Sunday, May 26, 2013

DIY Project Life!

Hi Bloggers! Quick intro today from me (Stephanie) to introduce you to our guest writer for the day,  Chaitali! She has a young, fun, & fresh approach to how she likes to make her own Project Life pages. Without further ado, I'll hand the pen computer, over to her. Enjoy!
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Hi there everyone! Chaitali here today to share a few tips on DIY Project Life cards with you. For those of you new to Project Life, it is an awesome system of quick scrapbooking! I have 5 tips for you that I learned when I started making my own Project Life cards. Trust me, they are addictive! So shall we get started with the countdown? :)

Tip 5: Use your stash!

If you are using the most common Design A for Project Life, you will need 8 cards of 3 X 4 size per week. With 52 weeks in a year, you do the math on how many 3 X 4 cards you will need. Tons! What a great opportunity to use your stash!

Here are 2 cards I made with things from my stash. The left one uses stamps, re-inkers and a fun DIY inkpad technique I learned from Jennifer (McGuire). The right one uses another fun stamp set and some paper piecing.

Stamped Card Supplies
{1} CAS-ual Fridays Bold Wishes Stamp Set {2} Distress Ink Refills {3} Ranger Cut-N-Dry Stamp Pad {4} Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper

Paper Pieced Card Supplies
{1} TAWS Adorabowl Stamp Set {2} Studio Calico Snippets 6x6 paper {3} Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper

Tip 4: Keep the embellishments less bulky.

I learned this the hard way when I almost mangled my cards trying to squeeze them in the layout pockets with their bulky embellishments. Its hard to hold off but you can do it! The good news is there are lots of great embellishments that look just as good but dont add bulk to the card.

 

Here are 2 cards I made with embellishments that arent so bulky. The left one uses brads and the right one uses flowers.
Brads Card Supplies
{1} Basic Grey Glazed Epoxy Brads {2} Copic Markers {3} Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper

Flower Card Supplies
{1} Flowers {2} Studio Calico Snippets 6X6 Paper {3} Spica Glitter Pens {4} Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper

Tip 3: Personalize Them!

Remember, they are YOUR journaling cards and you are making them yourself because you want them to be different from all the other ready-to-use cards out there! So personalize them to your needs. Use your supplies to make them extra special.
 
Here are 2 personalized cards I made. The left one lists all the sicknesses and Dr. visits we had that week. The Alley Way Gotta Bug stamp set was perfect for this! The right one details my husbands birthday planning. Both are perfectly themed to the write-up because I made them myself!

Sickness Card Supplies
{1} TAWS Gotta Bug Stamp Set  {2} Copic Markers {3} Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper

Birthday Card Supplies
{1} CAS-ual Fridays Bold Wishes Stamp Set {2} Copic Markers {3} Memento Tuxedo Black Ink {4} Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper

Tip 2: Think of them as mini cards or mini layouts
If you are a cardmaker primarily, try thinking of these as mini cards. And if you are a scrapbooker, think of them as mini layouts. Either way, when you think of them as miniature canvases, you will open a whole new world of possibilities! All your techniques and tricks will work here too!
 
Want an example? How about a filler card with the Emboss Resist technique?

Emboss Resist Filler Card Supplies
{1} CAS-ual Fridays Bold Wishes Stamp Set {2} Memento Tangelo Ink {3} Memento Bahama Blue Ink {4} Memento Cottage Ivy Ink {5} Tsukineko white embossing powder {6} Ranger Emboss It pens {7} Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper

Tip 1: Have Fun!

That's the main aim after all, isnt it? :) Its interesting what you can come up with when you just think about having fun instead of trying to finish a scrapbook! For example I found that everything doesnt have to be single layer and on a 3X4 card when I decided to have some fun...
 
Emboss Resist Filler Card Supplies
{1} Nestabilities Fleur De Lis Square {2} Studio Calico Snippets 6X6 Paper {3} Tsukineko white embossing powder {4} Ranger Emboss It pens {5} Neenah Classic Crest Solar White paper

Hope you enjoyed the countdown and picked up some inspirational ideas for your journaling cards! I would love to see your work if you create some DIY journaling cards!

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Happy Crafting!

-Chaitali

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84 comments:

  1. Love all the tips and examples, Thanks.

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  2. So many great ideas and tips. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. Love the idea of a 3x4 card...so much less overwhelming than a 12x12.

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  4. Great Ideas! Is there a way to apply to be guest writter?

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  5. Love the idea of making our own PL cards!

