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7 Steps for Custom Pocket

For my brag books I use templated pockets, tags, pages etc. and customized them for each brag book that I make. The customization can be from welding images to adding embellishments or even just decorative paper.

In this post I will show you step by step how to customize a flap or pocket that involves cropping and welding to give a lovely cut out effect. This technique can be used with any item and design element.

Step 1 Item to customize

Once you know what you want to customize, make sure you have resized it to fit your project. There are so many uses for this technique that it is difficult to list them all. I am going to use a narrow pocket and a flower image that can be inserted in a brag book. Your project could be part of a greeting card, scrapbook layout, wall hanging, sign, stencil and more.

Step 2 Design or font to be used

I use designs I create myself as well as designs and fonts from places like Silhouette Design Store, Creative Fabrica (my affiliate link), designs from Google search, Pixabay and more. As mentioned, I am using a flower image.

Some important thing to consider are:

  • Make sure that your font/design is not too delicate as it may rip easily
  • If you font or design is thin, use an offset of about .005 to make it easier to cut.
  • If the design or font is too intricate or small as it may rip while cutting, try to use simpler larger designs
  • Look for smooth curves vs sharp angles

Step 3 Arrange your file

Arrange your items in Silhouette Studio so that you are happy with the finished size of the project. If there are multiple layers like score line, ungroup all layers first.

Step 4 Cut out a space

Next you need to cut into the narrow pocket. To do so you need a size cut out of the pocket that allows your design of the flower to fit in to the space but have a little over lap. I am using a circle to cut out the space I need and it is a tiny bit smaller than the flower design.

Step 5 Subtract

Next, position the circle so that it is in the middle of the pocket. I am using only half of the circle to cut into my pocket as seen in the photo below. Once you are happy with the look of the cutout section, use the subtract feature.

Step 6 Weld

Position the image (flower) in the space created and once you are happy with the result, choose WELD feature.

Step 7 Finish up

Notice that the image of the pocket has no score lines (dashed line) that is because once you use the weld feature, it brings the result to the front. To correct this, send the image (pocket) to the back so that score lines are visible

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Grab the Free Folio Now

Folios are multi use pages that I love! and free files are dear to my heart so put them together: Free Folio can’t be beat! See my Halloween Folio. These folio pages can be used as mini albums, an interactive greeting card with photos, or as I am using them here in the wedding brag book.

To grab your free folio, subscribe below and tell me you want free folio page 4 side 1 or side 2. These will be generic and you can customized them yourself.

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For page four I am using two different folio pages one for each side.

Although these folios are the same as my Halloween layout, they will look different as I customize the flaps and envelopes and also may rearrange the order the pages and flap attach to each other.

Free Folio Page 1

Both free Folios files available for page four have lots of flaps and pages and close like a book. When opened all the way the folio is an impressive 30 inches long!

Since nothing is stuck down, I may still rearrange the flaps and pages to be slightly different from the Halloween Folio. I will only know for sure when I start gluing it all down.

Customize Your Folio

I may add more pockets and tags but in the mean time, the customization done so far is :

  1. With the flap, I use a file from silhouette design store: snapdragon snippets is one of my favourite designers and I used one of her flourishes for the flap.
  2. On the pocket, I use a wedding cake I found on Google for free.The weld technique can be seen here

Free Folio side 2

Like Folio 1, Side two is about 30 inched opened up. Due to the bulk, I may move this page anywhere and swap the layouts with one of the first 3 pages to prevent the brag book becoming too bulky and hence unable to close.

Although this page for side 2 is the same size when opened up, there is slightly more space for photos due to the longer flap. If you wanted even more space,,you could make all the flaps long

Photos of Folio side 2

Again, this folio opened all the way out is huge and has a lot of space for photos and journaling.

More Customization for free folio possible

Seems hard to belief that you can add more to this layout but you will be surprised! In the Halloween layout, I used a slotted inset for tags and in this one I may use a file I have been working on that is super interactive! Pulling tabs that make stuff move gets my blood moving!

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I am also going to sell the entire package soon if that is what you are looking for. Note that you can make your entire brag book with just one layout! does not have to be so many different pages like mine.

Keep crafting and I look forward to finishing pages 5 and 6 so that we can get to the really fun stuff of decorating it all.

Here is a quick look at some of my past pages that you can request the file for free when you subscribe.

  1. Page 1
  2. Page 2
  3. Page 3

Regards

Carolyn

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Easy to Assemble Wedding Template Page 3

Easy to assemble brag book template is just a small part of what this beautiful wedding brag book is all about! These pages are super flexible and adapts to different page sizes. In this case an 8 inch x 8 inch page.

Past Template pages

My halloween brag book was 6.5 by 8.5 and used the same pages. I took the template brag book page and resided to 8×8. Super easy to do.

