July 27, 2012

Project Life Week 23, 2012...Guest for Basic Grey

I'm back today with Week 23 of my Project Life. This week I am a guest at Basic Grey and will be using the Clippings collection of products on my pages. Melanie Bauer from Basic Grey will also be using the same products for a week of her Project Life. I was thrilled when Mel asked me to use the Clippings line because I love it! It's graphic, a little vintage, has a great neutral color way and there are oodles of fun embellishments within this line.

For me, the best way to use a large variety of products from one line is to grab some blank Project Life journaling cards and just start creating my own handmade inserts. I made way more than I needed for one week but the leftovers will go into my stash to use for future PL pages. Please zoom in to get a better look. I used just a few tags from my shop + a few punches and the rest of the items are from the Clippings collection.
Here are a few of my favorites. I love the "guest check" journaling card from the Snippets pad, the notebook fringe stickers from the 12 x 12 Element Stickers sheet and the great patterns in this line. When it becomes available again I'll be purchasing the Garland also. It's die cut and stitched together, ready to use. Cool idea.
From the Snippets booklet I also made these 4 x 6 inserts. I used just a few items from my stash to fancy them up a bit. I also embellished a paper sack to hold some journaling or tags.
And now for my finished pages. Here's how I use my handmade journaling cards: once my photos are trimmed and placed on top of the page protectors I go through my journaling cards and just start selecting ones that seem to fit in terms of color, photo placement, etc. A layout comes together really quickly this way, especially since I had 4 x 6 inserts made ahead of time also.
Here's my left page.
Here's the right page.
This dated 4 x 6 inserts was embellished with a photo collage, a snippet of Washi tape, an arrow sticker from BG, Studio Calico number stamps and letters from the 12 x 12 Alphabet Stickers.
Our pets. Another 4 x 6 BG insert simply embellished with typed label stickers + a date stamp.
Curious Charlie discovered what the pool is all about. I loved the layered look of this 4 x 6 BG insert. I added a small tag with circle heart sticker + Washi + my typed labels. I love the layered look without all the bulk.
Eric had a nice day of early morning fishing at the big pond. I typed on a trimmed down BG journaling card from the Snippets pad.
Here's another 4 x 6 insert straight from the Snippets booklet. I added more of the BG letter stickers, some tickets from the Elements Stickers and then hand cute a few long strips from a piece of patterned paper from the 6 x 6 paper pad. Here's the 12 x 12 version of this paper so you can see the fun strips.
Moving on to the 3 x 4 inserts. On the left insert I used one of my handmade journaling cards along with more stickers from the 12 x 12 Alphabet Stickers + some arrow stamps from the coordinating Hero Arts set. Here's the other stamp set, also great for PL. On the right I have a Week in Review card. All I had to do was add in a little of my own handwriting.
More inserts embellished with my typed labels + some stickers from the12 x 12 Elements Sheet.
Here I used a some hand cutting and a little help from punches to embellish my 3 x 4 inserts. I loved using the small BG letter stickers with stitching over the top. They make fun mini titles for my 3 x 4 cards.
On the left is a page from the Snippets booklet. I only added my photo and typed journaling. So easy. On the right I used a tab punch + a border sticker from the 12 x 12 Elements Stickers.
I also created an 8.5 x 11 traditional scrapbook page insert for this week also. It was a big day when the girls got their new iPhone 4's. I printed a giant 8 x 8 size Instagram print which filled most of the page. For my inserts I like to print larger photos so that an event is really highlighted and made special.
For what was left to embellish, I used 2 of my handmade journaling cards. I just tucked them under my photo after adding some stamping and typed journaling. The fun yellow tag is a Printed Hang Tag from my shop. On the left I embellished a sticker from the 12 x 12 ElementStickers sheet with some small BG sticker letters and tucked it under the photo also. I added a border sticker along the top of the photo and as a finishing touch I added the memories tab from the sticker sheet to the outside of my page protector.
And that's it for this week of Project Life. I'd like to thank Melanie for asking me to be a guest this week for Basic Grey. This was definitely a fun week for me to work on and the Clippings product line is so awesome.

Edited: Forgot to add that I'll be doing a prize drawing for the Basic Grey 6 x6 Paper pad, the alphabet stickers, the elements stickers the snippets booklet and one of the stamp sets. Wowzers! Just leave a comment on this post telling me a little bit about how your Project Life is going. I will close the comments on Sunday evening at 8pm Central Time.

Shopping?
Hey, you might want to check out Studio Calico's lineup of products in their kits & shop items this week. I see that there are lots of Basic Grey goodness there this month, including that sold out garland I've been seeking. Happy shopping. :)

NEW Project Life products are finally in stock:
You can read all about them here at Becky's blog. Don't hesitate if you want something. :) I can't wait to use some of these new items.

My new 2 Squared School Kit:
A fun new kit with a challenge to boot! I've been tweeting lots of project peeks and I'll be showing you projects all week long starting tomorrow. :)

37 comments:

Erica said...

Ugh - those journaling cards are amazing! So love your work.

(and the PL spread is pretty nice as well ;)

Sheryl Berglund said...

I LOVE your PL pages! I'm keeping up-to-date with my PL and am so proud of myself!

kris with a k said...

Your journaling cards are awesome! I should try adding a little more fun details to mine! and I am happy to say that I am current with my Project Life! I just LOVE it!

Patricia said...

Loving thos journaling cards and your pages! I'm not a PL at the moment but may start at the new year!

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

LOVE your handmade journaling cards! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

blupixy said...

