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Post ReplyPost New TopicPosted 12/6/2012 by TexasJen in General Scrappin'
 

TexasJen
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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:24:40 AM
For those who make your own PL title cards and journal cards, how do you choose which papers to use? Do you pick a paper line so it all coordinates, pick some of your favorite papers that work together, just use whatever from your scrap basket/stash, or something else?

I used a core kit for my 1st PL this year, and while it was convenient, I didn't LOVE all the colors/cards. That combined with the recent cost increase, and I'd rather make my own.

I want it to generally coordinate though - not just a different line for each week. And I'd like to have at least most of it prepped by the new year. I'm planning to do a much simpler PL for 2013, so I really want grab-and-go cards.

I do have a pack of the 4x6 and 3x4 PL white grid cards, plus a lot of journal cards from the Cobalt core kit I'm using this year. So I'm mostly thinking about the weekly title card, plus some occasional filler cards.

Thanks!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:40:27 AM
Hi Jen! I did a DIY PL for 2011 to use up some of my supplies. I did a couple of blog posts about it. Here is the first one: http://memorykeeper.typepad.com/blog/2010/12/diy-project-life-2011.html

I show a couple of my completed months after that. I did a P12. Monthly. I started with a kit from Close To My Heart that is a few years old and then just sandwiched in mixed page protectors for that month.

I had no theme really, except that it was monthly and maybe kind of went for a color theme for that month, but as you can see, I feel it came together quite nicely and I sure did use up a lot of paper that I had laying around the house as well as mixed page protectors that I collected.

There are no rules remember and just find what works for you. I really liked the Monthly format. I usually worked on it at the end of the month, but added ephemera during the month and small notes. It was really less stressful then a P365 or P52. Good luck with what you decide on!



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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:07:30 PM
I generally used white or off white journaling cards that I either stamped on or that I created digitally. I was not looking it to match throughout the year as my photos are very colorful and tend to stand out more than the journaling cards.

I went pretty old school... Red white pink for February, Greens for March etc... I did not use alot of patterned paper in my PL (occassionally a strip here and there on a journaling card or if I used smaller photo sizes in the 4x6 slots)

Generally If I had a quote or empherea that was backed with pp I choose something that fit the occassion or the photos around it. Does that make sense?

I generally made up cards a month in advance and went from there.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:13:37 PM
I make my own week # cards, I make them in advance and I add a calendar. I don't try to coordinate the weeks at all I treat each picture/pocket like it's own. I like a very eclectic look.

Here is a link to see the week cards that I make. I am working on some 2013 calendars that I plan to share next week.

Week cards

I also create my own journal cards and have them pre-printed, sometimes I just want to add a picture and a couple of words but I don't want it plain. I shared a few sets on mt blog the other day.

Journal cards


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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:46:11 PM
Thanks for all the replies! I do like the idea of seasonal/holiday colors each month - that was something I felt was missing with the core kit.

Off to check out blog links.


-Jen
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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:14:48 PM
I did Project 365 in 2009 and bought the kit. I almost bought the PL kit but decided I could make my own cards. The Silhouette store seems to have a lot of PL cards you can cut. I was planning to use papers I liked and not have it all match.

I am still in the planning stage and I might change my mind!


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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:32:39 PM

For those who make your own PL title cards and journal cards, how do you choose which papers to use? Do you pick a paper line so it all coordinates, pick some of your favorite papers that work together, just use whatever from your scrap basket/stash, or something else?


If I have a theme, such as a birthday, I'll use scrapbook paper around the theme.

I also use favorite papers, use my stash and make cards with my Cameo. Silhouette has some great PL cards.

I guess my answer is: "Anything goes".



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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:58:05 PM
I'm another "anything goes" kind of person. I did have a couple of 6x6 pads that I used throughout the album but if I had papers in my scrap pile that worked I used those. I usually picked the papers based on the photos I had for the week. So during December I'll no doubt pick more Christmas coloured papers but if the week calls for something definitely far removed from that I'll go with what works.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 3:06:34 AM
I restarted my PL in June and I have chosen a collection for each month to keep a cohesive look within individual months.

For June to October I chose collections designed by House of Three and Rhonna Farrer: Spring Jubilee, Soiree, Follow Your Heart, Phantom. I think I'm going to use All Is Bright for November, because I began the Christmas preparations then. I guess I should use it for December but I'm doing December Daily within my PL album so then I'm going to use the papers that Studio Calico chose for their DD kit.

Anyway, I'm not going to use the same designer throughout my PL for next year, that would be too limiting, but I think I'll keep using one collection within an individual month.



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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:47:07 AM
I used the Amber PL collection for 2011 and decided to make a DIY PL for 2012.

Plan one: I bought Echo Park (For the Record) 12x12 collection and 6x6 pad and gathered coordinating card stock and paper for journaling (BG Basic Collection). I intended to use it throughout the album. It lasted ONE week. I couldn't do the second week because the colors were off and it felt wrong.

Plan two: I decided to use whatever I have that I like and that works for the week. This was a good for me because I was able to use my stash.

Plan three: I bought a Cutterpillar when they had the $65 promotion. I wanted to use it so I started cutting my scraps into 4x6 pieces. LOVE IT!! I have a 8 inch stack of cards that I flip through and find coordinating papers for each week. Whenever I cut a 12x12 sheet for a project ( I made a card for a friend out of a new sheet), I slice up the rest into 4x6. I don't think this would work for everyone, but I am enjoying it right now. I look forward to the "hunt" for cards each time I sit down.

So, to answer your question- I say use what you have, mix it up, and don't feel confined to one paper line. 52 weeks is a long time to work within boundaries when it comes to a "creative hobby".
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