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10.15.2012

Technique Tuesday




















(Reported by Jennifer Larson)

I'm here to share with you some hot products being used for Project Life: Technique Tuesday Journal cards and stamps by Ali Edwards.






Here's the interesting part: I don't do Project Life. I obviously couldn't use them as they were intended, so I got to stretch myself to see how flexible the products were.

What I liked:
  1. The clean graphics. The clean graphics made it easier to trim the saying to tuck photos underneath; more intricate designs would have made this impossible. In addition, the clean graphics made these cards (and stamps) easy to work into a variety of page styles.
  2. The bright, basic colors. I was able to use these cards with a lot of scrapbooking lines--see my ingredients lists below! That tells me how flexible these products are to work into anyone's stash.
  3. The varied expressions. I was delighted to see the large variety of expressions on the cards. I can see using them for a wide variety of pages.
  4. High quality stamps. No surprise with Technique Tuesday, but it's worth mentioning that the acrylic stamps inked evenly and stamped evenly. We all know companies that produce stamps that ink poorly and stamp unevenly. Not these--they were so easy! Just like butter.
  5. Blank, lined backs on the cards. I want to punch a hole in the remaining cards and put a binder ring on them, keeping them in my purse for on-the-spot journaling/mini book making. Since the cards are two-sided--one with a saying, the other with lines--they will make a lovely mini.
What I didn't like:
  1.  They're designed for Project Life. This might sound picky, but I don't do Project Life (right now I'm ducking to avoid people throwing things at me). Because of this, some of the prompts, like the food ones, I know I won't use. Most were usable for people not doing Project Life, though.
  2. The size. They were the typical Project Life size, wallet photo sized, which is a bit large, in my opinion, especially for cardmaking. Still, I own a paper cutter, so no big deal.
  3. Words missing from the stamp sets. I can't honestly say they were missing, but it strikes me as passingly odd that one stamp set, the days of the week, had the word "year" but not "day" or "week," and the days of the week set didn't either. I would think those words would be popular for Project Lifers, and I actually wanted to use the word "day" on my page. Lacking the stamp, I ended up using stickers from my stash. Since I (like many other scrapbookers) have plenty of Stash, this was a minor problem easily solved.

What I made:


"Typical Day" was my favorite project. I used the red Story Cards to serve as a photo mat on my page about the things I do once I'm done with work (I teach high school students English). Note: I trimmed around the saying on the cards to tuck the photos underneath. I also used one of the Months stamps to record the date. (Other supplies: patterned paper Little Yellow Bicycle, Crate Paper, October Afternoon, Studio Calico; Stickers American Crafts, Little Yellow Bicycle; flowers Bazzill; buttons Studio Calico, October Afternoon; pen Zig)


This next project, "Exactly," I cut the cards apart to use the words as a trim on the top and bottom of the photo, again using the Months stamp for the date. (Other supplies: patterned paper Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, American Crafts, My Mind's Eye, Studio Calico; stickers American Crafts; punch EK Success, pen Zig; flower Sassafras)

Finally, I used the grey Remember This cards, this time selecting cards with sentiments to make the card making a little easier. (Other supplies: cardstock Stampin' Up!; patterned paper Jillibean Soup; flowers Sassafras; buttons October Afternoon; twine Queen and Company)


Bottom Line: 
 So whether or not you are a person doing Project Life, you'll find these products highly flexible to use on most of your projects!

Where and How much:
Product: Journaling Cards and Stamps
Manufacturer: Technique Tuesday
MSRP: $4.99 cards, $9.99 Stamps
Available Online: Technique TuesdayScrapbook.com, Two Peas in a Bucket


What do you think?  Leave a comment by midnight EST and be entered to win a prize pack from Technique Tuesday.   U.S. residents only and please leave a way to be contacted in case you win!

30 comments:

Patchi said...

I love the handwritten sentiments. I should look into these, even though I don't do PL.

Margie said...

Love your LOs! the first one especially!

wahoolady said...

