Recording a Memory in Pockets with Shannon Dombkowski

Last week, our March guest Shannon Dombkowski shared a new traveler’s notebook spread with us inspired by our Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp, and this week, she’s switching up her format to pockets, and sharing a bit of design advice with us! Let’s learn a little bit from her about creating a successful pocket page based around a single event!

Hey there crafty friends! It’s Shannon back with my second project for my guest designer spot here on the Elle’s Studio blog! I love it when supplies seem like they’re just made for my photos. Many people traditionally use pocket pages to document in a weekly or monthly style, but there are a lot of times where I prefer to use them to document a single memory in a way that I would use a traditional scrapbooking page, as I did here using the March kit and add-ons!

Supplies | March 2020 Kit, March Labels, Go See Do Acetate Die Cuts, Adventure Stickers, Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy StickersWood Veneer Adventure Tags, Title Builder Vol. 4 Bundle (includes: Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp & Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers)

The kit and add-ons this month are full of fantastic colors. I love a colorful page, but I also love a cohesive look, so I use color carefully. I chose to let three main colors shine in this project: blue, green, and that pretty coral-red. Of course, there are still hints of color in a few of my journaling tags, but sticking to a few main colors as the focus of the page really helps it look put together.

I chose to use the colorful “Go See Do” 4″ x 6″ tag from the March 2020 Kit my journaling and title card all in one. There was plenty of space, which I always appreciate! I can get wordy sometimes and my handwriting is pretty big. I combined a word from the Title Builder Vol. 4 Puffy Stickers with a sentiment from the Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp to create my title. The tags already printed along the side featured all the colors that were the focus of my page, so I just covered the one slightly out of my scheme with a Wood Veneer Adventure Tag.

Let’s talk about visual triangles. I’m big into trying to work visual triangles into my pages—especially with embellishments! On this page, I used the Wood Veneer Adventure Tags to create a visual triangle. If you look up at the main project image, you’ll see how they form a triangle—a great way to guide the eye around the page. It’s also visually appealing. You can do this with embellishments, alphas, or pops of a certain color. It would work great with pops of yellow using the March Kit!

Finally, let’s talk about those Go See Do Acetate Die Cuts. I’ll admit that they often stump me. I love the look of acetate, but I really don’t like when I can see the adhesive through the piece. Many people don’t mind, but it drives me crazy on my own pages. Tiny Attacher to the rescue! Now I don’t have to fear acetate. Here, I used the grid tag to hold two flag stickers from the Adventure Stickers. It’s a great subtle accent. Also, take a look up at that full page image again and you’ll see that I created a visual triangle with the flag-shaped stickers!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look into how I pulled this page together. I can’t wait to see what you create using the March kit and add-ons!

Hello there! I’m Shannon. I was born and raised in New England but now live in coastal Georgia with my husband, our 3 daughters, and our rescue dog. I’ve been crafty for as long as I can remember – always creating journals, collages, and photo books. I created a scrapbook of our wedding in 2007 and then jumped right into scrapbooking again when our first daughter was born in 2008. Between 2008-2015 I dabbled in both digital and paper scrapbooking and was published in several scrapbooking magazines. Then I stopped – abruptly and completely. It wasn’t until 4 years later, in August 2019, that I decided it was time to start scrapbooking again. My creativity was dormant for 4 whole years and it feels great to be back! Now, I’m a happy hybrid scrapbooker and I work in pocket pages of all sizes, travelers notebooks, and memory planners. When I’m not scrapbooking, I can often be found running, reading, or sipping coffee. I love being outdoors and discovering new adventures with my family.

Find more of Shannon’s gorgeous pocket pages on her Instagram feed, and check back next week when she will share one more project with us using our newest products!

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