12x12 layouts combined with divided page protectors

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PeaNut 544,425
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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:03:33 PM
Does anyone do this? I'm seriously thinking about trying to do albums that combine 12x12 layouts with the rest of my photos I want to keep in divided page protectors. I love scrapbooking but just don't do it as often as I'd like and feel SO overwhelmed by the amount of photos I want to keep but will never scrap. I'm thinking if I start putting my photos in divided page protectors and keep the ones I'd like to do layouts of out(those that have a specific story to tell), maybe I'll be able to make a dent in my pile of photos and feel like I'm accomplishing something.

Does anyone do this? If so, how do you like it and what do you do?


PeaNut 307,622
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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:13:30 PM
I do and I love it. Its helping me get caught up and if I don't do this I don't think I will. Not the way I want it. I have too many really good pictures to scrap them all. This way I still do 12x12 layouts, decorate some of the photo pockets or insert journaling cards. I feel like I'm just doing it all.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:14:57 PM
This is exactly what I plan on doing once the new project life editions come out.
My plan is to put them ALL in the album and then just flip through and pick out the ones I want to scrapbook. This way it's all together and I can easily see which pics stand out for their own layout. I'm putting them all in order now.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:17:16 PM
I just started this about a month ago and it is helping me to get caught up and I am loving it. I also take way too many pics to scrap them all, this way I can scrap the ones from whatever event I really like and the rest from that event go into page dividers behind the layout.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:21:11 PM
Yes, I have my albums this way. I started doing it last summer/fall & have loved it! I used to keep a book for each of our kids and one for each of their kids. That wasn't so hard when they each had one but geesh now it's getting impossible to keep up with all those albums. I finally decided it's all going into yearly albums and they can all sort them when I'm gone. I'm loving it and keeping up so much easier. I'm sort of doing PL but not really at all. I have the divided protectors. I use those for those little moments or cute things they say that I don't want to forget but don't want to do a 12x12 for. Those all go in the smaller divided protectors. I just add to that as things happen, so those are all in order. I've also been using all the odd sizes of protectors, too. Sometimes I do a 8x8 page and sometimes 8 1/2 x 11 page. I really like how my albums are turning out doing my scrapping this way. I think it's helping me keep up be cause I'm not stumped by those pictures that I knew I really didn't need to make a 12x12 for but didn't want to leave that story out of my albums. It's working for me & for the first time in 15 years of scrapping I am actually scrapping in order! I don't have anything new that needs scrapped right now

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PeaNut 532,261
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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:27:18 PM
I do exactly this....I am currently working on two vacation albums this way....I mix up 12x12 and divided page protectors.....I place them all in the album I just slide the "best ones" in a blank 12x12 page protector and then I put all the supporting pics on the next page. Then when I have time to do a page I make that 12x12...If i only have a few minutes i might just make a card for one of the empty 4x6 slots. I also use some of the simple storeis 4x6 cards to add some embellishment to the divided pages.
Here is an example that I made for the Stashbuster Challenge/Scrap Your Stash Challenge two weeks.
12x12 with divided page

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:29:38 PM
ive started doing this, and it sure makes getting the photos in the albums alot quicker.. i may one day get a little more caught up.. maybe.!!

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:44:58 PM
I am doing this,too,to finally get some big trips done. I highly recommend Shimelle's 4x6 Photo Love free videos for some more great ideas.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:49:06 PM
Yes! I just starts scrapbooking and have never printed any pictures since my DS5 was born.

Needless to say there are a lot of photos to print and find homes for. Your plan is exactly how I am doing it. Divided page protectors with an empty spot for a journaling card for days or events with several pictures. The ones I want to put on layouts I separate out and will put chronologically with the divided pages whenever I scrap them.

I have been using Shutterfly and Costco because they will print the image name (which for me is the date) which makes it easy to put in order.
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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:07:33 PM
Yes! I do that!! It helps me get caught up a lot faster and is easier to get all the photos scrapped!


