How to Make Digital Copies of Your Favorite Project Life Cards

Does anybody else suffer from "pretty crafting supplies hoarding syndrome?" You know, where you have found the most perfect Project Life card or scrapbooking sticker and you're afraid to use it because then you won't have it for potential future projects anymore? It's crazy, I know! But I used to suffer from pretty crafting supplies hoarding syndrome. 

One way I got over it was learning how to get the most bang for my buck while subscribing to a kit club. I received monthly scrapbook kits from Gossamer Blue for over 2 years. And every month, I would find that handful of perfectly designed Project Life cards that I just couldn't get enough of. One of each was not enough! So, I figured out how to make a couple of copies of each of my favorite cards, so I would no longer fear "not having enough" of that perfect card.

I'm going to teach you how you can do the same below. First things first, it's important that if you are making digital copies of a physical product you have purchased, that you're actually allowed to and that you're doing it for your own personal use only. I did have permission from Gossamer Blue to write this post but when they shared it on their blog a while back, some people got upset about copyrights and digital theft. So to clarify- you can (and I did) only do this with products you have purchased, are using for your own personal use, and have permission to do so. If you pass all of those checkpoints, congratulations! You are now on your way to getting out of fear of not having enough of the perfect project life card. 

Second clarification- I did this with permission from the company whose kit I was subscribed to. I use my extra physical copies of cards for my own personal use in future layouts. :D


How to Make Digital Copies of Your Favorite Project Life Cards

Step 1- Pick your favorite cards. I hate clutter and believe that a sparse craft room filled with only your absolute favorite things is the most happy and inspiring environment you can have. So pick only your absolute favorite cards and be selective! Remember, the idea isn't to have so many that you're overwhelmed, but to have just enough. I choose a handful of my favorite cards and made 2-3 copies of each. Just enough so I won't run out the first time I use them. Not so many that I become overwhelmed with clutter and too many supplies.

Step 2- Scan them to your computer or a memory card using a photo scanner. I use this all in one photo printer and scanner from Epson. I placed my favorite cards face down onto my scanner. You can fit 6 3x4 cards onto a letter sized paper or scanning area. The settings I used to do this were as follows: scan paper size- 8.5x11, document type- photograph, color profile- color, resolution- 300dpi. Once you've scanned them onto a memory card, upload them to your computer. 

Step 3- Arrange digital copies of cards onto letter paper sized document. You can fit 6 3x4 cards onto a letter size paper, 2 4x6 cards and 2 3x4 onto a letter size paper, and lots of other variations of number of cards and size of cards. The point is, you can fit quite a few on one piece of paper if you arrange them nicely. You can see in the images below some of the common arrangements I use for printing my Project Life cards.

I do this in the paint program (or photoshop.) You can easily copy my setup by creating a document that's 3300px wide by 2550px tall at 300dpi. Then add your Project Life cards to the document. 3x4 sized cards should be 900px wide by 12oopx tall and 4x6 cards should be 1800px wide by 1200px tall. It seems tricky in the beginning, but I promise it's super easy once you get the hang of it! 

Step 4- Print and cut out. I print onto thick, white, letter-size cardstock using the following printer settings for my printer; Paper type- premium matte presentation paper, project type- best photo, border settings- borderless. It's also important to make sure that you check your margins on your document. I set mine as close to zero as possible and select the "borderless" printing style. This makes sure that your cards print the correct size. After you print, cut out your extra copies of your favorite journaling cards and ENJOY the feeling of having just the right number of copies of the perfect journaling card! 

How to make digital copies of your project life cards
How to make digital copies of your project life cards
How to make digital copies of your project life cards
How to make digital copies of your project life cards
How to make digital copies of your project life cards
How to make digital copies of your project life cards
How to make digital copies of your project life cards

REMEMBER- only use this technique in an ethical manner. Please and thank you! It's a super awesome way to make sure you never run out of your favorite journaling cards. I love using it for my kit subscriptions where the cards are exclusively designed (only available for people who subscribe to the kit.) and the kits only come with 1 of each card. This is an easy way to make sure that my absolute favorites stay on my computer and on hand for when I have the perfect project to use them for down the road. :D 

The best part of this is that you get to support a scrapbooking company while not falling into the trap of hoarding your paper crafting goodies out of fear of not having enough of a particular card. Cheers to that! What's your favorite way to get the most out of your kit subscription?

xoxo,
Laura

Sisters 4x4 Mini Album

My baby sister is one of my favorite people in the entire universe. So what does a memory keeper do to honor that relationship? Make a mini album of me and my baby sister of course! 

