A Complete Guide to Pocket-page Memory-keeping: 4 quick and simple memory-keeping techniques to craft beautiful pocket-page layouts

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Oh, hey! Welcome back to the final post of the three-part #PocketPageBasics series! For the past two blogposts, I took you through the basics of pocket-page memory-keeping and the simple steps + process of creating your own pocket-page albums. Here's a recap of the last two blogposts in the series:

  1. The Tools and Materials That You Really Need to Get Started
  2. How to Create A Pocket-Page Layout from Start to Finish

In this blogpost - which is the final one *tears* - I'm teaching you four memory-keeping techniques that you can use to elevate your pocket-page layouts.

A Complete Guide to Pocket-page Memory-keeping: 4 quick and simple memory-keeping techniques to craft beautiful pocket-page layouts | Crafted by Pam

All the techniques that I'll teach in this blogpost are both QUICK and SIMPLE. Something that you can implement without special tools and within five minutes. So, no, you don't have an excuse to not try these out ;)

For each technique, I'm going to list down the exact materials that you'll need, the step-by-step instructions as well as some photographic evidence that all these can actually be done. Y'know what they say, pics or it didn't happen.

If you want to see how I made each layout and hear my instructions + tips for yourself, then make sure that you sign up to watch the four tutorial videos that I created:

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Now, let's get down to MAKING!

 

01. Digital journaling

We all know from the Tools and Materials blogpost in this series that you can do your journaling in either handwritten or typewritten format. This technique is all about adding journaling to your photos before printing it out. This is what it looks like in action:

A Complete Guide to Pocket-page Memory-keeping: 4 quick and simple memory-keeping techniques to craft beautiful pocket-page layouts | Crafted by Pam

What you'll need:

  • A photo with a good amount of white/negative space
  • A photo editing software like Photoshop, PicMonkey or Canva

Here's how to do it:

A Complete Guide to Pocket-page Memory-keeping: 4 quick and simple memory-keeping techniques to craft beautiful pocket-page layouts | Crafted by Pam

  1. Open up your photo in your photo editing software. (I'm using Photoshop but you can implement similar
  2. Crop the photo to the correct size for your pocket (I talked more about this in the Create a Pocket-page Layout blogpost!) making sure to leave ample white/negative space for your journaling.
  3. Use the Text Box Tool to create a text box on the white space.
  4. Pick your favorite font (I used Remington Noiseless) and start typing! You can adjust the font size, character spacing and line spacing to make sure that it fits well.
  5. When you're done, save the photo and print! You can add additional embellishments afterwards.

 

02. See-through confetti pockets

This technique is one of my absolute favorites! This is amazing because it can fulfill two purposes: fill up empty pockets in your layouts WHILE adding a lot of style and creativity to it. Contrary to popular belief, you don't need a fancy tool to make this happen.

A Complete Guide to Pocket-page Memory-keeping: 4 quick and simple memory-keeping techniques to craft beautiful pocket-page layouts | Crafted by Pam

What you'll need:

  • Page-protector - choose the which pocket you'll add the see-through element to
  • Confetti - this can be anything from sequins, stuff from your ephemera collection, wood veneer, etc.
  • Washi tape

Here's how to do it:

A Complete Guide to Pocket-page Memory-keeping: 4 quick and simple memory-keeping techniques to craft beautiful pocket-page layouts | Crafted by Pam

  1. Handpick the confetti pieces that will go into your pocket. The best ones for the job are the small embellishments such as sequins and wood veneer but anything can work as long as it's not too big that it fills the entire pocket.
  2. Put all of it into the pocket. Try to make sure that the confetti are shuffled nicely.
  3. Seal the top opening of the pocket with washi tape!

 


Quick commercial break // This has been in the works for about a year and a half already... I'm launching an e-course on analog travel memory-keeping! I am PASSIONATE about introducing a better way to relive your travel experiences (yes, I am throwin' some slight shade on social media...), a way where you can TANGIBLY  flip through the stories of your past adventures.

