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Posted 7/4/2013 by sissykidd in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 102,754
August 2003
Posts: 474
Layouts: 20
Loc: Citrus Heights, CA

Posted: 7/4/2013 1:19:56 PM
I am more a holiday and big event scrapper. not to fancy and blingy to begin with

when i became a stepmom of my two girls i scrap-booked every holiday and major life event for the past 11 years (they are 13&14) all in 12x12 format/4x6 prints.

Now i have a son. 3 years old and I really don't feel like scrap booking all the same holidays over and over. i got first year of his life well documented a 52week book, professional pics every month for 1st year plus hospital and baby book! that are completed

as for moving forward, i am thinking of downsizing to 8x11. 8x8 and 6x6 are too small for me and the albums cost are a joke when you get down to price per page.

i think more now its about the journalism. SMASH BOOKING is not for me. but the idea of more stream line journaling w/ photos i like.

any advice for letting go of the 12x12 world and stepping down. I have been debating this for a year now and decided to turn back to the Peas.


PeaNut 142,548
April 2004
Posts: 993
Layouts: 13
Loc: my own little world

Posted: 7/4/2013 1:32:31 PM
I think Project Life sounds like it will work for you. I use the PL style but don't do a daily PL. I scrap the bigger things. I've enjoyed using the PL page protectors and mixing in 12x12s when I get the urge to do them.


PeaNut 55,678
November 2002
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Posted: 7/4/2013 2:21:51 PM
I think you will enjoy the 8x11 and it will be a good solution for you.

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PeaNut 520,709
September 2011
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Layouts: 52

Posted: 7/4/2013 2:23:54 PM
I do 6x8 - because I have lots of 8x11.5 cardstock and it makes an easy base for my album pages, I just cut them in half. It means I don't have much space but I'm a simple scrapper and it's mostly fine by me. I also have a couple of 8x11.5 albums - there is much more space for pictures and embellishments of course. If you like you can see examples in my gallery (6x8).
Why I don't do 12x12? I don't have storage space for them.


PeaNut 586,816
May 2013
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Posted: 7/4/2013 3:05:36 PM
I adore 12x12 but the last month has been crazy and life is changing a bit. I found recently that 8.5x11 traditional pages take me less product but the same amount of time. They are very cute, though!

To capture all my June stories, I used divided page protectors. They are PL Design A, but I didn't do a spread a week. I grouped only photos together, and gave over an entire page where I had three or four photos for a story or event. I used plain old 4x6 photos and pre-printed cards. It went so fast, but still has the colorful look I want out of scrapping.

With a one year old daughter, there's a lot I want to capture, and I found in June I captured way more than I usually do, so I'm sold! As pointed out in the other PL thread, there aren't a lot of examples of simple Project Life out there, but it can be done and I loved the process.

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PeaNut 416,788
March 2009
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Loc: Living in Kim's Perfect World, again.

Posted: 7/4/2013 3:24:14 PM

any advice for letting go of the 12x12 world and stepping down. I have been debating this for a year now

OK, if you've been debating so long and haven't convinced yourself one way or the other yet, I say it's time to embrace both.

Use a 12x12 D ring binder. Combine 12x12 and 8x11. They'll be quite happy together, believe it or not. You will also have the flexibility to use divided page protectors if you happen to have a lot of photos of a particular event..... or make pages of yet other sizes.

It's all good. Listen to your heart.

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PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
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Loc: Florida

Posted: 7/4/2013 3:25:03 PM
I will be jumping to 8 1/2x11 in 2014 because that is what I have, even though I have been doing 12x12.
There are plenty of 8.5x11 in the gallery


PeaNut 102,754
August 2003
Posts: 474
Layouts: 20
Loc: Citrus Heights, CA

Posted: 7/5/2013 4:15:19 PM
THANKS a bunch!!!

leftturnonly- I never thought of mixing them in a binder. that might work well for getting my 2012 books up to date and giving me a make up my dang mind album to work with


PeaNut 474,516
July 2010
Posts: 525
Layouts: 46
Loc: Utah

Posted: 7/5/2013 5:58:05 PM
Simple stories makes albums that have divided protectors like Project Life, but the sheets are 6 x 8 and that seems like a managable size. They also have 6 x 8 protectors that aren't divided!
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