Pocket pages with special guest Andrea Gray

By now you’ve probably had some time to check out the bright, fun, August exclusive kit– a perfect choice to document the end of your summer! Who could be more perfect to work with these products than Andrea Gray, a.k.a. Retrohipmama? We love her colorful, clean style, and today she’s here to share some amazing pocket page spreads with us! Let’s take a look:

Hi & hello – Andrea here! It’s such an honor to be guesting here on the Elle’s Studio blog for the month of August! I have been enamored by Elle’s Studio products for years and am so happy that I get to share my projects with you!

This post will focus on two different pocket layouts – because pockets are really my jam. It’s where I thrive and find myself getting the most creative. There’s something super comforting about everything being tucked away in these little pockets! So let’s talk about that – about all of these little spaces and how they can come together and work as a team!

This layout records a day spent with my parents for Father’s Day. (Hubby stayed home to have some quiet – my gift to him!) The colors in the August exclusive kit are just so perfect for the different shades of blue in the photos. I also used some pieces from the Everyday printables and the Work Hard journaling tags that added a contrasting color and helped me tell the story.


For this layout I embellished a lot and a little – depending on what the pocket needed. I used this 4” x 6” tag from the Sunny Days More Sunshine paper to add a title and a small banner at the top from the Sunny Days puffy stickers, and the currently tag from the August kit.

A simple title using the pink letter and number stickers was a perfect addition to this photo.

I added a heart die-cut and the You acrylic piece along with the “these days” die-cut that emphasized how much I loved having my parents in town for the month.

Journaling tags from the kit and Everyday printables with a lot of open space allowed me to add some smaller 2” x 2” photos.

Since we spent a majority of the day with my parents, I used the hourly card to recall how we spent our time. This card didn’t need anything other than the text.

This starry card from the Everyday printables was perfect for a selfie and a camera die cut. And the DETAILS card needed nothing more than a circle from the Sunny Days wood veneers.

My second layout is all about work so I used items from the new mini collection – aptly named Work Hard.

I have a lot of jobs, as do most of us. I work full-time, then I have house, mommy and wife duties, as well as creative jobs and tasks. So, I compiled several photos that represented all of these jobs and made one fun layout!

Using the “today at work” tag from the Work Hard journaling tags, I documented the boys’ first day of summer. I was sad that I didn’t have 2 teenagers to take to school on that day.


I love to save memes and images from Pinterest to use in my albums and I’ve been hanging onto this emoji one (not to offend men who go through emotions during the day – I just liked that it was an accurate representation of all the things we girls go through each day.) I also had this quote about kids and laundry that was the perfect color to add to this layout.

The teal, red and yellow color scheme is so up my alley, and I loved adding in punches of color to each card to make it flow and feel balanced. Since there are two cards with journaling on them in this row, I decided that the yellow card only needed a simple grey heart to avoid it feeling too busy.

Stamping on photos can be fun and annoying. If your ink is too slippery, your stamped image can look blurred – and that’s what happened to me on this photo of my work desk. So I used a black pen to trace over the stamped words from the Work Hard stamp.

Being honest in my layouts is a priority. I am not fulfilled by my 7-4 job. It feeds my family and provides benefits and stability. All important things, but I am not trying to climb ladders or become the CEO so I used these two acrylic hearts to represent how my heart feels about being a full-time worker outside the house.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the pockets I made using the new August exclusive kit! See you again soon with some new projects!

AndreaGrayHi & hello from Northern California! You might know me around the crafty world as retrohipmama and I am super stoked to be a guest designer this month! Outside of scrapbooking I love to do different crafty things, jump on the trampoline with my two boys, scroll Instagram (I’m always there so follow me @retrohipmama), eat dark chocolate, have conversations with my husband in movie quotes or song lyrics and watch football. I am currently on the Illustrated Faith and Gossamer Blue design teams and love inspiring others to make stuff! My style has definitely evolved over the almost 20 years I have been memory keeping, but my layouts always come out clean and colorful and full of stories. This summer I am teaching myself piano and going on a lot of different crafty adventures!

Be sure to follow Andrea at her blog, on Facebook, and YouTube, and watch for future projects from her right here on the ES blog!