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Layout Idea: When Your Photos are Both Vertical AND Horizontal

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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Do you struggle with page design when you have multiple photos that are both vertical and horizontal?

Is it hard to make both photo orientations work together?

One of my favorite scrapbook pages is this double-page layout with a total of five photos: two horizontal and three vertical. You can use it as a template for your own page. If you read on I’ll tell you how you can adjust this if you have even more photos than me.

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The Glimpse Concept – Paperclipping 282

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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Maybe you have pictures like this description below and you’re just not sure whether to scrapbook them or walk away…

Your kiddo, your husband — just hanging around the house doing…not much really. They’re just there doing their usual thing like they always are, and always do.

It’s not a favorite photo, but it’s not a bad one. In fact you like seeing it on your computer, but what would you say about it?

“Here we are, hanging out. At home. As usual.”

Photos like this have always given me a bit of cognitive dissonance.

  • Is it worth a spot in my scrapbooks?
  • Is it worth a spot in my limited time to play with paper?

The logical answer usually seems like, no.

But then why can’t I walk away from this photo?

Have you experienced this, too?

Well, I’ve learned to trust my gut in situations like this when there is something nagging at me. We feel this way because there IS something more to these photos and it’s just not obvious. But it’s there.

It’s the compilation of things that make up your everyday life that are so all-encompassing for you that you don’t even notice them. But other people who don’t live your life — including your future you — WILL notice them.

So the answer is yes.

If a mundane, nothing-special photo stands out to you, gives you a bit of pleasure, and you have an emotional sense that you’d enjoy scrapbooking, even if you can’t find any logical reason why, then go for it!

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But what would you say about it on the page?

I’ve come up with a scrapbooking concept that reveals the value of your photo without you having to say straight out, “This is a special photo because it shows our everyday regular life, which is pretty much the same every day right now.”

I love this concept and I intend to use it a lot in the future, in addition to the three times that I used it already this week.

I shared it in the video that we just released today for the Paperclipping Members. I assembled all three layouts on camera, sharing three different design ideas for this concept.

Want to know what it is and how you can use it?

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Flipped-Mirror Design Idea – Paperclipping 281

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

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Sometimes getting started is the hardest part.

Quite often I start with a design concept already in mind. I have an arsenal of design concepts that I pull from when I sit down to scrapbook, and they’re the same concepts I demonstrate in my videos when I share a specific design idea or a Flexible Template.

For me, these design concepts just sit in my head as imagery and they seem to take turns pushing themselves to the forefront of my mind so that when I sit down to scrapbook, there’s usually an idea that wants to try its hand on my new page.

I name these ideas when I share them with you so that you can easily add them to your own arsenal.

You can…

  1. Store them in your head and trust that they’ll periodically surface, like I do.
  2. Write them down in a notebook (with words or drawings).
  3. Login to your Paperclipping Membership and jog your memory by looking at the names of the videos (because I always name the videos by the name I’ve given to a design concept).

However you store them, I do recommend having set design concepts to draw from. You can save yourself many hours and much frustration if you’re drawing from a store of ideas, rather than having to start from scratch or get lost looking through Pinterest every time you want to scrapbook.

Are you ready for a new idea to play with?

Today’s design concept — the Flipped-Mirror — can be used to enhance your photo or your title, can be the starting point for the rest of your design.

You must be a Paperclipping Member to access the video.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Richer Stories from Yearly Events

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

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Considering how many of us love Christmas so much, it’s really incredible how many scrapbookers say they hate scrapbooking Christmas!

The reason I hear the most often is because it feels redundant to scrapbook this repeating event every single year.

But what if you can capture in your scrapbooking some of the magic that makes you love Christmas so much?

Something that occupies a great percentage of our attention for an entire season deserves its space in the documentation of our lives. I hope today’s Paperclipping video will help with this. I want to help you develop and share richer stories from yearly events, such as Christmas.

The video is ready to watch in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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Cutting the Chaos – Paperclipping 279

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

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Do you ever have pages that look too busy?

Chaos is particularly hard to avoid when scrapbooking Christmas pages because both the patterns and the photos are busier than usual. It’s the number one problem I have with some of my own less-than-pleasing Christmas pages.

So I pulled out my bag of tricks for avoiding chaos and focused on those while scrapbooking all of my Christmas pages this year.

I’m happy to say that of the 15 or so Christmas layouts I made, I think I reached non-chaos success!

