Album Review & Giveaway: Simple Stories Faux Leather

Simple Stories album review

Simple Stories has new faux leather albums! They are available in six colors, and in sizes 6×8 and 12×12.

This review is based on the black 6×8 Sn@p! faux leather scrapbook album.


Simple Stories Sn@p! Faux Leather Album

Where to see the album color choices: Simple Stories album colors.

Where to see the pocket page designs: Simple Stories pocket pages.

Where to see ideas for using the albums: Simple Stories blog and Pinterest page.

simple stories faux leather album

(Following the format of my previous Small Scrapbook Album Review)

  • album: 8 3/8″ x 9″ faux leather
  • spine: 2 1/4″, faux leather, metal bookplate attached
  • inside: faux leather
  • rings: 2-ring, not compatible with other manufacturers
  • pages: 6 x 8, heavy weight, acid free, archival safe
  • price: $23
  • included: album, 10 pocket page protectors: (2) 6×8, (2) 4×6, (2) 3×4, (2) 3×4/4×6, (2) 2×8/4×4
  • other album colors/styles available? yes (black, brown, red, green, pink, teal)
  • can you buy additional page protectors? yes – 5 designs plus a variety pack (2 of each of the 5 designs)
  • other inserts/pockets available? yes – lots of choices
  • available at: (currently on sale for $18)

The 12×12 album is $30 and includes 10 pocket page protectors: (8) 12×12, (1) 4×6, (1) 4×6/3×4. There are also 10 pocket page designs available plus a variety pack.


Album Outside:

SS album spine

metal bookplate

SS album corner

contrasting stitching and metal corners

Note: Be careful peeling off the small sticker that comes on the front of the album. It does not leave a residue, but you don’t want your fingernail digging into the leather when you try to grab the sticker edge.

SS album back

back of album

SS album compare spines

side-by-side comparison of Simple Stories chipboard and faux leather albums

Album Inside:

Simple Stories album inside

faux leather inside

Simple Stories album

two interlocking D-rings – photo shows the page protectors that came with the album; plenty of room left.


Pocket Page Protectors:

SS album page protector

pockets are true-to-size

SS album 4x6 close up

The 4×6 card in this photo is NOT centered in the pocket. I pushed it to the left edge to show how much room would remain on the right side.

The page protectors are heavy weight, and you can buy a variety pack OR a pack of the style you use most. The album comes with the variety pack (10 pages, two of each style).

Unexpected discovery: the pocket sizes are more true-to-size now! Which means the 4×6 photos fit better. There is a very small gap in case you have a bulky embellishment, but the gap isn’t so big that your flat 4×6 photo will slide around. The page protectors in my previous album review were about 3/16-inch wider than these page protectors. There is a Simple Stories logo on this new set – I’m guessing that is how we can tell it’s the new design.


Buy this album. :)  It looks and feels luxurious and fancy, and the 6×8 size is perfect for any scrapbooking project, including December Daily and Project Life. In the past, I’ve used 6×8 Simple Stories albums for Christmas and summer Project Life.

Also, I am tired of typing “faux leather” and would like to invent a word: fleather.

Edit: Fleather is already a word? Seriously? *sigh* One of these days I’m going to invent a word for real…


*** Sponsored Giveaway! (Now Closed)***

This is my first giveaway! Yay!

Simple Stories will send one lucky reader a 6×8 Simple Stories Sn@p! Faux Leather Album (your choice of color), and a pack of page protectors!!!

To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment below. The giveaway is open worldwide.

Comments will remain open until Monday, October 28, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. EST (US), and I’ll announce the winner (selected from a random number generator) on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

***This giveaway has ended***

  • Melanie

    The album looks amazing! I don’t have any binders smaller than 12×12, but would love to try this. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Stephanie W

    This looks perfect for a December Daily album.

  • Terri Bradford (@terribradford)

    Love the SS albums! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Sherrie Mallett

    Wow these are gorgeous !!! Thanks for the chance to win:-)

  • Jenny Naus

    What a great give away! I love the contrast stitching!

  • kelly

    i love the simple stories chipboard albums and these look even better. thanks so much for the chance to win.

  • Simmone Daughdrill

    I am just starting pocket style scrapping and I would love one of these! Thanks for the giveaway

  • blueyedscrapper

    wow—this looks great! Would love to have this!

  • sullivan1970

    Love the look of this album!

  • Kathleen S

    Aha, delighted to leave a comment! Would love a chance to try the PL format with a no downside win! Love your blog!

  • Amy M.

    I would love one of these albums, fingers crossed!

  • Heather

    The album looks so pretty. I can’t wait to get some of these!

  • lakshmi muthina

    i would love the red one for my christmas memories…i never had a leather album tille would defenitely love to have one..simple stories is my favourite brand

  • Janet Harrod

    This size will be perfect to take with during holiday trips and work on!

  • Caroline Marty

    This album is beautiful. Your photography is excellent too! Such crisp detail! This is the perfect album to make a recipe book. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

  • Charlotte Olivares

    Wow, yet another reason to love Simple Stories!! Love the albums!!

  • Nicole

    This album looks amazing–would be perfect for my upcoming disney trip (I just bought ALL of their Disney stuff)

  • Morag

    This looks so luxe compared to chipboard albums – I love that they’ve gone uptown ;)

  • Kathy R

    Thrilled with the “Faux” leather look. Liked the chipboard but this is definitely much prettier. Thanks for a chance to win one.

  • Diana

    Thanks for the review! I cna’t wait to get my hands on one!

