What is a Drymount Photo Album?

Drymount photo albums are a great way to preserve and display your favourite photographs. These type of photo albums are designed to keep your photos safe from damage, while also allowing you to easily view and share them with others. Whether you're a professional photographer or just someone who loves taking pictures, a drymount photo album is an excellent investment.

Drymount Photo Album

What is a Drymount Photo Album?

Drymount photo albums have plain, blank pages that do not have any pockets or adhesive. Photos are attached to the pages using photo mounting products and adhesives. 

The adhesives commonly used to attach photos to the pages in a drymount album are usually a thin layer of glue or film that is applied to the back of the photo and then pressed onto the page. This type of adhesive is activated by pressure, which causes it to bond with the page and the photo.

Alternatively, a photo can be attached to the page using a fixture such as a photo corner, which is also attached to the page using a layer of adhesive film. This method is popular when you want to avoid any direct adhesive contact with the photo. 

Profile offers a wide range of archival quality photo mounting accessories, specifically designed for attaching photos into drymount photo albums. 

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Benefits of Using Drymount Photo Albums

Preserving Your Photos

Drymount photo albums can offer a high level of protection for your photos from dust, dirt, and other environmental factors. Memories are to be treasured. Many people expect to preserve their photos for a lifetime, which is why it is always best to use adhesives and accessories that are acid-free. This means that they won't damage or deteriorate your photos over time. 

At Profile, we aim to preserve your memories for a lifetime. For that reason, we offer drymount photo albums of the highest standard made with acid-free and photo safe quality materials, which means they won't damage your photos over time.

Profile drymount photo albums come with a lifetime guarantee, so you can rest assured your memories will be kept safe and protected for the years to come. 

Photo Album

Easy to Use

Drymount photo albums are very easy to use. All you require to mount your photos onto the page is a photo mounting option such as adhesive or corners. There are a wide variety of choices in photo mounting supplies available, the most common options are adhesive magic dots, photo splits or tape runners. 

The use of photo accessories ensures that your photos won't slip, curl, or fall out of place, keeping them safe and secure for years to come.

Photo mounting adhesives should be specifically designed to be safe for your photos, so you won't have to worry about any deterioration of damage caused over time.

To help give you an idea of how easy it is to use a drymount photo album, we've created a demonstration video below which shows how to attach photos using our popular Regal Drymount Photo Album and Profile Tape Runner: 

If you are unsure what photo mounting accessory will best fit your needs, read our blog to learn how more about how to use different photo mounting accessories:

Photo Mounting Accessories

Flexible Photo Display Customisation

Another advantage of using drymount photo albums is they allow you to easily organise and arrange your photos on a page, however you prefer. Unlike traditional photo albums, which require photos to be placed in pre-determined pockets (slots), drymount albums allow photos to be placed anywhere onto the page. This makes it easier to mix different photo format and sizes to suit your story or theme. 

Photo Orientation

Because drymount photo albums have blank pages, this provides you with the flexibility to position your photos onto each page in any orientation, either portrait or landscape, and any arrangement that suits you.

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Enlargement Photos

Drymount albums are also perfect for displaying larger-sized photos such as -

  • 5x7inch enlargement photos
  • 6x8inch enlargement photos
  • 8x10inch enlargement photos

When it comes to size limit, you're only limited by the size of the page. Also, photos of different shapes such as square-shaped, Instagram-style photos, photo booth style photo strips or even Polaroid style photos are all no problem to display and protect in a drymount photo album.

Square photo arrangement in drymount album

Creative Possibilities

Drymount photo albums have opened a world of creative possibilities for those looking to preserve their memories. One of the benefits of drymount photo albums is that they allow for more creative layouts and designs that suit your personal style and preferences.

For example, you can add captions or other notes directly onto the album pages to help you remember important details about each photo. This makes it easy to find specific pictures when you want to share them with others or simply enjoy them yourself.

You can also attach decorations and other items and keepsakes such as event ticket stubs, handwritten notes, postcards, brochures, ribbons, stickers and more, to make your album truly unique and meaningful to you. A bit like scrapbooking! 

Overall, drymount photo albums provide limitless opportunities for creativity whilst preserving your precious memories in an organized and secure way. 

Choosing the Right Drymount Photo Album

When it comes to choosing the best drymount album for displaying and protecting your photos, there are several important considerations to keep in mind, which we will detail for you below. 

