Category Archives: Project Life

How Izzy’s 4 Easy Tweaks Make Project Life a Truly Simple Approach to Scrapbooking

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Is your experience with Project Life as simple and easy as you thought?

Becky Higgins created Project Life as a simple solution to scrapbooking, but many of us online have complicated it with daily and weekly approaches and a focus on lots of additions and embellishments. For some, those approaches are perfect, but for others of us (me! me!) these daily/weekly/highly embellished pages are more demanding than our original scrapbooking process.

We’ve talked on the Roundtable about how we, as women, often place unnecessary expectations on ourselves. Now that Izzy is doing Project Life, that idea has become more real to me. He blew me away with his simple approach, and let me tell you, I LOVE looking through his Project Life scrapbook!

So if you’re someone who need to simplify your approach to Project Life, (or if you just want to see a male version of the project!) take a look at Izzy’s process…

4 Ways to Have Super Easy Scrapbooking with Project Life

1. Use Project Life Like a Journal.

Izzy sees PL as a way to journal, but it’s more awesome because it includes photos!

Journaling Approaches:

  • journal about a topic
  • record what you did
  • record what you’re learning

He doesn’t make it harder than necessary by forcing each spread into a week, or forcing each week into a spread.

2. Design a Spread Around a Topic.

So far, Izzy mostly picks a topic, usually related to what’s going on in his life. He prints related photos and creates a spread on that topic, regardless of whether it filled a week, a day, or a few hours.

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For this spread he wanted to talk about working on the editing of his short film so he added in some pictures during the film shoot last year.

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Izzy has left the right side of this spread blank because he wants to fill it in with photos from another, future, bike trip. See how you don’t have to tie yourself down with time constraints?

Only once has he done random photos from a specific week.

He also does pages about some things he’s learning.

3. Share A Sampling of Your Photos.
Izzy's Project Life 2013 (1)

Izzy is really good at just picking the 3 or 7 photos that fit into a 4×6 pocket. He knows that our other photos are easily viewable for us on the computer, on Facebook, and streaming on our television screen. We don’t even need all of the good photos in an album because they’re viewable these other places.

So his picks a few favorites and they represent.

Click here for help on how to choose fewer photos.

4. Use Repetition for Easy — But Good — Design.

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We love using embellishments to make our pages more visually pleasing but Izzy did something I’ve never seen before! He repeats the same decorative card across the spread. This repetition…

  • creates bold contrast between the cards and the photos
  • leads the eye across the page
  • gives a sense of unity to the spread

It’s a simple way to get good design without having to break out lots of products, tape, etc. And it has great impact, don’t you think?

There’s no right or wrong, and there are other simple approaches you can take for Project Life or scrapbooking. But if you’re finding it difficult to keep up with your current method, these are a few possibilities you might consider if you want to make it easier on yourself.

And by the way, isn’t it cool to see how a male might go about it?

Problem with This Week’s PRT Recording

The recording of the Paperclipping Roundtable was scheduled for today but for the first time our internet is down in our local area and we were not able to record. This week’s show will now be next week’s show.

We apologize to all of you who have been hitting the refresh button for a while now, patiently waiting! We love that our loyal audience has a healthy addiction to the show and our fabulous guests! It is only our desire to satiate said addiction.

While you wait, here’s something fun to enjoy…

Izzy is in full Project Life mode!
Project Life for Izzy
Project Life for Izzy
Project Life for Izzy

As a side note: Yes, it is Jan 31st and we still have our Christmas tree up. That’s how busy we get after CHA. Haven’t even had time to think about putting Christmas away. That’s okay, we love having a tree up. We’re dorky that way. :)


How to Mix Patterns – Paperclipping 209

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Do you end up with many leftovers from your scrapbook kits or from manufactured paper lines?

One of the more valuable skills that comes from having a good design eye is to be able to mix and match patterns from different lines. You can take your products so much further if you create new “lines” or “kits” by mixing and matching what you have.

When you identify which of your different products look great together, it’s possible to actually use up entire lines and kits! ;)

Lisa Noell

And check out what a different look I was able to get for the two scrapbook pages in the pictures for this post. Two very different looks for two very different stories, even though both layouts began from the same scrapbook line.

Try it today, or this weekend!

Pick a line you love, and then find some leftovers that have lost their luster but that will match some of your new exciting line. Then tell me if you don’t feel renewed excitement in the older products as well!

If you need to expand your skills for mixing patterns, you’ll love the newest video I just put out for Paperclipping Members. Members can find this video in the Member’s Area or on iTunes.

Not a member? Join us now to get immediate access to 209 video tutorials, including today’s video on how to mix patterns!

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Your Favorite Scrapbooking Stuff at Paperclipping in 2012

Want to know what the most popular Paperclipping videos, Roundtable, and blog posts of 2012 are? One has almost a hundred-thousand views, but I’m not going to take credit for that one! Here we go…

Most Popular Scrapbooking Video Tutorial

Video Tutorial – Set Yourself Up for Unique Mini-Books – Paperclipping 198

First off, we’re sharing our most popular member video of 2012 here for free!

This is the video that the Paperclipping Members have watched the most. Keep in mind, the newest videos are at a disadvantage in this contest because there hasn’t been as much time to watch them (this isn’t a scientifically sound contest!).

Click the player above to watch.

