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OlesyaK.
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Okay this may be a stupid question, however..
How do you put your single layouts in an album? I'm a relative beginner (in number of pages, if not in years) and have done mostly duals or matching singles and they look great in an album when displayed side by side. But recently I've scrapped a few singles, and can't get used to having two pages of different style and color next to each other in an album. So .. the question is - do you put one layout per protector and pair it with a blank? or do you find two matching in color? what's the best way to display single layouts in an album?


 
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The different colors, patterns, etc... doesn't bother me at all. I just place the layouts in the albums in chronological order.

Of course I haven't done that in a while, place them in albums, because I don't scrap chronologically so I found I was constantly moving layouts around! No bueno!!

Now I just have a huge stack of completed layouts waiting for the day when I will finally place them in albums (which means NEVER! LOL!)


Edited by Doreena on 08-13-12 10:27 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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  • GMFTS on 08-13-12 10:37 AM
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Doreena that is what I am like...but jsut before I moved this spring a friend put all my los in albums in no particular order..which is no more random than they were. :lol;

When I actually do put los in my album I don't mind at all if they 'match' or go together or whatever.


 
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I always find this question funny as when I look through a scrapbook, I never look at both pages together. I always look at one at a time and so when it is a double page it takes me a little while to realise I guess it's just the way different minds work and see things. I would just go for it and stick them in there


 
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I've never done matching layouts. Now and again, I'll do the odd double spread, but 99% of my pages are stand alone and that's the way I like it.


 
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It doesn't bother me at all to have two LOs next to each other that totally do not match at all. Then again I do too many LOs to try and put non-matching ones on their own page--my albums would be HUGE...and they are already too big!


 
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Since I consider 1 page (or 2 max) as a story told, it's never bothered me to have non-matching pages beside each other. If anything, it helps me understand that any given short story has been told, and I'm moving onto the next one.


 
OlesyaK.
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  • SuperAllyFan Said:
I always find this question funny as when I look through a scrapbook, I never look at both pages together. I always look at one at a time and so when it is a double page it takes me a little while to realise I guess it's just the way different minds work and see things. I would just go for it and stick them in there


yes, i guess you are right) when I looked at my layout on its own it was just fine, but when I stuck it in the album and started flipping, and after 4 doubles came two separate pages, it threw me off completely! It still feels weird. I guess, it's either all singles or all doubles, then it works.
How about 8*8 then? the pages are smaller and it's easier for the eyes to capture both pages, isn't it?


 
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@MommaSaid:
great point about "story told", I haven't though of it that way,, but then not every story can fit onto one page, can it? ))


 
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It doesn't worry me in the slightest if the facing pages don't match. Even if I have photos from the same day or the same event on facing pages, if I make the LOs at different times they might be completely different. Even in a themed album I might use different colours on facing pages, but they would at least tone if not match.

It's art-work. I wouldn't care if 2 pictures on the same wall matched, so why would it matter if my scrap books match?


 
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No, that's very true. Each of DS's birthdays has spanned about five pages; but each aspect is no more than two pages. Ultimately, the page for blowing out the candles ends up right beside some wholly different topic, though. And then, there are multiple single pages after that; all very different in color; paper choice, arrangement of photo(s). Still, a story told is a story told.


 
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One pagers drive me nuts. I've only ever done 2 one pagers. Even during the national scrapbook day challanges I did 2 page lo's.

I can always find a way to make it two page lo. I always take that into account when buying paper too. lol

Probably some day when I put my lo's in an actual book i'll end up doing a single as that 1st page and last page.

But I just can't help it and have to do 2 pagers!


 
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I'm also a two-pager. The 1st page is my title page for the album and the last page...if I ever finish an entire album, will be an index of the people in the album. As I work on pages, I put the people in the lo into a spreadsheet. Eventually it will show a small picture of each person w/complete name, dob/dod, address, relationship, etc., then it will be printed on the final page. This keeps me from explaining who everyone is on every page and 100 yrs. from now maybe it will all make sense to someone.

My other pages I like to at least coordinate. I have so many pics that I don't want to force a page just so it comes out even, but I make them at least similar in colors/tones & emotion. I wouldn't put a crazy one with a serious one~


 
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Non-matching pages drive me nuts, too. I am like MrsDriver, the only 1-pagers I do are first pages of albums. I look at each turn of the page as a new story, not each page separately.


 
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I am a chronological scrapbooker so matching layouts don't bother me at all. Especially when I am doing my yearly album. I just scrap the layouts and put them in the album. The majority of my pages are singele layouts. Every once in a while I do a two page layout. I think it all depends on how you scrapbook. I think people that scrapbook by theme might have a problem scrapbooking single layouts.


