I suggest before you start, you practice with your paper trimmer. The cut line—that place where the blade meets the paper—is different on each trimmer, and the cut line is not always obvious. Use some crummy waste paper and practice. It’s worth the effort.
The proportions of 1/3 a page of one color or pattern and 2/3s of another always look great. You can fill an entire album with these and have a wonderful, consistent look to the project. You can also flip the page upside down, giving the layout a different look. And last, but not least, try this with a variety of patterned papers and solids. You’ll be surprised at how versatile it is, and how changing up the patterned paper and solid background changes the whole mood of the page.
1. Start by trimming your solid paper to a little less (about ¼ inch) than 8 ½ x 11 inches. (Keep that little strip of paper.) Here’s why I’m asking you to trim a piece of paper that probably seems the right size, little known fact: Plastic page protectors are usually a little smaller than they are advertised as being. If you don’t pre-trim your page, you’ll make a gorgeous page you can’t slip into the protector.
You’ll notice I have a strip of solid paper between the top and bottom. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep any scraps you had when you trimmed down the 8 ½ x 11 inch piece of solid paper.
At the center of the thin strip, I adhered an embellishment which came in my paper package. You could do the same, but you don’t need to.
If your solid colored paper is the same color all the way through, back and front, you can repeat this procedure on the backside of your 8 ½ x 11 inch page, so that you’ll have TWO layouts.
Next week we’ll add embellishments and photos, but you can easy do a lot of these pages without much thought to get ready for breezing through this album.