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how to keep your photos from sliding out of your pages


Kari here! A few weeks ago I hopped on Facebook Live to share some tips for helping to keep those cards and photos in your Photo Pocket Pages that may be loose or slipping out. While it’s not a widespread problem, we do hear from customers occasionally who have this issue with some of their pages, so we wanted to arm you with options for how you can tighten things up and/or secure them so you can enjoy your albums without concern.

1 – Don’t turn your album upside down!

It might sound simple, but being careful when handling your albums can be an easy fix! What might not be as easy is taming the hands of little ones who may get ahold of your album. *wink*

2 – Washi Tape

Use washi tape to place over the edge of your pocket. This will seal up the edge so nothing slips out. It’s also cute and it can easily be removed without leaving any residue, so if you don’t love the look, you can try something else. We have two colors of washi tape which happen to be on sale right now, plus we have an adorable washi tape booklet available in our shop!

3 – Paper Clips

There are so many cute paper clips available right now. They come in all different shapes and sizes that can add a fun element to your album. The good news is you can also use a plain old silver or gold paper clip!

4 – Chipboard / Wood Veneer

Adding a chipboard or wood veneer element to your card or photo can help tighten up the space within your pocket. This helps to keep things more snugly in place. Many of our Value Kits also come with chipboard or wood veneer shapes!

5 – Tiny Attacher / Mini Stapler

The Tiny Attacher can be found in local craft stores and can be used to seal up the pocket pages with an added fun element. You can also use a standard stapler to produce similar results.

6 – Clear Label

Avery sells clear round labels or full sheet labels that can be used similarly to the washi tape, however they will blend into your pocket pages and make less of a statement.

7 – Foam Dots

Sticking foam dots between two photos / cards can help to add thickness which makes the pocket nice and snug. The best part about using these is that you can’t really see the added element of the foam dots which helps keep your page simple and clean!

8 – Glue Dots / Scor Tape

Adding any type of clear tape or glue dots to the front side of a card or photo will keep them stuck in place, and you won’t even be able to see the adhesive. Doing a quick search you can find the 1/8″ Scor-tape HERE or HERE if you’re interested in that.

9 – Solutions for photos that are not “true” 4×6

If you print your own photos with a Selphy Printer, many people will leave the tabs on the edges of the photos and just trim them to leave a little bit of the tab on. Or, if you prefer to snap off the tabs after printing (or your prints come from your printer just smaller than 4×6), just adhere your photo to the top of a plain 4×6 card.

10 – The Fuse Tool

Don’t be nervous to use the Fuse Tool – it’s a great tool for many things including sealing pockets! Just run the hot tool (with the perforated tip) along the open edge of the pocket (making sure there is room above the cards and photos) to create a seal that will keep your cards in place.

We hope you have found some of these ideas helpful! Click on the video below to see all of these ideas at work!


4 Responses

  1. Sonja says:

    I think it would be awesome if the top slots on pages were side loading instead of top loading. Then nothing would fall out.

    • Jen says:

      I only have side loading pages. Everything falls out as you turn the pages. Definitely think top loading would be better.

  2. Janelle says:

    Yes, that would be great! I know that when my children look at the albums they tend to not handle them as carefully as I do so that is when the photos tend to fall out.

  3. Yvonne says:

    I second the idea of side loading! I use photo pages made by American Crafts and I never have an issue with the photos falling out.