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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!

CLICK HERE for info about a membership. :)

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,

Ideas to Use Your 3×4 Project Life Cards – Paperclipping 247

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Do you have more Project Life cards than you could ever manage to put into an album?

Or maybe you fell in love with a set and bought it, even though you don’t do Project Life. Either way, I’ve been hearing that a lot of scrapbookers are looking for ways to incorporate those cute cards into traditional pages. Here’s an idea…

Pull out three of the same card and line them up in various ways to create borders or anchoring lines.

I usually do a bit of cropping, depending on how I’m lining them up. It’s a great way to use repetition in your design while giving structure to the page.

I shared this and five other additional ways to use 3×4 cards on traditional scrapbooking layouts in this week’s episode of Paperclipping.

As a bonus I also shared some design tips for when you are using pocket pages and all you have are 3×4 photos, since those are the hardest pages to make look good, in my opinion.

You must be a Paperclipping Member to watch the video. (It’s in the Member’s Area and on iTunes now!).

CLICK HERE to learn about a membership. :)

Shine On,

Scrapbook with Embossing Paste – 242

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

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Do you have a lot of technique and color media products that don’t get enough use?

If so, you might ask yourself why you would buy another one. Here’s why…

Because there’s one other multi-media product that can help you use just about all of your other ones.

Once you try Embossing Paste, you’ll want to see what you can do when you combine it with all your other supplies.

I demonstrated some of those possibilities in a video, and also showed how you can use it your scrapbooking. Embossing Paste is so much fun to use and I love the added dimension on my pages! If you’re a member you can watch this video tutorial now. You’ll find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Click here for membership info!

Make An Impact with Numbers – Paperclipping 238

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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I don’t mean numbers, as in numerals.

I mean numbers, as in the number of items you use from the same package of products, like in the picture above.

Have you ever used a whole bunch of items from the same package, even though that was probably not the intention of the designer of the product?

Or does that sound kind of strange? I do it a lot.

Why You Should Pile an Entire Package of Embellishments on One Scrapbook Layout

Ok, I don’t ever use an entire package all at once. I do use a lot, and I have even used all but just a few. Here’s why…

  1. Designing a page is faster when all or most of your supplies come from a single package, rather than from various packages from all over the place.
  2. You can make a real visual impact by using a whole bunch of the same or similar items. There is power in numbers, not just in life, but in design as well. :)

You’ve heard of the design principle, repetition, right?

A powerful and easy way to achieve repetition in your design is to use a bunch of items from the same package.

Just be sure you do a few things while you’re at it…

  • Use variation for contrast.
  • Gather the items together.

Yes, I found them doing this (closeup)

Use variation for contrast

It will probably be boring if your items are all exactly the same. Make sure there is some sort of contrast between them – size, color, shape, etc. Or mix something else in if your package of items have no variation.

Gather the items together

You want to use the items to bring the eye to your focal point. Scattering them all over the page will not do that. In fact, scattering them (spacing them out) will not create the powerful impact I’ve been talking about either.

So be sure to gather them close together or overlapping. This way your gathering either acts as a stopping point for eye, or to lead the eye to something else, like a photo.

Both good things!

Are you ready to try it?

Link us up to your results in the comments area!

Not completely confident with the idea yet?

If you want some examples in action, I did a video that shows a whole bunch of different ways to do it.

I mean — a whole, whole bunch. :)

I also give lots of tips and guidance for what to keep in mind as you do it.

The video is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes, and Paperclipping members can go watch it now.

But you must be a member to watch.

Click here to learn about a membership!

Enjoy making a big impact with your supplies, and have fun paperclipping!

Shine On,

Eat Up Your Leftovers, Part Two – Paperclipping 236

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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This week I took leftovers from collections I purchased a year ago, and made eight brand new homemade kits.

Here are six of those eight…
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I also made three pages with the pieces I was putting together as I was making those kits.

Why You Should Re-Kit Your Diminishing Scrapbook Collections

Here is why it’s a good idea to disassemble your purchased collections or kits after a while…

  • Having already used many papers you liked from your collections, the papers you like less start to dominate the remaining ones that you do like. This makes you feel uninspired when you look through those collections.
  • The papers you don’t love take up space, compete for your attention, and make you feel guilty.

Why Re-Kitting Will Rock Your Scrapbooking World

Here’s why it’s amazing to pick your favorite papers from among your collections and build your own homemade kits…

  • You have inspiring and exciting coordinated supplies to work with RIGHT NOW!
  • You realize you already own amazing supplies and you won’t desire new stuff nearly as much.
  • You have a clear idea of how many pages you can make before you’ll need to shop for more stuff.
  • If you do want to buy a few new things, you can prioritize what you purchase by looking at what your kits could benefit from.
  • Your gorgeous new kits highlight how uninterested you are in the remaining papers that didn’t make the cut. You realize that you truly do not need those other supplies, and that they are limiting your inspiration.

