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Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // September
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Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // September
part of class 2012: Captured with Lisa Truesdell
by gluestickgirl
posted 09/15/12
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 [] // September

Hi Peas! Welcome to the 2012 : Captured [] class for September. I'm a bit of an embellishment junkie, so this month, I wanted to talk about using embellishments in Project Life. Working with the little pockets definitely limits what you can use to add dimension and texture, but there are a lot of good options that you probably already have in your stash!

Once again, I'm joined by two fabulous guests - Sasha Farina and Lisa Wilkinson. I love both of their weeks and can't wait to share them with you! They've both worked their Project Life magic and have tons of ideas for using embellishments - 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 :
Sasha Farina : blog [] // 2peas gallery []

Embellishments : When it comes to layouts, adding embellishments is my favorite step. I love how using brads and wood veneer accents can add interest and texture and bring your page to the next level. When I'm working with Project Life, I used to shy away from using embellishments - they add bulk to my pages, and my albums are already big enough! However, I've made a list of favorites that aren't *too*big for those little pockets, and like to mix them in each week. And this week, I want to show you how to make those little accents have big impact.

1. Repeat shapes : A thin veneer arrow gets more impact when paired with patterned paper cut into the same shape. Start with your embellishment, then look for a diecut or a punch to match - or just handcut a shape!

2. Line them up : Little 3d stickers and brads can get lost on a 4x6 journaling card - try lining them up along your photo's edge or a seam in your papers

3. Mix types : A heart stick pin, tiny enamel dot and small heart add three different colors and textures to this little card. Mixing up your styles of embellishments is a good way to add interest.

4. Layer it : I added an epoxy topped brad (these are typically thinner than fabric brads) right on top of the sunshine printed on this journaling card. Making it a part of the design gives it more presence. I went tone on tone to maintain the look of the sun, but you might try contrasting colors for more pop.

5. String a banner : Oh, banners. I think I've worked them in to every lesson, in one way or another. ;) This pre-strung banner from Basic Grey adds a nice bit of dimension to the empty space in my photo.

6. Mix textures : On this card, I layered wood over fabric, then added a metal staple. This little combo grabs the eye, and the arrow shape draws you right into the photo.

7. On your photo : Once I've journaled, there's not always a lot of room leftover for embellishments. I like to look at my photos for white space that could benefit from a little dressing up. This word bubble contrasts nicely with my photo and the shape points the eye down to my son.

8. Stack it : Here, I started with flat embellishments - a tab, a tag, and some washi - then added a badge to finish it off. Keeping most of the accents flat gave me room to play with one larger 3d piece.

9. Group them : Instead of scattering your small embellishments around your card, group them all in once place. Here, I brought together a chipboard button, a sequin and an enamel dot.

10. Reach for ribbon : If you're like me, your might have forgotten ribbon once washi came into your life. However, I'm finding that they play well together - and the ribbon brings a little dimension to the mix that washi just can't!

11. Keep it neutral : Your embellishments don't have to be all about adding color. On this photo, two neutral banners are the perfect finshing touch. Going bright here would have drawn too much attention away from the subtle photo.

Here's a list of my favorite “not too big for PL” accents :
  • badges
    small buttons
    chipboard shapes
    chipboard buttons
    wood veneer accents
    fabric tabs and tags
    mistable shapes
    enamel dots
    jewels and pearls
    decorative pins
    3d stickers

Start to Finish :

This week, I put together a little slideshow to show you how I get from notes + printed photos to a finished week. Once my photos are printed, I trim them and arrange on top of my page protector. Instead of worrying about keeping them in date order, I rearrange them until I feel like I've got a good balance of colors and sizes across the week. Next, I add journaling cards and patterned paper behind each of the photos, and then I'll start working pocket by pocket.

As I work, I may come across embellishments that I want to use on a different card, so I'll just set them in place until I get to that pocket. I like working randomly - I'll grab whatever photo catches my eye and run with it. My final cards are usually less detailed than my first ones (working on these weeks gets tiring!), and jumping around the page lets me end with a good balance of detailed and simple pockets. There are times when I'm not in love with a card when I finished it - but I make myself set it down and go on to the next one. I find that by the time the week is done, that card looks great with all of the others - OR I find that I come across the perfect little embellishment to finish it off. Don't worry about each card on its own, this project is ALL about the whole over the parts!

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

Thank you all for joining me for 2012 : Captured! I'll see you on October 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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