Hello Lovelies! It's Theresa here and today I wanted to share with you my favorite way to tell our family stories: in pocket pages. I have been using pocket pages for our family albums seven years now and I love how it has helped me tell our family stories all in one place! Some of my albums are complete and others I am still working on as I work through the current year, so today I am sharing a layout from our 2013 album. I am working with the May Riga kit, which features Pinkfresh Studio Be You, Let Your Heart Decide, and A Case of the Blahs collections. Perfect for story telling!
The lovely thing about pocket pages, and life itself, is how some weeks are hectic and busy, and other weeks are more quiet and subdued. That means some weeks might have tons of photos, and other weeks might have very few. For this layout I have combined two weeks, so Week 5 and Week 6.
When I do pocket pages, the photos automatically become the starting point for my stories. I love that I can snap a photo on the go, and then when I print the photo I know what story I wanted to tell to go with it.
The easiest place to start is always the date card, because I already know what my dates are. I have used heart shaped pieces from one of the patterned papers in the Riga kit to layer along with a label and a flair.
I will give you some tips today how you can include more stories in your pocket page albums!
1. Remember what was going on in your life during that time, even if you don't have specific photos for it. For example, in 2013 I was attending seminary, and while I didn't have specific photos from seminary, I knew that I had just gone back to school and that meant my creative time was replaced with study time. So that is something I included in my journaling for this layout.
2. Remember that stories can be as simple as one small tag on a photo, just I have done on this image of my former studio. Just two words, "happy place" tell a story, along with the journal card above, of how I missed my creative time while I was in school!
Have a look here at the right hand side of the layout. The photos themselves might feel random, but it is the story telling that brings them altogether.
3. Remember to not only document things you love, but also why you love those things. In this photo below, I am documenting how we used to eat at Fuddruckers and they had the biggest rice krispy treats ever! I loved those so much. That restaurant chain is now closed, so I am happy I took that photo and now have that story documented in our album.
4. Use date cards to tell the overall feel of that time in your life. Again, on this layout I knew seminary was a big part of my life and even though there were no photos of seminary, I made it the main focus in my journaling. However, I made it relevant to the layout on this card by noting how all the people and things in my photos were the things that helped me get through school! These were all the things I want to remember.
5. Allow your embellishments to help you tell your stories too! In the photo below, my son Nick had just taken his testing for karate. The puffy sticker from the Riga kit sums up how I feel about the photo, about my son, and is an important part of these stories as well!
Telling stories is such an important part of what we do in our memory keeping, and I love that pocket pages make it so easy to tell our every day stories in such fun ways!
It's been fun sharing this part of our life with you, and I hope you have found some helpful tips for telling your stories in your pocket pages! See you soon!