Hello 2016 | 9x12 Pocket Page Spread using Thrive by One Little Bird Designs

 8.5x11 vellum overlay using a gold foil 4x6 card from  Becky Higgins - Project Life - Heidi Swapp Collection - 12 x 12 Foil Pocket Pages

8.5x11 vellum overlay using a gold foil 4x6 card from Becky Higgins - Project Life - Heidi Swapp Collection - 12 x 12 Foil Pocket Pages

Hi everybody!

I'm playing along with #PocketPageThursday, a blog series by Jessica Upton of Color Cast Designs and Kellie Winnell of Kellie Stamps and Give a Girl a Blog. To find out more information, visit Jessica's blog post here.

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Last year, I completed my 2015 annual Project Life album in the 12x12 size.  When I considered my goals for this new year, I struggled with what size of pocket pages I wanted to attempt this year. I had grown tired of the big, clunky 12x12 size but kept wondering if my favorite 6x8 size would be large enough for all the photos I take.  As a result of seeing so many of my Instagram friends sharing their new 9x12 pages, I decided to give that a go for several reasons. 

First, I prefer simple. Jennifer at Simple Scrapper recently shared this post about her 9x12 album and I couldn't have said it better.

Second, liked that I could still use my 12x12 We R Memory Keepers album and supplies. Using Design F page protectors, I could simply trim down the pocket protectors that I already had on hand. Even better, I can easily throw in a 6x12 or 8.5x11 insert if I wish for smaller pages.

Third, I felt like this size would allow me the room I needed to create matching two-page spreads and easily fit the amount of photos I take.  As the month of January wrapped up and I looked over the photos I wanted to print, I could easily tell they wouldn't all fit into the 6x8 album as I had hoped.

The Result?  I'm loving this size.  In fact, I dare to say it's perfect for my needs.  I created this layout using the new Thrive collection from One Little Bird Designs in just under 15 minutes.  I printed my cards, slipped them into the pockets with minimal embellishments and slid in my photos last.  It could not have been easier.

Here's a look at my 2016 title and first page...

Products Used:  Design F Page Protector (trimmed down) | Thrive Journal Card Collection by One Little Bird Designs | Gold Washi Tape from Hobby Lobby