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Binge-Cutting, Experimenting, & Staying Organized – Paperclipping 273

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


Are you a binge-cutter?

If not, what is preventing you? Is it the question of where you’ll put all your resulting cuts?

Is it possible that a lack of binge-cutting has kept you from using your die cuts and cut files as much as you would like?

What is binge-cutting?

It’s when you make several cuts in one sitting, usually from an electronic cutter like the Silhouette Cameo, even if you’re not sure if and when you’ll use all of them. You could also call it blind-cutting.

I know from my own experience that I rarely use my Cameo to make cuts once I’ve sat down to scrapbook, even though I love it, and I love my cut files. But if I already have cuts that I made in the past, I easily find uses for them when I’m scrapbooking. They don’t sit in my stash for very long.

Electronic cutting requires you to get on your computer, look through your library or the store to find a cut file that will go with your scrapbooking, and then pull it up, size and adjust it, and then cut. I tend not to even think about it as an option.

But if I run into pieces I cut some time ago, I very, very often use them immediately.

If you’re like me, then you will get much more use out of your electronic cuts if you cut a bunch of them ahead of time, too (I choose white cardstock if I don’t have a specific idea in mind).

What is the drawback of binge-cutting?

Well, the big one is having a bunch of unused cuts and not knowing what to do with them, which means they often end up in piles on our work space.

Not. Good.

Don’t worry. In this week’s video tutorial I did some binge-cutting and experimenting, and shared some different ideas for what you can do with all those cuts that you can’t possibly scrapbook with right away.

I also put a layout together with some of the pieces, and did quite a bit of playing (an example in images above and below).

I hope you enjoy the tutorial.

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

You must be a member to watch.

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Three Products to Help You Harmonize Your Pages

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015


When I was a girl I fell in love.

I was coloring a page with ocean waters in my coloring book. Instead of using one blue for the sea, I decided to try a mix of blue with aqua. That successful experiment taught me the power of harmonious color schemes. It taught me my favorite way to use color. I’ve been in love with this kind of color palette ever since.

Two kinds of color variety that will harmonize your pages:

  1. Monochromatic: a mix of lighter and darker or warmer and cooler versions of the same color.
  2. Analogous: a mix of two or three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

Here are 3 delicious products I’ve been using lately because they give me a perfect amount of subtle color changes, creating a harmonious feeling of movement and flow…

1. A Product to Harmonize Your Title

Amy Tangerine’s Transparent Letter Stickers from the Yes, Please Collection: Each color comes in two tones, and the transparent quality helps them to blend with your background better, too.

How to use it to get harmony: Use both the light and the dark version within your title, like I did with light letters for “Monsoon” and dark letters for “Season.”

Don’t mix it up though, meaning don’t mix light and dark every other letter, or with light popping up sporadically between dark letters. For the flowing harmonious movement we’re talking about, you want the color changes to graduate subtly. Start with one version of the color for part of the way, then finish with the other version.

2. A Product to Harmonize Your Patterns and Embellishments

Amy Tangerine’s entire Rise and Shine Collection: The collection as a whole has lots of different colors around the wheel, but within that collection are patterned papers that wrote the harmonious color schemes playbook with their mixes of tones or analogous hues. And then there is the Transparent Sticker sheet that is my favorite collection of stickers of all time. The image in the link does not show the vibrancy of color that it actually is. You can see it a little more by the doodled “sunset” I added between “AZ” and “Monsoon” in the layout image above.

How to use it: For a super harmonious layout, pick from the papers an analogous color scheme of 2-3 colors as your dominant palette. Then if you want, just add touches of an accent color that is from somewhere else on the color wheel.

And don’t forget the epoxy stickers, one of which I used below…

…which brings us to the most amazing ink pads ever.

3. A Product to Harmonize Your Stamping


Ombre Ink Pads by Hero Arts: These gorgeous ombre inks blend analogous colors for you!

