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I noticed you used momento app. love that app so useful. a quick question is their a collage option in photoshop not light room? I'd like to make some 4x6 collages to get the most out of my printing since I don't print at home.

I am relatively new to lightroom and didnt' realize i could print from there. I have been importing to ps to print. THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU.

love all of these ideas...TFS

Great tips! I have a few punches that are my staples but now I can use more of them more often! Thanks!

Nice job!

Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // February
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Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // February
part of class 2012: Captured with Lisa Truesdell
by gluestickgirl
posted 02/15/12
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 // February

Hi Peas! Welcome to the February edition of 2012 : Captured. I'm happy to be back and sharing another set of tips and tricks for your year long scrapping project. This month, I'll be sharing ways to use one of my favorite tools, punches, in your album, as well as giving you a look into how I put my pages together each week.

I'm joined again by two fabulous guests, Heathyr Hintz & Michelle Lanning, and they'll both be giving you a peek into their process + how they use punches as well. They both caught my eye right here in the two peas gallery - I was totally drawn in to Heathyr's unique take on this project and Michelle's bright and happy style. I'm finding a ton of inspiration in what they turned in, and I hope you will too!! You can find their pages on the 2012 : Captured home page [] - please stop by their projects and join me in telling them thank you for contributing! If you'd like to see more of their work, you can find them here :
Heathyr Hintz : blog [] // 2peas gallery []
Michelle Lanning : blog [] // 2peas gallery []

Punches :

Punches + Project Life = a match made in heaven. When I need an embellishment that won't add any bulk, punches are my go to item. Since they're a pricier tool, I tend to buy shapes that I know I'll use again and again so I can get my value out of them. I also love to try to find new ways of using them on my projects - here are a few of my favorites :

1. punch a window + add confetti :
It's no secret that I'm confetti obsessed - and here's a fun way to add it to a journaling card. I used a Martha Stewart all over the page snowflake punch to create a window, then backed the journaling card with a piece of transparency. I punched some confetti (the EK Success swiss cheese punch is an ESSENTIAL if you're a confetti addict) then added it between the transparency and the punched window before stitching the transparency in place. I added another transparency to the front of the card and added even more confetti - because in my mind, there's no such thing as too much when confetti is concerned!

2. use it as a mask :
Punches are one of my go to items for creating masks to use with spray mists. I punched two clouds out of scrap cardstock and arranged them on my journaling card, and then misted over them with gray mist.

3. call out a detail :
When working with small photos in an album, it's not always easy to see details. For this photo, I wanted to call attention to the snowball remains on my window. I punched a small circle, then punched a larger one around it, then added it to my photo. It brings the eye right to the spot that I want you to look!

4. use a border punch to make a banner :
Here's a fun tip that I came across while playing around with a new border punch - use your punch along the side of your paper, then use the decorative edge as a guideline to cut strips of paper. You end up with banners, or journaling strips with a deco edge, with very little effort. I used this trick on a couple of different journaling strips on my page.

5. alter a journaling card :

I LOVE premade journaling cards - but sometimes there's something on them that doesn't quite fit the theme I'm going for. On this one, I covered up a Valentine's Day motif with some punched stars.

6. stack two tabs :
There are a lot of punches out there that are the perfect place to add a few words about your photo. If you need a little more space, try layering two or more shapes so you have that extra room!

7. punch confetti :

Yes. Another tip involving confetti. ;) When I first started my confetti obsession, I quickly realized that a hand punch was NOT going to cut it. I found the EK Success Large Swiss Cheese border punch in my punch basket and had an AHA moment. This punch lets me punch a LOT of multi sized circles at once. I use it on scraps and keep the confetti in a little bowl on my desk. When I want to use it directly on a page, rather than behind a window, I either coat the whole area with mod podge and sprinkle it on (the quick way) or I glue it piece by piece with a glue pen (I do this when I need more control - or in a situation where my background would be ruined by mod podge).

8. stack shapes :

I started this card with the row of punched circles. It was nice, but nothing special. I added the punched medallions - and then decided to punch a small star out of the middle of each. I kept it monochromatic so it wouldn't be too busy - but contrasting colors would be super cute as well.

9. stamp a journaling spot :
Stamp the paper of your choice with any journaling stamp and then punch it out - voila, you've got a custom journaling block to go with any photo.

10. look at it in a new way :
You don't have to use a punch as is - find new ways to use it. The banners from this medallion punch work well on their own. I frequently cut circles or doily shapes in half to make a custom scallop border. Turn it upside down, crop off an edge, layer it with other shapes - if you play with a punch for long enough, you're sure to discover new uses!

11. add a border :
I find that border punches fall into my most used punches pile. They're a perfect way to break up straight lines or to bring in a bit of contrasting color to a project. Here, I've used a zig zag border punch to visually join my photo and my journaling card.

12. use the negative :
The next time you use a punch, rather than punch paper and add it TO your project, try punching your shape right into the background and adding contrasting paper behind. I love the depth this technique can add - it was a perfect fit for this journaling card.


Planning it out // How I work on a week :

Last month [], I talked about note taking and how it helps me stay on top of this project. It seems only natural to move on to talking about how I actually plan it all out once I'm ready to work on a week!

1. gather photos :
Once I'm ready to work on a week, I sit down with my notes and pull up all of the photos that I took. I use Adobe Lightroom to edit / print my photos - and for this step, I use their quick collection option. It pulls all of the photos I want to look at into a virtual folder.

2. combine photos and notes :
Once I know what photos I have on hand, I go back to my notes and start planning which ones I want to include and what size I'll want to print them. At this point, I also note where I want to add journaling and if I've collected any memorabilia over the week.

3. pare down photos :

This is the step where I really love Lightroom - I start going through the photos and taking the ones I don't plan on using out of my quick collection. I love that it's one click and that I don't have to actually MOVE the photos. This is where I get rid of duplicate views or photos that don't tell a story. My goal is to get down to what I really want to include in my week.

4. outline :
Once I know what photos I want to include, I finalize what SIZE I want them to be. I make an outline of the week and assign each photo to a space - I don't worry about what will actually end up where, just what size pocket it will eventually be in.

5. Print :
I print my photos at home, and print straight from Lightroom. I group my photos onto an 8.5x11 sheet of photo paper and try to take advantage of that space! If I have 4x6s that I'll be printing, I do those alone on 4x6 photo paper.

6. Ready to go :
My photos are printed. My notes are complete. I've narrowed down my memorabilia. It's time to get going!

7. Lay it all out :
I trim my photos, then get out my page protectors and start arranging. I typically start by adding them according to my outline, and then shift them around to try and get a good balanced feel. I keep shifting as I finish each pocket, trying to get a good mix of colors and patterns.

Your challenge: Show me how YOU use punches in 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 March 14th to play along with this month's lesson!

Thank you all for joining me for 2012 : Captured []! I'll see you on March 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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