I've kept the pages and layouts very very simple, adding only a rubber stamp here, a paper flower there, because I want new scrappers to look at it and think, "I can do that." This applies not only to their skill level, but also to their money, time and available supplies. Many people don't have the money to buy a lot of supplies, especially for a new endeavor, and often they don't have the time to engage in a steep learning curve. The people I've talked with want something they can do quickly, easily and inexpensively. And, of course, they want to end up with something they are proud of and enjoy. I have tried to create a sample of a pocket scrapbook that meets those needs.
This is the first page. I changed the first picture to black and white because the color was a little washed out, and I used two rubber stamps (Heidi Swapp words and old Rubber Stampede heart with Ancient Page Bordeaux ink).
I find that I use the Project Life dies a lot. When a photo is not quite the right size, it is so much easier to run it through my Sizzix with the frame die than to get it cropped to the right size in Photoshop Elements. I'm really glad they released this set of dies.
Overall, I'm pleased with these simple small pages. I think they tell stories and pull the eye across the page, just differently from what I'm used to creating. It's a real challenge for me to keep from adding lots more embellishments everywhere! And, I must admit, they came together very quickly. Yay!