Gossamer Blue

Creating Flip Pockets

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Hello crafty friends! Melanie here today to share a fun and easy pocket page tutorial – creating flip pockets. I’ve been crafting for some 10+  years and only recently started using interactive elements, such as flip pockets, on my projects. It’s never too late to try something new!

These pockets are great when you want to hide the journaling, have too many pictures that you must use or simply want to use an extra card or two because they are just too pretty to pass up.

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To create a flip pocket you will require washi and a spare pocket page protector. I have a lot of page protectors, especially in 12×12 format which I no longer use, so from time to time I’ll use one to trim off the 3×4 pockets. When trimming the pockets you have to be careful not to cut off the “seam” of the pocket, I usually leave a little edge to my pocket.

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Once your pocket is created, the rest of the process is rather simple, insert the journaling cards / pictures in the designated pockets and adhere the flip pocket using washi tape. Your washi will create a seam which will hold the flip pockets in place. The washi strips in the Life Pages kit were perfect for this technique. The various widths all work very well, as you can see below I’ve used various width with my flip pockets.

 

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This technique is also fun for creating an embellishment filled pocket. Using the wood veneers from the planner kit, I filled a 3×4 pocket and added a puffy sticker on top of the pocket. It was then adhered on top of the picture of my daughter. The peek through effect is fun and creates an interesting design element to the page.

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As you can see flip pocket are quick and simple to create, but they add a fun interactive element to a spread. Just remember to use washi tape on both side of the pocket (top and underneath) this will reinforce the seam and ensure that the elements within the pockets don’t slide out.

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Happy crafting friends!

Mel Signature

TN Dashboard

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Doesn’t everyone just love this new addiction? If you don’t know exactly what I am talking about, yes, I am talking about this Traveler’s Notebook CRAZE!! Many of you may know them also as TN’s, Doris, or the ever so popular Foxys. I love the versatility with theses TN’s even more so when you have the most adorable products to use…now I am talking about the NEW Gossamer Blue Planner Kit!! I mean how stinking adorable is this kit? It is so stylishly fashionable!

 

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Let’s talk more about addictions…I mean we are  all crafters, right? I am addicted to making dashboards. If you don’t know what dashboards are, they are protected or non-protected foldable dividers for each notebook insert. So you can make plenty for each month. This kit comes with everything you need to make cute dashboards AND also planner layouts. Although I have found planner peace, I keep buying more TNs.  

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The first thing I do is choose a background paper.

Tip: Use a Sharpie on your paper trimmer and make horizontal and vertical markings for the different TN sizes, if you have more than one. I also made markings for my A5 dividers and my Happy Planner ™ dividers. This makes it much more easier to just grab and cut.

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Once I have the cover size measured out, I usually cut 2 pieces; one for the front and one for the back. Then I fish through all my goodies and glue on the products I like and laminate!! Now laminating is totally an option. You don’t have to laminate but it would be a wise choice if you plan on reusing these dividers.

Tip: Make sure to leave a small gap in between the sheets to allow for folding and chunkyness.

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 I like to sometimes add some dimension to my dashboards. If you do choose to do this,  it will be difficult to laminate some of the 3D embellishments.. I suggest placing the embellishments on top of the laminated dashboard. Sure they won’t be protected but your dashboard will be so stinking cute.

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I also use plastic label holders (these are from the Target dollar spot) and stick them on the inside to hold stickers or Life Pages cards. 

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 And voila !! There you have it. I hope you guys enjoyed my tutorial. Follow me on Instagram @planwithStacy if you have any questions. Enjoy your kits!!

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Scrapbook Layout by Neftali

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Hey there, Neftali here! I am so excited to be sharing my first design team project with all of you. I have decided to start by sharing a 12×12 layout using the February Main Kit, as those two ingredients put together are my all time fave! 

The February Main Kit was filled with so many amazing Valentine’s themed goodies along with bold and bright colors. I was so excited to get into it as my son was born on Valentine’s Day, so I knew I wanted to scrap some kind photo for his baby book. I went ahead and chose one of myself when I was about 32 weeks pregnant. 

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I fell in love with one of the Simple Stories cardstock sheets filled with XO’s in all kinds of cute patterns so I decided to use  it as a center rectangle base for my layout.

I then went in with my sewing machine and added a sort of frame around the cardstock with different stitches. This is the perfect technique to bring full attention to the center of my page.

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I used a few more sheets from the kit to add a little layering detail to back my photo. I also added I few stickers from the Simple Stories sticker pack to add more layers and patterns behind the photo. 

To embellish around my photo I added a few cute hearts as if they were “floating away” from my photo and, of course, splatters! 

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The Fancy Pants Designs Ephemera pack included in the kit was filled with thoughtful words and cute flowers that went perfect with my layout so I popped a few of those on!

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I added my title using these cute black alpha stickers, plus the sweetest sticker quote that says “Loved you yesterday, Love you Still. Always have & Always will.” How cute is that?!

A few more splatters, a sweet little quote, washi, and a detail at the bottom of the page using the adorable label flags set completed my layout. 

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This simple layout is filled with cute quotes, lots of hearts, and that Valentine’s Day feel I love so much because of my little Valentine baby. 

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I really love the simple and clean look because it really helped bring my photo into focus. That’s always my favorite part about scrapbooking! 

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are enjoying your month of love and friendship and that you’ve got your February kits out for scrapping all the love that’s in the air. Be back soon, have yourself a lovely day! 

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