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I had a couple little stories that I wanted to tell about the interval between our dinner at Akershus in Norway and our time in Mexico, so I made a little pocket page.

This is a four-pocket 8.5″x11″ page that I cut down to a vertical strip of two pockets. I used similar supplies to my “Noches Mexicana” page, because these pockets will be to the left of that page.

I added a wood veneer camera to the cluster in the top pocket…

…and this tiny world map block from Starshine was perfect for a story from Epcot’s World Showcase. I paired it with a heat-embossed and fussy cut camera.

It was a quick little page because I used the full layout to inspire my product choices!

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This page is on the back of the righthand side of the spread I just shared in my previous post!  Crafty Jen Schow’s sixth Stashbusting Month challenge is to “fill in the blanks” in an album.  For the most part, I prefer to make “traditional” (non-pocket) layouts, so this challenge was a welcome motivation to keep working on the pocket pages in my Disney 2016 album.

We got some lovely photos of my daughter and Princess Aurora in the France Pavilion of the Epcot World Showcase, and so this layout is meant to really feature them.


When I was planning out my prints for this page, I decided to make the more “full-length” shot of the two of them really large: I created a 6″x8″ canvas for my photo in Photoshop Elements and subdivided it into two 4″x6″ to add to my print order.  When I received my prints, I cut the lower 4″x6″ in half so that the pockets collage together to make the whole.

The rest of the layout was pretty straightforward.  I wanted to add in some of Shimelle’s “Head in the Clouds” collection with the “Starshine”, and this layout even includes colorful starry paper from “Glitter Girl!”  I thought it would be fun to reference Sleeping Beauty with a quote about a dreamer…


The rose-gold alphas from the “Head in the Clouds” project pad were a perfect compliment to all the pink…


And this castle card from a cut-apart sheet was exactly what I needed to fill in the last pocket (isn’t that rose-gold foiling so pretty??).


P.S. I’m so excited that I was able to complete all six of Crafty Jen Schow’s Stashbusting Month challenges!!  What a great series…

patterned paper: Shimelle “Starshine” 6″x6″ paper pad, 12″x12″ paper pad (detail-cut rose from Mercury floral paper, journaling block from Astro cut-apart paper), “Glitter Girl” Treat Yourself, “Head in the Clouds” project pad
embellishments: Shimelle “Starshine” chipboard stickers, ephemera, Project Life Baby Edition journaling card
alphas: Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” project pad stickers, Shimelle #stickerbook

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This next spread that I completed for my Disney 2016 album is the beginning of our afternoon in Epcot’s World Showcase.


When we entered that section of the park, I took a series of photographs that I later stitched together in Lightroom to create a panorama view of the different country pavilions around the lake.  I printed it as four 4×6 photos and cut them each in half so that the panorama spans the spread.  I really like the effect!!

Here are individual photos of the left and right pages (by the way, the left page is an upside-down design F pocket page:



I used the map print paper from Shimelle’s Starshine to create a large title block at the top left of the spread.  I trimmed the border from the paper and reassembled it around the 4″x12″ piece to frame it.  For the title, I hand-lettered the word “world” and cut it out.  I’m still not convinced that I love it (originally I had intended to scan it and make it into a cut file…), but I do like how it picks up the navy blue lettering in the large circular chipboard sticker, and the white helps it to stand out from the aqua behind it.


Thanks to Crafty Jen Schow’s fifth Stashbusting Month challenge, I had some “rails” to put this layout together. The challenge was “Scrapbook Bingo”, and I chose to use the fourth row of the grid:

