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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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Suzanna’s Pocket Pages

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Hey friends! I’m so excited to be back with another blog post this month! The March kits have such fun and vibrant colors – perfect for getting in the mood for spring.

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I used the main kit to create a two page spread documenting a little best friend time I had with my bestie! The patterned papers were calling my name, so I had to trim them down into cards for my pocket pages.

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For embellishments, I focused on stickers because they were perfect for how I was feeling about the memories (super happy!!)

I also wanted to do a little journaling on a card with a dark/heavy pattern. I used a little white acrylic paint to create a very thin and intentionally messy layer over the card. You can see the pattern through the paint, but the white layer makes my writing pop so it’s easier to read.

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To add a little dimension, I popped that “yes” wood veneer piece up on a piece of foam and layered it over a fun washi strip. I love the way that piece adds my exact feeling of “YES!!” to the journaling below it.

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I finished off these pages by making a card using my favorite patterned paper from the main kit and the cutest sticker I have ever seen – that little bear.

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This really was a perfect day, so I’m so happy I was able to document that in a way that did the memories justice.

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I can’t wait to share more crafty goodness with you next month! Until then, I’ll see y’all on Instagram!

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