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Scrapbook albums can look like basic photo albums (old style) and your page layouts are usually stored in clear pages called page protectors. You can buy albums that are 3 ring binders, post bound or belted together. The beauty of scrapbooking is that you can design your pages however you would like, there really are not specific rules. Scrapbook layouts are typically made on heavy, acid-free/lignin-free cardstock with photos and embellishments glued to the pages. There are many types of adhesives that can be used on your pages some are permanent, semi-permanent and removable, just make sure you are using a memory safe adhesive. You can find many scrapbook page design examples in scrapbooking magazines or on the Internet if you are looking for page layouts ideas.
There are albums that already have memory-safe pages in them and allow you to design your layouts directly on the pages, but photo protectors give you added protection against outside elements.