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There are lots of different ways to scrapbook and many different styles. There are paper and digital and hybrid layouts. There are artistic layouts, traditional layouts, layouts with lots of clusters and one of the current scrapping trends is called pocket scrapbooking.
What is Digital Pocket Scrapbook?
Pocket Scrapbooking grew out of the popular paper scrapped “Project Life” started by Becky Higgins. This method includes plastic sleeves with pockets. People can slide printed photos, cards and things directly in them and be done. It was a way to greatly simplify the paper scrapping process.
Hybrid pocket scrapping combines this method but most of the work is done on the computer. Stickers, tabs, journaling, even the photos can be edited, done on the computer, printed and assembled into the pocket sleeves.
Digital Pocket Scrapbook is done completely on the computer, in an aligned format to look like pockets and then printed in full sheets and placed in traditional sleeves or printed as a book.
This is the method I prefer. To me, it looks like a magazine or book layout. There is little wasted space and allows for lots of photos and journaling. It can be simple and straightforward or have lots of little elements and paper pieces added. There are so many different ways to make these pages look amazing.
If I were still a paper scrapper, I think I would be drawn to the Project Life books because of the ease of it. I have heard from many paper scrappers that they have accomplished more scrapping using this method than their old way.
But I haven’t paper scrapped in years, so I like getting the same effect digitally. It may not be quite as simple as just sliding cards and photos into a book, but I love the outcome!
What if I miss a week?
This has certainly happened to me in the past! I know there are scrappers out there who complete their entire year, with a page or two for every week! I have not made this list yet! I’m hoping to this year, but so far I haven’t!
It’s still okay, though! Sometimes I will do a two page for all the activities in a month. Or I will scrap in this format for a certain occasion, like a birthday or Christmas. It can even be used to spotlight a child or a family.
It can be just as varied as any other form of scrapping, it is all in how you scrap it!
Here is an example of a pocket page I made that has nothing to do with fitting into a week:
or this one that summed up the whole month in one page.
How do I start?
If you have thought about switching over to this method, but still aren’t quite sure, maybe start with a themed layout, buy a template and give it a try. You’ll know right away if this method resonates with you or not!
And if you decide to jump in and do the whole year, week by week, it isn’t too late! We’re still early enough in the year. My templates that coordinate with the monthly kits will all be in a similar style and there will be 52 of them. They work for a 2 page spread for each week and can be modified and used in multiple ways!
You can also check out my weekly spreads and follow along as the year goes! I post the newest one each Tuesday!
And lastly, here is today’s download!