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Paperclipping 257 – Use a Top Ten List for Your Scrapbook Page

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Do you have a journaling problem?

Is it hard for you to find and/or tell the story?

Here’s a fun and easy way to share a lot of good details about your life without having to think or try very hard at all…

Whip out a Top Ten list.

Don’t think hard about it.

Each item doesn’t have to truly be your top ten favorite things in all the world.

The idea is to jot down ten things that you’re enjoying right now.

You can do this again and again. A few years from now you’ll have lots of, “Oh yeah!” moments as you remember little everyday details that ended up being a phase that came and went.

  • Are you into wearing peach lately?
  • Are you obsessed with the Into the Woods soundtrack?
  • Are you in love with the new Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore?
  • Are you prepping for a big Super Bowl party this weekend?

Those might be your current top ten.

In another month or two you’ll have a whole new list of things you’re enjoying.

A year or two from now you’ll be surprised by how much this little list says about you and your family.
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Want some fun layout ideas? I put together two pages — one with a top ten list I made a few weeks ago, and another with a list I made way back in 2006!

I put both layouts together on video in the newest Paperclipping episode.

Click here if you want to know how to get this video.

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

Shine On,

Love,-Noell

Scrapbook the Year’s Culture and News – Paperclipping 256

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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Want some really cool ideas to wrap up 2014?

In this last episode of the Paperclipping tutorials for 2014, I put together two different layouts that wrap up our year’s biggest news events and culture trends.

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

Not a Paperclipping Member? CLICK HERE for information about a membership!

Enjoy, and Happy New Year. See you in 2015!!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

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Make Your Thanksgiving Stories More Interesting – Paperclipping 254

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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I don’t want (or need) a scrapbook page to document every Thanksgiving. Do you?

How many Thanksgiving pages do I think we should have?

Enough to tell our Thanksgiving stories.

Right now I have seven, and with just two more that I hope to capture next year, I’ll have all the pages I think I need to have documented all the good stories about my Thanksgivings as a married person of 17 years — at least for now, until new stories develop.

I don’t think we need a scrapbook page for each year. Instead, I focus on the stories and the traditions.

That means most of my pages aren’t specific to any year. They tell stories that usually cover a handful of years, which I think is much more interesting and telling.

To see what I’m talking about, and to hopefully get inspired to recognize and document your own unique stories of Thanksgiving, I made a video — of course. :)

It’s in the Member’s Area.

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Holiday Photography Day 3: Food

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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This is a post from my 7-Day Holiday Photography Tips, which I sometimes gift to Paperclipping Members around the holidays. I wrote this with December holidays in mind, but I decided to share the food tips post for free before Thanksgiving starts!

Note: I’m not an expert photographer. But I’ve had some relative success with many of my photos and want to share what I know at a time when we most want stunning pictures.

Good food photos require basic photography skills: good composition, good (especially natural) lighting, great angles, etc. Food can be tricky, but hopefully you’ve been practicing the two previous lessons and you’ll be ready to apply what you’ve learned in a new way!

Holiday food shots can vary between close-up’s of Christmas goodies, to a plate of food on a table, to the entire banquet. The type you’re taking will determine your photo settings. Let’s talk about different types of food shots and some of the approaches you can take so you can get photos that capture the magic of holiday food. Click to read more…

Scrapbook Your Schedule, Part 2 – Paperclipping 253

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Can you remember…?

  • Any of your college class schedules?
  • What your days were like when it was just you and your firstborn child?
  • The foods you cooked as a newlywed, or how you divided the housework?
  • Why you felt so busy at an earlier time that now seems simple compared to
    your current life?

These are things I wonder about myself.

I wish I had documented this stuff in the first decade of my marriage.

Some months back I cracked open the journal I wrote in at the time I met Izzy. I was scrapbooking the story of how our relationship began for my Romantic Scrapbooking Course and I wondered if any forgotten details were inside.

Oh boy, there sure were…

I was in an epic dating phase during the week of my second date with Izzy.

(I tended to go on lots of dates over a couple of weeks and then ban dating for the next two weeks, back and forth between these two extremes).

Fortunately, I recorded all of the juicy details in my journal.

It included…

  • How after my second date with Izzy I was starting to realize how much I liked him.
  • And how I hung out with him right up to my third date and right after the fourth date, until I asked the last guy to take me home early so I could go hang out with Izzy instead.

I now have this dating schedule on a layout in my story album about how Izzy and I fell in love.

Thank goodness I recorded it!

But let’s be honest…

As I’ve been talking about scrapbooking our schedules lately, has the idea sounded boring to you?

Do you still think so?

Here’s a comment I got from Cara after my last video about scrapbooking your schedule (part 1)…

“I wasn’t convinced that this was something I would want to do until I watched the video and saw your older schedule layouts, and now I’m definitely going to do this. What a great thing to be able to look back on.”

And that video didn’t even include the juicy dating page. :)

Scrapbook Your Schedule, Part 2 is now available.

If you want some ideas and to see me put together some of these types of pages, you might look into getting a membership. Just click below…

http://www.paperclipping.com/membership

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Scrapbook Your Schedule – Paperclipping 252

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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Ten pages and counting from this one topic.

You know how we love to dig into a topic around here at Paperclipping?

Last week I suggested we scrapbook some pages about ourselves and I shared some topics, committing doing a few of them for the next Paperclipping video.

I picked three topics and got to working on the first one:

Document your current schedule.

Well, I ended up digging enough into this one topic that it turned its entire self into two videos, parts one and two.

Maybe the other two topics I picked (a success and a struggle) will come along a few videos from now.

But your schedule…

This is a topic that keeps on giving.

That’s because our day-to-day lives change so much from year to year. You can repeat the exact same topic a dozen times still have unique pages with unique stories.

Our schedules show a breath-taking picture of who we are.

It might not seem like much now.

But as someone who has been documenting my schedule since around 2007, trust me — you will ADORE these pages in a few years.

But there are also all kinds of variations possible on the types of schedules.

Here’s a list of more than ten variations…

  1. Your regular weekly schedule.
  2. The schedule of an unusual week.
  3. The schedule of a day that’s always the same.
  4. The schedule and events of a day that is unusual.
  5. The schedule of a favorite indulgence or hobby that you regularly do more than once a week.
  6. A place or thing you schedule your life around.
  7. A schedule you’ve created in order to achieve something.
  8. A schedule of your holiday/vacation.
  9. A schedule of the outfits you wear (yes, this is neurotic, and yes, I did this in 9th or 10th grade!!!).
  10. A schedule of meals, of when things bloom in your garden, of your favorite tv shows, etc.

Need design ideas now? I’ve got lots!

We released the Part One of this video to the Member’s Area yesterday.

http://www.paperclipping.com/membership/

Stay tuned for Part Two to come in a week or two.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Four Fun Prompts to Kickstart Your Stories

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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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?
Click to read more…

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.

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Enjoy!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

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.

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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,
Love,-Noell