20 Pocket Scrapbooking Tips & Ideas

For a lot of us, September marks the beginning of one of the busier times of the year. The “-ber” months. With the start of a new and unique school year, followed by the most celebrated family centered seasonal time, including fall festivities, then Thanksgiving, and eventually Hanukah and Christmas, during which we try to cram as much jubilee as possible into our already busy lives—we all have so much going on, and it may feel like there is just no time to dedicate to preserving all of these fond, albeit sometimes somewhat hectic, memories.

What if we told you that scrapbooking can be fast, simple, and easy! It is a perfect time to discover, or rediscover, the simplicity of scrapbooking in pockets! By using Memory Protectors™ with multiple pockets, you can quickly catch up on your scrapbooking or just add photos, art, and journaling (and any other keepsake that you can fit into a pocket) to your albums.

From how to tell a story to the creating of the artwork that goes along with it, pocket scrapbooking is a memory keeping style all its own. If you are new to this style of scrapbooking or are simply looking for inspiration for your pages, we’ve compiled a list of artwork tips and ideas for you below!

Pocket Scrapbooking Tips & Ideas:

1. Fill no more than half your pockets on a page with non-photo elements.

2. Stick to a color palette, pulling color ideas from your photos.

3. Use Picture My Life™ pocket cards (designed to coordinate with each other in theme and color).

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4. Design and make your own pocket cards from papers, Thin Cuts, stickers, and stamps. (This is a great way to use up some of your scraps, too!)

5. Fill pockets with other things, besides cards or photos (ticket stubs, loose Cricut® shapes, sequins, etc.).
Tip: We sealed the sequins pocket you see in our example so the sequins wouldn’t fall out.

6. Make a statement and split large titles or photos into multiple squares.
Tip: Consider printing a large 6 x 8 photo and split it up into several pockets!

7. Use the negative space of a Cricut® shape to create a pocket card. If the space is large enough, back it with a light color cardstock and use the space for journaling. If you are cutting several small shapes (like our 2019 below), back it with cardstock or any other paper that will add interest to your layout.

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8. Add a sentiment to your photos by stamping directly on them
Tip: If your photo has any sort of finish on them, we recommend you use StazOn™ ink. If it is a truly matte photo, Archival Black is a good choice.

9. Don’t want to stamp on your photos but want a similar effect? Stamp directly onto the pocket Memory Protector™ with StazOn™ ink, instead.

10. Add embellishments to the outside of the Memory Protectors™.

11. Use Flip Flaps™! If you have too many photos or things that you want to work into a page but not enough pockets (or enough to fill whole other page) add these stick on pockets that flip up (or in any direction that you attach them) to reveal whatever is underneath!

12. Similarly, if you have too many photos for a traditional scrapbook layout, and don’t want to create another layout with all of the remaining photos, use pocket pages to display these.

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13. If you have a piece of memorabilia to display that is too small for a pocket, mount it onto a piece of paper that will fit.

14. Create a window to the next page in your album by partially filling a pocket (use a smaller photo, half a pocket card, etc.).

15. Number your photos to give your page or layout a more narrative direction. Take this a step further by adding numbered journaling to a pocket card that corresponds with the numbered photos.

16. Create color visual triangles. This means to purposefully place the same color in three different places that, when connected, form a triangle.

17. Don’t have time, or care for, writing in full paragraphs? Use bullet journaling to keep track of the details of a memory!

18. If one of your pockets is holding a card that you want to remember to pull out when you revisit the page, add a tab along the edge of the card on the open side of the pocket.

19. Easily add some visual interest to your photos by trimming them down ¼” and mounting them on a piece of paper that fits the pockets exactly, creating a border around your photos.

20. Sometimes things don’t fit in pockets—like notes, journal pages, your grandma’s favorite clock—take photos of these things to include them in your stories.

21. We said 20, so this one is a bonus: plan ahead. If you know you will be going on a tropical vacation, or camping, or pumpkin picking—there are activities that you know for certain you will be participating in (playing on the beach, sitting around a camp fire, walking through a pumpkin patch, etc.). When you are scrapbooking with pockets, it’s easy to lay out some pages really quickly for these types of events without having the photos yet. Once you have them, add them. If you don’t like the way it’s laid out, rearrange! Easy-peasy!

