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Two-Page Layouts for Holidays – Paperclipping 230

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

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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

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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?

Monochromatic Color Schemes and Starters – Paperclipping 221

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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Want an idea that will help you pick out your colors and papers more quickly and easily?

How about an easy method to help you match patterned papers from different lines so you can use your scraps and get more out of what you’ve bought?

It’s super easy to mix and match papers when you go with a monochromatic scheme because when you pick just one color — blue-green for example — and then you can use lots of different versions of it from lots of different lines, including your leftovers. Light or dark, bluer or greener, warmer or cooler; most all versions of a color will play nicely together in a color palette.

But it doesn’t have to stop there…

Toy Time (closeup)

A Cheater’s System for Mixing Papers with Lots of Different Colors

I have a little cheat for how you can create a palette packed with lots of different colors. It’s a system that uses monochromatic color schemes as starters to make it very simple to create a varied color palette that looks complex.

This week I’m sharing this system in a video tutorial that goes way beyond the basics of monochromatic color. In this tutorial I share…

  • the mood that monochromatic color evokes so you can use it to better tell your stories
  • how to change the mood when you want monochromatic color but not the tone or feeling that monochromatic color naturally creates
  • which versions of color will NOT go well together
  • how you can use monochromatic color schemes to mix and match supplies from all types of lines, old and new
  • how to use monochromatic color as a starer to more easily create a color palette with lots of different colors

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

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Hopefully this episode will help you use a lot more of your products, match your mood to your story, and mix your patterned papers a lot more quickly!

Shine On,

How to Mix Patterned Paper

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Do you ever struggle with how to mix patterned paper?

Have you heard a few rules here and there, but still find it a bit confusing?

The fact is, there aren’t any real rules for mixing patterns. There are lots of different methods, and people like to call them rules. Unfortunately, it’s the myth of the “rules” that leave scrapbookers feeling like they can’t do it.

Here’s the good news…

You don’t really need to learn all those “rules.” There’s just one single concept that will help you mix patterns well, and it’s extremely simple.

I’ve pulled a video out of the Paperclipping Library to share with you so you can see for yourself how those “rules” aren’t, in fact, rules. You’ll see how that one single concept leads to every wonderful patterned paper combination that exists.

With this concept you can become an expert, yourself.

Go ahead and watch the video. When you’re done you’ll be able to take all your leftover patterns from older collections — the ones you’re not sure what to do with — and start mixing them with each other.

And after that…?

Well, if you like this video, you might want to see more Paperclipping tutorials. We have well over 200.

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Shine On,

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

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Izzy's Project Life 2013 5

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.

Izzy's Project Life 2013 1

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.

Izzy's Project Life 2013 4

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.

Izzy's Project Life 2013 3

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?

Becky Higgins Shows New Project Life Products at CHA 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Becky Higgins shows her new Project Life products at CHA 2013 and we get a look at all of the new lines.

How to Choose Products to Tell Your Story – Paperclipping 208

Monday, December 31st, 2012

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I’m assuming you’re a scrapbooker, since you’re on my blog. Are you also a storyteller?

My favorite kinds scrapbookers are also storytellers, and not just through words but also the design.

It’s amazing how one piece of paper can set the entire mood of your story. I’m getting ready to scrapbook a dance number my daughter and I did — the snow scene in the Nutcracker — and I found a beautiful white glitter paper that would look gorgeous behind my photo.

On the other hand, it also looked very calm, like a sunny morning when you wake up to find that snow had fallen while you were asleep and blanketed the world.

That is not what our dance was about.

Our dance was about that exciting night when the snow is still flying through the sky. So a little lower in my pile of papers I found a white paper with silver glittered flurries and swirls. That paper feels just like our dance to me.

Snow (closeup)

Do you look at your products this way? Look at them in terms of whether they feel like your memory?

Not only will this help you share your story in ways other than words, it can make the process of scrapbooking simpler because it helps you to narrow down your product choices. Many of us need help narrowing down our choices. :)

Give it a try!

Shine On,

P.S. To help you out I made a video where I assembled four different layouts, beginning to end, so you can see the whole process!

You’ll see products that match the photos but not the story. You’ll see what a difference it makes when you choose the products that do tell the story! And you’ll see those products all come together with lots of layering and scrapbooking fun to make complete pages.

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December Daily Cover: Step by Step Instructions

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

25 Merry Days 2010

This is my favorite cover so far! Here’s how to do it…

Nov 2012 5

1. Die cut 3 ornaments from grungeboard. Paint them in the general color of the glitter you’ll cover them with. The paint doesn’t have to be an exact match. Then cover them in their final glitter or liquid pearls. I used 2 or 3 coats.

Supplies I used: Ornament dies * Joy die * other optional word dies here and here * Grungeboard * Christmas Red Stickles * Key Lime Liquid Pearls * Orchid Liquid Pearls

Nov 2012 1 (1)

2. Hand cut some cardstock as backgrounds for the ornaments. Use paper in the general glitters you’ll be covering them with. It doesn’t have to be an exact match. Then cover the hand-cut backgrounds with Stickles and Liquid Pearls.

Supplies I used: Thistle Stickles * Ocean Blue Perfect Pearls * Firefly Stickles

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3. Glue your backgrounds to your ornaments and then glue the ornaments to your album cover.

Paperclipping Members can see how I covered the chipboard for my cover in Paperclipping 200. Click here for membership info).

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4. Add foil tape to the top of your ornaments.