  • use 3+ patterned papers: I used 6 different papers from my Shimelle Starshine pad  (some are cut-aparts)
  • use scraps: I cut into only one whole sheet of paper for this one–the map print for the title block.  All the other bits and pieces are cut (banners, backgrounds, photo mats) or fussy-cut (flowers, camera, stamped camera) from scraps.
  • use something I’ve been hoarding: the chipboard stickers from Shimelle’s “Starshine” have definitely been hoarded! I will admit I was stingy in using them even on this page, since I only used two…  but I have so much album still to make!  I will also say that some of the patterned papers also fall into that “hoarded” category, especially the floral from Starshine.
  • use journal cards: I used two 4″x6″ journal cards from old Project Life core kits (Clementine and Jade) to hold the longer stories on this spread, and on the bottom left, I used a patterned journal card from Clementine behind a photo.
  • use sequins: I sprinkled some gold sequins around where I would have otherwise used enamel dots








patterned paper: Shimelle “Starshine” : Mercury, Hubble, Orion, Galileo, Pioneer, Pathfinder
journaling cards: Project Life “Jade” and “Clementine” core kits
embellishments: Shimelle “Starshine” chipboard stickers, Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” stamps, one little flower sticker from Echo Park “Beautiful Life” 12×12 sticker sheet, sequins
alphas: American Crafts Thickers “Happy” gold glitter

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Some of the stories that I want to include in my Disney 2016 album are not big enough for their own page, but I still want to tell them, and for that, pocket pages are perfect.  This page faces the Carousel layout and is on the front side of the pocket page that faces my Dumbo layout.

small stories from our first day in Magic Kingdom, Disney 2016

P.S. There will be one more tiny photo in the bottom lefthand pocket… I just need to place another photo order!

The thing I’ve discovered about myself is that it’s hard for me to use anything but “scraps” for pocket pages, especially when I’m making an album that also has full-page layouts.  So this was the perfect match for Crafty Jen Schow’s third challenge for this year’s Stashbusting Month: Use Leftovers!  I started with off-cuts of papers that I used in the Carousel layout, since these pages are facing each other.  The rest of the papers are scraps that I’ve saved from making other layouts in my album, and I also pulled out leftover journaling cards from past Project Life kits — I used one whole, but I cut up three others to include in the other pockets.  I even had Husband write one of the captions in his own handwriting!


The one “newer” thing that I dove into for this page is the Shimelle #stickerbook.  I found some perfect little embellishments to scatter around the pockets– they help keep everything cohesive.


patterned paper: Shimelle “Glitter Girl” (stars and cloud branding strip) and “Starshine” (stripes, green and blue chevrons, cut apart), Anna Griffin “Carmen” (yellow quatrefoil)
journaling cards: Project Life “Baby” and “Jade” Editions
embellishments: Shimelle “Starshine” diecut, Shimelle #stickerbook, Paper Studio enamel dots, Shimelle “Head in the Clouds” washi tape
other: aqua tissue paper

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I mentioned before that our experience at “Enchanted Tales with Belle” was one of the most magical parts of our trip to Disney World in 2016 (see all the pages in the album so far), and so I decided to expand the story over a couple pocket pages and then have a 12×12 layout to culminate. This pocket page recounts the story of my daughter’s interaction with Belle at the end of the attraction.

As I worked on embellishing the photos and journaling cards, I discovered that the Echo Park “Beautiful Life” collection flower stickers were a great coordinate for the roses in Shimelle’s “Starshine” collection!


My daughter was feeling quite shy, so she didn’t participate in the storytelling (though she could have if she had wanted to!), but at the end, she definitely wanted to meet Belle.


She walked up to Belle and gave her a hug, and her tiara came off!


Princess Belle was so lovely– instead of me putting it back onto V’s head, she said, “Oh, let me!” and gently placed it back on my daughter’s head.


“This is beyond MAGICAL” stamps from Kelly Purkey (Clearly Kelly/Hero Arts)

After that, they twirled together and curtseyed:


It was such a sweet, incredible experience to see my 5-year-old daughter, who at the time was completely enamored with princesses (she imagined them as her constant companions), get to interact with a “real” princess for the first time.  Belle was amazing, and made this whole encounter so much better than I could have imagined!


