I started scrapping in 2008 and my early pages are totally flat. My titles were sometimes computer printed, sometimes stickers or rub-ons, but they were all flat. I had very few embellishments either, mostly paper or stickers or a bit of stitching, so still quite flat. I use postbound albums and putting 20 (or more) page protectors in one album was normal; they measure just less than one inch and don't strain the spine at all.
These are my 2009 albums - one for our cruise to Norway, and one for everything else. There are 22 and 20 page protectors in them, a total of 42 in two albums.
Fast forward seven years and I'm using a lot of Thickers for my titles, my pages have more embellishments and they're generally bulkier. Admittedly I have 27 page protectors for my 2002 album, but the stack of pages measures a whopping 1.75 inches. I tried to cram them all into one album, but the posts were unstable, and I had to split them across two. These 27 page protectors occupy a similar space to the previous 42.
The need for an additional album for 2002 doesn't worry me that much, and I bulk bought these in TKMaxx a few years ago so I had a spare. However it does make me wonder how many I'm going to need in the future. But,
- I'm not going to take less photos
- I'm not going back to flat pages, and
- I'm not switching to three-ring albums
so I'll just have live with putting fewer pages in each album, and using more albums if necessary. They just might need a new home though, as they are outgrowing their current space.