Many scrapbookers I know, including myself still love the look of the 12″x12″ layout. For this reason, I can not fully commit to using Project Life® pocket page protectors & cards 100% of the time, no matter how easily and efficiently they help me create my photo albums. I have instead found a hybrid system which works for me. Perhaps it will work for you too.
How I completed my Project Life® 12″x12″ hybrid layout
First, I decided upon some photos of a time I picked blueberries and turned them into preserves and mini pies. Since I am far from super woman, events like this are quite unique and deserve being memorialized in my scrapbook.
When Stampin’ Up! paired with Becky Higgins to incorporate Project Life® into their product line, I was super excited. I could now easily match my card stock and designer papers to the Project Life® cards I loved to create 12″x12″ layouts. I decided the cards I would use would come from the Stampin’ Up! Hello Lovely Kit and so I sorted a bunch of those with blues & greens which I thought would match well with my blueberry photos.
By pulling colors from the cards, I know my colors in the layout are going to match and look great together. Stampin’ Up! has already worked on all this color coordination stuff for me! So, it was easy to use, Soft Sky, Old Olive, Basic Black, & Whisper White. I knew adding neutral colors should work well, since I already had neutrals (black & white) in the design. So, I added Basic Grey & Smoky Slate in solid card stock and designer papers from the Neutrals DSP stack. As a result, I came up with this design as my 12″x12″ page:
To add interest and texture to the 12″x12″ page I knew I wanted to add the sequins from the Hello Lovely accessory pack which come in matching colors, of course. Trailing across the page like this they help lead your eyes to see the entire page instead of focusing on one area or photo.
How to get started:
- Select photos.
- Choose Project Life® by Stampin’ Up! cards to match photos
- Choose Designer Series Paper & Card stock to match PL cards (easy to do since Stampin’ Up! tells you the colors in their PL cards and has card stock to match!)
- Choose Accessories from the matching Stampin’ Up! PL accessory pack
- Assemble as desired 🙂
Once you start playing with PL cards, you’ll find they are easy and fun to incorporate into your current scrapbook style and help you step into a new style as well. And as an added bonus, PL cards can make simply beautiful cards fronts too. I challenge you to give the cards a go with your nest project. Stampin’ Up’s Hello Lovely PL card set, shown in examples in this post, is a great set to start.
My completed layout looks like this:
I finally finished this layout thanks to being able to print my photos at home with the Selphy cp1200 printer I got for Christmas. As I stated previously, I wanted to share what I like and dislike about this printer, since many of you may be on the fence as to the cost and at home print quality. I’ll be sharing that information tomorrow as I continue this post and share page 2 of this layout, a regular PL pocket page design, and the benefits and disadvantages I found in my use of the Selphy to print these photos at home.
Until next time…