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Creating a Custom Insert for Your Life Pages Spread


Hi everyone!  It’s Adrienne here today to show you how I added a few extra photos to my Life Pages spread for Week 7.

My youngest son turned seven that week and I wanted to make sure that I included all of his birthday photos that I had captured by adding in a fun insert.  This way, I still had plenty of room for the rest of my week’s photos and it gave me room to create a special page to celebrate his special day.

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Supplies: March 2014 Main Kit, March Main Add-on Kit, March Add-on Kit #2, March 2014 Life Pages Kit, March Life Pages Main Add-on, March Life Pages Themed Add-On

I normally use Design A pocket page protectors for my weekly spreads, but I wanted to mix it up a bit with my insert and alter a Design F protector instead.  I used my paper trimmer and cut the three vertical pockets on the right side of the protector off so the insert would be a little smaller than my normal weekly spread.  So now instead of 11 pockets to fill, I only have 8…


Next, I embellished a 4×6 Life Pages card from one of the March kits using the gold foil paper from the Life Pages Themed Add-on, my Silhouette machine, and some of this month’s cut files.  I also added a Daily Stories Wood Veneer arrow from Theresa Collins from the Main Add-on Kit.  The tiny gold enamel hearts from My Mind’s Eye were perfect for placing inside of the four-leaf clover on the sentiment “Lucky”.


I knew that I wanted to add a few confetti pockets to my insert so I filled the top right and bottom left 3×4 pockets with sequins and a couple of wood veneer chevrons from Theresa Collins.  After I filled the pockets, I stitched the tops closed using my sewing machine.  Adding a confetti pocket is a great way to add some visual interest and whimsy to a spread and can be filled with different things such as glitter, small die cuts, punched paper confetti, or tiny beads.


I used a few more wood veneer pieces for another pocket on the insert and attached them to the outside of my page protector using some glue dots.  I slipped a 3×4 piece of the Webster’s Pages Mint Love Cards Overlays inside of the pocket to add a transparent effect to my page.


For my next filler card, I cut a 3×4 piece from the White Birch Wood Paper and inked the edges using some of the gold ink available in the Main Kit.  I wrapped the gold twine around the entire card and placed a chipboard piece from Theresa Collins on top…the boy “potty person” seemed quite fitting 🙂


And here’s a look at the reverse side of my insert…

Life Pages Spread // via Gossamer Blue #projectlife

I added a few more photos and a journaling card documenting how we celebrated my son’s seventh birthday on this side.

Life Pages Spread // via Gossamer Blue #projectlifeLife Pages Spread // via Gossamer Blue #projectlife

Adding an insert is a great way to include any extra photos, ephemera, or journaling from a specific event without taking up extra space in your weekly spread.  You could use any size page protector or alter your own to make it work for your design.  It’s also a great way to break out of your normal routine and think outside of the box!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



3 Comments to “Creating a Custom Insert for Your Life Pages Spread”

It’s gorgeous! It makes me want to get out the sewing machine. I can’t wait to get my kit. Thank you for the inspiration. Take care, Kim 🙂

love it! i have been wanting to try sequins in a pocket….love how yours look! thanks for the inspiration!!!

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