Project Life Meets Traditional Scrapbooking

Hi readers! How is your day going? I hope you’re having a great weekend and wherever you are, the sun is shining!

When I approached Nichol (Magouirk) about being a guest on our blog, I just loved the idea of showing our readers some more options on how to STRETCH their Project Life supplies, or just use them in a completely different way. The result: two completely beautiful (and different) layouts!

Please enjoy a video tutorial on both!
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I love finding new uses for products that may at first glance appear to be for one purpose but if you think a bit outside the box, can be used in any number of ways! One such product are the 3×4 and 4×6 Project Life or similar cards that are popular for pocket scrapping. Even though I’ve decided at the moment not to pursue pocket scrapping, it doesn’t mean I don’t still love (and still use!) those fun-sized journaling and filler cards for my traditional scrapbook layouts!

One of my favorite ways to use the 3×4 cards is to create a grid-style design on my pages. The 3×4 cards almost become individual “pages” or elements on the page, that when grouped together in a pleasing arrangement, give an impressive overall look and feel to a 12×12 page layout.

For the pink “You Are So Very Beautiful” layout, I grouped five of these 3×4 cards together, adding a frame cut from a 12×12 sheet of patterned paper to balance out the design. Then I layered on additional cut out frames, embellishments and even cut down a 4×6 printed overlay to place on top of one of the 3×4 cards. I love that many of the 3×4 journaling cards have a “patterned” reverse side that works perfectly as a pre-cut, no muss, no fuss, patterned paper that can easily be adhered to any layout or project!

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Watch the Video for the “You are So Very Beautiful” Layout:

Another idea for using those 3×4 and 4×6 PL cards is to simply look at them at patterned paper. If you’re anything like me, you like to chop up your patterned papers into pieces before using them on your layouts! Using these smaller cards eliminates a step for me, giving me a wide assortment of patterned designs to choose from!

They can easily run through a die cut machine (either manual or electronic) and being a smaller size to begin with, these don’t even have to be trimmed down to fit a manual die cutting machine like a 12×12 sheet would!For my circle layout, I ran a bunch of the 4×6 and 3×4 cards through the Big Shot using a nesting circle die set to create a bunch of patterned circle shapes and elements for my page. I even cut out my photos using these same dies! Add in some additional round embellishments and you have a unique and eye-catching page in no time!


Watch the Video for the “Circles” Layout:

Supplies for both Projects:

Thanks so much for reading today, and a big thanks to Nichol for providing great inspiration!


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  1. Nichol, I love this LO!!! Do you have a link for the little bling glue dots? I also don’t really like using liquid glue, but love using sequins.

  2. I never liked scrap-booking, therefore I never kept one up. I believe I can do either one of these. Very quick layouts. Thank You for sharing and for the inspiration.

  3. Really like your circle layout & loved it even more after watching you put it together! Die cutting the “cards” on a 12×12 sheet is a PERFECT idea since they never seem to cut out “just right” if the page is double sided. Love the look of all the circles – great colors too!

  4. Love both pages! My preference is the first one, although I’d love to use either one as inspiration for my own pages. I do enjoy using PL for my scrapbook pages. Enjoyed the “how to’s”.

  5. Love these! I’m always on the lookout for ways to use the pocket page elements in a traditional way since. Great layouts! :)

  6. I like seeing 12X12 layouts. I do those mostly, so its nice to get some sketch ideas down. very nice layouts.

  7. I love blog candy! I’m not a scrapbooker, but enjoy seeing the design ideas. Thanks for a chance to win!

  8. Nichol this is a wonderful layout – doing everything in circles is so unique and eye catching. I’m going to use this idea!

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