Hello Lovelies! Today I thought I would share a few thoughts about using traditional scrapbook products in our Project Life layouts! I freely admit I LOVE any and all scrapbook products and when Pinkfresh Studio released their Out & About collection this year, I had to have it all. Using these products in pocket pages can be so much fun, and I wanted to share a few tips with you to help make it easier to incorporate them into your pocket pages! Check out my video here.
Here are a few of my thoughts from the video.
There are a couple of favorite techniques I like to use to help me select product for pocket pages and a few things I like to keep in mind. These are those things:
- Does it accommodate journaling in some way?
- Does it include a variety of colors that I can repeat across my page?
- Are the patterns easy to work with?
The Pinkfresh Studio Out & About collection answers all three of these questions and is the perfect collection to illustrate these points! First, select a product as the jumping off point. For this collection and for my travel layout, these tags inspired me and become an easy element to repeat across the page.
Of course, tags are so versatile and can be used in 3×4 pockets, 4×6 pockets, layered over photos and other patterned papers. They can be cut apart, they can accommodate journaling, so many possibilities! These also incorporate all the colors of the collection, naturally, so these are an easy starting place. I recommend, when layering your tags, to layer them over contrasting colors/patterns to allow them to pop. Here is one example of how I used these tags in my layout.
I have layered the red tag over the grey patterned paper in my layout. The grey patterned paper is a great neutral that allows the red to stand out against it. Speaking of neutrals, this collection has a great selection of neutrals to choose from. The grey pattern is a great option, and in the video I talked about this pattern as a great neutral too.
Now, I know color experts probably roll their eyes when I refer to mint as a “neutral” but what I mean is that this pattern will not compete with photos and it also, as geometrics do, serves as a bit of visual interest without being “loud.” I love this pattern, check out what I did with it in my layout. I used it as a base for a journal card and layered plain white cardstock plus a dimensional sticker in a contrasting color.
Sometimes traditional scrapbook collections will include a cut apart sheet, and those are invaluable in pocket pages! The cut apart sheet for this collection featured a great mixture of journal cards and labels so lots of options here!
I always cut apart most of these sheets although I might leave some of it whole in case I want to use the B side for a pocket as well. I chose two journal cards from this sheet, the yellow and mint green GO card, and the coral and pink circle card. These two cards established my colors for the layout.
Word art is always a favorite element to incorporate into pocket page layouts, and this patterned paper does not disappoint.
I did not end up using this patterned paper in my layout, but papers like this provide tons of options. Cut out any of the elements in this pattern and layer it over a contrasting color for the simplest pocket. Or just cut the paper into a 4×6 card and slide it into your pocket. You can also make your own embellishments from this one paper: punch the circles, cut out the triangles, use the plus symbols as washi strips.
If you have followed me for any length of time you know I love anything with lines on it. Papers with lines, stamps with lines, washi tapes with lines, I love it all. So this patterned paper was the easiest for me ever!
This patterned paper is perfect for a 4×6 card! It includes perfect lines for journaling and also icons for embellishment. Here is how I used this pattern in my layout, as a quick journal card. It really did not need anything else after I added the words.
Speaking of pulling elements from your patterned papers, this circle paper also gives a great number of options for pocket pages.
Again, you could cut out the circles and layer them onto journal cards on your layout, or cut the paper into 3×4 and 4×6 cards and slide them directly into your pockets. I did not use this paper in my layout but it is another great example of using elements, color, and pattern from traditional scrapbook collections!
I hope this has been inspiring for you and has helped you find simple ways to use traditional product in your pocket pages! Getting the most mileage out of our collections doesn’t have to be hard. I will share my full process video for the layout I created with these papers next week. See you then!