I am so confused, now that Creative Memories is going out of business I went to the store and bought an album to make for my granddaughter and it only came with page protectors...no more white pages to build off of? Aren't the pages flimsy if I just build pages on top of the regular paper? Aghhh.....so confused. It seems like if I put them back to back and put the page protector on they won't be horribly flimsy....please help.....so confused. Thanks all
Most people use cardstock as their base. You can buy white cardstock then you will feel like you are still scrapping the CM way. You don't want to use those pieces of paper that come in the page protectors.
Yeah, some of the non-CM albums do come with white sheets inside the page protectors, but I don't think anyone really builds off those. I've always just built my pages on cardstock (or sometimes thinner paper than that), and once they're in the page protector they're fine.
Same with Aqua. I build on cardstock - even thinner patterned paper and when you get one facing one way and the one on the other side facing the other, its plenty thick.
The protectors I buy have the white paper in each protector and its a pain pulling each white sheet out but I don't want the extra thickness. I like my books to not be so wide at the edges - I like them to sit on the bookshelves nicely.
Me, too. I pull the white paper out and just put it in my paper stash. I never use it for building my layouts - I use colored cardstock, or even patterned paper. Once you have everything glued onto it, photos and embellishments, and put it into the plastic page protectors, there's no need for anything more. Give it a try.
Same here. I never used the white sheets. They are just as flimsy as the paper you're talking about if not more so, so generally people start with cardstock and build pages on that, adding patterned paper etc.
Actually - what I do with the pages that come with the protectors, I draw a big "X" on one side so it won't get mixed in with my good papers that I will use in my layouts.
I put them in a drawer - I have a huge stack of them.
When I start new pages I grab a few of those and put them on my desk with the "X" on the underside so I don't see it. Then I put my pictures and any embellies I know I'm going to use on the white paper and move it around. I work on my layouts that way until colors start popping out at me, which they will against the white.
Also I get an idea of size and dimensions I'm working with when I start with the white 12 x 12 paper.
Then I re-file the white paper that came in the protectors and substitute the patterned paper or cardstock.
Sometimes I do leave them in the page protectors, if I have two back-to-back pages with brads, or with ribbon wrapping around the edges, to help slide them in easier, like a shoehorn, and to keep the pages from catching on each other.
One of the sets of post bound protectors, the paper inside one had a different tinge color to it. I tested it with my pH tester and it came up in acidic levels. I THINK it was paper studio brand? Might have been another one. So regardless, I now toss all those white flimsy sheets.
I use the white paper to experiment on like the others have said. When I get a large collection of them I take them to school and use them in my classroom for projects or donate them to our art teacher.
I never thought about starting a page on white paper and them picking my colored paper. I will have to give that a try.