This is for sure one of my Project Life highlights for February. I decided to do an insert just for Valentine's Day itself and wanted it to be different somehow. At the first of the year, I saw Elise's title page for her PL 2014, and it inspired me. I adore things that inspire me to think differently than I have been. It's one of the many different kinds of inspiration I find, and it feels as if the inspiration unlocks a new door in my brain. I never know when it is going to happen, how long the idea will percolate, or how it is going to translate in my creating, but I can usually trace it back afterwards. I definitely like using ordinary materials in new ways. That's inspiring for sure. And really, isn't it cute? Wait, can pocket protectors be cute?
I'm still working on the spread that it will live between (seen behind it), but you get the idea here. (total side note- Target dollar spot has really good stuff right now for PLifers, for example, see that dotted card middle left? It's a pack of cards for $1.00 that I just cut up to size to make a journal card. Nice and heavy, not like thin paper, love it- they also have alpha stickers, labels, paper packs with cute designs, rolling date stamp, etc. Not that you likely need encouragement to stop by the dollar spot if you go to Target, but if you try to avoid it at all costs unless you know there's something good, and you do journaling/PL, you might want to stop by...I know I always appreciate a head's up.)
To make it, I cute a piece of paper to the size of the page protector, then folded as the pocket protector is, in other words, not in the center. I intentionally wanted a lopsided heart, of course, you could sew up the page protector so your heart was symmetrical. I then drew a heart shape on my piece of paper to determine where I wanted to sew the page protector. I sewed the pockets before I cut the edge off, this makes it easier to keep your pocket flat. When sewing page protectors, I treat it just like fabric. I do a little back stitch at the beginning and the end. On my sewing machine, I find that the middle size straight stitch looks most like the regular pocket protector stitches. I then cut the photos to fit the pockets, cutting the paper template first as practice. For the top two photos, there was no sewing involved, I just picked the photos and freehand cut the heart tops with the photo inside, so it'd be super easy to match up the shapes.
I haven't decided on a back yet, here are a couple different versions.
For Valentine's Day it seems the three of us at home have started a tradition of going to dinner and a movie with a stop at the photobooth for dessert. ;) (Well, if two years in a row a tradition makes.) Since my daughter is at college, we sent a care package and she sent me photos of her during the day and night. Always so grateful for technology when I recieve a photo text or email from my girl. (Of course, that's balanced out by a cursing of it when my son wants to "finish this game" before fill in the blank. )
Anyway, there you have it, a quick and easy idea for changing up pocket pages! I'll share more Feburary favorites from my PL next week.
Elise did a video tutorial on how she did hers. And also, LOVE Elise's new business venture, make29, and was happy to support it by purchasing her February art. You can still get one too if you like, I thought $14.00 was a great price. There she goes, thinking differently again...love it!