Stay tuned for the 12×12 layout (finally! haha!)…

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Last January, I was on a roll!  I was participating in a scrapbook Facebook group with great challenges, and I was making lots of progress on the first part of my Disney 2016 scrapbook.  I started– and nearly finished– a layout about my daughter meeting Belle on our very first day in Disney World.  We had an absolutely magical experience at “Enchanted Tales with Belle.”  As I was about to write the journaling, I realized that the story was pretty big, and it needed more space, more pages, really, to be adequately told.

This particular experience– the very first attraction we saw (and my children’s first-ever at Disney World) was so magical and meaningful that I wanted to take my time and tell the whole story.  It is definitely one of the very top highlights of the entire trip.

I took a step back and started organizing and planning some pocket pages that would help tell the rest of the story, but I needed more photos to be printed.  It took me a while to get that order ready and sent off, so this story and that layout has been waiting for almost a year to be finished!  And it’s still not done.  haha.

So this post is about the first of the pocket pages to start telling the story (I’ll show the original 12×12 layout in a future post, don’t worry, haha!).  Really, this page starts before we even get to Belle!


Part of this page was made last year, and I finally finished it up the other day when I was trying to decide which scrapbook project to do next to keep up my creative momentum.  I didn’t have much time, and I was feeling a bit stumped, so I decided this would be a good intermediate project since it had been started already.

The story begins right after our “grand entrance” into Magic Kingdom on our very first day in Disney World.  The “Always believe something wonderful is about to happen” card from one of the Starshine cut-apart sheets was absolutely perfect for this page!

We took some family photos on Main Street with the Castle (they will be on the front of this pocket page), and then the Photopass photographer took some with just my daughter in the Belle dress that I’d made for her.  I cut them square and added them into the two vertical pockets on the left side of the page.  To connect them, I designed these pockets as one long 4″x12″ section, so the banners are split between the two pockets.  I fussy-cut florals from one of the Starshine papers to add more embellishment.



I ended up making a flip-up on the top right of the page, since I had more story and photos than I could fit here (and they wouldn’t fit in the next insert).


I made a hinge on the outside of the page protector with washi tape (so it’s pretty) covered with packing tape (so it’s strong) and re-punched the hole in the page protector.


I also tell the tiny story of how sweet and serious my little boy was to meet Princess Belle at the end of the attraction.




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I thought it might be interesting to write down my process for planning the pocket pages in my 2019 album.  So while I was working through my April photos and stories (yes, I know it’s November…but life got busy!), I took some photos and wrote down my steps.

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1. Gather all the stuff. 

I’ve made a point to save bits and pieces: ticket stubs, business cards, name tags, programs, wristbands, etc. to include in this album.  I think physical memorabilia is really interesting.  In my album, I’m keeping a 12×12 page protector for each month to collect all these things in one place. I’ve also been using a free printable from Simple Stories (specifically a page from the February 2019 printable set) to collect some notes each month (I fell off this bandwagon during the summer, but I’m getting back on it this fall!  I’ve actually printed it out 12 times, duplex, so that I have it ready for each month).  It’s on this sheet that I record notes that don’t necessarily have specific dates associated with them: the things I’ve been listening to or watching, the foods that I’ve especially enjoyed throughout the month, and occasionally some notes about how I’ve felt during the month.

I spread out all of this stuff where I can see it easily, and I get out my computer and my planner to help me with the next step.

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2.  Make little paper notes. 

I’m a fairly visual/tactile planner, so I’ve found that it helps for me to start out with little slips of paper — one slip for each thing I want to include in my album.  Since I use a lot of PDF sewing patterns, I save the off-cut portions of the pages to use as scrap paper.  They’re usually oddly-shaped, so they’re perfect for tearing into little slips.

In order to write these slips, I look through all my stuff (step 1), all the photos I took that month, and all the notes I made in my planner.  Each item gets its own slip so that I can physically move it around as I do my actual page planning.

At this stage, I’m starting to get an idea (from looking through my photos again) which things will have a larger (literally) presence in my album.  I’m starting to think about how many inserts and “regular” (not pocket page) layouts I’ll add… but that’s for the next step.

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3a. Plan the pockets. 

