So awesome! This is why I started buying 6x6 pads but sadly, I haven't even made one PL page yet this year. Yikes!!
a wealth of info! thank you!!
Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // July
part of class 2012: Captured with Lisa Truesdell
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 // July [twopeasinabucket.com]
Hi Peas! Welcome to the 2012 : Captured [twopeasinabucket.com] class for July. This month we'll be talking about using patterned paper scraps and 6x6 pads & sharing ideas getting a week done fast. I've got two fabulous guests here with me this month - Celine Navarro & Laura O'Donnell. They'll both be sharing a week and some of their own thoughts - you can find those on the 2012 : Captured [twopeasinabucket.com] home page. If you'd like to see more of their work, you can find them here :
Celine Navarro : blog [thegreenfrogstudio.typepad.com] // 2peas gallery [twopeasinabucket.com]
Laura O'Donnell : blog [itsallrosie.blogspot.com] // 2peas gallery [twopeasinabucket.com]
Paper Scraps & 6x6 pads :
I often feel guilty cutting into a 12x12 sheet of paper to make a 3x4 card to fit into my Project Life album. I've turned to saving paper scraps and using 6x6 pads instead - as a bonus, the prints on 6x6 pads are usually scaled down, and are a better match for the pockets in a divided album. When I finish a scrapbook page, I've started putting all of my scraps that are 4x6 or smaller into a basket. I cut the larger pieces down to 3x4 or 4x6, and then use the smaller ones as accents. I love that I can just grab that basket and a 6x6 pad or two and be ready to go when I want to put a week together. Here are some ideas for using those little pieces of paper :
1. Build a banner : It's true, I'll make a banner out of anything. This is a perfect use for those tiny paper scraps - just cut them into banner shapes and string them onto a journaling card with twine or stitching.
2. Add a border : I finish all of my scrapbook pages with borders along the top and bottom - it's a great chance to add a little extra color to a project. The same holds true for journaling cards.
3. Punch it : Paper scraps + punches = easy accents. Here, I've stitched two stars right onto a photo.
4. Stamp it : This piece of black and white map paper was just under 3x4inches when it went into my scrap basket. I added color with a starburst stamp, then topped it with a label.
5. Look for journaling spots : Scraps of ledger paper work well for this, but you should also look for label designs within your paper scraps or 6x6 pads. Many manufacturers make sheets of 12x12 paper that are broken down into smaller labels and journaling tags.
6. Use the negative : Sometimes my scrap basket contains oddly shaped pieces - or paper with shapes already punched out of them. Why not try using that negative space as a frame for an accent?
7. Diecut it : Whether you have an electrontic cutting machine or a manual one, these little pieces of paper are perfectly sized to cut accents for your pockets. Here, I've used a digital kit from the 2peas store [twopeasinabucket.com] and converted it to a Silhouette cut. I'll be sharing how I did it on the Two Peas blog [twopeasinabucket.typepad.com] tomorrow.
8. Look for images / icons : Many papers have images are icons that are just begging to be cut out and used as an accent! I use a lot more themey product in Project Life than I do on my pages - when I come across one that I like, into the basket it goes!
9. Cut letters : Whether you diecut or handcut, put those scraps to use spelling out a title on a journaling card. I mixed the colors on this one for a fun look. When I'm working with small scraps on my Silhouette mat, I usually tape them in place with washi so they don't shift around.
10. Make a mat : Small papers are the perfect size for small photos! I matted both my photo and my stamped sentiment to give each a little extra definition on the journaling card.
11. Build a background : When you're down to the tiniest bits and pieces, it's time to build a background. Just layer all of those little scraps together on a neutral background, then add your photo and some journaling.
12 : Dress up a journaling card : I love printable journaling cards, but sometimes I want to make them a little more ME. Adding my favorite colors and patterns lets me personalize them to fit any subject.
Picking up the pace :
Hello, summer. And hello, craziness. I know my house has descended into craziness - camps, friends over, vacations, trips to the lake and park… spare time is hard to come by. I've found myself looking at my Project Life process and finding spots where I can speed things up.
1. Plan it out : Take a few minutes before you start your week to assess your photos and memorabilia and make a rough plan for your week. Things may get moved around as you go, but you'll know what all you want to include and won't find yourself with all the pockets full and an important photo still in your hands!
2. Limit your supplies : For this week, I picked two 6x6 pads and my basket of paper scraps. I ended up adding in some labels and stamps, but limiting the amount of choices I was making as I went along really helped me to keep moving forward. I didn't spend time looking for the “perfect” accent - I just found ways to adapt what I already had on hand.
3. Stick with a formula : Despite the many different divided page protectors on the market, I use the same ones week in and week out. Why? I'm used to working with them. I know how best to fill this set of pockets, and it cuts down on my planning time.
4. Use the same size photos : I use a variety of photos sizes in my week, but 90% of them are the same sizes week in and week out. I like to work with 4x6s, 4x4s, 4x3s, 3x3s and 2x2s. I know how these will fit in each of the pockets and that makes each card come together faster.
5. Take it one pocket at a time : It's easy to get caught up in making each card *perfect* - instead, focus on making each card DONE. Add your photo, add your words, and get it into the book. The beauty in this project is the sum of the parts, not each individual pocket.
6. Scale it back : My friend Kelly Noel has started doing one page weeks to keep up with her Project Life - I love this idea!! If you're worried about getting everything in, remember that you can always do week in review cards to fill in the details.
Your challenge: Show me how YOU use paper scraps and 6x6 pads in your Project Life layouts! When you do, you'll earn a 2012: Captured badge and be entered to win a $10 gift certificate. You have through August 14th to play along with this month's lesson!
Thank you all for joining me for 2012 : Captured [twopeasinabucket.com] ! I'll see you on August 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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