Ten Pocket Page Tips

Pocket page memory keeping is a fun and effective way to get your everyday moments documented. The teachers at Big Pictures Classes have put together ten tips to get you started, change up your perspective, and make your pocket-based documenting a success! Tell in-depth stories through journaling with Candace Perkins in Digging Deeper | Adding Meaningful Journaling. Record your stories from another's point of view in Fresh Perspectives for Pocket Pages with Laura Wosnik. Or dip your toes into the world of digital scrapbooking with Pam Baldwin in Hybrid Pocket Pages. Try each tip below (plus a bonus at the end!) to transform your pocket page albums and scrap more memories along the way! 

Tell more in-depth stories with journaling. 

Digging Deeper | Adding Meaningful Journaling, Candace Perkins

If you clicked on this class, it means you're interested in telling more of your and your family's stories. It means you want to investigate how to reach a little deeper and tell more of the stories that are tapping on your heart. This is my passion and my goal as I create. When I create, I don’t only want to make beautiful spreads, I want to document and express the facts and the feelings of my life. I want the photos and products to be supported by a strong foundation of words.

Add a personalized touch with handmade embellishments. 

DIY Embellishments for Pocket Pages, Ashley Fowler

With all of the fun goodies for sale, we often forget that we have the ability to create unique little touches for our pages. And although I’m a sucker for buying things, it’s always fun to look at my spreads and see my own handmade pieces.

Tell new stories with a fresh perspective. 

Fresh Perspective for Pocket Pages, Laura Wonsik 

Photos of kids smiling at the camera in front of Niagara Falls or posed on the first day of school are great. They have value, and I don't knock 'em. But what about the way my dad looks at his only granddaughter? My mom's handwriting? My best friend's creative endeavors? Those are part of my story too. Those are the natural, organic, real things I see when I walk through my life. Those are the experiences I have on a day-to-day basis that don't always have to do with me. They aren't centered around my own goals, my own routines, or my own accomplishments. So, I want to celebrate and document them, because they complete the picture about what's happening in my world right now. In this class, we're going to talk about five ways to capture life from other points of view and incorporate those views into pocket-page scrapbooking.

Take your memory keeping with you. 

Mobile Memory Keeping, Annette Haring

I'm excited to share some of my favorite apps and tips for my workflow, as well as general principles so that, no matter the platform, you can enjoy capturing memories and creating memorable projects. In this class, our assignment will be taking "around here" photos and putting them together in a pocket page layout. I'll have a fully mobile example and a paper example.

Design your way to a better pocket page process. 

Pocket Page Design, Magdalena Hanéll 

In this class, I hope to give you several ideas on how to apply general design principles to your pocket pages. I've set up seven lessons for you, in which you'll figure out what rules you want to set up for your own album. Then, I'll walk you through six different design principles and give you examples of how to incorporate them into your spreads. I'd like you to think about your own rules you've set up for your album. This is because your style, your needs, and what you want your Project Life® album to be should always come first. It's what you want it to be!

Get started on the right track with your pocket page documenting. 

Start the Year Right, Barbara Picinich

I am so happy you're joining me in this class. My number one goal with this class is to relieve you of any pressure you might feel about embarking on your pocket page album for the coming year. I’m here to help set you up for success and give you the tools you need to be organized and stay on track. Everyone works at a different pace, and I want you to know that, no matter what your pace is and no matter how you choose to document your life in your pocket page album, there is no wrong way to do it. Because, after all, it’s about the memories and getting the photos printed and telling those stories. It should never be about feeling bad about not doing it the "right" way. Instead, I want you to enjoy this process and have a great time doing it. The best part about this community of scrapbookers is the camaraderie that we have, so let’s keep that spirit alive and motivate each other to get these memories documented. It’s going to be so much fun when you reach the end of the year and get to look back on all of the memories you've documented.

Take your pocket pages on vacation to record your adventures. 

Pocket Page Adventures, Jess Forster

So, you’ve finally done it. You’ve made plans, and you are counting down the days until you go on vacation. Let me be the first to say “Congrats! I am so excited for you!” Traveling is a great way to get out of your everyday routine and to see the world. No matter how big or small your adventure will be, there are some key steps you can take to help scrapbook your vacation before you step onto a plane or in your car.

Take your pocket pages to the next level. 

Pocket Pages | Beyond the Basics, Besha Kueser

This course is all about taking those Project Life® projects a step further by adding your own personal touch with low profile (flat) embellishments. During this course, we’ll chat about creating cards with stamps and patterned papers, as well as some ideas for customizing and altering cards. I’ll also share some ideas for adding journaling and captions to photos and how to add journaling to cards that don't seem to have room. Plus, I’ll show you some of the best low-profile embellishments for your pockets.

Combine digital and physical elements for a brand new process of documenting your memories. 

Hybrid Pocket Pages, Pam Baldwin

Incorporating digital supplies into my design process has become second nature. I love that you can customize them to work exactly the way you envision in your head. I love that you can produce as many or as few elements as you want. And I love that if you “mess something up,” it’s really not a big deal to try again! One of my goals for this class isn’t necessarily to turn you into a hybrid scrapbooker, but to introduce you to the skills that I’ve found most helpful, encourage you to try them out, and see if this approach to scrapbooking is a good fit for you. Just like when you’re working with physical products to make a page or spread, you get to choose how much effort and creativity you put into your projects and how much time you spend making them come to life!

Use your planner to set up your pocket page spread. 

Planner to Pockets, Jen Carlson

If you have a hectic life like I do, you’re constantly trying to keep track of what’s next. Enter the planner. I use my planner for scheduling work, trips, social outings, adventures, workouts, etc. But I also use it as a starting point for my pocket page layouts. Not only does a planner spread help you see the big picture of your life week to week, it also can be practice for the associated pocket page spread.

BONUS TIP: Get tons of prompts for photos and journaling in Pocket Prompts.

Ready to learn more techniques, tips, and project ideas for your pocket-based, memory-keeping projects? Each month, we'll bring you a new Pocket Prompts class from an inspiring pocket-page maker. In Pocket Prompts | 29, Amy Jo Vanden Brink will be sharing five photo prompts and five journaling prompts, as well as a look into her process of putting a page together from start to finish. It's sure to be a great time!
Want even more Pocket Prompts inspiration? Catch up on this class series.

Are you feeling inspired to try these new ideas and tips in your pocket page album? Join these BPC teachers in the classroom and start today! Remember, as a member of Big Picture Classes, you get access to our entire library of classes. Sign up now and start exploring!

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