Pocket scrapbooking has been around for ages and it was only a matter of time before we all realized that those awesome pocket pages were perfect for folding up, mailing, and swapping with pen pals.
The best part of pocket swaps is that they are a great excuse to clean out your crafting stash and share some of your favorite embellishments. For this page I used a variety of items, leftover scraps, stamps and stencils to create a lovely set of custom cards.
- Clearsnap® Stamps and Stencils
- Colorbox® Color Pop Dye Ink by Susan K. Weckesser
- Various embellishments (see idea list below)
The first step in creating a pocket swap page can be the hardest: deciding what embellishments and trinkets you want include. But, it does give you an excuse to go through your stash!
Next, stencil and stamp with the new Colorbox® Color Pop Dye Ink by Susan K. Weckesser to create custom paper. Using the Smooch® Accent Tips with the ink is also a great way to liven up a set of plain black and white stickers and add favorite phrases to your cards.
Finally, start putting it all together! You may want to switch your cards around until you get a layout your like and it folds easily. Remember, the page needs to be able to be folding into thirds to fit inside a standard business size envelope.
For this swap page I included fabric washi tape, ribbons, mini banner (complete with mini clothespins), stickers, confetti, origami dress, pin, vintage metal toothed zipper, words of encouragement, and, of course, a note for my pen pal.
If you want to have a little more fun with your swap, number your cards on the back and be sure to decorate your envelope.
Keeping your pen pal in mind, use your imagination when you decide what you’ll use to fill your pockets and if you’re at a loss for ideas here’s a handy cheatsheet that’ll help you come up with creative ideas of your own!