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I’ve been waiting since early January for a few new collections to come available in the stores. I ordered a couple of those collections right before starting my kit project. And now I’m not even interested in opening those new collections because I just want to scrapbook with these beautiful, personalized kits!

Want to make some personalized kits of your own?

While doing my “kitting” this week I made two videos where I shared my process and lots of tips to help you do this, too.

You will not be sorry.

Trust me.

Watch the videos. You will need a membership. CLICK HERE.

Members can find the videos — Eat Up Your Leftovers, Parts One and Two — in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.


Shine On,

P.S.> Want to learn more about a Paperclipping Membership? Click here.

Eat Up Your Leftovers, Part One – Paperclipping 235

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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Do you end up with kit and collection leftovers?

Either those leftovers don’t work well together, or they’re just not inspiring you any longer — especially when there are new collections hitting stores, like many have been just recently.

With two new collections making an entrance in my scraproom this week, it occurred to me that I need space for them, as I still have plenty of leftovers from the collections I purchased a year ago.

What do you do when when have lots of older stuff, but you’re ready for something new?

Personally, I like to shake them up. I like to do some things that make them feel fresh and new again.

Here are a few ideas…

  • Make your own new coordinated kits with your leftovers.
  • Alter them with color mediums.
  • Crop them to emphasize something different in the pattern.
  • Fussy-cut an icon or image from the pattern.
  • Die-cut them.

I chose leftovers from six different collections that I wanted to tackle this week. My goal is to knock four collections out of their spots in my scraproom, and to make a dent in two of the others. I’m using the methods I listed above and making two different videos to show you how I’m doing it.

The first video focuses on the first option in the list: Make your own new coordinated kits. Not only do I show how I’m doing that in this episode, but I also scrapbook two pages from my new homemade kits. I’ve already released this video to the Paperclipping Members. Members can find it on iTunes or in the Membership Area.

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The next video will be up by Friday and will probably share ideas for all of the strategies above.

Are you ready to start your membership?

CLICK HERE for info about a Paperclipping Membership.

So tell me…

What leftovers do you have that need new spice? Are they from collections or kits? Or just random pieces you purchased that you haven’t felt inspired to use? If you were to use them all over the next couple of weeks, what would you put in their place?

Hopefully the ideas I share in this week’s two videos will inspire you to do just that!

Shine On,

P.S.> Get your membership here to watch the videos! If you do anything with your own leftovers after watching, please shoot some photos, post them with an explanation online somewhere, and then share a link here in the comments!

Tips for Using Up Your Stash – Paperclipping 233

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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Do you have a wishlist of new stuff to buy, while a whole stash of older scrapbook supplies waits to be used?

Need to use up some of the dated stuff first?

This is one of my specialty topics, so you’re at the right place. I have lots of great tips for using old scrapbook products and I’ve been sharing them with the Paperclipping Members through videos for a long time now. But there is one most important thing that needs to happen first.

You need to do this one thing before you do any of the other tips I love to discover and share.

You need to decide.

You must walk into your scrap space with the decision that you’re going to use a bunch of your lingering stuff.

It sounds simplistic and obvious, but it’s the absence of that decision that leads to the over-sized stash of older stuff we don’t feel inspired to use.

Once you’ve decided, you will LOVE the tips I have to share. You’ll love them because they’ll get you excited to use those older products. You’ll love the way they look on your pages, just as much as you think you’ll love using all those items on your new wishlist.

My Little Routine Lover (closeup)

This week I pulled out some of the very oldest products still lingering in my stash, plus a few that are as new as two years old (two years still feels old when there’s so much that is new, right?) — and I made a page that is one of my current favorites!

Every single item I used are items that have been sitting around for a long time, with the exception of one doily that I got for free with my coffee at breakfast.

I assembled the entire thing, sharing my thoughts and decisions on video for the Paperclipping Members. I also shared at least five new tips for using random old leftovers.

Members can find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Don’t yet know a whole lot about the Paperclipping Membership? CLICK HERE!

My Little Routine Lover (closeup)

So how much stuff do you have that cost you money and is taking up space? Want to put it to good use and make some gorgeous pages so you can feel better about that wishlist you’re accumulating?

I hope you enjoy the video!!

Shine On,

Post CHA Chat and Q&A

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Wow, what a fun chance it was to chat with so many of you!

There were LOTS of questions, so this is a long video, but if you don’t want to see and hear the whole thing, there’s a way you can skip to the questions you’re interested in!

How to Skip to Your Favorite Questions

Do you see the overlay at the bottom of the video on the left side? (you might have to click play first)

That is a hyper-link and it will take you to a cool Google place where you can watch the video, but get this…

Over there you will see all the questions in the order that I answered them to the side of the video. Look for a question you’re interested in and then click on that question. The video player will skip ahead (or back) to where I answered that question!!

So it’s okay that we went on and on for more than 1.5 hours! :)


Shine On,