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 anyway. What? 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.
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.
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.
I made this one into a circle – title on the front, journaling on the back. See how I made it here.
*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).
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.
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.
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. :)