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Four Fun Prompts to Kickstart Your Stories

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014


Do you ever use prompts to kickstart your journaling, to come up with a story idea, or to inspire the way you’ll tell a story visually?

We talked about unique story-telling and journaling ideas on the Paperclipping Roundtable, and and the conversation included some of the pages I made from some great prompts by Debbie Hodge for her scrapbooking membership. I’m one of her guests for September’s Story Play membership topic and the prompts were challenging, but also inspiring and fun.

Here are Debbie’s prompts and the layouts I made. Would you like to give one of these a shot?
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Turn Your Themed Album Into a Story – Paperclipping 244

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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Years ago I began wondering how engaging a scrapbook would be if the combined layouts told one big overall story — with a plot and a resolution.

I’ve played around with that idea in different ways. Not all scrapbooks can easily translate into a sweeping story, but many of our themed albums can be. My best story album is almost complete and I love the story that it tells. I think you will, too!

I share it in a video and show how you can turn your own album, especially a themed album, into a story. It’s okay if you’ve already been working on your album. I was more than half done with mine when I changed to the story approach with this album.

You must be a member to watch the video. Members can find it on iTunes and in the Member’s Area.

Click here for info about a membership.


Shine On,

Multi-Photo Layouts in a Themed Album – Paperclipping 243

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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The newest episode of Paperclipping focuses on two different topics…

1) Making layouts look consistent in a themed album.

  • Adjusting older layouts so they match the album.
  • Making new layouts match the album without compromising how you want to scrapbook right now.

2) Layout ideas for lots of photos.

  • An eight-photo layout idea.
  • Two four-photo layout ideas.

Two of the pages we work on in this episode are 2-page layouts.

Plus, the themed album I share is a great idea for scrapbooking something you do a lot and have way too many pictures of. For example, if you make lots and lots of visits to Grandma’s and it’s a bit overwhelming, you might want to do what I did. You’ll get a good look at it in the video.

This video tutorial is for our Paperclipping Members. Members can see it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Don’t know much about the Paperclipping Membership? Click her for info!

Diagonal Designs – Paperclipping 241

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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Have you been noticing diagonal, or angled, layouts recently?

I’ve noticed a few.

It’s a small trend that’s had a resurgence. It won’t be a big trend. It’s more like a little bump. But it’s fun to shake things up and do something different than you normally would. So I did three layouts where the designs are all tilted at an angle. I love all but one of them.

What’s wrong with the one?

Actually, I mostly love it. If I had set it straight instead of angled, it would be close to perfect for me, but it’s the angle that is bothering, and it solidified what I already believed…

When making diagonal layouts, the elements on your page should follow the diagonal line from end to end.

Your items need to emphasize the diagonal.

I knew this at the start, but when it came time for me to do this third layout, the items I wanted to use worked better by circling the focal point photo — not following the diagonal and not extending end to end.

Here’s a closeup of the way my items circled the main photo, as opposed to they way the emphasize the diagonal in the layout above.

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What happens to a diagonal layout when the items do not reach end to end, nor form a line (including loose, implied lines) in the direction of the diagonal? Your diagonal line is weak, so it looks like you accidentally placed things crooked.

The layout I show in the image at the top of of post totally works, even though the items don’t form a strong obvious line. The line is loose and implied because I used lots of little items instead of of a strong clean line, but it is still a definite line, so it works to make a clear diagonal.

For the layout that didn’t work, I normally would have changed my design idea and made my elements straight instead of diagonal, but since I was finishing up a layout for a video on diagonal design, I gave the diagonal a shot, and failed just a little. :)

Here’s what I learned a day later when I took a second look, on top of what I already knew about diagonals: If your items aren’t emphasizing the diagonal by following the angled line, then they compete with the angle. This means your angle is watered down, and it looks crooked instead of purposely diagonal.

Are you a visual person who wants to see it in action?

You can see me put together all 3 layouts, beginning to end, in a video I just added to the membership library.

You’ll need to have your membership to get into the library or to get the video from iTunes.

Click here to start your Paperclipping Membership!

Are you ready to try a diagonally designed layout yourself?

