IMP Design Team Maribeth Lysen | Digital Journal Style Pocket Pages

April was a rough month. We couldn’t find permanent housing that worked for us. Houses were get snapped up, sight unseen and we just weren’t comfortable doing something like that. I felt like all my spare time and energy was going to finding us a place to live. Our short term rental was up in May and we were getting down to the wire. All that is to say, my picture and creative time were pretty sporadic this month. Memory keeping took a backseat to real life and that’s okay. It happens. With all of that going on, I’m “behind” on my 2022 album. Which is silly, since it’s not a race, and there’s no real deadline to finish. The scrapbooking police don’t show up and pass out tickets for tardiness. But personally, I do try and stay with in a month or two of the current month whenever possible to keep from getting overwhelmed. 

One of the best ways for me to “catch up” is to lean into digital scrapbooking. Since I have everything I need at the touch of a button, the process happens faster and I don’t need access to my physical supplies. I created this layout for my April One Little Word spread while working from a hotel room where I had zero physical supplies. And I don’t feel like I was missing anything! I love how this came together using the new IMP Digital Techniques Collection:

To get started I used two templates from NSB Designs and created a 18×12 canvas in Photoshop CC. I’ve been inspired lately by journal style scrapbooking so I took that approach to this layout and just tried playing with the style to see what I could create. I pulled my current favorite paper from the collection, this gorgeous watercolor stripe from The Practical Scrapper: Go To Paper #3. Next I pulled photos from April that I wanted to include that gave little snippets of what life looked like in April. This was a pretty quick process since I did’t have a lot of photos to choose from, which is okay. I’m happier when I have more to pick from, but it’s okay to work with what you’ve got. 

Once I had my photos laid out, I started filling in with more bits and pieces from the collection. I adored this house sticker, The Practical Scrapper: Go To Sticker #3. It is perfect for this layout out because my One Little Word for 2022 is “home”. The stickers in this collection are beyond adorable. I also pulled The Practical Scrapper: Go To Sticker #4 and Sticker #5 Photoshop to make sure they made the layout. I love how the little butterfly stickers looks on this Polaroid style frame from the template. I slipped in the The Practical Scrapper: 6×4 Journaling Card #4 behind the sticker and “clipped” it to the frame to create this pocket. 

I added some of the word bits and later I recolored the “love this” digital word bit red to help balance out some of the red in my photos on the right side of the layout. This one is the The Practical Scrapper: Go To Word Art #3. 

I’m really happy with how this fully digital page turned out. I can’t wait to unpack my big printer and get it printed and in my album. Happy scrapping! 

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