An 8″x8″ album can be a perfect size album to create for many different reasons and while there are thousands of 12×12 ideas out there, it can be a challenge to find ideas specific to the 8×8 size. So during our Scrap-a-Sketch Virtual Crop on Sunday 20th March I set myself a challenge to recreate the 12×12 ideas in 8×8 size. I’ve got 3 ideas to share with you and a few tips on resizing other ideas you find out there.
To begin I got out my supplies. I was using White 8×8 Refill Pages, but you could use Natural or Spargo if they suit your album theme better.
I had a few paper packs I wanted to use. Creative Memories’ scrapbook papers come in 12″ x 12″ size, but that’s OK, you can still use them for your 8×8 pages. To get the most out of your papers, you can also use left over scraps from other page layouts you’ve created. A 12-inch Straight Trimmer is also going to be your friend, to trim down those papers to the right size.
You can also opt to use a Border Maker System on 8×8 size paper for added decoration.
The main sketch challenge for the Virtual Crop, supplied by CM Advisor Noreen Smith, was ideal as a 12×12 two page layout with 3 horizontal photos stacked on the right page. I quickly realised to recreate this in 8×8 I’d need to reduce the number of photos on the pages. I decided I’d have room for one 4″ x 6″ horizontal photo, two 4″ x 4″ photos and one 4″ x 3″ photo.
I scaled down the background papers proportionally, the vertical large dot paper strips are 8″ x 2.5″ and the horizontal navy polka dot strips are
4″ x 8″ both from the A Year To Remember Paper Pack. I positioned these on the layout so they were consistent with the sketch above. With the reduced number of photos and slightly adjusted sizes I could position these on the layout so they also mimicked the sketch.
My final touches to this layout were the A Year To Remember Embellishments which I used for the title and journalling box.
This single page sketch with one photo was a great option to replicate in 8×8 size. The photo could remain the same size, but the background needed some adjustment. The sketch features a square in the centre marked out with dots, I decided to make this section the feature of my entire page.
On this layout I chose to use squares punched from Watercolor Love Paper Pack with the Shape Maker System and Square Cartridge. Looking at the hexagon design, I layed the squares out as diamonds in a similar pattern and added the photo on top. Next I used a Silver Metallic Pen to add the dots around the edge of the page.
I added a title cut from the Watercolor Love Paper Pack mat design paper and a few A Year To Remember Embellishements to finish off.
My final 8×8 layout is a conversion of 2-page sketch idea with a lot of 4″ x 6″ photos, for this idea I focused on creating the left page only. I wanted to keep the proportions fairly similar and still make a feature of the background papers.
I chose a few left over strips of paper I had from A Year To Remember Paper Pack. Blue stars 2″ x 8″, navy polka dots 2″ x 8″, red hearts 1.5″ x 8″ and large dots 2″ x 8″.
I chose to only include 2 vertical photos and I adjusted the size down to 3.5″ x 5″. Rather than place these side by side, as per the sketch, I left a little space between to show off the papers.
I placed two stars from A Year To Remember Month Stickers and the arrow strips from A Year To Remember Embellishements at the top and bottom of the photos and the green speech bubble will serve as a box for a handwritten title.
There you have it, three different 8 x 8 ideas based on 12 x 12 sketches! My top tips for adapting 12×12 ideas into 8×8 pages are:
- Reduce the number of photos and the size of the photos on the layout.
- Scale down the design in proportion to the page size.
- Use left over paper scraps where possible.
I hope you enjoy these ideas and can make use of them in your 8″ x 8″ albums. Which is your favourite idea? Let us know in the comments below.