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How to make easy pockets on scrapbook pages

Trading card holders make great pockets for scrapbook pages
Trading card holders make great pockets for scrapbook pages
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For an easy and fun way to create pockets on a scrapbook page, use a trading-card page protector, such as Avery Trading Card Pages. These work well on 12” x 12” scrapbook pages, since most card protector sheets are 8.5” x 11”.

The 8.5” x 11” pocket page protectors will usually have nine pockets to fill. Each pocket is a great size for wallet-sized photos, movie stubs, ticket stubs, tags, notes and decorative elements.

You can also make these pockets into interactive elements for your scrapbook page. For example, add folded notes to the pockets that you can pull out later when it’s time to re-read them. Or, if you can’t decide between two wallet-sized photos, put a couple in one slot. These will be fun to flip through years from now when you’re looking back through the scrapbook.

Use decorative brads to attach the pocket page protector to your 12” x 12” scrapbook page. Since these page protectors are designed for binders, they will probably already have holes along the side for easy fastening.

Once you have attached the pocket page to the scrapbook page, you will be left with a small border because the scrapbook page is bigger than the pocket sheet protector. This leaves you room to add a title to your page along with an adhesive border, decorative ribbon or other design element.

You can use these pockets to create pages for any theme, but they are quite fitting for baseball themed scrapbook pages. Insert a few baseball cards and the page practically creates itself.

Card protector sheets are available at most card shops or you can find them on Amazon. Even better, you might be able to get a couple from a friend who collects baseball, football, Pokemon or other cards. Many card collectors buy these card protector sheets in bulk and will be willing to share a couple for your scrapbooking projects.

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