Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Our Design Team Tackles Project Life This Week + Tips & Tricks with Tamara

We are super excited to share with you how simple using Doodlebug's Storybook Albums, Divided Sheet Protectors, Simply Put 4x6 Coordinating Pads and Collection Products can make combing your love of Scrapbooking with the hot new trend of documenting your daily events in what many called "Project Life." We're thrilled to have Tamara Tripodi from our design team introducing this to you today.

Hello, everyone! I'm so excited to show you the start of my fun 'insta-life' album! Smart phone photography is so quick and easy and so 'in' right now along with the popular Instagram app. I love sharing my photos on Instagram, but sometimes it's nice to have those photos in print, right? Well, I recently ordered a Canon Selphy CP 900 and it flawlessly prints 4x4" Instagram photos. The quality is fantastic. Now that I have all these photos in print, I need to do something with them! That's where the 'Project Life' Scrapbooking style comes in. I took my Doodlebug Swimming Pool Storybook 8x8 album and decided to use it just for my Instagram prints. The Doodlebug Simply Put journaling cards make this one colorful and cute album. To personalize this album a bit I created a vinyl decal. I used a free font called 'Lobster 1.4'. It's one of my favorite fonts right now. I cut this decal with orange Silhouette vinyl. The vinyl went on to my Storybook album perfectly!


When you open the album you'll see a small 4x4" screen shot of my Instagram account. I will probably switch this out every few months and just layer them over one another to document changes in followers, my profile photos, etc.


Behind the profile screenshot I added a divider pocket that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo. Looks awesome in those cute Dooodlebug 'Take Note' papers, doesn't it? The pocket holds a printed Simply Put journaling card. I added a die cut tab to it with a button. 


Pull it out and here's what you see:  

(Yes, my kids love instagram, too!) Do you like look of the PRINTED journaling card? I will have a short tutorial at the end of this post to show you how I did it! When you turn the pocket divider, you'll come to the first page. This one has 4 pockets that are 4x4". This is my FAVORITE layout to use. I kept this page simple with a Simply Put card and some photos with a few stickers and a penguin Doodle-Pop. I whipped this up in no time! I love that the pocket pages and Simply Put cards make it SO easy to document everyday life. 


The next page is a full 8x8 sleeve. I die cut a big Instagram camera and made it 'interactive' by adding a Doodlebug chunky brad to the lens to turn out of the way to expose a super cute picture of my son. Fun, right? 


Another turn of the page and there's a simple divider with the title of my album, 'insta-life'. Just a touch of Doodlebug washi tape and a homemade flair badge to match.

Now for the last page (for now). I did a little die cutting here and used a Simply Put card. For the bottom 4x6 pocket I added a Doodlebug mini note card to create a simple interactive piece. I adhered the back of the card to my paper, trimmed a small photo to fit, then added some Doodlebug twine to close it. Untie it to see the cute photo! You can do this and add some journaling inside the card. I kept it simple with a sticker. 


 ** If you'd like to get details on all cutting files used, my favorite 'Project Life' tools and more, please check out my BLOG POST!   Now for a quick tutorial to print on your own Simply Put cards!


STEP 1: Create a blank page in your editing program sized roughly to the area you will want to print on. This will vary depending on the size of your cards used, graphics on the card, etc. Once you have your text perfect, print it out onto a plain white paper.

STEP 2: Use a bit of double sided adhesive to layer your journaling card over the printed text.

STEP 3: Showing the journaling card layered over text. *TIP: Holding the paper and journaling card over a light box or window will help in lining it up or you can just eye it.

STEP 4: PRINT! Be sure to insert your paper into your printer the correct way so it feeds properly. I may, or may not have, printed on a card upside down the first time.. That's it! VERY easy! I personally do not care for my writing so I will print on my journaling cards anytime I can... and being I don't have a typewriter yet, this is the best way to do it. Plus you can change up your fonts and text colors.   I hope you've enjoyed this 'insta-life' post and leave here with several ideas on incorporating your Doodlebug Design products into your own albums!


  1. This is all super cute! The link to Tamara's blog post isnt working for me though.

  2. AMAZING! Thanks for sharing all of your tips :)

  3. I seriously LOVE this idea, and I'm stealing it. I'm gonna do an Instagram album!! :)

  4. Great tips Tamara, I wanted to know how to print on those babies ;)

  5. You knocked this out of the ballpark! Awesome! :)

  6. Absolutely stunning, makes me wanna start an album myself..

  7. All the possibilities of Doodlebug products astound me - they are never-ending. Lucky me that I can learn about all of these cool, creative ideas from this here blog and Design Team. Kudos to all of you!! This post of Tamara's is so fantastic and full of life!!!


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