Shine On,

Tim Holtz’s Foil, Emboss, Die cut, Paint Technique

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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This is an experiment gone good.

In January, Tim Holtz combined metal foil tape, a die cut, an embossing folder, and Distress Paint to make an old industrial looking pocket watch. I was curious to see if I could make something cool for scrapbooking using bright colors instead of the grunge black antiquing that Tim loves to use.

Now that I’ve used two of my resulting pieces, I’m ready to share the beautiful effects of embossing and paint on foil!

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Do you love it?

Here’s what you need:

Our Love Story

This is the introduction page to the album story about Izzy and me — which explains the lack of journaling.

I made this foil piece and assembled the page in the final segment of my Romantic Scrapbooking Course.

I used two different embossing folders: one for the heart, and a section of my peacock (below) folder for the wings so I could get the swirls.

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For this piece I decided to skip the die cut and create a flat rectangle that I could use as a block of paper. I ended up wanting to use it for our Project Life – Dance album, so I cut it down to 3×4 and used Glossy Accents to adhere it to the outside of the pocket. Then I used a strip of the scrap as an edge for the top left 4×6 pocket.

Before embossing the foil I adhered it to cardstock to give it some firmness.

What do you think?

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Ranger University and get certified a couple years ago. It has been my goal to take the techniques and adapt them for bright colors and for scrapbooking.


Give it a try!

Make An Impact with Numbers – Paperclipping 238

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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I don’t mean numbers, as in numerals.

I mean numbers, as in the number of items you use from the same package of products, like in the picture above.

Have you ever used a whole bunch of items from the same package, even though that was probably not the intention of the designer of the product?

Or does that sound kind of strange? I do it a lot.

Why You Should Pile an Entire Package of Embellishments on One Scrapbook Layout

Ok, I don’t ever use an entire package all at once. I do use a lot, and I have even used all but just a few. Here’s why…

  1. Designing a page is faster when all or most of your supplies come from a single package, rather than from various packages from all over the place.
  2. You can make a real visual impact by using a whole bunch of the same or similar items. There is power in numbers, not just in life, but in design as well. :)

You’ve heard of the design principle, repetition, right?

A powerful and easy way to achieve repetition in your design is to use a bunch of items from the same package.

Just be sure you do a few things while you’re at it…

  • Use variation for contrast.
  • Gather the items together.

Yes, I found them doing this (closeup)

Use variation for contrast

It will probably be boring if your items are all exactly the same. Make sure there is some sort of contrast between them – size, color, shape, etc. Or mix something else in if your package of items have no variation.

Gather the items together

You want to use the items to bring the eye to your focal point. Scattering them all over the page will not do that. In fact, scattering them (spacing them out) will not create the powerful impact I’ve been talking about either.

So be sure to gather them close together or overlapping. This way your gathering either acts as a stopping point for eye, or to lead the eye to something else, like a photo.

Both good things!

Are you ready to try it?

Link us up to your results in the comments area!

Not completely confident with the idea yet?

If you want some examples in action, I did a video that shows a whole bunch of different ways to do it.

I mean — a whole, whole bunch. :)

I also give lots of tips and guidance for what to keep in mind as you do it.

The video is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes, and Paperclipping members can go watch it now.

But you must be a member to watch.

Click here to learn about a membership!

Enjoy making a big impact with your supplies, and have fun paperclipping!

Shine On,

No Plan Scrapbooking – Paperclipping 237

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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Ever run out of time to scrapbook before you get to the actual scrapbooking part?

Maybe you spent the time looking for a sketch or a bit of inspiration to get your page design idea.

Maybe figuring out the photo sizes for a unique design, and then trying to remember how to get that unusual size to work with your printer, took up all your time.

Or maybe you had to pull out your next stack of pictures and shop for the perfect products to compliment them.

Before you knew it your time was up and the family was waiting for dinner.

Know what I’m talking about?

Some of us get a thrill out of planning, and if that is you, then I’m not suggesting you eliminate this prized part of the process. But if the planning stages of scrapbooking are keeping you from digging into the part of the hobby you really get joy from, I want to share how I’ve eliminated almost all planning from my scrapbooking.