I'm starting to collect things in an attempt to try PL next year. Good to know I can use them for other things as well. Does seem odd that they didn't include the words day or week.

Christie said...

I love these. I fizzled out on PL this year, but I hope to get back to it in 2013!

Miriam Prantner said...

I really live that you are not a LFer since I am not either, but I can see how versatile and applicable these are to regular scrapbooking/ cards.

The Constant Scrapper said...

While I'm not a PLer either, I do use journaling cards and word stamps on my layouts, so these look they would be quite easy to use. Thanks for the review and the giveaway! :-)
Janice

Letty S said...

Great layouts!! I want to try Project Life next year so this is a wonderful gift!! I would love to win so thanks for the chance!!

Jennifer Cowan said...

Wow I never would have thought to use these cards on a layout....not doing PL really made you use them creatively!

Awesome layouts!

PamSpradlin said...

I love Technique Tuesday stamps. I especially like Ali Edwards handwriting so these are another set of stamps that I just must have. Love your layout...your titles stand out and give it quite a bit of dimension.

Linh C. said...

I collect PL items and use them in non-PL ways. I love your take on these items.

Carol L said...

I love Ali's handwriting and these stamps would be so useful for scrapping layouts, but i have to agree with you that omitting the words "day" and "week" in these sets seems strange. I love how you designed your pages around that issue, and they turned out fabulous! I especially love that hand-written paper on your "exactly" layout - that's the sort of thing that you'll treasure for years to come :)

Renae said...

I was just looking at the red journaling cards the other day. Good to see them in action!

ShoppingTamii said...

I agree with you on the PL stuff...I too feel like it's being thrown at me at every website and blog I visit! But, these are very cute, and I can see using them. I am starting a new way of scrapping - because I have too many photos, and plan to use the divided page protectors mixed in with my pages so I can add lots of pics...these can work for that too!

JULIANA said...

I don't do PL either, so there will be no throwing of things from me. I do like Ali's handwriting and style. But what I love is your use of these products in a non-PL way! Makes me more interested in looking a little closer at these products myself! Thanks!!!

Tamika said...
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Tamika said...

I think you've made good use of them and showed others that don't do PL how to work with them! I do however do a PL book(on back burner)but I try to create my own style too! mekepooh1@hotmail.com

Robin B. said...

I love the projects you made showing different creative ways with using these journaling cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

Yaritza said...

They make some really quality stamps. Thanks for the chance.

Jean said...

I have never done PL either. I do see though how you could work them into scrapping and card making. Thank you for the chance to win!

Funky Finds said...

I don't do Project Life either, so I was grateful for the review from your POV. I think these products look fun & would love to try them out!

Jessica Dougherty
jessica(at)funkyfinds(dot)com

Moongirl said...

I don't PL, but I love the cards and stamps! And you have shown how they can be used in other ways.

jcinokc said...

Love your layouts and card. I don't do project life either but I have used some of the Technique Tuesday stamps for other things. Thanks for the chance to win!

jenlovcarr at aol dot com

lynda said...

I've always thought that the journaling cards are good to use on more than just PL. Glad we agree!

Melanie said...

I love Ali Edwards stamps....so I think they are fabulous!

Renee said...

In a perfect world, I would LOVE to do PL. However I know myself well enough to realize it would be a waste of money for me since I never seem to find the time or energy to even finish scrapbook pages anymore ;) Love your projects, great design and creative use of the cards! oh, and thanks for the honest review, I enjoy that!

Devra said...

I love your LO's! I agree with you on the oddity of the 2 missing stamps!

{VICKI} said...

I don;t do PL either but I LOVE anything ALI! She is my Fave!

Jackie said...

thanks for the chance to win - id love to get to play with these goodies from technique tuesday! :)

Victoria S. said...

love these! love how you used these in other ways than were intended. good job!

Anonymous said...

Not a PLifer either but I love these cards. I got two sets and will be buying more. I consider them a basic supply now.