This course - Craft Your Travel Story - isn't launching until May 2017 BUT I want to help you get started with travel memory-keeping while you wait excitedly ;) This is why I created this FREE comprehensive five-day e-mail course, The Travel-keeper Bootcamp!

Craft Your Travel Story - coming soon!

In this bootcamp, I will be sharing very practical + actionable tips, intentional systems and methods to help you document the details your travel experiences, take photos that accurately tell your stories, and gather ephemera as your "hard evidence." This bootcamp will prepare you a lot when it comes to finally creating your analog travel album.

You can join this bootcamp - did I mention that it's completely free? - by clicking here and signing up on that page or just leaving your name + e-mail below:


03. Secret journaling cards

This technique is perfect for when you want to private or intimate details but not necessarily have it easily accessible to anyone reading your album or if your just want to add more to the story without having the journaling take up more space in your layout.

A Complete Guide to Pocket-page Memory-keeping: 4 quick and simple memory-keeping techniques to craft beautiful pocket-page layouts | Crafted by Pam

What you'll need:

  • Blank pocket card for your secret journaling
  • Paper tabs or just a piece of scrap patterned paper
  • Glue runner
  • Washi tape

Here's how to do it:

A Complete Guide to Pocket-page Memory-keeping: 4 quick and simple memory-keeping techniques to craft beautiful pocket-page layouts | Crafted by Pam

  1. Write down your journaling in the blank pocket card (I used one from the Midnight Edition Project Life core kit*) BUT make sure to leave some space at the top portion.
  2. Use the paper tab or a scrap piece of patterned paper as a pull-out tab by gluing it at the top of the secret pocket card. I like to write a sentiment here or stamp something relevant. I used the stamp "the facts & the feelings" from Ali Edwards with the Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink*.
  3. I used washi tape to reinforce the tab and make sure that it won't fall off and to add a bit of color to the card as well.
  4. Insert this secret pocket card behind a normal pocket card (in this case, behind a photo) and ta-da!

 

04. Hand-lettering

This technique is great for adding a personal + unique touch to your layouts. It works best with titles or for emphasizing certain sections of your journaling. There's also a lot of room for experimentation in this technique!

A Complete Guide to Pocket-page Memory-keeping: 4 quick and simple memory-keeping techniques to craft beautiful pocket-page layouts | Crafted by Pam

What you'll need:

  • Thick pen or brush pen (love using Sharpies for this!)
  • Scratch paper

Here's how to do it:

A Complete Guide to Pocket-page Memory-keeping: 4 quick and simple memory-keeping techniques to craft beautiful pocket-page layouts | Crafted by Pam

  1. Decide what word/s you're going to hand-letter.
  2. Use the scratch paper to do a mock hand-lettering of the word/s you picked and make sure to check how it fits with the rest of the journaling/elements in your layout. I used a Kuretake brush pen* for this but you can get the same effect with a Copic marker. Thick Sharpie pens would work as well but it wouldn't have the "brush" effect.
  3. Apply it into your layouts as an accent element! You can add embellishments to your liking.

YES! You made it to the end of this guide! I hope you learned a trick or two (or four) to help you create a more dynamic pocket-page layout. I made sure that each technique was super easy to follow and that you wouldn't need any fancy tool or set-up to make it happen. This is the #PocketPageBasics series anyway ;)

 

Your turn! What was your favorite technique from the five that I shared? Tell me, tell me! Or better yet, show me a photo of a layout you made!

 

Also! I just want to thank YOU and everyone else who joined me here and became a part of the #PocketPageBasics series. It was super fun for me to write these guides and I genuinely hope that you learned a lot throughout the past three weeks.

In case you're just hopping in, make sure to read the first two posts of the series:

  1. The Tools and Materials That You Really Need to Get Started
  2. How to Create A Pocket-Page Layout from Start to Finish

Lastly, I want you to REALLY implement what you've learned in this series. Go and take a look at all the photos buried in your Facebook albums or your memory cards and start documenting the stories that make up your everyday life. Go at it one simple + specific story at a time and you'll be good to go! If you do just that, make sure to use the #PocketPageBasics hashtag so I can virtually cheer on you and shower you with confetti emojis (my fave)!

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