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pattyT
12-21-2005, 09:35 AM
so I have always used CM 12x12 albums because I love the 'weight and texture of them' as well as that the bindings all match..

well I am getting 'over that' now...

I have tried a few top loaders that I hated!!!

I am looking for alternate album choices...
or should I suck it up and stay with the CM??

FantasticDisFamily
12-21-2005, 09:54 AM
Well I am pretty well addicted to the Dalee top loads - can be tough to get though. There is one little online vendor out of Colorado I usually have to order through.

Deb

Twigs
12-21-2005, 10:17 AM
I think after I am done with my Hawaii and Disney albums I will be sticking with CM. I am just not loving the top loaders. I am not sure exactly why, but I think it is the feel of the book. I don't mind unhinging the CM straps if I have to, so that is not a plus with the top loaders for me. I got a beautifull fabric covered album in a LSS in Maui, I wasn't sure if I should get it but I loved the cover and DH said go for it. I am happy with it because of the way it looks, but after that I much prefer the CM albums.

adding, my friend always get her CM albums on ebay and does really well. I haven't done that yet but may start as I need to find a new CMC near me.

nicki dahling
12-21-2005, 10:18 AM
Patty, you already know my answer. I've tried others, but I end up going right back to CM.

Cyndi princess:

PoohBearLovinMama
12-21-2005, 10:34 AM
I'm going thru the same thing as you! I love the quality of CM albums and that the page protectors silde in from the side. Don't love that the album is only one color or that I have to do my pages in order. I bought a CK album at JoAnn's and I like that I can just do whatever page whenever, HATE that my pages don't lay flat. That just drives me crazy! LOL! So I'm thinking that I might try a use the best of both worlds, use cardstock/12x12 paper for a background and then just stick it in the CM albums.

DiznEeyore
12-21-2005, 10:59 AM
I'm going thru the same thing as you! I love the quality of CM albums and that the page protectors silde in from the side. Don't love that the album is only one color or that I have to do my pages in order.
Don't forget that some people put the protectors on the CM pages, and then slide their completed (separate) page into the sleeve. That way, you don't have to work in order. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like it would work great. :)

cobbler
12-21-2005, 11:23 AM
I too love the quality of the CM albums and never really wanted to wallpaper my pages. I wonder if I might end up doing that because I just feel the pages are so bare and bright and so empty without it, ya know??

I am still trying to play and find my style!

JESW
12-21-2005, 11:40 AM
There is a brand I buy at Michael's called Hiller and I have been pleased with their quality.

Jill

pattyT
12-21-2005, 12:02 PM
I wallpaper the CM albums and you can't fit a lot of pages in doing that!

I am always trying to find a new album out here...thanks for your responses - i will check some of those out!

TN Traveler
12-21-2005, 12:27 PM
I guess I'm going to be the minority here but I like Pioneer albums. I like the fact I can go out of order, I like the top loading idea and I really like the fact that I don't have to buy page protectors in addition to the pages themselves. I have a really hard time paying $32 + for an album when I think other albums are just as good.
Karen aka TN Traveler

WDWMom
12-21-2005, 12:52 PM
Patty, I hate CM albums and have tried many others. I just started using a album for my moms pics that is a side loader. It loads from the inside, not the outside. Soft cover like CM but less pricey.

FantasticDisFamily
12-21-2005, 12:53 PM
Sue - CHECK YOUR EMAIL!!!

PoohBearLovinMama
12-21-2005, 01:28 PM
I wallpaper the CM albums and you can't fit a lot of pages in doing that!

Hmm, I didn't think of that.

WDWMom- I would love to know the name of the side loader album and where you got it. I'd definitely like to try one of those out!

nicurn
12-21-2005, 02:17 PM
I'm not a fan at all of the cm albums. I am now using the 3 ring binders and I LOVE THEM! get lots of pages in them and I can scrap whatever event I want to whenever I want too. maggie

pattyT
12-21-2005, 02:41 PM
Hmm, I didn't think of that.

WDWMom- I would love to know the name of the side loader album and where you got it. I'd definitely like to try one of those out!