So that is the topic of this video episode of Paperclipping: how to avoid pages that look too busy.

These concepts apply to all scrapbooking, not just Christmas, so feel free to use these concepts all year long.

You must be a Paperclipping Member to view the video. If your membership is active, it’s waiting for you now!

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Tie It Together – Paperclipping 278

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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The challenge in any art is to tie it all together.

Tie what together?

Basically everything. All the parts.

In any artistic endeavor the entire whole needs to feel unified, and to do that, all the elements of your piece need to make sense with each other. There needs to be a relationship.

Usually that means there just needs to be one or two common traits.

Let’s make this concrete and specific to scrapbooking.

I made a video that demonstrates how you can tie together a whole number of things:

  1. How you can make an entire scrapbook feel more unified, even when you want or already have a wide variety of colors.
  2. Ways to get that unifying shade of color you need when you don’t have much or any of that color in your current supply.
  3. How you can scrapbook a recurring, yearly event non-chronologically and in a way that is interesting, and compelling, and tells a unifying story. In other words, how you can tie the various years together in a cool and meaningful way.

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In this video you’ll see a little more of how I’m organizing both my Christmas album and Trinity’s Nutcracker album, both of which are not chronological, even though they’re about events that repeat every year.

Why aren’t they chronological?

Because I have something specific I want to communicate in my Christmas album, and a big story I want to tell through the Nutcracker album, and I’ve come to realize that I can better accomplish both of those goals by organizing the album differently.

I’ve been developing this in the November videos and will continue to through the month of December in the next two episodes after this one.

I hope you’ll join me in tying it all together!

Members can now watch this newest video in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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Capture the Magic of Your Christmas Stories – Paperclipping 277

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

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Does your Christmas album capture the magic you love about the holiday?

As much as I love scrapbooking about Christmas, I’ve been confused for several years as to why I haven’t loved my Christmas album. Looking through it has done nothing for me; does not capture the Christmas magic.

As November approached I put my mind on this problem and — probably as a direct result of a story Stacy Julian shared in our most recent Deep Dive course — I figured out why!

So now I have a new direction and already my plan has ignited a fire which led to a five-page layout about one of my own special Christmas stories from childhood. I am super excited about where I’m taking my album now.

So of course, I shot video of this entire process:

  1. The “before” version of my Christmas album.
  2. The new direction I’m taking with the album.
  3. The making of a five-page layout with multiple connections between my childhood Christmas story and my adult Christmas story.

This new member video kicks off the holiday season of Paperclipping!

Coming up next is a post with my Christmas Product Picks and Un-picks. And over the next few videos you will see me re-develop my Christmas album with my new plan, and you’ll see me working in the Nutcracker Ballet album, as well.

These videos are for Paperclipping Members. This newest video is available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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The Very Best and Only Good Way to Adhere Newspaper, T-shirts, and Other Stuff

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

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Newspaper articles, special t-shirts, fabrics and laces — I LOVE scrapbooking with all these amazing things that have special significance in our lives.

They all add texture, both literally and figuratively, to our stories.

I mentioned in a recent Paperclipping Roundtable episode about storytelling that after a lifetime of experimenting with how to adhere these types of story-laden materials, I have come to the conclusion that there is just one adhesive that is good.

It’s gel medium (matte).

And it’s not just good. It’s amazing.

For example…

FABRIC

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Scrapbooking Your Tween Boys: 5 Page Ideas

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

In need of some pre-teen boy inspiration?

Here are some story and design ideas in five different layouts!

Layout 1 – Sleep Anywhere
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1. Design Idea: Form a line of rectangular monochromatic scraps around the photo.

2. Story Idea: Catch your tween in a funny position, whether asleep or awake.

3. See this page come together: Paperclipping Video 227 – Gathering to Make Lines
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Scrapbook Yourself Without Photos – Paperclipping 275

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

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Don’t have enough photos of yourself to scrapbook your own stories?

You can tell a lot of your stories without putting yourself into the picture.

In today’s Paperclipping video tutorial I share some fun story ideas and put together pages without pictures of myself.

I love these layouts.

You can do it, too!

Head on over to the Member’s Area or iTunes to watch the video and get started on your own page.

The video is for Paperclipping Members.

If you don’t have a membership, please CLICK HERE for information about how to get this video and hundreds more very the lowest price ever.

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