January 2014 was another busy month for us. Liam had his birthday and childcare birthday party, Aunty Shannon came to stay, Me, Liam and Rose went to New Plymouth for a while and Liam broke his arm! Here are the pages I have done so far.
These photos are from a fairy picnic thing we went to in New Plymouth. I used Kasiercraft captured moments Say Cheese.
I cut up a pocket protector to add a few extra cards when I realised one page wouldn't be enough but two was too many.
The next lot of photos were from a trip to the Rumpus Room in New Plymouth. I carried on using Say Cheese but used some PL Honey as well, and chose the brighter cards from the sets.
I carried on doing photos from our New Plymouth trip and for this used some 12x12 kraft paper cut up. These pics were of family.
We went to the beach one afternoon so for this I used a mix of Mambi Summer cards and some plain cardstock that I embossed to make it more interesting.
I finally got a chance to do some more pocket pages, I am way behind what I should be up to but January is always a really busy month and I know the next couple of months will be less photo heavy so not too worried about getting back on track!
These pages are photos of Rose's christening so I wanted really pretty pinks and roses and hearts! Lots of sweetness. I chose Kaisercraft Captured Moments Happy Days cards and some random PL cards mixed in, there are some from the Maggie Holmes collection and some Blush I think!
I've found that I like matting all my photos which means I will be using a lot of cards and also a lot of tape, and it will also take a bit longer but I think I will carry on doing so.
Here is the first page. The photos are pretty terrible because it is pouring down here so have no natural light! The rose in the top middle is an overlay, it doesn't work perfectly well so I might have to think about how I put that in but I still love it!
I had too many photos to fit onto two pages so I decided to put a smaller page with just 3x4 in between. I didn't have any so looked through my page protectors and cut up one that suited. Here is a picture of the two sides. I used lots of washi tape, rubons and little embellishments on these pages. The heart on the sweetheart card is stamped and embossed the u r sweet card is a cut out with a captured moments card behind it....sweet alright!
This is the facing page. I confess that I was starting to run out of steam by the time I got to this page so there is not as much embellishing on this one! But this was also the page with most journaling on so I think it is ok. The cute heart on here is covered with Tim Holtz distress glitter, I love how this gold is not too intense and I think it ties in nicely with the gold washi I have used on the spread.
Finally here are pictures of how the layout looks with the smaller insert in the middle. Oh dear this really is a bad photo, I will replace these when the weather is not so terrible!
I had a bit of time to myself so could get cracking on my pages. Once I got going, I found it flowed easily and I started thinking about the next pages too and got a little sidetracked! Oops. Anyway, here is a photo of my first ever pocket layout.
I struggled with the flatness of the pages, one photo when I added puff tape wouldn't sit in the pocket properly so I am wondering about sticking some things directly on the page protector but we will see! I really like the look of mini layouts with lots of embellishments but for this first spread, I stuck to basics though sorry Becky Higgins, I needed to use sellotape! Here is a close up of the page title which I did embellish.
The second page of the spread is even more basic, might need some jazzing up but considering I have so many months to do I think for now I will be happy with it, especially since this spread is just one days worth of a month :-)
So there it is, it took me a couple of nights to complete, the first was figuring out what photos and cards and the second was sticking things down and journaling.
Supplies used: Kaisercraft Save the Date papers, MME enamel drops and mini alphas, Pink Paislee Hey Kid Ephemera.
With all crafts, the most important part is gathering the supplies. This is something that must carry on before, during and after a project. So it is a little scary to think about how many supplies I will gather over my pocket scrapbooking project considering it is supposed to be on-going forever!
I decided I had best get an album and pocket pages at least so an now the proud owner of an Amy Tangerine album along with a mixture of pocket pages. I decided that I didn't want to limit the style so a mix seemed appropriate though I have noticed that there is a particular style that is very popular which is the A style.
Here is a snapshot of the supplies I have for my first double spread, which will
for just one special day, my little boy's 3rd birthday. I decided to get some 'free range' papers as I like to think of them, as they are not from a pocket scrapbooking specific kit but papers that have journaling cards on. I chose Kaisercraft Save the Date paper and will cut out the squares on Hip Hip to create my own 4x4 cards. I also got Cheers and Pinwheel in the same range to use as mats for the photos and pulled out the trusty Simple Stories Say Cheese collection which is getting a good workout! I thought the colours
would work well together and there are some cute bits that I really want to
Finally, the photos...well that is certainly a bit of a mission. I ended up copying all my photos into another folder and then deleting the ones I did not want to use so I could clearly see what I had.
I then used Picasa to create collages for some 3x4 photos. It took AGES! But it was a lot of fun because it was photos from last January and I enjoyed seeing the changes in my kids.
PS. Should I mention I think this could be a little addictive....
So after many months of ignoring Project Life and pocket scrapbooking and not really understanding what it was, I decided to investigate this style of scrapbooking a little more so that I could get more photos into albums and stop feeling so guilty about the ones I haven't done!
So what is pocket scrapbooking? It's basically using pockets on a scrapbook page, pre-cut cards and photos to quickly put together a photo page. No scissors or glue required! Becky Higgins is the person behind Project Life but there are heaps of other brands too, and it seems to be getting more popular. See Becky Higgins blog here for some information about the basics (and to look at the gorgeous paper).
I joined a Facebook group and already have learnt a lot about the different styles and ways of working. Some people only work with one kit for the year so that their album is coordinated throughout, whereas others use a variety of paper including papers from their stash cut to size. Some people use no embellishments at all, just photos, paper and journaling, whereas others add little items and stickers to their pages. Some people are crazy enough to do a photo a day (yikes) whereas others just print out their photos and put into the album fitting things around how many there are.
So what to do! Well I am going to have a mixture of papers and probably won't be able to resist adding embellishments to the page. I like the idea of being able to go back if I come across something 'perfect' for a photo. I'm also planning on doing a double spread per month but possibly it might be more like two spreads, or it might just be printing out the photos and making it fit!
I am now the proud owner of some pocket pages and have some cards coming, as well as some Simple Stories Snap Say Cheese leftovers from when I created a page (pages?) for The Paper Teapot which I am quite looking forward to cutting up and using since I love that collection so much! However, I do need to print some photos and I have decided that I will do two months each month, the month from a year ago and the previous month so by the end of the year I SHOULD have two years completed...fingers crossed.
Wish me luck on my pocket scrapbooking journey!
I'm Natalia, co-owner of Bali Suga Crafts, mother of two kids and wife of another! I started scrapbooking when I lived in Australia in the back of beyond and made the mistake of going into the local post office....aka the shop I spent the most money in (not that there was a lot to choose from). There I discovered scrapbooking supplies as well as a weekly class on a Tuesday night and haven't looked back since then!