I fully admit to being a huge failure at Project Life. I attempted an album in 2012, and made it about three months before realizing I just couldn't keep up. I really should have learned from my inability to ever complete a December Daily album, a project that only lasts, um, 25 days?! But no. I thought nothing of embarking on a year-long album. Hope springs eternal, people.
Of course, as I mentioned, I did NOT end up with a completed album at the end of 2012. What I did end up with was lots and lots of divided page protectors laying around unused. Thus emerged my idea to incorporate these pages into my regular albums. I was already mixing in 8.5 x 11 pages with my 12 x 12s, so why not throw in a few more for diversity? Maybe it's because I'm drawn to grid designs, but I liked the idea of these divided pages that provided automatic "homes" for everything.
I especially love these pocket pages for documenting moments that may have photos taken at different times, or lots of bits of information - like quotes, journaling, or graphics - that I want to include. I think of each pocket (or group of pockets) as it's own mini-layout. When I'm designing each area, I try to use similar elements, colors, or textures that will tie the whole thing together.
S U P P L I E S :
On this spread, I've chose to use a standard 12 x 12 pocket page on the left, with a 12 x 11 divided page on the right. I like that the smaller right side allows you to see what's next in the album and gives you a peek at what's to come!
Since the journaling speaks about following your (er, my!) heart, I've made the obvious choice to use repeating heart graphics throughout my design. I've included several of the Two Peas cut files and printables, as well as flair, epoxies, sequins, and Crate vellum hearts.
On the pockets with cut files, I cut the background paper away so the design is completely see-through. I'll likely keep the back side of these pockets open (not inserting anything there) to keep the airy look.
Stitched vellum hearts go across the exterior of one empty pocket, which also helps the spread stay light and airy. I've also divided one of the 4x6 pockets on the right to include a confetti sequin pocket. I've contained the sequins in the area by adding a vertical line of stitching down the middle of the pocket. The circle “yes” is adhered to the outside of the pocket and allows the sequins to move around freely.
So don't be afraid to use divided page protectors in amongst your traditional pages, especially if you're a fellow PL Failure who just so happens to have lots of these laying around. Ahem. It's a fun way to change up your scrapping routine!
P.S. If you're looking for today's Wardrobe Wednesday post, you can find it here!