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Pocket Scrapbooking

Hi All!

Gosh, I’ve been wanting to do this video for quite some time. I cautiously moved to pocket scrapbooking about a year ago. I say “cautious” because I didn’t want to invest a bunch of time and money only to find out that it doesn’t work for me. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it REALLY works for me. I love it because it’s fast and practical. Pocket scrapbooking truly is scrapbooking made easy for card-makers.

I introduced a friend of mine to pocket scrapbooking and she said it changed her life! She was able to get caught up on the heaps of photos she was so stressed about. Who knows – maybe it’s what you’ve been searching for too!

In the video, I introduce the concept with some examples, show you the supplies you’ll need, and I walk you through creating an actual 2-page layout for my scrapbook. I only showed a few of the pocket pages available (I use mostly these and these). But, there TONS of different pages and layouts. Simon Says Stamp and Scrapbook.com have a huge selection, which you can browse through for ideas. Most local stores (i.e. JoAnn’s and Michaels) carry them. And for fun (and likely an entire night of entertainment), you can view the massive selection at Amazon.

I added a category into the Questions section for Pocket Scrapbooking, so feel free to post your questions there. Scroll down for links to everything I used and photos of the layout I created. Enjoy!




Pocket Scrapbooking

Pocket Scrapbooking


  1. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 11:57 am


    You just opened up a whole new world for me, thanks Darlene!! I think I’m actually going to give this a shot!! =)

  2. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 1:25 pm


    Oh Darlene, how beautiful!!! I just love how you cut and arranged all of those fabulous pictures!! It’s a far cry from the regular albums I have, I just love it.
    Thank you for this wonderful ideas on how to plan this great pages, it helps a lot to have the dies.
    Your girls are so beautiful, thank you for sharing them with us.

  3. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Mary Jane

    Hi Darlene,
    I love the Intro to Live Love Cards! Its awesome!
    I am not a scrapbooker at all but I might try one of the pockets. Definitely seems less overwhelming than having to cover a whole page!

  4. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 2:42 pm


    Love this video! I haven’t scrapbooked in years and you have inspired me to give our a try!

  5. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Cynthia Berquist

    Your girls are precious! I love paper crafts but never got into scrapbooking, because I too was more into the photos! Thanks for the video, I think clean and simple is more my style– now, I may have to give scrapbooking a try!

  6. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 4:55 pm


    Hi Darlene, I’ve been pocket scrapbooking for YEARS ! Before it was even called that! And I must say, you have given me New ideas on cutting the photos. I am one who also takes multiple shots, like a video, of actions and I Love using them all. I know sometimes they just can’t all be used, which makes me feel as if I’m missing out on some special moments, but I’m not. I also like fitting as many photos on a page as possible . Your video was absolutely GREAT. It is just the THING to get me back into scrapping mode again !!!!! Thanks A lot and you have a Beautiful family. Take care.

  7. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 6:32 pm


    Thank you for this demo. I knew that this style would suit me over scrapbooking but I just didn’t know where to start. Now I do! Thanks again..

  8. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Carol B

    Lovely ideas, I have never done scrapbooking and was totally inspired with your ideas. My problem has always been never enough photos on a page, might have to try this. My DIL has been scrapbooking for years and i know she would love this, can’t wait to introduce her to it.

  9. wrote on February 6th, 2015 at 7:12 pm


    I am an avid card maker and scrapbooker, but I fell in love with PL to help me with all those extra pictures that I can’t possibly put into large page layouts. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. wrote on February 7th, 2015 at 12:43 am


    That was great. I had been contemplating this just as you had done. I am officially won over and I willbe trying it soon!

  11. wrote on February 7th, 2015 at 3:00 am


    Thanks a lot for this video! 5 years ago I purchased a few 12″ x 12″ scrapbook albums and lots of inserts for them and they have been waiting to be used. I need to decide whether I should use them and just adopt the pocket scrapbook ideas? or get rid of them and get a whole lot of new stuff…
    Lovely family! great inspiration! thanks again,

  12. wrote on February 7th, 2015 at 7:11 am


    Wow, this is fabulous Darlene. I have never scrapbooked (it’s not so popular in the UK) but was always put off anyway by the 12×12 size. Daunting, as you said. Plus, I always thought ones pages ‘had’ to be bold and elaborate, with lots of embellishments. But no more! Now I know they can be fairly minimalist and still look fabulous, so THANK YOU! :o))

  13. wrote on February 7th, 2015 at 9:21 am


    Thanks for sharing your process and enthusiasm for pocket Scrapbooking. I am a 20 year 12×12 scrapbooker, and only recently started making cards. So I think and create in the larger format. I have been watching trends and collecting supplies for making the leap to pocket pages, but the tiny spaces has been intimidating. Your deliberating actually helped me visualize the process and I realize I already think like that. I typically have 6 photos per page, sometimes more. With pocket pages I can add so many more of the “marginal” photos – you know the ones where the background is distracting, or eyes are closed on 1 person… I see lots of potential. Thanks.

  14. wrote on February 7th, 2015 at 3:06 pm


    I really had no idea on how project life and scrapbooking worked…so this was so informative. I am intrigued and am thinking of trying a project. I have a whole shelf of old photos…jeez this would be an awesome way to organize them…..THANKS, Darlene. Your Live Love Cards has been just a wonderful site. ALWAYS good stuff here and of course the videos are key!!

