Category Archives: Scrapbooking for Beginners

4×6 Photo Blocks – Paperclipping 294


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.

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Title Strategies – Paperclipping 290


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.


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.

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How to Keep It Clean When It Could Be a Big Mess: Three Ways


Are you a scrapbooker who loves to make a mess, or do you like to keep it clean?

Maybe you love some of the effects of messy scrapbooking, but your style is clean and graphic.

Here are three ways you can play with the mess, get some of the results of messy scrapbooking, but still have a page that is clean in its overall appearance…


1 – Color Medium Layers
Start with a piece of cardstock or water color paper and play to your heart’s content with two or more colors in any choice of medium. Once dry, place it behind a big open die cut and trim away the sides. Then mount it to a white background.

You can add patterned paper to some of the open spots.

Tip: If you work with colors while they’re wet like I did with the greens and yellow that you see behind some of the circles, don’t mix warms and cools. Mixing warms and cools while wet will usually result in some murky browns.

So if I want to add warms to cools, or vice versa, I wait until the warms are dry before adding cools.


2 – Water Color
Layer the same die cut to make it thick (I used about 4 cuts of the tree frame). Mix up some water color and do some messy painting on your layered cut. Use it as a “messy” but subtle embellishment on a clean and graphic page.



3 – Memorabilia in Pockets
Memorabilia can be messy — especially when your memorabilia is a collection of your child’s handmade creations. Cut the memorabilia into small pieces and put them into the pockets of a pocket page, along with some patterned paper.

This is a good way to corral a bunch of pieces together onto one page, while still keeping the overall look of your page pretty clean. Pocket pages are a great way to facilitate a clean look.


You can even combine all three of these onto one 2-page layout and still stay true to your clean style, while having a bit of messy play.

So go ahead and have fun paperclipping. :)

Shine On,

P.S.> Paperclipping Members can see this page come together in video tutorial, Paperclipping 273 – Binge-Cutting, Experimenting, and Staying Organized.

Simplifying Color – Paperclipping 283


Sometimes we have photo situations that make choosing color tricky.

It’s not even always because the photos are bad. Good photos can make color choices tricky because…

  • You’re using lots of photos that each have their own colors going on (this is especially the case when your photos are from different events, times or places).
  • Your photos have two bold colors that are competing with each other, and trying to work with them makes your page look overwhelming.
  • Your photos only contain beautiful neutrals, and adding non-neutral colors would change the feel of them, but scrapbooking with only neutrals can run the risk of being boring.

These situations don’t have to be tricky at all!

I just scrapbooked all of the above scenarios and enjoyed every bit of it. I’m sharing the process on video, along with several color tips and explanations that will not only help you with some of these tricky photos situations, but will simplify color for you overall.

The video is now available in the Member’s Area and on itunes.

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I hope this video gives you some great new ways to think about color!

Create Layout Designs From Scraps – Paperclipping 272

Would you sometimes love to scrapbook mindlessly?

No thinking, just doing?

Well, I can’t promise NO thinking, but I can suggest a way to do very little of it for the ultimate in scrapbooking relaxation.

It also involves using your scraps, so this method will give you more use out of your favorite papers, in addition to a cushier, more self-replenishing scrap experience.

Imagine sitting down and simply pulling from the top of a pile of scraps to create beautiful layers with lots of different patterns and colors you love…which sums up this method that I want to share with you today.

I demonstrated it twice with two scrapbook pages in today’s new Paperclipping video. You’ll get all the different tips you need to build a layout from scraps with very little taxing of the brain for ideas.

The video is waiting for you in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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The Dynamic Line Flexible Template – Paperclipping 266


Who’s ready for a new Flexible Template?

For those who are newer and don’t know what they are, Flexible Templates are the jumping off points I personally often use when starting a layout.

They are not as concrete as a sketch — they are purposely more vague to allow you creative play and tons of flexibility to meet whatever needs your photos demand.

Got one photo? Got ten photos? Most of the templates work will either way!

Rather than telling you where things should go, the Flexible Template provides you an abstract image to get you started, and then you take it from there, whether you’re working with a single photo or lots of photos.

Normally when I release a Flexible Template, I show you how totally varied your layouts from the same template can be by assembling pages on video. All of my resulting pages usually look so completely different that you’d never know they stemmed from the same idea.

But this week I felt like doing something different. I decided to show you how similar you can make your pages with the template, and still have enough variety in them that they’d look great together in the same album despite the similarities.

