Let’s make library pockets that we can use in our journals!

When I made my Owl Journal I mentioned the importance of adding at least one pocket on the inside of each notebook cover. If you don’t have those plastic corners you can make your own Library Book Pockets. I like the old fashioned feel of this form, but you can also use small envelopes or fold your own paper pocket of course!

My own library pocket - with dinosaurs! (Photo by iHanna - Hanna Andersson)

If you have a pocket in your paper stash carefully take it apart and copy its form to a new paper. Then cut it out, glue it together and adhere to your inside cover. Easy and fun project. If you haven’t got a template, see link below.

Small library pocket idea by iHanna (Photo Hanna Andersson

I like to use all kinds of papers when I create my pockets. Painted papers or leftover vintage book pages cut from altered books – especially if they’ve got fun patterns or illustrations. Recycled papers, hello! Library pocket dinosaurs, anyone?

Also, you could use yellow envelope paper for that authentic library look…

My own library pockets  - ideas by iHanna of www.ihanna.nu (Photo Hanna Andersson

What ever you do, be sure to add a pocket to the inside of your next notebook, journal and DIY calendar – before you even start using it. In this way you’ll always have somewhere to tuck in extra stickers, labels, receipts or business cards.

Pocket Inspiration Links

My library pockets - ideas by iHanna of www.ihanna.nu

  • Templates from Creature Comforts – such pretty designs. Includes pdf-files with library pocket, standard card and gift card!
  • Michelle’s Pockets – a look into various journal pages using pockets – great inspiration here!
  • Scrapfriend’s Library Card Pocket Album – isn’t this project cute?