Today I want to share with you a couple pocket pages I put together for our Palm Springs vacation in October. I was planning on creating a mini book or something separate for my photos instead of including them in my Project Life album, but once I saw the November kits it was a done deal. The Thickers spelling out PALM SPRINGS are from the main scrapbooking kit (LOVE) and all the cards are from the main life pages kit.
The colors of the cards this month were so perfect. I love the black and white. And there was also a lot of blue, yellow, orange and red which was great to see.
I created a flip up card with the LET'S EAT card and the thin blue washi tape that came in the main scrapbooking kit. This is one of the inserts I did for my food photos and I included a business card from my favorite place.
Flipping up the card I wrote about all the places we ate at. At the top of the card I stamped 'this is my happy place' which is from the life pages kit.
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For the past 7 years (minus 1 year) I have made an album for my December stories. They are some of my favorites and every year I think...do I really want to do this again? And the answer is YES! December is definitely hectic and stressful but doing this album has helped me celebrate what is really important during this season. Also doing something creative throughout the month is very therapeutic for me. I always love to play with photos and paper and stamps and stickers.
My albums have been small and simple and I believe there is no other way to go about it. If it was super complicated I know I would not keep up with it during the month. I also want to have fun with this project and try new things. Last year I actually used a 6"x8" album and I'm using that size again this year. It's a great size! You can see my 2014 album by clicking the link over to the left under Categories.
I dressed up my album a couple weeks ago and last weekend I started the foundation pages which I will share before the end of the month. The album is gorgeous but I wanted to play a little. I painted it white using a matte white paint from Target and then added the gold washi tape from the kit to the red cloth portion of the album. The kit comes with some really pretty chipboard pieces and I added the gold December piece to the front.
I used the gold washi tape on the back as well but left the spine white. I will probably add the year on the side. I did use a little ModPodge over the washi tape just to make sure it stays put.
Inside the album I painted everything white except the red cloth spine. I love the little pop of red when you open the album!
So that's the start of my album which I love putting together before December begins. I have placed a bunch of the page protectors, cards and patterned paper inside but I'm still moving things around. My plan is still coming together and I will definitely post the inside pages when I'm ready!
One thing I love about the life pages kits from Gossamer Blue are the versatility of the cards. They work perfectly in my pocket pages and I can always find a way to use them on a traditional layout. The three pieces above are from the November life pages kit and all three cards were originally 4"x6". I don't normally use a lot of 4"x6" life pages cards in my spreads so I cut them down to work for a 6"x12" layout. I started with a piece of 6"x12" cardstock and then adhered my photos and cards on top. I love the silly photo at the top and then having a space for journaling and the title card at the bottom. So quick and easy!
I think you are really going to love the kits this month. Great colors and embellishments especially in the life pages kit. Both main kits have this set of cork numbers and I used them to create a one page spread using 8 photos and a journaling card form the life pages add-on #3 kit (always a fan of kit #3!). I placed a number on the outside of each pocket and then wrote a little about each one on the card in the middle. I embellished the journaling card with come wood veneer pieces from the #3 kit and a stamp from the main kit. This is such an easy way to quickly document a week!