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I'm new to project life and would like to start trying! I've begin to start taking photos of my everyday life and have a system in my iphone to keep track of the photos by day and the notes to each day. However, the planning parts sounds like quite alot of work to go through!

How long do you spend to collate the notes and write/plan them on your notebook? And how long then do you spend to complete the 2 pages in your album?

Thank you! Love this class to get me started!

@bostonheart - you can use your finger or any stylus made for the ipad. =)

How do you write on the ipad while using the Clibe app? Their pictures show some sort of pen.

hi! here's a link to the app's website : http://myclibe.com/ - i believe it's only available for ipads.

just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm about the class - i can't wait to get to work on the next lesson!

hi! here's a link to the app's website : http://myclibe.com/ - i believe it's only available for ipads.

just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm about the class - i can't wait to get to work on the next lesson!

i can't find the app MyClibe. is that the correct spelling? can you link me? Thanks!

Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // January
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Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // January
part of class 2012: Captured with Lisa Truesdell
by gluestickgirl
posted 01/15/12
Galleries: Scrapbooking

Project Life can make the ordinary extra ordinary. This year long style of scrapbooking, developed by Becky Higgins, is a reminder to record the everyday. It's a perfect place for photos and quotes that aren't quite enough for a layout of their own, as well as memorabilia that helps tell the complete story of your daily life. If you're ready to capture 2012, join Garden Girl Lisa Truesdell on the 15th of each month for a year's worth of tips on using your favorite products, staying organized, and letting your style shine through in your album.

2012 : Captured // January

Hi Peas! I'm thrilled to be bringing you the first lesson in my year long class, 2012 : Captured. I just wrapped up my first year doing Project Life, and it absolutely changed the way I look at memory keeping. While I still do plenty of traditional layouts, Project Life lets me capture more of my family's story.

The beauty of a year long scrapping project is that it can be whatever you want it to be. Some do daily photos, others take a week long approach, and some look at it monthly. You'll know what's right for you. I do each two page spread as an overview of a week, but the product and organization tips and tricks I'm sharing will work no matter how you structure your album.

For our first class, I'm joined by two talented scrappers - Kelly Noel & Allison Waken - who are both taking on their first Project Life album. They're both off to an amazing start and I can't wait to see their continued progress! You can see more from both of them in their 2peas galleries and on their blogs :
Kelly Noel // gallery [twopeasinabucket.com] - blog [kellynoel.typepad.com]
Allison Waken // gallery [twopeasinabucket.com] - blog [allisonwaken.com]

Labels :
Hands down, labels are one of my favorite scrapbooking supplies - so they were a natural fit for my first product focus! They come in many different forms - stickers, die cuts, stamps & even digital. They're a fun way to add a little pop of color, and you can find them in a variety of styles - from plain jane office supply labels to ones with fun borders or printed patterns. Labels are a staple on my scrapbook pages and that love continued right into my Project Life album! This week, I challenged myself to show the versatility of labels, and used them in a few different ways :

  • A “hello” label sticker was the perfect embellishment for a photo welcoming the new year - I also layered a plain label with chipboard stickers to write out the year.

    I layered a date label sticker with washi tape and patterned to dress up the empty space on a journaling card.

    A large label sticker is the perfect place to add journaling on a photo.

    Some journaling cards (this one is by Elle's Studio - keep your eye on the shopping section ;) have labels as part of their design - I simply stamped a title for my card right in that space!

    A label sticker makes the perfect background for an embellishment that might get lost on busy patterned paper.

    Layered label stickers give you a little more room to write your journaling.

    I punched stars in a label sticker and backed it with contrasting patterned paper - love that it adds a little extra interest to the journaling card without added bulk.

    Many label stickers come printed with phrases or designs - it's easy to find one that compliments your photo.

    A digital label + journaling can be added to a photo before you even print it - I like to add a bit of stitching for dimension.

    A large label sticker layered over a patterned paper background makes the perfect place for a quote or story.

    I love to use a typewriter to add text to my label stickers - I just run the whole sheet through it.


These are just a few ideas - be sure to check out Allison and Kelly's project to see how they used labels! I LOVE how Allison divided a large label between a few of the pockets - I can't wait to try that in my own album. Kelly used letter stickers on a lot of her labels - I think I need to add more small alphabets to my stash so I can do the same.

note taking :

In the past year, I've realized that my most important resource in keeping up with Project Life is taking notes. As much as I'd love to stay current, life happens. To be honest, even when i *am* current, I sometimes can't keep track of what all happened during the week!

I've learned that a variety of methods work for me. I keep notes on the run with the Momento app on my phone - I love that it also pulls in my photos from instagram and any Facebook or twitter updates that I do. I also tend to do a brain dump at the end of the day on my ipad - I use the MyClibe app, which is basically an electronic notebook. When I'm ready to start working on the week, I go through the notes on both of these, look through through any memorabilia that I've kept for the week, peek at my husband's Facebook page for any good stories, and then start organizing them by day. I do this with a good old fashioned notebook and pen. For each day, I jot down a quick note and info on what sort of photo or keepsake I have to go with it. From there, I draw up my week and start plugging in stories - at this point, I start editing and making decisions about what photos to use and what size to print them. Having these notes mean I can pull together my information whether it was last week or six months ago.

I asked a couple of friends how they take notes for Project Life :

from Bridgette Truong
: “I realized last year doing PL that I sometimes forgot about the pictures on my phone (and I am really bad at uploading them to my computer). I try to take a few minutes every day or so to type a few notes in about the last few days (using the date as the title) and to attach phone pictures to the corresponding days. When I look at my account on the Evernote website on my computer, I know which phone pictures I need, and can jot down a few notes on a journaling card. And I don't even have to use my phone for notes-I can also just type them directly into the website. I also have a tendency to let a few weeks go by before I actually do a week in my Project Life, so having a visual reminder (my notes on the website) is perfect for me. Evernote has so many features I am just now discovering-I know that there will be more useful features for Project Life.” You can see more from Bridgette here at 2peas [twopeasinabucket.com] or on her blog [bridgettetruong.typepad.com].

from Lexi Bridges : “This is my first time attempting Project Life and I quickly learned I would need a central place to record details. You see, my scrap space is in the basement and it is a rare that I get to head down there during the daylight hours! I found this cheap & zig zaggy calendar at Target and it works perfect. I keep it upstairs and use it ONLY for project life. When I have a spare moment I jot down any quote or the happenings of the day, as well as a note if I have a photo to go with. Then when I have some time, I can take the calendar with me to my scrap room and it helps to jog my memory while I am working on the week.” You can see more of Lexi's work here at 2peas [twopeasinabucket.com] or on her blog [lexi-bridges.blogspot.com].

My January guests, Kelly Noel & Allison Waken, are both sharing their note taking techniques on their projects as well - be sure to check them out!

To carry on with our note taking theme, Two Peas Digital Designer Erica Hernandez [twopeasinabucket.com] is going to be offering a FREE digi kit filled with items to help your organize your daily notes. Look for it on Tuesday!

Your challenge: Begin your own note-taking system and share your project life layouts! When you do, you'll earn a 2012: Captured badge and enter to win a $10 gift certificate. You have through February 14th to play along with this month's lesson!

Thank you all for joining me for 2012 : Captured! I'll see you on February 15th with a new product focus and more tips on staying organized and staying on top of your year long project!
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