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Stamp Week | Prompts

Bring on the story prompt stamps! 

Prompt-based stamps are at the heart of the stamps we offer. Designed to both spark and support your stories, prompt stamps give you an opportunity to focus more on the story you are telling and less on adding a whole bunch of other stuff. 

A few things to keep in mind related to prompt stamps that came to me as I was working on these projects: 

  • Stop making stuff super complicated. I get it, I do it too. Pick three stamps to use together to create a series of journaling cards for Project Life on white cardstock. Simple, easy, and cohesive. You don't have to do this every week but it's an awesome design formula to return to again and again. 
  • Start with story. This is my memory keeping mantra. It's pretty simple and can be very effective and it's one of the reasons we make stamps that literally encourage, invite and support your stories. Let the prompt stamps be the story spark for your journaling. They are designed to help you get your stories told and are just waiting for you to use them that way!
  • Repetition is one of the design concepts I come back to again and again when I'm telling stories. I use it to organize my content and to eliminate way too many choices (I'm a fan of less choice because it helps me get stuff done). 

STAMP WEEK SHOP PROMOTIONS

Here's a look at how I played with some prompt stamps today: 

Here is a closer look at the projects: 

From 2010 through 2018 I did weekly Project Life in a 12x12 album. In 2019 I switched things up and am now doing monthly storytelling in a 9x12 album. As you can see, I'm still working on stories in my 2018 album and I'm totally okay with that 100%. In the Story Classroom I include a Project Life weekly spread with the content each month and that's helping me get more of these stories told. 

One of my favorite ways to use prompt stamps is on 3x4 journal cards in  Project Life. My most loved spreads are often those that have a consistent stamped design on each of the journal cards (whether there are three or more). The consistency of the stamped designs bring the whole spread together. 

For this spread I created three journal cards using stamps from the following sets:  SeasonsPieces, and One Little Word Hearts using Pendleton, Tillamook, and Honeyman inks. 

As an embellishment for my 4x6 photos I used a Week In The Life Banner stamp (similar digital version available  here) with Memento Black Ink and cut out each of the banners and stapled them onto the photos. 

DESIGN IDEA: Think title ("loving this") + subhead ("pieces of my heart") + accent (heart/shape/number) when creating titles for your journal cards. 

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Next up I'm continuing working on my Art Of Noticing Las Vegas notebook. 

In the video you'll see me work through a couple more spreads, including this one that uses the "love you because" stamp from the You Story Stamp

For this one I cut a piece of Vicki Boutin pattern paper to 4.25 x 8.25 and rounded the outside corners. Using three different stamps I organized my story into five reasons why I love Aaron - using the "love you because" stamp as my story starter. Along with the prompt stamp I added a number using Willamette ink and a star inside a circle using Tillamook ink. The color combination refers back to the alphabet stamping I did in this notebook yesterday

Seriously love how this turned out. 

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14 thoughts

  1. jchurch2 says…
    03/03/2020

    Magic. Pure magic. ❤️

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  2. dpowersfabian says…
    03/03/2020

    My takeaway: "Stories don't expire!"

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  3. Laura_Steingiser says…
    03/04/2020

    I am so inspired to make some journal cards for my PL...and I might need to start a few journal books of some little adventures I will be having, just simple trips to visit my newlywed daughter on her little farm and babysitting my granddaughter for a few months. Thank you so much for a fun new boost of creativity at this time of the year.

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  4. Blitzburggirl says…
    03/04/2020

    Love it! How are you attaching your paper into your notebook? I don't want to over think it, but are you gluing it, placing it, taping it? Something I'm not thinking of?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/04/2020

      I'm using rolling adhesive. I show that in the video :).

    2. dtramontin says…
      03/04/2020

      Thank you for asking this (and Ali, for answering)! I’ve been way overthinking it too - it seems so simple but I hadn’t seen it discussed before. THANK YOU!

  5. joannemartinson says…
    03/04/2020

    Just wondering where the puffy geotag embellishments are from?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/04/2020

      Hi! I think they were either from the Travel Collection last year or they were an Add On for a Story Kit.

  6. Lisabell323 says…
    03/05/2020

    I do the majority of my "everyday" memory keeping in a Travelers Notebook so I'm super excited to add some new ideas to my toolbox. Really enjoying this series of videos!

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      03/05/2020

      Thank you!

  7. JacqueClements says…
    03/06/2020

    Thank you!!!Thank you!!! for helping me get past “perfect” stamping and getting my stories told using all the product and my creativity. This video series is just the encouragement I needed. I am spending the day in my Art of Noticing TN with photos, stamps, and getting the stories in my head on paper ♥️

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  8. Heidierin says…
    03/07/2020

    such inspiring ideas! the link to Magic Story Stamp takes me to the (most amazing) 404 error page and I couldn't find it in the shop. Will it be available?

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  9. KatB says…
    03/07/2020

    Love this! Will any of those sold out stamps become available again? The days of the week banners and the numbers would be so good to add to my collection. And use to use too of course.

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  10. Islandgirl says…
    03/11/2020

    Ali, I am loving how you use your stamps and I am revisiting my old story stamps. These bite size bits of inspiration are fabulous.

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