When the art of scrapbooking started many years ago,
scrapbook's were just was their name implied: book of
scraps. The scraps contained in these books were much
more like scraps of a person's life. Little bits and pieces
of where they had been and what they had done.
Just like our ancestors, we each save mementos and
memorabilia that means much to us. We save these items
because we know that years down the road, we are going
to wish we had them to tell the tale of our life. But often
times, we can save so much, that we are unsure of what
to do with it all! It starts to become increasingly hard to
include every bit and piece in our layouts!
One option that scrappers have found is creating pocket
pages. Pocket pages are simply that - a pocket that you
create on a page in your album. The pocket is designed
to match your layout and then you have a place to put all
those birthday cards or vacation maps and brochures.
There are many variations for creating a pocket page. I
would like to share with you the basics, so that you may be
able to adapt them to you own style.
First, you will need two pieces of paper or cardstock, which
are the same width. Of course, if you have been working on
a birthday layout, for example, you are going to want your
pocket page to match the colors and patterns in it, so be sure
to keep this in mind. One piece of paper will be used for the
"background" and the other piece of paper will but cut in half,
and will be used to create the pocket.
At this point, you will want to decorate your pocket and
background page any way you wish. You can use stickers, diecuts, paper piecing, or even creative lettering. The
are endless! After your two pieces are embellished the way you
desire, you will need to attach your "pocket" to the background.
Remember, when gluing your pocket to the page, you will want to
leave the top open and only glue the sides and bottom to your
After your pocket page is complete, you are now ready to place it
in your album and fill it with your memories!
If you would like some more ideas on creating your own pocket
"Suitecase Pocket Page"
Several Ideas: Christmas Card; Baby; Love Notes Pocket Page
"Dance Performance Pocket Page"
"Tuxedo Pocket Page"
©2001 Brandie Valenzuela