Stick-on letters and numbers identify the spine of this album. It contains family photos taken in 1982 in Pennsylvania. Your albums can be as clearly identified.
One of the effects of the digital photography revolution is that so many photographs end up remaining in a digital format, without being made into prints that can be placed in an album, held up for individual examination and discussed with family and friends away from a computer's monitor or a digital photo frame.
Everyone enjoys a family album or an album of holiday pictures. Who doesn't like handling a photographic print? It is a good idea to treat your most representative digital photographs in the same way as people treated negatives or slides before digital photography, and have them made into 4" by 6" prints that can be physically handled, sent to people who don't have a computer, framed for display on your home's walls or on an office credenza and, most importantly, placed in your family album.
Family albums have a wonderful habit of growing as the years go by, especially if they have been integrated with older albums from your parents and grandparents. Before long, your first album fills up and you need a new one.
FIND A DESIGN THAT WILL LAST
It is a good idea to plan ahead, and select a style of album that will still be available when you need it in future for new additions. An album that has a conservative look to it, and that is highly popular, is likely to be around for a while. An album that contains some sort of gimmick may not last too long. You might regret buying it when it comes time to get a second ot third album, and you discover the style is no longer available because the fad ended. Besides, the most-popular albums are usually produced in such large quantities that they can be priced more reasonably.