What is Progressive Scrapbooking?

Doesn’t it sound like we have some fabulous new way to scrapbook, progressive scrapbooking? It’s actually a technique that has been around for many years, but we often forget about it. For new memory keepers, this can be a game changer. It is actually a way that you build your scrapbook page by progressing from one size to another as you create your layout.

Does the size of a scrapbook page matter?

When I first started scrapbooking, I would try to get as many photos as possible on a page, because I felt it was the most economical thing to do. We usually only worked on 12″ x 12″ pages, and sometimes it was difficult to plan out a page. When I began seeing people just using one photo one a layout, I was horrified! How could they waste all that space? Little did I know that I would begin to scrapbook in a different way, and would begin using scrapbooking as more of a way to tell my stories, and there might only be one photo. Since those many years ago, we have so many different sizes of scrapbook page options, yet 12″ x 12″ is still very popular. The first time I created pages in an 8″x 8″ album I couldn’t believe how quickly it came together. I decided it was because the page sizes were smaller and it was easier to design a layout. The same held true when I did some little 6″ x 6″ albums. They were a breeze! How do you take the speed of creating smaller layouts and apply it to larger pages?

How to use the progressive scrapbooking technique

As you stare at that blank page, you may be wondering how you will fill the page in a way that you will be pleased with in the end. This is where ‘progressive scrapbooking’ comes into play. Here is a quick formula you can start with, and obviously you can change it up as you see fit.

First, create a simple 6″ x 6″ layout.

Step one of progressive scrapbook page

Next, take that layout and layer it onto an 8.5″ x 11″ page to create a combined layout. Now you can begin to add more embellishments.

step two of progressive scrapbook page

Finally, take that layout and place it on a 12″ x 12″ page, adding more photos and embellishments. Voila! You have effortlessly created a 12″ x 12″ layout!

progressive scrapbook page

That’s it! You’re done before you know it. Memory keeping should be enjoyable, so use little tips like this to make it easy.

Cheers to YOUR Artful Adventures!


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