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March 2, 2010

Using 6×12 Divided Page Protectors In Scrapbooking

Last week I shared a few Today You 4×6 photos with digital journaling and wanted to show how I am incorporating these into my albums.

Sometimes when I use my computer to journal on my photos in Photoshop I will then use the photo on a layout with embellishments, etc. Other times it's just nice to journal, print, slip-in, and be done.

It's no secret that I am a fan of divided page protectors in my 12×12 albums. These new 6×12 page protectors from American Crafts are great for adding photos or journal cards or embellished 4×6 cards or ephemera directly into 3-ring albums.

I also think this is one of the things I like about digital scrapbook products – they can easily and simply be added to a photo, printed, and placed inside a page protector such as this one above (or in a 12×12 divided page protector). The story gets told.

You can also achieve this same look without using digital products. After printing photos grab some journal blocks (made by lots of different companies such as these from October Afternoon or you can always just use a piece of cardstock from your scrap box), write your story, adhere it to your photo, and slip into the pockets.

This is scrapbooking.

On the backside of these photos I am planning to use the same Toady You theme with three photos + journaling for a day in Simon's life.

You can read more about my overall album organization process here.


The Third Annual Slice of Life Challenge at Two Writing Teachers begins this week. You can read more about the challenge here.


  • 1.
    Amy said…

    Love the simplicity of this! That’s one of the things I’ve learned from you over the years. It doesn’t have to be complicated to be a beautiful layout.
    Ali, how do you decide when to begin with solid cardstock and when to start a layout with patterned paper? Do you base it off the look of the photos or the storyline?

  • 2.
    Jakki said…

    This is a great idea! I’ve been wanting to just do a photo album for the year 2009 but havent because I’m afraid the ‘story’ will get lost. Perfect idea’s….

  • 3.
    pidgen said…

    your simplicity floors me! i was talking to my mom yesterday about classes i’ve taken since your y/t class and how disappointed i’ve been in them. she told me, ‘well, ali was teaching a lifestyle’. how true. your simple aproach is such a motivation to me — the one who feels like, in order to be worthwhile it has to be complicated. thanks for reminding me otherwise.

  • 4.
    Molly Irwin said…

    Lately I’m thinking more in terms of organizing my photos than accentuating them. A practical matter of making things work. These are just the product I need.

  • 5.
    Peaceliving said…

    I haven’t seen you using 6×12 before. I love using any and all sizes of page protectors together in my albums, ever since I saw you using 8.5×11 with your 12×12 years ago. I like the simplicity of the page with Anna.

  • 6.
    trish said…

    I love the 6×12 protectors … i just bought a whole bunch yesterday. Love the “Today You”.

  • 7.
    Jessica said…

    LOVE this! I just picked some of these up at my LSS. I like to use all sizes in my albums…I have all sizes in my albums…6×6, 8×8, 8 1/2×11(both horizontal and vertical), 6×12, and 12×12. I also use baseball card holders too! Love how it looks when flipping thru the albums. Variety is the spice of life!

  • 8.
    Stacey said…

    Thanks for the mention Ali!

  • 9.
    alexandra said…

    Hi Molly!
    I thought of you right away when I read this!
    I think page protectors with openings for 4×6′s are going to revolutionize my process. So simple.
    I’m ridiculously excited about this :)

  • 10.
    Melanie said…

    I love the dividers too. I am going to try some digital scrapping one day. I just haven’t found the time since we have been moving.

  • 11.
    Tracy said…

    Love this idea Ali! Have just incorporated your divided page protectors in an album and I have to say it’s wonderful as it uses so many photos that I wouldnt have otherwise used!
    Also as I don’t have twitter will respond with an idea here re airplane entertainment – my kids are grown now but we did travel alot with them and they always LOVED finger puppets! And they are small enough to fit in a carry-on!

  • 12.
    Nicky Hurt said…

    I love this idea- and I actually went back into my older albums (when I did paper scrapping- pre digital photos, I would get my film developed and then store the photos in the page protectors where I wanted them to end up. Of course, many [were] still sitting there.) So I went back and put all of those photos into divided page protectors. It makes me so happy. :)
    Also I love that idea about printing the photo with the journaling block already on the print. My grandma taught me years ago to always ALWAYS write the who/when/where on the backs of photos {I still print them and send them to her}, and occasionally this would be a very cute way to send them to her. :)

  • 13.
    Susan said…

    Sorry y’all are sick. March is always harder on my family than any other time. Will you show us some of your “assembly line” things before then? Will you be doing a kit with anyone? I’m at a place where the fewer the choices the better the story. you know?

  • 14.
    Leora Henkin said…

    I love this! Which album are these pages in, since they feature both Simon and Anna?

  • 15.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Right now it is just in a 2010 album – depending on how many pages I do this year I will either just have one big album (and down the road they can decide what they want to do) or I will split it into one for him and one for her. Last year I only ended up with one 2009 album and one for Anna’s first year.

  • 16.
    Julia said…

    Ali, do you use Photoshop Elements to create your text, or the full-blown, big-daddy Photoshop? I am considering buying PS Elements… and wondering if it will allow me to add text to photos? Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas!

