Scrapbooking Stories About Your Mental Health Struggles

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Finding Freedom – butterfly closeup.

Last week Ali Edwards and I had a candid conversation about our personal struggles with mental health on the Paperclipping Roundtable. We both suffer from anxiety and mild depression and a few other issues. I also have ADD.

I mentioned some of my pages that deal both directly and indirectly with my own struggles: once in a while I specifically mention my illness or disorder and talk about them directly on a layout. A lot of the times I just scrapbook the stories that inevitably lead from these struggles, but don’t explain how they are a result of my disorder/illnesses.

I decided to share many of those pages with you this week. If our episode made you want try scrapbooking about your own struggles, but left you wondering how to actually say what you want to say about your own condition, these examples might get your thoughts moving.
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4×6 Photo Blocks – Paperclipping 294

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Some things are worth repeating.

One of those things is this design idea:

When I have 2 or 3 photos that I’m scrapbooking on one layout, I almost always push them into a single block. Then I design my page around that block.

It’s an easy way to scrapbook, but for several design-related reasons, it can also make it easier for a viewer’s eye to take in the design and to stay on the page.

Of course, there are several design concepts you can use to make the design of this type of page work well. Today we released a video where I share the following:

  • The design benefits of a photo block of 2 or 3 photos.
  • Many of the design concepts and principles that apply to this design type.
  • Assembly of two different layouts so you can see the process and get some ideas for creating a page this way.

This video tutorial is for Paperclipping Members.
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Title Strategies – Paperclipping 290

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Do you love adding titles, or hate it?

Is it hard for you, or easy?

Do your titles tend to vary from page to page, or do you typically design them the same way every time?

I love the process of making titles. It’s one of my favorite things about scrapbooking. I love seeing them on my pages, too, as I flip through my layouts. Well designed titles can be real attention-getters.

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Titles can help lead your eye through the page, if you lay them that way.

In today’s episode of Paperclipping I share four strategies I love to use when laying out my titles. Not only will these strategies help you to capture viewers’ attention and to guide viewers through your pages, they’ll also help to prevent you from making pages that are too busy or titles that feel awkward in their space.

This video is in the Member’s Area and on iTunes for Paperclipping member access only.

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Five Strategies for Scrapbooking Big Stories – 289

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Do you have any BIG stories you’ve procrastinated scrapbooking because the number of details, or smaller stories with the giant story, is intimidatingly high?

I definitely have a big story.

I lived in the Philippines for well over a year. I lived with Filipinas, so everything about about my life at that time was entirely foreign to me. The number of details I want to document and relive via scrapbooking is pretty massive. :)

On top of that, this was more than 20 years ago. I was not shooting many photos back then, so my photo-to memory-ratio is low.

Maybe you’ve had this problem as well. It’s typical of big, old stories — stories we can’t return to in order to shoot the important photos we missed at the time.

Maybe you’ve gone on an epic travel adventure. Maybe you lived somewhere far from where you are now and would like to memorialize it. Maybe you were once part of a cool project for several years and never scrapbooked it. Maybe you want to scrapbook the life of a parent or grandparent.

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It can feel like there is so much thinking or planning to do for albums like this that you need to wait until that time when your life is wide open and you have nothing in the world to do for a few months.

Haha. That’ll never happen.

That’s okay. You actually do not need a massive, open chunk of time. You can take it in small bite-sized chunks. That is how I do all of my projects.

Little bits at a time.

A little bit is still something.

Today I’m sharing five strategies for tackling your biggest, most overwhelming stories in miniature bit-sized pieces (and dealing with a shortage of photos, too!). I demonstrated these strategies with my Philippines album (and documented a dozen or so different memories) in a video tutorial I’ve shared with the Paperclipping Members.

Since my Philippines story is one of my very favorite of all my own stories, I hope you’ll enjoy my memories with me!

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What’s your big story?

Let’s talk about it.

What I learned from Ali Edwards’ A Week In the Life

Putting away some school supplies. The cleaners come the next morning so I spent some time doing laundry and picking up the house -- which was exactly what I was in the mood to do at this time.
Putting away some school supplies. The cleaners come the next morning so I spent some time doing laundry and picking up the house — which was exactly what I was in the mood to do at this time.

Have you been participating in A Week In the Life with Ali Edwards?

At the beginning of my lunch break on Tuesday (the second day) I got online and saw that she had started it so I grabbed my camera and decided to use it to motivate me to learn to take photos in this new house.

We’ve been here almost three years and I still had not found a photography routine here as of Tuesday morning.

I say, “as of Tuesday morning,” because by participating in the photo phase of A Week In the Life last week, I’m finally finding my way around this house with my camera. Every morning I started the day by looking at Ali’s photos, noticing how she aims or what she aims at, and then keeping that in mind as I went about my business.

So I want to share some of the things I learned from Ali along with several of my own photos.
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Leading and Anchoring, Part 2 – Paperclipping 288

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My focus for April’s member videos has been to tackle two common layout problems:

  1. A lack of focus or direction for the viewer.
  2. Awkardness of the items on the page.

Lack of Focus

Believe it or not, if we as artists or designers do not direct where a person should look when viewing our layouts, then most people won’t bother to look for more than a second or two! Without guidance that is hidden within the design, the eye will tend to wander off the page with nothing compelling it to come back. Or worse, the lack of direction will translate as confusing — as having too many items competing for your attention.

The result? A lack of interest in our page.

Our lazy brains just do not want to bother dealing with multiple items competing for our attention.

Awkwardness

And if we don’t anchor the items we put on our pages — yes, even when we’re going for a random look — we end up with pages that feel as awkward as most of us were at age twelve and thirteen.

Design Ideas that Lead and Anchor

By the time you’ve watched both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Leading and Anchoring episodes I made for April, you will have four totally different layout templates that you can use and make your own.

These page ideas have leading and anchoring already built in, so it’s a great way to practice these design concepts.

The photos in this post are sneak peeks of the designs for Part 2.

Paperclipping Members can login now to the Member’s Area or go to iTunes to watch Part 2 (and I hope you’ll give these ideas a try!).

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  2. Login.
  3. Click – Add/Renew Subscriptions.
  4. In the Membership Type drop-down window choose Paperclipping
    1-year renewal for $28.

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