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If you just went through our list and still find yourself at a loss for how to begin, or otherwise feel that your finished pocket layouts didn’t turn out quite right, try revisiting one of our previous posts, 5 Approaches to Pocket Scrapbooking, where we share additional ideas to get you thinking about how to create a pocket page or layout, and to get you up to speed on this popular style of scrapbooking.

Whether you’re cutting things up, attaching them to a pocket card, or creating a pocket for a group of items—there is no wrong way to tell your story. In the comments below, share with all of us how you are using pocket scrapbooking in your memory keeping.


Recipes:12″ x 12″ Hooray for Today Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
D1938 My Acrylix® Love Lives Here Stamp Set, D1926 My Acrylix® Simple Florals Stamp Set, X9017 Mix-in Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6044 Peach Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z6047 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2851 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7258D Summer Vibes Picture My Life™ Cards, Z4235 Gold Loose Sequins, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z1950 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™ Design 3, Z1951 12″ x 12″ Memory Protectors™ Design 4

6″ x 8″ On this Day Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
D1929 My Acrylix® Paper Pal Beach Day Stamp Set, D1932 My Acrylix® Joyful Sunflower Stamp Set, CC7203 Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7258D Summer Vibes Picture My Life™ Cards, Z4304 Silver Loose Sequins, Z3191 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™ Design 2, Z3192 6″ x 8″ Memory Protectors™ Design 1

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Patterned Paper Coordinating Cricut® Collections!

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There’s nothing like a well-placed Cricut® cut to give your projects that extra pop! When you bring Cricut into the mix, your crafting possibilities are endless. In order to offer even more creative options, we’ve partnered with Cricut to create coordinating mini collections for the paper collections featured in our bi-monthly catalogs!

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Although we recently said goodbye to our May–June catalog, along with the Aurora and Stitched Together suites, you can still access their coordinating Cricut® collections. These mini Cricut collections, will be available exclusively through your Close To My Heart Consultant for a whole year!

Today, we’re giving you an exclusive look at the Aurora and Stitched Together Cricut® collections and introducing you to the new Summer Vibes and Timber collections from our July–August catalog. These collections are designed to coordinate seamlessly with the patterns, stamps, stickers, and embellishments included in their corresponding paper suites. However, these versatile Cricut shapes can also be used on their own as you branch out and open the door to new avenues of creative possibility! 

AURORA

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With rugged designs and a rustic feel, you’ll be ready to embrace the call of the wilderness with the Cricut® Aurora Collection.

Aurora Cricut

Just look at how these simple pine tree and wolf shapes coordinate with the Aurora paper patterns and stamps to create beautifully unique background elements, while this adorable airplane creates a perfect focal point for this fun card!

STITCHED TOGETHER

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Good times are made even more memorable when paired with the delightful Stitched Together Cricut® collection!

Stitched Together Cricut

When the shapes in this collections are combined with the vibrant designs and color palette of the Stitched Together suite, you’ll be amazed at the artistic possibilities you’ll find!

You can use the Stitched Together Cricut shapes to create eye-catching accents like the miniature floral bunches, fun butterflies, and cute title banner you see below!

 

SUMMER VIBES

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Sunglasses and sandals set the tone for the exuberant Summer Vibes Cricut® collection! With so many fun, summertime shapes to choose from, you can create the perfect title, accent, or background piece to coordinate with your Summer Vibes artwork.

Summer Vibes Cricut

Using Cricut shapes in your artwork is a great way to cultivate a unique, polished look. Because these shapes coordinate flawlessly with the other elements in the Summer Vibes paper collection, you can create stunning page elements, like this innovative combination of a Cricut shape, Thin Cuts die-cuts, and a Summer Vibes acrylic shape! (Can you tell which is which?)

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TIMBER

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Prepare to get lost in a rich and rewarding crafting adventure as you explore new territory with the Timber Cricut® collection! Let your creativity run free as you discover all the fun options the Timber Cricut collection has to offer and blaze new trails as you create your own stunning combinations with the Timber Cricut shapes!

Timber Cricut

By using the Timber Cricut shapes in conjunction with the exclusive stamps in the Timber collection, you can create stunning textures and movement within the shape itself. These pine trees are a great example of how a simple pattern and a simple Cricut shape can come together to make something great!

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Feeling inspired? Great! All of these collection-coordinated Cricut® shapes can be yours today! For our readers in North America, you can add these fun collections to your Cricut account by visiting your Close To My Heart Consultant’s website and clicking on the Cricut icon at the bottom of the page. From there, you’ll be able to view and purchase any of the four collections we’ve shown you today. Once you’ve completed your purchase, you’ll be able to go into your Cricut Design Space™ account and search for these shapes in the “Image Sets” section on the “Images” tab.

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Our readers in Australia and New Zealand may view and purchase these collections through your Consultant’s website. You will then be emailed a redeemable code.

We can’t wait to see how you use these awesome Cricut® shapes in your own creations! Leave a comment below to tell us about your favorite collection and how you’re using these designs in your own artwork!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Wide Open Spaces Layout
X7265S Aurora Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7256C Aurora Coordinating Cardstock, X6030 Evergreen CardstockX5946 Linen Cardstock, X7256E Aurora Acrylic Shapes, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam TapeZ2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Aurora Collection

4¼” x 5½” Escape Card (Vertical)
X7256S Aurora Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7256 Aurora Coordinating Cardstock, X5946 Linen CardstockX5954 Pewter Cardstock, X7256E Aurora Acrylic Shapes, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Aurora Collection

6″ x 8″ Count Your Blessings Layout
X7257S Stitched Together Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7257C Stitched Together Coordinating Cardstock, X6047 Black CardstockX5985 Smoothie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy CardstockZ2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots,Cricut® Stitched Together Collection

4¼” x 5½” Happy Everything Card (Vertical)
C1842 My Acrylix® Stitched Together—Cardmaking Stamp Set, C1847 My Acrylix® Celebrating You Stamp Set, X7257S Stitched Together Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet, X7257C Stitched Together Coordinating Cardstock, X6047 Black Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade CardstockX5985 Smoothie Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3370 White PearlsZ3341 Thin 3-D Foam Dots, Cricut® Stitched Together Collection

12″ x 12″ Summer Page
Z3745 Summer Vibes Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin CutsX7258S Summer Vibes Paper Packet + Sticker SheetX5960 Fern CardstockX5978 Glacier Cardstock, X6035 Lemonade Cardstock, X6043 Nectarine CardstockX6044 Peach Cardstock1385 White Daisy CardstockZ2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadX7258E Summer Vibes Acrylic ShapesZ4304 Silver Loose SequinsZ4213 Silver Embellishing ThreadZ1799 Silver Shimmer TrimZ3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01)Z1151 3-D Foam TapeZ2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Summer Vibes Collection, Die-cutting Machine

12″ x 12″ Summer Sunshine Layout
Z3745 Summer Vibes Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin CutsX7258S Summer Vibes Paper Packet + Sticker SheetX5960 Fern CardstockX5978 Glacier CardstockX6035 Lemonade Cardstock1385 White Daisy CardstockZ2850 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ4189 Intense Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadX7258E Summer Vibes Acrylic ShapesZ2482 Citrus TriBlend™ MarkerZ2481 Coral TriBlend™ MarkerZ2479 Gold Brown TriBlend™ MarkerZ697 Round SpongeZ2060 Thin 3-D Foam TapeZ1151 3-D Foam TapeZ2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Summer Vibes Collection, Cricut® Artistry Collection, Cricut® Basic Shapes, Die-cutting Machine, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry #M418DFA
Basic Shapes #M369896

12″ x 12″ The Mountains Are Calling Page
C1858 My Acrylix® Timber—Cardmaking Stamp Set, D1941 My Acrylix® Timber—Scrapbooking Stamp SetX7259S Timber Paper Packet + Sticker SheetX7259E Timber Die-cuts, X7259D Timber Picture My Life™ CardsX6047 Black CardstockX5951 Espresso CardstockX6046 French Vanilla CardstockX5959 New England Ivy CardstockZ2835 New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadZ4235 Gold Loose SequinsZ3515 Black Journaling Pen (.01), Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam TapeZ2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots, Cricut® Timber Collection, Cricut® Basic Shapes, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Basic Shapes #M3699879

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