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Fabric On Your Pages – Paperclipping 274

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015


If I were a scrapbook designer I would create supplies made partially with fabrics.

Fortunately, I don’t have to be a designer to get what I want — I create some of my own dream supplies from fabrics right at home, and so can you.

Look carefully at your once-beautiful, now worn-out clothing and costumes before you toss them. While the entire pieces may no longer be beautiful, I bet there are parts that still are.

Cut them off and add them to your scrapbooking stash.

Make it a habit.

Here are some reasons why…

  1. Fabrics soften the hard, straight edges.
  2. The organic quality of fabric can add contrast to our commonly geometric patterns.
  3. Fabrics add gorgeous, intricate detailing.
  4. Fabrics add dimension and texture to the page.
  5. It gives a second life to worn-out clothing and costumes.
  6. It’s free!
  7. Designing your own supplies is just super awesome. :)


Want to get some ideas? I shared several and then scrapbooked with them in the newest episode of Paperclipping. Making my own fabric supplies is one of my favorite things to do so I’m feeling especially excited to share this video.

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Member: Your video is waiting for you in the membership area and on iTunes. :)

Shine On,

Create Layout Designs From Scraps – Paperclipping 272

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Would you sometimes love to scrapbook mindlessly?

No thinking, just doing?

Well, I can’t promise NO thinking, but I can suggest a way to do very little of it for the ultimate in scrapbooking relaxation.

It also involves using your scraps, so this method will give you more use out of your favorite papers, in addition to a cushier, more self-replenishing scrap experience.

Imagine sitting down and simply pulling from the top of a pile of scraps to create beautiful layers with lots of different patterns and colors you love…which sums up this method that I want to share with you today.

I demonstrated it twice with two scrapbook pages in today’s new Paperclipping video. You’ll get all the different tips you need to build a layout from scraps with very little taxing of the brain for ideas.

The video is waiting for you in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

If you’re not a member, please click here to see how easy it is to get started!

Inside an Album – Paperclipping 271

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015


What if your scrapbooks could create an experience?

For you. For someone else. For anyone looking through the pages?

I used to resist scrapbooking with a color scheme for a whole album — always looking for variety and freedom in everything. That’s now changed.

I’ve come to feel that with a hint (or more) of a whole story and bit of design unity inside our albums, the entire experience of viewing them can be greater than the sum of individual, randomly designed layouts.

Maybe you have these questions, though…

  1. What about the fact that photos come in a variety of colors?
  2. Don’t you get bored having the same colors?
  3. What do you do about layouts you already made before choosing a color scheme?

Let me show you inside one of my own albums and see if those still seem like barriers. You’ll see that some of these problems are not the beasts they seem, and you’ll get lots of tips for how to fix the ones that are.

It’s all in the newest video for Paperclipping members.

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Shine On,


Repetition Do’s and Don’ts – Paperclipping 270

Thursday, July 30th, 2015


Want to master a design principle?

Repetition is one of the key ways to creating a feeling of harmony in your layouts. But there are some things to watch for.

In the newest video tutorial of Paperclipping I shared some Do’s and Don’ts for how to use repetition in several different ways without making the page monotonous.

I shared two older pages — one that demonstrated a “Don’t,” and another that is definitely a “Do,” as well as a good example of how to fix the problem of the first page.

Then I assembled two more pages, working with those Do’s and Don’ts of repetition until my pages had a feeling of harmony.

See the sneak peek above?

Does it feel harmonious to you?

See how to do it in this newest episode of Paperclipping!

Note: You must be a Paperclipping Member to watch this video.

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How to Pick and Mix Products for Kits – Paperclipping 269

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

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):
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).
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.
This video is for Paperclipping Members and is available the Member’s Area.

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Shine On,

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

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015


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,

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!”


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,

The Dynamic Line Flexible Template – Paperclipping 266

Sunday, May 31st, 2015


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.

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Shine On,

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

Scrapbook Layouts & Projects - 3 of 3

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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Shine On,

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,