Alright so this is the goal: To make a custom pocket insert for your Life Journal. I have found this to be so very useful, especially when planning a wedding because you end up collecting so many business cards and phamplets/brochures – I normally would toss them but I’ve been feeling pretty crafty lately so if I’m not cutting them up and pasting them in my journal, then I’m definitely just keeping it so I remember it as a part of my journey. And instead of tucking them away deep into the back pocket of my binder, it’s going to go right between the pages so it’s part of the memories.

The planner I use is an A5 Recollections binder so if you also journal in the same size, then perfect! If not, no big deal, the steps will all be the same – you will just have different sizes to cut.

The first thing you’ll want to do is find a cardstock paper to use as the background. Since my theme is pink and pastels, I went with a simple gradient pink and white background. I purchased my paper from Michael’s, and I hate to admit it but I have so many of them because they have all sorts of really pretty 12×12 paper packs that are great for these types of projects.

Make sure you know the size of the page you need to cut. You don’t necessarily need a cutter, but it definitely speeds up the process. My cutter is from Staples and it was only $10! Such a great deal considering my last cutter was $30 and it didn’t work as well as the one I have now. Yay to finding great deals!

So a few things before we move on:

  • You will need a die cutter. I own a Sizzix Big Shot Plus which I purchased online from Amazon since shipping was free (and who doesn’t love savings?!). I also decided to go big or go home on this one because I knew mine would get heavy use and I didn’t want to risk wanting to upgrade later. A smaller one will do but note that you will just have to take extra steps like make more cuts your paper if you are also using a 12×12, etc.
  • Once you have a cutter, you will need some dies! I get all my dies from AliExpress because they are so cheap and the selection is glorious. The one I’m using is probably my all time favourite die (shown in the photo below). I think it’s absolutely gorgeous.
  • Lastly, you need yet, another piece of paper. It’s difficult to tell in the photo below but the white piece of paper I am using has a beautiful subtle shimmer to it. It is cardstock purchased from The Paper Mill Store. They have all the paper in the world in that website and just scrolling through makes me so happy lol. I would recommend cardstock paper as it will hold better – both when you pass it through the die cutter, and as a pocket. Trust me on this one.

Now that we’ve passed this through our die cutter, it’s smooth sailing from here. We just paste it right onto the bottom of our page using a glue roller, and VOILA! A pretty pocket insert! The project doesn’t have to stop here though. As you can see below, I also used it as a template to create my “I said: Yes!” spread. If you have other dies, you can take those as well and cover other areas of the page. AND if you want to go even super fancy, you can emboss your background cardstock paper first!

So, what do you guys think? I’d love to see your creations by tagging me @heyladyley or #heyladyley on Instagram! Happy planning! <3


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