Happy new year, friends! My name is Jess Forster and I am so happy to be a guest on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog! I currently live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my husband and two kids, and for the past decade, I have been creating scrapbooking layouts in pocket pages. Today, I am here to share one of my favourite things to scrapbook: milestones in the life of my kiddos. Whether your layouts have a little or a  lot of detail, I personally believe when you start telling stories, it makes you want to tell more! 


Supplies | Elle’s Studio: January 2020 monthly kit, True Love printables, Little Moments leatherette stickers, La La Love You puffy stickers, Love you Lots stamp; Ali Edwards: 9” x 12” page protectors

In this 9” x 12” double page layout, I documented a recent afternoon of skating. Not only did I scrapbook the facts: the who, what, when, where and why of an afternoon spent on the ice, I also told a story of how my son’s personality has been positively impacted by learning how to skate. 


I used the navy 3” x 4” “focusing on” tag from the Elle’s Studio January 2020 monthly kit to simply outline the facts—nothing fancy, just two facts outlining the reasons why we skate. Fun fact: we are trying to be more active as a family and Sunday skating is slowly becoming apart of weekend routine! 


The 4” x 6” “the story of this photo” journaling tag from the Elle’s Studio January 2020 monthly kit was a great prompt for me to write about my son, Sam’s personality. On this tag, I wrote a simple paragraph showcasing a saying from a conversation we had with Sam, which reflects his awesome attitude and how that impacted his ability to learn how to skate this year. Documenting these small details marks a passage of time: I know that I have a record of Sam at 4 years old. Although I think that I will remember these small details in the future, sometimes I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast! 


After writing the story, I embellished my photos with hearts from the Elle’s Studio Little Moments leatherette stickers and the La La Love You puffy stickers. I loved using these embellishments to establish the positive tone of the story, and I placed them in a visual triangle around the spread to connect the two pages of the spread together.

I hope this pocket page layout has inspired you to document a story of growth and development, whether its a story of your own, or highlights a milestone that your children have passed through. Regardless of how long or short, your story is, writing down the details of your life can help celebrate milestones. If you are inspired by this layout, be sure to check out my SCT Inside the Pocket class lesson devoted to storytelling. Thanks for reading and looking! 


Jess Forster

Instagram: @jessforster