Everyday Life in Pockets with LeeAnne Jones

Hello, everyone! It’s LeeAnne here. I’m back on the Elle’s Studio blog today to share a few ways you can use the September 2022 kit and coordinating extras to document everyday life moments in a pocket page layout. 

Supplies | September 2022 KitSeptember 2022 Labels, White Jane Alphabet Cardstock Stickers, Autumn Chipboard StickersTiny Autumn Hearts and Stars Puffy Stickers, Heart and Star Chipboard Stickers – Warm, Thankful Paper Stack

This month’s kit is full of deliciously rich hues marking the transition from summer to fall. I do monthly pocket page documenting for my family, and this layout covers some of our favorite moments from September 2021.

I tried something different with my title card this month. For a couple years now, I’ve devoted a full 4 x 6-inch pocket to the title, but lately it’s felt like space that would be better used for another photo, you know? Last month, I put the title on top of a 4 x 6-inch photo. You can see that project HERE. This month, seeing the striped journal tag inspired me to try a 3 x 4-inch title card paired with a 3 x 4-inch photo—and then slip them both inside the top-left pocket. For “September,” I arranged White Jane Alphabet Cardstock Stickers directly on the journaling tag, and then embellished with chipboard stars. I love how it turned out!

The September 2022 Labels are among my all-time favorite label shapes for pocket pages. They are skinny enough to stick on top of photos without covering much, and they are so long, that you can cut them in half and have twice as many to use!

Also, random life-documenting tip: Get up above your subject. This angle can often convey so much more story. This is a photo of my kids doing their homework, but it’s also a recorded memory of what their handwriting looked like, their collection of water cups, the rejected sandwich crusts, and the way they organized their crayons.

If you’ve seen my work, you know how much I love using 4 x 4-inch photos and photo collages in my pocket page documenting. This photo of my kid’s messy face had nothing interesting going on in the background, so it was easy to crop to 4 x 4-inches and use those extra two inches of pocket space for patterned paper. It’s an easy way to add more color to your layout. The adorable “love this” tag is an embellishment in the September 2022 Kit!

Most of the embellishments in this cluster are included in the kit as well. The “Hello Autumn” piece was pointing to the right, which didn’t work for this orientation, so I covered up the point with a chipboard star. Make it work!

Well, that’s it for this time! I hope this layout inspires you to document your September memories, large and small. When you do, share with the hashtag #ellesstudio on Instagram, or in our Facebook Group. We can’t wait to see your projects!

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