Album Size and Capacity

When choosing a drymount photo album, the first thing to consider is the size and capacity. Albums come in various sizes, to hold a variety of photo sizes, such as 4x6inch, 5x7inch, 6x8inch, 8x10inch, 8x12inch, polaroid photos and more.

Consider the size of your photos and how many you want to include in the album. If you have a lot of photos, you may want to choose an album with a higher capacity. Our popular collection of Regal Drymount Photo Albums comes in four different sizes from a small 24x16cm (50 pages) to a large 30x36.6cm (80 black pages). 

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Album Cover Material

You can choose from different cover materials and colours depending on your preference. Drymount photo albums are like a decor accessory that will be displayed on a shelf. Consider the style and aesthetic you are going for when choosing the cover material.

Some of the different styles of photo album cover materials available include faux leather, padded vinyl or even plush linen fabric covers. While faux leather covers are durable and long-lasting, fabric and linen covers can offer a softer, more textured and luxurious feel.

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Photo Album Page Material

The page material (card stock) is another important factor to consider. All Profile dry mount photo albums are made using premium-grade, acid-free card paper which is important to preserve the quality of your photos over time.

These album pages are thick, acid-free and designed to resist fading, yellowing, and other forms of gradual damage.

Dry mount photo album page and spine close up

Album Page Interleaving

In addition, the pages in most drymount photo albums are separated and protected by interleaved, protective glassine (pergamin) overlay pages. This interleaving page is very light paper which is almost transparent. It is also acid-free and has a glossy surface helps protect your photos from potentially sticking together or harming one another.

Drymount Photo Album

Style and Design

Consider the style and design of your photo album. Some photo albums have a classic, timeless look, such as our Glamour Black Drymount Photo Albums, while others have a more modern design, such as A Collection of Moments Drymount Photo Album.

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Another aspect to consider is the theme or purpose of the photo album and the type of photos you will be including. For example, at Profile we offer drymount photo albums for different occasions, such as My Little Love Drymount Photo Album or Baby Bear Drymount Photo Album for a newborn baby. 

Baby Drymount Photo Album

Alternatively, for those precious wedding photos, then either a Lace Wedding Drymount Photo Album or A True Love Story Drymount Photo Album would make an ideal choice for reliving your memories from your special day. 

Drymount Photo Album Wedding

Ultimately, you can choose a dry mount album style and design that best complements your photos and reflects your personal requirement and taste.

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What is the difference between a scrapbook and a dry mount photo album?

Photo albums are available in a variety of sizes and capacities, and they come in either landscape or portrait orientations. Photo album sizes are commonly determined by the arrangement of 4x6invch photo onto pages. For example, and arrangement of six 4 inch by 6 inch landscape photos on a page.

Traditional or free form scrapbook albums are designed to hold 12 inch x 12 inch pages. This large page area allows you to add decorative options to personalise your album. Scrapbooking is a fun and creative process of arranging stickers, colourful craft papers, adhesives embellishments, and even photos onto a 12-inch-square scrapbook page. This larger page size can also help accommodate lager keepsakes such as ribbons, tickets stubs and more.

Although there can be some similarities between drymount photo albums and scrapbooking, drymount photo albums are more formal and better suited for longterm storage and preservation of photos, especially when it comes to the quality of papers and materials used to manufacture them.

What is the best type of drymount album for long term preservation of photos?

If you are looking to store any special photos such as original, vintage family photos, then we would only recommend a traditional, professional-grade dry mount album.

This type of photo album should have thicker, heavy card pages and glassine (pergamin) interleave pages to help protect the photos from any abrasion or rubbing. They should also be made using only acid-free and photo safe materials.

Profile Regal Drymount Photo Album is an ideal choice for this type of application. Every album page is made using premium thick 250gsm plain black pages separated and protected by interleaved, protective glassine overlay pages. This premium drymount photo album comes with a durable stitched faux leather cover and a bamboo-ribbed book spine providing a safe and elegant home for all your photo memories for generations to come.

Regal Drymount Photo Album

 

Tips for using and maintaining drymount photo albums

Proper Photo Mounting Techniques

When using a drymount photo album, it is important to use proper photo mounting techniques to ensure that your pictures are securely attached to the pages and will not become damaged over time. Here are some tips:

  • Use a drymount photo adhesive option that is appropriate for the type of photo paper you are using.
  • Apply the adhesive to the back of the photo, not the front.
  • Press the photo firmly onto the page and hold it in place for a few seconds to ensure it adheres properly.

