The accepted standard size for scrapbooking is 12inches by 12 inches.
I’m not sure why that’s it standard, but it is.
12×12 albums don’t fit comfortably on any bookcase of livingroom shelving unit that I know of. They always stick out, inviting someone to bang into them.
I guess the size has something to to with having enough space to position several standard sized photos on the page together with embellishments. And a square is, generally speaking, an easier format to work with than a rectangle.
And as we’ve moved towards digital scrapbooking, we’ve kept the same sizing convention.
Most digital scrapbookers create their layouts in a 12×12 format. Including myself!
And the bizarre thing is that, unless we send them to a commercial printer to print out, we need to resize them down to 8×8 to fit them on our home printer.
Is it just me or does this sound crazy?
And I’m not poking my finger at other scrapbookers here. This is what I do too! I always scrap at 12×12 and resize for printing. And my layouts look great in the smaller size. And the 8×8 albums fit perfectly on my bookcase and look good too.
So does someone have the answer as to why we do it?
I know there are alternative shapes to scrap with; 8.5 inches x 10 inches or A4 size. And I’ve tried layouts in those formats. But I have to say I’m not really comfortable with them. I do prefer the square format.
So what are your views?
Are you a 12×12 scrapper or do you have another preferred format?
And does anyone know who started this scrapbook idea of a 12×12 standard?
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