FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies?

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Ever since I've started sharing my pocket-page layouts online, one of the most frequently asked questions was:

Where do you get all your pocket-page memory-keeping supplies?

This is especially an issue for my readers who are based in the Philippines since pocket-page memory-keeping supplies are not as accessible as they are in the US. I've shopped quite a bit (read: a lot) for memory-keeping supplies both at brick-and-mortar stores and online (local and international) so lucky for you, I do have a good idea on the best places to shop for pocket-page supplies!

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

In this blogpost, I will recommend the best places - from personal experience - to shop for basic pocket-page supplies, kit subscriptions for different memory-keeping styles, and digital pocket-page resources. Whether you're based here in the Philippines or elsewhere, you'll find this masterlist quite helpful. Let's just hope that you don't burn a hole in your wallet! ;)

Shall we go shopping?

If you don't have the time to sit down and read through a full blogpost, you can grab the free Pocket Page Supplies Shopping Guide that I put together for you. It's practically a rolodex of where to get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies both online/offline and locally/internationally!

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

Just a quick disclaimer: I am writing this from the perspective and experience of someone who is based in Asia, specifically Philippines, and has bought memory-keeping materials both locally and internationally. I understand that if, for example, you are based in the US, you have options such as Michael's and Joann's so this blogpost might seem lacking for you. If you know of a good place in your location to get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies, please do write in the comments section so that anyone reading this blogpost will know about it :)

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Basic Supplies for Pocket-Page Memory-keeping

If you're new to pocket-page memory-keeping and have no idea what the basic + essential supplies are, I wrote an in-depth blogpost on the tools and materials that you really need to get started. I'm talking essential so don't worry about having to buy every.single.thing.

Pocket-Page Albums + Page Protectors

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

If you don't mind the shipping or if you're based in the US:

  • Amazon*, Becky Higgins (online) - for the Becky Higgins 'Project Life' brand and We R Memory Keepers brand (my favorite is their faux leather line!)
  • Studio Calico - they have a lot of exclusively designed albums as well as the 9x12" size format (this is where I get all my 9x12" Day by Day albums)
  • Scrapbook.com - basically the memory-keeping equivalent of a super store! They have a lot of albums from different lines and you can often find good coupon codes or deals for your purchase.

If you're based in the Philippines:

  • Fully BookedGourdo's - some branches sometimes have the old 12x12" albums of the Becky Higgins brand. Emphasis on "some." Make sure that you call the branch you're planning to visit to inquire about their stock. I've had luck finding pocket-page albums at the Greenbelt 5 Fully Booked branch and the Podium Gourdo's branch.
  • Lasting Impression (San Juan, Manila / online) - it's a bit hard to find this store since it's actually an apartment converted into a store (make sure to follow the instructions on their Facebook page!) but it's definitely worth it. They have a lot of memory-keeping items! They have mostly older collections but every now and then, they'll have in stock the new ones so just keep searching in there.
  • Bee Happy Crafts (online) - I've only recently heard of this online shop so I haven't actually tried shopping here but they do have a lot of brands and album formats to choose from so it's worth a shot ;) I'll update this once I've made a purchase from them!

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Pocket Cards

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

There are a LOT of places where you can purchase pocket page cards. For this list, I'm going to focus on the ones I've tried and the ones that I think are really interesting. I won't be including kit subscriptions here because I have a separate section for that below!

If you don't mind the shipping or if you're based in the US:

  • Amazon*, Becky Higgins (online) - for Project Life brand core kits. I've only purchased the Midnight Edition* from Amazon and I have used it a LOT - almost every layout really. I really believe that you only need one of these to get started because there's around 600+ cards in each kit!
  • Ali Edwards - Ali periodically releases new sets of pocket cards revolving around a certain theme such as "celebration" and "gratitude." Each set is a good mix of 3x4" and 4x6" double-sided cards and the quality is really good!

If you're based in the Philippines:

  • Fully BookedGourdo's - Same case as the albums, they sometimes have the Project Life core kits in stock (super old editions) but I suggest that you call them first to inquire.
  • Lasting Impression (San Juan, Manila / online) - They definitely have a lot of pocket cards from different brands. They also have the Project Life core kits available in several editions and they're mostly recent as well.
  • Life Documented Manila - I love shopping from this store because they sell project Life kit shares. Basically, they break down a Project Life core kit into smaller kit shares since each core kit has a lot of duplicated design. This way, you can get the cards from the core kit without being stuck with 600+ cards that are similar to each other. They also have their own sets of original cards.