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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:20:04 PM
Deffiately a good idea!
I especially like it for events where there are a heap of photos, like a wedding. I don't particularly want to make a whole album for every wedding I attend. So I make a couple of pages telling the story and then pop in some divided pages with the rest of the photos. Sometimes I'll embellish one pocket to make it look more scrapbook-y but I've been known to leave one spot blank with the intention of doing that and never getting around to it.

I think divided page protectors are a great idea!

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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:26:04 PM
I do this all the time, especially for events that I have TONS of photos from (like my SCUBA diving trips). I also store my photos that are waiting to be scrapped in the divided page protectors.

This way I still do 12x12 layouts, decorate some of the photo pockets or insert journaling cards.

Me too.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:29:22 PM
After listening to a recent PRT episode I decided to stop being so anti-PL and embrace what it has to offer me. This week I started doing a version of PL, putting pictures, memorabilia and journal cards in divided page protectors. I didn't embellish much. It was important to get the important pictures and stories in the annual album with the memorabilia I wanted to save. I incorporated 12x12 layouts within and when I have free time go back and either further embellish the divided page protectors or and a 12x12 LO to insert. I feel like I am getting caught up in a hurry without cheating my scrapbook style. So very excited! Good luck with your project.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:59:00 PM
Yes I do this too - particuarly great for holiday photos - especially if you have a few but don't want to dedicate an entire album to that particular holiday. I also did some holiday albums with special photos or title pages on a 12x12 layout and then lots of photos that related to that layout in divided protectors. I am a big fan of the Simple Stories papers as they are already divided into sections ready to cut out and put in divided protectors. The WRMK protectors are fantastic to use for this.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:16:51 PM
This has been an "ah-ha" moment for me! I've done this once recently with my DD's birthday party and i made one "fancy " scrapbook page with just two pictures and then used all of the extra pictures in a WRMK 4x6 . I didn't embellish any of the pockets but I was glad to get the pictures in it. I really did like GG's video s out adding and embellishing pocket protectors. I have a mass of pictures from my niece bridal appointment last week and I think Im going to try this approach . The pictures are too beautiful to sit in the box.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:31:40 PM
I do if the event is large enough for it's own album just because I could never scrap the hundreds of photos from my wedding, honeymoon, reception and a trip to England/Wales. Each had it's own album/albums with divided pp in the back with the photos I haven't scrapped.

Love having the all the images available for viewing and it makes it easier for me to select a photo if I feel inspired to scrap that event.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 1:02:53 AM

After listening to a recent PRT episode I decided to stop being so anti-PL and embrace what it has to offer me.

ha!!! Me too! Exactly!

I am starting PL with January of this year, in a monthly format (so one 2-page spread per month) but I'm mixing in other page sizes when it suits my fancy.

You finally got me Becky Higgins.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:31:48 AM
I do this (though I scrap 8.5x11 and used divided page protectors of that size). I love it.

I don't scrap in order, I scrap what speaks strongest. At the end of the season/quarter/year, I look at what I've scrapped, what I haven't but still want to, and what holes need to be filled, as well as what photos haven't been used but I want to include. I always have lots of photos that I love, but don't necessarily want to do a whole layout about. I used 4 pocket pages to do mini layouts about smaller stories I wanted to include in my album (and sometimes for things that are a good story but a lousy photo). I also use baseball card pages for generic photos I love, quotes of funny things my kids say, etc. I also find them really useful in travel albums.

