I have a Cropper Hopper tote with quite a few of these - but not for planning my pages... I have them labeled by color and this what I keep my cardstock scraps in. :-) It works perfect because it has the 12x12 pocket for full sheets, the 6x12 pocket for smaller pieces, and the small front pocket for the itty bitty scraps. So as I am creating my page, I just pull the ones for the colors I will be using. It is a great way to organize all those little pieces instead of throwing them away. If I need orange for my snowmans carrot nose, I have little pieces I can cut from instead of using a full sheet of cardstock. Great way to save $$ on paper!!
I love this product! Since I usually go to crops, I love being able to preplan and have everything for a page together. The three pockets are great. I actually use the front pocket (shown here with the planner card inside) to hold my pictures and just clip the planner card to the outside. The second pocket holds my embellishments, stickers, ribbons, etc. The last pocket hold my 12x12 papers and larger sticker, rubon packets. The planning card os very useful--it has space for a sketch, title ideas, color schemes, products used/or needed. (I keep these on file, so I can always refer back for product names, etc.)
I like to have all the basics - patterned paper, cardstock, pictures etc. - all planned out before I start working on a new page...especially if I am going somewhere else to scrapbook. These page planners are great because you can easily put lots of paper etc in one, put it in your bag and go! The planner card is really helpful because you can list possible page titles, make sure you have all the supplies you need for the page, sketch the page layout and make journalling notes. The page planner is also good for storing pages you haven't quite finished yet. Love these things...will have to get more!
I am usually not very productive at crops. I ponder over paper - debate which embellishments to use - toy with the placement of my pictures. This is very time consuming when time is of the essence! Well, this product changed all that for me. I ordered these to prepare for a NSD crop I was attending. Putting everything for my layouts, including having a place to sketch my page plan and list journaling ideas, increased my productivity so much!! I already have a few loaded for when I have a chance to sit and pull a few pages together. These will be in my inventory from now on.
Just got these delivered today. I believe they are going to be wonderful at helping me get started with my scrapbooking hobby. I am a compulsive organizer, and chaos intensely stalls out any creative work I try to do. Being able to organize the cardstock, patterned paper, embellishments, and photos all in one place is a wonderful idea for those times when the creative ideas are flowing and I can put together the things I need for a layout, then when I really just want to sit and scrap, I will have a layout all set to be worked on.