Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pocket Page Mini

Hello Hello
How's it going? Are ya havin' a good summer? I can't say that ours has been anything spectacular but that's okay, I think the girls are just happy to be able to stay up a bit later and have more sleep-overs. I find it humorous that something as simple as sleeping in the living room floor in their sleeping bag, vegging out with a couple of Disney movies and popping kettle corn can make them so happy.
(I remember those days with fondness)


Okay so today I wanted to share the third mini book in my Pirate Cheer series. This one I am calling my pocket mini and with the name I am positive you can figure out why. I wanted to have a super simple mini for those who are accustom to a pocket type of scrap booking created to make documenting the everyday much easier.
The way that I created my mini is by first covering two pieces of 6 x 8 chipboard for the front and back covers, using my crop-a-dile by We R Memory Keepers I punched two holes in each cover for the book rings and then re-enforced them with extra large eyelets also by We R Memory Keepers. I added in my pages which happen to be from Simple Stories, they are the refill pages for their SN@P Binders. 
Now this did take some planning ahead, being that I knew this is what I wanted my page to be I sized my covers to match my pages, then I also lined up my holes on the refill pages to use as a guide for my covers.
The reason I went with these is because they are super easy to fill up, most online photo sites will print in 3 x 4 photo size now and of course the 4 x 6 is always available, so once you have your prints all you have to do is slide them into a pocket. Then because of this pocket style system there are tons of other products on the market that will help support this type of mini book also. Like these SN@P cards from Simple Stories or these PL journal cards.
Of course you can always make your own too like I have done here using a QuicKutz die called Life. First I cut a printed transparency to 3 x 4 and rounded the corners, then I cut out my 'life' pieces, layered/adhered them onto my transparency and then slid it into a pocket. Yes it's that easy and as I said I minute ago, this type of scrap booking is really popular right now so even in the 3 x 4 size there are a ton of options for steal dies.
Here is another 3 x 4 journal card that I handmade using Tim Holtz Alterations die called Movers and Shapers - this one happens to be the ATC & Corners. After I die cut it from a resist paper, I used a letter punch set that I have had in my stash for ages and punched out the word CHEER, then used a Color Shine in Peach by Heidi Swapp to bring out the pattern in her Resist Paper.


In other varying spots I added in some Project Life 3 x 4 Journal Cards and some of 4 x 6 Grid Cards so that there would be plenty of room for your thoughts and memories.
Once I had all the pages set up, mind you I did leave several pockets empty so that there would be lots and lots of room for photos too, I added in a few paper clips just for the heck of it.
The first page is the only one that isn't necessarily a pocket page, it's just a regular page protector with a card stock photo mat tucked down inside, since I made these with 'cheer leading' in mind I thought this first page would be a great place to show-case an enlarged photo, also I wanted there to be at least one larger page for ephemera just in case it wouldn't fit into one of the smaller pockets.
For the cover I wanted it to be different so again I went with a Tim Holtz Alterations die - this one is called Weathered Clock. I fit it to my cover how I liked cutting off the excess, wrapped some seam binding tape around the whole, tied on an Ideaology  findings piece called word bands, glued several flowers in place and rather liked it right there so that's where I stopped. As for the rings I tied them off with a checker ribbon wrapped in tulle. 
So there you have it, the third in my Pirates Cheer Mini Series. Let me know if you have any questions and I thank you so much for taking a peek.
Here's hoping your weekend starts early!!!

just B

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