I am an 8.5 x 11 scrapbooker. I’m what you’d call a letter-sized lady. Me like the rectangle more than the square. I think I make this fairly clear with my Make a Page Monday columns. But I recently went through some of my 12 x 12 pages because yes, they do in fact exist and I have some thoughts about them.
The 12 x 12 pages I create are for assignments only. Back in my Simple Scrapbooks days, I had to do them for both my magazine column and my books. I had to show a variety of sizes, not just the old preferred stand by.
For me, the size is kind of intimidating. I have a hard time filling the space. Most of the 12 x 12s I do include a good chunk of framing margin space, and it’s not just because I love that general design convention. It helps bring the content area down in size.
I have three 12 x 12 albums. They include some of the first pages I ever did from when I started scrapbooking. I made the switch to 8.5 x 11 within a few months of scrapbooking and for my personal pages, never looked back.
Of course, my Project Life pages are 12 x 12. For some reason the Project Life system is less intimidating to me. I think because it’s so consistent and predictable.
As a columnist for Scrapbook & Cards Today I am still required to include 12 x 12 designs. They speak to more scrapbookers, ergo, I forge onward in the land of the big square.
What is your preferred size and why? And would you consider switching? Or do you like to mix and match?
I’d stay at 8.5 x 11 if I could. That’s my story. I’m sticking to it.