The latest issue of SCT is hot off the presses, and I hope you all are enjoying the magazine! Hard copies are now available at many Barnes & Nobles (you can check this link to see if your local store has it!), or you can download a digital version right here. The summer issue is full of so much inspiration that I pretty much dog-eared every page in my copy. Lots of fabulous pages and ideas from a team I consider myself very luck to be a part of!
My contribution to the issue included a pocket page spread that I'm using as a title page for our Mexico vacation album. I always take so many photos on our annual trip to the Mayan Riviera, and now they will finally have a whole album to call home!
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The spread mixes a 12x12 layout and a pocket page, and it's a combo I'm really loving these days. I never could quite fall in love with Project Life-style scrapping because I felt too confined with the smaller, defined spaces. But mixing it with traditional layouts has become a recipe that works with my style and I'm using it more and more. I love that I can go big and bold on my 12x12 layouts, and balance it with smaller but coordinating elements on the pocket half.
The pocket side includes a die-cut that I designed as my title block (and it's a free download at the SCT site!) To draw extra attention to that portion of the page, I filled the pocket with various sequins and then stitched the top edge closed to keep them in. It's a fun interactive element of the page that you couldn't implement on a standard 12x12 page!
I also really dig that the pocket side of the spread can contain my journaling. It allows me to create the layout side without worrying about where to put the story - a step that usually hangs up my design process. There's always a perfect pocket size (or two) to fit my words, and I think it allows more flexibility than a 12x12 layout to write as little or as much as you want to.
Though my album is far from finished, I love the mix of pages that are slowly building inside it. The pockets are a nice visual break from the 12x12 layouts and also a great way to incorporate the ephemera and paraphernalia that tend to accompany the documentation of a vacation. (And one more positive - it's nice that I'm finally using the huge stash of pocket pages I bought almost 5 years ago - go me!)