This week we’re talking about keeping scrapbooking fun.
I also made three pages with the pieces I was putting together as I was making those kits.
Why You Should Re-Kit Your Diminishing Scrapbook Collections
Here is why it’s a good idea to disassemble your purchased collections or kits after a while…
- Having already used many papers you liked from your collections, the papers you like less start to dominate the remaining ones that you do like. This makes you feel uninspired when you look through those collections.
- The papers you don’t love take up space, compete for your attention, and make you feel guilty.
Why Re-Kitting Will Rock Your Scrapbooking World
Here’s why it’s amazing to pick your favorite papers from among your collections and build your own homemade kits…
- You have inspiring and exciting coordinated supplies to work with RIGHT NOW!
- You realize you already own amazing supplies and you won’t desire new stuff nearly as much.
- You have a clear idea of how many pages you can make before you’ll need to shop for more stuff.
- If you do want to buy a few new things, you can prioritize what you purchase by looking at what your kits could benefit from.
- Your gorgeous new kits highlight how uninterested you are in the remaining papers that didn’t make the cut. You realize that you truly do not need those other supplies, and that they are limiting your inspiration.
I’ve been waiting since early January for a few new collections to come available in the stores. I ordered a couple of those collections right before starting my kit project. And now I’m not even interested in opening those new collections because I just want to scrapbook with these beautiful, personalized kits!
Want to make some personalized kits of your own?
While doing my “kitting” this week I made two videos where I shared my process and lots of tips to help you do this, too.
You will not be sorry.
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Do you end up with kit and collection leftovers?
Either those leftovers don’t work well together, or they’re just not inspiring you any longer — especially when there are new collections hitting stores, like many have been just recently.
With two new collections making an entrance in my scraproom this week, it occurred to me that I need space for them, as I still have plenty of leftovers from the collections I purchased a year ago.
What do you do when when have lots of older stuff, but you’re ready for something new?
Personally, I like to shake them up. I like to do some things that make them feel fresh and new again.
Here are a few ideas…
- Make your own new coordinated kits with your leftovers.
- Alter them with color mediums.
- Crop them to emphasize something different in the pattern.
- Fussy-cut an icon or image from the pattern.
- Die-cut them.
I chose leftovers from six different collections that I wanted to tackle this week. My goal is to knock four collections out of their spots in my scraproom, and to make a dent in two of the others. I’m using the methods I listed above and making two different videos to show you how I’m doing it.
The first video focuses on the first option in the list: Make your own new coordinated kits. Not only do I show how I’m doing that in this episode, but I also scrapbook two pages from my new homemade kits. I’ve already released this video to the Paperclipping Members. Members can find it on iTunes or in the Membership Area.
The next video will be up by Friday and will probably share ideas for all of the strategies above.
Are you ready to start your membership?
So tell me…
What leftovers do you have that need new spice? Are they from collections or kits? Or just random pieces you purchased that you haven’t felt inspired to use? If you were to use them all over the next couple of weeks, what would you put in their place?
Hopefully the ideas I share in this week’s two videos will inspire you to do just that!
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Do you ever feel like you’re battling with Project Life?
I know Project Life is designed to make scrapbooking simple, fast, and easy. And I believe it does that for people who have not been scrapbooking a whole lot like you and I have.
When I look back on the years I’ve tried on and off to do PL, I realize I’ve been battling with it —
- battling with its colored cards to keep everything from looking chaotic and disjointed
- battling with the pocket orientations
- battling with the time it takes to get it done
But the battle is over.
Over the past year I’ve figured out solutions to all these problems and I want to share them with you. These tips are not rules and they’re not the only way to make your Project Life pages look awesome. These are the tactics I’ve come to love as the way that I make the pages attractive, while letting my photos shine, and still keeping it simple and manageable.
Three Tips for Minimizing Chaos with Project Life
(For the scrapbooker like you and me, who may be a bit of an over-achiever when it comes to memory-keeping).
1. Limit Color
Here are options for how to use color that have consistently given me Project Life pages I love…
- Use one color per 2-page spread.
- Use two colors in small amounts as accents, with black and white being dominant.
I’m not referring to the photos here. I’m talking about the cards, papers, and accents. In the image above from my video tutorial, you can see that I did the two-color accent option, with black and white being dominant. It’s fresh and energetic, but doesn’t distract from the photos.
2. Use the same 3×4 card across your spread.
I got this idea from my favorite pages in Izzy’s Project Life album and I shared an idea for doing it with washi tape from my December Project Life pages as a way to reduce chaos.
If you have more than two or three journal cards across a spread, you’ll want to break up the repetition with one contrasting card for variation to make it look interesting. Here’s why this looks so good (in addition to keeping it simple and easy!)…
- It unifies the page.
- It leads the eye across the page.
- It won’t compete with your photos.
When you vary each card, especially if they’re all a different color or design, you’re adding contrast. Everything that contrasts is trying to get your attention.
What happens when you have lots of different kids all trying to get your attention? Overwhelming? Yeah — that’s how those pages can feel, too.
3. Use embellishments as a solution, not a problem.
Don’t add embellishments only for the sake of adding embellishments. That leads to all kinds of problems and frustration. Think of embellishments as a way to solve design problems. You’ll still have pretty pages and embellishing, but you won’t overdo it and make your pages chaotic.
Need help with some of these Project Life problems?
You can see it all in action on video! I made a tutorial this week where I go through a month of pages (3.5 spreads), and show you how to do all three of these tips, plus additional ones!
It is because of these tips that my most challenging page ended up being my favorite.
I also share my process for completing a month in a quick, simple way that still leads to attractive pages.
You must be a Paperclipping Member to watch the video.
Members can watch the video in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.