Hey Guys! Today I’ve got a few freebies and an amazing give-away for you!
So…. I’ve been working on a project that I am really excited to share with you! But before I get in to it, let me give you just a little bit of background!
Last month I completed my December Daily album using a Simple Stories Album and photo pocket sleeves. And I loved it! I loved how quickly I was able to put my album together by just slipping my photos in to the pockets and adding some simple journaling cards. I have looked at Project Life for a couple years now and I’ve filled my cart up at Amazon and almost checked out with all the supplies dozens of times, but something has always held me back. I think part of it was just not having the workflow in my life right now to be able to complete it. Focusing for one month on getting my photos ready to print and printing them was hard enough and while I really enjoyed it, I just couldn’t imagine doing it long term. And the main obstacle I face is just that I don’t have time to edit and crop my photos. They’re all piling up on my hard-drive and I keep thinking- one of these days I will get them organized and be able to do something with them. Every once in a while, I set aside some time to process some of my photos but it is usually because I was inspired by a digital scrapbook kit that I wanted to use and I end up processing them just so I can use them in a digital layout! When it comes to processing and printing the photos from my DSLR, I find that digital memory keeping is actually easier for me.
My real problem is that a large chunk of my everyday photos are from my phone! In fact, almost 100% of my every day life photos are taken with my camera phone at this point- and I love it! I love that I’m able to capture moments as they happen without having to lug my camera with me everywhere. And anymore, I find that even when I do have my DSL camera with me, I always stop to capture a camera phone photo or two as well so I can instantly share them with my friends and family. And I’m pretty much addicted to my photo apps. I love how cute the photos turn out and how quickly I can edit and share them! [Remember my Instacation Album!]
OK! Now you’re all caught up and you hopefully see where my road blocks have been!
When I was at CHA earlier this month, I really was inspired by all of the pocket scrapping products on the market and wishing that I could find a way to work it in to my life. My only problem is, again that the majority of my everyday life photos are from my camera phone and in 1:1 ratio- either from Instagram, Hipstamatic or Picfx. To get them printed in a 4×6 or 3×4 format, I would have to edit them… and well that’s just not going to happen! LOL But there just aren’t a lot of 1:1 ratio products out there in the Project Life format. So I got to thinking…. why don’t I just make my own! I can make up a bunch of 1:1 ratio cards each month, print them myself or at Persnickety Prints and finally do something with all my camera phone pictures!
I went searching for some pocket sleeves that are solely 1:1 ratio and I found a set at We R Memory Keepers that will work perfectly! I ordered an album and the sleeves and then got to work. I made up a set of cards and sent them to Persnickety Prints, along with my camera photos- right off my phone- and two days later, I had everything I needed to scrap my photos from January! Here are some photos of the camera photos & the InstaLife cards in the album:
All together, it took me about 5 minutes to put these pages together- the majority of the time was spent trying to figure out which card to use with which photo- and now I just have to fill in the journaling. I made the cards simple, because right now I just want to focus on getting the memories documented. But I also made some patterned papers so that eventually, I can go back and do something a little scrappier with some of the pockets. I am so excited about this project that I just had to share it with you guys.
I talked to Persnickety Prints about how I could share this project with everyone and they added a product in their cart for printing up these cards [called Project Life 4x4]! You can simply download the cards and add them to your account at Persnickety as is- or if you want to get a little digi with it, you can journal on your cards first and then send them in to print! There are instructions on how to print the cards included in the zip files. Or you can print them up on your home printer and cut them out!
I also included a set of cards that you can use on your digital layouts (because all roads lead back to digi with me)! You could even use these Perfect Pockets by Tracie Stroud to give a pocket scrapped feel to your layout! This set includes a page with all 1:1 ratio pockets!
My plan is to create at least one new set each month and share it with you! If you want to get an alert when I post a new set, you can sign up for my InstaLife Newsletter Mailing List! If you are already signed up on my Ziggle Designs Newsletter- you don’t need to sign up for the InstaLife Newsletter, because I will send out updates to my Ziggle Designs Newsletter List as well!
OK, I know… enough with the back story…. get to the products already! I just released a set of cards in my store and I have a FREE set for you here on my blog! This set of Flash Cards is for sale in my store and if you use this coupon code you can save 30% OFF this week!
And here is a FREE set for you! Just click on the image to download!
You can also head over to Persnickety Prints Fan Page to pick up another set of cards for FREE! They should be up in the next day or so!
And lastly, I have an awesome give-away on my Facebook Page where you can win an InstaLife Starter Kit!
I hope you find this project works for you as much as it’s working for me! I would love to hear what you think and if you have any suggestions for card sets! And I would LOVE to see pictures of your projects (even camera phone pictures…LOL)!! I’ve already started working on the FREE set for February, so make sure you are following my blog, subscribed to my newsletter or a fan of my Facebook page so you don’t miss them! You can also follow me on Instagram (username ziggle)!
Have a wonderful weekend!!
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