Love your journaling cards! Love seeing your project life album! I am loving the Project Life experience but struggling to "keep up" I am finally up to April complete, but I have my notes and photos selected up to date. Just need to sit a make a bunch of cards like yours to get some weeks finished! Thanks for the chance to win!

Danielle said...

Love this new line. I bought the garlands as well. As for PL, I'm a couple weeks behind all the time but I'm loving it & I'm also enjoying getting more familiar with PSE too. Thx!

Laura O'Donnell said...

congrats on the guest spot - your cards are wonderful!

I'm still chugging away on Project Life. Working on week 26 now, so just a little behind. Still having fun with it!

Jean H. said...

Love reading your blog and drooling over your products. Now, if I could just find my creative mojo again it would be awesome!

toni from said...

Loving the look of Clippings in Project Life. It is a yummy collection. My PLing is going great, all through week 28 completely done and I am working on 29 momentarily. I have kept it up and will have three albums again this year (can't help it love the fat embellies and extra inserts.)

Sandra Mahr said...

L.O.V.E. all the tags and journalling cards! Very nice project progress. My PL is going just like every other thing in my life, hit or miss, lol! Thanks for sharing all your talent.

Donna said...

Your attention to detail is awesome. I love the new Clippings design line and can't wait to try it. Project Life is such a unique way to document our memories and being able to add a creative touch to make it your own is amazing.

Emily Mae said...

I love the iPhone insert you did! I'm starting my PL in August and I'm doing it with baseball card protectors, so I'm planning to do some 8.5x11 inserts, too!

Jenn said...

I think my project life is going along nicely this year. Just moved into the 2nd binder. Having fun with lots of inserts and adding a few 12 by 12 scrapbook pages as PL is the only scrapping I do. This year I am keeping one of those small calendars in my purse that has a space for each day and am doing a bit of journaling every day. It has been a challenge but has helped so much with my journaling for PL.

Lise said...

My Project Life album has been going great, ever since I've started buying tags, bags and stickers etc from your shop to use to "pretty up" my basic core kit pages :)

lisa westphal said...

Wow!!! Guesty @ BG!!! Aw.some!! And you sure did work your MISH-MAGIC with their product!
*Seriously* loving each PL spread you create. There always seems to be a new trick or tid bit of inspiration floatin' around.
As for my PL...I'm struggling. Mostly for time. I've gotten up super-early twice this week to work on it...but sabotaged myself by singing too loud with my iPod, waking my little peeps! -LOL!! I just need more hours in the day..and a way to stay awake to do it. :)

sheezie11 said...

Love your PL pages..I use them often for inspiration! I seem to either be running a couple of weeks behind w/ mine...but hopeful can get caught up soon!

candyk said...

Love Basic Grey products
Love my ZOKU pop maker too!

Debbi said...

Creative I am not......but I get the inspiration I need from your blog. Love your style of scrapbooking. I'm trying to get caught up on my PL album....just not enough time in the day for me. Thanks for sharing your talent to keep me motivated.

paperpapier said...

I am not making any PL, I have not even really completed my son's layout since his birth..

Laura said...

I'm doing a Project Life-type project in a hybrid style. I print pictures and journaling on an 8.5 x 11 and add bits and pieces of embellishment.

kamart said...

I am using the PL concept to do my grandson's scrapbooks. I am now about 3/4 done and it is so much fun to work with! Your journaling cards are awesome......I plan to do some for myself too! Thank you for the inspiration!

Linda said...

I really need to make some journaling cards, yours are so inspirational.
I am actually up to date with my PL, I kinda get stressed out if I get behind.

Tonya said...

I am so far behind on Project Life it's not even funny. I have pictures printed, but just need to sit down and make some time to get some weeks done. I am referring back to your "getting behind, getting caught up" post in November 2011!!

Brittany said...

My Project Life is going great. I do it on a monthly basis so even though in working on June pictures right now, I don't feel behind at all. Less stress!

wendyg said...

I'm a few weeks behind on my Project Life. I'm not stressing about it though. Going to enjoy my summer!

Kate aka stinkydudette said...

I was behind by about 3 months, but I've made progress.. I only have 3 weeks to do and I'll be all caught up!! And those cards are super cute!

Theresa & Keith said...

Man your journaling cards are awesome! They all look so well put together!! I am falling behind in my album(my last week completed was beginning of June)...I'm not worried though. I keep a journal (Just a day planner - nothing fancy I just write down what was going on each day..)My pictures are all being taken so when I have the time it should come back together quickly. (We are moving right now so I don't even know where my album is right now.)

Carol said...

So love seeing all the little extras you add to your PL pages. Truly inspiring. Me? I'm a tad behind but still plodding on. Am loving what I'm doing still so all good.:-)

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WinterBerry Glen said...

Im a little behind. I love your posts on how to streamline the process without having to sacrifice cuteness

TaniaM said...

Loving PL and loving your pages! With PL, I have been able to catch up on 3 years of pictures. :) Definitely picking up Basic Grey's Clippings collection!

CindyK said...

So far, I'm staying up with my PL. I check your blog often to get ideas to make mine more "scrappy". I love this Clippings line!

MariClaudi said...

I just printed last months pics and came to your blog for inspiration.

Andrea said...

My Project Life has gotten more lenient lately ;) I do a page when I have time and don't worry about which day or week it is. Thanks for all of the inspiration you send my way!!!

Andrea said...

My Project Life has gotten more lenient lately ;) I do a page when I have time and don't worry about which day or week it is. Thanks for all of the inspiration you send my way!!!

Laura said...

Hi, Michelle, just wondered if you ever did the prize drawing for this post. Sorry to be a pain -- just curious. :)

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