Everything you need for perfect, fast pocket pages

The secret to creating pocket pages (or any scrapbook pages) fast is having fewer elements. This layout Angi Barrs did for Clearsnap this week is a prime example – she used ink, stencils, and stamps on white paper to create an entire layout. Here's what you'll need:


Pocket Page Page Protector

This is  a page protector that is divided into compartments of different sizes, alot like a baseball card or business card sleeve. Cut papers and photos to fit the pockets and slip them in place. Here are the brands we recommend:

  • American crafts
  • Bazzill
  • Project Life (this is what we used in this project)


Any cardstock will due but the plainer, the better and the easier to use from project to project. White works best but kraft or any other solid neutral cardstock can be customized to almost any type of scrapbook page. Here are some more ideas of affordable (sometimes FREE) paper items to use in pocket pages:

  • Ephemera – tickets, brochures, catalogs, and other items from events
  • Scraps – use your paper scraps leftover from other projects.
  • Packs of white cardstock – our choice is to use packs of white cardstock to customize projects
  • Packs of watercolor paper – choose a watercolor paper with a texture. Print custom journaling cards on the paper, paint it, spray it with ink… it will hold up better to wet, mixed media techniques for customizing.


Ink for stamping and spray ink both work great for scrapbooking. Check to make sure the ink is archival (most Clearsnap – ColorBox inks are – these are our preferred inks). These are the inks we recommend:

  • ColorBox PetalPoint – these pads come in a flower shaped case with 8 colors of ink for about $15-20 retail. It's a great deal! The “petals” slip out of the base and can be used for inking stamps, direct to paper, and getting into corners. We used the Teresa Collins PetalPoint on this project.
  • ColorBox Queues – these pads come in a set of 6 for about $10. The pads are shaped like cat's eyes and stack, one on top of the other. We like these because they stand up, store easily, and give a lot of ink value for the money.
  • ColorBox Cat's Eyes – these are the same shape as the ink pads in the Queues but wrapped individually. At about $2 each, you can get a lot of colors for not much money.

Here's a guide to which inks to choose for your project. Please note, if you use pigment based ink, like we did, you will need to heat set the ink to dry it.

Printed Brush Lettering Cards

I printed the cards for this page using my printer and watercolor paper!! I'll be sharing how to make your own brush lettering journaling cards at jenniferppriest.com today for the hop but NOW, you can download the same cards I used on this page, to print for yourself. Download your FREE printable pocket page cards here: CLICK HERE

Click here to download your FREE printable pocket page cards.

More supplies:

  • Stamps – Choose any stamps you like! I used wood mounted stamps from Clearsnap but acrylic stamps are usually flatter and easier to store.
  • Journaling Pens
  • Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Adhesive

Once you have the supplies gathered, it's time to put it all together. Click the NEXT button to see the tutorial for this pocket page and to continue on the hop…

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Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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