WELCOME TO CRAFT: Pocket Life with Lauren in 12 Easy Steps!


Hello Scrappy Canaries, Lauren here! Today I am going to take you through my creative process - it's my twelve easy steps to creating a Pocket Life spread. The layout I am taking you through is the layout that was the subject of my last two Scrappy Canary blog posts - at the time I thought it was great continuity but now you are probably sick of looking at these layouts!

For those of you who are new to Project Life I know that it can be a bit of a daunting process and sometimes it is a bit hard to know where to begin, so here are my hints and tips to getting started!



The first thing I do when I start working on my layout is bring together all of the key tools and things that I might need for my layout. I also need my diary, my planner, my phone and of course the DVD remote. One of the things that is essential for me to complete a layout is watching one of my favourite TV series - I have an obsession with bad 90's television - at the moment I am revisiting Beverly Hills 90210! Where you a Dylan or a Brandon girl? Anyway, I'm so getting off track, on to the next step!


I use a planner for my Pocket Life layouts - then I can keep everything on track and see it at a glance. I use a regular day-to-day diary for my personal life and then transfer the events I want to document in my spread into my planner.


For my spreads I mostly use my iPhone to take pictures. So I go through my phone and put in the pictures I have taken, including their orientation.


Now that I know the orientation of the photos I am going to use, I then have to figure out what Photo Pocket Pages I am going to use (often it is just one additional page, as I am using the reverse of the page I used the previous week). I use this double-sided printable template from Becky Higgins and I have marked all of the pages that I have in my stash. This really helps in choosing what pages to use.


Once I have decided what pages I am going to use I then plan out my layout (with normally a lot of chopping and changing). For this week I realised I had a lot of photos, so I also decided to include a flip pocket. I also work on a grid pad when I scrap which means that I can plan my layouts and also scribble notes and test stamps.


I then print and trim my photos. For printing I use a Canon Selphy CP900 - it is wireless which means that I can print from my phone. To print two 3x4 prints I use a great app called PicFrame on my phone, which works really well.


Next I pull together my kits - I love using these little bowls for the embellishments - it makes everything easy to see which means that I will use all the bits and pieces in my layout. For this layout I used only the pocket scrapbooking kit initially and then used the embellishment for a different post, with the same layout.


I then place all of my trimmed photos in the pockets according to my original sketch - sometimes I move things around (which you can see in my final layout) depending on what I think looks best depending on the colour of the photos, the elements I use from the kit and the overall aesthetic. (the patterned paper you see is the reverse of the pages I used in the previous weeks spread)


I then pull together some papers and embellishments and get to work. The first thing that I always make is my week title card. It really helps me get to know the kit so to speak and then sets the tone for the design elements that I will use throughout the page.


Here is my almost finished week card - I then repeat this process for all of the filler cards. Sometimes this may just be a plain card from the kit (like the two gold foil Chic Tag cards I used) or I may create my own cards, like the happy thoughts filler card or smaller photo 4x6 pages.


I then go through and journal and embellish all of the photos and pages - making sure that I keep a consistent theme across the page. I try to have a lot of coordinating elements, whether it be cutting my own banners or journalling spots, or using the pennant stickers in similar ways across the layout.


And there you have it, my finished Pocket Life spread! This spread was done using just the Pocket Life kit. To see how you can incorporate the embellishment kit, take a look at my previous post on how to use your embellishment kit to give your pages an extra pop.

I hope that you all enjoyed learning a bit about my process and I hope that this helps you in planning your pages. If you have any questions feel free to post a comment here or in the Scrappy Canary VIP Lounge on Facebook. Stay crafty, Lauren xx

**I am really sorry for the lack of light in these photos - it is the middle of winter and I was working at my desk which isn't near any natural light.

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  1. I really enjoyed this. I found it very helpful as well. Thank you for taking the time to share it

  2. Oh my word. You make it look so easy. Thanks so much for sharing. I will definitely try to incorporate some of your methodology in my PL scrapping!

  3. Thanks so much for your feedback! I'm glad you found it helpful!

  4. What a great post! I am not project lifing as such yet but I am doing a pocket style album of an overseas family holiday. I love your process and the way you plan and sort it all. I find that if you get that all sorted then the creative process is much freer and flows more easily. Thanks for sharing :)


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