Vellum - we see the semi-transparent material being used more often on our scrapbook layouts and projects these days. It is a hot market item! Just take a look at the Maggie Holmes collection; it holds a beautiful example of a vellum pocket filled with shiny sequins (bottom right corner in the photo above).
So, I thought it would be fun to replicate and customize my own vellum pockets and incorporate them into a scrapbook page. Let me share some quick tips on what I did...
First, grab a sheet of vellum paper and cut it down to 3" x 8". This chosen size ensures a perfect fit for either an accent card or journaling card.
Next, score a horizontal line across the vellum sheet at the 4" mark. This will form the basis of your pocket. Using your scissors, cut one end of the vellum sheet at a diagonal. To make your pocket opening more interesting, you can also choose to cut it at any angle of your liking.
Finally, fold and sew down the sides of the vellum sheet with your sewing machine and the vellum pocket is complete! Alternatively, you can opt to use glue or craft tape if without a sewing machine.
Then comes the fun part - embellishing your pockets! Above are a few close-up images of how I decorated mine...
First, I placed a Bingo and Journaling card in each pocket. However, the pockets still felt 'empty' to me. So, using a variety of embellishment types such as circular elements and tags found in the DIY collection, I mixed them together on top the pockets to generate more interest and dimension.
I contemplated the journaling aspect as well. By having the opportunity to tuck my journaling inside a pocket, I was able to freely jot down my thoughts without it being too distracting to the rest of the elements on the page. I personally have an issue with my own handwriting (who's with me on this?) and thus, I'm always finding ways to tuck my journaling into hidden spots. A vellum pocket is a perfect spot to do so!
Next, I continued to assemble more embellishments on the right side of the page. A tip in choosing embellishments would be to identify the theme that you are going for. So, in my case, I chose the globe and typewriter chipboard pieces because they fit perfectly with my travel-themed page.
You'll also notice that behind the journaling pocket is an overlay from the DIY collection. You don't necessarily have to place a photo behind it. Instead, I added a flower die-cut behind the overlay. This additional translucent layer helped to give a subtle effect to the page. As a finishing touch, I added some splatters of mist to the background and the page was complete!
I hope this inspires you to make your own customized vellum pockets! Explore the possibilities, incorporate them with any Crate Paper products and you'll definitely be satisfied with the results! Have a great day, ahead!