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m a pretty structured person.  For me to enjoy my scrapbook-making, I like to have all of my photo sizes and placement planned ahead, especially for pocket pages.

In this step, I take my little slips of paper and I actually move them around on the divided page protectors.  I have cut out templates of my “standard” smaller photo sizes (3″x4″, 2″x3″, 1.5″x2″– these are the orange and olive green pieces in the photos) so that I can really visualize what will fit in a pocket.

I’m using Design A for my main pages.  I don’t have a specific number of pages that I am aiming to fill–just what makes sense for the stories I have.  However, I do try to make sure that I end up with filled pages– I want each month to start on a new 12″x12″.

The pockets aren’t exactly in chronological order, but I do try to stick to a general idea of chronology– the stuff on the left hand page generally has occurred before the stuff on the right hand page.  When I want a particular photo/story in a particular place, I use some items (like family swim, projects I completed that month, “listening,” “watching,”) to fill in gaps and keep that general chronological flow.

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3b. Make a diagram.

In addition to the little slips in the actual pockets, I have found that it is super helpful later to have a diagram of the pages, too.  I’ll do a rough little sketch of pockets, make notes about what I want to make sure to include in the journaling, etc.

As I determine my photo sizes, I move them into collections in Lightroom.  I have collections set up for each of my smaller photo sizes so that I can batch “print” them to 4″x6″ canvases for actual printing.  I also export my “full-size” 4×6 photos to a To Print folder that I keep on my desktop.  This is where I collect all of the files to send to Persnickety Prints (my favorite).  I like to print in large batches, so this helps me to keep track of what is ready to go.

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4. Plan inserts.  

While I’m deciding where each smaller story will go in my pockets, I’m also identifying larger stories that will get pulled out into inserts.  For instance, the issue with my ankle has become a larger story this year than I expected, and so I’ve started making inserts where I’m “highlighting” all the ankle stuff for that month when there was a lot going on.  We also took a big road trip to visit family and friends in April, so that is being “upgraded” to several inserts that will spotlight the different aspects of that trip.  Since it was Easter, I’m planning to make two traditional layouts that feature a family photo and the egg hunt my kids did at my in-laws’ house on Easter Sunday.

Sometimes these inserts get planned as I’m working on the main plan for the month, but usually I leave these until the end of my monthly process!

Except for the traditional layouts, which I am planning to make 12″x12″, I like my inserts to be smaller than 12″x12″.  Most often, I simply cut down different pocket pages (one column of a Design B page, or a Design A cut down to mimic Design H), but I also like the Becky Higgins Design G pages.

5.  Print the photos and make the pages!

After I plan several months and/or decide on other photos I want to print for other projects, I use Lightroom to batch print the smaller sizes into 4″x6″ photo files.  I have a number of printing templates set up for this, and they make it so quick and easy!

I send off my photo order (usually to Persnickety Prints!) and eagerly await their arrival in my mailbox.  You can see how I distribute the prints into my albums in THIS post

and then….it’s on to making the pages!  Check out my 2019 album progress by clicking THIS link (as of the writing of this post, I’ve only fully completed the January pages!)

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….now on to plan May…and June…and July…and August…and on and on!  I’ve got some catching up to do!

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I’m coming down the home stretch for my son’s photo-a-day baby album!  I have a few inserts to finish and I need to add weekly date cards, but it’s almost finished, and I am so happy about that.

The other day, I sat down to work on this insert, which documents our trip as a family with my parents to the National Zoo.



I wasn’t sure what supplies I would use at first, but I wanted to challenge myself to use something out of my stash.  I recently re-organized some of my patterned paper from a portable portfolio into an organizer on my studio shelves, which made it super easy to start thumbing through what I have on hand.  I pulled out a small stack of papers that a friend recently handed down to me, and as soon as I saw them, I knew they’d be perfect.


I didn’t let myself stop and think and worry whether there was something else that could work, I just got to work finding embellishments that would coordinate!  I pulled out my box and collected a few things that caught my eye right away: some wooden flower pieces leftover from my daughter’s princess mini album, small flag-shaped plastic clips from the old Studio Calico kit I used for my January 2019 pocket pages, and some lime green and orange paper flowers from the September 2011 Lucky Girls kit!


