Since this is my first year to take on and follow through on this idea, I really want to follow Ali Edwards and her plan of using 8 1/2 x 6 pages. But I didn't want to buy the album kit, because I didn't want the other stuff - I just wanted the album.
Earlier this week I found something that will work, and it's p-e-r-f-e-c-t for me!
It's a Paper Studio stamp storage binder, available in the stamping area at Hobby Lobby. It meets all my requirements. And it was about $8 after coupon, which added to the thrill. Here's how I'll use it:
--The album cover is 9 1/2 x 9 1/2. It's 3 d-ring, I think they are 3" around (maybe 2 1/2", but definitely bigger than any other option I could find).
--I ordered packs of 12 x 6 page protectors. I'll just need to cut them down to 8 1/2" and punch my own 3-ring holes. I ordered packs of 6x6 and 4x6 protectors, too, in case I come up with some great idea for those.
--The album came with 5 plastic holders (for stamp storage). I may use these pieces to divide each week within my book. We'll see if I can find a use for them :).
My chosen papers/supplies should be in at our LSS soon - maybe this weekend - and with album in hand, I can start putting foundation pages together.
I know it's a little thing, but I'm thrilled. This news is not something I can share with anyone in "real life," because....well.....simply, they don't care. But anyone reading here really *gets* it, right?! Well, thanks for indulging my excitement, either way!!
Have a great weekend -