 
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I used to be a two-pager, going so far as to have a similar theme (color, events, etc.) throughout each book. I tried a one-pager one day and it was so liberating! I no long worry about the flow of my album. As a bonus, it turns out that my family didn't even notice the change from all 2-pages to mostly 1-pages until I pointed it out to them.


 
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I am trying to scrap more stories, not just events....still, most of my pages end up in chronological order (I do mostly single LOs). So even if it's 2 separate pages, they end up sort of going together because they'll most probably both be winter pages or spring time of year or summer etc...IYKWIM? There will be similar colours, papers etc. even if they don't match exactly.
That doesn't bother me....but if the pages were very, very different, that would probably bother me (like a halloween page with dark colours next to a summer beach page for instance).....When I first turn a page, I do notice the two pages together, then I look at each page individually.....

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I'm a chronological scrapper to - I do one pagers and two pagers. So if I do a one pager I put another one pager next to it and it never matches. But to me that makes the scrapbook interesting.

I have one book that is labeled "Friends and Family index" or something like that. It is an 8 1/2 x 11 book and I made a template and put everyone who is in one of my scrapbooks in it.

When we have guests they can find their name in the index and see what books contains layouts with them in it. Works great.

Some people are in 5 or 6 different books and they can find the books easily with their pictures. The index also tells the subject of the layout so they know if it was Christmas or just playing with their dogs.

The pages are not numbered but still, the index tells which book so they can still find them easily.


 
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It doesn't bother me in the slightest if pages don't match or coordinate.

The idea of putting a blank page next to a single LO just so as not to have non-matching pages facing each other seems a bit odd, not to mention a waste or space.

To my mind some events really would be stretched to cover 2 pages, one works much better for me on those occasions so I guess I've never thought of it as an issue at all.



 
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I do two pages for a lot of things, but my frequent one-pagers are why I plan out entire albums in advance, to keep everything in order. With my everyday albums, which I do more or less as things happen, I manage to work things out. I really dislike doing odd numbers other than 1 page, though I successfully managed to do a 5-page in my DC album. Another strategy I use to manage things that require three pages is to use fold-out page protectors.


 
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I've only done 1 page los. I never thought of doing 2 pages together. I guess I can only concentrate on 1 page at a time so I scrap that way. I don't have mine in albums yet. I took them all out to put them in some kind of order and to spice some up. Not sure how I'm going to put them back in but they will be in some order of such.


 
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I almost always do 2 pagers, but sometimes a single photo cries out for its own page. Or maybe I only have 2 or 3 pics of an event so I'll do one page. It doesn't bother me that the pages don't match. I know the people in the albums love the stories that go with each page, so it works for me.


 
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I usually do 2 page layouts. My preference is 8.5 x 11 size and with my 2 page spread I have more scrap area than one 12 x 12. This makes sense to me!!! Ha!


 
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I am a 2 pager girl. I like the coordinating look, and most of my stories will span both pages. I just could never get into the one pager.
But I think if I ever did one...I would put a coordinating piece of paper in the protector on the other side.


 
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Don't care, don't care, don't care....


My pages go in my albums chronologically.
Many are single pages.
Most do NOT match the facing page. That facing page also may not be 'permanent' either. Since I don't scrap chronologically, the order of my pages change.


If it bothers you, DON'T create single pages.


 
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One thing I do a lot - sometimes I will have a one pager and I never leave the one next to it blank. If the next layouts are an uneven number I will do the first page of that layout kind of like a title page for the next series of layouts.

I do that a lot when scrapping cruises or trips.

I will have a one-page layout on the left and the next page will be like a title page for the next port or event and then I have two facing pages next of the same event to go with the title page.

When I do that I try to coordinate the paper or the layout of the title page and ones following that go with it.

Kind of like little mini scrapbooks within one big book.

But to answer your question - I would never leave a scrapbook page empty no matter what it is next to.


 
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Ditto to all that Henri said~


 
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well it looks like most of you gals either do doubles or singles, but no one cares about being matchy matchy.. i guess i'll just have to suck it up and get used to it LOL))
anyway, no more matchy scrapping for me)
and the best part - I won't have to think how to stretch one pretty piece of background paper over two pages )))


 
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Although I prefer my two pages to go together, if the left side is the end of one occasion and the right is the beginning of a different one, I still like them to at least co-ordinate a bit, so I often use some of the left side paper as a mat or embellishment on the right side. Even if I only have 1 piece of the left-side paper, I cut pieces from behind pictures to use, at least for photo corners or something to bring the two pages together. It's easy to take parts of the two pages & use them in small ways on the opposing page.

