If you are anything like me, you’ve watched videos of paper scrappers working on their Project Life spreads. They bring out a collection of products, trim their photos, and set about creating their pages. I’ve always done Project Life hybrid, laying everything out on a canvas and then printing my photos and elements separately and then putting everything together and placing them in the pocket page.
I love watching these Project Life scrappers and their use of traditional supplies. I loved their ability to move things around on the page until it suited them, and with the way I was doing hybrid, there was little room for change once things were printed. As I was watching a video this past weekend I got a brainstorm… my thought was, “Why can’t I do this… even as a hybrid artist?” So I started working immediately on printing my own little kit for doing pocket pages.
I decided that part of the appeal to me of scrapping this way was that everything matched. You know that whatever you put on a card will go with whatever else is already on that card. I went about picking out a kit that would work for the days that I wanted to include on my page. I had Nicole’s Heart & Home kit that I used for a couple of small elements on the pages that I did for my last blog post, and since a couple of the pockets had to do with looking at a home, putting in a application and getting approved this seemed like the perfect kit for my page:
Once I selected the kit, I opened up a 8.5″x11″ canvas in my scrapping software and began selecting the papers that I thought would go well with the page I was scrapping. I ended up choosing 11 of them, even though I knew I wouldn’t use every one, I liked that I would have a choice when it came to putting my page together.
I resized each of these papers to 6″x6″ and placed each paper towards the top on a separate canvas:
My next step was to choose the elements I wanted to include. I picked everything that was 2 dimensional and would make sense to be printed on paper. Every tag, label, sticker, and journaling card got placed at the bottom of one of those canvases to conserve paper. My last step was to place the alpha at the bottom of the remaining canvases. I did multiple of each letter, and one thing that I adore about doing it this way vs. buying alpha stickers is that I can take into consideration the letters that I use most. My daughter’s name is Elizabeth, but goes by Liz or Lizzy so I always found that there were never enough Ys and Zs on an alphabet sticker sheet.
My next step was to print everything out on matte presentation paper:
After everything was printed out, I set about cutting everything out. I got out our folding table, my paper trimmer and scissors, and did this while watching football with my husband. This is a great activity to do while watching TV or listening to music or an audio book.
The only thing that I did not cut out individually were letters. Since I didn’t yet know what letters I would be using, I just decided it would be easier to cut these out as I needed them. Of course if I ever get blessed with an electronic cutter I’ll be using that to cut everything out, including letters, but since for right now it’s just me and a pair of scissors it made since to leave these in tact until I was ready to use them.
Now that I had everything printed and cut out, I began putting my page together. I printed my photos and had such a blast figuring out where to place everything. I loved that if there was a paper or element that just didn’t appeal to me that I didn’t have to print it, but that I still had a plethora of items to choose from.
When choosing my papers to print I didn’t print any of the solids, since I knew I would want to use them with printed journaling for a couple of my cards. So after I got everything put together, I decided what would get computer journaling and what would get handwritten journaling and that was my last step in putting this page together.
I love using pre-made journaling cards that are often included with a kit. This one was fairly simple, but it was a great jumping off point for me. I just added a banner of houses and the Home Sweet Home word art, and it became the perfect way to tell the story of our new home.
When it comes to scrapbooking (and especially Project Life), I have been working on letting go of my perfectionist tendencies. This photo of my niece was snapped in a hurry with my phone. But it still tells a piece of the story of her and that’s why I chose to use it. I think when we are trying to capture our every day lives, letting these little imperfections show is as important as anything else.
And the best part. I bagged up all of the leftovers, labeled it with the designer and kit name, and will be able to mix and match using these papers and elements on a later page.
I know that this is a technique that I will use again. I loved being able to work on my project life with very minimal time on the computer, but while still using some of the amazing products that digital scrapbooking designers produce every week.