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Sharon - posted on 08/07/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Which is best for an expanding album? Post bound. Those plastic cable things? something else?

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Julie - posted on 08/09/2009

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yes the side loading I have are from the inside too, but as you turn the page it falls out into the 'middle' or the 'binding' of the book. drives me nuts! :-p so they don't
'fall out of the book' but they 'slip out of the protector' a bit-it is only like a 1/4" and not every time you turn the page, but it was enough to drive me crazy! ha! like I mentioned, it is a good thing there are TONS of styles out there to suit all the different peoples personalities (and maybe some OCD traits some of us may have-lol!). Also as I mentioned these side loading ones work great for page kits (in my opinion anyway! someone else may hate them for page kits!)
~Julie

Sara - posted on 08/09/2009

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Quoting julie:

I prefer top loading post bound but I convert the post bound to a snap-load system. I have used the side loading pages and do not like them. Other companies have made them for years, so CM is not the first. When you turn the pages the page 'falls out' of the page protector. Does that make sense? kind of hard to explain! I took all my side loading pages out and now use them for page kits (I LOVE them for page kits but not in albums). I do not like strap hinge albums b/c the book becomes thicker then it really needs to be thus taking up more precious space on my shelf. :-) But everyone has their own style they like best, that is why there are so many styles out there!

if you have a post bound album, instead of screwing 5 tiny posts together, go to the hardware store (lowes, home depot, etc.) and ask for screw posts (or bring your along to show them) and get them in the size that will best fit your album, 1 inch, 2 inch, etc. they come in a multitude of sizes and these will keep your album more sturdy then screwing a bunch of tiny posts together as you expand the album.

ok enough rambling!
~Julie


Actually, CM side loading pages load from the inside edge of the book, so the pages can't fall out. 



Great call-out on the hardward posts!  I've only done one (or two?) postbound albums as gifts, and those little extenders are a pain - and I imagine they would be weak if you used more than 2 or so.

Sharon - posted on 08/07/2009

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NAH! Its not rambling - its VERY helpful. I'm going to stick to my original plan. if I don't like it I'll try things a little different the next time. So its good to know my options.



My husbands family owned a hardware store - he was looking confuse as I described what you you were talking about and what I saw in my head.



I know they have this type of hard ware a screw in a sleeve... lol he thinks he knows what I'm talking about but now he's muttering about women messing with men stuff...



..hes just mad I changed the toilet seat cover without his help... hahahahaha

Julie - posted on 08/07/2009

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I prefer top loading post bound but I convert the post bound to a snap-load system. I have used the side loading pages and do not like them. Other companies have made them for years, so CM is not the first. When you turn the pages the page 'falls out' of the page protector. Does that make sense? kind of hard to explain! I took all my side loading pages out and now use them for page kits (I LOVE them for page kits but not in albums). I do not like strap hinge albums b/c the book becomes thicker then it really needs to be thus taking up more precious space on my shelf. :-) But everyone has their own style they like best, that is why there are so many styles out there!

if you have a post bound album, instead of screwing 5 tiny posts together, go to the hardware store (lowes, home depot, etc.) and ask for screw posts (or bring your along to show them) and get them in the size that will best fit your album, 1 inch, 2 inch, etc. they come in a multitude of sizes and these will keep your album more sturdy then screwing a bunch of tiny posts together as you expand the album.

ok enough rambling!
~Julie

Sharon - posted on 08/07/2009

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hahaha yeah I've already got the album and I even called guest services and ordered a second since one will never hold 125 pages ..... ::: sigh :::

Sara - posted on 08/07/2009

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Yeah, I don't know why other companies haven't done the side loading before. We've always had our regular pages, and when we wanted to add the sleeves, they did it with side loading. Leave it to CM to keep being the leader that others will follow. :-)



I guess I've never really looked at the post bounds carefully since I only use our albums. Honestly I can't think of a way that converting would work, since the straps hook into the album cover as well as the pages. We do have a Disney album, but I know you already have yours...

Sharon - posted on 08/07/2009

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That is clever! Dammit Sara I just bought 40 top loading protectors!



Can post bound albums be converted to strap?

Sara - posted on 08/07/2009

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I MUCH prefer the strap-hinge style (probably what you mean by cable things). Most companies make only one or the other. I'm so glad I started scrapping with Creative Memories so I've only used the best. I did do a post bound album as a gift (a whole kit to make pages from many different people, with envelopes to send and recieve etc so i couldn't resist) My biggest complaint about them is that the pages always seem to buckle in the middle, get kinda floppy etc. With our strap-hinge albums, the pages always lie flat no matter if you're in the beginning, middle, or end of the album.



AND, I think the best improvement we've made in a long time is to offer SIDE-LOADING pages. You have the adjustability of a top loading page, but the sheets load in from the inner side of the book, so they won't slide out if you hold the album upside down. So if you are the type that likes to scrap out of order, you can still use CM and just slide in your pages wherever you want, and change the order if needed. YAY!!

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