MCS 848121 MBI Gloss Expressions Embossed Scrapbook

Last updated date: July 22, 2020

DWYM Score

9.3

MCS 848121 MBI Gloss Expressions Embossed Scrapbook

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We looked at the top Scrapbooks and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Scrapbook you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 14 expert reviews, the MCS MBI Gloss Expressions Embossed Scrapbook placed 7th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

MB by MCSI-Gloss Post Bound Scrapbook: Memories. Perfect for storing your memories! Years of experience in the scrapbook and album business makes MBI a leader in style and quality. The 12 by 12 pages are acid free and distortion free. Each Page Protector with white paper insert holds 2 scrapbook sheets (front and back) for a total of 20 Scrapbook Pages. The page size is 12 inch by 12 inch and the overall dimension of the book is 12.5x13.5 inch. Refill scrapbook pages come with extra posts for easy expansion (refill # 899676).

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

10.0
1 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.3
1,193 user reviews

What experts liked

The paper is archival quality, so your pages will be durable and hold up over the years
- The Spruce Crafts

What experts didn't like

An Overview On Scrapbooks

Digital photos have replaced print. On vacation, you’re more likely to share all your pictures online than to wait until you get back to show them to your friends. While it’s convenient to no longer have to take your film to a photo developer and wait for print copies, there’s still something special about having photos in an album that you leave on the shelf and show off to guests.

That could be the reason photo albums and scrapbooks have seen a comeback in recent years. This started with the scrapbooking craze a couple of decades ago, which had people using paper and decorative writing to enhance their pages of photos. But that trend has settled into something much simpler. Today’s photo albums often feature the photos on plain but sturdy paper, but some even go old school, buying photo albums that have the traditional protective film covering each page of pictures.

As you’re shopping for photo albums, though, consider how you’ll affix your photos. The albums that have protective film generally are self-adhesive, which means you’ll just need to press the photos into place. Many others, though, require you to use craft glue to attach your photos.

If all your photos are digital, you may want to consider building a photo album online. You can then have the photos printed on the page itself, then bound in a book that’s sent to you for display and use. But one problem with this approach is that you can’t remove and add photos later.

As for photo printing, if you print quite a few, you may want to consider purchasing a photo printer. They’re relatively inexpensive, as long as you print enough pictures to recoup your cost quickly. But for those who only occasionally print photos, paying an online service or local store to do it will likely be the most cost-effective option.

The Scrapbook Buying Guide

  • You can’t just use any glue when you’re attaching photos to paper. It’s important to choose a glue that won’t damage the picture. Look specifically for acid-free glue, which you’ll often find in types of glue specifically designed for crafts.
  • You can also attach photos using double-sided tape. It’s a safer option, and it also makes the photos more removable if necessary.
  • The paper type is crucial to protecting your photos, as well. Acid-free paper is best when your priceless photos will be coming into direct contact with the page.
  • It’s also important to store your item in the right place. Heat and moisture are enemies. Keep your albums in a cool, dry place and they should be protected for decades.
  • Although thicker, more durable pages are great, they can also make the photo album challenging to work with and store. Make sure you choose an album with pages that are thick, but not prone to warping or adding excess bulk.
  • One of the biggest deciders when choosing a photo album or scrapbook is the look of the album itself. Since it’s stored on a shelf or coffee table, the cover will be the most important decorative factor. Some of the most popular albums have a vintage look, including decorative covers that seem to have come straight from a movie set. You’ll also find some albums have a tie to hold them closed when not in use. This is more decorative than functional, as these ties aren’t designed to keep your photo album secure.
  • If you choose a photo album or scrapbook with craft paper, make sure the paper itself is non-fading. Keep in mind that you’ll likely have the album for many years — decades, even — and paper can easily fade.
  • Capacity is another consideration. How many pages does the album have? How many photos will it hold? This will, of course, depend on the size of your photos. You can squeeze in far more small photos than larger ones.