How to use Stickers, Thickers and Die Cuts in Project Life

Hi crafters, Harkee from As they grow here back with another Project life layout for you for this month’s PPS craft challenge. This month it really was was a challenge! Firstly, the theme choice is a bit out of the box being this pantone colour palette instead of a word or phrase.

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The second challenging element was the supplies which were a surprise since they were picked for us by PPS. Luckily my design team kit included lots of great stickers, thickers and a gorgeous glittery Project Life Value Kit with lots of pretty die cuts so that’s what I am focussing on here. I particularly loved the Me & My Big Ideas “Friends are like Flowers” themed sticker set (linked below) so that was my main inspiration. Since I haven’t featured myself in my previous PPS DT projects, I also took this as an opportunity to create a fun layout of me and some of my best and oldest friends. It seems fitting with February being the month of Galantine’s Day!

So, what are stickers, thickers and die cuts and how can you use them? Well, stickers we all know and are straight forward paper designs with a sticky back for adhering onto things.

Thickers are just thick alphabet stickers, a name the American Crafts brand gave to them when they made alphabet stickers with added dimension out of materials like chipboard, foam, vinyl etc. These are great to use in scrapbooking projects to create dimension and added interest.

Die cuts are paper or cardboard pieces made into a decorative shape. Unlike stickers they do not have adhesive on the back so you can get more creative with how you use them, for example you can use adhesive foam squares to stick them to a surface raising them up and giving a 3D effect or check out how Zeny used die cuts to make planner clips as part of her February project. The die cuts included in the Project Life Fine & Dandy Value Kit are super cute including lots of fun shapes and glittery finishes and of course pink from the color palette.

Stickers, thickers and die cuts can be used on the full range of Project Life pocket inserts. I started by using the Friends stickers to create a title card, a journalling card and a filler card, sticking the stickers on to cards from the Project Life Fine & Dandy Value Kit as well as plain cards.

I then used the thickers to spell out BFFS on to one of the cute stripey filler cards from the Project Life Fine & Dandy Value Kit.

I just love all the glittery details in this value kit, can’t get enough of the sparkle, the fun patterns and the bright colours!

I then used the die cuts to embellish some of the photos, adding a little sparkle and interest to each of the pages without overshadowing the images themselves too much. Of course I used my Project Life corner rounder punch to round off the corners of the photos to match the filler cards.

Finally, I added my journalling notes, inserted the completed cards and photos in the pockets and voila, finished! It can be so easy to create a fun Project Life layout quickly and easily when you have such cute supplies to hand!

Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial, do check out the other Design Team members’ projects for this theme too for more inspiration. I’ll see you back here with my next Project Life layout very soon!

Harkee x

 Do join the Pretty Paper Studio Monthly Challenge through the following easy steps:

1. Create a project with the theme of the colour palette above

2. Upload your project photo to “February 2018 Theme – Color Palette Photo Album in the Pretty Paper Studio Facebook Group.

3. All entries are due by February 28, 2018.

4. Challenge winner will receive a prize pack worth AED50.

A winner will be announced only if we have THREE new submissions.
All projects submitted for the challenge must be NEW and created AFTER the challenge went live.