Project Life: Unique Uses for Project Life Cards

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Good Morning!  Did you see yesterday’s post about Making the Most of Pinterest? I hope so because it had some great tips and tricks to help your pinning.  Today, I have a little bit of Project Life inspiration for you.  I love Project Life scrapbooking.  It is easy, quick and gets my photos off of my phone and computer and into a scrapbook to share.

So what is Project Life scrapbooking? It is a pocket card system of storing photos and documenting everyday memories.  Usual scrapbooking pages come 12″ x 12″ with page protectors.  Project Life is the same concept but split up into smaller segments:

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In this example, the page has photos like a traditional scrapbook page and it has journaling as well.  I have journaled on two of the cards and the other two cards are decorative.  I documented a few of my favorite “mommy and me” photos with my sweet Silas.  There photos were taken with my iPhone and printed through a drugstore.

Below is another example of the Project Life cards documenting a Saturday afternoon last April 2014 where we played outside and did yard work. It was easy to crop the photos, round the corners and journal on the cards. I added the title, “Jump to Daddy’s Arms”, as well as two decorative cards.   It has all of the elements of a traditional scrapbook page except I completed an entire season’s worth of photos in about 2 hours. Project Life gardening layout
Project Life is available in a digital format created exclusively for Stampin’ Up! as well as an App that includes Stampin’ Up! cards too.  Here’s a digital layout with a few photos that were transferred from my camera documenting our Easter family gathering. I LOVE LOVE that with the digital and App version you can type the journaling instead of write it (I hate my handwriting).  I added a few gold sequin embellishments and printed it in a 12″ x 12″ format and added it to our 2014 album. PLxSU-001

I will also share two more examples using the Project Life App.  I used the App to document a single day rather than a weekend, event or holiday. I love the variety of documenting seemingly normal everyday happenings,but I know that in the future I will be so glad that I can look back at these things. Beachtrip2014Project Life 2ndBday

 

You’ve seen what you can do with Project Life, but how does it come when purchased? Here is an example of the Holiday scrapbooking options: an album, page protectors, journaling pens, corner rounder punch, and journaling cards (100 per pack).  You would combine these elements to make the pages to your liking.  You can group like colors, themes or seasons. You can make a book for each year, or month or each child, or change as you go along.  Overall, Project Life is extremely flexible and will meet your needs regardless of what they are.

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Want more?  Not only can the journaling cards be used for scrapbooking, but you can make cards with them!  When the Love Story Project life cards came out, I fell in love.  They are black, white and gray and they look stunning.  I knew I had to have them, so I ordered them as soon as I could.  When I had them in hand, I called a few of my friends and we cracked open the box and “ooohh’d and ahhh’d” over them.  I was so excited to use them!

I decided we should all make little card pockets so that we would be able to share Project Life with others.

For these cards, I used a Smoky Slate base and embossed with a Chevron embossing folder. We added a Tea Lace doily and then lined the front with a strip of Back to Black Designer Series Paper. They are adhere only on the sides and taped the bottom with washi tape, as to create a pocket. We finished the cards off with white baker’s twine tied into a bow and added two Love Story journaling cards to the pocket.

They needed a little extra somethin something, so we added rhinestones and stamped Melon Mambo hearts from Work of Art.  Now theses cards are ready to jot down a sweet note and share with a friend!  Doesn’t it make you want to get crafty with your friends?  Email me at aprilwaltrip@gmail.com to book a Project Life girls night now!  Not local, no problem, email me and I can send you a virtual party in the mail & demonstrate the projects over skype.

Love Story Project Life cards by April Waltrip at Stampin Fool

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Project Life Giveaway Winner

Alright friends, it’s time to announce the winner of the Project Life scrapbooking giveaway!  But first, THANK YOU all so much for participating, commenting, following, and subscribing.

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Everyone say a BIG congratulations to Carey!!

Carey, email me with your address and I will have it sent directly to you!!

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Project Life was designed to be a simple day to day memory keeping (scrapbooking) style.  It consists of clear page protectors with various pocket layouts and coordinating cards to fit into the pockets.  You can add photos, journal on the cards, use the cards for detraction, store momentos in the pockets and keep track of day to day memories that would normally prove cumbersome.  It coordinates well with Instagram and printed social media photos that you have taken as you go about your day.  As you know, Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Project Life to create a new line of fully functional scrapbooking, memory keeping products.

Not only can you use Project Life for the now, but you can use it for all of those boxes of photos that you haven’t had time to scrapbook.  Organize them chronologically, or by theme, or color, or season and start filling in the pages.  Jot down nuggets of a story, a funny quote, or your favorite memory.  Simply scrapbooking.  Make it fun, make it easy and keep on keeping on. Don’t let your photos sit in boxes (or in iPhoto).  Print them and start scrapping.

Because I love Project Life so much, I am doing a giveaway for a set of 100 Happiness Is journaling cards, complete with a cut storage box.  Below is a sampling of what they look like.  Subscribe to my blog, just leave a comment, share on Facebook or retweet to enter.  The Giveaway ends August 20th, so check your email on the 21st to see if you are a winner!

