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How to Pick and Mix Products for Kits – Paperclipping 269

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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Would you love to be able to mix patterns together into an awesome-looking coordinated group?

Whether you want to mix patterns for a single layout, or as a kit that will coordinate an entire scrapbook album, there are things you should understand about color…

Three Important Things to Understand About Color

A single hue can have many different versions. There are three things that decide how a single hue, such yellow, will actually look. Knowing what these are can help you better understand how to mix and use color.

1. Tonality (tone) – Tone refers to how light or dark a color is. Color is made lighter with white and darker with black. The paper on the far left with the lines of triangles shows a variety of tonalities of the same colors (turquoise, green, and yellow):
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See the different versions of yellow? They are the same yellow except in terms of their tone, which changes from light to dark. Same with the turquoise and green.

It’s easy to mix a variety of tones of the same color in your kits without running into any matching difficulties. In fact, variation in tonality is a really good idea, so go ahead and mix lights and darks of the same color.

2) Temperature – The temperature of a color depends on how warm or cool it is, which depends on how much yellow or blue has been blended into it. The pink and mustard stripe on the left in this picture below is very warm. The paper with the spokes on the right is cooler (though not totally cold because it has both warms and cools).
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We typically say the warm colors are red, orange, and yellow, and the cool colors are green, blue, and purple, but that is not entirely correct. You can actually get warmer and cooler versions of every color. It is okay to have some cools and some warms together in a single kit, but it’s a little trickier than mixing a variety of tones.

3) Vibrancy – Vibrancy has to do with how bright or muted a color is. It is very hard to mix vibrancy within a color grouping and get it right, so if you are newer at color, it’s easier to stick with colors of the same vibrancy.

The spokes in the paper above are very vibrant, but the blue background is muted. They work well together because their temperatures are similar. The muted blue works well with that tiny bit of eggplant just to the left of it because they have a similar vibrancy and their temperature is not too different. Their tones are very different from each other — remember, it’s good to have a variety of tones.

But the paper with the spokes and the paper with the pink and mustard stripes are horrible together. They have very little in common — their vibrancy is opposite, their temperatures are different. There just aren’t enough similarities to unite them.

It is possible to have both muted and bright colors within a group (as you can see that it works in the paper with the vibrant spokes but muted background color), and the sooner you master temperature, the sooner you’ll be able to mix vibrancy well.

Most Common Color Problems

When scrapbookers come to me with color challenges on their layouts, the most common problem I see is vibrancy mixes that don’t work. The second most common problem is that the colors are not balanced across the page.

You learn it by seeing it.

  • Would you like to see me take a big mix of papers from different designers and different years and put them together into a beautiful and exciting kit?
  • Want to see examples of papers that work well together and papers that don’t?
  • Do you want tips for making the process easier?
  • Would it help you to see me create a style-vibe for a kit?

Today we released a new video that takes you through my process of making a coordinated kit for an entire album. You’ll not only see these color principles at work, but you’ll also see the inspiration behind achieving a specific style with variety. You’ll see pattern-mixing, choosing or eliminating papers, and you’ll see me assemble a layout from the new kit.
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This video is for Paperclipping Members and is available the Member’s Area.

CLICK HERE for information about a membership!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Not Too Big, Not Too Small, Just Right – Paperclipping 268

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

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Did you know that a slight size adjustment in your decorative items can make the difference between a page that looks finished and harmonious, and a page that doesn’t quite?

  • If an important embellishment is slightly big, it overpowers our photos and makes the page fill crammed and lacking breathing room.
  • If it’s too small, the page feels awkward and unfinished. The items on the page look disconnected and seem to be floating.

To show the difference size can make, and to help you identify when something is even just a little too small or big, I made multiple cuts of embellishments with my Cameo and compared them on pages I was making so you can actually see the difference between items that are just right, and items that aren’t up to size.

Hopefully by seeing these comparisons you will feel more empowered as you lay out your pages.

We uploaded this video tutorial to the Member’s Area an on iTunes today.

If you’re not a member, CLICK HERE for info!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell
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Writing for Better Story-Telling

Friday, June 5th, 2015

During this week’s Paperclipping Roundtable on better writing I promised to share a layout in order to illustrate the writing tips we shared (I captioned it below).

This is an older page. It’s not perfect, amazing, brilliant writing, but it tells a good story. And it’s not just a story about what happened at an event, but it illustrates Aiden as a toddler, and me as a protective mother of a three-year-old.

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Journaling directed to Aiden reads:

During one of Blake’s baseball practices an older boy, about 7 years old, challenged you to a race. You agreed and off you went.

Of course, we couldn’t expect your little legs to keep up with him and he hit the finish line with the declaration, “I won!” long before you did.

Here I was, your protective mother, irritated that this 7-year-old boy was gloating about beating you, my three-year-old.

But then you reached the finish-line, still at a full pace and with a huge smile on your face. You began yelling, “I won! I won! I won! I won!”

Confidence.

The boy tried his best to convince you (and the rest of us!) that he beat you. But he couldn’t overcome your boisterous “I won!” celebrations. He was frustrated.

And I have never stopped smiling about it.

Some things to look for in the journaling…

  1. I unfolded the story, beginning with the dilemma/conflict (2nd paragraph) instead of a summation, in order to create enough suspense to draw you in.
  2. I varied the length and structure of the sentences. Compare each one to see how they are all different.
  3. I wrote with active verbs instead of passive ones.
  4. I drew a clear and specific picture of the action with my words.
  5. I shared a very human story to which we can all relate as fellow humans.

I believe we all have great stories to tell. We just don’t always know how to tell them in a way that draws others in. Next time you write a story for one of your layouts, write it on scratch paper first, and then look at each of the tips above to see how you do.

Don’t worry if your first attempt doesn’t impress you. That’s why we revise. Writing is a practice.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

The Dynamic Line Flexible Template – Paperclipping 266

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

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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.

Click here to learn about a membership!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

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. :)

Keep Their Eyes on the Page – Paperclipping 264

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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None of us like it when our scrapbook pages get overlooked in a gallery.

Nor when people quickly skim through our album and don’t look very long.

We all work hard to make our pages attractive, but unfortunately, working hard isn’t the same as working effectively, is it? There are tricks to getting someone’s attention, to drawing them into the page, and to keeping their eyes on the page.

It’s not so different from being a magician.

It’s all about directing the eye.

This week we put together a video where I share a few of those tricks and demonstrate them while assembling two different scrapbook layouts. You’ll also see a couple other examples, all from my album about our last (first) home.

Paperclipping Members can watch that video now from the Member’s Area or on iTunes.

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Enjoy!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

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

Paperclipping Holiday Photography Tips

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