Open Book Pocket Page + FREE PDF

Hello! I’ve been having so much fun playing with the Open Book Project Life core kit and I have a little project to share with you today along with a FREE PDF instruction sheet!

Pocket Scrapbook Page by Maggie Holmes-1

As you’re probably aware, you can use these kits for so much more than just Project Life pages. I keep a stack of the cards from the kit right near my work desk so that I can use them all the time. I find that they are perfect for cards, dressing up a little package and using on regular scrapbook pages too!

One of the things I LOVE to do is incorporate pocket pages into my regular scrapbooks. They are a fun way to break up the flow of my traditional 12×12 pages and they also allow for a different type of creativity than a normal page.

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Here’s how to create this pocket page using the Open Book PL core kit (available exclusively at Hobby Lobby).

Start with a baseball card page protector. I love to use these standard baseball card page protectors because the pocket sizes are great for smaller photos and they also fit right into my standard albums. It’s a bit hard to see the protector but it’s there. haha! I should have used a different color than white for the background on this photo. 🙂

The PL cards are a bit larger than these pockets so I trimmed them down slightly to fit.

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I left two of the PL cards as is with no extra embellishments. When creating a pocket page like this, it’s a good idea to leave some of the cards more simple so you don’t make the overall visual experience too crazy by embellishing every single one. One of my favorite cards from the kit is the one that says “pages filled with memories, stories, and happiness.” Also when choosing the cards to use, you’ll want to pick a mix of patterns and colors. You can find my tried and true tips for mixing patterns here.

The other cards were embellished using some of my other Maggie Holmes products along with some basics like labels and buttons. When you are working with pocket pages it’s hard to fit the cards back inside the protector if they get too bulky and dimensional. When I do want to add a lot of dimension I will go ahead and adhere those elements on the OUTSIDE of the page protector. That’s what I did with the top right corner where I added the ruffled crepe paper, lace ribbon, ticket and clothespin on the outside. To create the clothespin I die cut the bow out of felt using my Open Book craft die and then hot glued it on.

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I also trimmed three photos to fit the pockets and inserted them right into the page protector with no embellishing.

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Pocket Scrapbook Page by Maggie Holmes-4

If you haven’t tried this type of page before I’d love for you to give it a go! I think you’ll find that it’s a fun way to scrapbook and gives some variety to your albums! It’s also a bit less intimidating than a large 12×12 page if you are new to scrapbooking. Instead of focusing on such a huge area, you get to work on each pocket individually and the smaller scale is a little less daunting!

We’ve turned this project into a FREE PDF instruction sheet for you so that you can download and print it out! You can also PIN the instruction sheet to pinterest so it’s saved and ready for you when you want to create!

Click HERE to access the FREE download.


Let me know if you like this format with the FREE instruction sheet and if you do, would you like this to be more of a regular offering here on my blog? Also let me know if you have any questions about creating this pocket page!

Happy Tuesday Friends!


Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Open Book Project Life Core Kit / Maggie Holmes Confetti Collection / StyleBoard Standouts / StyleBoard Craft Die Set / Glittered Clothespins / Confetti Tiny Phrases / Confetti Gold Foil Alphabet Book / Gold Twine / StyleBoard Sequins / Crepe Paper / Wool Felt

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