The safest method to mount photographs and papers is without glue or adhesive:
1. Use pages or envelopes that are acid free and sleeves made of stable plastics such as polyester, polypropylene or polyethylene
2. Use corners made from acid free paper or stable plastic films such as polyester, polypropylene or polyethylene
3. There are a variety of binding styles and types that are safe, including spiral, ring binders, post or clamp bindings, or traditional sewn bindings The album cover material can be cloth, stable plastic, or leather. Choose the look and the style of the album you like. More important than the cover material is the quality of the album pages and other materials in direct contact with the photographs and papers.
4. Avoid overstuffing albums; don’t add too many items to the pages or too many pages to the album. This can cause damage to the pages of the album and the attached items, as well as make it difficult to use.
We don’t recommend taking a scrapbook apart, ever, because context is everything when it comes to scrapbook albums. The original arrangement of the scrapbook was important to the person who assembled it, so if you start removing items, you’re going to lose the original context.