Mother’s Day Moments: Favorite Memories in Pockets with Jen McMurtrey

Hello friends! It’s Jen today with a project that is vastly different than my usual 12″ x 12″ layouts and one that took me way out of my comfort zone. This month I was challenged to create a Mother’s Day project that was not a layout or a card . . . say what?! One would think that creating a pocket page spread would be easy . . . print some photos, add a few embellishments, and put them in pockets. Well, that wasn’t the case with me and it took the better part of a day to get this one done. The effort, however, was well worth it.

Let’s take a look at the two-page layout.

Supplies | April 2021 KitSmile Cardstock Die Cuts, Adventure Puffy Label Stickers, White Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Acetate Heart Stickers, Cork HeartsSmile Wood Veneers, Large Acetate Numbers, XOXO 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, Title Builder Stamp, Title Builder Vol. 3 Stamp, Title Builder Vol. 4 Stamp, Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up Metal Die

This project began by through photos of my kids and selecting those that I wanted to use. In order to keep everything from clashing, I chose to print each of them in black and white and use a simple color palette when embellishing.

On the left side of the spread, I used my large-format printer to print a 12″ x 12′ photo that was taken last year on Mother’s Day. Along the bottom of the picture, I added three Large Acetate Numbers and a Cork Heart.

Next, I selected a pocket page and began planning the placement of my photos. The 4″ x 6″ photo on the top left was taken the day my youngest child was born. This was backed with patterned paper from the XOXO Paper Stack and embellished with an Acetate Heart Sticker and a die cut from the April 2021 Kit.

Continuing from left-to-right, I added photos of my oldest that show her when she was younger and now. On each of the kids’ older pictures, I added an Acetate Heart and their first initial using the White Puffy Alphabet Stickers. I love having the old and current photos side-by-side and seeing just how much each of them has changed.

To create the title, I used three of the Title Builder Stamps with a journaling tag from the April Kit. It is simple, but says a lot in terms of what these kids mean to me.

Along the bottom row of the page, I added another 4″ x 6″ photo that I cut in half and placed in two pockets. On the left side of the photo, I used the Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up Metal Die with vellum and covered the left picture. I then added the Smile Cardstock Die Cuts and Smile Wood Veneers to embellish the flip up piece and the photo underneath.

On the right side of the photo, I used the same die with another patterned paper from the XOXO Paper Stack to create a second flip up. On top of this, I added a camera from the Smile Cardstock Die Cuts and a Adventure Puffy Label Sticker

Inside the flip up is my journaling along with another puffy sticker.

I have to admit that I love how this project turned out, and I have a new-found respect for all of you pocket page scrapbookers! Doing this double-page spread felt like I was creating 12 layouts in one and it was very challenging, but it was also fun to do something different from my normal routine, and get so many special photos together in one spread.

Thank you for visiting today!

Love this pocket page, but don’t have children to document? Why not make this type of pocket page all about the special moments that you spent with your mom? Share a pocket page inspired by this post by using the #EllesStudio hashtag on Instagram, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group!

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