Super Easy to Assemble

  • Once the temple file is downloaded,
  • The pages can be cut out using a Silhouette or Cricut machine.
  • OR Print the file and use it to trace out and cut your pages
  • All you need is double sided tape or glue and decorative paper to mat the pages.
  • Add Photos and any other embellishments you have.

This brag book is a beautiful gift for any occasion, let them add their own cherished photos and memories.

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Flexible Brag Book Page 3 Side 1

This page 3 is starting to get interactive . For side 1 of page 3 the first page you see is one with a pocket.

Use the template pocket and customize

I used the template pocket file and welded the love birds to personalize it for a wedding album look and feel. The image of the love birds came from a wedding card I purchased on Silhouette Design Store : LOVE BIRDS LAYER CARD by Daniela Angelova.

The flexibility of using these files is that you can add one pocket, 2 pockets or just leave it empty for a large photo.

With the template pockets, you can weld any object or words to create a theme for your occasion. Below is one of the basic template pockets with the word “LOVE” and a heart welded on to it.

second envelope with "love" welded on
Turn the page and the second envelope is on the back of the easy to assemble wedding album brag book

So the first page has the pocket with the birds, it opens to the left and on the backside is another pocket with “LOVE” as seen above.

Attached to this page is another page that has a pull put accordion page.

accordion  page
accordion page in the easy to assemble wedding album brag book

Accordion pull out standing up. I welded the love birds, the word “LOVE” and the heart onto the top of the three different accordion page

Brag Book Page 3 Side 2

This side has an impressive double trifold. The view below is sideways and when opened it will go from top to bottom of the album.

double trifold page
Page 3 side 2 is a double trifold page on the easy to assemble wedding album brag book

This trifold is very impressive!

opened double trifold page
This is a huge pull out in the easy to assemble wedding album brag book

The double trifold page when closed, flips to the right and the 2 page spread has a pocket on the page to the left and a page with 4 panels to the right. The 4 panels open to a large base for a large photo.

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Courage: Childrens Class Idea

We had a children class this past weekend and the theme was Courage. After doing a quick search online I came up with a few ideas. Feel free to download the 2 printable colouring pages and the template to make the courage badge.

First the Colouring page with a quote on Courage set inside a mandala. This I created using my Silhouette cameo software .

Quote on Courage in a mandala
Quote on Courage to colour

The second colouring page is around the concept of being a hero. When we talk about being a hero, we speak about the courage to be different, to stand up for what is just and so on.

Colour in the hero
colour in the shapes

This page has figures I cut out so the kids can choose the “hero” to represent them, and a “Heromobile” of their choice.

The last activity and by far the favorite was to make badge to reward courage. For this I used red felt , a safety pin, various sparkling paper cut into a circle and star, and a tag with courage on it.

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Brag Book 101: Page 6

At Last, At Last! The Last  Page!

Or is it “Alas Alas” ??? I think I just did not want it to end the creative zone I was in.

Coming up with the layout for each side of the page, refining my research and making the file; I just loved the process so much.

It is time to finish up the collection of blog posts and I hope to post my wedding album version soon. I have already decided to make some modifications to the file from this brag book and will share those with you also.

If you would like to review my process making the brag book here are the links

How I Chose the size of the Brag Book

Cover

Page Template

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4 side 1 and Page 4 side 2

Page 5

The last of the six pages.

Paper is running low and Micheals does not have this paper collection in stock.

My solution: I used the gold and silver cardstock that I sprinkled throughout the book and VERY heavily on this last page. I also wanted to add some surprise elements and this page got two.

Page 6, Side 1.

The “Halloween” is cut from gold vinyl and is a file from Miss Kate Cuttables on The Silhouette Design Store that I purchased. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out as I was a little worried it would not cut properly being so delicate.

The photos.

With the folio open from right to left:

  • there is a narrow pocket insert ,
  • then a centre page with 2 flaps closed
  • on the left is a twist and pop card feature that I love.
  • Under the twist and pop feature is a pocket for journalling cards The twist and pop card feature was a fun addition to this page to make and I love the additional interactive dimension it gives. Here is how to make a Twist and Pop Card.

The photo below is the middle section further opened with each flap having a place for a photo or journalling.

Page 6, Side 2

My paper is running low and I am also concerned about the bulk of the album. Will it stay closed? will the pages open correctly?

The Photos

The “BOO” is from Michales: a very lucky find from previous year after Halloween day sale! This page 6 side one is a folio style layout

When opened the right hand side has a double slider card. The “Trick or Treat” quote cut out of vinyl is from the Silhouette Design Store from the artist Megan Hardy Designs

Difficult to photograph this page, but next to the double slider card is a page with pocket insert and a flap. The pocket can hold 3 tags.

tags taken out of pocket

With the flap down, you can see a bit clearer the pocket with tag. and the flap with a pocket on the side.

