Hey everyone! I'm so excited to host this month's mixed media challenge for Rachel Jefferies! Who can resist the lure of a pocket!? When I was a paper scrapbooker, I loved creating pages with pockets in which I could put tickets and other memorabilia of the event I was scrapping. I made mini books with pockets in which I could place things so that I would remember events. It’s no wonder that full pocket page layouts are still popular! So, for our February challenge, we are going to play around with pockets. And, since this is a mixed-media/artsy challenge, we’re going to add some mixed media flare! Your challenge is to create a page which includes a pocket – just one pocket. You must stuff that pocket full of goodies – papers, flowers, leaves, ephemera, photos, lace, ribbon, etc., and one of those items must be a heart! You must have a minimum of 10 items in your pocket. Please list your items in the forum thread when you post it. I also want to see at least 3 layers behind the pocket – think paper, gesso, paint, stamps … anything you could splash onto the page before adhering the pocket. Please list your items in the forum thread when you post it. Totally lost? Here’s a Pinterest Board for your inspiration. Our fabulous Rachel made an absolutely GORGEOUS multi-layer pocket for us to use. You do not have to use this pocket, but it’s here if you want it. Download here or by clicking the image below. RULES RECAP: The rules are as follows: 1. Create a layout using one, and only one, pocket on your page. 2. You must have at least 3 layers behind the pocket – think paper, gesso, paint, stamps, etc. Please list your items in the challenge thread when you post. 3. You must stuff the pocket with a minimum of 10 different items (ephemera, photos, flowers, leaves, papers, etc.), one of which must be a heart. Please list your items in the challenge thread when you post. 4. Decorate the front of the pocket. No requirements here, just have fun. 5. Photos are optional. Full page pocket pages are not allowed for this challenge. 6. Title, journaling, etc., is up to you. The Creative Team had a blast making examples for you. Here are few layouts to inspire you! First, from Rachel! My pocket contains: 2 different pre-made mixed media stacks, 1 label, 2 different paper piece strips, 1 star element, 1 flower sequins, 1 star confetti, 1 plastic button and 1 painted canvas heart Behind my pocket: collage from photo ready paper, paper strip, stitching, messy scribbles, stamps and date stamp. Ann-Sofie Behind there is 1 green pain, 1 brown paint, 1 crayon circle, teared paper and a stamp. In the pocket there is 5 foliage’s/grass, 1 confetti, 1 color chart, 1 ticket, 1 tag, 1 paper stripe and 1 heart. alinalove in my pocket i have heart, butterfly, rainbow, string, ribbon, sequin scatter, star sequins, color swatch, paper foliage, 3 balloon strings. behind my pocket i have 1 foliage, paint, stamps, wordart, paper piece, markings, golden sequins scatter. Marilyn (a/k/a mcurtt) Behind the pocket: fish, vertical paint at base of pocket, background paper, conch stamp, splatter. In the pocket: 2 photos, 1 sea plant, 1 paper snips, 1 flower (with button), 2 different fish, 1 tag, 3 ephemera pieces, 1 messy thread. And my own example: My pocket contains: 1 card, 1 tag, 1 stitched heart, 3 pieces of dried foliage, 4 paper pieces, 1 paper heart, 1 ribbon, 1 flower, 1 mixed media stack. Behind my pocket: stamps, paints, gesso, stitches Additional Challenge Requirements: * Your layout must be comprised of 100% Rachel Jefferies products; 90% must be currently available in her store. You may use up to 10% of retired products. * You may use items from Mixed Media Monthly collections of which Rachel was a part. * Upload your layout to the Rachel Jefferies Designs Gallery at TLP and list the products used in your credits. * For your challenge entry to be counted, you MUST upload your finished layout to this thread. Please link your thread to your gallery image as it helps us leave love on your layout (and, validate your project). * No double-dipping…your layout must be used for this challenge only, no others. You must create a new layout for this challenge. * This challenge will remain open through the end of 28th February, 2022. Prizes: Two lucky artists will be randomly drawn to win an $8 coupon to Rachel Jefferies shop.