Monday, September 10, 2018

Beach Trip Pocket Pages | FSJ | Party Pop Journey Colors

Labor Day is over, but the Color On Color sale at Fun Stampers Journey is still going strong.  ALL cardstock and ALL True Color Fusion Ink Pads are 20% off for the month of September!!  You can shop the Color On Color Sale here.  Along with the Cardstock and Ink Pad sale all month, each week there will be a color bundle sale announced as well.  So be sure to follow the FSJ blog and FB page.  FSJ Journey Colors are:  Confectionary DaysMother NatureParty PopRich SorbetsThe Good Life, and Be Amazing.

I love any paper crafting, but memory keeping in any form is where my heart is, for me personally.  It is how I started creating.  I searched the web for classes so I could create a Life Book for the Adoption story of my daughter.  The long three-year wait for her after a life-changing loss of my Mom, leaving a 20-year job had me immersed in learning and making anything and everything.  It was my 'therapy.'  As years, and seasons of life go by, everything evolves, and my memory keeping has as well.  After doing my own creations, being on a number of design teams for manufacturers and kit clubs, I do not have the room to store all the creations.  

While I'm wrapping up 2017 in the FSJ Traveler Notebook, using my personal stash, I think what helped me decide what format to use for 2018 came when I did a class at the FSJ Convention in June.  The class was to help Coaches reach scrapbookers.  My part of the class centered around the FSJ Journey Days albums and pocket pages.  I have done Project Life for about 4-5 years in the large 12x12 format and sometimes had to divide a year between albums.  So much for saving room.  LOL  I love dimension...I'm a scrapbooker.  I thought there is no way I can fit a year into a smaller 6x8 album, but this season of my life leaves little time for my personal documenting, and I HAD to find a way, it is that important to me.  

Pocket Page scrapbooking really is the way to go when you have a lot of photos and limited on time.  But how to get photos to fit into the pockets?  I shared in that class in June, a couple of apps that you can use with a printer at home or send off to be printed, but will allow you to make the photos smaller to fit our pockets.  Nowadays, we pull out our smartphones to show off family photos and not wallet photos, and thankfully there are some amazing apps that will help you get those photos printed.  These are the top ones I really liked:  Pic Collage, PicFrame, and Print to Size.  I believe Pic Collage and PicFrame are available for Android smartphones, but there is a lot available, so do a Google Search to find more.  These do cost I believe, but are very much worth it.

And it is worth checking these apps out also if you use your phone for a lot of photos, are limited on time and space, and really want to be able to sit down and look through these memories. 

Going along with my class in June at Convention, I wanted to show how you could teach and share how easy it is to get these photos documented just by coordinating our products with your photos and how the pockets are designed to help get a LOT of photos documented in a smaller space.  This was our June beach trip, and our first to the 30A location, which their licensed merchandise just so happens to be Beach Ball and Lemon Drop.  Limiting myself to using the Journey Colors of Party Pop already helps to save time.  I know I need alphas, and a few other stamps and dies to coordinate, and I'm ready to start.

I start with the photos first, grouping them in chronological order of the trip, and then by location (i.e. on beach, flying kite, hanging out in condo, shopping).  I really take my time when I do this, all while I look at the different sizes of pocket pages to see how the photos will fit.  It is like a puzzle, and I tend to be a little precise with getting them just right.  

I printed that beach photo with the umbrella as a 4x6, trimmed it to fit the 2x2 pockets, stamped and die cut the specific beach location, and filled those first three pockets.  Because this album will be photo heavy, I want to show how you really can add a lot of product without bulk.  Just the right amount of texture and color to create a balanced spread.  I did another trimming effect using those 2x2 pockets.  So easy peasy, cut the Beach Breeze cardstock to fit, and using a pencil and ruler, I marked where journaling should go on the Lemon Drop Cardstock to fit and used my Mom's old typewriter for journaling.

I can get so lost in projects like this.  It really is like a fun puzzle for me with the added creativity.  For this next spread, I wanted a little more product, so I left the two small 2x2 pockets at bottom for cardstock and stamping, and used one 3x4 for a die cut and journaling.  Background stamps are great for not adding bulk, but still adding dimension, texture, and color!  And we have some great ones!

Any kind of layering causes bulk in these albums, and if you continue to add layers, just know your album will be fuller, so for the most part, I will limit it, but this is also a vacation trip and deserves a little extra layering!  I used the Love This stamp set as a bullet to make a list that I typed onto the vellum.  Our inks will dry permanently on most surfaces like vellum.  I layered that over the die cut Sun Rays Die, that I then die cut with our Pocket Cuts Die Set, a valuable die set for pocket pages.  

I still had a good bit of photos I wanted to fit in this section.  I went with my old-fashioned way of using Lightroom on my computer to make a collage on a 4x6, but what is awesome is those apps can do the exact same thing!  Six photos in one 4x6 pocket, YES!  Now to get creative with product, I picked one photo to keep 4x6 and used our Modern Frame stamp and die set, which I LOVED!!   It focused on the photo, important to memory keeping, added texture and added color with very little bulk.

Those are just a few pages so far.  Will save the rest for my crop this month using the same Journey Colors and products throughout this section of my album.  But before I go, wanted to give a little peek of the beginning of the album for 2018.  This was using those apps and just slipping the photos inside pockets.  I did add a little bit of our pattern paper here.  I will be adding more fun details and product at the crop. when I have more time.  I got all the way up to getting April of 2018 photos by just slipping them into the pockets!   

I will share this as it comes together because I think the FSJ Journey Days Albums and pockets are a sweet gem and timesaver for busy women wanting to document.  I will stick to all FSJ products as well, so it can be an example of how easy it is to use our products for memory keeping, and can help Coaches share with customers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Supplies Used:
Brushed Silver Journey Days Album / JD-0018
Memory Pocket Pages / JD-0019
Create Pocket Pages / JD-0020
Layer Pocket Pages / JD-0021
Palm Fronds / AT-0209
Love This / AT-0342
Life's Moments / SS-0628
Modern Frame / SS-0564
Solid-bet / SS-0489
Outline-bet / SS-0488
Outline Bet Die Set / DI-0350
Pocket Cuts Die Set / DI-0219
Sun Rays Die Set / DI-0108
Modern Frame Die Set / DI-0419
Ring Stacks Stencil / JM-0006
Beach Breeze True Color Ink Pad / IP-0044
Beach Ball True Color Ink Pad / IP-0047
Watermelon Fusion True Color Ink Pad / IP-0027
Whip Cream Cardstock / CS-0040
Beach Ball Cardstock / CS-0101
Lemon Drop Cardstock / CS-0062
Watermelon Fusion Cardstock / CS-0070
Rich Coral Cardstock / CS-0106
Citrus Cooler Cardstock / CS-0102
Limeade Splash Cardstock / CS-0048
Journey Vellum / PP-0044

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