Hi crafters! Danni here with a double pocket page layout featuring the gorgeous Merry and Bright collection. I have so many of the stunning pocket cards left that I just had to get some of them used up, and what better way than a couple of pocket pages?

I like to use pocket pages as a way to include lots of photos in my yearly albums, especially photos that aren’t the best quality, are of less interesting everyday moments, or when I have several similar photos that I can’t choose between. These pages are everyday Christmas season snapshots and some extras from our Christmas parade.

For my first page I chose the “Merry & Bright” pocket card and backed it on the candy stripe 12×12 patterned paper for a title card. I chose two pretty pocket cards – one to embellish with Santa from the die cut ephemera, the other as a perfect spot for my journaling. I like to cover ugly or distracting background details in my photos with pretty embellishments, so I also fussy cut the two hearts from one the pocket cards and used them to decorate a photo.

I added some clusters of florals fussy cut from floral 12×12 patterned paper to the corners of two of my photos, then used a combination of die cut ephemera and accessory stickers to fill in any empty spaces. The tiny heart die cuts came in handy for this project – I used lots of them to embellish my photos, outlining them in white gel pen to really make them ‘pop’.

For my second pocket page I decided to make a couple of decorative feature cards. First, I used the multicoloured polka spot paper from the A5 paper stack, some die cut baubles and some strip rhinestones to make a hanging bauble card, filling in the corners with layered fussy cut florals. For the second decorative card I layered tag and phrase stickers together on a green starry pocket card, adding baker’s twine to the tag and another heart die cut.

Many of these photos have not-so-nice things in the background (a rubbish bin for example) so the accessory stickers and smaller die cut ephemera worked perfectly to cover these up and add detail to the photos. I also used a combination of fussy cut and sticker labels to add small areas of journaling to highlight the important memories from these photos.

I inked the edges of many of the cards in a Christmassy green ink to help define the edges and added lots of tiny words from the accessory stickers to help tell my stories. Do you like to use pocket pages to record your stories?  I hope this inspired you to try some new things! There is a process video on YouTube linked below. Happy scrapping!

Danni x


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