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Tips for Storing Lumpy Scrapbook Pages

Here’s a great question about lumpy pages from a Scrapbook Ideas reader (she was asking about hybrid pages, but this applies to traditional scrapbook pages as well):

I’m curious about what you do with the layouts after you have transformed them. Do they go in a shadowbox or a frame without glass or are they slim enough to fit in an album? – Stephanie

Here is a little list of tips and tricks I have picked up along the way (lots of them from other Prima Hybrid flower girls). I’m sure there are more great ideas out there, so please add yours in the comments section if you have them :)!!

Tips for Storing Lumpy Scrapbook Pages

  • Firstly, if you are storing your pages in albums, it is best to store your albums vertically, rather than stacked in a pile. This will take some of the weight off of your pages and they will be less likely to get indents and/or crushed embellishments. Also, try not to store them too tightly packed together for the same reasons.
  • You can store lumpy pages in top-loading plastic page protectors, but you may need to trim a bit off the edges if they are really thick. Make sure the album and page protectors are nice and thick, so they will stand the test of time.
  • You might also want to try storing only on page in each page protector (instead of two back-to-back). This is also works well if you have journalling on the back of your page, as I often do.
  • You won’t be able to fit as many pages into your album if they are lumpy, so be prepared to either buy a larger capacity album or use multiple albums. 
  • The album might start to fan out a bit too much if the binding is too narrow. When using post-bound albums, you can remedy this problem by adding extra spacers between the pages. Post-bound albums usually come with some cardboard strips in between the pages, so you can add more of these. I have also heard that strips of craft foam work well as spacers too.
  • If you use a binder instead of a post-bound album, the pages will have more room to breathe, plus it is easier to take the pages out and change the order of your pages this way.
  • Super lumpy pages might look best on display instead of putting them in an album. They can be framed, or clipped to a wire strung between two pegs on a wall, or placed on a plate stand, etc. But make sure to use extra strong glue, or the embellishments might fall off (yes this has happened to me)! Also, this isn’t the best idea for family heirloom photos, as there will be more damage over time from light, dust, etc.

Here’s one of my lumpy scrapbook pages :). I made this with the beautiful Harmony Collection, by Doris Castle, and it was on display in Prima’s booth at CHA Winter ’08 :).

OK, have I missed anything? I’d love to hear your solutions too, so please share :)!!!

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4 responses to “Tips for Storing Lumpy Scrapbook Pages

  1. Stephanie July 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for responding, Jess =) I may have to try one of these! Love the way you use Scripture in your scrapping!

  2. luvfromindia July 10, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    This is an awesome page…it gives such beautiful perspective of the verse.

  3. karooch July 11, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Some great tips there Jess. I usually store mine inpage protectors in albums which I store vertically. It’s best if you trim the cardstock down before you start your layout (I always forget unfortunately) because then you don’t have any problems with ribbon that you’ve wound around to the back of the page or elements that you’ve stuck too close to the edge.

    Good point Karen! -Jess

  4. Scrapping Servant July 23, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I love all the elements in this layout, they are beautiful!

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