Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
Paper scrapbook albums come in many sizes, textures and colours. What type is best for your project?
"Life is Simple...Eat, Sleep, and Scrapbook"
~Stickers 'N' Fun Scrapbooking Quotes
Paper albums have probably been around for centuries. There are many varieties of them available to buy, but you can always custom make them yourself.
The type of paper you choose for your scrapbook will be important. Consider such things as:
Did you know? acid free, lignin free and buffered Archival quality paper can last for 100 years or more!
Albums can be custom made by you (or others) to suit the projects you have in mind. See how to make Paper Bag Albums, for example.
another example, I made a Circle Journal by having heavy card cut to a
6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) size. This was a good size for mailing the Circle
Journal to all the participants in the project, though it was not a
standard sized album. A stationer cut the pages to order for me.
The standard sizes of albums generally available are:
You will consequently find paper and embellishments made to fit the standard sizes. This makes it easier to create pages quickly and conveniently.
You will find albums that are both larger and smaller than the standard sizes I have listed. Some scrapbooks are made entirely of chipboard and are not paper at all. There are albums made of leather, fabric, polypropylene, and many other mediums.
Of course, as a creative papercrafter, you will find you can adjust pre-made embellishments and paper to fit albums that are not a standard size, and have a lot of fun doing so.
You may already have made albums of your own. If you have, I would love to see what you made!
Send me a photo or two of your paper scrapbook album (the cover and a page or two would be great!) and tell me why you made a photo album yourself. I think the stories behind our albums are so interesting and are part of the creative process.
Please do share your scrapbook layouts and projects below.
PS: If you like to use Stampin' Up! products in your scrapbooks, you may like to join Sharon Dalton's Scrapbooking Global group on Facebook. There is such great inspiration there!