Scrapbooking FAQs: Can I Mix Sizes of Paper for My Scrapbook?

by Lain Ehmann on December 27, 2011

I’ve been getting a lot of beginner scrapbooking questions lately, and while much of my audience consists of people who have been around the scrapbooking block a time or two (but who DEFINITELY do NOT show their age!), I thought I’d spend some time over the next months addressing some of these newbie scrapper questions. After all, we’ve all been there, at the point where we weren’t sure what was “okay” and what might get us reported to the scrapbooking police (note: There is no scrapbooking police. I promise, even if you use non-archival-safe products in your albums, Becky Higgins, Ali Edwards and I will NOT show up on your doorstep to chastise you. Sorry).

Anyway, on to the questions. The first one I got was, “Can I mix sizes of paper for my scrapbook?”

The short answer is YES!

The long answer is YES, IF YOU WANT TO!

While we used to be limited to a choice between 8.5×11 and 12×12 pages, scrapbooks are now versatile enough to handle just about any size of paper you can dish out.

Here are some guidelines:

-If you’re making your own scrapbook from scratch, using binder rings and chipboard, then all you have to do is punch holes in the right place to make sure they fit. I create the covers first, then use them as a guide to punch holes using my Crop-a-dile. In fact, that’s what I did with my December Daily Christmas mini-album, even though it was a standard binder and I didn’t change up page sizes inside.

-If  you are using a pre-made scrapbook, go for a binder-style like these from American Crafts:

best scrapbooking albumThey come in a variety of colors, and they use standard-sized page protectors. You can mix different sizes of protectors for different pages (8.5×11, 12×12, 6×12) all in the same album seamlessly.

If you’re wondering which album to buy, buy the size that will fit the largest page you’re going to create. You may have trouble getting 12×12 pages in an 8.5×11 album, but the opposite works just fine.

Okay. Got it? Any size, design for the biggest you want to use, enjoy, no rules.

That about covers it. :) Got more questions — beginner level or more advanced? Shoot ‘em at me. I’m here to serve. :)


  • Peg in CO

    Hey Lain,
    Good idea for a series!  I just wanted you to know you have a typo in the last sentence before your Guidelines header that you probably would like to fix. :)  Don’t usually point out typos but that one is sort of a different circumstance.  Thanks for all the content!

  • Anonymous

    LOL! Got it! Thanks! That’s what I get for trying to post from the airport. ;)

  • cate

    yep, I love mixing my pages – I use AC 12×12 albums, and even add ATCs in baseball card pockets straight to the same album! I put my pages in in the order I scrap them, so I get a nice mix of events, sizes and stories!

  • Anonymous

    I think that mixture is a fun way to make the album interactive. Haven’t tried baseball card sleeves – but I will now!

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