Most of my pocket page layouts consist of a few staples: 4×6 photos, a few 3×4 photos and some patterned cards mixed with a little journaling. I find that keeping it simple helps me continue working through my albums. But I still spend some time fussing with the details. My favorite part of the creative process is picking the patterns that will fill the extra 3×4 pockets. I use digital paper packs to create little cards, which add a lot of impact with even a little bit of pattern. The digital papers mixed with word art and the minimalist templates have become my go-to formula for assembling a simple layout.
For this layout, I started by printing a stack of photos. The only extra step I took before printing was to use 4×6 photo templates vol. 1 to print two photos on a 4×6 for a few of them.
I arranged the photos in a couple of Project Life Design A pocket pages, one of which I trimmed down the middle to create a 6×12 insert. With the photos in place, I had six 3×4 pockets to fill with a mix of patterned cards and journaling.
In order to conserve paper and save time, I like to batch print a bunch of cards on one sheet of card stock. I start by creating a blank 8.5 x 11 inch document in Photoshop (I’m using Photoshop CS3, but you could do the same thing in Photoshop Elements). For this layout, I added five 3×4 rectangles, which I used as clipping masks. I adjusted the size of two of them so I could add text underneath the patterns.
Caylee has a video in her post on recoloring your digital supplies which shows you, step-by-step, how to use a clipping mask. Essentially, I drop patterns into each rectangle, which allows me to print all the cards on one page. Here’s the final file in Photoshop, with some text added using minimalist 3×4 templates.
I print the cards on one 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of white cardstock and trim them to size.
Printing on a larger sheet of paper allows me to get the effect of a “full bleed” patterned card, which just means the pattern goes all the way to the edges of the card.
When I’m just printing some text on a white card, I run a 3×4 card through my printer on its own. You can see how I print directly on journal cards in this tutorial.
With the cards printed and cut, it’s just a matter of slipping them in the pockets and my layout is finished.
Here’s the first side of the finished layout. I used a 12×12 pocket on the left to include a piece of Ben’s original art from school, and the halved Design A pocket as my insert.
Here’s the layout with the insert flipped over. I try to use a mix of colorful and neutral digital papers that compliment the colors in the photos.
Products used in this layout: #mytribe digital papers, bloom digital papers, minimalist 3×4 templates, “currently” word art from pictures and words no. 16, 4×6 photo templates volume 1. Project Life supplies by Becky Higgins including Design A pocket pages and 12×12 paper from the Midnight Edition.