What she said :)

crazyforpooh
12-21-2005, 04:59 PM
I have just started waviering away from my CM albums due to cost, I bought a couple of Bazzil albums but I'm not sure I like them. I don't miss having to cut my wallpaper down thought to fit my CM pages.

I'd love to also know the name of the side loading album. I'm also not sure if I like the post and bound of the top loader I have. Of couse I've only done I think 6 pages.

Guess I'm not much help here.

goofymom/pop
12-21-2005, 06:37 PM
i love cm albums but hate hate hate the cost. Have bought a few on ebay for about $10 less. I would probably use toploading albums but I hate the open spine look when you start adding refills. I have tried the album called the Perfect Scrapbook album, and liked it. But the colors are a little spring like and I have a son that most of my pics revolve around now, since the girls are grown.

czycropper
12-21-2005, 07:05 PM
.02 from a lurker. I started with CM & the CM style which I quickly discarded the style but not the albums since they do hold up better than many other albums I've bought - I guess that's why I have about 10 of them. The only top-loading that holds up like CM is Mrs. Grossman and my 3rd favorite is the leather one from Club Scrap (it's costly-I only have a couple). I'm not chronological scrapper and I love the flexibility of taking out LOs and adding LOs so I have protectors on my CM albums and just slide the LOs in once I actually finish an album I then go back and glue the cardstock to the pages.

DiznEeyore
12-21-2005, 08:41 PM
My LSS has side-loading post-bound albums with cloth covers. They're made by EK Success and are called "Maple Lane" albums. Those are the refills that the side-loading EK Success Disney albums use, too. :)

ETA: They have them at Create for Less. :)

http://www.createforless.com/search/searchResults.asp?SearchAction=Restart&SearchHistory=1%2C11%7C4%2C175%7C3%2C152%7C9%2C986 4&pType=craft+supplies

tinkerbeth
12-22-2005, 08:22 AM
Hiya,

I love my CM albulms. I did buy a 2004 Disney one which I want to do my trips in but haven't started it yet...I'm a bit behind!

As for wallpapering, I often do that as well. Sometimes I use the 12x12 and cut a piece off (I sometimes use the oposite pieces as borders on the opposite pages) but there's also the new perfect fit from CM - it's wallpapering paper but the right size for CM albulms. I *think* I'm getting some for Christmas, which will make my life easier b/c I will just start slapping pictures in to make up time. Also the wallpapering packages have co-ordinating journalling boxes which will make my life easier as well.

Having said that, I'm a pretty low-maintenance scrapper...I don't do stamps and chalks and eyelets and stuff like that, so maybe my preference for a sort of "CM" style is why I like the albums too.

:)

Beth

PoohBearLovinMama
12-22-2005, 12:56 PM
So Maggie, when you say you use a three ring binder, do you mean like a binder you would use for school (aka the plasticky covers) or do you use a scrapbook that uses a three ring binder format. I think I'd like a 3 ring binder b/c I bet it would lay flat, but I'd want to use something pretty.

pattyT
12-23-2005, 06:57 AM
So Maggie, when you say you use a three ring binder, do you mean like a binder you would use for school (aka the plasticky covers) or do you use a scrapbook that uses a three ring binder format. I think I'd like a 3 ring binder b/c I bet it would lay flat, but I'd want to use something pretty.


i asked her this before - an dI thought she said she got them at Walmart in the scrap section - I haven't found anything like it yet to check out!

Minnie&Mickey
12-23-2005, 08:17 AM
They sell the three ring binders for scrapbooking at Michaels. It's on the aisle with the refills. I have only used one once, but I really liked how easy it was to add pages, and it does lie flat.

TiggerFamily
12-23-2005, 02:02 PM
I've always used CM albums but I did an album for my neighbor who was moving far away, I did it in a top load and I hated it. I say stay with CM all the way! Nancy

chessie
12-23-2005, 02:55 PM
I have disliked the CM albums from the start. I don't like scrapping in order and I don't like having to carry my albums to crops with me so I can work in them. I have tried many of the post bound albums and I like Dalee, The perfect scrapbook and some of the K and Co albums the best of the post bound. . There are so many new albums out there on the market I really could not commit myself to just one manufacture. The Maple leaf albums are a really pretty album. I haven't tried them as yet but I will. I use the 3 ring binders while I am working on an album . They are so easy to pull pages in and out and arrange and rearrange. I can work on as many albums as I want and keep them all in the same binder. When I think I am finished I can transfer the pages to their permanent album.

