Tips for Using My Stash for PL 2013

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Posted 12/10/2012 by ckettel in General Scrappin'
 

ckettel
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Posted: 12/10/2012 11:18:06 AM
I want to try Project Life for 2013 and use my existing stash, if possible. I was just looking for tips or suggestions if you have done this before. Over the weekend I went through all my patterned paper scraps and cut them to either 4x6 or 3x4. I'll tackle plain cardstock scraps next. I already own lots of stamps so I am hoping to find time to make some journaling cards.

Any other tips or hints for a PL newbie? (Feel free to tell me I'm crazy to try this and should just buy the kit, if you like. )


Chris













scraplette
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Posted: 12/10/2012 11:37:42 AM
I did this using stash that I liked, but hadn't been able to work into a layout.

I pre-planned for the year with common accent color(s) for continuity, but background papers changing according to month/season. It took a little planning, but the months flowed together in the album and seemed cohesive. Turquoise and mint green, think OA/Crate colors, were ones that as accents for us.

I also gathered embellishments by color, not style. Having a mix of swirly, retro, and classic tidbits on hand helped me have a little something to add whether it was sports or formal.

Ising
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Posted: 12/10/2012 5:01:24 PM
When I finish making a layout, I immediately take all the scraps and cut them in to 3x4 or 4x6 cards and put them in a bin for future use fir PL. Small scraps I immediately punch a heart, star or other generic shape and put them in a Baggie. That way I have plenty of cards to choose from and use my scraps up.


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Posted: 12/10/2012 8:33:25 PM
This is a great idea. I am planning on doing the same thing using what I already have vs buying a kit. I did buy the page protectors though. I guess I better get moving if I want to start in 2013 as I know how easy it is to get behind even with the kit.


Patti

anandirc
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Posted: 12/11/2012 12:50:45 AM
I was a scrapbooking newbie entirely when I started PL in 2012, so I bought the Cobalt kit. After a couple of weeks of using it, I was sick of it. I have a HUGE stash of paper, embellishments, etc because I'm sort of a hoarder and I do make cards. So I started using my stash for each week and supplemented with some of the journaling cards from the kit and only using the title cards every week to keep it consistent. I like it much better this way as it seems more fun.

So for next year I'm not buying a kit (heck, I have a TON of my original kit left!). I picked out a few sheets of very neutral patterned paper (white, cream, grey and black) and made 4x6 week title cards with them. I used a stamp to make a space to write in the dates. I feel like this will tie all the album spreads together, and I'll use my stash as well as the Studio Calico Project Life kits for my layouts.

I also have all my 3x4 journaling cards in a box on my desk - any paper line I get that has those cards gets cut up and put in the box, sorted by color, so I can reach for what I need while I'm working.

Good luck!



anandirc
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Posted: 12/11/2012 12:51:26 AM
Also note that if you're using the Becky Higgins page protectors, the slots are a bit smaller than 4x6 and 3x4. So you might want to get the exact dimensions before cutting - I think they're on her blog somewhere.



FLCindy
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Posted: 12/11/2012 7:17:32 AM
I use OH LIFE to journal. I receive an email prompt every evening to document about the day. I don't journal every day-only a few times a week. If something fun happened during the day, I always document it.
When I need my journaling, I print it off and it's ready to go.



FLCindy
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Posted: 12/11/2012 7:18:31 AM
I use OH LIFE to journal. I receive an email prompt every evening to document about the day. I don't journal every day-only a few times a week. If something fun happened during the day, I always document it.
When I need my journaling, I print it off and it's ready to go.



ckettel
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Posted: 12/11/2012 11:19:44 AM
Thanks for the suggestions!


Also note that if you're using the Becky Higgins page protectors, the slots are a bit smaller than 4x6 and 3x4. So you might want to get the exact dimensions before cutting - I think they're on her blog somewhere.


I'm really glad you mentioned this anandirc. I have some of BH's protectors (style A, maybe?) so I will measure and resize as needed.


I have a HUGE stash of paper, embellishments, etc because I'm sort of a hoarder and I do make cards. So I started using my stash for each week...


This is ME exactly. I have bought some journaling card sheets/papers and cut them up. I bought a few digi ones too to print out. I was an SC subscriber but I've been mostly collecting and not using the kits so I cancelled for a while. I am tempted by the PL kits they are going to offer, but I will try to hold off a litle while.


Chris













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Posted: 12/11/2012 12:04:27 PM
A couple months ago I cut up all my scraps into 4x6 pieces.. and I LOVE IT!! I enjoy flipping through them to find the colors/ styles I like. I will continue this instead of buying a kit (I did the kit in 2011). When I have time (after Christmas) I plan on going through my uncut 12x12 sheets, finding paper I love, and cutting it up as well.

Last December I thought about making my own kit with matching papers/ cardstock...but I couldn't commit to just one color palate for the year.

I may create 52 4x6 weekly title cards for 2013 so that would be a consistent element. Still thinking it through.

Enjoy making your own kit!!!

TexasJen
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Posted: 12/11/2012 3:44:27 PM
I found this blog post about organizing your stash for PL. I hadn't seen her blog before, but it looks like she's a Pea, and she's got some great work! (I hope it's ok to post this link!)

She picked a few main colors for her PL and then pulled all kinds of stuff together that works within that color scheme. Such a great idea! I think I'm going to do something similar for next year.

SuzyPlant's blog


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