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Want more ideas?

Check out my previous post on using the Digital Project Life collection for more than just scrapbooking:  Project Life Happiness Is Digital Card Collection.

Here are two adorable 12″ x 12″ digital scrapbook pages I made with the Happiness Is download, documenting this past Easter and a family vacation at the beach.  They were simple to create and look as amazing printed as they do in digital format.

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Happiness Is Project Life Card Collection

Project Life ‘Happiness Is’ Giveaway

Project Life was designed to be a simple day to day memory keeping (scrapbooking) style.  It consists of clear page protectors with various pocket layouts and coordinating cards to fit into the pockets.  You can add photos, journal on the cards, use the cards for detraction, store momentos in the pockets and keep track of day to day memories that would normally prove cumbersome.  It coordinates well with Instagram and printed social media photos that you have taken as you go about your day.  As you know, Stampin’ Up! has partnered with Project Life to create a new line of fully functional scrapbooking, memory keeping products.

Not only can you use Project Life for the now, but you can use it for all of those boxes of photos that you haven’t had time to scrapbook.  Organize them chronologically, or by theme, or color, or season and start filling in the pages.  Jot down nuggets of a story, a funny quote, or your favorite memory.  Simply scrapbooking.  Make it fun, make it easy and keep on keeping on. Don’t let your photos sit in boxes (or in iPhoto).  Print them and start scrapping.

Because I love Project Life so much, I am doing a giveaway for a set of 100 Happiness Is journaling cards, complete with a cut storage box.  Below is a sampling of what they look like.  Subscribe to my blog, just leave a comment, share on Facebook or retweet to enter.  The Giveaway ends August 20th, so check your email on the 21st to see if you are a winner!

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Want more ideas?

Check out my previous post on using the Digital Project Life collection for more than just scrapbooking:  Project Life Happiness Is Digital Card Collection.

Here are two adorable 12″ x 12″ digital scrapbook pages I made with the Happiness Is download, documenting this past Easter and a family vacation at the beach.  They were simple to create and look as amazing printed as they do in digital format.

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I also need some printed cards to have on hand to jot down things that happen throughout the week, so I added them to an 8 1/2″ x 11″ page template and positioned them so I could fit a few journaling cards onto one page and printed them out for use. I also added sequin trim circles to lunch out and add to hybrid projects since making a sequin circle can be tricky.  Check back to see what projects I used these printables on.

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Project Life & My Digital Studio

You may have  noticed the updated look to my blog.  I have been using My Digital Studio from the start of my blog to create the header, my Facebook cover photo, twitter page, and Etsy storefront.  I love that I can incorporate the elements from my cards into me social media places as well.

For a little over the past year, my blog has looked like this.  And I love it, I really do.  It is bright, cheery and in the clouds like my head.  I get distracted easily daydreaming. stampinfoolblogheader.jpg

 

But, it was time for a change. I wanted to update Stampin’ Fool to reflect the new trends in card making, scrapbooking and DIY crafting.  Pinterest has opened up the crafting world to show off everyone’s unique talents through DIY projects.  I wanted this blog to show you the new colors, shapes, patterns, fonts and ways of crafting.  So, I changed the header.

I opened up My Digital Studio, ran the update (make sure you run the FREE update, it includes the New In Colors) and downloaded brand new content, Project Life Digital cards.

Specifically, I downloaded the Project Life Happiness Is digital cards (138041  $19.95)

Download includes
* 54-piece SVG stamp brush set
* 200 embellishments:
-74 filler card embellishments (3″ x 4″)
-54 journaling card embellishments (3″ x 4″)
-12 filler card embellishments (4″ x 4″)
-12 journaling card

As you can see from the list, it includes a TON of content.  I used the journaling cards as the background paper by lining up two of them side by side and grouping the objects.  I used the washi tape at the top of the banner- *Tip: add a square, recolor it white, and resize it to fit behind the washi tape and send it behind the washi tape so that you can see the washi pattern on top of the other patterned paper.  I recolored the rhinestones to coordinate with the new In Colors.

I really love the new bright patterned look of these journaling cards.  I can’t wait to get my hands on the paper copies too!

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You can download MDS here. Or try the Free trial.

Happy Crafting!

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Weekly Deals

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Weekly Deals 5-20-14

This weeks deals are for the ribbon lover.  I lover ribbon, and the ribbon chosen is perfect to stock up on, especially at this great rate!

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New Digital Downloads

These digital downloads are all about coloring in the lines.  The line drawings can be printed and colored in with Blender pens or the NEW Stampin’ Blendabilities.  You will love having this digital addition.

Baby Tees (item 138006)

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Giggle Greetings (item 138005)

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Wetlands (item 138003)

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Happy Crafting!

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Budget Buster: Free Monthly Expense Tracker

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As well as crafting, I enjoy making spreadsheets and printables.  I like going over my budget (probably in too much detail, too often). Actually, I am a little neurotic about it. So, here’s the good news: I made a printable budget sheet to share with you.

