Easter in Pockets with LeeAnne Jones

Hello, everyone! It’s LeeAnne here with an overview of the April 2022 kit and add-ons! This kit is sweet as spring with its bright and joyful color palette and sprinkling of hearts and flowers. I knew it would be perfect for documenting Easter 2021 in my family’s pocket page album.

Supplies | April 2022 KitFlower Die Cuts, Ledger Die Cut Tags, Easter Stickers, Flower Puffy Stickers, Warm Puffy Heart and Star Stickers, Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers – Cool Tones, Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers – Warm Tones, The Best Paper Stack

If you pay close attention to the design team projects, a couple of these photos may look familiar. I documented my daughter’s egg hunt victory at same Easter celebration using the February 2022 kit in the “Good Egg” layout found here. This is one of those tricky situations scrapbookers find ourselves in: Which album should something go in, or should it be documented multiple times? My approach is this: I include an overview of holidays in our family pocket page album. And if something about the day is extra special for any of us, I’ll document that specific story in a personal album as well—generally as a traditional scrapbook layout with just one or two big photos. How do you handle this? Please share in the comments below!

Pocket pages can be tricky. There is already a lot going on, so unless you simplify somewhere, it can look a mess. Using a kit helps bring consistency to all the elements, and then you can further hone the focus by limiting yourself to a specific color palette. Here, I chose yellow, pink, and green/teal for all the journal tags and embellishments. Isn’t that pink flower tag the sweetest!?

Another easy pocket page trick? Filling “dead” space in photos with embellishment clusters. This photo of my daughter could have been cropped to 3 x 4 inches, but I liked the little peek at the yard behind her. This is the third or so iteration of my parents’ pool over the years, and it’s fun to see how it’s changed in photos. When I see this in the future, I’ll likely note the chunky slide my parents bought for their grandkids. If you always crop tightly into subjects, you might miss some of the story that’s happening in the background.

My favorite old-is-new-again scrapbooking tool is my Fiskars paper edger scissors. I still have a bunch of them, but the one I continue to grab is called “ripple.” I use it to turn stickers and strips of paper into “washi tape” with a faux torn edge. Here, I used a couple of the Easter Stickers as my washi. 

Lastly, journaling. While I really like the four quadrant “remember this” journaling tag in the kit, I’m going to save it for something else. Instead, I made my own journaling tag with one of the Ledger Die Cut Tags and a sheet from The Best Paper Stack (plus some fun embellishments). I thought adding these extra little photos and details helped tell a more complete story about the day.

That’s it! I can’t wait to see how everyone uses the April kit and add-ons. Happy documenting!

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