Flap down with a pocket on the left edge

I am working on the case for this Brag book. Saw something I love so until the next post: subscribe below and tell me which file you would like as i have templates for 99% of what I used.

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CAT CORD ORGANIZER

Still thinking about my cat everyday missing him lots! I have so many crafts to post that are all cat themed , I hope I get to share them all with you!

This craft is best suited for older kids and adults.

The project took me about an hour to complete and I gave the finished product to my daughter for her earbuds: she loved it.

So this cat organizer is made from felt or scrap material. I used 2 colours: white and pink. You can used any colour you choose.

The template that I started with had too many pieces so I made my own and you can download and use it as you choose. My template has two version of the cat to choose from that are slightly different but you only need to cut one version.

Materials

  • 2 colours felt or scrap material
  • needle and thread
  • batting or scrap material to fill shape.
  • magnet or closure of your choice.

Instructions

  • once you choose a version of the cat you like, cut out 2 pieces
cat body cut out.
  • stitch right side facing. In my case there was no right or wrong side.
  • Start stitching from one leg going up to the ears and around.
    leave a space so that you can turn the cat inside out. I use a chopstick to help push the little arms and ear out.
  • You can stitch in the eyes and nose at this point .I did my stitching in the next step. Make sure not to sew both pieces together.
Cat body stuffed with scrap material
cat body turned inside out and stuffed
  • stuff the cat and close the opening.
    attach the tongue piece and add a closing mechanism like a clip or hook. I used a magnet but it is not necessary.
    Sow pink triangles onto ears.
  • stitch in the eyes if you have not already done so.
cat with eyes stitched and tongue attached
almost done.

Wrap your cord around this cutie for safe keeping.

The finished cat is purrrrrfect for wrapping your earbuds around and keeping safe. My daughter is always misplacing heres so I hope this little guy can keep them safe for her

Cat cord organizer
Cat Cord Organizer

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Brag Book 101 Page 5

Last few pages.

Getting to the last few pages and I am wondering if I will need to redo the spine and make it larger? In my research, a number of crafters recommended building the cover and spine last as sometimes the pages take on a life of their own. I totally understand this now as my pages have expanded in scope and bulk.

Looking for the recap for Brag Book 101?

The recently completed page 4 is so bulky pages that one possible solution was to attach it to the inside cover and redo page 4 altogether! That idea lasted only until I found the floating hinge solution from Anne’s paper creations, the technique was in video 12

Love it!

I tried out this floating hinge and the pages open and lie flat! Still, I am limiting the size of these last 2 pages, just to be on the save side.

On To Page 5

Page 5 is back to simplicity. I am using insert Set 4 for Side 1 and one of the accordion layouts for side 2.

The screenshots are below and if you want these files, subscribe below and send me a message and I will send. make sure you tell me which page layout you would like!

Page 5 Side 1 :The gold piece is a pock that will be on the other side of the page it is attached to in the photo. In the photo below, it is the gold that is showing.
Page 5 Side 2 : Accordion folds. I made 4 different files and decided to use the long one on the right

Here are some photos: I am waiting for my magnets to arrive and the mats are attached with paperclips at the moment.

Next step is to cut all the Halloween images I will use.. For pages 1 to 4,  the images were welded on to the pockets and flaps. For this page I will use tags more than pockets and I am not sure exactly what I will do yet.

Pages six is up next and then I will post the entire flip through of the album.

Carolyn

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Folio Page 4 :Best Brag Book

The folio for page 4 side 2 is now all glued together, In this post I will walk you through exactly how this folio opens and mention any changes I made or options for layout.

Recap of Folio

Side 2 of page four is complete: a little final gluing down to be done, but I am OK with that! If you are just getting here and want to see the other pages and templates take a look here:

Use this Folio

  1. The folios can be used in many ways. Side 2 of page 4 can be a stand-alone folio, and so can page 4 side 1.
  2. A lovely mini photo album to give as gifts.
  3. Add your own photos and give as a very elaborate greeting card or
  4. attach as to a page in a brag book: like we are doing here.

This is what it looks like all closed up. You could put a photo here on the cover if you wanted… maybe put a photo mat on top then the photo.

Pages of this Folio

  • Cover for page 4 side 2. The folio is all folded up in the photo below and has a magnetic closure.
  • Next, open it up . The tag “the Witch Night Party ” is a magnetic closure.
  • The large piece front page can also hold a photo if needed folds
  • The cover opens to the left.

Opened Folio up once

  • there is a pocket on the left.I welded on the skull and candles to the pocket. If you would like to try this my post on how to weld items is here.
  • On the right is a flap with a cat tab attached. The cutout pieces are from the scrapbook paper and can be used as spaces to hold notes or small photos.

