Adapting Divided Page Protectors

It’s officially 2014!  Can you believe it?  When I reflect back on all that’s happened in the past year, it seems a little surreal.  For me, 2013 started calm with a steady work schedule and a beautiful wintery weekend trip to Yosemite National Park.  Then it got a bit crazy in February when I started working like crazy…but I made sure to reward myself with two week-long vacations  🙂  Roll forward a few months….now here I am having moved across several states, traveled 3 countries, and am taking a break from work.  Whew!  It sounds like a lot, but I actually had a wonderful year that was filled with lots of love, laughs, and learning.  2014 will certainly be drastically different than 2013 in many ways, but I know the three “L’s” will be here to keep me company  🙂

With the new year, I decided to try something a little different in my scrapbooking.  I often use divided page protectors in my albums because I crave visual variety and it allows me to add more photos with not much effort.  For my most recent divided page protector layout, I had three landscape photos which fit nicely into this page protector by We R Memory Keepers:

Bosque del Apache

I was able to highlight the photos and also had plenty of space for journaling, the title, and embellishments.  But when it came time to make the layout for the back of this page, I stumbled upon a problem.  The photos I wanted to include from the event were portrait in orientation and will not fit “as is” into the photo slots.  Instead of choosing different photos, I decided to adapt my photos to this page protector.  Here’s what I did:

I printed three 4×6 photos from my home printer and arranged/glued them on a 6×12 piece of patterned pattern.

Right Side

I then cut the 6×12 piece down into three 4×6 cards so they will fit into the page protector.

4x6 Cuts

I added some embellishments and worked on the left side of the page for the final result:

White Sands Missile Range


I wanted to keep the left side relatively simple so it won’t detract from the photos on the right side.  I hope this post helps you feel less confined to photo orientations when you’re using pocketed page protectors!  Have a spectacular New Year everyone!