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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tips and Techniques: Reblog of Project Life Tag Album with September Skies Core and Value Kit from Heidi Swapp


Reblog from Heidi Swapp - Project Life Tag Album
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you are in for a fabulous treat today!!! My media team member Jamie Pate is sharing a beautiful mini album she created with my Becky Higgins Project Life September Skies Core and Value Kits now available at Hobby Lobby stores! there is so much eye candy in this post that you will want to bookmark this page to come back again and again!!!
Some of my favorite albums are the little ones. When the Project Life September Skies Core Kit arrived, those journaling cards said loud and clear that they were perfect for a tag album. Using those cards as the base, a birthday tag album was created to celebrate a recent birthday in the Pate household. Today’s post will share how that album came together, including a photo template made for mini photos, and other Heidi Swapp goodies to craft a memorable memory keepsake.
 Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
To start, photos were the focus. The album needed a real simple approach by way of the images, and so a photo template was needed first. A template was create that allowed mini photos sized 2 1/8 x 3 1/4-inches. But that was not enough. A ‘polaroid’ type frame that is so on trend currently would be what set these images apart. Thus a mini photo template was born, and can be downloaded HERE just for you! Perfect!
 Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
So now that the photo approach is settled, embellishments were to be decided on. The base of this project is the Project Life September Skies Core Kit. A selection of the 3×4-inch cards were gathered and stayed mainly pink, some teal, and a touch of grey. Overlays from the Value Kit of course was a good choice. And then various stickers sets that are part of the collection found at Hobby Lobby were going to add all the needed details.
Let’s get started.
 Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
A 6×4 glitter card was chosen to be the back ‘cover’ for the album. Clear acrylic paper was to be the front cover and was embellished with a polka dot stencil and Pink Texture Paste. It allowed for just a touch of see through.
 Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
The ‘enjoy’ glitter embellishment is trimmed out from a card in the Value Kit. And then other stickers and word phrases finished out the cover.
 Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
The inside tags each include a photo, of course. Each photo is mini attached to it’s individual 3×4 card. Then clear ephemera, punched paper pieces, word strips, chipboard images, and whatever else suited my fancy was layered on and under the photo.
 Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
Don’t forget there are great die cut pieces to be found in the Value Kit as seen here with the ‘pretty’ die cut. Just dab a small amount of hot glue on the back and adhere to the tag.
 Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
The overlays from the Core Kit found their way in here as well. This one is embellished with a glitter phrase to give it focus and some depth.
 Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
One way to get more mileage from embellishments is to cut up phrase stickers, like the Word Jumbles Vintage Stickers. These are some of my all time favorite embellishments Heidi has offered. Cut them up to give more interest to the layout.
 Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
Journaling is very important to this tag album and these memories. Remember the direction above about stapling the photo to the journal card?
 Project Life Tag Album | Heidi Swapp and Project Life team up with September Skies journal cards to create a tag birthday album. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp
That creates a self made flap on each card. A perfect place to journal thoughts and sentiments is hidden under each photo. This is at the heart of what makes these creations so meaningful. My daughter, celebrating 16 years here, will always have my words right here about her right now. These memories and moments are so quickly forgotten. We have nothing if we don’t have our memories. Each of these tags will hold my thoughts to her. Because it’s not just about the pretty stuff. It is about the photos. But it’s REALLY about the heart that you share with the one that you love.
There is a lot more eye candy to be found on my blog. Images of each page of this tag album can be found there, along with the download to the mini photo template. Hoping this inspires you to take your Project Life journal cards a tad farther and craft a beautiful album for any occasion.
I LOVE this Jamie! There are so many layers and textures that it just makes me want to flip through it in real life! Alright! head over to Jamie’s blog and check out more pages and inspiration!

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