3 Easy Ideas for Shaker Pockets

I don’t know about you, but interactive elements on scrapbook layouts are always so fun. I love to see my family flicking through the pages of my scrapbooks and randomly shaking a page or pulling out some hidden journaling.

Here are 4 layouts featured in this article, all use different types of shaker pockets.

Shaker pockets are a great way to use up those sequins and even left over die cuts or if you have a cutting machine you could cut or punch some shapes from coloured card that could be added to the shaker pockets too.

As someone who started scrapbooking with project life that is always how I think of shaker pockets. As sequins poured in to an empty slot on a layout and fused shut with a WRMK fuse tool or stuck shut with sticky tape.

Example of a shaker pocket in a project life spread, it has been sealed with a fuse tool.

But there are so many fun ways to add shaker pockets to your scrapbook layouts – here are three techniques that require limited supplies to produce an awesome effect on your 12×12 or A4 layouts.

1. Vellum Shaker Pockets

These are super easy to make and you can make them in lots of different shapes. I start with two pieces of vellum cut to the same size/shape you could use a die cutting machine to do this. (HINT: if you don’t have vellum use tracing paper). I place the two cut shapes on top of each other and seal the edges leaving a gap to add sequins – there are a number of ways to do this – I have a sewing machine so I am a fan of stitching the sides, but you could use washi tape, hand stitching or cellotape.

Example of a vellum shaker pocket, stitched around the edge with a sewing machine.

2. Left Over Packaging Shaker Pockets

This one is uber cheap and easy and you could have a huge shaker pocket or a tiny one dependent on the packaging available to you, plus it’s a much better use for the packaging than throwing it in the bin. this can be as simple as opening the empty packaging, pouring in the sequins, using the adhesive on the packaging or a small piece of tape to keep the sequins contained! You could add your photograph in to the packaging too, or a piece of pattern paper to give the sequins a fun background.

Example of a packaging shaker pocket, the edge has been sealed with hand stitching (could just as easily have been stuck down behind the shaker with tape. It includes punched shapes.

3. Foam and Acetate Shaker Pockets

This is perhaps the most involved, you can cut out some shapes of pattern or plain paper and acetate to the same size. Use foam tape cut to a smaller size to stick to the edge of the cut out paper shape, add sequins in the gap and stick the acetate on the top. You might like to add a boarder to the shaker pocket to hide the visible foam edge. Using frames from die cut sets to do this is a really easy way to get a cool finished shaker pocket with minimum difficulty.

Example of an acetate and foam shaker pocket as a window in a 12×12 layout.

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