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Let’s Take Issue – Mini Marvels – 8×8 Scrapbook pages?

I was re-reading an issue of Scrapbook Magazine and came across an article called ‘Mini Marvels’ (Page 50 of issue 66).  The subheading was “Caroline South shows us how to scrap in miniature with her cute 8×8″ page designs”.

Lovely scrapbook pages they are too, one of them shown almost full size on a page.  So why am I wittering on about this?

Well I take a ‘mini’ issue with the reference to 8×8 scrapbook pages being ‘miniature’!  A miniature scrapbook page is one that is 4×4 perhaps or even smaller.  I teach scrapbooking using 8×8 to sgart people off… ALWAYS!  It’s perfect for beginners as it’s no where near as daunting as a 12×12 blank page staring back at you!


They are quicker to do as there is less to ‘cover’ and you can get a whole background page from an A4 piece of paper (letter size), and of course, I sell (and give away) printable scrapbook papers on A4 which are perfect for 8×8 pages.  But DON’T BE FOOLED… they may be only two thirds of a full 12 in page, but they can hold just as many pictures.  I have managed 5 good sized photos on one page (shown above) and with the use of a mini book attached to another page, I managed to fit on even more photos.

I have made many 8 inch scrapbook pages and have hand-made albums to keep them in. 

So please if you read that article, or haven’t tried 8×8 pages before… do give them a try,  they are not miniature, or less significant that 12×12 and you will find them surprisingly satisfying!

Let’s Take Issue – Scrapbook Magazine Issue 56

scrapbook-mag-56-coverI may make this a regular blog post, something a little bit controversial, but for now I think we’ll ‘take issue’ with a couple of items in the latest issue of Scrapbook Magazine, to which I subscribe.

Issue 56, which I received June 28th, includes some ‘off the page’ scrapbooking. It is a good idea to use up your stash on things other than layouts, and on page 55 of the current issue there is an article on how to decorate things such as notebooks, postcards and shoeboxes (for the onslaught of millions of holiday snaps, note taking and the like!).

Now this is all very grand, but take notebooks for example… you take a notebook on holiday with you for jotting down those important moments… (maybe or maybe not) but the last thing you need is the extra weight of embellishments, or the ‘bits’ stuck on the outside of the notebook that keep catching on things, like the inside of your bag every time you take it in or out to write! Not very practical.

Possibly decorate a notebook as a gift for someone, or to use at home, but holiday/travel notebooks need to be smooth and trouble free.

canvas-bagOn page 66 of the same issue… it gets worse! The idea for scrapping off page this time is to use your stash to decorate a tote bag… yes… a canvas bag! How long is THAT going to last, I ask you?!

I studied hard and assumed that fabric must have been hand stitched to the canvas of the tote, but no… on reading it is indeed patterned paper! I’m sorry but that’s just daft. That tote, is now no longer a useable bag! Yes it looks pretty, but it’s now a suitable only as a wall hanging. With that bag in use, the embellishment will last 5 minutes!

Is that just ‘using your stash for the sake of it’?