Thanks again, Lisa, for having me guest! Your PL is always amazing with so much detail!
Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // August
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 // August [twopeasinabucket.com]
Hi Peas! Welcome to the 2012 : Captured [twopeasinabucket.com] class for August. August is all about back to school here at 2peas (and at my house!), so I've got notebooks and paper clips and sticky notes on the brain. I decided to embrace that and make this month's theme all about office supplies. We'll also be talking a bit about dealing with memorabilia.
Once again, I'm joined by two fabulous guests - Patricia Roebuck & Jen Holowaty. I love both of their weeks and can't wait to share them with you! They'll both be sharing a week and some of their own thoughts on this month's theme- you can find those on the 2012 : Captured [twopeasinabucket.com] home page. I am totally loving Patricia's big split photos and tags that layer over her page protectors. Jen has totally inspired me with the detail that went into her week - and be sure to read her tips on her process each week!
If you'd like to see more of their work, you can find them here :
Patricia Roebuck : blog [roebuck-adventures.blogspot.com] // 2peas gallery [twopeasinabucket.com]
Jen Holowaty : blog [sillypea.typepad.com] // 2peas gallery [twopeasinabucket.com]
Office Supplies :
My love of office supplies and stationary goes way, waaaaaaaay back. I remember spending my allowance as a kid on cute pens and erasers. And to this day, I'm always sucked in by the siren's call of cute notebooks, paper clips, tags and more. I sometimes joke that I do Project Life so that I have somewhere to put these sorts of things! ;)
Here are a few office supply essentials that you probably have in your scrap stash or around your house - and some good ways to get them into your book!
1. Look for ledger - Ledger prints are my BFF when it comes to project life. Lined papers and embellishments come in a variety of colors and have more visual interest than solids - while still being just as versatile. Ledger papers can be cut into journaling cards, and ledger alphabets and accents are subtle enough that they won't grab the focus from your photo. Here, I paired a printable journaling card with a ledger background with a chipboard number with a ledger print.
2. Shaped sticky notes - An entire pad of cute shaped accents - usually for under $5. Sign me up! You can find them in plain white, like the arrows I used here - and then mist them, stamp on them or use them for journaling - or you can find ones with words or images on them and use them as accents.
3. Add a tab - File folder tabs can help you keep your office organized, but in Project Life they're a fun way to accent a photo. You'll find them in diecuts, stickers, and even chipboard. Some have words, some have images, and some are black. I used a tab with a word to title this journaling card.
4. Notebook paper - I have a notebook obsession. If it has a cute cover, I want it. If it has a cute cover AND interesting paper inside, I need it. I love the space for date information at the top of this notebook paper, so I tore a page out and cut it down to fit in a pocket. I finished it off with a bit of washi tape in a graph pattern (gotta keep with that office theme!) and some patterned paper.
5. Check it out - Library and book themed products are a perfect fit for your album. Look for library check out cards and book plates at your office supply or stationary store - but you'll also find similar embellishments within scrapbook lines, like this pink card from October Afternoon.
6. Clip it on - Shaped. Colored. With fabric flags. Epoxy topped. Mini Clothes pins. Clips are popping up in more and more scrapbook lines, and they're anything but boring. I love them for clipping a photo or memorabilia right onto a journaling card. Here, I used a word bubble shape to accent a word on this clothes tag.
7. Add a tag (or three) - When I started working on this week, I realized just how many tags I had in my stash. They come in an endless array of varieties - plain, patterned, with images, or pre-embellished. You can buy ones with a traditional shape, or ones cut into different shapes, like the cute banner tags I used here. You can even find ones with words or shapes cut right into them. Most are made from paper, but I have some made from overlays and fabric in my stash as well. I'm guessing that most of you already have some of these on hand - go find them and start using them in your book!
