When you get your hands on a new product that you love, it's hard not to find more and more ways to use it up, right? I'm back to share another way to incorporate the gorgeous new Merino wool felt by creating a few simple pockets for your scrapbook or mini albums. These are simple ways to add some texture and touch-ability to your album while also making space for photos or journaling spots you want to include that might not fit into traditional photo sleeves.
My first idea is to hand-stitch a piece of wool felt onto a postcard or thicker piece of card stock. The postcard I used here came from Life Love Paper and was perfect for this kind of option because it's thick enough to keep the pocket from warping but not so thick that I can't stitch through it. You could easily use a piece of chipboard covered in your favorite scrapbook paper as well. I used a 2' length of embroidery floss and an embroidery needle, tied a knot at one end of the floss, and then starting from the back of the postcard, stitched all the way around three sides as shown before tying another knot and trimming my end on the back side. To cover my knots, I covered the back side of the postcard with another piece of scrapbook paper and trimmed my edges carefully.
The next option was to cut down a photo pocket page from the Monroe photo sleeve. I added papers to the outer two squares and then stapled a piece of felt across the outside of the sleeve along three edges. This creates a side pocket for tucking larger photos in from the side that overlap with the pocket squares. I made sure to add journaling on the back of the photo because it is visible from the back, too. I stapled it on, but you could also hand-stitch or machine stitch those edges.
The third option is just as easy. Use a full sheet of the Merino wool felt and fold it in half. Then use a blanket-stitch to stitch up the sides. The wool felt is stronger and more dense than the felt you'll find at most hobby stores because it's a much higher quality. So you don't have to worry about it stretching out or losing shape easily. It was easy to punch holes through and makes for a sturdy pocket for this batch of personal photos from years ago that I want to include but don't want to reprint to fit specific photo pocket pages.
I'm all about the simple add-ins that go a long way in my albums, but think of all the ways you could incorporate embroidery skills or hand cut letters and shapes onto the front of your felt pockets! Have you been experimenting with felt, too? I'd love to see how you've used it in your own scrapbooks! –Rachel