What I used:
- 4 square card blanks (mine are approx 5 inches). Alternatively you could use cardstock that is scored down the middle.
- Patterned Paper to cover the card blanks (alternatively if you use patterned card-stock you could skip this bit).
- Card-stock and paper to make the pockets
- Card to make the tags
- Ribbons/fancy yarns
- Embellishments/ stamped images
- 2 pieces of square board ½ inch larger than the card blanks (about 5 ½ inches for me). With patterned paper to cover & decorate.
Assembling the Pocket Book Pages
- Fold the card blanks
- On the back of the first card blank, stick double sided tape along the bottom and 2 sides (leave the middle area free and also the top edge)
- Stick the front of the second card blank to it forming a pocket at the top.
- Repeat until all the pages are stuck together
- Stick patterned paper (I’ve used some old Papermainia paper from my stash) to each page. I chose to leave a small border around the edge of each page for my blue and white colour scheme. (If you are using double sided cardstock you could skip this step and save time).
- Using a circle punch (or cutter) punch a semi-circle out of the top of each pocket.
Adding Triangular Pockets
- Cut a piece of card-stock the size of one page (5x5 inches in my example), stick some patterned paper to the card (or use patterned card stock).
- When dry, cut it in half along the diagonal
- Attach a triangle to the bottom corner of one of the pages to make a pocket, using double sided tape along the bottom and side edges.
- Repeat with the other triangle on a different page.
Adding Vertical Pockets
- Cut some card-stock the height of the page, and 1/3 of the width, and stick patterned paper on it. (Or use patterned card-stock.)
- Attach to the outside edge of the page with double sided tape at the top, bottom and outside edge.
Adding Horizontal Pockets
- Cut some card-stock the width of the page, and ½ - 2/3 of the width, and stick patterned paper on it. (Or use patterned card-stock.)
- Attach to the bottom edge of the page with double sided tape at the bottom and 2 sides.
Adding Panel Pockets
- Cut some card-stock the size you want the pocket to be, and stick patterned paper on it. (Or use patterned card-stock.)
- Using the circle punch (or cutter), cut a semi circle into the centre of the open edge of the pocket
- Attach to the page using double sided tape as above.
Making the Tags
- Cut some plain card-stock the size you want your tags to be, test them to ensure they fit into your pockets.
- I like to round off the corners, or use decorative corner punches
- Punch a small circle of paper to act as a hole reinforcer, and stick to the tag.
- Punch the tag hole
- Thread ribbon, string or fancy yarn to the hole.
Decorate as much as you like. As mine is for a gift I have left the tags mainly plain for the receiver to add photos and journaling of choice.
Adding the Covers
- Optional, faux ribbon binding. Cut 3 short pieces of ribbon, and attach to the front and back of the pocket book whilst it is shut. Add bows etc if you like.
- Add patterned paper and embellishments etc to your covers
- Add double sided tape to the edges of the back of the pocket book, then fill the middle area with dry adhesive (e.g. glue stick).
- Making sure to align the edges where the spine is so there is no overlap, stick the back cover to the book. Repeat with the front cover.