Welcome to my world of the practical scrapbooker

Here is ten years of scrapbooking my photos and memorabilia onto actual paper .....without major art projects or (too) complicated techniques.

I blend traditional paper and "new" digital techniques to tell the stories of my family's fun, travels, and history.

Here are my thoughts as I sort, shop, crop, organize, arrange, journal, and decorate my scrapbook pages.


Enjoying 8x8 albums

My 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbooks expand over time because my topics are ongoing -- each of my daughters, trips to Disney, trips to Canada, WWII history, Genealogy. I often go back to update and rework pages. It's easy to insert or reorder the pages. The albums never end and never "really" are finished.

Each of my 8x8 scrapbooks focuses on a single event or topic that I assembled and finished. They occupy a different shelf, and I have a totally different fondness for them. 8x8 pages are simple to assemble because there simply is not enough room to design a photo arrangement, title, caption, date, and embellishments. Two photos per page, maybe a caption or an embellishment: perfect for trip photos and more satisfying than a "brag book" or photo album.

My 8x8 single event scrapbooks:
special trips to California, Discovery Cove in Orlando, Dorney Park in Pennsylvania, Costa Rica, and China.
photos from a very busy fifth grade year with only one or two good photos per event. our wedding elopement
our formal five year vow renewal.

My 8x8 retrospective scrapbooks for topical photos I found while sorting through old phots:
all the cake photos from all the celebrations
all the rubber duckie photos with my duckie obsessed toddler to teen
all the animal shots in all the zoos, parks, farms, beaches, and backyards.

8x8 scrapbook albums often are packaged with coordinating pages. Theme pads of 8x8 coordinating paper are so handy because I assemble the whole scrapbook at once.

To complete an easy single topic scrapbook, 8x8 is the way to go.