View Full Version : 8x8 vs 12x12

07-20-2006, 07:16 AM
A curiosity ... which do you PREFER when having your pages PRINTED? Perhaps you print your pages on 8x8 only because it's easier (your printer only prints 8.5x11) ... would you prefer to print them 12x12 if that option were more available (ie. cheaper or convenient)?

Darcy Baldwin
07-20-2006, 07:38 AM
I always paper scrapped in 12x12, and prefer scrapping that way digitally. But now that I have an 8x8 album that I've had printed, I really prefer that size album. It just fits in our hands better and it's so much more convenient to store, for the boys to look at without me, etc.

So even if 12x12 came down in price, I think I'd stay at 8x8.

07-20-2006, 07:52 AM
I prefer 8x8. It just seems like a good size - big enough to see the detail, but not so big as to be unweildy.

07-20-2006, 07:54 AM
Initially my digital layouts were to be printed on 8x8 format due to the price of 12x12. With the # of layouts that I completed in just 2 months --- there was no way I could keep doing that and print them as 12x12. I did print one and liked how it looked.

However, now that I have printed close to 100 layouts as 8x8 and put them into books --- I would stick with 8x8 even if the 12x12's were cheaper. Like Darcy said they're much easier to hold and view than the 12x12 and to carry w/ me if I want to take one to share.

07-20-2006, 07:54 AM
I prefer 8x8 too. Smaller for the hands, just feels better to me when I'm looking at them.

07-20-2006, 07:59 AM
8x8 for me. I design it in 8x8 because when I first started out, I had a painfully slow computer system and having a 12x12 paper opened was torture. Even after getting a faster system, I stuck to 8x8 because 1) it was plenty big 2) it was less expensive to print and 3) I could print from home so I could have it immediately. And now because of Target's 8x8 frames, I can easily frame my favorite layouts as 8x8's as opposed to a 12x12's.

07-20-2006, 08:47 AM
I love 8x8's, the 12x12 albums just feel too bulky to me! They also fit so much nicer in my bookshelves.

07-20-2006, 08:54 AM
i love how the 8x8 fits in people's hands! My paper 12x12;s were hard for my grandparent's (my kids' great-granparents) to hold and look at. Also they take up sooo much room when traveling. 8x8 is just much more pratical for me and family :)

07-20-2006, 09:00 AM
Interesting ... those who print 8x8 are much more vocal than those who print on 12x12! Hehe! It's definitely more popular to print on 8x8 then?


07-20-2006, 09:02 AM
I started out at 12x12, but have been horrible about printing for the past year and a half. I'm really considering printing at 8x8 now, but I'm scared that the multi photo LOs are going to have pictures that are too small, and that some of the journaling is going to be hard to read, even though I never do font size less than 18 pts. Any feedback?

07-20-2006, 09:03 AM
I could never afford to print on 12X12. Isn't it like $4 a page? WAY too much for me. Plus my Sam's doesn't have a printer to accommodate that size.


Darcy Baldwin
07-20-2006, 09:05 AM
I started out at 12x12, but have been horrible about printing for the past year and a half. I'm really considering printing at 8x8 now, but I'm scared that the multi photo LOs are going to have pictures that are too small, and that some of the journaling is going to be hard to read, even though I never do font size less than 18 pts. Any feedback?

I don't have a problem at all. You can still see everything just fine.

07-20-2006, 09:05 AM
Well I actually don't prefer either of these--I really like 10x10. the 12x12 size is just tooooooooo big and 8x8 is more like a gift album size to me. I love 10x10. I am hoping to do my pages in a bound coffee table book though. Right now, most of my pages get printed at 8x8 or smaller b/c they are for gifts. I have done a few 12x12's for tiles and just test printing.

07-20-2006, 09:05 AM
Jodi - I had the same fear about the font size, but haven't had a problem with the printouts. I suppose you could also leave the journaling area blank and then shrink he page before adding the writing. Then the size wouldn't change.


07-20-2006, 09:05 AM
:lol: Maybe us 8x8'ers feel the need to explain why smaller is better to us? I think in general, paper scrappers scrap in 12x12 so it's considered the "norm" for the scrapping industry. Which it really has to be for paper because you're kind of locked in to the size of embellishments and your average 4x6 photo size. You NEED 12x12 when you paper scrap. But with digital, we can resize it all and 8x8 is more than enough space in most cases.

Lauren Grier
07-20-2006, 09:13 AM
I'm an odd ball & make all my layouts 8X10 ... lol

07-20-2006, 09:14 AM
I own the epson r1800 and print 12x12-
i own quite a few 12x12 albums that i got on clearance at Technique Tuesday over a year ago and I'm going to use them....

besides, i still paper scrap and everything fits so nicely together in the same albums...

07-20-2006, 09:15 AM
I plan on doing solely 8x8 simply because when I printed 12x12, it was so HUGE! I looked at a picture of myself...and I was larger than life. I really didn't like seeing everything so BIG. Especially since I do a lot more 1 pic LOs, so I resize the pics quite a bit larger than I did for paper scrapping.

