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Posted 12/28/2012 by angel-mom in General Scrappin'
 

angel-mom
PeaNut

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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:29:39 AM
I have not done PL before. I am going to order the A page protectors and trying to decide if I should order a kit or do my own thing. I have tons of paper and would probably get some simple stories things. Should I get a kit too so I have cards or use others.. Like the ideas of it all coordinating but not sure I want to be stuck to that.

Marcy Penner
Garden Girl

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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:45:20 AM
I do a little of both. I use a kit for some and for others I just grab whatever I want from my stash. And sometimes I do a mix of the two.


Marcy
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loveallcrafts
AncestralPea

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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:26:15 AM
I am planning on doing it again this year.

I not only used my own papers, I had also used an album my hubby bought me years ago.
I started this project before I heard of Becky Higgins kit. My family was doing it for just a photo a day. And because I liked to journal, I was going to do a photo and journal.

I didn't get to actually putting everything into an album until the 3rd year, lol.....yes I am a great procrastinator.

If you are an over thinker, it may be easier for you to get the kit.
I am an over thinker and should have got the kit, but now that I know how my layouts work, I am good with what I have.

If you want to take a peek into what I did, I made a video on my completed album
Project 365

Tracy



Katybee
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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:43:17 AM
I'm doing my own thing. I'm not buying the BH kit, but am considering either the Studio Calico monthly kit (I already sub their monthly kit) ot the Citrus Twist. But I have enough stash and can find enough digi-scrap and/or free stuff online to complete it.

(I get bored easily and would not want to be locked into a "look" for the whole year).



amom23
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:58:20 AM
While I could certainly make my own kit I prefer the simplicity of buying the kits. I then have the ability to add to the basic kit as I go along. If I had to make all of my own kit components I honestly would never keep up with the project, but that's just me.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:02:36 AM
I liked the look of the simple stories line as well and the smaller book (I'm an 8x8 scrapper)so I bought a few things from that collection. I'm not planning on using the page protecters a lot, but this is my first stab at PL, so I'm not sure how it will go. I'm kind of looking at the whole thing as a journal with photos. I needed more papers anyway as my stash is considerably small compared to most scrappers. I figure if I need more or I change my mind about the format, I can buy other things later, since I didn't commit to a large, and possibly expensive kit.

Sophikins
StuckOnPeas

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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:08:27 AM
I have SO much stash. I made my own in 2009, and although I took a photo every day, it was hard to keep up with making the journaling blocks. I have a Scraprack, so if I needed an embellishment I just thumbed through and picked something seasonal.

If I do it over again I would "counterfeit" the PL kit ahead of time. I'd make up a whole kit and store/organize it just like a purchased PL kit. I certainly have plenty of paper, stamps and digital elements to duplicate a kit. I like the idea of just grabbing a card from a basket and journaling at the time. As much as I love looking at those PL albums made up of essentially "mini layouts", I think that would consume so much time and energy that I would not do any 12 x 12 layouts all year.


M

tiffanyo
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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:12:46 AM
I am planning to use the Seafoam kit as a foundation. I got the digital kit do I can add matching elements to my digital templates. I am a studio AE subscriber so I have a lot of scrappy stamps and will make some of my own cards when the mood strikes me.

I am getting the kit to give me a palette to jump off from and also so that on busy weeks I don't have to think too hard. I can just grab the cards and slip them into the slots.
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arelys1228
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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:32:52 AM
if the kit is a good $ deal then i will buy but its basically making my own lots of free dowloadables


Love Peace Health and Happiness to you...Rosey

arelys1228
AncestralPea

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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:32:52 AM
if the kit is a good $ deal then i will buy but its basically making my own lots of free dowloadables


Love Peace Health and Happiness to you...Rosey

whimpysue
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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:13:04 PM
I have a complete cobalt kit that I am going to be selling. I was not impressed with the colors and I want the new one that is only available as a download right now. lol. I am going to supplement the downloadable kit with my stash and SN@P stuff. I wish I would have waited until the new kits were available and saved myself the $.
wendy


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Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss

caz hancock
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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:29:02 PM
Last year was my first year and i did it soley from my stash/kits and i loved it but i did end up falling behind and changing to monthly to catch up. For that reason i have subbed to a club and bought a Seafoam kit so that i have no excuse to fall behind again. i will also add in bits from stash too of course but i will have the base done

enjoy it, you will love it either way


Happy Scrapping
Caroline
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cmaupin1
PeaNut

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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:29:56 PM
I like the kit because if I get behind, all I need is the kit and a pen. Things get recorded while they are still fresh. I Iove to play with pretty paper and make mini albums, home decor, etc. I am not so good with everyday scrapbooking. This gives me the structure and frees me from stressing about how it will come together. Project life has been perfect for me. ( I also will alternate between doing it weekly and monthly, depending on the pictures and the stories I have.)

