My first pocket scrapbooking page!

see ya, 2013 by Lisa Spangler

Well here it is, my first ever pocket scrapbooking page that I’ve actually posted. I’m kinda nervous about showing you this thing. But here goes!

see ya, 2013 by Lisa Spangler

I played with some brush script as I’ve been practicing for the upcoming Studio Calico Life | Scripted class where I’m gonna be one of the contributors. I’ll actually be doing cards for the class. (So if you’re not a PLer or you hate this then never fear! lol!)

see ya, 2013 by Lisa Spangler

I’ve been practicing brush script for a few years now but I didn’t do it for a bit and I’ve gotten rusty. I even had a class on Japanese caligraphy once! Just loved it.

Anyhow, I took these photos on my last walk of 2013, thinking about how far I’ve come with my leg. For those who don’t know, I’ve had three surgeries on the thing to fix a torn ACL. It’s been an uphill battle. But I’m not giving up! In any kind of weather, I’m out there walking when I can. Even if it’s not a good day, I still go slow. This last walk of 2013 was an awesome one. The kind where it feels good to be alive. And I wanted to remember that. Plus I felt like this was a good page to start with.


  • Studio Calico handbook with a 6×8 page protector
  • Brush and black gouache, on regular white cardstock
  • Glittery giant brad thing from an old Studio Calico kit — sorry don’t know what one!
  • BasicGrey vellum tape

My Process

I wanted to start with the biggest page that’s in the Handbook (6×8″) since that’s the most intimidating for me as a cardmaker. The pockets are so much easier! I have some pockets done to share too! But next I’ll be sharing a card. :)

First I printed out the photos in a strip, then placed on on the page (but didn’t adhere it). Then I practiced writing “see ya, 2013” a few times on scratch paper and then went for it on the cardstock.

Next I added some BasicGrey vellum tape to give a little pop of color — but not too much. Love how the numbers in the vellum go with the miles and the “2013”! Then I adhered the photo and added the giant brad thingy to anchor it. And that was that!

I mostly like how it turned out — but the main thing is that I’m really happy to have that moment preserved. xo

14 Replies to “My first pocket scrapbooking page!”

  1. LOVE. And your brush script is beautiful. I used to do Chinese calligraphy and it’s the same concept. Sort of. I will be trying my hand at English now! LOL!

  2. It’s awesome, Lisa!!! Love your brush script – looks fantastic! Perfect subject to start your Project Life with! Can’t wait to see more! ♥

  3. . . .forgot to say I’m so glad your knee is getting better!

  4. I love how your script turned out, and well done on your first PL page!

  5. Fabulous job with the script! Good to hear your knee is slowly getting better. Hang in there!

  6. Can’t tell you how much this inspires me! Wish I could do that Script. Need to take more time in life to work on projects like this for me!

  7. WOW…super love.

  8. Way to go Lisa!
    I love it and hope you’ll share more pages soon with us ;)

  9. Love your PL Title Page, Lisa! Truly looking forward to your year of PL to see if I should do a smaller album as well. I totally agree on the “intimidation” factor and limited digital and computer skills… lacking the time!

    Thanks for sharing your supplies list as well. I love the $3.00 price…

    Sorry to hear of your ACL issue. Keep praying for our daughter every X-C season.


  10. Really a great page Lisa! I love your brush script on there!

  11. Just gorgeous – love the whole look! Can’t wait to see more.

  12. janet Wilson says:

    Brilliant, Lisa – just love the handwritten sentiment :)

  13. Love the bold strokes of your handwriting! The colors and elements are absolutely perfect with the lettering and black ink droplets! So artsy and fun!

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