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Username Post: pages won't lay flat        (Topic#1497965)
AmyWho
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I have only done 4 pages and I was sooo excited...until I put them into the album. Ugh. The pages won't lay flat (they look like an S looking at them from the end of the book). Seems like it would only get worse the farther along I get.

I am using a 12x12 postbound book and my pages aren't real thick or bulky. I did trim the width of the paper a smidge which helped only a teeny bit. But now it looks terrible because the pages don't fit tight in the protectors and slide around. I'm getting so frustrated, I am fixin' to give up! Lol I thought putting the pages into the album was going to be the easy part


 
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In response to AmyWho

Do they lie flat on the table? I have that problem with some of my older LO's and it's because I used wet glue to on the LO's,,,Live and learn,,,,wet glue warps the paper! If that's not your issue, I'm not sure what is,,,Holly


 
Tivi
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  • Tivi on 03-08-09 05:43 AM
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If your pages do lie flat on the table, you may have purchased page protectors that are NOT true 12x12 size. There is one or two brands that are weird this way.

What brand of album and page protectors are you using?


 
Here Kitty
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In response to Tivi

I agree about the page protectors , some of them are not truly 12x12.


 
johnsusan8
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In response to Here Kitty

I only buy albums that are the strap hinge type (CM). You adhere your lo to the page. I've never had the type of problem you describe.


 
AmyWho
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In response to johnsusan8

They do lay flat on the table and I didn't use glue, just those square photo mounts. I tried them in 3 different albums (one is Pioneer ) and they all do the same thing. I just used the page protectors that came in them. It's when I turn the pages, I can almost get my hand between the plastic and my paper.

Thank you for all of your suggestions. I've never used forums before, it's fun!

Amy


Edited by Amesl on 03-08-09 10:38 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
johnsusan8
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In response to AmyWho

Do you think your photo corners might be too close together?


 
AmyWho
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In response to johnsusan8

Hmmm maybe. I try to keep it simple though, for example, one page only has one picture, a small card, and the ticket to the show. Maybe I should take it to a scrapbooking store? I'm not the best at describing things. If you were to see it, I'm sure you'd know right away what's wrong with it.



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In response to johnsusan8

I'm pretty sure it's the brand of page protectors .

I'd suggest taking one of your LO's with you to a store, and trying it in a few brands of page protectors that will work in your album. Then whatever one fits best, buy that one.

The brand I've been buying is Tapestry, because those were the only ones I liked that M's sold. (Although keep in mind I just put those in every album and make them work in it instead of checking to see if they are compatible with the albums I buy).


 
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ditto what Mulan said I had problems with several page protectors fitting the LOs.
Also, make double sure your LOs are true 12x12. There is some paper sold that is a teeny bit longer on one side and that can mess you up when you try to put it in a protector.

Just slicing off a tiny bit of your LO can also alleviate your problem, just cut enough for it to fit though, not so much it's obvious.


 
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That's why I love these albums. True 12x12 and I never have this problem anymore!
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Hmm, I would think it's a page protector thing, too. However, you said that you trimmed them and they are still having the problem, which makes me think it's a glue issue. I've noticed some papers and vellum both wrinkle badly with "wet" glue as well...one of my pages did something similar. Do you have a tape runner you could try instead, or are you already using a tape runner? Duck brand works well with vellum (rarely shows), Dotto and Tombo are my other cost-effective favorites. CM makes a great tape runner, too, and it never gunks up (though I've heard both Dotto and Tombo have solved this problem and I can't wait to try their new formulas when my CM stuff runs out!)


 
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  • CarrieBH Said:
Hmm, I would think it's a page protector thing, too. However, you said that you trimmed them and they are still having the problem, which makes me think it's a glue issue.


Actually she said:
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I did trim the width of the paper a smidge which helped only a teeny bit. But now it looks terrible because the pages don't fit tight in the protectors and slide around.


I think it's a page protector problem too.


 
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Yep, I've had this problem with the cheap $4 "12x12" albums you can get at AC Moore. They are definitely NOT 12x12. If I trim a half inch off the sides, it seems to fit okay. I'm never buying the cheapo albums again though. I like the American Crafts ones.


 
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I had the same problem with cheap Joann's albums. They had been purchased back when I was a newbie and did not "know."


 
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Well, Dawn, there you are You usually have a pic of your pretty daughter up there, but now you have a pic of pretty you up there And what a pretty you you are! Holly


 
AmyWho
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Well I took my stuff to a store that has employees who actually know what they are doing. Tried my LOs in a few different albums that she said were good brands, which worked much better but still didn't look good to me because the plastic doesn't lie completely flat against the paper even though the paper was flat, if that makes sense. So I ended up going with a 3-ring album instead. Problem solved! Not exactly the look I wanted for 2 page LOs, but no more headaches so I'm happy now. Now I get to redo the ones I trimmed trying to fix them. Now I have a good excuse to change stuff, heehee.

Thanks guys!


 
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Wellllll,,,,,,,now you get to buy more scrappy stuff,,,,and EVERYONE knows that's half the fun!!!!! (OK, so everyone knows thats MORE than half the fun!!!!)

Holly


 
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Um,,,,,,,but if the plastic lies completely COMPLETELY FLAT against the paper,,,,,won't it squash your embellies, flowers, ribbons and such???????????????????

Holly


 
AmyWho
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Oh, I meant flat but not so gap-y in the center of the page like before. It is so hard for me to explain things sometimes lol. They're not tight. I see what you were sayin though, thanks.

And yes, yay for buying more stuff!!


 
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