Pocket Pages

Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February and March


Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing a layout from my 2012 Project Life album. My 2012 album really is a transition album, going from traditional scrapbooking and moving into pocket page, weekly documenting. This means that some of my layouts don’t have weekly photos, and in those cases I simply create an event-based layout. Have a peek at my process for these events in February and March of 2012. This layout was previously a part of In My Pocket Memory Keeping class, Volume 01. If you’d like to join us in the classroom, and see BRAND NEW process videos, check it out here.

There were two main stories for this spread: karate testing for Addison, and also I took the four kiddos to the zoo for the first time by myself. At this time they were still quite little – Natalie was five and Addison was nine, so it was a bit unnerving for me at the beginning. I love having these beautiful photos to document how we began blending our families and some of the challenges we tackled along the way.

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

For this layout I chose a Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit, this is the one from May 2017. Again I wanted neutrals on the left, and bright happy colors on the right. Pink is one of Addison’s favorite colors, so you will find that fun bright pink across the page!

I am absolutely in love with how this title card turned out! This was so simple: stamped title and date + two stars! On the 3×4 card underneath I also did a similar format: stamped sentiment and a tiny strip of washi tape. So simple and pretty.

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

For some reason or another, I think these are the only two times we photographed Addison’s karate experiences in the year 2012. So I felt it was super important to include these two layouts so he has memories of his classes. Notice how the photos really help tell these stories – the close up of his belt, the photo of him with his instructor, and the environment he was in. All of this was very important to us and to him at the time and I am so happy to record this!

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

For the right hand side, I am telling the story of the first time I took all four kids to the zoo by myself. I was definitely outnumbered, and in these early days it was a tiny bit overwhelming to try to take them somewhere alone. But on this day I did it and it was a success. We all had so much fun together!

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life FebruaryOne concern with putting two events on the same spread is how to tie them together, especially if the colors of the photos don’t necessarily match? I have always had the approach that your products can tie seeming unrelated photos together, and this layout is a great example of that.

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

Because I had already used these happy colors on the other side, this side flows really well into a more feminine layout. I still included some of the black and white elements, too, to tie it all together. Notice on most of the cards I added one very simple element. This keeps the layout simple and easy to complete. No hard decisions, no over-complicated embellishing here, but the end result is still a very pretty layout with a really great story!

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

I had one more opportunity for a 4×6 card at the bottom of this layout, and I made it quite monochromatic. The card itself featured a very simple yellow star wreath and I added text inside it using a puffy alphabet from Freckled Fawn. Then a simple date stamp and the card is complete.

Larkindesign An Event Based Layout | 2012 Project Life February

I hope these layouts inspire you to try a more simple approach to your own layouts, especially in the name of not overwhelming yourself. Embellishing can be so much fun, and our pretty layers are so tempting to either hold onto them (read: hoarding) or over-use them. But you can see in this layout how a simple approach still allowed me to use my favorite things and actually get the layout done without feeling panicked. And most importantly, this keeps the emphasis on the important part: the story + the photo!

See you again soon!

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing a layout that was previously part of the In My Pocket Memory Keeping class, Volume 01. All of the content related to this class, plus my BRAND NEW process videos, can be seen in that class. Click here to join us!

The layout I am sharing today is an event based layout from January of 2012. There were two stories for this layout: Addison’s testing in karate and a Valentine’s Day Father/Daughter dance.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

You will notice my photo placement in these layouts: the upper left hand and lower right hand corner pockets are available for journal cards, and the rest are filled with my 4×6 photos. Where I have 3×4 photos I alternate photo/journal card, so the layout is balanced. I almost always follow this formula in my pocket pages.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

I decided to work with a Studio Calico kit in this layout, this is the Documenter kit from January 2017, Roman Holiday. I wanted a combination of boy-ish products for the karate photos plus girl-ish products for the dance layouts.

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

For the 3×4 cards I chose a good balance of journal cards and filler cards. Each of them is layered with all the good stuff – journaling, stamps, and ephemera. The Roman Holiday kit had some great ephemera and they were so easy to layer on top of the journal cards.

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

For the right hand side I began with a fun title card. I just had to use this floral card and then I layered one of the journal cards over top to provide a home base for the title itself. I also added just a few tiny stamps and a touch of washi tape.

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Look how tiny the girls were! I think Natalie was just five and Emberlynn seven. They had the most adorable dresses from a now-out-of-business company called Naartjie and they were so excited to wear them. They definitely felt like princesses that night!

Larkindesign Project Life 2012 An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

I kept the embellishing to a minimum on this layout, just adding a few ephemera to the photos. The gold foiled journal card stands beautifully on its own.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Lastly a journal card that sums up my personal feelings about their evening together at the dance. Journaling the past can feel like a challenge sometimes, but I always encourage my students in my classroom to journal about their feelings today, whether today is right after the event or years after the event.

An Event Based Project Life Layout | January 2012 Using Studio Calico Documenter Kit!!

Thank you for joining me today! See you again soon!

2019 Scrappy Chat Plus In My Pocket Memory Keeping Class Special Invitation!

Hello Lovelies! I want to once again wish you a Happy New Year! I am so excited to begin a new year, fresh perspective, new goals, and new beginnings! I recorded a chat video and shared on YouTube about some important and happy things coming up very soon. Have a look!

As you all know, I have developed two flagship classes that focus heavily on pocket pages, called In My Pocket! I have poured my heart and soul and everything I personally use to complete my own albums into these classes, and I want these classes to bloom and grow!

