Why I started pocket page scrapbooking.
I love to create detailed layouts that showcase special moments in our life. I found my scrapbooks were not sharing the whole story of our life.
I tried to create a Project 365 book before and failed miserably. I made it 62 days before quitting. It was just too much commitment. Taking a photo every day and trying to scrapbook it all just didn’t work for me.
Eventually I found my way to pocket pages. They seemed amazing! This was going to be so easy. Boy was I wrong!
Pocket pages were so difficult to use. If my photos were horizontal I would need them to vertical, or vice versa. I could never fill in the back side of the page, the photos just wouldn’t fit! I was so frustrated!
I needed a new solution.
I needed some simple guidelines to make it easy.
How to make pocket page scrapbooking easy!
Thankfully there IS a way to make pocket page scrapbooking easy. Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be making pocket pages quickly and painlessly too.
1. Use a printer at home. This is essential. Being about to print photos in the sizes you need to fit the pockets makes pocket scrapping so much easier.
2. Alternate the album with horizontal and vertical pages. Some pocket pages have large vertical photos, and some have large horizontal photos. By alternating these in an album you have a lot of opportunities to insert your photos.
3. Add other sizes in between your main pages. Who says all of your pages need to be the same size? No one! Mix in additional memorabilia or photos using 5×7, 6×8, 8×10, 8-1/2 x 11 or other page protectors!
4. Use flip flaps (from Close to My Heart) to add extra photos and cards. Need to add a couple of extra photos or some more journaling. No problem! These flaps stick right to your page protector so you can add more details and interaction to your layout. 4×6 flip flaps, 3×4 flip flaps *links for Canadian shoppers
5. This is the big one! There are not a required number of photos that you must use. There are no rules about layouts. A layout can represent one day, one week or one month. Less structure makes planning the pages so much easier!
Why I love pocket page scrapbooking
Scrapbooking using pocket pages allows me to continue creating traditional layouts. I know that my Project Life style of scrapbooking will hit the highlights of our life so now I can go more in-depth in my journaling and storytelling for my traditional layouts. The pocket pages share an overview of our life and I create traditional layouts to get more detailed and share special memories.
History of Scrapbooking
Scrapbooking has a LONG and interesting history. You might be surprised at the origins of this pastime we call a hobby. You can read more about it in this article on Scrapbook.com
Make it Monday
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Let your creativity shine!
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Ah yes — I have been on this journey, too! I made quite a few false starts. I still get hung up on the problem of being stuck on the back of the page with the choices I made for the front. I’ve had to relax my strictly chronological pattern to a loosely chronological pattern to make it work. Also, sometimes I use the PL app on my phone — poof! A PL page that fits into a 12×12 protector! 🙂
Oh, also, I found page protectors that have four 6×6 pockets so the photos can be any orientation — a real life saver!
I am grtting ready to do these layouts. Thanks for the heads up and info
That’s great! If you have any questions I’m happy to help!
I started scrapbooking in 2006. I loved it!( I should say I was a retired 30 year teaching educator. Primary grades, so I already enjoyed this!) I made 2 scrapbooks as gifts for our 2 adult children. I did NOT hesitate to be creative, use lots of embellishments, cut pictures into different shapes, use same shapes out of construction paper to use as a background. I did remember to “save” the original photo. I don’t know why? Just thought it was important!
My favorite pages to this day, cut background circles larger than photos cut into circles. Fan them out in a rainbow shape. Very outstanding! (can also use other shapes with the pictures cut in the same shape only slightly smaller.
Oh, top tip! Remember the book is for your family enjoyment…not for the entire world. So, go babe! Embellish!