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Writing + Office Supplies

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

If you don't mind the shipping or if you're based in the US:

  • Amazon (online) - This place pretty much has everything so you can probably find whatever writing tool or office supplies you need. The ones I've bought recently from Amazon are the Fiskars 12" Portable Rotary Trimmer* (+ replacement blades*).
  • Studio Calico - Every now and then, Studio Calico stocks up on pens and tools that are popular in the memory-keeping world such as the Tiny Attacher, WRMK Fuse Tool, Sakura Micron pen, brush pens and adhesives. They usually stock up on tools and supplies that are related to the newest trend in memory-keeping or to one of the classes/workshops that they're holding.
  • JetPens - I have never ordered from JetPens (primarily because most of the pens I normally use are available locally) but I have heard and read really good things about this site. They started out by selling Japanese brand pens such as Uni, Sakura and Kuretake but I think they've branched out to other notable pen brands as well . This is basically a pen lover's paradise. They have everything from fountain pens to highlighters and ink refills.
  • Scrapbook.com

If you're based in the Philippines:

  • National Bookstore - NBS has really stepped up their game in the pen department so I suggest that you visit a branch and check out what they have to offer. Last I checked (SM North branch), they had a wide range of Japanese brand-name pens / brush pens / other writing tools such as ZIG Kuretake, Marvy Uchida, etc. as well as the usual pen brands such as Sharpie, Dong A, and Pilot. I use the Sharpie Industrial Pen* for medium-thick lines and a Dong A Fine Tech RT 0.3* pen for my journaling. I also like to use Sharpies in varying thickness!
  • MUJI - I love the pens from MUJI because they write so well! The ink is so consistent for me. Simple but very effective.
  • Hey Kessy (UP Town Center / online) - You can purchases ZIG Kuretake brush pens here as well as advanced tools such as the Silhouette Cameo.
  • Common Room (Katipunan, Quezon City) - This is a local collective store which features works from local artisans but they also carry good brands for pens such as ZIG Kuretake and other calligraphy pens.
  • Scribe Writing Essentials - This store is heavenly, I tell you. They have a huge selection of calligraphy pens, brush pens, and just writing tools in general. They carry really good brands such as Pilot, Sakura, Tsukineko, Tombow and ZIG Kuretake. Be prepared to splurge when you visit this store!

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

Going extra: Tools and Embellishments

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

Now that you have your essentials, we can start talking about going the extra mile with tools and embellishments! This part is REALLY fun but it can end up being extremely overwhelming since there are so many tools and so many embellishments to choose from. Honestly, this part was really hard for me to write because there's just too many stores out there so I'm going to recommend the stores that I've purchased from and the ones that I really, really love.

If you don't mind the shipping or if you're based in the US:

  • Studio Calico - Stock-wise, Studio Calico doesn't really have much BUT what I can assure you is that they will have the trendiest and coolest embellishments in store. They also create a lot of exclusive stamp sets, pocket cards, and other embellishments such as stickers. I pretty much buy most of my embellishments here, to be honest.
  • Scrapbook.com
  • Simon Says Stamp - This site is well-known for their stamp sets as well as stamping-related supplies such as ink pads and acrylic blocks. They also have other memory-keeping supplies in stock.
  • Kelly Purkey - Kelly's stamp sets are one of my favorites! Her stamp sets are always so versatile and I find myself using it over and over again. She also has her own line of ink pads and pocket cards. Well worth checking out!
  • Ali Edwards - If you're looking for beautiful and extremely functional embellishments, Ali is your go-to. She always has embellishments that are versatile and not overly trendy - which makes it really usable in any kind of memory-keeping project. I am especially in love with the alphabet stickers/chipboard/thickers that she has on her shop (I recently stock up!).

If you're based in the Philippines:

  • Lasting Impression - So. many. embellishments. If you go to this store, you'll be greeted with display upon display of embellishments - from older collections to newer ones. I'm sure you'll find something that you like here ;)
  • Bee Happy Crafts - They have a really good line-up of stamp sets, embellishments and memory-keeping supplies. If you can't get any from the US-based stores above, you might be able to find it in here if you're lucky. They stock brands like Kelly Purkey, Project Life, Amy Tangerine, etc. so you're in good hands. I have not tried to order from them but I've read good reviews and I'm planning to place an order soon! I'll update this when I have :)
  • Hey Kessy (UP Town Center / online), Common Room (Katipunan, Quezon City) - These two shops are really great places to find washi tapes, stickers and other fun embellishments. They're not exactly memory-keeping stores but you can find cool + unique gems in here.
  • Life Documented Manila - Not a lot of embellishments for sale but if you're looking for embellishments from Studio Calico kits, they have a few on their site. They also have exclusive sets of pocket cards which are really good!

