Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Graffiti Instant Album Page

Ever since Ron taught the Instant Album at the 2013 Retreat, I've wanted to give the concept a try. (If you're not familiar, the Instant Album uses page protectors with assorted pockets on each page, rather than a full size 12x12 page.) It turns out this type of scrapping was perfect for the page I wanted to do about my Godson, Kian and his brother, Alek. Both boys shaved their heads on Saturday as a sign of support for their friend who had brain surgery yesterday.

The Graffiti collection offered just the right "vibe" for photos of these awesome young men.

I chose the page protector from the Instant Album that has six 4x6" pockets. So to create the inserts, I cut one Black Smooth Plain, and one White Smooth CS Print so they'd create the 4x6" inserts and mattes I needed for the page. To accomplish this, I had to do a little math. Math is hard. Especially without my friend Tricia to help me. But I figured it out!
  1. Trim both 12x12s at 11.5 and 6". 
  2. Rotate the 6x12" horizontally, and cut at 8 and 4".
  3. Trim the 5.5 x 11.5 horizontally at 10.5, 7, and 3.5". 
Assuming you were successful with the above cuts, you should end up with six 4x6" bases and six 3.5 x 5.5" mattes for each of the pockets in the page protector.

The upper left panel was created using a faux chalkboard technique. I stamped "Love" from the Collection UM stamp sheet and traced the cloud, arrows, and star shapes from the Graffiti Stencil in white chalk ink marker.

The journaling box is from the Embellishment Cutaparts. The other panels were decorated with additional stamps from the Greeting UM and Borders & Backgrounds and colored with the Neon Ink Dabbers. The heart was cut from a Pink Photo Matte using a Spellbinders die.

This page is a great way for me to document the act of kindness of these great guys. I'm so proud of you!

Creatively yours,


  1. Love it Karen. The boys are good friends to support Nick in this way.

  2. Love the Instant Album and your page of Kian & Alec Karen! The Graffiti collection is perfect for this!

  3. Thanks. Great idea. Love both the 8.5 x 11 and pocket protector concept. Practical!

  4. Hey, Karen---you've got mad math skills! Nicely done!

  5. It's great to see this system in use and a wonderful gesture from the boys. It's great to see such altruism in the next generation!

  6. As much as the page is awesome, your boys are even more so. Supporting their friend like that is truly a blessing. How proud you must be. I certainly will be praying for their friend.

    1. I know the family will appreciate your prayers, Tami! Thank you!

  7. Nice layout Karen! I'm loving the chalkboard details and love the heart die cut you added in there. Pocket scrapbooking is a nice way to add interest to your albums!

  8. Love it! I have been thinking a lot about making more of these kinds of pages, thanks for another bit of inspiration!


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