Opened up twice

The left piece opens and there is a half page with a cutout candelabra, this page could be matted and used for photos or any of the flaps in this insert can be eliminated.

The central panel is a cutout Halloween scene, small tags can be slipped into the cut sections and the oval-shaped moon can be used for a photo… It is not glued down yet (notice the paperclip?) Both candelabra and Halloween scene are cut files from the Silhouette Design store

Let’s open The Folio for the third time

  • The half page on the far left is matted and can be used for photos.
  • Next to this is a page with a flap that has a cat tab attached, this pulls down .
  • For the rest of the pages on the right, the view has not really changed much.

Fully opened Folio: all flaps open

Middle Flap opened

Ok, we are getting to the end of all the flaps and folds…here it is all opened up.

NOTE: it is NOT upside down, it was not 100% glued down and at the very last minute, I changed where i wanted the flaps to be on this last folio page. The template digital files are flexible that way, Changed how the flaps are attached, the number of pages, pockets…each time can be a different look and feel using the same cut files.

My layout when I cut the cardstock was arranged differently, see the post here

Things to note

  • The middle page flips up and the gold “Halloween” cut out file is from Silhouette Design Store.
  • The pocket with skulls (GOLD) can be a flap that folds down instead.
  • The flap on the top has a narrow pocket to hold items.
  • On the right, there are slots for tags that can hold photos…I need to cut the large tags for this.
  • The bottom flap got cut off in the photo…it has a magnetic belly band to hold items.

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Have fun

Carolyn

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Brag Book 101 Page 4

Upwards and Onwards as they say! Page 4 side 1 is complete and I found an owner for it! One of my friends LOVES Halloween is having a  BIG Birthday so … instant gift!

For page 4,  I am using 2-page inset files that I created for my Etsy store and Fiverr . These inserts fold up like folios and can be used as is , attach to a base page or resized to fit on half a page. The inserts are made up of many pages with flaps and folds that you can add envelopes, slots and other goodies to. Although I am decorating the pages in the Halloween theme, it is a template that can be used for any occasion and with any paper.

If you have been following the Brag Book 101 posts, you may remember that I am making a wedding book side by side with this but sizing the files to fit the 8 x8 pre-made book and pages. I will post the finished book at the end as I want the focus to be the construction of this book at then you can all be wowed with the second wedding book!

Here are screenshots of 5 of my digital inserts

These pages fold out and have tons of space for photos and journaling. Remember if you want one of my files let me know and I will send you one when you subscribe.

Insert one for Side one of Page 4

Here are all the pieces cut out of black card stock

This is insert-1 with the mats  …. they are not stuck down as I was still not sure where I wanted my magnets . I was also not sure if I was going to add envelopes/ pockets : This insert set has one envelope attached as shown in the photo with a key to highlight..

Here are the pages with the Halloween theme and my pockets added to the pages

Side 2

As I mentioned, for side 2 of page 4, I am using the layout insert-2. All the inserts fold up like a folio and have a flap that closes it all up. Insert-2  has lots of long flaps so it takes more paper to mat this insert, but it does give you a lot of space for journaling and photos. 

In all of the inserts, flaps can be eliminated if needed and you can have lots of variety for the pages on how they attach, if you add pockets or waterfall pages to the existing layout or not. The only thing to worry about is making sure it does not get TOO bulky!.

Insert 2 cut out of black cardstock

Will finish up the mats and post the finish side 2 of page 4 next time.

My question is this: Will these now all fit in the hinge system I was planning on using? Will they lie flat and be easy to open? I am looking for all ideas and suggestions.

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Weld Images in Silhouette Studio

Before I continue to page 4 of the Brag book, I want to show the simple steps to weld an images with the pocket files I made.

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I had a few request about the pockets files I used in the Brag Book and some of you wanted to know where I got the files. I made the pocket files myself and modified them using images that I purchased from Silhouette Design store or got from other sources like Google and Creative Fabrica

Weld in 6 Easy Steps

  • First of all, open the pocket file in studio and choose the pocket you would like to modify.
  • Next open the image you want to attach and resize it to fit your pocket: I am using the kitty.
  • Ungroup any score line
  • Arrange your images: note if you move your image around, make sure you keep the score line together with image
  • Choose weld (its on top tool bar and loos like a rectangle with a circle attached) and image will weld together and become one image.
  • Reattach score line as necessary. (the score line may have moved to the back so send the pocket to the back and score lines will now be on top)

AND….. That is all there is to weld any image together. It is the same for any of the pockets and tags in my brag book : 6 very easy steps.

See how weld is used in past pages

Go here to access my Brag Book Pg 1

Go here to access my Brag Book Pg 2

Go here to access my Brag Book Pg 3

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Carolyn

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