Rethink the Size of Your Scrapbook

Rethink the Size of Your Scrapbook

Welcome to the third post in this series on ways to get more scrapbooking done. Whether it’s a little tweek to how we think about something, or actually changing the physical items we are using, we are looking at ways to move forward to get more pages completed!

Let’s move on to Step 3: Does Size Matter for Your Scrapbook?  Some people find that it is much easier to create scrapbooks from smaller sized pages.  They don’t feel the need to use as many photos per page as possible, to get the most bang for their buck, so to speak.  Other people also find it easier to design on smaller pages.  If you find it takes you forever to create a 12×12 page, try 8 1/2 x 11, or 8×8.  Don’t forget 6×6 albums which can really help you scrap even more quickly!  You may even think about using a method some call progressive scrapbooking.

You may even like to do mini-books for events such as birthdays, weddings, holidays and that’s perfectly fine.  One of the most important things to remember is that there is no “right way” to scrapbook.  It’s all about preserving memories!  So, whatever size scrapbook is more comfortable for you to work in, you may decide to make that your go-to size.

No matter what your favorite size album to work in, you’ll want to take into consideration what you will be doing with the album.  Are you are working to put it together as a heritage album and a large album will give you a lot of room to work in?  Do you only have a handful of photos of a special event and you are going to put them together and give the book away as a gift?  Or are you working on an up-to-date, day to day album of your current life and events?  It’s okay to use different sized albums!

Flickr photo credit: Bunches and Bits {Karina}

If you are working on projects in which you are documenting your current life, such as Ali Edward’s project, Week in the Life, a documentary project to capture the simple everyday details of your life with photos and words each week, you’ll want to take into consideration being able to keep up!  You may find it easier to keep up with a two page layout of the week if you are using an 8.5×11 page size as opposed to 12×12.

Many people are using the page protectors which are divided into sections, allowing you to slip pictures, journal cards, etc. into each pocket; especially those who are participating in the widely popular Project Life.  Becky Higgins has a line of product available for Project Life, and many other places are carrying similar products. The little pockets on these protectors can hold little embellishments or other little items and in a way can sometimes be tiny pages on their own!

Stop back in for our discussion of Step 4: Ring Bound vs. Post Bound

Thank you for stopping in.  Tell us about your favorite size pages to scrapbook in!

Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for any product lines mentioned in this post. 


3 Responses to Rethink the Size of Your Scrapbook

  1. This is a great tip to share. I know I was seriously impeded by 12×12 pages, which are actually 24×24 layouts, for years! I was amazed the first time I completed a scrapbook in one night – an 8×8. I felt such a sense of accomplishment and my scrapbooking life was changed forever!

    By using 8×8 books, I can complete one in an evening and have even given them away as gifts. As another bonus, I usually create my own 8×8 books by putting the pages in protectors, then binding together the protectors with ribbon. This way I can use up more of my supplies without adding the additional cost of books. This is an especially nice cost savings when it comes to gift giving.

    • Thanks for you comment, Kathy! Someone recently told me they have made several 8×8 books to give away for gifts, yet would never think of investing the time into a 12×12 album for those same gifts. With so many gorgeous ribbons these days, that is a very clever idea to use ribbon to hold sheet protectors together.

      As always, thanks for stopping by!

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