Good Thursday to you all! Aurelie here to show you how to think a bit outside the box when using pocket page protectors. For a few years now, pocket scrapbooking has taken the scrappy world by storm. Artists such as Becky Higgins and Ali Edwards, and companies like Simple Stories and We R Memory Keepers have created entire scrappy systems that enable us to scrapbook a whole lot faster than doing one layout at a time. Traditionally done to highlight the simplest (or then again, the not so simplest) happenings of our daily lives, pocket scrapbooking is truly a wonderful way to leave your mark in the world, to let those, who will eventually look at your work when you're long gone, get a true sense of how you lived your life.
But for those of us who are fully engaged in traditional scrapbooking, pocket scrapbooking can seem VERY intimidating. With this in mind, I suggest starting slow - a Simple Stories SN@P album highlighting a trip, a baby book of your child's first year or then again, a mini album of your child's school memories. And remember - any piece of patterned paper can be trimmed to fit those pockets! You really don't have to revamp your whole scrappy stash to start doing pocket scrapbooking, but rather, you just have to rethink it to make it work for you! And that's exactly what I did for these layouts I recently designed.
Pretty traditional layouts, right? Absolutely! But look a bit closer...
Yes, that's right! I trimmed some We R Memory Keepers and Simple Stories SN@P pocket page protectors to a size that worked for my designs and incorporated them right onto my pages. Using tons and tons of Basic Grey's Hispter collection (patterned paper, alpha stickers, title stickers, element stickers, designer chipboard stickers, die-cut shapes, wood die-cuts, acetate alphas, and fuzzy rub-ons), I also added a bit of Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Close to My Heart and Graphic 45 metal embellishments, American Crafts alphas, stitching with a few Bazzill Basics stitching templates using DMC floss, and buttons... Ah, yes, my infamous buttons - that I have no idea where they came from but my button collection! ;) Oh! Photo by Philippe Dumas in that first layout and I used a sketch by Janice Daquila-Pardo for the second layout.
Want to see amazing pocket scrapbooking inspiration? Head on over to Nicole Harper's blog right here (got the chance to take a few of her classes this past weekend at Crop & Create in Moncton: OMG!) And, of course, Pinterest is another great idea-boosting source of inspiration for pocket and/or traditional scrapbooking, too! Take the time to see how other scrapbookers are using pocket scrapbooking to help them document their lives the way they want to, be it through pocket projects per say or through traditional layouts. The choice is yours! You can even mix and match and get the best of both worlds! How fun!!
Please join us again on Saturday when the newest set of creations by our layout and card designers will be revealed for all to see!