Decisions, Decisions

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As I am writing this, we’re only a few short weeks away from the new year. For memory-keepers, January 1st is often the time to start a new project. Are you planning on embarking on a big project for 2014?

Personally, I am going to continue with my pocket style scrapbook album. I am really happy with how it has turned out. Through this project, I have an amazing snapshot of a year in the life of our young family. I definitely want to keep going, but I have some decisions to make! With a year of experience under my belt, I want to keep what works for me and fine tune my approach going forward.

Specific Time Period or Free Form?

Last year I scrapped a double-page spread for every week of the year and my weeks ran Sunday-Saturday. I really liked ending on Saturday because it allowed me to spend Sunday scrapping the previous week. Logistically this timing worked for me so I think I will keep it up for 2014.

I’ve seen other people tackle pocket page projects in a more organic and free-form style, scrapping material as they have it. Still others incorporate their Project 365 (Photo-A-Day) into their pocket scrapbook albums.

I love that this album project can be whatever you want it to be!

Same Layout Style or Change It Up?

In 2013, I mostly used the style with two 6×4 landscape images on the top and bottom, with four vertical 3×4 images in the middle row. I am going to incorporate a few new grid layouts into my pocket album pages going forward, just to keep things interesting.

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Supplies: All About the Cards No. 1 by Julianna Kneipp and Studio Basic, Mix n Match Journals bundle by Shawna Clingerman, Today’s the Day bundle by Sugarplum Paperie, Photo Block v2 by Libby Pritchett, The Things You Say by Kristin CB, Project Grids by Amy Martin, Photo Collages No. 1 by Designs by Lili

Same Kit or Switch Every Week?

For me, there is no question – I’m going to use different kits, cards and other products every week. Keeping it creatively interesting has helped me to be able to keep with the project for so long.

Here’s what I keep consistent from week to week:

  • Placement of my title card.
  • Using week numbers in addition to dates. (I started doing this mid-way through 2013 and it made it a lot easier to put the pages into order when I had the album printed.)
  • Handwritten journaling font. (I use DJB JenLin by Darcy Baldwin)

That’s it!

Digital or Hybrid?

I’m 100% digital. Every now and then I think about going hybrid because I love the look, but realistically, I wouldn’t be able to maintain that over the course of a year.

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Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, Midnight Edition Becky Higgins’ Project Life, DJB JenLin font by Darcy Baldwin

Digital “Pockets” or None?

I started 2013 using digital pockets, but I thought they dulled the colours on my photos a bit. I solved that by erasing the centre portions of the pockets, to just leave the “seams” in place. Although I liked this look, I found that just using stitched grids worked best for me. The look is simple, but still separates each grid spot, which is how I prefer my pages.

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Supplies: All About the Cards by Julianna Kneipp and Studio Basic, Today’s the Day by Sugarplum Paperie, Basically Edgy by Krystal Hartley, Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens

12×12 or 8×8?

I’m feeling a little lonely in this decision, but I do my pocket album in the 8 -inch by 8-inch size. It works for me because that’s the size the I scrap all my regular pages in and the albums fit on my bookshelf. The larger 12-inch by 12-inch size seems positively gigantic to me in comparison.

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Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, Midnight Edition Becky Higgins’ Project Life, DJB JenLin font by Darcy Baldwin

Rounded Corners or Square?

Now that’s a pretty controversial question! There are staunch supporters on both sides. But, I’m going to stick with the square corners for my pages.


Are you going to continue your project into 2014 or start one for the first time? With Black Friday and the holiday season sales just around the corner, now is a really great time to start planning a pocket style album for 2014. Happy scrapbooking!

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