Friday, 2 May 2014

Adventures in Smaller Scrapbooking

So, I resisted all some of the distractions on Wednesday, and, after I'd done everything I had to do, I wandered upstairs. A year ago, if you had asked me how often I scrapbooked I would have said - every day, if I can. These days? Mmm, not so much. It's not that I don't want to - it's more that I don't want to make a start. Maybe changing things up a bit might help?



Recently I've been making pages with big blocks of colour or pattern Museum, for example, or King of his Castle. what I've liked is the best of both worlds feeling: plenty of the patterned paper I love combined with enough clear white for journaling, or resting the eyes. When I looked again at those layouts, it suddenly came to me that they might look interesting smaller. On a neater canvas. On 8.5x11.

I thought about it. I turned to Pinterest, of course, and I very quickly realised that this smaller size seems to be having a bit of a moment. The galleries are full of it. All of my favourite, inspiring scrapbookers have been trying it over the last couple of kit releases. And I think I can see why. 

I've been scrapbooking long enough now to have filled several big, bulky albums. I'm going to run out of shelf space if I don't take evasive action soon. Going small sounds good. Neater sized albums and a differently shaped canvas? Sounds like a challenge!

So I cut a 12x12 down to size and I looked at it and I realised it has one other big advantage: if I shave another little slice of the edge it will fit in my typewriter. So -

What if I did my journaling first and then fitted the photo and embellishments around it afterwards? What if I found it easier to think of what to say before I thought about what I was going to stick? And what if, any time I remembered a story, I stuck a page in the typewriter, knocked it out and then set it to one side, without any idea of what else I wanted to add? Then the hard bit would be done


Any time I wanted to cut and stick I could lift one of these "diary pages" and start embellishing.

I tried it. As it turned out, I tried an ink splat over my typing and din't like what happened, so I actually ended up re-doing the words and sticking it over my original. But I had to start somewhere and starting by going wrong has just made me more determined to make another page this way. It's (Inter)National Scrapbook day tomorrow. Scrapbookers right across the record keeping world are getting ready with page kits and sketches and challenges> here's my suggestion: open a diary, click on an old blog post, find a story and copy it onto your canvas first. If I could print onto 12x12 I would, but I can't, so I'm going small (some of the time), and I'm going to see where it takes me. I'll let you know how it goes. 

Looking for more National Scrapbook day challenges? Get It Scrapped have an all day crop planned, with guests. Have a great day whatever you are up to


23 comments:

helena said...

I like it (the approach and the page). Even though I do pages digi now I like the idea of opening a page and putting in the text and doing the rest later

doris sander said...

i love this one! that unexpected shot of green is just fabulous!

scrappyjacky said...

I love this size page and use it a lot....most of my 'shorter holidays' albums are this size.
Papermania used to make an album this size which was very reasonably priced....sadly they no longer make them....and the American ones are much more expensive.

Lisa-Jane said...

I do have moments of scrapping in A4 using a standard cheap office binder and standard slippy pockets - ideal for the children too! Its nice to change it up and bit isn't it?!

Ladkyis said...

That's exactly the size I was using before I discovered that scrapbooking was a hobby and there were special papers and albums and stuff. I think it is an excellent size.

Amy said...

8.5x11 has been a very popular size for simple scrappers/hybrid scrappers for exactly the reason you discovered ... you can put the cardstock through the printer. I started with 12x12 but quickly went to 8.5x11 and have now returned to 12x12 being fully digi. Only thing is, the 8.5x11 albums are not all that much smaller than the 12x12's .... that used to annoy me!

Amy said...

PS I really like the size, it is very easy to work with when you are using paper. Funnily enough, the square shape is better for digi ... but that could be my poor maths skills preferring the even numbers and spaces! ;)

Sandie said...

I have lots of 12x12 papers but find the page too big to work on and store. So I have always scaled down, often using the same techniques and layout ideas but as mini books. These are much more easy to store and look at, and I love using A4 size for the reason you mentioned. I can print background, journaling, etc. and I am busy making A5 size pages at the moment. I love the off cuts from the 12x12 pages because they are great for tabs & adding elsewhere. Great page by the way, and I like white space too. Though I also loved the last minibook I made because it is busy,and there is so much to look at. As you say, change is good. Great post as always x

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love working in different sizes. This is just the push I need to do a bit of scrap booking tomorrow.
Rinda

Louise said...

So the ink splatting didn't go to well! I always make a terrible mess. I do love the look it creates though..when i get it right! Your page is gorgeous and the typed journaling looks good too x

Jo said...

Great page and an interesting starting point.

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I like this size. I find it easier to deal with than a square. I think it's because it's the same format as my standard cards. You've put me in mind of the Mark Twain quote: "The secret of getting ahead, is getting started." A sentiment that is resonating with me right now.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

I´ve made the "cut" for the kids albums. 12x12 from birth to 15 and the smaller from then onwards. Extended family was smaller from the beginning. Home is A4.

Carmen said...

Lots of things talk to me in this post. The size, I keep wondering about just buying a D ring fat ring binder and just starting in that size... The colours, oh, I love them so much. But your writing on the actual page, so beautiful as always!

Jimjams said...

Cute page and fun journalling!
An album is an album ... they take up the same shelf space apart from the depth! You'll have to go digi if you're running out of room!!!! SOmehow I don't think you will ... just take over the kids' bedrooms once they've moved out!

Gail said...

An interesting post Sian. I've done the odd 8.5x11 but I have so much 12x12 cardstock and albums. I like the ideas you suggest though I might just have to give it a go.

alexa said...

Delighted you've enjoyed a different size and the possibility of two orientations - and double pagers offer additional variety :). This page combines all your best features - great initial idea, neat title, thoughtful journalling, white space, interesting 'bits' to hold the eye .... lovely!

Nathalie said...

Doing an 8.5x11 is a great break from the regular size layouts, I actually just made one earlier today as well. I have never done the journaling first though, ever. Your clever idea of using a typewriter makes me long for one....

Melissa said...

A great idea to have the journaling prepared first - I have a few Word documents saved on my computer with journaling for future layouts.

Beverly said...

I have done smaller size albums more years than I have 12x12. I started 12x12 for our big vacations because I wanted to use so many pictures. I like the typing directly on the page idea and having it on standby for the moment inspiration hits :)

Barbara Eads said...

It has never occurred to me to type up the story first and then work around it. I like it! I also like the idea of doing that with any story---and putting it aside until there's time to add the photos. Also, I love your "cut out" title "LOOK!"

Ruth said...

I mostly make 12x12 pages, partly because I seem to have difficulty getting everything to "fit" on 8.5x11!
The B&W photos work really well with your colour scheme and the pop of green is fab!

Missus Wookie said...

I like varying the size of my pages - and the added bulk of 12x12 is one of the many reasons I blog more than scrap these days :)

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