When it comes to simple scrapbooking & documenting everyday life, Marcy Penner pulls it off effortlessly. This latest pocket page spread is a perfect example of this and as a bonus–a freebie step-by-step tutorial from Marcy herself.
Sometimes I just don't have a lot of photos. Sometimes it's because I just didn't take a lot and sometimes it's just because of having breaks in my album, like title pages for months and so on. I like to include random thoughts and accent cards in my pockets when that happens.
Also, the photos I had to deal with were pretty light and had a lot of white space in them so I wanted to make sure that I played up that part of the design in my pockets too.
I started by placing my photos in the pockets. I want to transition to mostly 3 x 4 photos in my spreads, but the spread behind this one still has a 4 x 6 photo in the larger pocket. So, for this spread, I'll need to fill up that larger pocket with something other than a photo. I'm also using a trimmed down (and sewn) page protector on the right side instead of a full-sized one.
The full 4 x 6 pocket was a little intimidating so I started with that one first. I rummaged through my die-cuts and pulled out a heart and a gold foil leaf bunch. My plan was to layer some items to create an accent card in this space.
It was looking a little plain with just these two items, so I snagged a wood button from the Poolside collection with the idea of adding it to the center of the heart.
I gathered some more die-cuts for the other pockets and started moving them around. Die-cuts are some of my favorite things to use in my Project Life spreads because they're thin and light-weight.
I eventually settled on using a glittered "N" as a "Z" for the photo of me sitting in my bed and a banner for the card underneath my other photo.
I moved a forgotten Anthropologie gift card into one of the 3 x 4 pockets and moved the "Z" over to the photo pocket.
Now that I was mostly happy with my layout, I started working on the individual cards. I sewed down the heart and left the die-cut and added the wood button. It felt a little plain to me, so I added in some journaling as well.
I looked through my die-cuts again...this time looking for something that would work with the Anthropologie gift card. I loved this flower die-cut from Craft Market.
I adhered it on top of the gift card and trimmed off the excess.
On my last card, I added a mix of typed and handwritten journaling and simply stapled the pennant down.
With the exception of the wood button, everything I used on this spread is nice and flat. My cards compliment the compositions in my photos as well, which is always a good thing!