This file has ideas for 'fancy' layouts--extend-a-page (aka 4-page spread or panorama page); mosaic pages; flip pages; memorabilia; pocket pages; portrait sleeves; etc. A few simple ideas are here so related product ideas will be together. Ideas for Puzzle Pages are in the Hobby file. Also see Peek-A-Boo Pages.


Including Memorabilia in Scrapbooks

Tips from GoldieP on how to reduce lumps caused by bulky memorabilia.

Mosaic Pages

My daughter and I have both made mosaic pages. Mine are cut with a trimmer and lined up in perfectly straight rows. Hers are cut with scissors and lined up without a straightedge. She says they look more like real mosaics. Her pages are great but when I try to do something freehand it ends up more messy than charming.

Flower Mosaic (Denny)
Iris Mosaic (Denny)
Sky, Sea, and Sand Mosaic (Kendi)

Panorama Layouts

Four-Page Spread

(These instructions use four pages and end up with a two-page spread where both pages have a fold out. You can do the same thing using only one page with one page that folds.)

There is more than one way to do this but this is what works best for me.
Lay two pages on the table as if they are open for a 2-page spread. Take 2 other pages and carefully remove the staples (stitches) with needle-nose pliers.
Next fold the staple side jeeping over right next to the jeeping (use the pages with no staples). Do NOT score it to make folding it easier--that weakens the page. If you fold carefully it is not difficult.
After you fold it lay it on the table and rub across it with your thumb a couple of times to crease is more. Have the folded jeeping on top. Leaving the jeeping folded over put a piece of photo tape the full length of the jeeping.
Keeping the jeeping folded turn the page over and lay the jeeping with tape along the outside edge of one of the pages on the table. The jeeping with tape will not be on top of the jeeping of the page on the table but right next to it. If you lap it up on the jeeping the page will not fold out correctly. If you have it too far away from the jeeping the inside edges of the pages will not match up. The best thing to do is lay it down gently until you are sure it is lined up the way you want it.
When it is lined up press down on it really hard all along where the tape is. If you can you should place a heavy book on it and let it set for 24 hours for the tape to set. Do the same with the other page. You might want to cut the small protruding point off the top and bottom of the jeeping.

I have had people do these pages several ways but they require a lot of planning. Some people use all eight surfaces for the same event but most use only 6 and use the backs of both the pages on the table for something else. When working on the pages it seems easiest to lay the pages on the table with the 2 fold over pages folded up. The two pages showing at that point will have the intro stuff on them (party invitation, play program, Christmas eve, etc). Then open the foldout pages and do a four page spread of the event.
If you really wanted to get fancy you could make a peek-a-boo page out of one or both of the two foldout pages.
To put on the page protector just slide it on the foldout part and onto the page and then put another one on the foldout part.


This is just an example--it could be varied in hundreds of ways. This ides is for a visit to a marine animal park. Take a sheet of nautical blue paper and cut it in two pieces lengthwise.
One piece should be about an inch wider than the other. On both pieces use the ocean wave ruler to cut waves along one of the long edges. The widest piece is adhered to the bottom of your scrapbook page. (There will be a little gap on each side but it will be covered later. Take the other piece of blue paper and split it in the middle (vertically). Fold under the right edge of the right side piece and the left edge of the left side piece between 1/4 to 1/2 inches.
Next put a piece of photo tape on the folded under section of each of the two top pieces. Adhere that to the scrapbook page--be sure to get the fold right up against the jeeping, otherwise you may have a problem with your page protector.
The next step is to open the two extended sections and arrange things on the page. The one we saw used the sea creature stickers on the blue--both inside and out--but you could use photos. Then you close the sections and decorate the outside of them. The two sections do not meet in the middle. In order to cover that distance they used a dolphin die-cut. It was adhered to the left extension. After you complete the other side of the page you fold out the extensions and put on the page protector. In order to keep the page from flapping use a small piece of tape runner on the page protector. It opens and closes many times before the sticky wears off. You could use small photo corners on the page protector to hold the bottom corners of the two extensions. On a water page it would look good using two different colors of blue.

Flip Pages

Flip Pages

Mat the last page of the computer generated stories so you have a nice border. Now you have your last page ready to receive the next to last page. Use photo mounting tape across the top of the last page and place the next to last page on top. Now you have two pages attached at the top. Then follow with the next to next to last page and so on. When you get to the top or first page you put the first page in a photo sleeve. Then you mount the first page at the top as you did with the other pages. Now your pages are protected. This can then all be held down by large clear corner mounts at bottom corners. You can release the corners any time you want to read the stories.
This can also be done as a side mounting rather than top mounting. Just be sure to leave the needed margins when you do your printout onto acid free paper. (This would work best if the top page was a little larger than all the others and you would probably want to make a paper hinge for the top page.
Note: I put paper hinges on all my flip pages. I cut a piece of acid free typing paper or white photo paper the length of the photo sleeve and an inch or less wide. Fold the paper in half lengthwise. You can have the hinge totally under where it won't show or enclosing the edge of the sleeve--check to see which looks the best. Adhere the hinge first to the sleeve with photo mounting tape and then to the page using photo mounting tape.

Portrait Sleeves

Picture Pocket Pages

(These ideas are for the old CM picture pocket pages--not the portrait sleeves. They will work with any albums that have top-loading page protectors).

One thing the pocket pages are good for is to make a quick (and possibly) temporary album. Maybe you are going to a family reunion or making an album to display at a wedding, graduation, etc. You may want to be able to rearrange or dismantle the album later.
Another idea is to keep a pocket page in the back of an album to temporarily store things you need to include in the album.
Also you could make a really neat coffee table type album. Just take the pocket pages and decorate each of them for a different month, season or occasion - using 2-page spreads for Christmas and things like that. When you first make it put your most recent pictures in the album. Starting the next January you would replace the photos as the year goes on.
If you are always behind on your albums that would be a way to display photos until you were ready to put them in your permanent albums.
A similar idea would be to make pages for the various branches of your family as well as neighbors, church friends, etc. Keep the most current photos of them in the album--along with greeting cards, invitations, etc.

Pocket Pages

Pocket Pages/Portrait Sleeves

Vertical Pocket Pages

(based on an idea by GoldieP)
This type of pocket page has the opening at the staple edge so you can put a page protector on and still get at the pocket. Also, when the book is closed, nothing can fall out.

1. For the front of the pocket use 12x12 or 10x12 card stock. If you use 12 x 12 cut a shallow dip in the edge that will be next to the jeeping. If you use 10 x 12 either trim the edge with decorative scissors or adhere die-cuts to the edge (letting them stick out about an inch).
2. Put coordinating paper on the scrapbook page near the jeeping so the white page doesn't show.
3. Put photo mounting tape on three sides of the card stock (except the side next to the jeeping). Adhere the pocket to the page.
4. Press down well where the tape is (do this with the pocket page not in the album.)
5. Let set 24 hours before using so the photo tape will be less likely to pull apart.
6. Put titles, photos, etc on the front of the pocket.
7. Put stuff in the pocket, and put a page protector on the page.

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