  • Julia mueller

    Thank you for the excellent review. I hane not done any scrapbooking for at least ayea. I think i am going to go smaller as you have done! I will buy this album. Unless of course i win one!

  • Alma Rivera

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jacqueline R

    Thank you so much for sharing the review and side-by-side comparison! I have been debating whether to go the chipboard or faux leather route. You just sold me on the faux leather…it looks fantastic!

  • Chris Harris

    Thank you for the side by side review. I love the stitching, metal corners and metal bookplate! I will be checking these albums out. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Lise H

    Thanks so much for the review. The new album looks lovely :)

  • Roxane F

    I love their albums! Thanks for a chance to win!

  • Emma Piper

    I’d love to try this album out as I only do 12×12 traditional scrapbooking at the moment and would love to try project life. Would also be awesome in red!!

  • Jodi S

    This album looks really nice! It would be fun to try a smaller size

  • Leonie

    I am so glad that you mentioned that the 6×4 size is better. This is a huge incentive for me. Fantastic review that covered everything I wanted to know. thanks!

  • Nancy McMahon

    It looks like a nice, quality album. Thank you for the chance to win one :)

  • justasiam

    Thank you for showcasing the new faux leather album from Simple Stories. I am really a fan of the metal corners on this album. Thanks for the giveaway too.

  • Chay

    Amazing! These look like great quality and will loo great next to my other Sn”p album! thanks so much for the chance to win and the great review, fingers crossed XD

  • Carole Hepburn

    Thank you for showing us the new album and it would look fabulous at my house – thanks for the chance to win such a great prize !!!

  • Mary

    Looks like the perfect album for making a December Daily!!

  • Karen

    What a nice give away. I would love to win . The album is beautiful.

  • Jen

    I’m using Simple Stories for all my scrapbookin now! I have most of the colors of the original chipboard album and would love to get a ‘fleather’ one!

  • Ada Frank

    This is a perfect size to start with. I have been wanting to try this type of scrapbooking.. I teach Kindergarten and would like to start making one album this size each year to remember my special classes

  • Cindy Trimble

    I LOVE Simple Stories! The albums are great. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  • Isabel S.

    Finally a good looking album with pockets that are true to size! Thank you!!

  • Heather V

    Thank you for doing these reviews! I’d love to try an album this size, thanks for the chance.

  • Nicole Davey (@nickledavey)

    Great size to start Project Life style scrapping – would definitely like to try this size.

    Also Fleather is already a word ;)

  • Christine

    I’ve seen it mentioned as ‘Italian leather’ why I don’t know. I thought Italian leather was the same as everywhere else.:-)
    Album looks gorgeous very versatile from 30 Days of Thankful(Cathy Zielske), December Daily to every day pocket scrapping. Would love to win one!

  • Alexes Marie Brown

    I’ve been sooo excited for these ever since they first announced them!!

  • Rachel

    These are beautiful! I’ve been looking for a 6×8 album to use for my November Thankful album, this would be perfect! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Megan Dorfan

    Wow, this album looks fantastic! Thanks to you and SS for the chance to win one of these beauties! It would be perfect for a new baby album!

  • robin

    I love the Simple Stories chipboard albums but these look even nicer! I appreciate all your reviews of the smaller size albums, I am definitely NOT a 12×12 scrapper!

  • Brenda Jessie

    Since I read your post on it I’m really wanting to try scrap-booking the Project Life way – getting one of these albums free would be a great way to start! :) Thanks for this post & the chance to win!

  • Bethany Becker

    The albums look great. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • mthata

    Gorgeous albums! Like the cute title holder.

  • Tera

    Thanks for the chance to win! I am so glad the new page protectors are more true to size. I enjoyed the review.

  • KikiK

    the album looks amazing. thank you for the thorough review.
    wish they were easier to find around here! crossing fingers now! thank you for the chance lisa

  • Stokely

    6×8 is my standard scrapping size, all my albums are. It would be so so great to have them in a cover like this!
    (thank you for the review on Small Scrapbook Albums, it’s almost impossible to find them here in stores and the info about size and quality of different albums and page protectors is very useful).

  • KateT

    I like the look of those little albums, would love to win one, thanks.


  • Mary-Lou

    I have been buying their paper for a few years now, would like to try their albums.

  • Cindy Jones

    A classic little album! Love it!

  • Melissa S

    Thanks for the review. Love everything Simple Stories and these albums look amazing. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kirsten J

    Oh yay! I think I love these!

  • Carmen Pauls Orthner

    I would love to win one!! The faux leather look is just so pretty. :)


  • ktware

    Thanks for the chance to win – I love SS albums, but haven’t had a chance to get one of the “fleather” ones yet:)

  • Beth

    LOVE them !!! Thanks for the chance to win one !

  • Lynn F

    Very cool giveaway! Good Review.

    (That teal color is whispering my name!)

  • Liz M.

    Can’t have too many albums!

  • christi in ma

    I love the black leather! (oooh that sounds naughty, doesn’t it? LOL) I really like your detailed review too.

  • Susan Wesley

    Thanks for the review! Now I *need* to get some of these binders. They are gorgeous!!

  • rhonda

    I love that size, it’s perfect for smaller projects. Thanks for the review, very helpful!

  • Isbaha

    Great review, thanks for the chance to win !

  • Marjorie

    Awesome photos and great review. I’d love one of these for my PL 2014

  • slammie

    Love ‘fleather”!!

  • Christine W in IL

    Awesome review. Love the album, the Teal is so pretty, but love the black…and the red!

  • Carol M

    I love the stitch detailing on these albums. Thanks for the chance.