Are you stopping by from The Pocket Source blog hop? You should have arrived here from Samantha, The Scrapmaster. Fantastic! I’m so glad you were able to visit my little corner of the Internet, so that we could all chat about a fantastic new resource for pocket scrappers, The Pocket Source!
The Pocket Source is a new online community devoted solely to pocket scrapping. I generally refer to my little creations as Project Life, because I’ve been using Becky Higgin’s line of Project Life products, but the truth is, pocket scrapping has been around for ages, and while Becky Higgins Project Life system certainly lit the pocket fire, there’s all kinds of pocket scrapping out there – and The Pocket Source can be your go-to source for every one – whether you’re digital, or paper or hybrid, whether you record your memories daily, weekly or monthly, or maybe you’re using your pockets for just a special occasion or a trip – it’s all there. There’s something for all pocketers at the Pocket Source.
I’ve been pocket scrapping since October 2012. I had never been a traditional paper scrapper, although I have always been a memory keeper. I’ve kept a diary or a journal all of my life, and I’ve always been the girl with the camera – your go-to girl for photographing special events and weddings, ever since high school really. In 2010 or 2011, time flies, I can’t even remember anymore – I rediscovered my love of photography, and made it more than halfway through a 365 daily photography project. And then, once the project was over, I thought, huh, what to do with all of these photographs? Photobooks? Eh. And, I started exploring the possibilities – it lead me to image transfers, and art journaling, and making ATC’s, and eventually, I found my way into digiscrapping land, and while I liked making traditional digi-layouts, and with my love of photography and my penchant for memory keeping, scrapping seemed like a natural fit. But, I didn’t really have any desire to have an album of my printed digi pages. And that’s when I went pocket.
And I loved digi pocket scrapping for awhile.
And then, awhile was over, and I wasn’t so in love anymore. I especially wasn’t in love with struggling to make my digi layouts look like paper, or sitting in front of the computer for hours. And, I certainly was devastated when I went through the great EHD crash of the Summer of 2013. So, I thought, instead of trying to get these layouts to look like paper, why not just go paper?
It was a big decision. I had the digi thing pretty much down, and I had all of my supplies, there was very little monetary investment left. But, it wasn’t fun anymore, it was really kind of a drag. And, if it’s not fun, then I’m not going to do it.
So, I went for it. And, every since I have, I’ve looked to The Pocket Source for inspiration in it’s Gallery, and advice in it’s Forums. Because I’m on several digi designers creative teams, I participate in a lot of online galleries – and they’re great, don’t get me wrong- I’m not down on digiscrapping, I still love making traditional pages – but there’s something to be said for finding a niche. And, if your niche is pocket scrapping, having someplace like the Pocket Source that is specific to this form of memory keeping, is just such a boon. I found the community particularly helpful (and, er, enabling), when I was making my decision about what die cutting machine I wanted to invest in. After many thoughtful comments, I ended up going with the Silhouette Portrait, their electronic 8 1/2 x 11 machine.
Yep, did it – bought a Silhouette Portrait with a a Dick Blick 40% off coupon – woo hoo! The machine definitely has a learning curve, but there’s lots of tutorials around, and I signed up for Lori Whitlock’s class at Jessica Sprague. In the class she walks you through the cutting process of a minibook –
Yeah! Look at all of that expert cutting! Well, I felt pretty proud of myself nonetheless.
But, you came here to see Pocket Scrapping and pocket scrapping you shall see. I bring up the Silhouette because the one thing I missed about digi was having embelishments for my pages right at my fingertips. And, after taking Lori’s class, and watching this tutorial from Traci Reed, I was all ready to cut my own embelishments from my digistash –
All kinds of goodies in there – stuff from Amy Wolff, Laurie Ann, Lynne-Marie, and One Little Bird, Just Jaimee. I’m so happy that I don’t have to cut them by hand, and I’m totally excited about adding them to my pocket layouts.
Lemme show you –
Sorry for the crappy photo – I got home too late from work to take my photos in nature light – so there’s a lot of glare. By the way, if you want to take better photos of your layouts, this post by Ali Edwards was super helpful. I didn’t do that here, but I did do it here if you want to check out my other paper/hybrid layouts from this year.
Here’s are a few better shots –
So, what have we got going on here?
Two big yeahs here – again Pocket Source enabling, er I mean advice. First, the sweet little embelishments on the Happy Birthday card (which was from the Sweet Shoppe Facebook hop they did for their birthday the weekend before last), the alpha on the frame, and the little wooden veneer stars – they’re from the Studio Calico monthly kit – the Pocket Source has an entire section in the forums devoted to monthly kits, and while I think I had already ordered the Studio Calico kit when The Pocket Source opened, its forums definitely reinforced for me that I had picked the right kit for me, and made me eagerly anticipate my little package. The other thing is the Pretty Girl frame – cut by me with my Silhouette.
What else –
As I mentioned in this post, one of my biggest fears about going paper was printing my photos, and I’ve mostly been going with Walgreens, and it’s working for me. But, with this spread, because of the weather, and my snow days, I had to print at home, and all of these photos were printed on my home Epson – which is something I really don’t want to do on a regular basis. Yes, the photos are better than Walgreens, but the ink is crazy expensive and so is the paper. So, it was really important to me to get everything right, and only print once. So, I tried to do all of my prep work on my phone before I sent it to dropbox, and then onto my computer. And, I love love love how this iphone photo turned out – with the graphic from the Rhonna Designs app. The iPhone and apps like Rhonna Designs, Pic-Tap-Go and Beautiful Mess have made life so much easier. And everything at The Pocket Source is designed to make your pocket scrapping easier.
And one last thing – one of the big reasons I love having actually little pockets. I love memorabilia. Above, you could see my cut up program from our trip to the car show. Here, I’ve used our movie ticket stubs, and the actual ad that I cut out of the paper. I love cutting things up, and slipping them in a pocket, and writing all over them.
And the “meh” – my handwriting, created on the ipad, sent to my computer, and then to the Silhouette. There’s a tutorial here that I used.
And, wait – there’s more – just a little bit, because I’m just getting started. I bought a 6 x 8 album to devote to a trip Joe and I took to NYC last year –
There’ll be more on this in the future – I just started it last night. But when I thought about how I wanted to document our trip, with the photos that were just sitting in a pile from a failed attempt at making a paperbag minibook – pocket scrapping was really the only that made me excited. Love those pockets!
So, stop by the Pocket Source, check it out, for inspiration, for advice, for tutorials, for just about all of your creative pocket scrapping needs. But perhaps most importantly, for the community – it’s so awesome to be surrounded by people who “get” why you had to buy one more core kit, or why you stayed up until midnight to snatch a Studio Calico add on, or why you’re bummed that what you thought your most important photo all week was didn’t turn out the way you saw it in your head. Like minded people – can’t beat it.
And be sure to hop on to the next stop on the blog hop, Emily, at MrsCraftyAdams. Be sure to check out Emily’s blog. I found Emily’s blog a few months ago when she was doing an blogaversary giveaway, and I’m so glad I found it. Her enthusiasm for pocket scrapping is infectious, and you can find inspiration from her not only on her blog, but at the Pocket Source as well.
Thanks again for stopping by, and be sure to visit the rest of the creative scrappers on the Pocket Source Blog Hop.
Have a great weekend!