Design Basics: Double-Sided Scrap Pages

Whether designing from a template or completely from scratch, there are a few things you need to know about when creating a custom 12 x 12 or 8.5 x 11 Double-Sided Scrap Page. The tips in this article will help you understand the Design Guide in Studio and what to expect in your published project. The photos and screenshots in this article are all of a 12 x 12 Double-Sided Scrap Page, but the same information applies to the 8.5 x 11 Double-Sided Scrap Page size. 


The Design Guide:

When you first open Studio to work on your project, the Design Guide is visible and can be a bit overwhelming. It is important to read and understand the tips and guide areas for each product type. If you have read and understand the tips laid out in the Design Guide, you can hide the tip bubbles by clicking the Design Guide button in the upper right-hand corner of the Studio window.



This is how the Design Guide appears in Studio while you are working on a Double-Sided Scrap Page. The tip bubbles are fairly simple for this type of product. Here is a breakdown of each design tip: 




The Safe Area is designated by a purple dashed line around the edge of the design space in Studio. It falls about 1/8 inch to the inside of the edges of a project. Projects look better when words, photos and borders aren't sitting right on the edge of the paper. To avoid this, keep text, photos, and borders well to the INSIDE of the safe area. 





The Crop Marks indicate where the page will be cut. However, cutting is not 100% precise. That's why we have the Safe Area and the Bleed Area. These provide us with some necessary allowances in the cutting process. 




Projects are printed on paper larger than the final cut area. That's why we have marks for the Bleed Area. The Bleed Area on your project is represented by the gray border surrounding the page. Your background paper, background art or anything that you want to come completely to the edge of your cut project needs to extend all the way through the bleed area. Otherwise, you might end up with white edges. 




A Scrap Page project, single- or double-sided, can have multiple pages. This makes it easy to document several events without having to start multiple projects. To add, duplicate, remove, or rearrange pages in your Scrap Page, you will click the "Manage Pages" button in the upper, right-hand corner of your Studio window. This will open the Manage Pages tool. For more information, click  here or go to

It is important to note that when you start a Double-Sided Scrap Page project, you will see two pages. Page 1 will be the front side and page 2 will be the back side of the printed page. If you add more pages, each even page number will be the back side of the even numbered page before it. For example, page 4 is the back of page 3, page 6 is the back of page 5, page 12 would be the back of page 11. 



There will be a small bar code in the bottom right-hand corner of every back page. Above is what you will see in Studio. This bar code is purely for production reasons. 



Design Idea:

Our Scrap Pages are great for documenting life events. Our 12 x 12 Scrap Pages, single- and double-sided, easily slide into the page protectors of our Post-Bound Albums or any standard 12 x 12 album. They are also great for custom-printed crafts. Check out the DIY category in the Template Gallery for several ideas! Click  here or go to,CAT_7

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