STORY OF THE PAGE: You may have caught on by now, but I don’t make a whole lot of 12 x 12 scrapbook pages. In fact, the most recent page I made in said size was for my debut column with Scrapbook & Cards Today in the Fall Issue. And before that, the last time I made a 12 x 12 page was when I was the Creative Director at Simple Scrapbooks magazine. And that mag went out of business in January of 2009, so you could say it’s been a while.
Today I’m sharing a recent 12 x 12 page to not only explain myself, but to also show you that you can still take design ideas from me and apply them very simply to a larger page.
I thought I’d share my secret in today’s post. You ready? Okay, here it is: I design an 8.5 x 11 page and slap it onto a 12 x 12 background. #ohnoshedidnt
The primary reason I don’t make 12 x 12 pages is that back in 2002 when I discovered the magical world of scrapbooking, I realized from the start that I wanted to apply type directly to my pages. Even though 12 x 12 was kind of the standard, I didn’t have a big-assed printer that could handle 12 x 12 paper. I noticed a handful of people making 8.5 x 11 pages and thought, “That. I’ll do that.”
The secondary reason is album size. I just don’t have the space in my house to store a ton of 12 x 12 albums. And yet from time to time, it will be required of me to make 12 x 12 pages. I will, as they say turn up for 12 x 12 when duty calls.
I know. I wish that story was sexier. Moving right along…
DESIGN BREAKDOWN: The one great thing that comes from taking an 8.5 x 11 design and plunking it down onto a 12 x 12 page is you are guaranteed to include some white space. Yes, the constellation patterned paper of this design constitutes white space, even though it’s clearly not white. It creates a neutral frame of space around the core content and that allows the entire design to breath and feel more open. White space aside, now we can look at the core design. We see repetition in colors with the greens and reds in the sticker and patterned paper as well as up in the title. We have more white space on either size of the 6 x 4 photo, and we also have similar spaces above and below the photo. The content is centered and the balance is symmetrical. It’s simple but not boring. There’s room for a little playing with product, but it still maintains a generally clean and simple feel. I added a little scallop edge using my Fiskars trimmer, which I think is kind of cute. Damn! I should do 12 x 12s more often!
TECHNICAL SHIT: I used a template for my base. I’ve been doing this with nearly every page of this newly relaunched series. Many times, I’ll design a page that I want to make first, then turn it into a template. But I usually take a hybrid approach in the end by printing out some aspects of each template and finishing the designs with patterned papers or simple embellishments.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HYBRID SCRAPBOOKING: I have a simple video tutorial that walks you through using digital templates as your base to make a hybrid layout.