I’ve been asked a few times now about how to easily convert a 12×12 layout to an 8.5×11. Clearly, you could re-design the entire work at the new size, but that would take time! For scrappers with little time to spare, there are two options to get you from A to Z!
1. The Easy Route
If the goal is to print your scrapbook page at 8.5×11, you could choose to be content with a top and bottom border. It really doesn’t look too bad. Simply link up all layers and scale down to a width of 8.5″ or a little less (with a shadow).
2. The Slightly Less Easy but Still Simple Route
Maybe the borders just aren’t your thing. You want a full bleed (edge-to-edge) page that is 8.5×11. But, you don’t want to start from scratch. Here’s the tip. Group all of your elements except backgrounds and scale them down. Delete (or hide) the backgrounds (after you’ve made a mental note of them). Change the size of your canvas from 12×12 to 8.5×11. Drag the grouped layers to a desired placement. Then, re-do only the background papers and borders to fit your new layout.
While neither solution can offer the perfect results of hand-placed elements filling a rectangular page, both are simple options to help you print more at home and at a cheaper cost!