Amy Kingsford Makes 8.5″ x 11″ Scrapbook Layouts | Motivated to Scrapbook

Amy enjoys the saved time and new sense of focus that designing in 8.5 x 11 gives her.

Amy Kingsford recently moved from making scrapbook layouts on a 12″ x 12″ square canvas to using the 8.5 x 11″ format.

When you come upon a new technique, product, story approach, design challenge or just SOMETHING that gets you excited, you often find that the the creating comes easier and faster. You start using this new “cool thing” again and again because it results in great looking pages, treasured stories recorded, or just more joy in the work. Find out what “cool thing” has Amy Kingsford excited to create currently.

Amy’s cool thing right now is making 8.5″ x 11″ pages

Scrapbooking on an 8.5″ x 11″ canvas isn’t exactly a new concept, but, says Amy, “it was definitely one that I had mixed feelings about.  Though I was intrigued by the possibilities of cutting down on time, printing my own pages and spending less on page protectors–I was also terrified about losing all of that extra design space.”

She was finally motivated to give the smaller canvas a try with a design team assignment to use 8.5″ x 11″ templates.  “After doing a few pages with the templates, it was like looking at my memory keeping with a fresh pair of eyes. I was in love with the new look.”

Amy says, “Silly for Spiderman was one of my first 8.5″ x 11″ pages, made with a template.  I wanted it to be a very story-focused page so used minimal embellishments with elements, colors and patterns that drew attention to my photos and reinforced their meaning.  In the end I came away with a clean page and a clear story–two things that had not always been huge priorities for me in my scrapbooking, but that I’m now committed to exploring.”

Silly for Spiderman by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Sahlin Studio: Project Mouse Papers and Elements, Project Mouse Character Word Bits, Project Mouse: Character Cards, Subtle Stamped Alpha; Robyn Meierotto: In Stitches: Bright Basics, Cut. It. Out Stitched Frames; Simple Scrapper: Template from Premium Collection.

Scrapbooking in 8.5 x 11″ saves time and improves focus. 

Amy has seen both the amount of time that she spends making pages and the focus of her pages shift as she works on a smaller canvas.  “In the beginning I was scared that less space meant less choices and therefore a less creative page overall.  That hasn’t happened, though.  Instead, working in a smaller space, has translated into more focus on the parts of my memory keeping that truly matter and more creativity as far as experimenting with new design options.”

Just Me and You, is more true to my own (less clean) style and a perfect example of how I was able to take the things I loved about the 8.5 x 11″ format  and integrate them into my process.  This page combines my love for embellishing with a strong design and an improved focus on my journaling and photos.  I feel that even though there is lot more on this page, there is still no question about the focus.”

Just Me and You… by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Crystal Livesay: Fun With Shapes V. 3 – Circles; The Ardent Sparrow: Let’s Go Papers and Elements; Creashens: Griddy Frames; Gennifer Bursett: Fly Away Wood Grain 

You don’t need new supplies to scrapbook in 8.5 x 11″ 

“Whenever we make a big shift in our memory keeping process or even when we decide to try something new there is always that feeling that we’ll have to buy all new stuff or some anxiety about our current supplies going to waste.  Happily I did not experience any change in the supplies I was using only a shift in how I approached them.”

  • I combined my 8.5″ x 11″ pages with my 12″ x 12″ pages in my albums.
  • I sewed and cut down my remaining page protectors to size.
  • I cropped and re-sized templates, papers, borders, etc. to work with my smaller canvas.  

“And on some of my supplies I was even saving money:”  

  • I found that I was using digital kits more than once because I wasn’t putting as many of my favorite patterned papers and embellishments onto a single page.  
  • I was printing my pages at home and started actually getting them into albums.
  • And, let’s face it, 8.5″ x 11″ page protectors are less expensive than 12″ x 12″.  

