You'll need to gather:
3-4 pieces of coordinating pattern paper
1 piece of 8 1/2"x 11" card stock
pack of embellishments
journaling card- I used shipping tags
First, you need to decide which piece of pattern paper will be your background, which will be the larger pocket and which will be the smaller pocket. Trim the piece for the larger pocket to 12" across x 9 1/2" high. Place it about 1 1/2" from the top of the background paper and staple both sides along the edges (do not staple the bottom yet).
Now cut the second pocket piece to 12" across x 6" high. Place this at the bottom of the larger pocket. Staple along the edges and the bottom. The pockets should be about 1/2" from the bottom of the background paper.
If your pattern paper is thin, you'll want to cut a 1/2" strip of pattern paper and place it along the top edge of the pocket. My large pocket is cut from a real map which is pretty thin, so I wanted to reinforce the edge. I used a strip of decorative tape.
Now you'll cut your 8 1/2" x 11" card stock in half lengthwise. You'll want to trim your pictures to fit. Most of mine were 4"x6" horizontal photos, so I just cut the edges off to be about 4" long.
Place the strips on the left side of the page. I placed mine at angles with the second strip overlapping the first strip. (I only glued the right edge of the top row of photos so you can pull up the edge to see the photos beneath.) By placing the photo strips on only half the paper, you still have access to the pockets.
Place your title in the bottom right corner.
Now you can fill the pockets. I placed my journaling on shipping tags and placed them in the smaller pocket with a couple of pamphlets and a postcard. I placed two park maps in the larger pocket.
This layout gives you the chance to fit a whole lot on just one 12"x12" layout.
Here is another layout where I sewed a pocket to the bottom of the page. I placed my Mother's Day cards in the pocket behind a photo of my boys.
Here is a third example of using a pocket on a page. This pocket is smaller than the above examples, but I still had room to place an extra photo and two journaling tags. This pocket was also sewn on.
I hope you'll be able to use this technique on one of your layouts. Please leave me a comment if you have an idea for Layout of the Week.
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