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Today on our blog, Cathy Caines shares her tips and techniques for creating 8.5″ x 11″ scrapbook pages.

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‘I had been waiting for this. This was the part of the road trip on my old stomping grounds in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  We had pitas and marched down the main road to check out Jane’s thrift shop.  Before we left, I took a moment to take in the view. The old mail box in the tall grass with the mud flats in the back ground. It’s funny how nostalgia works. I miss this place. A place I once called home. A place that helped me grow. Where I made mistakes but had great successes. It’s a part of how I came to be.’


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My scrapbook albums are now 8.5 x11”. I switched from my 12×12” albums to the smaller size in 2016 for a couple reasons.  I personally enjoyed the look of the smaller sizeand I find the albums easier to handle.  Inside my album I have pages of varying sizes and types. Whenever it comes to holidays or mini vacations, I pick out my favourite pictures and traditionally scrapbook those.  The remainder go into pocket pages.  I am not planning to create a separate album for this particular road trip. Therefore, I have multiple photos that I need to incorporate into my main album.  Creating both traditional and pocket pages is a perfect system for me… keeping in mind that I am a chronological scrapbooker.


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I love this Project Life™ by Stampin’ Up! © card kit called Hello Lovely.  So much so, that I wanted to use some of the flowers as die cuts.  Although fussy-cutting is time consuming, I love the effect it gave my page.  It also allowed me to get better bang for my buck out of my supplies – and who doesn’t want that?


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The pocket page is simple and fast.  It’s exactly how I like it.  Because this is a 8.5×11” design with the outside row cut off, the pockets are 3.5” x 2.75”.  When using my Canon Selphy at-home printer, I add the white borders and it seems to work out perfectly to cut out these odd sizes.  If you ever consider the move to 8.5 x 11” albums, you need to consider whether you will mind resizing your photos.


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Thanks again for dropping by. I always like to hear what you think about these projects as well as see your own takes. Make sure to leave a comment or facebook message on your thoughts!

Until next month,

Cathy Caines, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador



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If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! and are living in Canada and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d love help you out.  Feel free to drop me a line to get a catalogue or if you have any questions/comments you can always find me at inthecatcave@hotmail.com.

Supplies and images used are © 2017 Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated: Whisper White cardstock, Hello Lovely Project Life Kit, Basic Pearls, Delicate White Doilies, Metal Rimmed Pearls, Handheld Stapler,Very Vanilla Lace Trim, Mini Paper Clips,  We R Memory Keepers page protector




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