I want to show you some methods you can use so you can jump right into the page!

Ready to dive in with me?

I scrapbooked two layouts on video, talking you through the process, and released it to the Paperclipping Members.

If you’re not yet a member, CLICK HERE to learn about a membership so you can get started right away!

If you’re a member, you’ll find your new video in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.


Shine On,

It’s Finally Here: Romantic Scrapbooking Course

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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It’s now live!

I can’t tell you how excited I am for this. I think you’ll love it.

We’ve launched it with a deep discount for the next three days!

CLICK HERE to find out about the course and the promotion discount. :)

Ideas for Radiant Orchid, Part 2 – Paperclipping 232

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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What’s the big deal about Pantone’s Radiant Orchid?

It’s just lavender, right?

Well, not really. From what I understand of lavender, it is a whiter version of pure purple. Pure purple is a balanced mix of blue and red. Lavender is a simple color.

Orchid, on the other hand, is more complex. What does that mean? Somewhere along the way, either during the mixing of purple, or after the purple was already mixed, pink and fuchsia are blended into it.

Complex colors draw us in more because there is so much to discover about them. It takes longer for the eye to see and register their nuances. They’re also more interesting to combine with other colors because each color you pair with a complex color will enhance and emphasize a different “ingredient” of that color.

In terms of trends, Radiant Orchid is styling this year! Before Pantone announced its color choice to represent the current thought, ideas, and desires of our culture, fashion experts predicted pink as a hot trendy color for 2014. Orchid, with its infusion of pink and fuchsia, is just the right type of purple to hit the scene.

Radiant Orchid and Color Temperature

Complex colors can be easier to mix and match with different color temperatures because there is bigger mix of warm and cool within them.

In Ideas for Radiant Orchid, Part 1 I shared a cool color combination, and then showed how you can take that same group of colors, but go darker and more vibrant with it.

In today’s episode, Ideas for Radiant Orchid, Part 2, we go warm with orchid. I share one combination that is darker and vibrant and on the cooler spectrum of warms. Then we move into a softer muted palette that is far warmer.

Watching both episodes should help you see how many directions you can take a single color. Especially when you consider all the other colors I DIDN’T use that we could still pair with Radiant Orchid.

In Part 2 I also share some super fun techniques that will give you brilliant results! If you’re a Paperclipping Member you can watch this video now in the Member’s Area or on iTunes.

Not a member? Click here for information!

Ideas for Radiant Orchid, Part 1 – Paperclipping 231

Friday, December 27th, 2013

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What do you think of the Pantone color choice for 2014: Radiant Orchid?

The captivating, magical and enchanting Radiant Orchid. An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile Radiant Orchid encourages creativity and originality. Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.

The Pantone color choices are not necessarily based on the hottest trend in color, though their color choices sometimes become just that. The color has to do with overall emerging trends in all creative sectors, including what we value as a society, or the way we think about things. That implies something for scrapbookers — something larger than just a fashion fad for the year.

In capturing memories and who we are in our scrapbooks, the Pantone color will help you tell the story of some of what our society wants and values right now. According to the statement above, what society most wants and values right now is:

  • innovation
  • modernity
  • versatility
  • creativity
  • originality
  • confidence
  • joy
  • love
  • health

You can use Radiant Orchid to give a sense of who we are and what we want in our place in time.

How You Can Use Radiant Orchid in Your Scrapbooks

You might be wondering how you would use this color in scrapbooking, or whether you want to use it at all. It doesn’t have to be the main color. Radiant Orchid is gorgeous as a supportive accent color.

Need some ideas for color combinations?

I’m making two videos this month on ideas for using Radiant Orchid in your scrapbooking. Part 1 shares ideas for cooler toned color palettes. Part 2 focuses more on warmer palettes.

I’ve already released Part 1. Paperclipping Members can find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes. You must be a member to view the video tutorial. Click here for info about a membership.

I will be adding the Part 2 video in a few days. UPDATE: Click here for Ideas for Radiant Orchid, Part 2.

If you’re unsure about this this color, definitely watch the videos. I’ve quickly fallen in love with Radiant and am having so much fun adding it in as a new regular color option!