I have a basic question about background paper. Do you usually glue the paper onto the pages that come with the album? Or do you use your own paper and get rid of the ones they give you with the album? I have always glued my own paper onto the pages that come with the album. Most of the time, the background paper I want to use is not sturdy enough to be the foundation for the page. Even when using colored card stock for the background, I don't always want the page on the other side to be the same color. One of my friends told me that some albums don't even come with the white pages anymore because most people just use their own paper. Also, if you do glue the paper to the white pages, what kind of adhesive do you use?
I remove all the white inserts, but I keep them. I use them for practice, or often print my own backgrounds on them with my wide format printer. They could also be stamped, misted, etc. to use for the base paper. Sometimes I cut embellishments out of them. Anyway, I save and use the inserts.
If you're using pp, you'll have two in one protector (one for each side's lo), so it is sturdy enough w/o using the white sheet. With cardstock, sometimes I use both sides, but again, often use a different pp or cs on the other side. There is room in most protectors for two pieces of cardstock, plus embellishments.~Judy
I also remove the white inserts and save them for inking, gluing, etc., to save on mess. Like mrsdriver5 says, if you use 2 pages back to back you should be fine. I use a lot of embellishments so I can sometimes only fit one in an insert but I like working on a heavier cardstock for my backgrounds.
I ditch the white sheets. I layer a lot of cardstock on my layouts and they can get a big thick. I don't need the extra bulk.
When I start to work on a new layout I put one of the white sheets on my scrap table and arrange my photos, embellies, etc. Then after that I can match my patterned paper and cardstock becuase the colors kind of jump off the page at me.
Then I transfer everything to the paper I've chosen and put the white paper aside to start my next layout.
I know with CM albums you can buy pages or you can buy side loading sleeves. In the past I have always bought pages but I have started using the side loading pages and I love them. With the side loading pages you use your own paper. With the regular pages you have to glue your paper down. When I attach paper I just attach it with the CM tape. I have pages that have lasted for 10 years with this method
I leave the white sheet in and slip my layout in front of it. Since I use thick embellishments I can only fit one layout in each page protector. I like the finished uniform look of all my layouts having a white back. Plus it hides things like the back of brads, etc...
Also if I do not journal on the front of my layout I add a pretty journaling tag/card to the back on the white sheet.
There are no rules; it's just preference, I guess. I never use those inserts - it just makes the page protector bulkier, to my way of thinking. I use those inserts for cutting mats for my photos, when I use them at all.
Some like to keep the white pages between LO's to make them more sturdy. I myself keep the pages as you never know when you might need some white paper. If you do choose to attach your LO to the white cardstock, Zig glue dots are great as they can be repositioned or removed later on.
When I have protectors that have the white inserts, I like to leave them in for two reasons - a bit of added stability when putting the first layout in, and a way to keep the backs of two layouts from snagging on each other (ribbon, eyelet backs, brad backs, etc) when putting the second layout in.
I use the white (or black - I have both) inserts as card-stock. It's perfectly sturdy enough for something which is going to be put in a page protector with another LO behind it. It's also good for matting photos, as it adds contrast without too much bulk. And it's free. Well, paid-for!
I generally keep it in until I know how thick my pages will be. If they are sturdy enough to stand up well on their own, I remove the paper and use it as "free" cardstock.
If my pages are kind of flimsy, I keep it but I don't adhere my page with any adhesive. That way, I only need the one sturdy sheet to support two back-to-back flimsy LO's, but still have the option of moving those same LO's to other places in the album. In other words, two back-to-back pages don't end up in that permanent condition and can be separated from each other.
WHen I get the white inserts out of the protectors the first thing I do is put an "X" on one side so I don't accidently use them in a layout and pick one up instead of my white cardstock.
Then I use them to start all my layouts. I have over 30 layouts on one of my tables right now that I am working on and each is on a piece of the white insert paper.
Once I do that, the colors jump out at me and I start getting ideas. Once I start arranging them on the white a bit I get ideas for how I want the layout to look and can get the paper I'm actually going to use. But when I lay them out on the insert paper I get a good idea of size of photos and how manhy on a page and what I want on it. That does more for me that laying the photos I want to use on the table.