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  6. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  7. Lovely ideas!! Thanks a lot!
    xxx Marianne MW

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  8. A really cool set of cards here and great examples. This should really be something we can all find out to do LOL, and then it even looks pretty cool too. I love it.

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  9. Sharon c. What a good idea for trying something new each time.

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  10. Great advice! I live just north of Seattle. I want to try the Eritrean food place!

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  11. These are so cute... Lots of great ideas to try out on different things.

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  12. Remembering the ins and outs of life- that's fun. Great journal!

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  13. What a great way to capture the everyday moments.

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  14. Lovely cards and wise tips!

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  15. Wow!! Loving all of the FUN ideas!! Thanks for sharing and have a Fabulous Weekend!! ;)

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  16. Great tips. Handmade is always better

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  17. I love so PL and these are some really fun ideas - TFS!

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  18. great ideas - journalling cards are something new to me

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  19. Never worked with journalling cards. Thanks for the tips

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  21. You really hit the nail on the head when you said "Think of it as a mini layout, or card.." I will definitely look at it that way from now on and I think it will work out better for me. Great job on these examples!

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  22. Good tips! And thanks for sharing! Greetings, Gerrina

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  23. Fun little cards for your project life. Love that you even keep the not so fun memories too. :) hugs, Kimberly

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  24. Love these ideas!
    Especially using up my stash of supplies!
    Thanks!

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  25. Great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. Such a great post Chaitali! I love your mini card idea, and your tips! I agree that having fun is so important while documenting your life. Fabulous pieces. I love the pic with your mom!

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  27. Great tips! I love the effect of the rainbow stamped card on top.

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  28. Thanks for the tips Chaitali! Project Life looks fun :)

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  29. Great project life cards! Great idea to make diy ones, love your rainbow colored stamping technique, and you idea to add multiple layers or diecuts. I bet your pages look great. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  30. Love this idea! Now if I can only discipline myself to keep up with this on a daily basis...

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  31. Great ideas, thanks so much.

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  32. All great ideas! I like the idea of making my own personalized PL cards.

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  33. Love the great tips on making Project Life cards, especially when it comes to using my stash!

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  34. I am not a Project-Lifer myself, but I think your little journaling cards are adorable! Thank you for sharing them with us!

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  35. what a very great idea. I am not a PL-er but i know many who are. I will direct them to this post. :)

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  36. Super cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Adorable cards. I bought supplies to PL this year. They are still in their boxes. :) I love to plan, never have time to follow through. I really thought PL would be an easy way to keep up. Thanks for sharing your cards.

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  39. Those are great ideas! I haven't 'jumped' onto PL wagon...yet! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. So many great ideas and tips. Thanks for sharing!!!
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  42. So fun! I want to try this!

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  43. Thanks for the tips! The cards look great.

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  44. What a great idea...I think I will make these for my journal. I love the colors and stamps. That is a great tip to keep the embellishments less bulky. Thank you for sharing!

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  45. Great PL cards. Always love using things in my stash.

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  46. Chaitali, love your personalized PL cards. I don't do project life but these would be great journaling cards on any scrapbook page.

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  47. Awesome this has inspired me to get working on my photos and documenting life! Thanks & God bless~

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  48. Good tips and a reminder to personalize and make your own cards.

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  49. I haven't jumped on the project life train yet, but this makes me a bit more interested.

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  50. Great tips and inspiration. Thanks.

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  51. These are great. Love the tips and idea's. My favorite is the life is amazing. Wonderful as usual.

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  52. This makes me want to make my own Project Life cards! Great job!

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  53. I like the Life is Amazing one. The embossing looks cool on the pretty colors.

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  54. Great ideas. I could use some of these supplies to get me started!

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  55. Awesome layouts and wonderful tips! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  56. I like the idea of DIY cards! I really don't want to have the same as everyone else. Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  57. I don't do project life but these are some interesting ideas.

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  58. I don't do Project Life or scrapbooking, but you've shown me how easy it can be. I guess I tend to use my emails as my diary and to keep track of what I've done during the day. Not very creative, I know, but it's what I have time to do. Thanks, Chaitali. I really enjoy these guest spotlights.

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  59. I like this project life card ideas but I do not do Project life. I have thought of doing something similar with the divided sheet protectors you can get...thanks for all the great tips and ideas.

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  60. Love all these great tips! Thanks for sharing! :-) xx

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  61. Well done and a very personal touch for the PL pages.

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  62. Love the projects.
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  63. Thanks for the ideas & inspiration.

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