They come in Mint to Green, Red to Ruby, Pink to Red, Butter to Orange, Pool to Navy, Grey to Black, and Lime to Forest Green.

I’m just waiting for them to come up with Orchid to Purple. Oh, hey…I just came up with it for them! Wouldn’t that be a gorgeous addition to these harmonious beauties?

How to use it: Be sure to rotate your stamp a little as you pounce it into the ink so you the different colors blend. Otherwise you’ll have a line between each one.

You can see the Butter to Orange in the sun rays above (I added a bit of Scattered Straw yellow to the bottom) and on this cute fox below, with just a little bit of line between the yellow and yellow-orange. Oops, don’t forget to rotate that stamp sightly as you pounce!


And now you have one key to creating harmony on your layouts!

Get Even More Harmonious

There are other ways to get harmony and unity in your pages. I’m doing a whole class presentation on this called, “Scrapbookers, Unite!” at the upcoming True Scrap event, hosted by Lain Ehmann. For the next few days you can get a half off the sales price.

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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!

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.

CLICK HERE for information about a membership!

Shine On,

Four Ways to Use Up Your Letter Stickers – Paperclipping 265

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015


Don’t you hate it when your favorite package of letter stickers becomes practically unusable after creating only one or two pages with it, ever?

And sometimes it’s not just that it’s your favorite, but that the package is the one-and-only perfect match for the layout.

Sure, we all do our best to alter the remaining letters to make them look like the ones we need, but that only works so long, and then you’re left with a lot of letters you can’t really use.

So I’ve got four other solutions.

In the video I just made for Paperclipping Members, watch what I do to get more out of some of my favorite packs which, unfortunately, I made the mistake of only buying one of, each.

I’m pretty close to using all the letters, despite the fact that I consumed all the common ones right after I bought the darn things. Let me show you how you can do that, too, and start getting a lot more out of all your packages of stickers.

The video is in the Member Library and on iTunes.

Not a member? Click here for info!

Shine On,

Organization for Your Workflow – Paperclipping 263

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Three questions for you…

  • How well do you know your scrapbooking process?
  • Do you know your process so well you’ve arranged your supplies and space in a way that facilitates it?
  • Does your setup help you flow through your scrapbooking, moving you along from one step to the next without much pausing to find or move things?

Click to read more…

Organizing Cutting Supplies – Paperclipping 262

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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What is your biggest challenge when it comes to cutting supplies and organization?

For a lot of people, it’s how to store the extra leftover cuts you don’t end up using in a project.

Do you struggle with where to put them? Or do you have a place for them, but find they never get used?

Maybe your biggest problem is that the cutting tools pull you out of your flow, so you don’t even use them much. Do you find that you neglect your electronic cutting machine, or your die cutting machine?

The reason could simply be that the location of these machines and their supplies breaks up your workflow.

So what is it for you?

When it comes to punches, die cutters and their dies, electronic cutters and their accessories, and all other related supplies including the leftover cut pieces, which of these gives you troubles?

Leave a comment and let us know!

Then if you’re a Member you can watch the episode we just released this morning that shows how I set up the cutting area of my scraproom. You’ll see how it supports my workflow, and you’ll see what I do with my leftovers.

Lastly, you’ll see me assemble the layout in the image above as I share lots of design tips for creating a unified page.

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Organizing Embellishments – Paperclipping 261

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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How long does it take you to choose the items you use on a page?

Someone recently used the word, “audition” to describe their long drawn-out process of picking and choosing items to use. That is a fitting word for the task of looking at lots of possibilities until you finally find that right one.

I’ve almost eliminated the audition process.

Only once in a while do I need to spend even five minutes “auditioning.” Now I just play and create.

And on top of that I have very little cleanup time because of my setup and process.

Really, it is an absolute dream.

I want to share it with you, and today I’m specifically sharing how I’ve organized my embellishments.