So I printed off my all time favorite photos of me and my baby sister and got to work creating this gorgeous 4x4 Project Life mini album scrapbook. Here are all the photos of how this chunky, adorable album turned out. Let me know what you think of this mini album in the comments at the end of this post!

Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album
Sisters 4x4 Mini Album

Products used- 4x4 Gold Album, Dear Lizzy 6x6 Paper Pad Similar, Gold Glitter Phrase Thickers, Black Phrase Thickers, Buttons, Dear Lizzy Stickers, Epson Photo Printer.

YAY for getting all the memories printed out and put into albums. Tangible photographs bring me so much more joy than digital versions that just sit on a computer and never get viewed. What about you- do you prefer digital or physical photographs for reliving your favorite memories?

xoxo,
Laura

Using my Happy Planner as a Diary

There are infinite ways to use your planner. Some use it strictly for planning appointments and to-do lists, some use it for memory keeping. Lately, I've taken to using it as a diary or journal. I love this method because it's perfect for looking back at later. Especially if you've fallen behind on your memory keeping. You can go back to a certain week or date and see exactly what happened that day and look up quotes and how you felt on that date so you can journal about it properly in your scrapbooking or Project Life album. Awesome, right?

In the pages below you'll see a mix of diary entries in my Happy planner. Classroom and workshop notes, what I did that day, to-do lists, etc. It's basically free-writing or brain-dumping if you do that haha. I've also blocked out little bits of journaling that were a little too personal to share. :)

Using my Happy Planner as a Diary
Using my Happy Planner as a Diary
Using my Happy Planner as a Diary
Using my Happy Planner as a Diary
Using my Happy Planner as a Diary
Using my Happy Planner as a Diary
Using my Happy Planner as a Diary
Using my Happy Planner as a Diary
Using my Happy Planner as a Diary

Having a daily practice of free-flow writing is so therapeutic. It's great for productivity too. Once you get all your random thoughts and to-dos down on paper, your mind is able to focus on one thing at a time. It's been a super great way for me to use my Happy Planner lately. 

What about you- what's your favorite way to use your Happy Planner? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,
Laura

DIY Pretty Garden Rocks

Summer is in the air which means it's finally the season for gardening! A lot of people plant their gardens in the spring but I wait until summer because I live in the south, and I like to have my veggie crops from the time the college semester ends (May) until late fall. I get to harvest my tomato plants through November! Talk about a long season. 

Now that I have more time on my hands for my garden and getting crafty (thanks to school being out for the summer,) I wanted to do a DIY project to make my garden beautiful. Here's what I came up with- Pretty Garden Rocks! 

DIY Pretty Garden Rocks
DIY Garden Rocks

This project is perfect for not only adding some pretty to your garden but to help it function better too. Rocks around the border of your garden help prevent weeds and grass from creeping into your garden bed AND the bright colored rocks help attract honey bees. Honey bees help pollinate your plants so they grow healthier and larger. Plus, they are dying off and as an essential part of our ecosystem, it's awesome to give them a safe place to pollinate and hang out. YAY! Saving animals and making pretty things. Here's what you'll need for the project.

Supplies- 
Rocks with a Flat Side
White Acrylic Paint
Red Acrylic Paint
Teal Acrylic Paint
Yellow Acrylic Paint
Pink Acrylic Paint
Sealant
Me and My Big Ideas Black Quote Stickers
Me and My Big Ideas White Quote Stickers

DIY Garden Rocks
DIY Garden Rocks

Instructions-
1. Paint all of your rocks in various colors. They'll probably need 2 or 3 coats to look vibrant. 
2. Once the paint has dried, seal the paint with Mod Podge or some other sealant. This is important because they'll be out in the dirt and paint can easily scrap off rocks when they are in the soil and in contact with other rocks. 
3. Add your favorite quote stickers on top! I used a combination of white and black phrase stickers and love the finished look. 
4. Put the rocks around the border of your garden beds and wait for the honey bees to come. :D

DIY Garden Rocks
DIY Garden Rocks
DIY Garden Rocks

Gorgeous right? And so perfect for summer and the garden... OR as a desk paperweight because lets be honest- they are that pretty haha. Will you be trying this DIY project? Let me know what you think in the comments down below!

xoxo,
Laura