I’ve been expanding my scrapbooking horizons these days and have been trying out all kinds of layout styles. But pocket scrapping was my first foray into scrapbooking, and I still love it dearly. I love how you can create an overview of a period of time, like a week or a month, on a single page, and I love how you can tell an individual story illustrated with many photos.
A few years back I made a bundle for Pixel Scrapper of “Pocket Basics.” I intended it to be a starter-kit for people new to pocket scrapping and a foundations toolkit for any and all pocket scrappers. I filled it with the kinds of things I liked to use in my own pocket scrapping – round-cornered pocket page templates, photo overlays and frames, neutral papers and journal cards to work with any kit, date stamps, all-purpose alphas, and kraft journal cards (which I call “the little black dress” of journal cards). I called it Pocket Basics Volume 1 because I had many more ideas for foundational tools I wanted to add.
Since then I’ve been slowly creating designs to include in the next bundle, Pocket Basics 2, which is finally ready to go out into the world! Pocket Basics 2 contains basic building blocks for fun, creative pocket pages. I created it using a combination of neutral colors and a palette of blues from our Build Your Basics palette, with everything in easy-to-recolor formats like .abr brushes, PNG overlays, and layered PSD templates so each piece can be custom recolored to match photos or a kit.
There are a TON of goodies in this bundle, so I won’t go into detail here about each part, but I wanted to highlight a few favorites. The main thing I always want, with any pocket scrapping kit, are color-coordinated labels. I just can’t get enough of them! Labels are my favorite way to add captions and dates to photos, and to make a bit of journaling stand out on a card. Pocket Basics 2 has a set of crisply bordered labels, in all different shapes and sizes, that come in easy to use layered template form, so you can customize the color of the label border and even the label itself.
The winds of fashion have changed direction since the release of Pocket Basics Vol. 1, and rounded pocket corners have given way to squared ones as the preferred look. I frequently get requests for square-cornered versions of the pocket page templates in Pocket Basics Vol. 1, so Pocket Basics 2 contains a full set, as well as stitching overlays perfectly sized to fit the new templates. The stitching overlays are so great for adding a little pop of contrast or definition to the page. In the layout below, which uses one of the square-corner page templates from Pocket Basics 2, you can see how I used the pink stitching to give the photos, which mostly have backgrounds of dark blue sky, some subtle definition against the dark blue background paper.
One of the most often-requested items on the site is more card templates, and I was happy to oblige. The journal card templates in Pocket Basics 2 allow you to take any kit and make coordinating journal cards to match the kit colors, which will means you can adapt any traditional scrapbooking kit to use for pocket layouts. Now you have the power! Pocket scrap the wooooooorld!! Pocket Basics 2 contains template sets for three different styles of journal cards – bold and graphical, classic and elegant, and minimalist/clean & simple. I love how Paddy used the minimalist card templates (as well as items from the Labels, Photo Overlay Frames, and Industrial Alphas kits) in her layout, “Jump.”
In addition to what I’ve shown you above, the Pocket Basics 2 bundle has 25 square-cornered pocket page templates with stitching overlays to match, two all-purpose alphas, six styles of journal strip templates for turning any paper or filler card into a journal card, a giant pack of pocket titles in sticker and stamp form, and two packs of photo overlays and photo frame overlays for stamping over your photos for captions and decoration. The photo overlays are super neat because by changing colors and adding styles you have an infinite variety of options for decorating your pages.
Also, big news! I sometimes get requests for pocket page templates in PAGE format (a file format for using with the Artisan and Storybook Creator softwares), and this bundle is the first time I am able to offer every template in PAGE format! The template packs actually include each pocket scrapping template in layered TIF and PSD formats as well as PNG format for software that does not support layered files and PAGE format for SBC & Artisan users. I suggest using the layered TIFs if your program supports them because the file size is smallest; whatever you choose, you can delete the versions you won’t be using. Save that hard drive space!