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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Faux Leather Albums are retiring!

Close to my Heart has long been known for quality expandable post-bound Albums. Our Faux Leather Album collection is no exception. However, I wanted to let you know that they will be retiring at the end of the current catalog cycle (July 2014) and are now only available while supplies last. I wanted to get the word to you in case you want to get more of the same color to complete a collection or some people get a certain color for each child, etc.

The GOOD NEWS is, the new albums that will be replacing these have many improvements but also some differences that I thought was important for you to know.

First, they will not be expandable - this is to ensure the integrity and handling of the album.  When expanded too large,  the posts can become wobbly in our current albums and the weight of the album is very cumbersome and difficult to lay on someones lap to share without causing some discomfort! The new albums are designed to hold 25-30 page protectors - that really makes for a perfect sized album!

Second, the new albums will be available in both post-bound and D-ring! There are many fans of both types, now you can choose whichever you prefer!

Third, they will not be available in the current faux leather finish. The new albums will be available in  with a coated canvas finish. And they will also be available in different patterns as well as two solid colors. Our two latest additions found on page 134 of the new idea book are a sneak peek of the trendy patterns that we will see more of! And the coated canvas adds lasting texture and beauty!

And finally, our new albums have several more improvements: they have much higher quality endpapers for a more luxurious feel; the cover board is thicker and heavier; the posts now unscrew with a small flip-up handle that you twist with your fingers (no tools or broken fingernails required); and the flap that covers the screws has a light magnet incorporated to help the flap lie flatter when the album is closed! Very cool improvements!

I wanted to let you know NOW, so that you can stock up on both the current albums and the accessories that go with them such as the extender posts and screws, spine expanders, etc. Since they are only available while supplies last at this point, I would hate for them to run out of your favorite color or the accessories to expand the current albums that you have. OR begin anew with one of our NEW AND IMPROVED albums beginning March 1st.

Click here to stock up now or feel free to contact me if you have any questions!


  1. Do you have any individual faux leather expandable spines for sale?? I have several albums in my bookcase, and would like to cover up the ends. The albums are large, between 12" to 14" tall. Thank you so much!!

    1. I'm sorry to say that I don't. I wonder if you couldn't make your own out of faux leather and cardboard from the fabric store? I wish you the best!