Hybrid Step-by-Step: Pocket Holder Page

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Article courtesy Scrapjazz.com; by Denise Gormish

Looking for a new use for those digital supplies? Make a pocket page decorated with digital elements! A pocket page will hold cards, letters, brochures and other flat memorabilia. Digital supplies will help you create a unique pocket page.





  • Adobe Photoshop Elements or CS
  • cardstock -- Bazzill
  • patterned paper -- Fancy Pants
  • optional embellishments:
    • Digital Date No. 10 - Katie Pertiet, DesignerDigitals
    • Floral Alpha Monograms - Katie Pertiet, DesignerDigitals

Here's how to create a digitally designed pocket:

  1. New Document. Open a new document in Adobe Photoshop or Elements. (I will be using Photoshop for my example.) Choose to make the document the same height and width as what you want the size of your pocket to be on your final layout. In my example, I wanted my pocket to cover most of the width of the page and I wanted it to go almost half the height of a 12" x 12" layout. With those ideas in mind, I chose to make my document 11" x 6" . I set it to 300 dpi for best printing. I also set my background to a solid color for easier viewing, and then removed that color before printing. It's a good idea to choose a background color that will match the cardstock to be printed on later, so you can see how your digital elements will work with your cardstock color.

  2. Add Text. Select the horizontal type text tool. Create a text box by dragging the tool where you want your journaling to be inserted. Choose your font size, style and color. I chose Garamond at 13 pt in black. Add text by either typing it or cutting and pasting the text from another source. If needed, adjust the side of the text box with the border handles on the sides. Use the move tool to position it.


  3. Add Title. For my title I used a purchased digital alphabet. Open each letter (separate files for each letter). Reduce the size on each of them as needed. Use the move tool to drag it from its file onto the document. To add color select each letter with the magic wand tool and chose color fill. Chose a color from the menu and select OK. To create a border around the letter, go to Layer - Layer Style - Stroke. Click on Color. Chose a color from the menu and select OK. Adjust stroke size if necessary and click OK. Drag the letters into their final position.


  4. Add a Digital Stamp. For my title I used a purchased digital date stamp. Create a new layer for your stamp by going to Layer - New or using the menu on the tool bar. Select the brush tool then choose the pre-loaded stamp from the drop-down menu at the top. Note the foreground color. This color will be the color of the stamp. Change the color if necessary by clicking on "set foreground color" from the tool bar. I initially stamped in black. After choosing the stamp, slide the diameter bar until the stamp appears in your desired size. Click in your document to stamp. Use the move tool to position it. To create additional color, create a new layer above your first stamped layer. Return to the stamp tool. Chose a new foreground color and stamp again at the same size as the first stamp. To get the color of the first layer to show, use the eraser tool to delete the area where you would like the color underneath to show through. In my example I erased the months and date.


  5. Add Subtitle. Select horizontal type tool. Insert it into the space for the title. Using a font menu, choose font size, style and color. I chose Ski font at 18 pt in black. Use the move tool to position the title box.

  6. Add Border. Create a new layer and then select the rectangular marquee tool. Starting one inch from the top of the layout and one inch from the left side of the layout, draw a box that extends around the top picture and down over the bottom picture. Keep your box one inch from the bottom as well. Go to Edit - Stroke. Choose a pixel width. The higher the pixel number the thicker the border will appear. Double-click on the color to choose a color. I chose 4 pixels and black color. Click OK to choose the color. Click OK to accept changes. To remove part of the border, select it with the rectangular marquee tool and select cut to remove it.

  7. Print. If necessary, cut cardstock to fit the printer. Print your document on the cardstock. It can sometimes be helpful to print on regular paper first, to see how it will print on the cardstock.

  8. Finish Layout. Trim cardstock after printing. Adhere to black cardstock and trim leaving a thin edge around it. Adhere to a sheet of patterned paper.

My example shows all-digital elements for the pocket design. You may choose to do a similar style, change it or mix it with traditional 3-D elements. For example, you may choose to use a chipboard alphabet instead of a digital one. The options are limitless.

Get out your paper and digital supplies and make your next pocket page.


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