Reflections on Pocket Scrapbooking

Reflections on Pocket Scrapbooking

Credit: Memories & Moments: Journal Cards 2 by Suzy Q. Scraps, The Silver Reed font by Heather Joyce

I gave pocket scrapbooking a try in early fall 2012. It wasn’t long before I realized that scrapping in the simple blocked style is addictive.

Every Sunday, I can’t wait to drag my photos and journal cards onto my grid templates and add words. It’s so simple and easy to do. The entire week is scrapped and recorded in about 30-40 minutes.

But, it’s not the ease of the project that has me hooked. It’s this:

When I look at my weekly pages, I see our family life reflected back at me.

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I’ve been at it for a few months and can’t imagine stopping now. If you’re just starting a pocket scrapbooking project for 2013, here are a few things that have worked for me:

  • I chose one template and work with it 95% of the time. I occasionally change to one with more smaller photos, but most of the time, I know that I am going to be working with 8 larger horizontal photos and 8 smaller vertical ones.
  • Establishing a set time period makes it very easy to organize my weekly pocket scrapbook pages. My week runs Sunday-Saturday. I try to scrap each Sunday, but definitely finish the spread by Tuesday at the latest. Not getting behind is key for me to keeping it up.
  • I use my photo management software (Lightroom) to create a “quick collection” of photos that I might want to include in the spread for the week. I edit them all at the same time and drag them onto the blocked templates.
  • The stories associated with the photos I took are the easiest to write, so I do those first. Then I look to other sources of journalling (e.g. emails written, Facebook statuses, notes jotted down) to include other stories and little bits from the week. From time to time, I like to include some random facts, like a news story of significance or songs from my playlist.
  • I use different kits each week. I think I’d get bored if I tried to stick to one set of journalling cards, so I change everything each week – except the overall design and pocket protectors. (I use either a Traci Reed slip-in or a Valorie Wibben’s pocket page.)
  • That said, I do keep my handwriting font consistent from week to week (I use DJB JenLin by Darcy Baldwin because it is similar to my own handwriting), but I use a variety of other fonts for titles and journaling accents, like Arial, Century Gothic, Blackout, and The Silver Reed by Heather Hess.
  • I don’t date every photo, just a handful on each weekly spread to make them easier to file later. On some weeks I use one “square” to create a date/title – but I don’t do this every week, especially if it’s a photo-heavy week.

This has been one of those projects that has become easier and more inspiring with time for me. If you’re doing a pocket scrapbook in 2013, leave a note directing us to your pages. I’d love to see how you’re approaching it!