The response has been amazing! Thank you so much for commenting and emailing and pinning!
I’ve gotten a few questions about my approach, so I thought I’d make a post of Frequently Asked Questions. (Actually, it would be more accurate to call it “Occasionally Asked Questions” or “Questions Asked Once or Twice,” but that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it).
The Scrapbook Diet: FAQs
I really want to get rid of supplies but I don’t think I can. I feel so guilty about all the money I’ve spent, and I’m afraid I might need something after I get rid of it. How do I get past that?
I had those feelings, too, which is why my supplies stayed in a closet for three years. Guess what? It didn’t matter how much money I paid for the supplies or whether I put them in a closet or donated them to a school, I still wasn’t using them. At least now someone is using them.
If you’re worried about needing something later, try storing your purged supplies in a closet for now. If you truly need something, it’s still there. If you haven’t needed those supplies in a few weeks/months, you’ll probably feel better about getting rid of them.
Who makes the tan albums in your picture and what size are they?
W R Memory Keepers Memory Dock system – fabric (linen?) covered, 3-ring binders that can hold 5.5×8.5 page protectors. They are marketed as a journaling system with paper and dividers, but I am using them for scrapbook pages.
I found the albums at TJ Maxx a couple of years ago (before any of the current 6×8 scrapbook albums existed), and assumed it was something that had been discontinued. When I wrote The Scrapbook Diet post, I couldn’t remember the manufacturer, but (after much Googling) I’ve finally identified them. Yay!
The inside is covered in kraft paper – it feels like the paper you find on the back of a framed picture.
(By the way, I’m working on a review of all the 6×8-ish albums I can find, and I hope to post that within the next two weeks).
How do you handle one-page layouts that don’t match the facing layout?
Not only are most of my layouts one-pagers, they are sometimes different sizes and shapes as well. It doesn’t bother me (anymore) if the facing pages don’t match – I think the differences make the albums more fun and interactive!
Once you cut all that paper down to 5.5×8.5 – did you decide to do some 6×8 albums and did you just have to buy more paper since your paper was cut smaller?
Since I already have several of the Memory Dock albums which hold 5.5 x 8.5 page protectors, I still use that size for “regular” layouts (mostly stories about my children).
I have been using the 6×8 albums for themes such as Christmas or school, and I mostly use the divided protectors.
The only time (so far) that I have encountered the size dilemma is this: I started a baby album using 5.5×8.5 and now I’m thinking about transferring it to a 6×8 album so I can use divided page protectors as well. I will probably sew a strip of cardstock to the side:
I do have white 8.5×11 cardstock on hand because I quickly ran out of the white cardstock I had cut in half.
If I were starting this small album process now – with so many album choices available – I would have cut my 12×12 cardstock to 6×8.5 instead of 5.5×8.5.
I worry that after I purge, I will just go out and buy new scrapbook supplies. Do you find it hard not to shop?
I still buy scrapbook supplies; I just shop differently. I used to follow the rule: “buy first, figure out where to use it later.” Now I only buy something if I know where it’s going.