This month’s blog train over at PixelScrapper is looking like it’s going to be HUGE; I know my portion of it definitely is! When we were discussing this, there were several of us wanting to do a “stash builder” theme–a whole train full of mostly neutrals that could go with almost any kit, even a mini, and extend it into being able to scrap an entire album. Others wanted a pocket scrapping (Project Life, etc.) theme, focused on journal cards and little elements that could be tucked into or stuck on top of a pocket layout. We settled on the “In the Pocket” theme, but with a primary palette of neutrals and a secondary palette of “pop colors” to accent the browns and greys. Here’s the header image/palette from the Final List thread (linked to the thread over at PixelScrapper, as usual):
I love the concept of an everyday-friendly theme for people doing photobooks for the entire year rather than just a few highlights, and I know that coming up with 365 new layouts out of a kit is something that will require a fair bit of variety. I chose to go with a rough tan paperboard as my primary color/texture, combining it with black, white, grey, an icy aqua, and navy…though a couple of pops of orange snuck in on a couple of journal cards! This is one of those themes and palettes where I got rolling and just didn’t stop, so I’ve got a TON of things for you to download this month!
Papers & Elements
First off, I’ve made you a pack of 12×12 papers so the traditional scrappers can use this kit, too. They’re very neutral, so they should work with any kit. Since I didn’t modify a couple of paper templates from PixelScrapper, these are personal use. Oh, see that damask on the left? I’ve finally succeeded in making a repeating damask pattern from scratch! You get to enjoy it in black and white here, though it’ll show up in a few other places in this kit as well. Just click the preview below to grab them for your own stash, or get them here.
Next up are the elements. Pocket scrapping doesn’t use a lot of them, mostly little tags and stickers that can fit in the pockets or be stuck on a card, but I’m trying not to leave out scrappers who prefer to make traditional layouts. I’ve made some frames that’ll fit into standard 3×4 and 4×6 pockets to frame your photos, but traditional scrappers could use them as-is or as a mat inside another frame, too. There are several flowers and a few pieces of foliage, a few tags to tuck behind your cards in the pockets, a couple of charms, some washi, some buttons, and a few ribbons, plus a piece of white-on-white damask vellum. Lots of these use the pale aqua and/or the navy blue, but if your pages are primarily neutral plus photos, that shouldn’t be an issue. They’re all commercial use, if you choose to use them in your own kits. Download here or click the preview.
It wouldn’t be pocket scrapping without journal cards, and I’ve dug through the templates I have in the shop and created some for you. This set is for personal use, since most of the templates are for sale–but I’m having a sale on all journal card templates through March 15th if you really want to use them commercially! I’ve put a variety of 3×4 and 4×6 cards together, mostly designed for journaling, but there are some title and filler card styles in the mix as well. Most of them have at least one dimensional layer on them, as well, to make it easier for people who are using mobile apps to scrap pages with some shadowing, as the PL app doesn’t let you shadow elements. Both images are linked to the same file, or you can get them here.
One of the first things I created for this train was a set of commercial use 4×6 cards with journaling prompts, since I recall a few people saying they wished they had more journal cards that were actually designed for journaling. The simple black and white on tan should go with almost anything, and I chose 39 words and phrases that should cover most situations, from Congrats! to Uh-Oh! to Say What?, In Review, Busy Busy, Right Now, Today, and Love You! If there’s nothing that relates, I’ve included a card with a blank edge so you can add your own prompt. Click the preview or grab them here.
Title cards are just as important as cards to put the story on, and a couple of well-chosen ones plus a journal card can be all you need to add to your photos for a good-looking pocket layout. I chose to go with white on textured paperboard for most of them, with black script and a simple graphic for special occasions. There are around 120 of them in this pack, but if there’s a situation that’s really not covered by any of the phrases already included, let me know in comments and I’ll create some more! I really want this to be a useful year-round kit. 🙂 Obviously, there’s no way to show that many cards in a preview, so I only picked a handful of them. They’re commercial use, too–download by clicking the preview or clicking here.
