Hello! It’s Meghann Andrew with you today. Summer is in full swing here, which means less time in my crafty space and more in the pool! I’m not slowing down with photo-taking, however, so how do I document the same amount of photos in less time? I create layouts with coordinating pocket pages, and I have one of these combinations to share with you today, with a beachy, summer vibe created with the Sunny Days collection from Crate Paper!


There were so many photos that I loved from this trip to the beach a few years ago—my daughter’s first beach day, but if I created a scrapbook layout for each, I’d be creating for quite a while! Instead, I selected all of my favorite photos, chose a favorite photo that started out the day to create an 8-1/2″ x 11″ layout, then printed the rest of the photos to slide into an adjoining pocket page.


I started out with a frame of the multi-colored Parasol paper to set the color scheme for my spread, adding white cardstock in the middle for that clean, white space. This collection includes the most lovely stencils, and I used them along with my Vicki Boutin markers to add pink and navy decoration to each corner. The negative space at the base of my oversized, 5″ x 7″ boardwalk photo created the perfect opportunity to add a title below, which I fussy-cut from the word-heavy Bright Days paper and sat it on the “vacay vibes” die-cut, which created a colorful, solid shelf for my photo.


The fun part of this layout was adding a frame of fussy-cut, beachy illustrations around my photo, fussy cut from the Collected and Sun-Kissed paper, as well as the cardstock and chipboard stickers. I loved the cut-apart card from the Beach Day paper that listed all of the items that are needed for a day at the beach. Before finishing off the page, I also added some gems to the frame for a bit of sparkle.


To tie my adjoining pocket page to my main layout, I carried the lovely Parasol pattern across to my pockets, but I fussy cut the colorful circles out to add them as embellishments to the negative space on my photos. When I have a supplemental pocket page next to a layout, the emphasis is more about getting extra photos and words documented than embellishing, so a few stickers, patterned papers, and die-cuts that coordinate with the layout carry the color scheme and story across.


I carried the same colors and illustrations to the back of the pocket page and included some of my favorite photos from the day. I even slid the seashell card from the Sunny Days ephemera pack in without any additional embellishment. Remember that not every pocket needs to be embellished! Sometimes less is more.


I love the combination of layouts and pocket pages! Not only do I get to get more photos printed and in my album, I create in two different formats that I love, leaving me more time to work on my tan!

We’re going to be discussing combining traditional layouts and pocket pages in the SCT365 Inside the Pocket classroom in October, so I hope you’ll join us for even more tips and ideas on how to combine these awesome formats! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

~ Meghann Andrew