Pocket Minibook


Creating pocket pages with 3×4 cards is definitly not the only way those cute cards can be used. Today I want to show you how I created a minibook using different cards and a few of my favourite photos. One of them is actually the very first picture that was taken of us, so it is very special to me. It’s the top right one. The others are selfies we took during our citytrips in the netherlands and belgium.

So let’s get started! First of all I created two rows with five journaling cards each in photoshop. I have a A3 printer, so I was able to print everything at once, but it is totally fine to create it with a A4 / lettersize paper aswell, you will have more rows then with three cards each.

Next step is to print the cards, without the photos and frames, cut the rows and fold them after each card. You can glue them back to back together, but leave the first and second card like they are for now. Your book should now look like the right picture below.


Now you get some ribbon, I like to use snug hug seam binding ribbon for minibooks, and cut it to one long and one shorter piece. The long one should go 2-3 times around the minibook. Glue both of them between the first and the second card, as you can see in the left picture below. The picture on the right shows you what the finish book will look like.  When the ribbon is in place and looks like you want it, glue card one and two together and you are done with the base for your minibook!


I printed the frames on the same paper as the cards and used my selphy for printing the photos, so they are printed on photopaper. I also added some wood veneer to my finished book. The next pictures show you what my finish book looks like in detail. I really love how it turned out!



Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Anika About the Author:  Anika is part of the hybrid team here at thedigitalpress.com. She loves to travel and use the photos her boyfriend takes (thanks for that!) to scrapbook. Digital, paper and hybrid. When she is not scrapping, she is most likely playing a computer game or in a city searching for a geocache.

Stretch You Stash: Altering Templates

Do you remember that little voice inside your head when you first started digital scrapbooking? If you were a paper scrapper first, you probably said to yourself, “Oh, this is amazing! I can use these products over and over and only have to buy them once!” Well, I’m here to tell you to listen to that voice! Today I want to show you how you can get the most bang for your buck by altering and reusing templates.

For my examples today, I am going to use All Laid Out 13 by Dawn by Design.

First up, I have a gorgeous layout by Stacia from the TDP Creative Team. She stayed pretty true to the template and created a wonderful layout.

I decided that I wanted to use this template again, but this time, I wanted to work two photos into the layout. First, I rotated the entire template to accommodate the landscape oriented photos. Next, I substituted the stitched hearts for the distinctive semi-circles paper to change things up a bit, duplicated the main photo block and resized it, and made a few other tweaks. Then, I selected all the layers except for the background paper and reduced the size to give me a little more white space. Now it looks like a whole new layout with very little work!

Stretch You Stash: Altering Templates


Finally, I decided to create another layout with three photos. I duplicated the main photo block twice, rotated one of the boxes, and resized them, dragging them into the positions where I wanted them. I also deleted the cloud like paper layer and substituted the chevron paper on the bottom half of the layout. Then, I just moved the journaling around a bit and added a few embellishments and I was done. Another unique looking layout with the same template.
Stretch You Stash: Altering Templates

As you can see, it is simple to stretch your template stash! Don’t let yourself be limited by the number of photo spots on those templates. Listen to that voice telling you to reuse them! I’m hosting a challenge over on the Challenge Forum at The Digital Press where you can alter one of your templates to make a fresh layout. I hope you will come join in the fun!

KatieAbout the Author: Katie is a member of the Creative Team here at The Digital Press. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and their four sweet but crazy boys. When she’s not dodging Nerf bullets or trying to dig out from under the never ending pile of laundry, she enjoys photography, cooking, going to Disney World with her family, and, of course, digital scrapbooking.

Listen with Your Eyes



When I take my camera out and about, I always start out with the best intentions. I always plan to take my time and focus, pay attention to lighting or the rule of thirds or whatever, trying to get the best picture possible. But I have a weird confession to make. For some reason, I am totally self-conscious when I’m out in public taking photos. Even starting with the best intentions, I find myself rushing as fast as I can and taking quick pictures without spending time on getting the shot I really want. Sometimes I barely even take time to focus the camera. Isn’t that crazy? I know. It totally doesn’t make any sense at all. But unfortunately that is how I roll. Hahaha. Please tell me I am not the only one who feels like this? Actually I hope I am. I really hope that no one else has this quirk in their photographer persona.

I am always impressed by photos that make you feel like you are part of the scene. Photos so rich with story that you can imagine the smells, the sounds, the energy in the air surrounding them. I really believe that to capture shots like those, you have to know what you are looking for. You have to listen with your eyes. You have to take your time and find the moment. The moment that captures the feeling.

In this photo, the focus is on the sparkler and hands in the foreground. The woman is out-of-focus, but definitely still important… right down to the comfortable baggy sweater. But your eyes tell you to focus on the magic the sparks of light offered as well as the cupping of her hands around the base. You can almost hear the little pops and hisses as it burns.

Listen with Your Eyes
by Morgan Sessions


In this photo, the moment is captured as the wave slams into the rock, splashing into the air. You can definitely hear this with your eyes. You can also see the wetness of the rock and it is almost tangible to know how it feels to be standing there, taking the picture.

Listen with Your Eyes
by Justin Leibow


Here is a photo that also provides a very auditory experience through the visual. You can hear squawking of the gulls, the flapping of wings, and even the gentle lapping of the water onto the shore. You might even imagine a foghorn or a ship’s motor in the distance. There is a lot going on here.

Listen with Your Eyes
by Patryk Sobczak


And finally, this photo gives us a glimpse into another sort of story all together. Looking at the picture, you might be able to hear the clatter of silverware against plates, hushed conversations, a waitress taking an order, or the sounds of the cash register totaling someone’s bill. There is a lot of story here, from the worn wood of the table, the metal mugs, the toothpick holder and all of the other soft details. What do you hear?

Listen with Your Eyes
by Andre Freitas


Pictures like these make me want to overcome my inhibitions so I can step out and find some confidence behind my camera. I want to seize upon the small, visceral details that help to tell a story. I want to capture rich specifics in a scene. I want to take pictures that cause people to lean in and listen with their eyes.

Now I want you to head on over to the Challenge Forum and discover your mission.



About the Author: Kimberlee is a lover not a fighter; a stay-at-home gran, a poet, and a lifelong learner. She grooves on saturated colors, Tuesday dance parties, optimism, glitter and sunshine. She colors outside the lines.  She is a dreamer. She is a collector of moments.  She is all about the story.  Kimberlee completed her MFA in Creative Writing and is currently working toward a M.Ed. in Instructional Design.