07-20-2006, 09:27 AM
I'd love the 10x10 size, but I haven't had much luck finding albums. I don't want to do bound books because I'm not a chronological scrapper, but I do like my albums to be chronological. Do you have a resource for actual 10x10 albums?

Theresa Hernandez
07-20-2006, 09:28 AM
It's funny, when I paper scrapped, I only ever did 12x12. But now that I've done digi, I started priting at 8x8 because I could do it at home and was cheaper. But I just finished up my sister-in-law's wedding album and had them printed at 12x12 and they just seem so HUGE to me. I can't imagine going back to 12x12.

Christine Borgfeld
07-20-2006, 09:48 AM
I print at 8.5x8.5. Honestly I've never printed at 12x12. Of course when you are working with digital you are looking at a smaller scale on the screen, so when its printed at 12x12 it may not just look right. 10x10 sounds like it would be a good size. Are there 10x10 albums available?

07-20-2006, 09:54 AM
I'm an odd ball I print at 9x9 my scrap store has that size album & Costco 12x18 fits 2 so that's what I print at :D. I feel like 12x12 is huge & I was afraid 8x8 was going to be too small for my multi photo LOs. Anyways I really like the size I print at :D.

07-20-2006, 10:00 AM
Another odd ball here. I design my layouts and print at 8 x 10.

07-20-2006, 10:02 AM
Sorry I don't have a resource for 10x10 albums. I wish I did though. I really love the look of a pre-bound book, though, so I don't really care much about chronological. I'm a disorganized person anyhow, so it just goes along with who I am not to have much of an order to my pages-LOL:)

I don't know why 10x10 isn't a size that is standard, but it's just not :( Maybe someday...

07-20-2006, 11:16 AM
I prefer 8x8 also. I tried 8 x 10 in the beginning because I paper-scrapped 8.5 x 11, but there aren't very many 8 x 10 albums out there, so I changed. I also think 12 x 12 looks so huge because we tend to put larger pictures on our digital LOs and the "one picture on a page" trend tends to yield larger photos also. That is why I think 8x8 works.

07-20-2006, 11:48 AM
I actually plan to do both. (Since I just started, I haven't printed anything yet.) I will do mostly 12x12, because at this point I plan to mix my paper scrapping with digi scrapping and I do paper scrapping in 12x12. I am finding that 8x8 is perfect for somethings, like my childhood photos, so I plan to do some of both. (Of course printing 12x12 will have to wait until I get myself a 12x12 printer.)

07-20-2006, 11:57 AM
On the topic of being able to read the fonts at 8x8 - I recently bought a tiny 4x4 gift album for my mom and printed some of my layouts at 4x4 for it. I was really surprised at how good they looked. You could read all of the journaling, even at that small of a size.

07-20-2006, 12:03 PM
I am raising two grandchildren and although I started their scrapbooks (8.5x11) in 1999, I didn't do much on them after 2000 because I started an online scrapping business. Then, once I shut the business down, I didn't get back to their stuff. This was before they came to live with me. Then, I started doing scrapping calendars in 12x12. Pages that are applicable to them go in their albums. So, that means 12x12. Now I'm doing calendars digitally, but double-page layouts. One goes on the calendar and the other page waits in the album until the end of the year. Again, 12x12. I am printing those same pages in 8x8 for their mother to have a small album.

I have four other grandchildren, much younger. Their mothers asked me to do the babies' first year scrapbooks. I'm doing those in paper, but again in 12x12 so siblings' books are consistent.

However, if I do a vacation album, a holiday album, or any other specialty album, I plan to do them in 8x8.

I did an ABC album for one grandson in 8x8 and that's a perfect size. I plan to reproduce that for the other three younger grandchildren as they get to the right age.

Also, I plan to do a Wisdom and Values album (random advice) for each of my grandchildren, and those will also be 8x8.

I'm considering doing a "Special People in Your Life" album for each grandchild, too, so they have something to remember family members, especially the older ones who will be gone while the children are still young. I believe I will do that one in 6x6.

So, the poll didn't have enough answers for me. I did vote on the 12x12, however.


07-20-2006, 04:37 PM
heheh 8x8 for my every day layouts for myself.. 8x10 for a single layout as a gift cos that is sooo much easier 9and cheaper) to frame!!!
I've always ben an 8x8 girl :) If I have heaps of pics, I just do a double layout and 16x8 is pleanty big :)
I never knew there were sooo many 8x8'ers around! LOL

07-20-2006, 05:43 PM
My paper layouts are mostly 12x12. Digitally I work in 12x12 mode, then size down. I print my pages at 8x8 for me and 6x6 for gift albums. I do 4x4's for the little kids to carry around and even though the journaling on those is tiny, lol, the grandkids have really good eyesight and I already know what they say!

07-20-2006, 07:35 PM
I like the 8x8 size. My 12x12 paper albums are so bulky - 8x8 is so much easier to hold and store.