VIDEO: 6x8 Pocket Page Mixed Media Layout - Explore // Incorporating Memorabilia

August 19, 2017

Hello craft people! Today I am sharing with you something that I haven't really done in a while. I started this project probably at the very end of last year, but it's one of my goals to finish it this year. The Pittsburgh Trip album is a 6x8 album that already contains two days of fun adventures. Although I've never worked with this size before starting this project, it is definitely a fun size to work with! Let's jump right in to these two fun 6x8 pages.

As I discuss in my video, this page is the introduction to this section of my travel album. I wanted it to be a summary and also a divider from the other section. I incorporated several small photos to give it a summarized look. Be sure to watch the video all of the way to the end to get lots of tips! If you'd like to see how I organized my photos and memorabilia for this trip check out my tutorial on it! For now, you can get a small glimpse in to how I organize my photos and scrapbooking materials by watching this process video. I hope you enjoy!

I find that 6x8 pocket pages are some times a struggle. I often need really small photos when all I print are 4x6 photos. It can be very intimidating to work with, but after diving in head first and buying several 6x8 albums, it isn't too bad! I like to do photos that span multiple pockets. You'll see this in most of my 6x8 pocket pages. On this example, you'll see I took this monkey photo and cut it down to 2x4 and then in half so it would line up perfectly across the divide. Things like this help make the album more functional for my photos personally. 

I didn't need to spell out where we were and what we were doing for these photos, so instead of including filler cards, I just had a title card and a functional card which we will discuss later on. I used a stencil to create a fun pattern on the back of my title card. I used this "Explore" chipboard piece to really capture the feeling of these pages. I included a couple of other embellishments like wood veneer and phrase stickers for more interest.

The second page is more practically functional. I really love including memorabilia when I can. You'll see that in my Disney album and some of my regular scrapbooking pages too. Making memorabilia functional is also a key aspect in my crafting. For example, I had this map of the zoo that didn't fit in any of the pre-made pocket pages that I owned, so I had to tackle it from a different angle. I wanted it to be very easily accessible. This means no gluing it down or cutting up the map. Instead, I used my favorite technique, which involves pockets!

Pockets are one of the most functional memorabilia keeping items. The pocket I used on this layout is from We R Memory Keepers Typecast collection. It has a fun herringbone pattern which made it seem zoo-like. I couldn't just leave a pocket on a page, so I decided to spice it up a little bit. I layered a gold doily from Recollections behind it for more pizazz. The entire page is made from a piece of Kaisercraft patterned paper. To add some more texture, I looped some black thread around my fingers and glued it on top of the doily. 

I wanted to use this portion of the bag to add some matching items from the other pocket page. I stuck with the green color scheme and included another Heidi Swapp sticker (star and geotag). I also included a baby title using Maggie Holmes puffy alphabet stickers. I used another Simple Stories phrase sticker as well.

I wanted to include a photo of how easy it is to use this pocket and pull out the map. I think it is one of the easiest ways to incorporate memorabilia on to a layout. How do you include memorabilia on your layouts? I have several examples including tickets, maps, pamphlets, and more on my channel if you're interested. I hope you enjoyed this fun little double page spread! Thanks for watching!

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