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! ;)
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.
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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
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 Click here to see the full blog post.
Ten Scrapbook Layout Ideas with 5 to 6 Photos 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…
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!
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.
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.
I get overwhelmed when there is more to take care of than I can wrap my mind around. And all the while I know I’m happy and I love my life, but that doesn’t stop the tension from seizing my muscles, shooting pain down my arms, in my jaw, causing numbing sensations in my lips and mouth.
I’m prone to anxiety and sometimes that leads to a sadness approaching depression, but not quite.
So I didn’t feel interested in taking photos this week. I took a few. And I saved ephemera from much of what I was doing, sticking it in the pockets of my book as the days went.
Then it came time to put it together, and wow — that had a powerful effect on me today.
You know the old criticism that scrapbookers aren’t “real” and that we only share the good stuff?
Well guess what? What is real is how fortunate we are — most all of us living in 1st world countries right now are living an existence 100% unfathomable to most of the entire human race. Human existence for most has been one of malnutrition, hunger, violence, pain and sickness, poor shelters, and short lifespans.
So when I finished putting my week together in Project Life — I saw what was real.
I journaled about my struggles this week — though pain is relative, what pain we do feel is still real. But what my Project Life showed me that what is also so real about our lives is that we’re so unbelievably fortunate.
My difficult week included a trip to my massage therapist, a family trip to expensive coffee, new clothes, dance classes, a breakfast date with my sweetheart, and a short film that Izzy and my son helped make.
And those are just the most obvious things. There is so much brilliant color in my life.
I’m being authentic. I shared the reality of my stress this week. But today Project Life showed me the rest of what is truly real. And it made me feel so happy and grateful today.
This is something I could not have gotten had I only saved the usual stuff scrapbookers normally save in the hopes of eventually making a page of it. This is an immediate picture of how great my week really was.
I’ve become so enamored with having an immediated place to document the small stories that when I saw a note I had jotted down last December, I couldn’t bear to file it away in my box, which is stuffed full of hilarious stories, still un-scrapped. So I added my little December story to a card and added into a pocket for this week. It’s the black and white journal card.
If you’re on the fence about Project Life, just do it. Keep it simple, but do it! As long as you’re keeping it simple so it’s doable. I can’t imagine anyone ever regretting it.