I love doing this. I think it gives a more complete story.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 7:55:16 AM
I haven't yet, but I have been seriously thinking of doing it. I even picked up the divided page protectors so I can try it.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:17:47 AM
I did this for our Alaskan Cruise album and I loved it. I have been doing it in my reg. albums & will be doing it for our Christmas album where we played Minute To Win It and took a ton of pics.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:35:02 AM
This post is so timely! I just did this with my Christmas photos, and I can say that Christmas 2012 is offically done. I have years worth of photos that I had good intentions of scrapping, but I am just not inspired by the quality of the photos to invest the time to make a perfect layout.
I hope to go back and do this with previous years Christmas photos, and place them in my WRMK albums.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:41:24 AM
I do! Both my Family and my Disney albums have a mix of my Photo Freedom and "regular" 12x12 pages. I love the divided page format, and think that mixing those pages into my traditional albums makes them fun and fresh.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:42:45 AM
I am doing this with PL. Put one week in either 1 page protector and scrap the stories for each week.
I am having so much fun with this that I am going to back and do this with all of my other pics which are already in 6^ page protectors, Iplan on pulling the pics and filling the hole with pp and embellies just like PL.
Finally found something that works for all of my pictures, not just the ones that have a story.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:48:28 AM
I haven't yet, but will be as soon as I can.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:55:27 AM
I am planning on doing this for 2012 pics. I scrap chronologically and do 2 page layouts because I have so many pics and like the post bound albums for that reason. I love the simple stories line and bought a D ring so I can try this. I didn't want to do all page protectors, but I have started with my daughters BD. I did a traditional 12 x 12 LO and then took all the extra pics and did page dividers. It worked out great. Our family has a lot of gaterhings with a lot of family so I end up with a ton of pics. Plus, I am so far behind that I think this will help me get caught up.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 9:53:41 AM

I place them all in the album I just slide the "best ones" in a blank 12x12 page protector and then I put all the supporting pics on the next page. Then when I have time to do a page I make that 12x12...

I love this idea! In fact I love so many of these ideas. Thank you.

After I wrote this I kept thinking about it and now after reading these responses I think I'm finally on to something that will work for me. I'm so excited to do this now!

A question for those who have liked this method - do you get all the same style divided page protectors or different types - any suggestions for those?


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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:55:28 AM
It is very liberating isn't it? At last the guilt has gone

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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:03:04 AM
I'd suggest mixing up the styles of divided page protectors. I use standard 8.5x11 pages, 4 pocket, 9 pocket (trading card) pages, as well as A4 (for European letter sized stuff) and A5 page protectors (mostly for event programmes). I'm looking forward to getting some 8x6 Sn@p page protectors, too.

I also sew some of my page protectors to the size of my 'stuff' that I want to include. I love the look have having something small between layouts.

With 12x12 you having a huge selection of different sizes and styles you can use. Use it to your benefit. Go Wild!

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PeaNut 418,377
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Posted: 2/11/2013 12:46:04 PM
I've just recently started doing this too and it's great. Look like I have a lot of company. Guess great minds think alike!


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Posted: 2/11/2013 1:54:35 PM
I do this too, and it works for me. I actually started doing it years ago when the only divided page protectors were just 6 4x6's and I bought them at the Hallmark store. This whole project life/divided pp craze has been awesome bcz now I actually have some more options.

I use all different types of page protectors, including 6x12. I prefer the artsy feel versus the strict themes.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 2:01:14 PM
Yes very often! A lot of my 2 page spreads are like this. I have a few in the gallery.

I most often use this approach when I have a lot of photos I want to include from a specific event but don't want 10 layouts just on one picnic or trip to the beach or whatever.

It also means that I can work on a layout a little at a time. I've been busy lately so snatching a few minutes to work on one pocket relaxes me and I'm still getting some scrapping done.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 3:02:21 PM
I'm starting to do this. I never liked the look of the divided pages but lately I've been seeing more samples where they look more like traditional scrapbook pages so I'm loving it. I have 3 disney trips to scrap and this is how I'm doing the most recent one.



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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:17:11 PM
I'm starting to do this a bit in my family yearly albums - just the six 4x6 pages so far. I am totally embracing this for DS's book though.

I started a PL-style baby book for him, and am planning to incorporate the divided protectors in with some 12x12 LOs. I think it will work really well for his, because it will also give me an easy way to include artwork and papers from school - just pop them in the 8.5x11 page protectors!

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Posted: 2/11/2013 10:41:15 PM
I'm doing this now & it is so freeing to be caught up so far for this year!
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Posted: 2/11/2013 11:22:49 PM
This is such a timely post. I have been seriously thinking of doing this for my adult daughters' childhood school years. I watched the Becky Higgins video on her childhood kits and decided to give it a try. But I wanted to include some traditional layouts for favorite/special pictures. I never thought about doing various sizes on page protectors, but I really like that idea. I have about a year's worth of current pix to scrap. Once those are done, then that will be my big project! Thanks for the good ideas, Peas.


