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When Your Story Falls Apart – Paperclipping 248

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Not all stories end the way you expect.

Last year I started an album that was based on a story I expected to last for the next four years. My story fell apart around springtime.

It fell apart for me in a sad way, but it changed for the better for my daughter’s part of the story. I’m excited to document her evolving tale, but that leaves me with an album for the beginning of the old, dead-ended story, which only requires about seven pages, front and back. There are no “slim-sized” 12×12 albums to house just seven pages, so for the past week or so I’ve been exploring options for how to gracefully deal with the diversion our story has taken.

Have you experienced an unexpected change in your own story after you’d started scrapbooking it? What have you chosen to do with the pages that now might seem out of place?

I made a video to share the process I took, deciding what to do with mine. I went pretty in-depth, telling my story in the video as well. I hope you enjoy it.

This video is for Paperclipping Members, so if you’re not a member, CLICK HERE to get information about a membership!

Members will find the the video in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Our stories don’t always take us where we hoped, but where ever we find ourselves there will always be something else wonderful within our reach. Whatever our stories are, let’s embrace them.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

PRT219 – Acrylic Block Behind It

This week we’re talking about photographing our pages…

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Ideas to Use Your 3×4 Project Life Cards – Paperclipping 247

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Do you have more Project Life cards than you could ever manage to put into an album?

Or maybe you fell in love with a set and bought it, even though you don’t do Project Life. Either way, I’ve been hearing that a lot of scrapbookers are looking for ways to incorporate those cute cards into traditional pages. Here’s an idea…

Pull out three of the same card and line them up in various ways to create borders or anchoring lines.

I usually do a bit of cropping, depending on how I’m lining them up. It’s a great way to use repetition in your design while giving structure to the page.

I shared this and five other additional ways to use 3×4 cards on traditional scrapbooking layouts in this week’s episode of Paperclipping.

As a bonus I also shared some design tips for when you are using pocket pages and all you have are 3×4 photos, since those are the hardest pages to make look good, in my opinion.

You must be a Paperclipping Member to watch the video. (It’s in the Member’s Area and on iTunes now!).

CLICK HERE to learn about a membership. :)

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

PRT218 – Paper Chains

This week we’re talking about capturing the essence of a location in our scrapbooking…

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PRT217 – Boom Glam

This week we’re talking about how scrapbooking influences our fashion…

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PRT216 – Keeping the Spark Alive

This week we’re talking about keeping the scrapbooking spark alive…

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PRT215 – Edgy Scrapbookers

This week we’re talking about timeless and timestamped layouts…

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Two Ways to Use Design in Your Scrapbooking – Paperclipping 246

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How do you use design?

Design has two totally different purposes. If you’ve ever thought about visual triangles, white space, or the rule of thirds, you’re probably familiar with the first and most common purpose — to make your page look good!

But did you know you can also use design to accomplish something else in addition to that? Something totally different?

If you’ve been a Paperclipping Member for a long time you might have a idea of what I’m talking about — or at least a nagging hint that hasn’t quite surfaced as a solid yet.

I decided to make a video that would clearly distinguish these two purposes. On the video I make two different layouts: a 6-photo page and a single-photo page.

1. While making the first layout I explain all the design principles I’m using to accomplish the first purpose of making the page look good.

2. Then I make the second page and focus on that mysterious, less-known second purpose for design.

I think you’ll enjoy this episode. It’s in the Member’s Area and on iTunes now. You’ll need a membership to watch the video.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell

PRT214 – A Team Effort

This week we’re talking about getting our families involved with our scrapbooking…

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Use Vertical and Horizontal Photos Together – Paperclipping 245

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Are you one of the many who doesn’t know what to do when you have a horizontal AND a vertical photo together?

Does the mismatched pair look awkward to you?

There is an easy solution!

I actually love it when I have this combination and I’d love to share why!

In answer to a request, I’ve made a video that shows how these can be some of the easiest layouts to design. You’ll see me put together two different layouts, and for one of those layouts I show two totally different possibilities — so you’re almost seeing three pages come together.

If the vertical + horizontal photo pair has ever challenged you, I’m positive it won’t happen again after watching this video. Paperclipping Members can find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

You need a membership to watch the video.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell