Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ultra Pro Photo Albums Review

I got some really beautiful albums to review the other day from a company called Ultra Pro and I hated that I had to use their group picture above but when I went to take my pictures, the darn albums glared back at me with my picture holding the camera! I couldn't believe it! There is a protective clear plastic surrounding the albums and I guess that made it glare back at me so when I took the pictures, you can see me standing there and it completely cancels out the picture of the albums.
I do have some individual pictures that hopefully will work. I love the idea of the covering because it protects the albums from getting torn or messed up and because I am not sure yet if I will keep them or give them as gifts to my daughter and granddaughter, I didn't want to take them off and then have a heck of a time putting them back on until I decide. But, whoever ends up getting both of these albums, they are truly awesome! Both albums came in a brown color just like the top picture, which shows one in a velour like covering and then in a leather like covering.
Okay, this is the smaller album and you can see my hand a little in the glare, but at least this one is not so bad. This is the album that holds 4"x 6" prints and it's the leather covering one. It also has a flap that comes over and clicks the album shut. I think from what I saw on their site, this one comes in brown and black.
Product Description:
Richly padded, smooth leatherette cover. Black sealed-in, high-clarity pages hold 96 – 4” x 6” Prints. Archival quality pages perfect for displaying and protecting the best of your photos. Acid-Free and No PVC. Includes inside cover pockets for CD and SD Media Card. BONUS: Self-adhesive ID labels included for notes and labeling.

This album would be perfect for my granddaughter because it's small enough for her to carry around and not be bulky. I know the "in" thing is having your pictures on your phones or on Facebook/Instagram but I am hoping with all the troubles that are starting to pop up with so much access to everyone's pictures, that people will start to come back some to the old fashioned albums. So, I was thinking this would be perfect for her to carry around her "best" pictures and not be a problem because it's a good size to stash in her car.
Now, this is the larger album that I thought would be perfect for my daughter because she is more the scrap booker in the family and uses whole pages to create whatever it is that scrap bookers do. I never really got into all that, but she loves it! This is a good size 3 ring binder that is 8 1/2"  x 11" and I believe she could do some serious scrap booking with this size!
Product Description:
Brown 8 ½” x 11” Standard 3-Ring album with 1 ½” D-style rings and boosters. Elegant, contoured spine, holds up to 50 pages (sold separately). Front cover window can be personalized to display your favorite photo. Includes CD pocket and SD Memory Card pocket on inside back cover to store your digital photo files. It also comes in a wine color.
Ultra Pro also sent us 2 sets of Photo Refills. The smaller album already had it's photo placements inside but with the bigger 3 ring binder, you can keep adding to it so it's a good thing that they sent some refills in various sizes for her to work with.
Product Description:
• Hologram quality seal on spine
• Acid-Free and No PVC
• UV protection
• High clarity material
• Lays flat
• Top-loading
• Made in U.S.A.
• High-strength Seal
• Pre-punched 3-holes
• 10 pages per pack
I thought this was perfect because now she can use if for pictures but also for documents that she wants to save. She likes to have certifications for certain things that they do like the report cards, her boyfriend's accomplishments when he gets a certificate, etc. So, this album will definitely be right for her as a gift this Christmas. I think I just talked myself right out of an album!
Now, this next set of Photo Refills wasn't on their website so I am not sure what all I can tell you as far as accuracy like the above refill but will tell you what I know. They are Assorted sizes that have 2 sheets of each size. These are the ones that can hold various different sizes of pictures or documents. 
Let's see, there are 5x7's, 8x10's and 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 pictures. But what makes this unique is that it also has 2 sheets of 35mm negative refills that holds 84! Then the Storage Sheet has a protective flap. Not really sure what that is suppose to do but I am sure she will make use of it. I think it has something to do with how long it can protect a picture or document and won't damage them. That's because they are PVC Free along with Acid Free and have High Clarity. But what I like the most about these products is that they are made in the U.S.A.
I think both girls are going to be pleased with these albums and even if I got it wrong and they end up switching them out, they will still get a great album that will protect whatever it is that they want to preserve for future generations.  Ah, the idea that I am now thinking of saving pictures of me when I will no longer be here is a sign of the times! Can't believe I made it this far but I did. Amazing how things work out sometimes.
For those of you who like to collect coupons, they have quite a selection of coupon organizers to choose from! I don't use them as much as I used to but that's because our Atlanta Journal newspaper decided to quit delivering their paper to our town and it's such a pain to drive 20 or so minutes to another town to get a Sunday paper that we got out of the habit unless I run across coupons by accident or in the mail. Or else I would be all over one of these!
You can also buy Ultra Pro's products on Amazon.
About Ultra Pro:
Ultra PRO International LLC ("Ultra PRO") is the leading manufacturer and supplier of sports and gaming collectibles accessories, photo and scrapbooking albums and pages and Ultra Sleeves™, our line of disposable, protective sleeves for computer tablets.  We have been designing and manufacturing top quality products since 1952, and our brands are recognized for its high quality standards and design innovations.  
We market and sell our products through a top-tier network of over 150 distributors and customers in North America, Europe and Asia, which in turn supplies our products to thousands of hobby shops, toy stores and other retailers worldwide. In addition, we offer our photo-related products and Ultra Sleeves™ through our online store.  
Ultra PRO is a privately-held, family-owned company with head offices near Los Angeles, California. We supply our distributors and customers primarily from our main warehouse in California, and through a secondary warehouse in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Connect with Ultra Pro:

Mailing Address:
6049 Slauson Ave.
Commerce, California 90040
Phone:  (323) 890-2100
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Gala said...

As always great review with a lot of details. We were thinking about buying new photo albums and now I know what we will get