The paper flowers are pretty bulky, so I intentionally smashed them down a bit before adding them to my pockets so that they would be a bit flatter…


I printed out some labels onto cream cardstock to add my journaling throughout the pockets.


It was so satisfying how quickly this insert came together.  The colors are just perfect for the zoo atmosphere.  It was also satisfying to use some products that I really liked that were just languishing in my stash!


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…and with this insert, my January pages in my 2019 album are complete!

This insert is all about Husband’s birthday.  The front is about our little celebration as a family.


I used more of the Heidi Swapp color magic tile alphas to make the title.  On this side, I wanted to leave more of the white showing so that they stood out from the busy background pattern, so I only added the ink blending over the letters.


The card in the bottom pocket has details about what we did, and layered under the photo is a glassine envelope (originally, it held embellishments that came with the Studio Calico kit).  I made a small tag to fit inside the envelope– pulling it out shows a list of the gifts we gave Husband.


On the back, I feature the story of Husband’s annual game afternoon with friends.


Again, I used the tile alphas, blending my inks to coordinate with the patterned papers.


I added some pleated tissue paper under the layers to add some more texture; this coordinates with pockets in the main pages for January.  I want to make sure that the inserts tie in together with the whole month.



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Previously, I’ve said that I dislike pocket scrapbooking in general, but working on these pages recently has made me start to revise that opinion.  “Traditional” layouts have been and will continue to be my favorite, but I am really starting to enjoy pockets more.

I think part of this transition is treating the pages as a unified whole, in a way.  My process for assembling them has changed: I’ve been using a kit of supplies (whether it’s an actual retail kit or a kit that I put together out of my own stash), and that has helped me to tie everything together.  It’s more similar to working in a grid on a traditional page rather than treating each pocket separately, and it’s less overwhelming that way.  I’ll soon be sharing another pocket layout that I did for my son’s album using this same “kit” approach, and it came together so quickly– and I LOVE the end result.

I’m enjoying treating each month as a story to be told.  Certainly, I’m not trying to create a continuous narrative that reads like prose in a book, but I like looking back at a month as a whole, rather than the photo-a-day approach I’ve taken previously (such as my 2010 album, my 2012/daughter’s baby book 366 album, my son’s baby book 365 album).  Those albums are so valuable to me– I LOVE the end result, but the process was not very satisfying for me.  The pages in my 2019 album tell the story of the little things (and bigger things, when I add in layouts and inserts) that make up our life.  It’s a bit more continuous than a photo-a-day.

I’m happy that pocket scrapbooking has become more fun for me, and I’m excited to continue working on this 2019 album!

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It’s pretty hot here today: temperatures are in the 90s, even before you look at the heat index.  So what better time to look at some snow day memories, right?

This is the first of two inserts that will fit in my January 2019 pages in my 2019 album.  On the front side, I featured some photos of our family and our kids playing in the neighborhood on a day we got a lot of snow (for our area… we probably had 9″ or 10″ by the end of the day).


I used the same supplies as for the other January pages, with the addition of some snowflakes I cut with my Cameo from shimmery vellum.  This vellum has been in my stash for years and years, and I think this was the last piece!



I also pulled out some little white Colorbok dots to add some extra texture to the embellishment.

The alpha included in the Studio Calico kit was a set of Heidi Swapp Color Magic tile stickers (<–affiliate link…I didn’t realize that they were still available!).  I got out my pigment ink collection and used some aqua and light green to tint them to coordinate with the patterned papers I used.


The next day, school was cancelled, even though the weather was gorgeous in our neighborhood.  We went with some neighbors to the nearby high school to go sledding.  It was my kids’ first time sledding on a real hill, and it was SO fun.


I used many of the same motifs on this side of the insert: the alphas…


…and the vellum snowflakes.


The labels I used for journaling are all print-and-cuts that I made with my Cameo!


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