Today we have another How To-sday from our design team member Charissa Miller. I am always amazed that she seems so caught up with her scrapbooking, here is her secret.  

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite ways to scrapbook – pocket page protectors! This is a huge trend in scrapbooking that has a great deal of flexibility. Some, like me, do a weekly spread to document their everyday lives, some do it monthly, some use it to document big events with tons of pictures, and still others do all of their scrapbooking in pocket page protectors and just have a running document of their lives without worry for time periods/pages.

What do you need to get started on pocket page scrapbooking? The list to get started it actually quite short!

  1. Pocket Page Protectors – these are made by a variety of manufactures and come in 12×12, 8.5×11, and 6×8 sizes, giving lots of flexibility in your project.
  2. Photos – that one is probably pretty self-explanatory
  3. Card kits/paper to put into the non-photo pockets – you can buy kits from a variety of manufacturers, use cut papers (6×6 pads when they come up here at scrapbookSTEALS are a great item to use in pocket page protectors).
  4. A Pen to write
  5. Album to hold your pages

That is really all you need to get started! It is a simple project to get going on and to enjoy. But if you want to add more to if there are lots of items probably already in your stash that will work wonderful to add your own touch to your pages.

Silhouette Cameo cuts make an amazing addition to pages – there are even lots of journaling cards in their store that are already perfectly sized to use in pockets. Brads, enamel dots, buttons, wood veneer and flair badges are all flat enough to use in pocket protectors. It can also be fun to add memorabilia – ticket stubs, hotel key cards, receipts, business cards – into your album to capture memories in more than just photos.

I definitely don’t think you have to start this project at the beginning of a year – in fact, I started my weekly spreads in August 2012 and have been going ever since – but the beginning of the year is a great time to start because you can end up with an entire album (or albums) of your life in 2014. You can certainly switch it up middle of the year as well – perhaps you start out doing 2 page spreads, but then realize that is too much – you can just adjust and start doing monthly pages or 1 page a week. It is a project that is so customizable it can be shaped to fit what you want it to be.

The beauty of pocket page scrapbooking is that it can be as elaborate or simple as you want. Some weeks, I did very little embellishing and just do some writing on journaling cards and place them and my photos in pockets and move on. Other weeks, I have fun with paints, mists, and embellishments. It shouldn’t be a stressful project – it is about documenting your memories – so do it in a way that works for you.

Hopefully this will inspire you to give pocket scrapbooking a try. It is easily my most cherish project and one that my children, husband and I look through regularly to look back on and remember how far we have come in such a short time.

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Thanks Charissa! If you love this type of scrapbooking, make sure to come back to scrapbookSTEALS tomorrow…just sayin’. Also come check out the next installment of our Iolite Mid Week Mojo!