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Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // November
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Class Lesson - 2012 : Captured // November
part of class 2012: Captured with Lisa Truesdell
by gluestickgirl
posted 11/15/12
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 [twopeasinabucket.com]
Hi Peas! Welcome to the 2012 : Captured class [twopeasinabucket.com] for November. This month, I'll be talking about all of the Project Life friendly product lines that have popped up this year! I'll also be talking about going back and filling in past weeks - it's not always easy to complete them when you're relying on your memory!

Once again, I'm joined by two fabulous guests - Nicole Harper and Jenni Hufford. I've given you a little preview of what they did with PL friendly lines, but you'll need to go to the 2012 : Captured homepage [twopeasinabucket.com] to see more. They both did some awesome things with their weeks - proving that premade product can fit any style! If you'd like to see more of their work, you can find them here :

Nicole Harper : 2peas gallery [twopeasinabucket.com] // blog [seriouslybrains.blogspot.com]
Jenni Hufford : 2peas gallery [twopeasinabucket.com] // blog [jennihufford.com]

PL friendly product lines :

I've spent this year talking about using products in your stash for you Project Life album. In the last year, the PL concept has exploded, and more and more manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon. If you want less “do it yourself” in your album, you have more style choices than ever! You can stick to one line for a coordinated look, or mix and match (and throw in some of what you already have) if your style is more eclectic. I've found that having premade product on hand is a huge timesaver when I'm working on my album.

This month, I'm sharing two completed weeks, both made with PL friendly lines. One is current, and one is from April. The weeks that I've done for this class tend to be more embellished than my typical style - simply because I'm trying to show you a lot of different ideas in a small space. These two weeks are more reflective of how I usually PL. You'll notice that each week has a couple of cards that are more embellished and some that are just a journaling card, photo and words. Every pocket doesn't need to be super fancy - they just need to be DONE.

Studio Calico [twopeasinabucket.com] // 4x6 and 3x4 journaling cards, stitched pockets, diecut photo frames, date stamp, 6x8 divided page protectors, Project Life stamp sets

Echo Park Photo Freedom [twopeasinabucket.com] // 12x12 patterned paper designed to be cut into 3x4 and 4x6 journaling cards, 12x12 page divided page protectors

Simple Stories Sn@p [twopeasinabucket.com] // 3x4 and 4x6 journaling card pads, 12x12 patterned paper designed to be cut into 3x4 and 4x6 journaling cards, stickers with PL friendly words & images, 6x8 divided page protectors

Pebbles Seen & Noted [twopeasinabucket.com] // 4x6 journaling card pads (some are designed to be cut into two 3x4 cards), 12x12 patterned paper and stickers with PL friendly words & images, 3x4 & 4x6in pockets and tags, 12x12 divided page protectors

Elle's Studio [twopeasinabucket.com] // 4x6 and 3x4 journaling cards, smaller journaling accent tags and circles, tabs, stamps and banners with PL friendly words & images.

Ormolu [twopeasinabucket.com] // 3x4in journaling cards, badges, labes & diecut tags with PL friendly words and images.

Pink Paislee Portfolio [twopeasinabucket.com] // 12x12 patterned paper desgined to be cut into 3x4 and 4x6 journaling cards, embellishments and stamps with PL friendly words and images.

Technique Tuesday Story Cards by Ali Edwards [twopeasinabucket.com] // 3x4 double sided journaling cards with a title on one side and a blank tab on the other

Filling in : Since I started Project Life in 2011, I realized quickly that the best way for me to stay motivated is to work on the most current week. When I've gotten behind, I skip ahead to current and fill in older weeks as I get a chance. So what happens when I go back to those weeks? Best case scenario is that I have great notes and putting the week together is a breeze! But let's be honest - a lot of times I got behind because life was busy, and taking notes wasn't a priority. I am occasionally left with a week full of photos and a vague recollection of what they're about.

Here are a few resources I use to help me fill in the blanks :

1. Social Media : Did you blog, tweet, facebook or instagram during that week? Chances are you mentioned some of the week's more interesting moments. Don't forget to check your family and friends' feeds, you might be able to find info there, too!

2. Email : If you're caught up on email, your inbox might not hold clues to a past week - but I've found that most emails programs do a pretty good job archiving your sent items. Check there and see what you wrote about.

3. Talk to your family : This works best if you have the photos for a jumping off point - show them the photo and ask them to tell you what they remember about it. I used this in my week 15 with the photo of Ben with his community map. I remembered the project, I remembered that he liked working on it, but I couldn't remember WHAT it was.

4. Skip the journaling : Can't remember more than what the photo shows? Don't worry about it - just add the photo to your week. It will still spark some memory or emotion years from now, even without a writeup on what was happening at the moment.

5. Go decorative : It's pretty common for me to come up short on photos + words when I'm working on a past week - and the further back it is, the more common it is! There are a zillion decorative cards out there, and now is the time to use them.

6. Skip it : Yes. Really. If you go back to your files for an old week and don't have anything substantial, it's okay to leave it out. I measure my PL album by completed weeks, not by unfinished ones. You'll still have an amazing overview of your world even with missing weeks.

Your challenge: Show me how YOU use premade journaling cards 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 December 14th to play along with this month's lesson!

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