Nov 2012 11

5. Curl a thick wire into a loop for your ornament. I use wire from the floral area of my craft store.

Nov 2012 8

I curled mine by wrapping it around the top of the lid of a bottle of Stickles.

Adhere your ornaments to your cover.

Nov 2012 4

6. Tie 3 cute bows with some silver Christmas string. Cut a straight string for each ornament. Attach the straight strings to the bows with a glue dot. Then attach them to the wire loops of your ornaments.

Bend your silver strings over the top of the album cover and glue dot them to the back. Finish by covering the back with some fun holiday paper!

Happy holiday paperclipping!

Shine On,

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Ten Scrapbook Layout Ideas With 5 to 6 Photos

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

There are a lot of ways to make scrapbook pages with 5 or 6 photos. They can be clean and simple or more layered and intricate.

Here are ten examples, only two of which required a two-page layout

Lots of Drama

1. Crop the photos down into smaller, irregular random sizes.

I cropped my photos digitally and I didn’t plan my page out ahead of time. This page works because all the pictures are randomly sized — as opposed to just some of them — and they’re laid out haphazardly. The randomness of all of the items, including their placement, gives unity to the quirkiness and tells a playful story.

If you have a Paperclipping Membership you can watch me put the title of this page together and learn about how its design communicates a specific feeling and idea. Look for Paperclipping 170 – Scrapbook Titles That Ramble.

This is Us

2. Lock cropped photos together into an irregular grid shape.

I cropped these photos manually. They’re fairly random in size and shape like in the previous page, though they’re much closer to regular shapes. By locking them together into a grid like this with straight lines, they create an interesting shape. The resulting alleys in between the photos become lines on the page that anchor everything in place.

If you don’t know what alleys are and how to use them, you’ll definitely want to watch Communicate with Space – Paperclipping 165. To understand the design concept of anchoring, look for Paperclipping 131 – Design with Anchoring Lines. You’ll need to be a member to watch these tutorials.

A little more about the page above – it’s an intro pages for an album, so it doesn’t have journaling. For both of this page and the next I gathered photos that never made it onto a scrapbook page.

Snuggle Bug

3. Overlap the cropped photos into one single structure.

The two circular photos were ones I had cropped years and years ago when it was common to do so. They never made it to a page and for a long time I wondered what I’d do with them. It turns out they provided some nice contrast for this photo structure I created. Again, I’ve made an interesting irregular shape with the photos, but it feels more like one single item on the page, as opposed to many items locked together.

Members can see me assemble this page in my two-part series called, Transform Your Albums Into Unified Stories. You’ll also learn about my intro pages, like the one just above this one, in that series. Look for Paperclipping 175 and 176.

At Home - 14760 Lucinda Dr.

4. Crop your photos extra small and link each one to a journaling box.

Both this page and the next one are scrap-lifts from Ali Edwards’s Yesterday & Today classes. I chose to place some photos on top of the journal box and other photos below to spread the weight in a balanced way.

I also made fewer rows so I’d have the empty space over on the left. This makes the page less symmetrical and allowed me to attract the eye to a starting point with my title, which also acts as a line that leads you horizontally across the page.

Related tutorials: Paperclipping 160 – Designing with Titls

Intro Page to Yesterday & Today Album

5. Enlarge one focal point photo and crop all the others down into a series.

This page is almost an exact lift from Ali with only my supplies being different. It’s the contrast between the two sizes that makes this page work so nicely. This is based on the dominance principle, which you can learn in Paperclipping 155 – The Dominance Principle and Photo Groupings if you are a member.

Mission(s) Accomplished: at 38

6. Form an irregular line.

I cropped these photos to three inches high. I then cropped the width of my top two photos so I could place them side-by-side as if they’re one. This is really just a vertical line, but by staggering the photos the line is irregular which causes more curiosity so you’ll want to investigate the photos and the page more.

It’s also a good way to add white space (breathing room) between busier photos.

Christmas for 2? - no journal insert

7. Form regular shapes, like rectangles and squares.

I cropped these photos into 4×4 squares. I paired two together on the left side, forming a rectangle, and placed the other four on the right side, forming a square. This makes a very clean-lined simple page.

Members can see me assemble much of this page in Paperclipping 184 – Stretch Your Leftover Themed Products.

Christmas for 2? - with journal insert

I typed my journaling onto a 6×12 page and inserted it in-between my two-page spread. Paperclipping Members can learn more about additional pages for journaling in Paperclipping 173 – A Journaling Design Technique. In that episode you’ll see me make an interesting layered journal page with tags and embellishments.


8. Form three rows.

Leave two or three of your photos as full-sized 4×6′s. Crop the width of the others. Form three rows with them, rounding the corners so each pair feels like one row.

This page came from my Train Station Flexible Template – Paperclipping 159. If you’re a member you can also learn about alleys and space. Look for Communicate with Space – Paperclipping 165.


9. Form a 9-square grid.

Crop your photos into 3×3 squares. Lay them out into a grid and use the remaining spaces as places for journaling or embellishments.


10. Form a circle.

This is a page that shows my Monday schedule in 2007. (Looks like I need to add the year to this page!). I added photos, ephemera, and words around the clock to show what I did at what time in a 12-hour period.

This layout was an alternative approach to using my Circular Anchor Flexible Template, which I shared in Paperclipping 120. You get access to all the video tutorials I mentioned in this article as a Paperclipping Member. Actually, you’ll receive a total of 188 videos, plus two more every month.

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So there you have it! Ten completely different ways to lay five or six photos out, each designed visually to evoke a different tone and tell it’s own story. Is that enough to get you started?