There are several types of photo mounting accessories and adhesives to suit different preferences and needs. 

Photo Mounting Accessories

To learn more on how to use these different types of photo mounting accessories, we have written another helpful blog on this topic:

To summarise the most popular photo mounting options, these would be as follows: 

  • Photo Splits - double-sided, self-adhesive stickers.
  • Magic Dots - small 'dots' of clear premium double-sided adhesive.
  • Photo Tape Runner - a clean and handy dispenser of acid-free, double-sided film.
  • Photo Corners - 10x10mm clear triangular film corners which are self-adhesive.
  • Removable Photo Glue - fast-drying, repositionable and water-free adhesive which comes in a tube. 

Here are some examples demonstrated in the following product videos: 

How to Use Profile Photo Splits for Attaching Photos to Drymount Photo Albums

 

How to Use Profile Adhesive Magic Dots for Attaching Photos to Drymount Photo Albums

All of the photo mounting adhesives and options available from Profile are specifically designed to be acid-free and photo safe. These have all been formally P.A.T. tested by an independent scientific lab and classified to be photo safe for long term storage of photographic materials.

Interleaving 

Photos on opposing pages can potentially rub, scuff or damage each other whenever the photo album is closed or stored. Photos in direct face-to-face contact can also sometimes stick to each other as well. To avoid this, interleaving with glassine paper is recommended between each dry mount album page. This will act as a preventative barrier to protect the photos from directly touching each other. 

If your drymount photo album does not have interleaving, then it is recommended that you only mount your photos on one side of an open page spread, to minimize any risks of damage, sticking or scuffing. 

Storage and Display

Proper storage and display of your drymount photo album can help to extend the life of your photos and keep them looking great. Here are some tips:

  • Store your photo album in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture.
  • Use acid-free paper and materials to prevent damage to your photos.
  • When displaying your photo album, avoid exposing it to high temperatures or direct sunlight.
  • Handle your album with clean, dry hands to avoid transferring oils and dirt to the pages. Some professional photographers and conservators may even wear cotton or nitrile gloves when handling photos and albums. 
  • Some photo albums come with a protective hardcase sleeve box, to help preserve them for long term storage and display. 

Cleaning and Maintenance

To keep your drymount photo album looking great, it is important to clean and maintain it regularly. Here are some tips:

  • Use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe down the cover and pages of your album.
  • Avoid using water or cleaning solutions, as they can damage the pages and photos.

Drymount Photo Album

In conclusion, drymount photo albums offer numerous benefits for preserving your precious memories. They provide sturdy protection against damage and deterioration, while also allowing for easy organisation and customisation. With a variety of styles and sizes available from Profile Australia, there is a drymount photo album that can suit any style, need or preference.

By investing in a high-quality Profile drymount photo album, you can enjoy your cherished photographs for years to come. Don't let your memories fade away - choose a Profile drymount photo album today!

Shop Australia's Best Range of Drymount Photo Albums Online with Profile Australia

At Profile, our goal is to help you keep your cherished memories alive for years to come. That's why we have created our range of dry mount photo albums – high-quality albums designed specifically to preserve your precious memories. We've poured our hearts into every aspect of this product, from choosing the most durable materials to designing layouts that showcase your photos beautifully.

This is why all Profile photo albums come with our exclusive Picture Perfect lifetime guarantee, so you can rest assured that your photos will be protected by the best quality photo albums. 

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With a Profile drymount photo album, you can rest assured knowing that each photo will be protected against fading, yellowing, and damage caused by humidity or environmental factors. We know how important these moments are – they're more than just images on paper; they hold irreplaceable stories and emotions that deserve to be shared with loved ones. 

 

Explore the complete range of photo albums from Profile Australia. Whether you're looking for a drymount wedding album, a drymount baby photo album or even a stylish display photo album, we offer a full range of photo albums and accessories in all styles and sizes. 

Authors: This article was written by Jared Davis & Aina Casacuberta.

Jared Davis is a Sales and Marketing Director for Profile Australia and also published author, writer and educator.

Aina Casacuberta is a design expert and the Lead Product Designer for Profile Australia.