Layout by Anne. Credits: Papers, alpha and elements by Michelle Batton Designs. Stitches by Anna Aspnes
It’s true that the majority of digital scrapbook layouts shared online in our community tend to be square in size. It seems that most digi scrappers use a 12×12 canvas and either print in that size, or reduce down to 8×8 or even 6×6. Many scrapbook albums are customized for those size of layouts, and many photobooks come with those specifications as well. Even so, there are still many who prefer the rectangle approach of creating layouts in the same standard size of printer paper (8.5 x 11 here in the United States). Although I (Katie) call myself a square scrapper, I’ve done my fair share of rectangle pages and I love them just as much! Let’s explore how and why you might want to use this size of layout for your own projects.
CONVENIENT PRINTING & SUPPLIES
When I’ve asked other digi scrappers why they choose to print in standard page size, many of them have touted the convenience of being able to print from their own home printer. It is also nice to be able to slip a page right into a standard page protector (still a good idea to use archival page protectors) and use a standard 3 ring binder. No need for a specialized scrapbook album or custom page protectors. You can buy the supplies you need for this size of scrapbook right at your local office supply store.
While I didn’t print these pages at home (I used Costco), I liked the convenience and low price of using a standard 3 ring binder for my holiday planner project that I wrote about in this post. I can easily add to it over the years and also include pages printed at home if I choose to do so.
Binder, page protectors, and Avery repositionable note tabs from Office Max
Layout by Katie. Credits in this post.
The nice thing about standard letter sized binders is that they easily fit on any bookshelf. Many scrappers don’t want to store 12×12 albums since they often protrude from bookcases (which is personally why I like the 8×8 size). For me, the best thing about the rectangle size is the portability. I created my travel journal from Kim Lund’s amazing free class in the 8.5 x 11 size so I could pack it along on our Alaskan cruise. I knew that I would be able to slip in the ship newsletters, brochures, and other standard size memorabilia to keep right inside my album. That would have been much harder to do with a square size album!
Album by Katie. See supply list in this post.
I’m currently planning a garden themed notebook to keep track of when and what we plant in our brand new garden. This will be a binder that I add to each year, and I want to be able to take it outside with me. An inexpensive office binder is the best option for me with this project and I like that it will fit nicely on my bookshelf next to my gardening books.
Team member Anne decided to challenge herself with a LOAD (layout a day project) done all in rectangle page format. She said “I did choose the size mainly because I was curious and wanted to get a feel for for the format. I had never done a layout in 8.5×11 before. I really liked it and for some reason it felt like the layouts came together a little quicker, but I guess I will continue to mostly scrap in 12×12 none-the-less.” If you want to change things up a bit, try using a different size of layout like Anne did. I love her rectangle pages!
Layout by Anne. Credits: papers and elements from Kaisa Designs stitches by Anna.
Layout by Anne. Credits: alpha from Kitty Designs papers from Cinzia Designs, One Little Bird Design and Nina Scraps Design, element from Fei-Fei’s Stuff, stitches by Syrin.
Layout by Anne. Credits: alpha by Denise Beatty Originals, papers and element by Fei Fei Stuff
Layout by Anne. Credits: template by Ali Edwards (modified), papers and element from Bookish by Sweet Tomato Designs, alpha by Tracey Howard designs
THE BIG QUESTION – WHAT ABOUT TEMPLATES?
One of the questions we get asked the most here at The Daily Digi is how to adapt 12×12 templates into 8.5 x 11 size? Some rectangle scrappers lament that there are so few products designed specifically for them, but the truth is that it’s much easier to size down instead of up. Papers and supplies need to be created with the 12x 12 digi scrapper in mind because they are still usable to those who want to scrap smaller. Templates sized as 12×12 sell better and have a bigger customer base. The nice thing is that they are easily adaptable for the rectangle scrapper! There are a few template designers who create rectangle templates, but don’t feel like you are limited if you choose to use this format. It’s easy to resize!
Janet wrote a great article about changing 12×12 templates into 8×5 x 11 size, so be sure to check it out!
So whether you are already a rectangle scrapper, or you have only made square layouts, I hope you will feel inspired to change things up a bit after reading this post. Remember, there is no “wrong” or “right” way to scrap your projects and memories. Just let go and have fun!