January 2013 Pocket Life Tutorial


I love the idea of documenting the special, daily moments that make up our lives from year to year.  The past several years I resolved to take a picture and journal every day.  In 2012 I made it to March before I began to skip a day, than skip another, than another.  I think I even managed to do a few layouts before I got so behind that I simply gave up.

As 2012 ended I once again began to think about capturing our memories in 2013. Given my past experience, I wasn’t sure I should even try.   When Syndee introduced the Hybrid Team to Pocket Life I found a solution for simplifying the process of capturing our year.  With the Pocket Life concept and the monthly Digital Scrapbooking Supply Kit I can set up the following month’s layouts, journaling spots, etc in advance.  The pages are also portable so I can travel with a few of my pages and a journaling pen.

To get started I purchased some 12” x 12” photo pocket pages, some 8.5” x 11 baseball pocket pages and a binder.  I wanted to keep this simple so that I could keep up with each month.  With that in mind, I decided that I would use one 12” x 12” pocket page and one 8.5” x 11” pocket page for each month.  The 12” x 12” pages have four 4” x 6” pockets and four 3” x 4” pockets.  These are the perfect size for standard photo prints, journaling spots and memorabilia.

I also wanted to be able to make a short journal entry each day.  I found  a lot of ideas for easy journaling but the one idea I really liked used index cards with space for multi-year entries.  So I created 18, 2.5” x 3.5” journaling spots that fit nicely in the baseball pocket pages back to back, a lot like the hybrid ATCs many of us love to make.  The journaling spots have room for a brief entry for each day of the month and each card allows entries for 3 years.  At the end of 2013 I plan to move the journaling spot pages to my new binder for 2014.

So let me show you what I started for January using my digital scrapbooking supplies and some bling from my studio!

Supplies Needed:
Printable Digital Scrapbooking Supplies
Photo & Baseball Pocket Pages
Scissors, paper cutter
Paper – double-sided matt, card stock, card stock
Adhesive – two sided tape, pop dots, glue stick, liquid glue
Embellishments – brads, ribbon, glitter glue, found items, beads, metal findings, washi tape, mirror hearts, clear dimensional dots
Stamps & ink
Distress ink

I began with setting up my 12 x 12 photo pocket pages.  First I created the 4” x 6” pockets.  I created two layouts and two envelopes using the cards in my Pocket Life: Because of You kit.  I printed them on vellum and blinged them up a bit.  In one envelope I plan to put found items and memorabilia from a trip later this month.  In the other envelope I plan to put some photos taken during the month.




For the 3” x 4” pockets I created journaling spots.  Two of the journaling spots talk about why the two photo layouts are important to me.  Since I did those at home I went ahead and added my text digitally.  For the other two journaling blocks I created little folded note cards.  I can journal inside those cards later with a journaling pen and I will have plenty of room to write.


The two little folded note card journaling spots were really fun to create.  Our 37th Wedding Anniversary is at the end of the month so the heart layout in the digital kit was perfect.  For the first spot I added a layered flower, some washi tape and an earring as an embellishment.  The earring found its way to my house as part of a box of leftover jewelry a friend thought I might repurpose – lol!  The second journaling spot has a cut out heart, ribbon, washi tape and glitter glue to add some dimension.


Creating the journaling spots was easy and quick.  I used some ScrapSimple Paper Templates to add the lines for my journaling.  I used the center pocket to identify the month – January.  I also added text entries for birthdays and anniversaries.   And of course I had to bling them up a little bit.





My final step was to load up my two pocket pages with my mini layouts and journaling spots.  Now I can fold up the pocket pages, grab a journaling pen and hit the road!

The process of embellishing my cards made my heart sing! But keep in mind that you can keep these as simple as you like.  The idea is to have some fun, create something beautiful and capture those day to day memories.  I am already using my journaling spots and cannot wait to fill up my envelopes with photos and found items.   I hope you will join me and the rest of the team in the Pocket Life adventure.  As always make sure you post your creations in the Hybrid Gallery for us all to see!

Live each day creatively,


Digital Scrapbooking  Supplies used:
Pocket Life:  January Special
Butterfly Effects Collection Biggie
Scrap Simple Paper Templates: Notebook Paper


  1. These are great instructions and your cards are gorgeous Karen. Thank you.

  2. Cheryll Ann says:

    Thank you for the detailed instructions! This is a wonderfully creative, lifekeeping project.

  3. This is a lovely way to show off your photos. Great tutorial

  4. Loved this tutorial! I adore the idea of quick pages!

  5. These are wonderful Karen!!! So many awesome layers and embellishments. Thank you so much for showing me what can be done with Pocket Life :D

  6. Great tutorial! Thanks for showing how totally versatile these are! It’s interesting how you made them multi-year and left spaces for additional journaling. It will be fun to look back and see what you did in years prior.

  7. Wonderful tutorial and great ideas Karen – thanks!

  8. Great ideas on how to use these, Karen! I admit I have been a little on-the-fence about these, but your tutorial has got the creative part of my mind spinning and I can’t wait to play with them!
    :) Thanks!!!!

  9. Gorgeous, Karen! I can’t wait to get started on mine!!

  10. Sherry_Lynn says:

    Great pages and tutorial Karen — I love how you’ve shown us close-ups of all your journaling spots AND I love you envelope ideas, I’ll definitely be using those for my Project Life project!

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