  15. wrote on February 8th, 2015 at 10:29 am


    This was so informative and inspiring! I used to scrapbook (mostly by taking classes) but now I mostly make cards. This has inspired me to get back into scrapbooking without being intimidated. I appreciate how you always include options/ideas for every level of scrapbooker or cardmaker and for everyone’s budget. Your videos give great step by step instruction while always being inspiring. Thank you so much!

  16. wrote on February 8th, 2015 at 8:41 pm


    Hi Darlene, I have always wanted to make a scrapbook especially for my kids photos but I have always felt so overwhelmed when I see or think about filling up one scrapbook page. Well not anymore. You have truly inspired me. I love your simplistic yet beautiful pages. Thank you so much. I love your new site and look forward to every one of your posts.

  17. wrote on February 9th, 2015 at 2:37 pm


    Thank you SO much! I have been wondering what exactly Project Life is, but never have the time to research and figure it all out. This video was perfect. You are so right about the big blank 12×12 page of a regular scrapbook. I have so many unfinished scrapbooks because I quickly became overwhelmed with life and trying to get as many embellies as I could on a page. I’m definitely inspired to try the Project Life products. Now, to get my pictures out of my camera and into actual photos…..:)

  18. wrote on February 10th, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Mary Jane

    Hi Darlene,
    Used your Cards by Technique search today and its really fabulous! Love it. I wanted some info on Water coloring and it took me right to where I wanted to be. Great idea.

  19. wrote on February 11th, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Peg C

    So pretty, I have this stamp set but my flowers and petals are all joined together for 2 step stamping of the flowers and leaves! now I feel I should cut them apart like yours are, I know SU had them separate by error, I guess I might buy another set to cut apart!

    What would you advise is best please – joined together or separated?

  20. wrote on March 9th, 2015 at 3:15 pm


    So okay Darlene….you’ve just convinced me to really do this. I agree that the pocket pages versus the flat 12 x 12 is less of a daunting task and I love the simplicity of your lay-outs with the options to embellish and keep the books less bulky. I joined specifically to get this information from you…plus your youtube channel has inspired me in the past…and current in card making ideas. Thanks for sharing your ideas and creations.

    • wrote on March 9th, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Good luck with your pockets, JoAnn! I know you will love it – it’s just so much easier. Thank you for joining. 🙂

  21. wrote on March 13th, 2015 at 9:26 am


    Having never scrapbooked before, I was searching for a simple but enjoyable activity to do with our teenage son who has a considerable intellectual disability. I decided upon Project Life.
    I am delighted with how our son has taken to it. In a short amount of time, we can achieve so much! For the first time in his life, our son did stamping the other day.
    It makes me so happy to see his face “light up” as very quickly, the page “comes to life”.
    I am looking forward to viewing your video on Pocket Scrapbooking. Thank-you!

    • wrote on March 13th, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      That’s wonderful Trish! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  22. wrote on June 1st, 2015 at 3:17 pm


    I have been wanting to do PL for about a year now. No more procrastination! Question Where did you buy the set of dies that cut 4×6,4×3, etc? I didn’t catch it in the video

    • wrote on June 3rd, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Mine is by Project Life. You can get it at Scrapbook.com or Amazon.

  23. wrote on July 6th, 2016 at 12:25 pm


    I’m still a newby but thought I’d chime in anyway although this topic is from a year ago. Someone showed me this idea but I don’t do a lot of scrapbooking. Then I learned that a rather elderly card making friend was leaving town for a month to visit family. She was bemoaning how much she would miss her card making while gone.

    I created a collection of bits and pieces of ribbon, twine, gems, die cuts, stamped images and sentiments and coordinated them with card bases and a few small panels of cardstock. I placed the card bases in decorated envelopes and numbered them. Then I took the coordinating pieces and placed them in the plastic pockets, also with a number that matched the card base and envelopes. I also included a bottle of Tombow (her preferred adhesive). I gave it to her as a little going away gift and she was so excited about it. If anyone tries this, be sure to include a few extra items such as the stamped sentiments. My friend reports that’s she made eight of the cards so far for various family activities and everyone is so impressed by her lovely creations!

    Sorry my post is so lengthy…

    • wrote on July 9th, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      That’s so kind of you Melanie – a great idea! Your friend is lucky she has such a thoughtful friend. 🙂

  24. wrote on August 2nd, 2016 at 11:25 pm


    Hi Darlene, I just re-watched your tutorial on pocket scrapbooking. Even though I have used this method for a couple of years, I learned some things from your tutorial. I was wondering if you had any new techniques you might want to share with us scrapbookers? Not sure though how many folks on here are scrapbookers. So, another video might not be of interest…..

    • wrote on August 13th, 2016 at 12:15 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Cheryl. To be honest, I scrapbook once a year, in January on a retreat. So, I don’t have anything really new to share with you at the moment. 🙁

      • wrote on August 13th, 2016 at 11:22 am


        Thx Darlene for responding. Have a nice, hopefully cool, day. It’s over a 100 here…

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