Since PL isn't readily available in Canada I have been downloading a lot of free journaling cards online and printing them off on some nice heavy cardstock - they turn out really nice. Search on google or pinterest, even Becky Higgins blog has some freebies.
I have also began cutting my pattern paper to size 3x4 or 4x6. One other thing that I have seen done is if you don't have the pocket pages just use a 12x12 cardstock as your background and divide up the page in the style you like.
I hope this made sense and it helps.