Before & After: Scrapbook Page Makeovers, Part 2

before and after scrapbooking part 2

[Click here for the first Scrapbook Page Makeovers post.]

If you’ve been following my blog (thank you!), you already know that I switched to a smaller page size (usually 5.5 x 8.5″),  eliminated most of my supplies, and took apart most of my old 12×12 layouts.

Those layouts were either (1) not finished, (2) full of products and no journaling, or (3) perfectly acceptable but I wanted to move that particular story into my smaller album.

For this makeover post, I’m focusing on the latter – some of the 12×12 pages I liked but re-made into 5×8 anywayWhat? Re-do a page you were happy with? Have you lost your mind!? Don’t you have enough things to scrap?


Now that I’ve changed the way I scrapbook (small pages, focus on storytelling), I want to be able to take a small album off the bookshelf and read through it. I don’t want to have a few random 12×12 pages tucked away in a separate album, or a note in the small album that says “please see the big heavy album for two more stories.” So I’ve chosen to re-make some layouts into the smaller size.

I should point out that I still like these original layouts. I may even like some of them better than my small pages, and you might, too. But I am posting these makeovers for anyone who is thinking about switching to a smaller size – to show how I fit a 12×12 page that wasn’t overly embellished or lacking journaling into a small, 5×8 size.

Now onto the makeovers!


Scrapbook Page Makeovers, Part 2:



Years ago, I made a 12×12 page about my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten. Until recently it was the only school page I had done in seven years. Now I’ve finally made an album about her school days, and I moved the story and photos from this lonely layout to that album. Click here to see the album.

before and after kindergarten


This story makes me smile. My 2-year old wrote all over the floor with a blue crayon stick (ok, it didn’t make me smile at the time) and there were little blue footprints leading away from the scene. It’s is a page that really needs both the story and the photo. I re-made the page and kept the newspaper story style and one photo.

before and after graffiti



I was making pages about my son’s stuffed animal collection and needed to include photos of his puppy. Now that I have the stuffed animal section completed (click here to see it), I don’t need to keep this 12×12 layout.

By the way, the circle letters on the original layout were made using a technique I read from a Cathy Zielske article many years ago. Create a text box with white letters and filled background, print, and use a circle punch. I still think it’s a fun technique.

before and after puppy



I made this one into a circle – title on the front, journaling on the back. See how I made it here.

before and after pluto


Washing Socks

*Sigh* This layout met with an unfortunate demise. My plan was to cut it in half and make it a 2-page layout since it was an 11 x 8.5″ layout. I was using a guillotine-style paper trimmer (you see where this is going, right?) and I must have been looking at the wrong measuring line or hyped up on too much coffee. Letter stickers got whacked.

So I made another layout and squished everything onto one small page. (See more ideas for using leftover letter stickers here).

before and after washing socks



This page is all about the journaling. In the small page format, the journaling takes up the entire page, with no room left for a photo.

before and after talk


And last, but not least…


This one is possibly my all-time favorite layout. And yet I still changed it to the small format. I am happy having the original live forever in digital format rather than keeping the physical layout – it’s also in a Creating Keepsakes magazine from years ago, as is the “Talk” layout above.

I still kept it as a 2-page layout (see more small 2-page layouts here). Like “Talk” above, the journaling takes up an entire page; I simply included a large photo on the facing page for this layout. The small layout is more of a cream color than it looks in the photo.

before and after four


So what happened to the photos I removed from the original layouts and didn’t use? The photos from “Talk” and “Four” were placed in 2-up 4×6 photo pages, and are in the small album between those layouts. They were from the same photo shoot anyway. The remaining photos went back into the appropriate photo box (sorted by year). If I need the photo someday, I’ll know where to find it.

Like I’ve said before, re-making scrapbook pages is not something I would necessarily recommend, it’s just something that worked for me. :)

  • Kathleen S.

    Very persuasive. I really like the clean look of the smaller pages. Less is more, right?

  • Maggie

    I love your new pages! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Debbie

    Love what you did! Thank you for sharing these great example pages!

  • Lisa Moorefield

    Thank you! :)

  • Denise M.

    Thank you so much for sharing! I have just found your blog and read several posts. My family and I have been in the process of downsizing and simplifying our ENTIRE life. It takes work and determination to clean up every area of your life and get rid of clutter and material possession “noise”. Hardest thing I have every had to do. Your posts on simple scrapbooking have changed my whole perspective. That is the one area I have had the hardest time cleaning up. My scaproom/Homeschool room is just a mess and I am overwhelmed. After reading your posts, I now have a new vision for downsizing my scrap space.
    Question: Did you redo all your 12 x 12 scrap pages? I have only ever scrapped 12 x 12. I have wanted to switch to 8 1/2 by 11 for quite a while but have been hesitant because I have all these 12 x 12 pages sitting on the shelf that I spent soooo much time making!.

    • Lisa Moorefield

      Thanks so much, Denise! It *is* hard to simplify but so worth it in my opinion. I’m still working on clutter in other rooms. After tackling the scrapbooking and crafts, I can do any room now!

      To answer your question: I kept some of my 12×12 pages (like my Periodic Table layout which I wouldn’t dare try to remake!), but most were taken apart. However, if I’d had some COMPLETED albums to begin with, I would NOT have remade them.

      My problem was that I couldn’t pick up an album and look through it – pages were unfinished, pages didn’t have stories, stories didn’t have pages… It was a mess!

      Maybe just try a few 8 1/2 x 11 pages going forward and see how you like it? You wouldn’t need to get rid of your 12×12, just start with a new size album. I used to have 8 1/2 x 11 pages mixed in with my 12×12 pages – they were in We R Memory Keepers 3-ring binders and it worked quite well. Good luck!

  • Debra

    I love your new pages – the style seems to suit you really well because the pages work so beautifully. Makes me want to try it!

  • Lisa Moorefield

    Thank you!