Digital (printable cards, tags, stamp brushes, etc.):

  • In A Creative Bubble - If you're a fan of well-designed pocket cards and stamps, IACB Shoppe is for you. Geralyn (the shop owner) designs really amazing pocket cards, stamps, printable tags and digital templates. Her stamps are one of my personal favorites because the typography and the design is just on point all the time!
  • Ali Edwards - Another cult favorite is of course, Ali's digital products. She has a HUGE archive of digital pocket cards, brushes, and templates. Like her physical products, each digital product is made with intention, design and function in mind. Her handwritten digital brushes are so, so beautiful!

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Taking it further: Kit Subscriptions

Last but not the least, let's talk about kit subscriptions! I'm sure you're familiar with the idea of a subscription - basically paying a monthly fee and getting a package every month - but if you haven't tried a memory-keeping subscription service, then you can find my recommendations below!

Studio Calico

One of the more popular subscription services for pocket-page memory-keeping is Studio Calico's Documenter Kit. It's different every month but you basically get the following in each box:

  • 30 pocket cards (mix of 3x4" and 4x6"),
  • a small stamp set,
  • alpha sticker set and,
  • an assortment of embellishments.

Here's a look some of the past kits:

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

From my personal experience, Studio Calico kits are really good. The pocket cards are usually themed (with a good mix of statement cards, journal cards and prompt cards) and well-designed. They have a good weight to them so they're pretty sturdy as well. I love that they provide you with a stamp set and an alphabet sticker set each month so you can slowly build up your stash. Something that you need to know though is that Studio Calico kits tend to be on the trendier side of things which can be good but challenging at the same time. Once the month / season / trend has passed, you'll need to a be a bit more creative in order to use up the remaining kit components.

Aside from the Documenter Kit, Studio Calico also has a Stamp Subscription. Each month, you'll get:

  • 6x8" stamp,
  • idea booklet,
  • digital version of the stamp and,
  • access to a digital classroom,

Here's a look at the past few stamp sets:

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

I haven't really tried this subscription (since it's pretty new to Studio Calico as well) but I can see why this would be interesting. Once I've tried this subscription, I'll let you know what I think about it!

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Ali Edwards

A relatively new kit subscription service is Ali's Story Kits. Each month, Ali releases a new memory-keeping kit and stamp set which both revolve around a theme. Each Story Kit will include:

  • 10 pocket cards (mix of 3x4" and 4x6"),
  • acrylic word of the month's theme,
  • a sticker set and/or a chipboard set and,
  • an assortment of embellishments.

Here's a look at the last few themes:

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

You can also subscribe to the Story Stamp to get 4x6" stamp:

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

A unique "feature" of Story Kit is that each month, a subscription to the Story Kit or Story Stamp will give you access to the Story Subscription classroom. The classroom includes additional educational content (process videos, PDFs, etc.) that goes along with the month's theme. Oh, one more thing, if you subscribe to both the Story Kit and the Story Stamp, you'll get the digital (printable) version of those two kits for free!

I love the Story Kits because they are designed to be story-focused and versatile. You might have noticed from my walkthrough videos that I use a lot of the Story Stamps all the time. Compared to the Studio Calico kits, the Story Kit is a lot less trendy and it leans more on the "basic" and essential side of design. The Story Kit is really good for building your stash since the kit components can be used all-year round.

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Other subscription kits:

These are some subscription services that I haven't tried yet but seemed interesting + had good reviews in the memory-keeping scene. You might want to check them out!

  • Freckled Fawn Embellishment Kit - I love the idea of having an all-embellishment kit! When you're subscribed to other kits or when you've already bought a Project Life Core kit, sometimes all you really need are new embellishments to adorn your pocket page layouts with.
  • Kelly Purkey's Monthly Kit - This kit will include a stamp set, an alphabet sticker, a set of pocket cards and some embellishments. This is a much smaller kit than the Story Kit and Documenter Kit so I think this is perfect for those who already has a bit of memory-keeping stash.

There you have it! I hope this helped you in any way (especially if you're based in the Philippines like me!) to begin your pocket-page memory-keeping journey. It's the best, really!

Don't forget to grab your Pocket Page Supplies Shopping Guide; I organized this in a way that makes it easier for you to find the best store for the memory-keeping supplies that you are looking for.

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

Have you tried a kit subscription service? Which one is your favorite and why?

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