Today Melissa Stinson has gone above and beyond (we love her!) and is sharing just how versatile the Capture collection truly is! Enjoy!
Melissa: I’ll admit it right up front- I’m absolutely in love with Basic Grey’s Capture system, especially the Waterfall Theme Packs and the Snippets pads. Even though the items are designed for Capture albums and page protectors, they also work perfectly for traditional layouts, and my first project to share today is a layout using the Carte Postale collection with just a bit of Capture thrown in.
I love the earth tones in Carte Postale, and I made sure to use plenty of brown and orange on my page, setting it off with just a hint of mint green for contrast. I’ve used elements from the Carte Postale range within the Capture system- the Pages Flags and a Snippets journaling card- and there’s even a bit of Hipster here along with other embellishments from Carte Postale.
With the Capture collection being so perfect for Project Life layouts, of course I had to use it on one of my weekly spreads, too!
I’ve mixed a little bit of lots of different lines here, including chipboard, Snippets and flair from Carte Postale, a floral die cut from the Occasions Waterfall Theme Pack, and of course journaling cards from several different Snippets pads.
My last project is also my biggest, and the one that I’m most excited about in this bunch! Ali Edwards will be running her popular Week in the Life project on her blog September 9-15, and I’ve already got a Capture album set up and ready to go for it.
In the past I’ve done a great job of taking notes and photos for this project and been somewhat lacking on followthrough to finish the album, and I’m hoping that by keeping things simple and having an album partially assembled before the project begins that I’ll actually finish it this time.
I started with the Ledger Capture album and set up a tab for each day. With just five tabs in the album and seven days in the week I had to get a little creative to fit it all in, but with a few tabbed label stickers from the Capture collection I was able to turn some of the journaling pages from the album into tabbed sheets quickly and easily. I also set up an eighth tab at the end labeled “Home” since I like to include photos of what our house looks like, just to get a snapshot in time of how things change.
The idea for documenting each day is simple. Each tab has two divided page protectors behind it, and I’ve even started pre-filling them with bits cut from Snippets pads- just one or two for each sheet since this will be a mostly photo-based project. At the end of each day I’ll take the photos from my camera, choose, and print to size based on the available slots.
I’ve also scrapped a “mini layout” for each day on the front of that day’s tabbed divider. These are super simple- just a few bits of paper and an embellishment or two, with space for one photo. I cut some scraps of white cardstock down to my standard go-to photo sizes when scrapping these, which will make it easy to choose and print a photo to the proper size when I’m actually assembling the rest of this album.
I’ve also left space for journaling, though I had to get a bit creative about that, too! Week in the Life documentation is usually pretty long, and I knew I wanted to include that information on the back of each day’s tabbed divider. Some of the patterns are a bit busy to put text right on top of, though, and my solution for that is to layer a sheet of vellum over those prints, allowing the pattern to show through but giving the text a semi-opaque layer to sit on. I’ll be printing these pages (each is 5.5″ x 8.5″, or half of a letter size sheet) on my home printer, then attaching them to the tabbed page with a piece of the Vellum Tape from the Capture collection.
After working on these projects, I’m even more smitten with Capture than before, and I can’t wait to start filling up my Week in the Life album with more little bits of it as that project goes on!
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