Hello Lovelies and Happy New Year to you all! My favorite part of starting a new year is starting a brand new album for the new year. Today I thought I would share my Introduction layout for 2019 and also share some fun transparent elements I included in this layout using the January Heart Eyes kit!
I am sticking with the 12x12 pocket pages this year, and when I opened up the Heart Eyes kit I automatically loved the cut apart sheet that is part of the Paige Evans Whimsical collection, Paper 13. It had square frames that include adorable graphics from the collection and some inspiring quotes that I want to serve as a mantra for the New Year. Once I decided to use the square page protector, I printed a square photo to take up the middle four pockets in the layout. The photo is of my husband, me, and our dog simply taking a walk in our neighborhood on New Year's Day.
Those little squares are a bit smaller than the 3x3 pockets, so I decided to have them float in those pockets. This means the page has transparent elements, so this page became all about filling these pockets with fun, see-through embellishments. It can possibly be a bit scary to use transparent elements in our pockets, but I have worked with that in some really fun ways in this layout. I had a 12x12 transparency from American Crafts in my stash, so I cut it up into 3x3 squares to use as a base in the pockets I needed them. (Sometimes you can find those transparencies in AC Moore or Michaels, or order them online from Amazon.)
The challenge with using transparent elements is what to do with the back. My most important tip is to start with the front side and repeat what you did on the front, on the back. Allow each element to hide your adhesive. In the example above, I included the year, 2019, using some wood veneer numbers I had in my stash. I needed to adhere them to the transparency somehow, so I added some of the circle stickers from Fancy Pants that are included in the kit. Before adhering them down, I made sure I had a matching set for the back side of the pocket. Then I adhered the numbers using redline tape, making sure the tape doesn't show through the back! So fun!
Of course I want to channel lots of love into our lives this year, so I included a heart pocket. The ephemera pack had this really cute rainbow heart, so I matched it up with a smaller heart, and cut out two more to add to the back side. Notice how I used my Tiny Attacher to staple these elements to the transparency. Make the staples a part of the design of your card, since these might be a bit more challenging to conceal.
I also loved these clouds from the ephemera pack, so I designed a transparency card around them as well. The clouds to me represent a bit of rain to make love grow, but they are bright and colorful to also represent hope and a colorful life! Again, I cut around them using the patterned papers to make sure I had enough for front and back. I also attached these with staples, and I might possibly add a stamped sentiment to the yellow cloud on the back side later on. This is so much fun!
Of course no pocket page is complete without a fun sequin pocket, so I used my Fuse tool to seal in the sequins that were in the kit as well. This awesome mix from Spiegelmom Scraps pulls all the colors from the kit together so beautifully and makes it feel like a party in the pocket.
Here is a full look at the back side of the page, which is now set up for the first layout in January! For the back of the photo I simply added two squares of patterned paper and two squares for journaling. When I am ready to create this layout I can fill those in and it will already be half way completed! I hope this has been a fun tutorial on how to use transparent elements in your pocket pages. Have you had the chance to create with your Heart Eyes kit yet? Be sure to share with us, we would love to see!