Using Pocket Page Cards on a Traditional Layout

One of the biggest trends in the Scrapbook Industry at the moment is Pocket Page scrapping (i.e. Project Life and all it’s look-a-likes). I admire those that can keep up with an album about their daily life on a regular basis but I am not one of them. I do love the 3×4″ and 4×6″ journaling cards however, so finding a neat way to incorporate them into my traditional 12×12″ pages is a must if I am ever to whittle down my stash!!

Today I am sharing one such layout.

#Modern Parenting by Alison Day

I loved the pack of journaling cards from Pink Paislee in my July 2014 Gossamer Blue Add-on kit! The colours and designs were so cute I had to find a way to use them on my layouts. Here I’ve managed to fit 5 on there. That’s right, 5!! 4 whole ones and one that I cut and used just a portion of (I’ll show you a close up of it shortly).

I sort of created this layout backwards. Something I will do if I don’t have a particular photo in front of me that I want to scrap or if I’m just feeling the need to “play” with my supplies rather than get down a certain story. This was the case with this layout. And it all started with a scrap of Kraft coloured card stock!

Creating your own patterned paper with stamps and spray mists

I was looking at this piece of leftover card stock and my set of doily stamps from Jillibean Soup and thought, “why not make my own patterned paper?”

Why not indeed!

I used some Soft Suede ink from Stampin Up to create the tone on tone look and several of the stamps from the set. I love the subtle texture it gives and the random look of the pattern. To jazz it up even more I added some splatters of white Mister Huey spray mist (Studio Calico) and some Gold Lame Color shine from Heidi Swapp.

Once the mists were dry I went looking through my remaining papers to create a pleasing combination. I loved the look of the white washed brick with the kraft and then adding the brightly coloured telephone print as my 12×12 background sheet made it all sing! That also meant I could pull out the coordinating journaling cards and choose my favourite ones. I figured that somewhere in my 1000’s of digital photos there had to be one of some child of mine with a cell phone!!

See what I mean about creating this layout backwards? I pretty much had the layout design completed BEFORE I went hunting for a photo!

Have you ever done that? Did you love the layout you created?


Once the photo was chose it was a matter of finding the right arrangement of the cards. When I had them all lined up along the bottom of my layout I realized I needed to do two things. One, round the corners of my photo to match the journaling cards. And two, add a thin strip of dark card stock as a grounding line for everything to sit on.


Then it was time to play with fun embellishments. I added some brads and enamel dots (both from My Mind’s Eye) from my June kit leftovers but everything else is from my July stash.


Here’s the close up that shows the 5th journaling card. I just cut about an inch or so off the top of one the pink diagonal striped ones and tucked it under the journaling strip from the July Printable sheet. The three blue arrows as well as the grey tile letter stickers that make up the title are from an October Afternoon set in the Add-On Kit.

This layout started in an unconventional manner but I love it! It is so good to change things up every now and then.

Why not give it a try yourself and share your results over on my Facebook Page? We’d love to see how you use your pocket style journaling cards!

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