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PeaNut 515,147
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Posted: 2/12/2013 4:38:53 AM
Im doing my dd's baby album with the divided protectors and traditional 12x12 layouts. I bought several different styles of the divided protectors and I LOVE IT!!! It gives me lots of room to add all the memorabilia (her hat from hospital, bracelets, birth certificate) I also included her growth charts from her checkups in the 8.5x11 pages and I cut one down to fit a card I added. I am so excited about my new style!



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Posted: 2/12/2013 5:33:13 AM
I did this with our Disney album....LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
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Posted: 2/12/2013 6:47:16 AM
I've mixed divided pages with 12x12 layouts since I started scrapping over a decade ago. Because of my story-focused approach to scrapping, I usually only need a couple photos along with extensive journaling & actual memorabilia to convey the intended story. Rather than spend time creating multiple layouts when I want to include a few extra photos &/or memorabilia, usually for large/picture-heavy events (e.g. child's birthday party, holiday celebrations), I simply slide them into divided page protectors. My books are a hybrid scrapbook/photo album.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:04:21 AM
I love this ideas os much, that I did my GG video this week on it. I was going through hundreds of photos from Disney trying to decide how I was ever going to scrapbook them. So now I have a mix of regular 12x12 pages and half 'pocket style' scrapbooking.

In case you want to take a peek, here's a link to the video.

Disney Pocket Style Scrapbooking


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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:24:13 AM
Like I said, I've just started doing this and LOVE IT !!!!! I'm so glad to see others do it too.
Now I have a question.
Is anyone finding it hard to do the exact same layout but opposite on the next page after a layout? If so, what are you doing to make this easier?

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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:27:35 AM
I did this in the past with big events like graduation where I had tons of photos that are way too similar to scrap them all but important enough to share them all.

And then when I did PL (last two years) I combined my regular layouts into the same album.. I love the look!

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Posted: 3/1/2013 1:34:14 AM
I just started mixing page protectors and various sizes/types of divided page protectors and it's really fun!

I took Nancy Damiano's TwoPeas class on Scrapbooking Family Vacations and also Lisa Truesdell's Divide and Conquer class. Both were REALLY helpful! Now I use 12x12, 8.5x11, 6x12 and divided pockets. Basically, anything I want, and it's SO FUN.

It goes really fast and you don't get "stuck" or bored scrapping the same size. Try it, you'll love it!


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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:01:50 AM
I do this. It's great for events where you have a lot of photos but don't want to scrap them all. I also love it for things we do every year like visiting the zoo or going to the local theme park.I usually do one or two layouts and then add the rest of the pics in divided page protectors.


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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:52:24 AM
Still had lots of pictures of our honeymoon to Italy in 2011! Started with layouts combined with divided page protectors 2 months ago and my album is nearly completed. I should say it is succesfull to do this with projects that have a large amount of pictures.

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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:57:13 AM
My entire premise for the year is putting EVERYTHING in one album. I have all sorts of page protectors, divided, 12x12, 8.5x11 (for my kid's artwork, awards, etc) in one big d-ring album. I am loving it. I am also finding that I "bother" more with keeping up with putting it in there.

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Posted: 3/1/2013 9:31:34 AM
I've just started doing this, and I love it! So far, I've only used 6x12 inserts to add extra photos, more journaling, and/or memorabilia in between a 2-page layout, but I'm definitely going to do more of it.

Here's an insert (Hoover Dam insert) that fits in the middle of this two-page spread: (Hoover Dam 2-page )

I think I'm also going to start doing some 1-page 'regular' layouts with the facing page being a divided page protector to add extra / smaller photos, as well.

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Posted: 3/1/2013 9:47:56 AM
I've done this since I first started scrapping. It's saved my sanity.

I scrap 8.5x11, so divided page protectors have always been available. But cute PL sizes don't exist.

ETA to eliminate double post. And to add I'm using Hilsmom approach of adding all smaller sizes into one binder.
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