I used almost all the same products, or very similar products, and only varied a few details between the two pages, and I love how they look together in our Nutcracker album.

This video is in the Paperclipping Member Library and on iTunes.

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Shine On,

P.S. I also shared in this video a tip I’m most proud of — one I’ve absolutely enjoyed using whenever I want to make a page with lots of flowery, fabric dimension. I do not like how flowers look in the page protector, and this tip solves that problem beautifully.

I shared this once before a few years back, but it’s always good to be reminded and to see it done with different supplies. Enjoy. :)

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.

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Shine On,

The Shelf Flexible Template – Paperclipping 240

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Need to kick start a scrapbook page today, or this weekend?

I can help with that!

What will you be using? One small smart phone photo? Two standard photos? Eight pictures? More?

No worries — I have a new Flexible Template and it will work no matter how many photos you have.

It’ll work on a single page, a double page, an 8.5xll page — any kind of page!

How do I know? Because I’ve used it all these ways, myself.

This newest FT is called The Shelf, and it’s pretty awesome. I shared it in a video we released to the Member’s Area two days ago. In the video I show all these different pages with different numbers of photos, and I put together two brand new ones using my current style of scrapbooking with lots of little bits and pieces — lots of yummy layers!

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If you’re already a part of our tribe, you can find your new video on iTunes and in the Member’s Area.

Have fun paperclipping with this newest Flexible Template!!

Shine On,


Two-Page Layouts for Holidays – Paperclipping 230

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Do you ever make two-page layouts anymore?

I thought I was done with the double standard page, as I’ve been enjoying mixing pocket pages with a standard 12×12 scrapbook page when I feel the need. But this month I proved myself wrong. With the desire to scrapbook a Thanksgiving story and my own 40th birthday this month, I found myself wanting to do an old-fashioned two-page layout with no pocket pages.

So I did both!

  • I used an old favorite Thanksgiving layout as inspiration for my new one, which turned out quite different from the first.
  • The birthday page is entirely new, based on the needs of 11 photos and LOTS of fun ephemera from a rather wild night.

You can see all of it come together, step-by-step, in the newest episode of Paperclipping!

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Color Combinations with Pink

More Dance (closeup)

Lately I’ve been into pink.

It surprised me recently when I realized how often I turn to pink as my dominate color these days. I’m sure it has something to do with bright sunny summer days.

Have you been into pinks lately, too? If so, here are some ideas to keep the pink love rolling in your scrapbooking for a little while longer.

And if not? Well, maybe you’ll find a few pink palettes here that you’d like to try, just to change things up.

Analogous: pink-orange to orange to yellow-orange

En Pointe

En Pointe (closeup)

All three of the colors on this page share the same hue (orange), which makes them especially harmonious. Pink-orange is the dominant color. The white, grey, and black are neutrals.

Lots of Colors

Toy Time

Toy Time (closeup)

Pink and red are the main colors here, but I added pops of yellow and blue and green accents to communicate childhood energy for this story.

Monochromatic: Pink, pink, and more pink!

More Dance

More Dance (closeup)

Look how the colder hot pink contrasts with the subtle muted grapefruit-like pink. This page also has bits of pink-orange.

Ballet Pink with Metalics

Your First Pointe Shoes

Your First Pointe Shoes (closeup)

This is actually an analogous color scheme: pink to yellow. Gold is a yellow, and pink is a red, plus there is some orange mixed into some of the metals and pinks. I mixed a little pink into the metallic color you see on the swirls to make all the colors work more in harmony together. I think it looks just dreamy!

Analogous with Pops of Blue and Green

Art Masterpiece

Art Masterpiece (closeup)

On this page you get the creamy, dreamy harmony of an analogous color scheme in the paint and mist background, with a burst of contrast from the blue and green accents. If you ever start out with an analogous color scheme but realize it’s too calming for your story, try this.

Analogous with Gold


Paquita (closeup)

Can you tell I love analogous color palettes? Gold is the dominant color on this page, but pink runs a close second place in getting your attention. There are red and orange accents, and the analogous color actually runs as far down the wheel as green (yes, it’s allowed!). The green comes in the smallest amount and makes a slight but important impact: more energy.

I assembled most of these pages in recent Paperclipping video tutorials as I shared other tips and tricks. Click here for information about a membership!

So what do you say? You ready to play with some pinks?