Photo Overlay Strips
Late in the month, I added this set of photo overlay strips to the bundle. I love how flexible these are; they’re great for adding a title to anything. At 6″ long, they’ll reach across a 4×6 journal card, but I’ve kept the text to the center 3″ of them so they can work on 3×4 cards too. You can also resize them and use the whole 6″ across a 3×4 card in order to fit several strips on it to put a longer phrase on a title card if you choose. Leave the background show through, or back them with another paper. Take several and make a frame around your image, or put a strip across a tall image for an easy title card. These are commercial use; grab them here or click the image.
Perpetual Calendars & Date Tag Templates
You need to put dates on to keep track of when things happened, so why not make them part of the layout? The problem is that doing individual tags for everything takes up LOTS of hard drive space unless you simply do month tags, date tags, weekday tags, and year tags… I’ve created a set of perpetual calendar cards to do this rather than wasting the space. Just grab the correct month card (also usable without the calendar for journaling if you’d prefer), a strip for the weekdays (or make one in your language), and the correct grid of numbers, add a tag for the year or maybe a little cluster instead, and you’ve got calendars for any month you need (and the ZIP is tiny at 1.95MB!) These are commercial use as well; get them here or click the preview.
By the same token, sometimes you just want to put a small tag for the date, or even simply overlay it on your photo; that’s where this little pack of commercial use date tags comes in. There are two 3×4 overlays, a 1×3 overlay that could be used on a strip of paper or simply put over a photo, and several small bits ranging from tiny tags to a stamped photo corner and a square glass flair. All have editable text and are layered PSDs. These won’t be too helpful if you’re an app scrapper, but they should be usable for anyone using a program that handles layers, and hybrid scrappers can edit and print just what they need. As with all of these, click the preview or here to download.
I did make one little set of stapled date tags, though; these little commercial use tags are about half an inch wide, so they won’t cover up huge amounts of your photo. I could see them laid over a string to make a banner of the dates for a weekly layout, too. I also included a zero so you can use them to tag up a year if you wish. Get them here or click the preview.
Letter-Size Pocket Layout Templates
A hybrid scrapper specifically requested some letter-size pocket templates, so I made a pack. They’re commercial use, too, which includes CT layouts; try using them with a stacked border for a less-standard 12×12 page. Click the preview to get your own copy, or download here.
In case you missed them earlier, I released a little set of pocket shapers back at the beginning of the month in my freebie thread at PixelScrapper. They’re nothing special, just clipping masks for pretty much any size you end up with on a 12×12 pocket page, in three different corner radii. No more hassle making templates, just drag them into place. No hassle clipping corners, either–place under your cards and clip to the masks. Of course they’re commercial use friendly, as they’re just a timesaving tool rather than something that takes effort to design. Grab them here or click the preview.
Hybrid Scrapper Pack
While I don’t yet have the title cards or papers all saved in untextured forms, I have saved the calendar cards, journaling prompt cards, photo strips, and the number tags without textures. If you’re the type who prints things out rather than going fully digital, these are the versions to let your cardstock’s texture shine. Get the hybrid pack here.
PL App User Pre-Shadowed Elements Pack
I’m finishing this up as I write this on the 27th, so it’s not uploaded just yet. This is a placeholder for it atm.
Since someone mentioned that the official PL Android app doesn’t allow you to add shadows to your elements or cards, and requested some 3D-ish cards for that purpose, I included a few in the Journal Card pack. I’ve also gone through the elements pack and added shadows to the elements and frames so you can just lay them over your card layout and have a page that’s not so flat. There are a couple of frames with clusters and a cluster with shadows as well (the same cluster without outside shadows is included in the regular elements pack, but isn’t real useful for PL app users). Grab the shadowed elements pack here.
Now that you’ve downloaded everything you’d like from my blog train portion, head back to the main thread at PixelScrapper to get the other portions of this fantastic train! If you want to stop by the shop first so you can take advantage of the sale on journal card templates, they’re right this way; use discount code JCTMP30OFF, good through March 15th.