I've been continuing to experiment with pocket pages. I am fascinated by the ways in which they make scrapbooking feel "do-able" to people who have not ever scrapped, and they make completing a project feel "do-able" to people who have unfinished scrapbooks that have been sitting around. On the other hand, for someone like me who has been doing elaborate layouts for many years, pocket scrapping can feel constraining. I have learned (with the help of many online folks) that I have to treat a pocket page protector as another supply rather than as the definition of my layout. I can attach embellishments, photos, journalling cards - whatever - to the outside as well as the inside. I can cut pockets, combine pockets, not use pockets... My layout still is my creation, not the creation of the pocket page protector. Big lesson for me. I am teaching and coaching people using pocket pages, so I'm trying to pay attention to my own process to help me develop insights that might be helpful to others.
I'm creating a scrapbook using pocket pages to document my cake decorating hobby. This week I created a two-page spread documenting cupcakes I made back in 2010 for a new baby meet-and-greet.
So - did this layout take less time and effort than would have been true if I did a traditional paper layout? I think so, to be honest about it. And if I did a traditional paper layout, it would not have been a grid. OK - I think I have to take these same pictures and see what I would do for a traditional paper layout.
More than anything, I love that I have added this event to my cake decorating scrapbook. It brings back all my feelings of love for this child, her parents, and the larger family I am so lucky to be a part of.
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