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Hot Trends from Paper Scrapping: Pocket Scrapbooking

The one thing we all have in common is our passion for memory keeping.  With today’s daily hustle and bustle finding time to scrapbook our lives is getting harder and harder.  Some scrapbookers are choosing to preserve their memories, photographs and stories using a new take on basic scrapping techniques.

What is Pocket Scrapbooking?

Pocket scrapbooking is the process of using clear plastic page protectors divided up in a variety of size pockets designed to slip-in photographs, journaling, or memorabilia.

Pocket scrapbooking is taking the paper scrapping world by storm.  With the ease of assembly and the ability to add their own personal touches, many are finding this style of scrapping just the right ticket for them.  This pocket scrapbooking isn’t only great for everyday life, but perfect for holiday, vacation, childhood and even baby albums.

Here are a couple examples of pocket scrapping in use:

Project Life by Becky Higgins

Pocket scrapbooking has really become main stream due to the Project Life System of scrapbooking created by Becky Higgins.  Project Life is a back to basic approach to scrapbooking with it’s collection of ready made sayings and journaling cards (core kits) perfect for just slipping into the the predesigned pocket pages along with photographs and memorabilia.  Here are the pocket pages available in the Project Life System.

New to the Project Life System are this little albums made of 6×4 and 3×4 pocket pages…

SN@P Studio by Simple Stories
Simple Stories has recently come out with their SN@P Studio collection.  This collection offers pocket pages in both 12×12 size and 6×8 size designs.  They work the same way as Project life with their collection of ready made cards to slip in along with photographs and memorabilia.  Here are the pocket pages available in the SN@P collection of products.


What about Digital when it comes to Pocket Scrapbooking?

As with any good paper scrapbooking idea, it isn’t long before it pops up in the digital community.  It seems that since the beginning of this year pocket scrapbooking has really caught fire.  It appears that just about every digital store as at least one designer creating pocket style templates.   Here are a few digital pocket layouts in use:


Digital Pocket Page Scrapbooking Templates

Check out these templates available on the digital shelves:


Digital Pocket Page 4×6 Photo Templates FREE by Paislee Press

Digital 4×6 Photo Templates


Digital Plastic Pockets

Do you like the look of the plastic protector?  Here are a few layout with the plastic protector look:

Digital Plastic Pocket FREEBIES

Looking to add more protector style pocket page templates to your stash… Here are a couple of freebies if you want to give pocket scrapbooking a try? 

On Traci Reed’s Design Blog you can find  her “Document Life Sampler – FREE.

Also, make sure to “Like” Valorie Wibbens’ Facebook page to snag her Instagram inspired pockets!


More Digital Pocket Scrapbooking Products

Hope this has given you lots of inspiration for your upcoming pages!
Don’t forget to come back and link us up to your trendy new layouts!


  • ss-blogteam says:

    What a great post, packed with loads of Project Life info! I’m not a Project Life girl, but I’ve been wanting to scrap a few LOs in this style for the fun of it. You have inspired me to get on it! Thank you! 🙂

  • Interesting. Those look like incredibly “busy” pages that would be hard to look at. Oh well, trends always pass.

  • I am at the start of my fourth year using this style and I will never go back! I use 8 1/2×11 homemade Project Life with digital kits that I put together myself. I love the ease and how fun it is to create eighteen “pages” to document each week. I am completely sold on it and especially doing it digitally. I have one small basket of scrapbooking stuff and about 6GB on my laptop. Way better than the desk top, file folders, and boxes of paper stuff I used to have lying around. Plus, I’m able to keep up on it and not fall behind as easily. Thank you for adding to the information available about this type of memory keeping!

  • I did digital PL last year, and loved it – I used Wishing Well Creations templates, and can recommend them, and although I haven’t planned on again this year in the same way, I really like the pocket stype of scrapping family events where I have a lot of pictures. And Kristen, I think that is the beauty of the pocket system, you can have as many blank/pretty paper pockets as you like, you can do whatever suit you. But each to their own! Anyway, thanks for the blog post, there are so many options out there!

  • Brittney Leavitt says:

    This post is amazing Krista. AMAZING. And so helpful.

  • It’s like you are in my head, Krista! This past weekend I was pulling up all I could online to see what the digital options for Project Life. With the addition of #2 in our family, I’m looking for a quicker way to get pages done, but not lose the personal and creativeness of scrapping. Thanks for the great summary!

  • Thanks for the shout-out Krista!

  • This post is AMAZING; as is the Project Mouse collection! Thank you so much for all the information. I’d like to add that there are a lot of Project life style digital templates for people using PhotoShop. I use Storybook Creator Plus and have found it is difficult to find designers who offer templates in separate .png files and/or .page format. If anyone is looking for templates sets like these in other formats, I’d like to recommend In the Pocket Templates by Chelle’s Creations. Her shop is at Scrap Orchard. She has three sets (and offers a bundle) in various formats for users of other software programs. I LOVE her templates and have found them extremely versatile. Just my two cents! Thanks Krista! I can’t wait to see what you and Britt design next.

  • Fantastic post. Thank you!

  • Personally, I can not wait for all this “project life” stuff to GO AWAY!!!!
    No offense, this is a really great article on the trend but really, a lot of the old photo albums were set up like this..a place for your picture and a space to write in.

    Everyone, it seems, has a class, a paper line, templates to sell.

    Please, don’t take this personally, this is a great article, but in my opinion…enough is enough!

  • Gypsy Chaos says:

    Why must those who are not enthused about a trend have to tell the world about their dislike?

    THIS is a fabulous blog post. I’ve pinned it – it’s a one stop shop for plastic protectors and digital templates Thank you for doing the ‘leg’work so others don’t have to.

    • Thanks sweetie. I’m glad you appreciate the information!! I truly do it to help others! 😉 MWAH! Glad you found it useful.

  • I really like this style, it fits my life right now & I think it can be successfully integrated with more traditional pages at times as well. I first saw this type of idea with the “Simple Scrapbook” philosophy of Stacy Julian, she used the concept with using traditional photo album sleeves to create fast, simple, but beautiful layouts that celebrated everyday life – a concept I thoroughly enjoy, and keep working to achieve! (But I guess that’s the point of scrapbooking! 🙂

  • P.S. – the great thing about these new systems is that the pocket protectors are designed with to not damage your photos or papers/embelleshiments, etc. – a definate improvement from the photo sleeves of old!

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