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The BackStory: Welcome Oliver!

To me, the memory or story is the most important thing when I’m scrapbooking. We recently welcomed our third baby, another sweet boy, into our family and I wanted to create a layout that told the story of his birth. You will see below that by using the 3×4 Pocket Cards from Pen Pals and Hello Sunshine to create a fold out booklet on my layout, I was able to include some extra photos and journaling to help tell my story.


If you untie the soft ribbon bow, it will reveal a mini booklet that folds out to show more of the story and a couple of extra photos. This story was one that required more than a few words but I didn’t want to fill my page up with journaling and I prefer to have some hidden away.


This way I was able to write the facts and also some of our feelings on the day, such as how calm and peaceful it was. I also added in some of his birth statistics to complete the story.



To make this booklet from the 3×4 Pocket Cards, I first folded a 4″ strip of cardstock accordion style. I knew I wanted 5 panels so I used two strips, as you can see in the picture below:


I adhered them together to create one longer strip and adhered the back panel to my layout. Then I added a pocket card to each panel and embellished!


Did you know that the Pen Pals collections is actually perfect for scrapbooking photos of a new addition? There are so many sweet phrases and sentiments that fit perfectly for new arrivals! I’ve layered some of them in little clusters as the perfect page accents!



I’m so happy that I’ve recorded this story already. It’s so ¬†important to me that my children get an insight into these stories and I’m so hoping that they love to read and re-read them when they are older! I hope I’ve given you an idea of how to include those longer stories on your layouts using 3×4 pocket cards!

Collections Used: Pen Pals, Hello Sunshine


One Response to "The BackStory: Welcome Oliver!"

  • jean marmo
    April 30, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    This is just wonderful ! Love the fold out part!