Saturday, May 3, 2014

National Scrapbook Day - Project Life Tutorial

Hello again crafty friends!
Have you enjoyed all the projects and tutorials from the DEE designers?
Today, I have something special for you – a PL tutorial using only stamp so those of you without cutting machines can still make your own PL cards.
Something all crafters have a lot of is paper! In every color, size and pattern. The most important part in making your own cards is choosing a paper that goes with the theme you will follow - no more than 3 or 4 colors, and mixing the patters with the plain papers. Here I chose blues, reds, blacks and yellows.
I cut two different sizes out of every paper I chose:
3x4” and a 4x6”

Then I use my corner punch to round the corners (because they're prettier that way).
This is the one I have, but any punch will do.
Now you have cards w/ rounded corners. Above I told you to cut two of every paper and here is why....I play around with the colors/sizes until I have a combination I like. I always try to pay attention to not put two of the same color too close to one another...
Now comes the fun part!
 Get out every stamp you think you might use, and then a few moreJ
You can see here that I've already colored and cut a few image stamps and have them ready to go (so I an see which color they will look best on). The next part may seem a little crazy, but I really do this for every page... I get out the stamps and start to put them where I think I might use them...and then I change them around again and again until I find where they will look best.  
Note: Forget glue even exists for the images that are ready
(because you may want to move them later - I speak from experience)
So you can see my  madness a bit closer…
Something I always have on all of my pages is a title card. The good news is that you don't necessarily need a machine to make one. I used ‘Microsoft Word’ to print out something simple…
Then I gathered some extra paper and cut them into 1" strips
to help make something simple, pretty...
like this...
Here is what my completed page looks like,
just using stamps and paper I had at home…
A few close-ups…

What do you think? Do you think you can try your own PL cards now?
I hope I've inspired you to make your own page! 

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! This is my first experience with PL and I have to say, you really inspired me! Yourproject looks so beautiful, and I can not believe it is really easy. Thank you!