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Topic: New to scrapbooking...do I have to use page protectors?  (Read 4135 times)
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« on: July 17, 2009 12:15:03 AM »

Hey there! I just discovered the joys of scrapbooking, and am making a book for my boyfriend and I's anniversary. I bought a nice album on sale at Joann's, and it came with page protectors. The bad thing is, when I put just the pages in it seemed to be a tight fit. The pages sort of curl up and don't lay flat, if that makes sense at all. When I add 3d effects they really seem bunched up and really make things bulgy. Any way to fix this, or how do I not use page protectors?

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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009 03:43:46 PM »

I have that problem sometimes and the best solution I have is to trim the edges of the paper so they are slightly smaller than the protectors. Sometimes the sizes of paper and sleeves are not exactly perfect. There's not much you can do about crinkly sleeves if you make 3D pages...

If you didn't want to use sleeves then you would have to find some kind of cardstock that is at least 1/2 inch wider than your scrapbook paper, punch holes in it to fit the scrapbook and probably cut separaters to put in-between them where it's bound so that you have some space in between pages for your 3D stuff. I've done this before and it's very time consuming. Plus, without protectors it's much easier to mess up all the hard work you did on each page!!
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009 09:47:16 PM »

I trim my 12x12 pages at least 1/4" on the width to allow for embellishment bulk. It seems to work, and so much easier to do before you start (than going back to trim bulky pages).
Without page protectors stuff gets really bunged up...I have all album from 9 years ago that I made and the trims are curling and stuff has fallen off- now I am going to have to go back and do damage control.
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2009 05:48:35 PM »

Yay! The trimming on each page made everything fit perfectly, and no tight squeezes. Thanks a bunch guys!

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2009 08:49:07 AM »

to also answer your question. No you do NOT have to use page protectors all the time. Once you get into your "scrappin" mojo, you will discover so many cool ways to give your pages some 3d effects, or have texture, or even add flaps.  thats when you don't want to use page protectors obviously, because you want the reader to touch your book and become "involved"
I would have to say, only half of my scrapbooks, do I really use page protectors.
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2009 06:22:26 PM »

The page protectors will keep your scrapbook looking nice and clean and fresh for years to come... loose pages get grubby and bits fall off them over time. Your pages are looking bulgy and wrinkled because not all papers are exactly the same size. Your sheet protectors should have come with sheets of plain white cardstock sitting in them - measure one of these sheets carefully, and then trim up your other pages to the same size and they should fit in better.

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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2009 03:16:15 AM »

personally i like the chewed up edges that my mini albums get....shows age and history

i scrap in every way you can imagine...i use the method that works best for what i want....thats what you will eventually do without even thinking, use the way that works best...not the *right* way or the *perfect* way....your way

im glad the advice worked and your album is fixed Smiley

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