Dissecting Design: The 8.5 x 11 Canvas


Have your tried scrapbooking on an 8.5 x 11 sized page lately?  I must admit that I hadn’t in several years, but this year I am incorporating different sized pages into my Project Life album just for variety.  Since I include my scrapbook pages in that album along with the pocket pages, I thought it would be fun to try some smaller pages of those as well.  The varying sizes have been fun to create on and fun to look at.




I was a little rusty with my first attempt at an 8.5 x 11 page last month.  I found myself changing out the photo size three times before I was happy with it.  I must have gotten the hang of it, however, because this month I cranked out these four pages in record time!  Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever scrapbooked this fast!  Plus, I am super happy with all of them.  I think the trick was to make sure the focal point was small enough in each photo so as to not overpower the smaller page.  Notice that two of these layouts have 4×6 photos, but the people in them are a smaller scale.  In “Bonfire,” I have a photo of my son in which he fills up the entire frame, but I’ve printed it at 2×2 so it appears smaller on the canvas.




Another commonality with these layouts is that they’re all done on white cardstock that really makes the fun, bright, happy colors in the September kits pop.




If you’re looking to change up you scrapbooking and give yourself a fresh perspective, try a few 8.5 x 11 layouts.  I think you’ll enjoy it!

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