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Brenda’s Spring Pocket Pages

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Hello friends! The May Life Pages kit may be my most favorite kit in the history of kits. I’m a floral gal through and through and the bright, bold florals in the LP kit sang to me. I couldn’t wait to make some pocket pages and these colors were perfect for my Spring photos. 

The contrast between the bright, almost neon colors and the crisp white backgrounds makes it easy to make a colorful, striking page. Because I loved these cards so much, I had several that I wanted to use in this spread so I printed most of my photos at slightly smaller sizes so I could mount them on the cards. I took advantage of some the 4×6 cards with shaped journal spaces and measured and printed photos that would nest within those spaces. 

Because the color scheme is so bright and bold, I kept my embellishing to a minimum (for me). On the “No Better You” card, I trimmed a corner from a paper from the May Traveler’s Notebook kit to add a bit more color. On the “Smile” journal card, I used some  more patterned paper from the TN kit as well as some washi from the Scrapbook kit to cover up the top half of the card. I thought the pink of the full card added too much color to one side of the spread so I offset it with a little black and white patterned paper. 

Did I mention how much I loved the floral die cuts from the Life Pages kit?!?! I wanted to put them on anything and everything but managed to restrain myself some. The colorful word stickers from the Life Pages kit were also incredibly usable. The phrases were all spot on for what I was wanting to document. 

I played up the saturation on this photo of the wildflowers because I wanted it to match the vibrancy of the cards and embellishments. I added some subtle machine-stitching elements to make the spread look a little more finished. 

After laying all the cards and photos down on this side, I thought there was probably a little too much white so I made a few adjustments. First, I trimmed about half an inch off top and bottom of the “May” card and put some patterned paper from the Scrapbook kit behind it. For the photo at the bottom right, I printed it as a 3×3 photo and then added an inch of patterned paper to the bottom of it to give it a Polaroid look with the whimsy of the colorful paper. 

The stamps from the Life Pages kit are perfect for adding sentiments to some labels. I didn’t really have much to specifically journal about for some of these photos, but I always like adding phrase stickers or stamps to convey an emotion or feeling about my photos. 

This 4×6 card was calling for me to print a circular photo. And with that circular photo came the desire for another so I printed my Blister Beetle photo that way. Those aqua and white alpha stickers from the Life Pages kit are some of my absolute favorites but I found myself short on “E”s. Easy solution: get out a white pen and add a bottom line to an “F” sticker.

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Creating Pocket Cards

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Hello! It’s me, Kasia, and today I would like to share with you some ideas for making your own pocket sized cards. Don’t get me wrong, I love ready made cards and I use them all the time, but when I saw May Main Kit I was so amazed by all the patterns and papers that I wanted to make my own cards.

I also used the incentive alphabet stamp set – love it and plan to use it as often as possible. When making my own cards I used three different techniques, here’s what I did.

Supplies: May Main Kit

The simplest idea is to cut the patterned paper to the desired size 3×4 or 4×6 and add some white cardstock to create the journaling spot. By this you get something really simple looking, so I think a little ephemera goes a long way. I chose stickers and thickers that fit the topic I was writing about.

This time I used plain white cards and embellished them with stripes of washi tape. You can add it vertically or horizontally. I prefer to add it at the bottom or top of the card so I have plenty of space for journaling. Yet again,adding some stickers and thickers is a good idea.


The last idea is to use stamps. I have to tell you I had lots of fun making these. I chose two letters and stamped them repeatedly to create a pattern. Then added some die cuts and created little journalling spot.

And here’s a bonus idea! The last idea is a mix of the previous ones. It involves stamps and some watercolours. I dug out my gelatos, added a hint of colour here and there, stamped the cross pattern and voila. You can add some coordinating embellishment to make it even more fun.

Thats all 🙂 I hope you like those ideas. Have fun creating

Make a Pocket Page in 30 Minutes

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I’ll start by saying that if you are looking for a way to document your memories quickly, pocket pages are the way to go, especially with the Life Pages kits! I will explain here my process for making this spread in 30 minutes and give you tips along the way. If I can do it, so can you!

 

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During the first 10/15 minutes:

1/ I open my April Life Pages kit (kit = speed since you don’t have to go through supplies), 

2/ print my photos: for the sake of time, horizontal photos are printed in 4×6, vertical photos are printed 3×4 and square photos in 2.5×2.5 (if your photos are already printed, you’ll save even more time!)

3/ while I’m printing, I “sketch” photo placement in a notebook (nothing glamorous as you can see!) and quickly go through my calendar, my emails and my planner to jot down notes of what happened that week.

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For the next 10 minutes, I place my photos pretty much according to my “sketch” and select cards from the kit, trying out different combinations. When you have a variety of photos with different colors or photos that are pretty busy, my tip is to go with a monochromatic look (like I did here) with some black and white for contrast. It makes the process faster and easier and it will always look good! Then, I pull all the embellishments in the kit from the one color I chose and place them on my page:

 

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The part I always do last is the journaling. I usually do it on the computer or the typewriter but you will save even more time by handwriting it.

 

 

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Stamp the dates, add a little bit of stapling here and there, and it’s done!

 

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Supplies: April Life Pages kit, Tim Holtz mini stapler, Fancy Pants washi tape (from March Main Kit)
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