Always Watching by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Amy Martin Designs: Templates: Listen Up and Need More Stitching 5; One Little Bird Designs: Stay Tuned; Fonts: Homestead and New Courier

Give 8.5 x 11″ a try

It was templates that inspired Amy to try out her “cool new thing,” and she’s offering a few free sketches and templates for anyone who wants to give the 8.5″ x 11″ page format a try.  Who knows you might love it too! 

lettertemplate-PREVDownload sketch/template zip file here

The Perfect Egg by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: LetterTemplate A by Amy Kingsford; Jenn Barette: Kinda Awesome; One Little Bird Designs: Sweater Waether and Meadowlark; Sahlin Studio: Key to My Heart Elements, Rejuvenate, Insta Frames and Treasured Memories.


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Amy writes for and administers the Get It Scrapped blog. She’s also our Creative Team Coordinator and a teacher at Masterful Scrapbook Design.

Amy Kingsford is a happy wife and blessed mother from Northern Utah. In addition to her work here at Get It Scrapped, she also teaches at Creative Passion Classes and shares ideas, inspiration, and instruction on creative approaches to modern scrapbooking and papercrafting at her site

14 Responses to Amy Kingsford Makes 8.5″ x 11″ Scrapbook Layouts | Motivated to Scrapbook

  1. TamiTaylor April 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Awesome! You always rock my scrappy world lady.

  2. Sondra April 16, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Love the idea about scrapping the TV shows. There has only been one show in my daughter’s whole life that all three of us want to watch religiously… Once Upon a Time. Thanks for the reminder that I should probably get that memory down before it is forgotten!!!

    And I’m an 8 1/2 x 11 gal too! Cardstock from the office supply stores SOOOO much cheaper than 12 x 12 from the LSS!!!

  3. TeresaD April 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Thanks for the article Amy, I love your examples. I have been thinking of trying this size for printed books. I find that 12×12 is just too big to put on shelves and I think 8×8 are too small. So I was thinking that 8.5×11 would be a nice compromise between the two.

  4. Julie (MaggieMae) April 20, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Thanks so much for the templates. I used to scrap a lot in 8.5×11 and then, for some reason, switched to square. It’s going to be fun going back to my old format!!

  5. ScrappinEweRobyn (Robyn) April 21, 2013 at 5:00 am #

    Thanks for all the ideas!!! I am a 81/2×11 scrapper for the same reassons. I also take my some of my scrapbooks out into the public’s eye sooooo 81/2×11 is easier to carry.

  6. Emily Wilke April 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    I just challenged myself to make a scrapbook about myself all in 8 1/2 x 11. I finished my first page and just love it! Can’t wait to try out the sketches!

  7. Amy Kingsford April 21, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Wow so great to hear you guys are enjoying the the templates and getting some fun ideas from the article! Thanks for all you kind words :)

  8. scrapper2 April 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I’d like to try this so I can print my pages out. Do you mind if I ask what printer you use? Do you use archival paper for printing? Thanks!

    • granny5pics April 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      We’ve had HP PhotoSmart printers. The last one, 5.5 years old, I wore out! The cartridge-moving cable frayed. I liked that one a lot! When using the HP PhotoSmart ink, they say to use their HP Advanced photo paper and the ink will not run if it gets wet. I use their Everyday photo paper, put my prints in sheet protectors, and things have been fine.

    • Amy Kingsford May 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      Hi there! Sorry about the delay in my response…I just use my Epson Workforce and make sure I set it to best quality and set the specific paper type…believe me it makes a HUGE difference! And as far as paper I use basic double-side photo paper for printing. It is acid-free, but its nothing fancy.

  9. granny5pics April 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    I’ve used 8.5×11/11×8.5 since I first started digi scrapping. I like to immediately see my creation printed, let alone being a lot less expensive all around. I have made some 12×12’s, but when I want them smaller, I resize to 8.5×8.5 and add a border cluster or a column of 3 small pics of my subject matter, usually grandkids.

  10. scrapper2 May 22, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    Thanks, Amy. I’ll check out the Epson Workforce.

  11. Karen August 28, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I have also used the 8.5 x 11 format since the very beginning of digi, primarily because of cost. I use Costco photo paper and protectors which are both way cheaper than the larger size. I use an HP photosmart printer and my pages have been great. Remember to use the “Best” setting, or you may not be very happy.


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