Here is a preview of what it looks like. (Don’t right click and save this one because it isn’t the full version).

Check out the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper across the top.  You can use My Digital Studio to add color to any project. I love the scallop design.

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What is it:

It is a basic household expense tracker that will help you ensure your recurring monthly obligations are paid on time for the entire year.  It lists the name of the expense, the amount, and the due date.  In addition, the initial of each month of the year is listed in a column at the top.

How to use it:

To get the most out of this printable, put it in a binder, at the very front.  Start by listing each monthly expense, adding ones that are specific to your needs and skipping ones that don’t apply to you.  Each month when you balance your account, or when you are mailing out checks (or paying online) check off that month.  List things that are on automatic debit and the date they debit just to remind yourself to 1) make sure they actually came out of your account, 2) make sure you have enough money for them to clear 3) remind yourself to use the service if you are paying for it (gym membership, subscription, etc.) or cancel it if you aren’t getting use out of it.

How to get it:

Alright, for the fun part I have create a few options for you:

#1 Monthly Expenses (with generic bill listing): Monthly Bills

#2 Monthly Expenses- Blank (you’ll have to write everything in): Monthly Bills_Blank

#3 Monthly Expenses Word Doc* (type in your own expenses): Monthly Bills_Blank

*If you do not have the same fonts installed your document may look different.

Just click the links to open and download the PDF files.  Enjoy them, pin them, share them with a friend, but don’t forget to use them!

Happy crafting & budgeting!

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MDS Monday: Free Wallpaper

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Happy Monday!

For this week’s My Digital Studio Monday I was in need of a desktop wallpaper with a calendar- like the free ones from Stampin’ Up! all last year.  Well, I am totally reliant on the calendar being easily accessible while working on my laptop so having gone the past three months without one has been torture.  But, MDS makes it easy to create a calendar and you can decorate it however you please.

I started out by creating a project that matched my desktop dimensions (1200 x 800 pixels).

Then I decided on a theme- Crisp Cantaloupe.  I added the card stock background.

Next I added a few rows of embellishments.  The white frame is from the Grunge download that comes preloaded on MDS.  You will have to size it down for it to fit onto your screen.

I added a calendar template for April 2014, changed the font and enlarged it to 20 pt. and used the universal search query to find the month April and decided on this little banner.  I changed the color to Pool Party to match my dots.

I went back and added a drop shadow to each row of dots, the banner and the frame.

That’s all. Simple & Sweet.  Perfect for me, April (no pun intended).

To download this wallpaper you will right click and select “Save Image As”.  Save it to your computer and go into your settings to change your wallpaper.  Tada- now you too can have a functional desktop calendar.  I think I will be doing this every month!

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In addition to this awesome FREE download, below is a sneak peek of the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit fun that I had over the weekend.  Each day I will show off a new project. You won’t want to miss it so stay tuned!

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Weekly Updates

New My Digital Studio Downloads

Check out the newest digital content available.   What is My Digital Studio (click here to download a free trial) you ask?  Well, I can’t sum it up in one sentence because it can do so many things, but I will try and give you a short summary of what MDS has to offer:  It is a digital scrapbooking, digital card making, party planning, invitation creation, computer based craft outlet.

You can create scrapbook pages, greeting cards, banners, cupcake toppers, newsletters, flyers, and more with My Digital Studio, then send it to print (through Stampin’ Up) or on your home printer.  The items below are the stamps, papers, and predesigned templates that you can download and use.  You will have unlimited use of the stamps, paper, embellishments and digital ribbons.

You can print as many as you want and you can download as many as you want.  But, when you purchase the Digital Stamp Brush sets, know that it comes in a digital form that you will download, install on your computer, add it to your digital project, then print it out.

I hope this has helped to explain the Digital Papercrafting world a little better.

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Weekly Deals 3-11-14

This week’s deals are almost exclusively for the Big Shot, so if you have one and need a few more supplies, now is the time to snag them up.  Don’t forget that once you spend $50 you will get ANY Sale-A-Bration item FREE, so you receive even more for your $$.  Happy shopping!

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MDS Monday Scrap Page

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Time to share a digital scrapbook page. As always, I used My Digital Studio to make this page.   I wanted to document Silas’ first birthday, so I snagged a photo that I loved and started scrapping.

I added a chalkboard background. I added a Top Note punch, then chose “photo fill”.  I added a drop shadow and white mat to the photo.  Next I clicked “Freeform”, line and drew a curved line.  I colored it white and drug it to the top of the page and resized to cover the entire width of the page.  Next I added five banner punched and colored them Real Red and Island Indigo, alternating.  I added a drop shadow to each.

The wording is all text with varied fonts.

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I created this page for the Dynamic Duos Blog Challenge.  Head on over and check them out.  Participating in challenges is a great way to keep crafting, use the products you already own, try new techniques and color combos and stay up to date on your scrapbooking and card making.  You can never have too many cards on hand or scrapbook pages completed!

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Happy Scrapping!!

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