whimpysue
BucketHead

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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:31:18 PM
Caz,
I am looking into the sea foamm kit. can you print all the cards and journaling cards or does it have to be used digitally? I am not a great digital scrapper.
wendy


It doesn't matter where you go in life, its who you have beside you that makes it worthwhile.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss

angel-mom
PeaNut

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Posted: 12/28/2012 2:47:28 PM
I think I will get a kit so I have pieces to grab when I want it to be quick. So which kit do you love the colors of?

caz hancock
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Posted: 12/28/2012 2:50:48 PM
Sue i bought the physical kit but i know if you buy it digitally you can print them, i probably should have done that but it is pre ordered plus it saves with cutting


Happy Scrapping
Caroline
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MerryMom937
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Posted: 12/28/2012 2:52:42 PM
When I travel on business and I spent those evenings alone in my hotel room, I organize my photos or make PL-esque cards.

I cut the paper that I have into 3x4 or 4x6 sizes and then I use an old SU stamp that has journaling lines to stamp some journaling cards.

I embellish the other paper with stickers or washi tape or I use pens to draw graphic looking lines on it.

I can really crank through a lot of this in a couple of hours each evening.

I got lucky one time and my hotel was next to a printing/ copier business. I went into the coffee shop next to it and I started to talk to another customer. She worked at the printing business next door and I mentioned that I was a scrapper and how I was spending my evenings (cutting the paper). She was a crafter too and she offered to cut my paper for me (they have those huge cutting machines).

I brought over 4 of those huge 12x12 paper pads and 3 reams of kraft, cream, and beige cardstock. She cut it all for me in 3x4 and 4x6 sizes in less than 15 minutes. She wouldn't take any money, so I bought a GC for the next door coffee shop and gave it to her.

AJ Pea
BucketHead

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Posted: 12/28/2012 2:54:21 PM
I used a kit in 2011 and used my stash in 2012. I ordered the grid cards in 3x4 and 4x6 and love them for journaling. I add a strip of paper to them to make them coordinate with the rest of the layout. I plan on using my stash again for 2013.

wookiemouse
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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:29:12 PM
Having done it both ways, I would suggest starting out with a kit first. It's a very different type of scrapping and can be tough to keep up with. Having a premade kit definitely does help! And, at any point, you feel like you have a handle on it and want to venture into your stash, then do so!

Donna in GA
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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:38:53 PM
I ordered a kit back in 2009 when it was called 365. I didn't make it past week one. I am going to give it another try this year with the kit. My dh gave me a Canon Selphy printer so that I can print my pictures right then. I hope having the printer will help me be successful.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 5:01:55 PM
I thought I would get bored with the same kit throughout the whole album so I used my stash for my album this year. I bought the BH journaling cards to give me some consisitency throughout the album and then used the same font, a rolling date stamp and did all my title cards with a strip of white cardstock with the week no and dates on it to help tie the mish mash of stuff together. I found by using my stash I got to use up some of the little bits of pp I had saved because I loved them but have never found a home for them, and some of the random embellishments left over from packs that had not made it onto the layout they were bought for. Some weeks were more heavily embellished than others, while some had little more than the basic journaling cards, photos, and a pp title block.

I also used some of the simple stories journaling blocks along with some free printables I found online. I like the eclectic look so it worked for me.


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TexasJen
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Posted: 12/28/2012 5:51:03 PM
"If I do it over again I would "counterfeit" the PL kit ahead of time. I'd make up a whole kit and store/organize it just like a purchased PL kit. I certainly have plenty of paper, stamps and digital elements to duplicate a kit. I like the idea of just grabbing a card from a basket and journaling at the time. As much as I love looking at those PL albums made up of essentially "mini layouts", I think that would consume so much time and energy that I would not do any 12 x 12 layouts all year."

This is what I'm doing. I used the Cobalt kit for 2012 (my 1st year PL-ing), but I'm going to use my stash for 2013. I picked a general color scheme (red, orange, grass green, aqua and deep blue with small amounts of yellow, grey, and brown).

I've got a lot of 3x4 cards left from this year's kit, plus I ordered a pack of the 4x6 grid cards. I'm having a blast decorating them with patterned paper strips, punches, washi and ribbon, and I'm planning to do some stamped ones too.


-Jen
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gothamgal
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Posted: 12/28/2012 5:56:17 PM
I got the SC sub for the PL kit over there, but before the Jan 2013 kit comes, I will have done my own things with a package of BH plain cards, a couple of Echo Park project freedom things and a combination of cards I bought online from Marcy Penner and In A Creative Bubble shop as well as free downloads.


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