This week we’re discussing capturing boys…
Have you seen these fake trailers?
The Shining posed as a romantic comedy?
And Jaws as an uplifting Disney movie?
There’s a whole bunch of them —
*Forrest Gump as a gangster flick.
*Breaking Bad as a romantic comedy.
*Stephen King’s It as an inspiring family film.
*Mrs. Doubtfire as horror.
Yeah, it’s a thing. (You know, YouTube)…
No matter how much Jack Nickelson’s, “Here’s Johnny!” terrified you as a kid, you will still feel a stirring of love and joy with The Shining posed as a romantic comedy.
It’s mostly the music that wreaks this emotional havoc.
Music is the dressing that tells you what to feel in a movie.
In scrapbooking, the design does that.
The design sends an immediate message, so it’s very much like a movie trailer — an introduction of what’s to come, meaning the story in the journaling.
So what happens if we don’t know how design works, and the design conflicts with our story?
Then it’s kind of like those mixed up movie trailers.
I mentioned last week in an email that I ought to share a page of mine that totally contradicts what I was trying to say. I decided to go ahead and do that. I made a video tutorial on the subject and it’s in the Member’s Area now.
It’s a subject I approach in all kinds of ways throughout the 250 videos in the Paperclipping membership.
If you want to get good at this, you should check it out:
Do you ever feel like you’re neglecting one for the other? Or maybe that decision of what goes where actually locks you up and prevents you from moving forward at all.
You’ll love the class I’m giving at True Scrap, called Small Details, Big Picture. For just a few more days you can use coupon code: HERO to get $20 off your registration.
In Small Details, Big Picture we’ll tackle a whole month of life and stories, looking at a process for noticing the small details and the big picture, and sharing them both with a healthy balance of Project Life, themed story-album documenting, and traditional scrapbooking.
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I’m giving away one spot in this one-of-a-kind event. Here’s what you need to do:
- Visit www.truescrap.com and watch the short video at the top of the page.
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“What if I don’t have a clear story?”
A few of you have asked me this as I’ve talked about seeing our albums as each telling a bigger story as a whole. Stories wrap their fingers around both the viewers and the scrapbookers, keeping us both engaged and excited for the next page.
But it’s true that some of my albums are really more like themed albums and a little weak on story, at least in terms of having a conflict that needs to be resolved. (It’s the conflict and the attempts to resolve it that wraps its tight grip around lovers of stories).
So if story-driven scrapbook albums attract you but you don’t have a story for yours, do not worry. I have some work-arounds.
There are things we can do visually to simulate the feeling of an over-arching story in a scrapbook album. I shared three in a video tutorial by sharing two of my story albums that are more theme-driven and less plot-driven. You’ll see me create some new pages using these three ideas for simulating the feeling of having a story line.
This video is now in the membership library! Members will find it there an on iTunes.
Not a member? Click here for learn about a membership.
Want to know how you can add more detailing to your pages without making them chaotic, and without distracting too much from the photo?
Use tone-on-tone in your detailing (personally, I especially love white-on-white).
That’s not the only way, but it’s one of the really good ones.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t pitfalls. It actually is possible to overdo it and create chaos, even when every single item you add to your page is white! In this week’s episode I show you how that can happen and how to avoid it.
(Yes, one of the pages I make in the video is 100% white!).
I also share all kinds of tips and techniques for layering white on white in your pages.
To watch the video you must be a Paperclipping Member. Click here to learn about a membership.
If you’re a member, you can find your newest video now on iTunes and in the Paperclipping Membership.
Do you ever use prompts to kickstart your journaling, to come up with a story idea, or to inspire the way you’ll tell a story visually?
We talked about unique story-telling and journaling ideas on the Paperclipping Roundtable, and and the conversation included some of the pages I made from some great prompts by Debbie Hodge for her scrapbooking membership. I’m one of her guests for September’s Story Play membership topic and the prompts were challenging, but also inspiring and fun.
Here are Debbie’s prompts and the layouts I made. Would you like to give one of these a shot?
Click here to see more…