This is your personal invitation to participate in the first class, In My Pocket Volume 01. Beginning on January 15, we are going to walk through this class via email, one per week. This is open to anyone who has purchased In My Pocket Volume 01 or the Bundle. Check out all the details about this class and then check below to sign up!

Class is now in session!!!!
Are you interested in pocket page scrapbooking? Do you absolutely love filling pockets with memories, photos, embellishments, and heart? Are you looking for ways to streamline your process? Maybe you are brand new to pocket page style memory keeping, or maybe you have several years of albums that are waiting to be completed?

If you love all things pocket pages then this is the class you need to take! In this class I will share with you my own personal process for creating complete pocket page albums from start to finish. Ten lessons, plus an introduction, with at least 20 process videos and lots more videos that cover all sorts of topics are included in this class!

I hope you will join me on this fun adventure! Class is now specially priced at 40% because I want you to join us. This is a limited time offering!

Also this year, as we walk through the class, I will be updating the Chat videos that are included in the class, AND I will be updating the class process videos with current pocket page layouts! I am so excited to include NEW CONTENT in this class and I think you will love it too!

Here is the class content included with this course. You may click on the link to purchase the class.

Larkindesign In My Pocket Vol 01

So let’s get started! I am so excited to have you all join me on this fun, exciting adventure in pocket pages and I hope you will be inspired to get started, to continue, and to complete your own albums. Sign-ups end January 14th, 2019 at midnight and the first email will go out on January 15th, 2019! See you in the classroom!

Hybrid Scrapbooking 2018 Project Life Week 22&23

Hello Lovelies, today I am sharing a Project Life process video from my 2018 album for Weeks 22 and 23! This is a hybrid layout using the Sahlin Studio You Are Here digital collection. You can see my process video here.

 This layout was part of a two page spread with an insert, and I found there actually weren’t so many photos for this week. So in the end it all worked out great. 

The Sahlin Studio collections always allow lots of room for journaling, and that means there is also space for some fun filler cards along the way. I created a title card with the Here & There card and made it a summer edition with a wood veneer piece from Crate Paper. 

Nick’s birthday was the 4th of June. He is now 14 years old, so his birthday celebrations aren’t big parties like it used to be. He simply wanted to play video games, have cake and presents, and have his girlfriend present. I kept the layout simple as well, with just a fun photo of him with his girlfriend playing video games. These two have been best of friends for a really long time, three years now, and it’s fun to see them hang out together.

I have always talked about how products can help us tell our stories, and the Routine Photorounds do an excellent job. Summer days are quiet for us when all the kids are gone, so we spend a lot of time working on those days. Simple word art helps me tell that story here.

Typed journaling is so much fun, even if you aren’t the best at using a vintage typewriter! I love mixing fonts with handwriting and typewritten words and it all tells a story of a quiet but meaningful summer time.

Thanks so much for joining me today! See you again soon!


Hybrid Project Life | 2013 Week 12 ft. Sahlin Studio Flashback!

Hello Lovelies! Today I am sharing this awesome and fun layout in my 2013 Project Life album! I have used the Sahlin Studio Flashback digital collection. You can view my process video here.

Our stories for this week included a sick day for two kids, a fun trip to the Lego outlet, and of course playing with the new Lego kits they got. Simple, but such special memories!

As always, I began  my layout with the title card. For this card I stamped the date and used alphabet stickers for the week number. 

I have had some questions about how I am remembering what to journal for this album, since it is five years ago. Full disclosure: I have short term memory loss so I actually don’t remember what happens from day to day. I absolutely accept this about myself, and so I have chosen to make my journaling manageable for me.

Tip One: Use your photos as your jumping off point.

Photos have an amazing power and always serve as the starting point for Project Life layouts! So use your photos to help you remember stories about that week. You would be amazed at how many stories one photo can bring to your mind. Practice this at home: Take a random photo and write down the first five memories that one photo makes you think of. 

Tip Two: Write about your feelings.

Remember how writing can be about Facts and Feelings? This is a great place to talk about the feelings those photos evoke for you. You can write about your feelings today, or your feelings back when it happened. You can write about how your feelings have changed, if that is the case. 

Let me share details about the right hand side of the page with you.

Tip Three: Write about what you know and remember from that time.

For example, 2013 for us was a particularly busy year because I know we were doing sports and all four kids in elementary school and life was hectic. But the kids had new Lego sets this week and it inspired me to pause a moment and take photos of them playing together. That became the focus of my journaling on this layout. 

Tip Four: Use product to help tell your story.

Always remember that scrapbooking products are fantastic ways to help us journal. The wooden heart veneer card with puffy heart stickers tells us how much I love these children, these photos, and this time in our lives. Stickers and stamps with word art can help us convey feelings about our layout and our photos, and they do the work for us. Titles and word strips help tell the stories we want to tell and help us share what we are trying to say.

Tip Five: Always remember that the sum = more than the parts.

All of the written words, plus the beautiful products and the layout all together adds up to tell the entire story about the week. Sometimes we put this expectation on ourselves that if it isn’t a long story, then maybe it’s not good enough. But when you look at your layout overall, you can see how everything all together adds up to tell the beautiful stories we want to tell, and to convey the feelings we want to convey.

I hope all of these tips are helpful to you! Remember to keep journaling simple and from the heart. I promise every word, no matter how short or lengthy, is important and amazing! See you again soon!