I have recently become an 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbooker again. I did the smaller size during my high school years and then switched to 12×12, but I’ve found my way back in the last few months. I find that the smaller size is much easier for my brain to handle – 12×12 is just so big and I always ended up with awkward looking layouts because it was too much space for me to organize.
I hesitated for a long time because 8 1/2 x 11 paper selections are poor and I didn’t want to “waste” a 12×12 piece by cutting it down. I finally realized that cutting a 12×12 piece down isn’t a waste at all! I get a page and 2 big strips left over to use as scraps.
You can also put your normal 8.5 x 11 sheet in the printer and do journaling right on the page without having a special printer or going digital.
Sheet protectors are easier to find and cheaper since you can get them at Costco, and I can focus more on telling the story behind a single picture rather than trying desperately to fill a huge area without having awkward spots.
If you’ve been thinking about it, it’s time to take the plunge. You won’t be sorry!