Here are five things you can do to make it easier to choose and then put away embellishments:

  1. Sort your items by the categories you regularly search for.
    Some of the categories of items I regularly search for are red items; flourish items for a ballet album; bright and sunny items for outdoors Arizona pages; neutral items; brand new stuff; love-related items for relationship stories; house-related items; enamel dots; etc).
  2. Store your items by these categories you’ve identified.
    If you’re always looking for mint-colored items and it takes you more than a minute to find and gather them, it makes sense to have a store of mint items waiting for you. But that doesn’t mean you must also have containers for every other color — it would be unhelpful to have a store of items in a category you don’t tend to look for. You will rarely or never end up using those.
  3. Eliminate a category once you stop going to it.
    Believe it or not, at some point you will no longer be looking for mint-colored items, or enamel dots, or embellishments that will look good on ballet pages. Once a category is no longer serving you and you find you’re not looking for items that way anymore, take those items and divide them up among your other stores of embellishments.
  4. Eliminate the overwhelm of too much stuff by categorizing.
    Grab only one or two of these stored categories when you’re scrapbooking and bring them to your table. This will allow you to keep a decent sized stash overall, but give you the benefit of having fewer items to choose from. Too many choices leads to cognitive dissonance and overwhelm, which stop creativity.
  5. If an item sits unused too long, re-categorize it and store it in one of your other spots.
    By dividing your embellishments into categories, you can choose to re-categorize any items that aren’t getting used. I find that just by re-categorizing something and storing it in a different way, I breathe new life into that item.

This has made the process so fast for me.

You have to see it to believe it.

And you can, because we just shot a video that shows me using a lot of different embellishments on one page without the “audition” time of trying to pick and choose what will work best. I share even more tips and solutions to share on the video, too.

Plus, my table was clean when I was done. I just had a few containers to slip back into place and my table was clean and ready for the next page within a single minute.

But you need a Paperclipping Membership to watch the video.

It’s in the Member’s Area now. CLICK HERE to learn about a membership.

Shine On,

Organization for Mixed Media – Paperclipping 260

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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Today we dive into four of my cube drawers, a basket, and a shelf to see how I organize and store all of my mixed media supplies (minus the organization of stamp-related supplies).

We also look at how I situated my entire mixed-media area to work together, including this cabinet of cubes, my painting easel, and my mixed-media scrapbooking table.

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And lastly, we see how fast, easy, and convenient it is to find and gather the supplies and use them on a scrapbooking page. Because it really doesn’t matter if your room is beautiful and looks organized if it does not make your process flow.

Our spaces should help us create more.

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This video is for Paperclipping Members. You’ll find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Not a member?

Check out why this is just one of 260 videos that could enhance and support your scrapbooking life!

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Shine On,

Paperclipping 258 – Organization for Making and Using Kits

Saturday, January 31st, 2015


A Season of Scraproom Organization Videos:

Do you love content about organizing for scrapbooking?

What about scraproom video tours?

Whenever I watch videos of people’s scraprooms I always wish I could look in the drawers and containers and see how it all works, down to the little details.

I want to see them use their space and know how it helps the actual process of scrapbooking.

Doesn’t this sound like a dream?

No single video really has time for that kind of detail.

Plus, a good quality video with that kind of detail is not easy to shoot.

It requires a level of expertise…

Wait!…expertise that the producers of Paperclipping have.

Yeah, that’s right.

We are starting a season of videos that combine scraproom tours with organization help and a view of the process of using the organized space for easier, faster, and more inspired scrapbooking.

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My room is not quite ready for a general overview tour.

When we do that video, we will share it for free for anyone to see.

All the rest — the ones that really dig into the drawers and containers and the process — will be Paperclipping Member videos.

In fact, the first one is already waiting for you!

We added it to the Member’s Area on Saturday.

We’ll continue to add two more every month and, for this season, with a special focus on up-close and
extra-personal organization and process.

I cannot wait for you to watch the first one.

Click here to learn about a Paperclipping Membership so you can see all the videos and be a part of the detailed tours of my scraproom.

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Shine On,