Modular scrapbooking is not a new concept. These page protectors divided into easy-to-fill pockets have been around for the better part of a decade, often marketing themselves to new scrapbookers and those who say they “can’t” scrapbook as a quick and easy option for organizing photos.
While at the Summer CHA show, I saw that the modular scrapbook trend is growing in several ways that make me very, very happy. In the past I wasn’t much of a fan of modular pages, but this growth in the market provides more options for any scrapbooker – from beginner to seasoned pro.
More companies are offering modular layouts.
At the show, I saw three different companies featuring their modular layout options. American Crafts showed Project Life, We R Memory Keepers had their branded modular scrapbook options, and Snap offered modular scrapbook options as well.
With many companies in the market, there is a larger variety of options in both the sizes of the pages and the styles of the papers and embellishments offered.
There is an increased variety of modular layouts, papers, and embellishments.
With the increased popularity, there are more layout options. One of the things that kept me away from these modular options in the past was that I felt modular pages were limiting. Limits also being less creative. Each company is now offering several different layout options (sometimes MANY layout options). This makes modular scrapbooking much less restrictive when you are in a crafty and embellishing mood, but still just as quick and easy to use when you are trying to get photos organized and pages done.
There are also many more options in papers that are pre-cut to the size of the pockets in on the pages, and embellishments designed to go into these pockets. Brands are having their designers come up with special designs and pages to go with these easy-t0-create albums. Becky Higgins just announced two new lines for Project Life that will be exclusive to Michael’s.
These albums may have increased in popularity because of Instagram. Instagram pictures are square in size, and perfect to pop into these modular layouts. In the photo below, the top right photo in the layout is a great example of how an Instagram photo would work in the modular layout.
Photo from the We R Memory Keepers booth. Layout uses the Notable line.
And designers are figuring out how to literally break the mold on these modular designs, cutting into the plastic and allowing photos, embellishments, or papers to come out of the pockets, as seen below.
Layout from We R Memory Keepers booth, and uses their Chalkboard line.
There is an increased availability of tools
To compliment these new lines, the brands are coming out with tools to compliment them. American Crafts has special stickers, a corner punch (skip to minute 3:53 on the video to see the corner punch), and a date stamp to go with their product. We R Memory Keepers has created a large punch so that you can cut any photo or paper to size for the modular sleeve pockets. Let me repeat that – with a single CHOMP… you can take ANY paper or ANY photo and cut it to the exact size you need! It has a window on top that attaches with a strong magnet, so that you can fussy-cut your paper or photo just the way you want it. We R Memory Keepers also created a thumb notch punch for items that need to be pulled in and out of the pages.
I’m loving the ever-increasing options in the category of quick-and-easy scrapbook pages… and I haven’t even told you the best part yet! Many of these pages are 12×12 and will fit into your existing scrapbook! You can have a single scrapbook with traditional pages and modular pages mixed together, based on what suits your mood, design, and time available for scrapbooking. No need to commit to this format for an entire album (but you totally can if you want to).
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