Madi100
12-23-2005, 04:55 PM
I have done three CM albums, four if you count the one I made for my mom. I have done more that aren't CM than I have that are, but I really like the CM ones the best. I have a friend who just bought an album from our local hardware store (gotta get it where you can in small town Iowa). It looks identical to CM, but at a fraction of the cost. I just feel horrible doing something besides CM, because I have a good friend who sells it, and we often scrap together. However, I just like the look. They aren't as fun. They are more expensive, but I like the look. I love that when you look at the book that my pages all look the same. With the top loading the pages aren't all that even. Of course, none of my Disney books are CM. I should have just bought CM for that one. I'm sure I would have been happier.

LindaBabe
12-23-2005, 05:41 PM
I've done a couple small CM mickey Albums but do not like having to plan my albums in their entirety in advance to get the page order to work out.

My favorite top loaders are Mrs. Grossmans, but I can use anything and do because I often treat the entire 12 x 24 two page spread as a single design space.

There are a couple tricks to assist these albums to lie flat. One is to make sure your background cardstock is a whisker smaller than the page protector in which you put it. They aren't ALL exactly 12 X 12. And neither is the paper.

The second thing you can do is to cut some cardboard or art foam spacers - strips about 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide and 12 inches long, which you punch to match the page protectors. When you assemble your album, you insert the spacers on the pins between every few pages - more if thicker pages, less if thin, to enable the binding to be as thick as the middle of the pages. You may have to add pin extenders to enable this.

The trick to have the album be good and flexurally stable when standing is to have the pins be only as long as necessary and pack them full. It should be expected to use some compressive force to screw the pins shut. (Sorry this explaination sounds like an engineering document. lol)

Brina
12-23-2005, 06:37 PM
I love the scrapworks bayboxes. The 12x12 has extra space which makes getting bulkier layouts into them. In addition you can get 12x12 pages that have spaces for 4x6 and other picture sizes. It is like having scrapbook pages and photo album pages in one book.

scrapperjill
12-25-2005, 01:27 PM
I'd have to say I love CM albums...I've tryed a few of the others and just don't seem to like them. I like how the CM albums lay flat for the most part..The biggest problems I've had with the top loaders/side loaders is how the pages bubble up... I hate that...oh and how most of the other page protectors have a major glare to them.

I did a wedding album for a gift...and LOVE the pages and layouts..but to save a little money I went with a top loader album...and ended up displeased with the whole package because of the glare on all the pages.

Of course with the CM albums if you "wallpaper" them you can't get as many pages...but from a fellow wallpaper person...I get my fair share of pages in my albums even though I wallpaper. I'd say I can get at least a refill and some times 1.5 refills in...in addition to what comes in the albums.

PattyT.....what is your reasons for wanting to get away from CM albums? You may have already said...but I didn't see it through the thread.

American Scrapper
12-26-2005, 07:41 PM
I too have used other albums, but found myself going back to CM albums. I do wallpaper and have been able to get 1 - 2 refills in my books. I always keep extra pages onhand so that if I decide to do a page out of order, I can do it on the loose pages and then add it to the book later.

Kathy

moochinkassarole
12-29-2005, 02:13 PM
It's interesting to read your favs. It's clear you either love or hate CM albums. I'm on the hate side. I like to scrap whatever feels right to scrap. I don't want to do it in order. I don't want to have to "wallpaper" in order to do my layouts. I LOVE my post bound, top loading albums. I love the fact that they are TRUE 12x12. I also love scrapbooking in 6x6 and 9x9. I do 6x6 for those shots that I might get one or two of. I also use them as "brag books" for Nana and Papa. Instead of sending photos, I send 6x6 layouts so the photos don't get shoved into a drawer. My kids love to scrapbook in the 9x9 size. At first they liked the 6x6, but they have more photos and there's more room to journal. Wait a second, I am WAY off the track. OOps! SorrY!
So to get back to the original question, I prefer "other" over CM.

Kitty :cat: