

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The size and D-ring design makes scrapbooking a dream

Reasons to avoid

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Have to get your own interior pages

With its sleek design, this large album from Pioneer is perfect for any scrapbooking or paper-crafting project. It is made using a deep black, vinyl material, that makes this scrapbook look and feel like a quality product. 

The D-ring design enables you the creative freedom to choose what you want each page to look like – you can choose any paper type and simply punch a holes in them to place them into the scrapbook, knowing that your photos will be safe and your memories will look great for years to come. 

The D-ring is especially useful if you’re not certain on the size of your project when you first begin scrapbooking. And as it's a large album, it will accommodate most photos, no matter the size.

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5. American Crafts D-Ring Modern Scrapbooking Album

The best scrapbook with a customisable cover

Specifications

Total pages: 40 (80)
Holds: any size photo
Dimensions: 2.75 x 15.25 x 12.12 inches
Weight : 1.9 pounds
Manufacturer: American Crafts

Reasons to buy

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Good value
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Ring-binder design allows greater freedom

Reasons to avoid

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Chipboard cover can get dented easily

The heavyweight chipboard cover of this American Crafts Modern Album might not be to everyone’s taste and you have to store it carefully as the chipboard can easily get scratched or damaged. However, if you’re after a cover that you can easily customize, then this scrapbook is worth a look, as you can decorate it with your own paper and embellishments. 

The secure interlocking D-ring binding system enables you to turn the pages with ease and gives you the creative freedom to move the pages around once assembled. The scrapbook is great for archiving your special memories and it includes 10 top-loading page protectors.

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6. AIOR Scrapbook Polaroid Photo Album

The best scrapbook with black pages

Specifications

Total pages: 30 (60)
Holds: Any size photo
Dimensions: 28 x 21 x 3cm
Weight : 950g
Manufacturer: AIOR

Reasons to buy

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Comes with photo corners, two metallic pens and three individual postcards

Reasons to avoid

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Ring-binder design isn't for everyone

This scrapbook from AIOR has a quality linen cover which is elegant and stylish in appearance. It comes in gray, beige, blue stripes or white, and has a linen ribbon closure, plus the metal ring binder itself is easy to pop open and closed. The scrapbook is a decent size of 28 x 21cm, with the inner pages measuring 26 x 18cm, so it can fit two 6x4 photos per page. 

The scrapbook comes with 30 sheets / 60 pages of photo paper, and this is durable enough to stick your photos down on, should you want to use glue to do so. However, as this package comes with photo corners, you don't have to! We'd recommend you create your design using photo corners, to keep your photos safe and archival, and the vintage black pages inside allow you to do just that. 

The refillable ring-binder design and black pages are well suited for creating a beautiful scrapbook, giving you the freedom to move interior pages around while enabling you to lay the pages of the scrapbook out flat, so you can view your photos with ease.

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6. Rustic Genuine Leather Scrapbook Photo Album

The best rustic leather scrapbook

Specifications

Total pages: 50 (100)
Holds: 100 4x6" or 5x7" photos
Dimensions: 8.25 x 6 x 1.5 inches
Weight : 1.38 pounds
Manufacturer: Rustic Ridge Leather

Reasons to buy

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Genuine leather adds quality
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100 4x6 or 5x7 Photos

This leather scrapbook by Rustic Ridge Leather is the perfect way to store and present your photos and memories with style and class. The rustic leather cover is made from high-quality leather that not only looks great, but will last for years to come. The scrapbook holds one hundred 4x6" or 5x7" photos, and is the perfect size to bring along with you to gatherings with family and friends.

This Rustic Leather scrapbook has a uniquely classic look, style, and feel that you won’t find in a modern-style scrapbooks. This would make a great gift for someone or for yourself, and the natural variations in the leather make each album one of a kind. The cream-colored pages are traditional acid-free cardstock with a semi-transparent sheet between each page, allowing you to attach photos to both sides of the pages.

Tips for scrapbooking

1. Select your photos 

It might seem obvious, but before you choose a scrapbook, you need to think about selecting all the photos you want to use and how many you'd like to display per page. You may already have some printed and so you'll need to ensure that you choose the correct size scrapbook to accommodate them.

2. Think about the story you'd like to create

It's easy to get bogged down when you first start creating your scrapbook project. So to make a coherent collection, we would recommend looking at the chronology of your photos so that you can create the best story from your favorite memories.

Remember that not all scrapbooks are expandable and so you'll need to have a good idea of how many photos you'll be presenting in order to make the right choice.

3. Choose the correct size and format

Scrapbooks generally have white, off-white or black inner pages, so you have to decide which one would showcase your snaps in the best light. Plain cardstock or patterned scrapbook paper are the essential materials to have to hand. You can usually buy these in sheets or pads at 12 x 12-inches size, and then you have to cut the pages down to the specific size needed for your scrapbook.

4. Think about adhesives

The way you present your pictures is a matter of taste, and artistic flair. But part of this decision is how you mount your pictures in your scrapbooks. You can just use tape, but there are a range of specialist scrapbooking glues (opens in new tab) and photo corners available. 

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