Obviously many don't care if they co-ordinate at all, so whatever fits your style...go for it! If the way you do it makes you happy, then it's the right way.


 
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I don't like cutting pieces in the back since it then starts to catch onto the edges if you slide it in/out of protectors. tape it maybe? but you are right, it's a great idea to use a coordinating pattern, even if the detail is small , the pages won't look too odd.
I'm enjoying making singles, they are faster and easier to look at, it just threw me off for a bit - I was flipping the album and stumbled.. i like the whole album to be a story, to flow - not just one page.


 
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The reason I only do the 2 page lo's is so the page next to it matches as it's made with the same papers and embellies.


 
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Both pages made with a little bit of the same papers. I actually had cut paper out of the red back cardstock that the green patterned paper is over and used those peices in the rest of the Lo
Christmas By Cindyckj

If you do any pages with any dimension like even adding photos to the lo can cause the page to catch on things. Just have to be careful but once they are in a page protector you don't usually have to worry about things catching.


Edited by Cindyckj on 08-16-12 09:17 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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  • OlesyaK. Said:
I don't like cutting pieces in the back since it then starts to catch onto the edges if you slide it in/out of protectors.


Do you not use brads either then?


 
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I hate to waste paper, especially the pretty stuff, so that's why I usually cut out behind pictures. I agree with others, any photos or embellishments I add can easily get caught when sliding the lo into the page protector, but once they're in, no more worries.

I also put my adhesive pretty close to the edges, which is why I get good use from my adhesive eraser. I probably shouldn't be left alone with glue/adhesive since I manage to make a mess with it, no matter how careful I try to be. :>)


 
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  • aquabunny Said:

Do you not use brads either then?


yep, brads, buttons, dimensional stickers, ribbon, whatever. I don't know how to explain it, but when i put the finished layout in a protector, I curve it inside a little bit, so the dimensional things on the face page don't snag or get in the way. and it works great if the back is smooth - it just slides right in. but when the back is pieced together or cut out - both sides snag! is there a trick to filing those pages?


 
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What I meant was that brads also create snaggy things on the backs of layouts, and that if you avoid cutting from the middle of your backing paper, I thought maybe you avoided brads for that reason as well.

If I have snaggy stuff, such as the ends of ribbon, or brad backs, I make use of the plain cardstock some of the manufacturers put in their page protectors, holding that to the back of the layout while sliding it in.


 
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I don't think i ever did brads on the main background paper - only on embellishments, and the backs weren't in the back, if you know what i mean)
I'll have to try the cardstock trick - that might actually work) maybe it will work for the front of the page too!


 
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  • aquabunny Said:


If I have snaggy stuff, such as the ends of ribbon, or brad backs, I make use of the plain cardstock some of the manufacturers put in their page protectors, holding that to the back of the layout while sliding it in.



You can also just use a regular sheet of cardstock. Put it in with the layout and then once the layout is in, slip the cardstock back out


 
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Well, yeah. But I usually have some of those inserts laying around.


 
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Hehe
I use AC 3 Ring albums and they don't come with inserts.


 
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I use the HL Paper Studio inserts for my pages and they come with white paper for the insert pages.


 
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Actually, it is a great question!! As much as I prefer double layouts, sometimes it is just not feasible. I don't mind scrapping an event, having the last page on it's own with the page beside it starting the next "story." I don't always scrap in order and may find out I have an odd blank page between events. When that happens, I may do a layout with a poem or song lyrics with embellishments , or a fun "kodak moment" page just to show off extra pictures before or after starting the next set of layouts. Artwork (or copied artwork), certificates, etc. are also good "odd page" fillers!


 
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I have been a two page LO girl!! But I want to try one page LO's. I just need to focus on where I want to start/: I have so many pics and I'm just bouncing from one project to the next lol!!(:


 
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I do single lo's of my girls all the time. I don't have a system, but I may try to balance the album out by displaying one page for one child and the next the other child. Don't over think it.


 
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Most of what I do is 1 page layouts. It does bug me if MY pages don't match. It doesn't have to be the same collection or brand, but I doo like my album to follow a theme. Like vintage or shabby chic or whatever. But those are my albums. It doesn't bother me if other people's album don't match.


 
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The two albums I have going are my faith album and my Book of Me. I do one and two page layouts for both, and since there is no real order to the albums, I just put the layouts in my albums as I finish them. So most of my singe page layouts don't match each other.

Jen


 
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