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How to Create Pocket Cards

May 22, 2017

One of my favorite things to do is making my own pocket cards. While I enjoy getting a little bit of happy mail once a month with my Kelly Purkey kits, I also have a lot of spare paper laying around going unused. This past weekend I sat down and decided to be creative and make my own cards.

Before I start this process, I sit down and draft up some ideas based off of sketches I see on pinterest or random ideas that pop in my head. It isn’t an easy process but it really helps down the line once you start cutting and gluing pieces together.

Since I am on the Sahin Designs creative team I have a growing collection of papers, cards, and elements so I will be using them. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, so I printed off 4×6 prints of papers I liked and elements/tags that I thought would be fun to use.

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Using digital stamps and elements is another fun way to create your own cards. Above I’ve used some splatter along with a stamp saying “dear future” which is a quick and easy way to create a filler card. The black and white colors mean it will easily fit into a layout with a lot of color.

As you see on the second card I’ve left some space for journaling or adding a 2×2 photo. The great part about making your own cards is that you can also play with color in photoshop. I could have changed the color of the splatter or the stamp easily.

Don’t be afraid of do some odd color or pattern combinations. The wonderful part about the creative process is that there really isn’t a wrong or right way of doing it. As long as you love it, thats all that matters.

The purpose of making this cards was to add some quick statements to my week in the life album. Because I was working small I had little room to explain much so adding filler cards with statements such as “Just Start” or “Every picture has a story” is enough to convey the point. I’ve had this book on my shelf for 2 months so “Just Start” was perfect for this photo.

Even though I love the creative process of making my own cards, it can be a bit frustrating but to see the final product in your hands and in your albums… absolutely worth it!