As I begin my 5th year of pocket-style scrapbooking, I think the biggest tip I'd offer someone wanting to document in this style of album is to:
* PRINT YOUR PHOTOS ONCE A WEEK *
Choose a time. Make an appointment. Stay on top of it.
I know, it seems like the most obvious thing to say, but for me, it's one of the biggest factors for staying active in my pocket page album. You'll notice I didn't say "current", because that's not the case for me, but I'm super satisfied with "active". Active means that I have journaling holes, and pages with blank pockets. I have sticky notes throughout my albums with little tidbits I want to remember to add, but the bottom line is that I can glance through that swiss cheese album and still get a sense of our memories. The printed photos prompt memories and I can go back and fill in the gaps. The photos are off my screen and can be held, cherished, and even if I never get around to doing more, they are represented in my albums in chronological order. For me, that's a win. We all want the perfect album with all of our stories beautifully recorded, but I'm happy to accept this stage that heads in that direction, vs. having nothing done at all.
* USE A MONTHLY KIT TO KEEP YOU INSPIRED *
Using a kit can definitely help spur you past this stage of photo printing, into the decorative stage. Receiving the Felicity Jane kit each month motivates me to take those blank spots and fill in more of my family's story. It certainly adds some pretty to our pages, with very little effort (the patterns alone add interest and gorgeous accents... add in some stamps and embellishments and you're WELL on your way to a cherished album).
TIPS for using Felicty Jane in your album:
If you've followed my first tip, be proud of your accomplishment! Enjoy peeking through at the photos, regardless of where you're at in the stage of decorating! I hope that Felicity Jane is your kit of choice and that you'll share your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #felicityjane. It's a great source for inspiration, and a perfect spot for you to share yours, too!
You can watch my process here:
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