I have a love/ hate relationship with pocket style scrapbooking. There are times when it comes easy for me and I love the pages. Other times, I find myself unhappy with the results. I don't necessarily hate the pages but there is just something that feels a bit off. In the latest episode of the DigiScrap Geek Podcast, we sat down with Jess Forester to talk about the different approaches to pocket scrapbooking. It was a conversation that has helped me see pocket page scrapbooking in a new light.
Prior to the show, Summer and I started talking about our pocket style layouts. We discussed what we were liking and not liking. We took a look at a few of each other's pages, trying to get a feel for what we thought might be that missing element that would make us love our work. We brought this up on the podcast, as well. I thought I might share a few pages and show you what I think is the reason between what makes me ok with a page and what makes me love a page.
Reasons why I think I liked these pages:
-The photos and stories are in a placement that makes sense to me.
- There are filler cards but not a bunch of them.
-I used many items from the same scrapbook kit. Everything feels well coordinated.
Reasons why I don't love this Page:
- Not much embellishing
-despite using color coordinated items, the page somehow feels off
- I am not sure I like the giant filler card
- I kind of miss having more of a mix of large and small photos
-Feels like I just threw stuff onto the page without much thought.
I know I need more practice making pocket pages. I don't plan to trash the ones I don't love. I simply need to make more observations about what works for me and what doesn't. Design aesthetics are almost always a very personal preference. Doing the mini critique with summer and talking about our pages with Jess on the podcast has helped me have a new perspective of my pocket pages. Planning a pocket page in detail still doesn't come very easily for me. However, now that I have sat down and analyzed my process I think I can move forward with more focus.
To listen to this episode of the DigiScrap Geek Podcast, click here.
You can find my November, 2013 pages at the following blog posts:
Project Life and Gratitude
Friends Who Scrap Fall Inspiration Blog Hop
Project Life and Gratitude, Part 2