Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Keep a Poem in your Pocket

Keep a Poem in your Pocket
Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

Keep a poem in your pocket

And a picture in your head
And you'll never feel lonely
At night when you're in bed.

The little poem will sing to you

The little picture bring to you
A dozen dreams to dance to you
At night when you're in bed.

So - -

Keep a picture in your pocket
And a poem in your head
And you'll never feel lonely
At night when you're in bed.

Ahhh...this brings me back to my teaching days and reading poetry to my kindergarteners and first graders.  Isn't that a sweet little poem?  Whenever I see a denim jean pocket, I think of this poem.    Did you notice the denim pocket in the inspiration kit?  I did right away.  I thought about finding an old pair of jeans to cut out the pocket for my kit, but I (of course...Murphy's Law) just cleaned out everyone's drawers.  Not an old pair of jeans to be found.  
No problem!  I can even counterfeit clothing...well, the pocket at least.  One of my favorite sheets of paper in my whole collection of patterned paper is from Basic Grey from their Lauderdale collection called "Bandana" as shown below.   I bought one sheet last year at Scrapbook Expo and used every last scrap of it.  After a brief bout of paper withdrawal, I purchased a pack of 25 sheets off of ebay which was the perfect elixir.  It's so versatile it has been in many kits I've counterfeited and has made an appearance in many a layout.

Here's a little tutorial on making your own denim pocket.  I used my fave paper, but I also provide some suggestions for distressing some regular paper to achieve the same look in case you don't have a denim in your stash.  And of course, your pocket could be plaid, striped or even chevron!
First I made a simple template.

Next, I traced it onto my favorite paper.


And here's my pocket.  Now, if you don't have denim paper...

I used some blue textured cardstock that I distressed a bit.  You can decide if you want them acid washed or stone washed :)

I used some Tim Holtz Denim Blue distess ink...

and then some TH Old Paper Distress Ink.

Last, I added some stitching using yellow thread for a realistic effect.  You can get fancy with zig zag stitches and even some bling, but I was going more for a classic Levi's look.

Here are the two versions of my pockets.

I made a mini version of a pocket for a layout about my Dad for the Whimsical Musings Challenge and CKC Mini Challenge #1.

Seemed like the perfect little addition to ground my cluster of flags, a cloud and a flower.

Hmmmmmm...what will you put in your pocket?


  1. What a lovely way to remember a special person and I love your little pocket

  2. Love your tutorial!!! Both versions are super cute. Layout is awesome too!!!! Yay!!!! xoxo

  3. Aren't you so creative! Adore your little pocket full of memories on your delightful page. It's totally perfect and I love the use of the denim paper for this. I have a sheet of denim look in mine too (it's a Simple Stories one and is the B-side) so you never know, I might just lift this idea!
    Thanks so much for joining in on this challenge x2! And I love that you did the layout about your dad. so sweet to get this story down.


  4. I just love every little detail on this stunning page - total favorite is the little "our history" tag to the side of your sweet little pocket full of happy, JUST like a Levi's tag! So clever :~D Great tutorial to take the mystery out of such a versatile page accent. *sigh* PS - I took a double take at the photo - you look like Timmy with girl hair, lol! Your dad was such a special gift to you, as evidenced again with your story.

  5. Oh thanks for the how-to on the denim pockets. It sure is a fitting addition to that page - nicely done.

  6. Great pocket - the stitching is the perfect finishing touch - adding interest to a lovely page

  7. Cute pocket. It reminds me of a stamp set that I have of a pocket. You can put so many things in there. Great idea.

  8. Great little pocket!! Love page!