8. Office themed lines - When I want to pick up new patterned paper or embellishments for my PL stash, office themed scrapbook lines always catch my eye. They tend to be loaded with ledger paper and feature a lot of embellishments that fit the everyday theme. A few good ones out right now are Basic Grey Clippings, October Afternoon 9 to 5, Studio Calico Take Note and Echo Park Note to Self. Elle's Studio, Ormolu and Hello Forever also have a lot of office themed designs. This card came from the Basic Grey Clippings Snippets pad. The pattern is subtle, but it adds more visual interest than just using a lined card.
9. Important - Also : Urgent, Documented, Recorded, Handle With Care, Rush, Right Now, Priority, To Do. All words you can find on office supply themed products, and all words that work perfectly within a week. Look for these in stamp form, too, so you can use them over and over!
10. Use an envelope - This little envelope from Studio Calico was the perfect place to tuck a receipt from a trip to Lowe's. Look for larger ones to hold hidden journaling or extra photos.
11. To do lists - You could use your actual to do list (double points since it's memorabilia, too!) - or you can repurpose those cute “To Do” notepads that you buy with the best of intentions and end up not using (or is that just me??). Planners and calendar pages are also good for this.
12. Date stamps - You can always hand date a card - but I prefer to stamp them. That way I can justify all the cute roller stamps that I have. There are more on their way from recent CHA releases. I love being able to add a date and a sentiment in one go, but I kept it simple and just dated this card.
(also : look for stamps in office themes - both in product lines and at the office supply store. You can find tag shapes, ledger background stamps, stamps with most of the words listed in #9, tab shaped stamps, inventory style stamps… the list goes on and on)
13. Stickers - If you take a closer look at your sticker sheets from scrapbook manufacturers, you'll find a lot of shapes with an office supply theme. Tabs, labels, and arrows will all feel at home in your Project Life album, but don't forget to look for phrases and words that will work, too. This “Top Quality” sticker makes a great accent for the topic of this card.
14. Look for die cuts - As with stickers, many manufacturers use a lot of standard office shapes within their diecut packs. You'll find file tabs, circles, word bubbles and arrow tabs, and they're all a great way to accent your photos. I've used two shapes from the October Afternoon Tidbits on these cards - an arrow tab and a remember this circle. The OA packs are quickly becoming a PL favorite because every diecut in there is small enough not to overwhelm my photos and journaling.
15. Tape it - Move over scotch tape - washi tape is so much cuter than you. These cute patterned tapes are functional (they'll hold your stuff in place), but add a lot more flair.
16. Use a bag - This little notebook paper bag is just the right size for holding shipping tags. They're a good fit when you have too much journaling or photos to fit onto a tradtitional card. I went ahead and embellished the front of this one, then tucked two tags inside so my boys can journal about their week at camp.
17. Go digital - You can also find all of the products listed here in digi form. You can find printable journaling cards with an office theme, or use digi elements to build your own.
I love that Project Life gives me somewhere to put the *stuff* that we come across everyday. School papers, cool packaging, wristbands from events, tags from clothes - it all helps tell a wider story than the photos and words alone.
1. Don't save it all - It's easy to fall into the habit of saving too much memorabilia, just because you know you have a place to put it. I usually aim to keep 1-2 things a week. I saved more for this week since I wanted to be able to show off ways to work it into your album. I look for school papers that make me smile, packaging with cool designs, receipts and lists. My boys are good about bringing me little things, and I always try to get those into my album as well.
2. Designate a holding zone - I save a lot of things that don't necessarily fit a week. Packaging from products we use on a regular basis. Quotes from magazines. Receipts from stores we visit weekly. I use these baskets (see photo) to hold these until I have a week where I'm short on photos. They're the perfect fill in!
3. Add a page protector - If you're behind, like I am, you'll want a place to add keepsakes specific to a certain week. I like to add a 12x12 or 8.5x11 page protector in the middle of my week and use it to keep those bits and pieces in the right place.
4. Take a photo - If you really want to show off something that's too big or bulky to fit into your book, snap a photo and add that instead.
5. Be ready to let it go - I sort through my general holding zone every couple of months and throw away / recycle anything that no longer feels like it tells a story.
Your challenge: Show me how YOU use office supplies or memorabilia 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 September 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 September 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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