This album is a really clever imitation leather, which has been reinforced by the actual leather cross stitch detail in the left hand corner. The thin leather lace is criss-crossed and held in place with metal, matt silver rings and is positioned at the join of the spine just below the aperture window. The word 'photo' is cleverly stitched onto the right hand side of the front cover in italics and a favourite picture can be put into the 2.5inch square front window. The image will be protected by the plastic cover and can be replaced easily, by sliding it in or out of the pocket inside the front cover. The horizontal and vertical stitching on the Piazza 6x4 Slip In Photo Album gives additional interest to the relatively plain cover. The bookbound, acid free pages, are photo safe and have strong, clear plastic pockets in which to display the photos. The photos are slipped into the pocket from the spine side of the album and displayed horizontally one above the other. The album measures approximately 9 inch square, so is really compact.