In this episode I share some specific things you can do to set yourself up for making creative unique mini-books. I share…

  • Something that will help you to free your mind from the overly rigid way of thinking about pages and covers.
  • The kinds of everyday life items I keep for future minibook pages and covers that will be totally unique, including all of thosee items that I have in my stash right now.
  • Some of the characteristics I look for in an item that suggests to me it will be a good possibility as a page or cover.
  • How I store all these random items that will eventually become parts of my minibooks.
  • How to turn your store-bought mini-books into something entirely original.
  • Two actual examples of turning an every day item into a mini-book page. You’ll see how I transform two non-scrapbooking items into pages for my family’s Hawaii mini album.

2nd Place Video
Tiny Baby (closeup)
And I must say I’m proud of the 2nd Place video, too – Coordinate Photos with Ephemera and Stories – Paperclipping 196. It’s a new concept I devised that has revolutionized my entire system for scrapbooking. Now I never lose track of what stories have what photos and which ephemera. It’s a system for where I go when to choose what I’ll scrapbook, whenever I want to sit down to play.

You can see the blog post for that video episode here, or if you’re a member you can watch it in the Member’s Area.

Most Popular Scrapbooking Blog Posts

I decided to share both the 1st and 2nd place blog posts because the first is a Project Life page. Not all of you are into project life, so fortunately, the 2nd place page is a standard layout post with ten different page examples.

Project Life 2012: My Intro Page
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Click here to see the full blog post.

Ten Scrapbook Layout Ideas with 5 to 6 Photos
Lots of Drama
Click here to see the full blog post.

Most Popular Episode of the Scrapbooking Audio Podcast and Talk Show, The Paperclipping Roundtable

Talking Technique – PRT 127

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This episode has been downloaded almost 10,000 times. It’s with guests Tim Holtz, Jen McGuire, and Laura Denison. Click the player to listen!

Most Popular Video from CHA with Almost 100,000 Views!

This is the most popular demo video at the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show! It’s Tim Holtz giving us an exclusive demo of his Distress Markers!

Coolest Contribution of Paperclipping Members

Okay, this isn’t part of the popularity contest, but I think it’s really great. A year ago Paperclipping started giving some of the income from the Paperclipping Membership to women in the Philippines who are struggling to run a business and feed their families. We do this through an amazing non-profit organization called, Kiva.

Simplicia is a recent recipient of one of our loans. She has a vegetable farm and needs help purchasing fertilizer and seedlings. Much appreciation to our Paperclipping Members whose membership makes these contributions possible!

My Own Most Favorite Scrapbook Layouts of 2012

Tomorrow I’m going to share my own most favorite pages from 2012. Here’s a little peek…
Finding Freedom (closeup)

So what are your favorites from Paperclipping? Do you have a different favorite PRT episode from 2012? If you’re a member, what’s your favorite video tutorial from last year? Do you have a blog post you bookmarked or pinned that you liked even better than the two winners I shared above? Let me know what you liked best!

A Process for Project Life – Paperclipping 203

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Where do you start?

You start with the big stuff.

What am I talking about?

Oh, just about any subject that has to do with filling spaces.

I once saw a video by Stephen Covey, author of Seven Habits for Highly Effective People. If I remember right, he had a bunch of rocks he wanted to fit into a container.

But when he dumped them in we saw there was no way they could fit

There was a trick to it.

He started over and he put the big ones in first. Then he dumped all the small ones in. As long as the big ones were in first, the small rocks were able to fill in all the little gaps and everything fit just right.

He calls this the third habit of highly effective people: Put first things first.

This applies to scrapbooking, too. It’s why I decide how I want to place my photos before I start wandering into other territory, like what colors or patterns I’ll use.

It’s why I focus on building a foundation (photos, bigger papers and important lines) before pulling out embellishments. The embellishments are the detailing.

If you have a good foundation, the detailing comes easily.

This applies to standard scrapbook pages and Project Life, as well.

This week I decided to make a video of me putting a Project Life spread together from beginning to end. I also show how I keep up with this project, even though I can’t get my photos printed weekly.

The video is for Paperclipping Members, so if you’re a member you can go check it out now!

Want to learn about a membership? CLICK HERE!

Shine On,

Project Life: Wk 13 – Half Spreads for Small Weeks (and other helpful tips)

Project Life: Wk 12

It’s been a while since I shared a Project Life spread!

In the week before this one I only took three pictures. Everything fit into the left side and the front of a 6×12 page protector. Since it concerns me to have so many massive scrapbook albums, I like to shoot for a single page instead of a double when I can. It saves space and resources.

What do you then do with the following and the other half of the spread? Continue reading Project Life: Wk 13 – Half Spreads for Small Weeks (and other helpful tips)

Scrapbooking Outside the Page Protector – Paperclipping 187

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Do you ever get bummed when your beautiful dimensional page flattens inside the page protector?

Do you ever wish your standard scrapbook pages could have the yummy interaction and 3-dimensionality of a minibook?

Ready to think outside of the box to get the best of both worlds?

Here’s a tip!

You don’t have to choose just one. Try this:

Protect your photos, ephemera, and standard pages behind page protectors, but add some fun goodies to the outside of the plastic!

For Your Entertainment (intro page)

I’ve been doing this for a few years now. It works, it’s beautiful, and it’s really fun!

Need some ideas?

I shared a bunch in the newest Paperclipping Video tutorial this week! You’ll see many very different ways to scrapbook outside the page protectors for both standard layouts and for Project Life, too!

Paperclipping Members can go watch right now in the Member’s Area or on iTunes.

If you’re not a member, click here to learn more!