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Pocket Cards Gift Set

Pocket-style scrapbooking isn’t really a new thing, but it has gained popularity over the past few years. Essentially it is the same thing as color-blocking. A few of my friends and family members have embraced this method of scrapbooking, so I thought it would be fun to create a custom gift set using the Retro Fresh Suite (US/CA) by Stampin’ Up!

Here’s a pattern for the 8 -1/2" x 11" cardstock.

Here’s a pattern for the 6" x 12" cardstock.

You should end up with something that looks like this. I used the Chevron and the new Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to emboss some of the smaller cards.

Next, I went wild stamping and die cutting anything that was related to the theme. Some of the stamp sets I used included Peachy Keen, Starburst Sayings, and Just Sayin’.

I used Soft Suede Cardstock to make a box to put everything in.

I put the stamped and die cut images into Cellophane Bags; then I added coordinating Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape, Linen Thread, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Finally I decorated the lid to give it the perfect finishing touch.

Here’s what it looked like when I was finished.

Now you give it a try! And you don’t have to use the Retro Fresh Suite. Try pocket-style scrapbooking with any of the fabulous coordinated suites by Stampin’ Up!


Connie Collins
2013–14 Artisan Design Team Member


  • Terry Christoffersen

    Feb 07

    Absolutely a fabulous gift idea!

  • Janet Mills

    Feb 07

    Great project! Thanks for sharing.

  • Bobbi Mangas

    Feb 07

    Connie, I love this. I plan on doing a May Class around this project!!! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing creativity!!

  • Debbie HORTON

    Feb 07

    Great gift idea!!!

  • Pam Strobel

    Feb 07

    Thanks for GOING WILD Connie, your gift set is amazing, such a candy store of goodies!

  • Tandra Boyer _Demo

    Feb 07

    OMGosh this is truly awesome!!! Thankyou for sharing!!!!

  • Terri Orr

    Feb 07

    This is a great gift idea. Thanks for the details--really, really cute!

  • Karen Parker

    Feb 07

    LOVE IT! I just wish SU still had the divided page protectors! Wish I could find some!

  • Theresa

    Feb 07

    Love this idea. I use project life sheets to scrapbook with since Stampin Up no longer carries the pocket sheets. I will be using this post to make some cards to add to those sheets. Love your post

  • Thelma

    Feb 07

    I am so inspired. Looks absolutely gorgeous. Will make a couple of these for gifts.

  • Mercedes Weber

    Feb 07

    Oh WOW! Connie! This is serious cutness!

  • Sharon Verbeem

    Feb 07

    What a great idea. This would be a perfect little "Sisters' Weekend" scrappy gift. Thanks so much, I'm doing this! ( hope my sister isn't reading this )

  • Engraved Card Holders

    Feb 07

    Engraved Clocks with Frame, Engraved Card Holders and Engraved Photo Frame is perfect gift for professional recognition, wedding, anniversaries, retirements, friend’s birthday and more.

  • Jeanna

    Feb 07

    Love this

  • Frenchie

    Feb 07

    Yep great idea kris !!!!!

  • Michele Zygmunt

    Feb 07

    Wow! This is awesome. Thanks for sharing the details.

  • Jen Timko

    Feb 07

    Brilliant, Connie!! What a wonderful gift (for them or for yourself!).

  • Wendy Cranford

    Feb 07

    This is beautiful! What a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Phyllis Strickland

    Feb 07

    This is an awesome project! A perfect gift for a scrapbooker or cardmaker.

  • Emilie

    Feb 07

    I love the idea !!! It's a great handmade gift. Thanks for sharing

  • Mayra

    Feb 07

    I love this idea and thank you so much for the measurements! How many 12x12 pages is this supposed to create?

  • Wendie

    Feb 07

    Wow! I love this project. This would also be great for card making.