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Thanks for the tips!

This has been "Your" week...Monday's video, this 2012 class and your mini album class! All are fantastic as always.

Loved your layout and all the stamps you used. When you stamp directly on pictures what kind of ink do you use?

Another awesome month! I have been stamping quite a bit too since my album is getting fatter and fatter! Good tips on other things besides photos to include. I just had one of those weeks, I forgot to pick up my camera, except maybe twice! OOPS! LOL!

Thanks for sharing! Love this class!

utterly fantastic as always!!

Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // June
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Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // June
part of class 2012: Captured with Lisa Truesdell
by gluestickgirl
posted 06/15/12
Galleries: Scrapbooking, Stamping

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 // June []

Hi Peas! Welcome to the 2012 : Captured [] class for June. This month we'll be talking about stamps (one of my favorite Project Life products!) & sharing ideas for when you don't have enough photos. I've got two fabulous guests here with me this month - Melissa Stinson and Vee Jennings. They'll both be sharing a week and some of their own thoughts - you can find those on the 2012 : Captured [] home page. If you'd like to see more of their work, you can find them here :
Melissa Stinson : blog [] // twopeas gallery []
Vee Jennings : blog [] // twopeas gallery []

Stamps :

I don't think I've ever done a week of Project Life that didn't involve stamping. It's a great way to add a little something extra to your journaling cards, without adding any extra bulk to the page protectors. Stamping doesn't have to mean all sorts of fancy techniques - I'm an extremely simple stamper. I may stamp a lot, but 90% of the time it's just in black or gray ink right on to the background of my page! Since that wouldn't make much of a class, I challenged myself to try to come up with some more ways to use stamps - and as a bonus, all of these ideas are quick and easy.

1. Title it : Put those alphabet stamps to use and add a caption to your next journaling card.

2. On a photo : When I'm taking photos, I try to take one or two shots that have a lot of white space. It's a perfect way to add a little embellishing or journaling right to your photo.

3. On patterned paper : Pair a bold stamp with subtle patterned paper for a new look!

4. Make your own patterned paper : Use a background stamp over plain paper - or something with a simple pattern - for a custom patterned paper look.

5. Dress up a journaling card : Change up a journaling card by adding stamped images or words. I made this one fit my weekly review theme by stamping the days of the week.

6. Raise the edge : When you stamp an image directly on to your background paper, try using a craft knife to cut along the edge of the stamped image. This will give you a chance to slide elements under the image, and add extra dimension to your card.

7. Punch it out : Look for images that coordinate well with punches you own - stamping on patterned paper and then punching out the image is a great way to embellish a photo or journaling card.

8. Cut it out : If you're nervous about stamping, try this trick - stamp your image on a scrap of paper, then cut around it and add it to your page. If you get a bad image, you haven't ruined what you're working on!

9. Break it up : Border stamps make natural dividers within your journaling - I used these arrows to underline my boys' names.

10. Add journaling lines : Turn any plain piece of paper or tag into an instant journaling card by adding lines with a ledger or grid stamp. Be sure to use a light ink color so it doesn't obscure your journaling!

11. Pre-stamp cards : I recently issued a little challenge on the 2peas blog [] - gather some supplies and see how many journaling cards you can stamp in 15 minutes. This is a great way to use small amounts of free time, and cuts down on time spent when you start working on a week. This was one of the cards that I made for the challenge.

12. Color it in : Outline stamps + color (watercolors, acrylic paint, markers, colored pencils - so many options!) = custom colored embellishments for your page. I stamped these banner stamps, then painted them with watercolors before cutting them out and adding them to my card.

13. Layer your stamps : Look for similar stamps and trying layering them over each other - one in a darker color, one lighter. I used two chevron borders and stamped them in gray and black.

14 : Repeat stamps : I visually tied these two cards together by repeating the same images - the chevron borders and the people icons. When you have more than one card representing the same event, this is a great way to reinforce that they go together.

15.Build a border : Use simple shapes or words to build your own border along the edge of a journaling card. I used a circle to create a scalloped border here.

16. Add patterned paper : Sometimes outline stamps just need a little more oomph. This mason jar was lost in the background when I stamped it right onto the card - so I stamped the image onto patterned paper and then cut it out and layered the pieces back together.

When you're short on photos :

I think one of the most common Project Life doubts that I hear is that people are worried about having enough photos to fill a week. There's a lot of pockets in those pages - I can see how it can be intimidating. And really, even the most dedicated photo takers can find themselves faced with a week where they just don't have enough images to fill in their album. Here are a few ideas of what you can do when you're short on photos :

1. Hit the recycling bin : To be honest, this is my favorite tip. Your recycling bin is filled with treasures. Pull out the cover of your favorite magazine. Use the box from your favorite cereal. Those cookies your kids begged for? Include the wrapper. Junk mail, newspaper articles, grocery lists, school worksheets - they all provide a little glimpse into your life that photos can't.

2. Take some photos : Yep, right now. Yep, even if you're into the next week. Or three weeks down the line. I won't tell. Now is a good time to look for stories that are so everyday you don't even think about them. Snap a photo of your porch. Or the building where you work. Take a picture of your Starbucks cup on your desk - even though it's a cliche at this point. ;)

3. Go online : Capture some screenshots. Maybe a website you visit everyday (is two peas in your project life yet?? ;)). Maybe the logo from your favorite television show. Is there anything in your inbox or on Facebook that you can use?

4. Ask your family / friends : They may have photos or stories that will help fill out your week. This is a great way to involve the people close to you - and you may be surprised by what they have to share.

5. The news : Adding in the latest headlines, leading stories, or even your favorite sports team's scores adds a wider view to your album.

6. Combine weeks : If it comes to it, squish two weeks together. There's no rule that says that two page protectors = one week. Or use a smaller page protector! Be sure to check out Vee's week - I adore her downsized version of Project Life.

7. Use a filler card : I've noticed that a lot of printable journaling card sets come with filler cards - cards with cute graphics or quotes on them. A week without enough photos is a perfect reason to break one of these out. Or you could even make your own!

Your challenge: Show me how YOU use stamps in your Project Life layouts, or what you do when you're short on photos. When you do, you'll earn a 2012: Captured badge and be entered to win a $10 gift certificate. You have through July 14th to play along with this month's lesson!

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