Welcome to Day 10 of the series, FIND your FIT! (To return to the beginning, click here.)
Scrapbooking is rarely one-size-fits-all. You may find that you prefer 12×12” layouts, but may add in pocket pages, mini-books, or photo books to supplement your albums. The background you choose will be the foundation of your layouts. I encourage you to try experimenting with different sizes and shapes to find the ones that you prefer. (This applies to both digital and traditional scrapbooking.)
Typical scrapbook sizes:
- 12×24 (2 12×12 sheets)
- 17×11 (2 8.5×11 sheets)
Types of backgrounds:
- A solid, single-color base. Typically a neutral color.
- Can be found as single sheets, a kit with coordinating sheets, or a designer pad.
- Cardstock weight can be used alone, thinner can be layered onto cardstock to provide a solid base for scrapbooking a layout.
- Typically used as the base for mini-books.
- Cover with cardstock, patterned paper, or a printed layout (for digital scrappers)
How to choose your background:
- Match the theme of your page or album.
- Select 2-3 colors from the outfits or from the background of the photos.
- If your photos are black and white, you can choose colors that may have clashed with the picture if it were in color.
- Use the gallon/quart/pint principle. A ‘gallon’ of a neutral, a ‘quart’ of a mid-sized pattern, and a ‘pint’ of a bright or bold-patterned paper.
Do you typically scrapbook the same size? Do you vary your sizes and materials used for backgrounds? Leave a comment below!