  • 17.
    amy tangerine said…


  • 18.
    Ali Edwards said…

    Both. Most of the time I use Photoshop CS4 but when I do tutorials I use Elements. Elements will definitely allow you to add text to your photos (and so much more).

  • 19.

    I love this idea. I’ve been going crazy with your idea for memorabilia in the 12×12 divided protectors. I think I use at least 3 of those protectors for memorabilia in just my own album in my Library. Thanks for the idea!

  • 20.
    elisa said…

    oh my! i just rec’d the 6×12 from yesterday and i love them! but they are whole. didn’t know twopeas had that size with spots for 3 photos. must have!!!!

  • 21.
    Donna said…

    What a great idea…I love the layered affect that this lends to the album…the different sizes, etc…Gonna try it!

  • 22.
    Deb J said…

    Ali,the first time I saw something where you used a divided page protector like this I was excited. I have been using them a lot since then and it is great. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas you share with us. It really improves my scrapbooking.

  • 23.
    Brooke said…

    Your use of divided page protectors (specifically baseball card protectors) in your 2009 December daily revolutionised my limited scrapbooking mind! I’m primarily a card maker so the big 12×12 size is pretty daunting for me. I found that splitting my page up into smaller more manageable sizes works better for me.

  • 24.
    Bev Mascara said…

    Thanks Ali….really appreciate the blog and info……you are a really outstanding resource for us. Thanks again.

  • 25.
    Carrie said…

    Cool. I like that a lot.

  • 26.
    Debra said…

    Ali….I found your blog on typepad and look forward to visiting again.

  • 27.
    Ashley said…

    Kokuyo Dot Liner

  • 28.
    sue said…

    Cute photos and I’m sure the journaling is just as good. I like the look of these 6 x 12 page protectors. They look sturdy. I did our vacation album, last summer on 6 x 12 divided pages but they are flimsy and many have ripped. These look much better so I will place an order ASAP. Thanks.

  • 29.

    I love the idea of adding extra photos without a lot of work! I love the size of these too! So excited !! Thank you!

  • 30.
    Bonnie said…

    Your post came at the right time. I too like to do a yearly album, but life sort of got in the way and suffice it to say I’m several years behind. I’ve always done traditional scrapbooking until recently. I purchased Photoshop Elements last summer and hoped this would spur me on to get my photos under control but still find myself behind. I love your idea of the divided pages. I’m placing an order tonight and can’t wait to get started. This is just the motivational shove I need.

  • 31.
    Erika Melnychuk said…

    GET WELL SOON EVERYONE! You’re in my prayers to get better asap :)

  • 32. said…

    oh my gosh, i just saw that you’re featured on Ohdeedoh’s blog!! How amazingly exciting!!! Two of my favorite blogs, combined, what could be better? Congratulations, everything looks wonderful and beautiful and fresh! And I hope you feel better soon, kiddos too…

  • 33.
    Leora said…

    Thanks Ali! Thanks so much for sharing this. I read today’s post and I hope that all of you are on the mend and feeling better. I am sending vibes…Leora

  • 34.

    Hoping that you and the children will be all better today.

  • 35.
    KJB said…

    I have bought 2 AC 3 rings with a variety of page protectors since taking your Y&T class and just LOVE them. I do wish the same variety was available in postbound as I really like the way a double page spread looks in a postbound album… Maybe some day..Love these simple pockets you have done. More terrific ideas from the Ali deep well. TFS

  • 36.
    Melissa Rhodes said…

    Hope you all get to feeling better. We are finally over our sickness! Thanks Ali for the book recommends from a while ago. I read StoryCatcher and am on to others now! Thanks!

  • 37.
    Loni said…

    Hi Ali, I hope you are all feeling better. Do you have a tutorial on how to add the additional journaling box under the “Today you”? Thanks.

  • 38.
    Kim jones said…

    Hope you, Simon and Anna will all be on the mend soon. Its tough when all are feeling yucky. Thaml you for all you do in sharing your ideas, thoughts and glimpses into your life. God Bless

  • 39.
    Jenniferlala said…

    Ali, I have been lucky enough to have been in your Yesterday/Today class, and I love your work. You seem to read a lot of books, and I was wondering if you’ve thought about adding a ‘recommended read’ type of section to your blog. I for one would be very interested in checking out any authors and books you have read and feel would be worthwhile to others. And I look forward to experiencing “a week in the life”. Thank you, Jennifer

  • 40.

    Those 6×12 divided page dividers will definitely come in handy.
    Also, I tried to go to the links about your album organization process but something peculiar happens when I click on each link in that section. It takes me to the page and then 2 seconds later, I’m redirected to a 404 Page Not Found. Just thought I’d let you know :)

  • 41.
    mlledidi said…

    Very sympathetic these small pockets, I do not know where you find them but I acknowledge that can be useful!!! In returned more is superb!
    So long on my blog can be, north winds, mlledidi.

  • 42.
    diana said…

    Such cute ideas!

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