Hello there again, sweet crafty friends! Today I’m cracking open my selfie altered book again, to bring you something fun. This one is all about that inserted pocket for me. I can’t wait to take you guys through how I mixed in all my FJ goodies to document something pretty in this fun little book.
I decided on a two page spread in my book, but I had my heart set on a pocket insert, so I pulled out my utility knife. I measured off a one inch line from the spine to cut through two pages of my vintage book. This one inch would be perfect for pinning in a pocket page with some brads. I pulled out my variety pack of page protectors; I then trimmed it down along the edge, so that it would fit perfectly inside my vintage book. Now that I had the size of page protector I wanted, I used both my sewing machine, my utility knife, and my fuse tool to create fun little pockets in it.
I chose a large rectangular pocket on the bottom. I placed a small cutting mat in-between the sheet protector sides, and then using my utility knife I cut through the top layer, using my ruler to line it up. For the top section of my page, I chose a triangular design. I repeated these steps to create two more pockets. Now to seal up the closed portions of my pockets, I ran each section through my sewing machine to create some fun and unique pockets.
For one of the triangular pockets, I wanted to do a fun shaker pocket. Those have been a theme with my December documenting, and it seems to be carrying into the new year too. I stuffed it with some black jumbo numbers and some of the Taylor floral sequins mix. I closed it off with my fuse tool. I then slid in my patterned paper additions to the remaining pockets. The top triangle I reserved from a bunch of journaling. I rolled up some white cardstock on top of some of the pretty solid papers from my FJ stash.
I then used my one-hole punch to punch corresponding holes into my trimmed page spine. I placed my pocket page in-between the two pieces of my book page. After lining up the holes, I put 4 brads into each of the holes to secure it in place. This is one of my favorite techniques to add a unique element to an altered book!
To finish off my spread, I added in my photos on the left side. This was my simplest part, since I wanted my photos and pocket page to do all the talking. I added in a few pieces of ephemera and some of the amazing chipboard pieces. Along with some stitching and recycled packaging this altered book spread really came together. I know you guys have heard it a time or two from me, but I love working with my entire FJ stash. It really helps get the creative juices flowing!
SUPPLIES: Krystal Kit │ Krystal Paper Pack │ Krystal Die Cut Shapes │ Krystal Journaling Cards │ Krystal Chipboard Bits │ Coco Paper Pack │ Essentials JUMBO Die Cut Alphabets & Numbers │ Taylor Floral Sequin Mix │ Coco Page Protectors - Variety Pack