Good morning! I hope you are enjoying your lazy days of summer. I know I certainly am, but unfortunately they are definitely not lazy days. Much too much running around these past few months, which makes me realize just how quickly the time goes by and how important it is to document those moments no matter how small. I mean, that’s why we are memory keepers, right? That is why I got into pocket scrapping, so I could preserve our memories.
Over the past few years, I have gravitated toward pocket scrapping to document our day to day lives and had developed a pretty good system for getting it done. But somewhere along the line, I fell off the wagon and stopped scrapping altogether and not a day goes by that I don’t think about it. I still take lots of photos because I have faith that one day I will. Well, today is that day. With the site overhaul, I’ve decided to jump back into pocket scrapping and will be sharing my layouts and process each month in an attempt to inspire others to do the same. So this month I am going to share some of my best and worst layouts from my most complete year (2015), talk about what it is I like and don’t like about them and devise a system for completing it. So, let’s get started!
I love creating linear, grid style layouts. Be that as it may, it’s easy to change a grid style layout into a grungier, more organic, artsy style layout. For my example I am using a page I created last week. When I started my page I created a simple block layout to showcase a set of 6 photos. When I was done, you can certainly still see the base grid design, but I had a more distressed, artsy style page. Below you will see the simple grid base template I initially created set beside my page as it appeared when I was done with it:
Some people think pocket scrapping is too clean and linear for their style, so they don’t try it. Even paper pocket-style layouts can be dimensional and layered with items both inside and stuck on the outside of the pockets. The beauty of digital means our pocket scrapbook layouts can LOOK thick, or sticky with paint and packed to the brim but they will still fit neatly inside a plastic sleeve or printed out in a photobook.
Let’s face it, all of us that do weekly pocket spreads to document our everyday life have a week occasionally where it seems there’s just too much week and not enough photos. I’ve looked through my own albums and in some of the digi galleries out there and wanted to offer a few tips on how to fill up those empty pockets.
As Project Life or Pocket Scrapbooking has become a big trend in the Digital Scrapbooking world, many designers and scrapbookers are adopting this style with their unique approaches. I am here to show you some of these unique Pocket Scrapbooking layout styles.
Clean & Simple
Tiffany Emmanuel’s clean & simple style is so inspiring. I love how she uses just a few elements and focuses on her gorgeous photos. See more of Tiffany’s layouts here.
Well here we are folks. It’s December… ALREADY. Can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? I’m sure this month will be flying by just as fast and January will be here before you know it. To Project Lifers out there, this can be an exciting time because it means you are close to finishing up your yearly album! To Project Life attempters out there (like myself), this means that you may be thinking about trying it out again next year.
You tried this year. You even managed to stay on top of it for the first few months. You loved the moments you were capturing and the quotes that you were able to record. All because you were in that “mindset.” You know the one I’m talking about.
Last year I started Project Life and was pleased with the fact that I actually stuck with it for the whole year. In fact, I feel like I am addicted to it. There’s something about capturing the everyday moments that makes the memory keeper in me happy.