Category Archives: Scrapbooking Templates

Leading and Anchoring, Part 2 – Paperclipping 288

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My focus for April’s member videos has been to tackle two common layout problems:

  1. A lack of focus or direction for the viewer.
  2. Awkardness of the items on the page.

Lack of Focus

Believe it or not, if we as artists or designers do not direct where a person should look when viewing our layouts, then most people won’t bother to look for more than a second or two! Without guidance that is hidden within the design, the eye will tend to wander off the page with nothing compelling it to come back. Or worse, the lack of direction will translate as confusing — as having too many items competing for your attention.

The result? A lack of interest in our page.

Our lazy brains just do not want to bother dealing with multiple items competing for our attention.

Awkwardness

And if we don’t anchor the items we put on our pages — yes, even when we’re going for a random look — we end up with pages that feel as awkward as most of us were at age twelve and thirteen.

Design Ideas that Lead and Anchor

By the time you’ve watched both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Leading and Anchoring episodes I made for April, you will have four totally different layout templates that you can use and make your own.

These page ideas have leading and anchoring already built in, so it’s a great way to practice these design concepts.

The photos in this post are sneak peeks of the designs for Part 2.

Paperclipping Members can login now to the Member’s Area or go to iTunes to watch Part 2 (and I hope you’ll give these ideas a try!).

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Layout Idea: When Your Photos are Both Vertical AND Horizontal

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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 Dynamic Line Flexible Template, Part 2 – Paperclipping 267

What can you do with a single Flexible Template?

You can make an inexhaustible number of layouts that look very different.

But if I show you closeups of the template on two different pages, you might see that both layouts started from a single idea. Look below…

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Do you see it? The idea that started each of these layouts is what I call the Dynamic Line Flexible Template.

I’ve used it a lot.

My Flexible Templates are not actually full templates for a page (such as a sketch). Each template is just a general design idea to get you started on a solid design foundation, but the details are all up to you and can vary with each page:

  • Photo count – use as many or few as your story needs.
  • Page count – single or double page layout…it’s up to you.
  • Page size – 6×8, 8.5×11, 12×12…the templates work with any size you can imagine.
  • Title placement – the size of your letters and the colors on your page play a major role in where a title will look best on any given page, so my templates don’t dictate title placement.
  • Papers – your own personal style and story will factor in where and how much you want to layer or not layer. The templates leave you free to be you.
  • Details – because you can take your layout is so many different directions with a Flexible Template, additional detailing, like embellishments, can vary just as much.

For example, on the first layout pictured above I used eleven different scraps and blocks of papers in layers on top of the background paper, whereas on the second layout I only used two. And on another page I made with this template, I didn’t add any layers of paper to the background at all.

In Part One of the Dynamic Line Flexible Template video I made two layouts with photos from the same event, with the same exact color scheme, and even most of the products were the same or from the same package.

Why would I do that? Because I wanted to show you how a few minor differences made the pages different enough.

So imagine what variety you can get by using different colors, products, and pictures from different events. That is what I demonstrated in this Part Two episode.

My Flexible Templates get you started on a page design (because starting can be the hardest part), but they give you as much flexibility and room for creativity as you want.

Design with Lines

Did you know that some lines will move your eye around the page quickly, while others give you a sense of slow, steady stability?

Lines are a big deal. They play a major role in how a person feels and where they look when viewing your pages.

Because line is an essential part of the Dynamic Line Flexible Template, I took this episode as an opportunity to demonstrate how to make these two very different types of lines, and to show you how those lines make you feel.

You must be a member to watch this very packed episode.

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You will find the new video in the Member’s Area and on iTunes in the Member feed.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

The Three Point Triangle Flexible Template for Lots of Photos – Paperclipping 255

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Do you have lots of photos from recent holiday events?

I do!

I took the Flexible Template from Paperclipping 181 — a design idea you can use to build single photo layouts, as well as pages with lots of photos — and I used it for two different Christmas pages.

  1. A two-page spread with 12 photos all the same size.
  2. A two-page spread with 11 photos of varying sizes.

Of course, I did it all on video so you can do it, too.

Whether you have lots of pictures that are ready to scrapbook, or just a few, you’ll be able to use the Flexible Template to get you going on your next page.

If you’re a Paperclipping Member you can watch the video now.

If you’re not, CLICK HERE to learn how you can get this tutorial right away.

The Shelf Flexible Template – Paperclipping 240

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Need to kick start a scrapbook page today, or this weekend?

I can help with that!

What will you be using? One small smart phone photo? Two standard photos? Eight pictures? More?

No worries — I have a new Flexible Template and it will work no matter how many photos you have.

It’ll work on a single page, a double page, an 8.5xll page — any kind of page!

How do I know? Because I’ve used it all these ways, myself.

This newest FT is called The Shelf, and it’s pretty awesome. I shared it in a video we released to the Member’s Area two days ago. In the video I show all these different pages with different numbers of photos, and I put together two brand new ones using my current style of scrapbooking with lots of little bits and pieces — lots of yummy layers!

You must be a member to view the video.

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If you’re already a part of our tribe, you can find your new video on iTunes and in the Member’s Area.

Have fun paperclipping with this newest Flexible Template!!

Shine On,

Love,-Noell

Bits and Pieces In a Versatile Template

Need a fresh scrapbooking idea that’s on-trend but also simple and budget-friendly?

I want to share with you one of my favorite videos, which shows the process for some of my favorite layouts.

In the video I share a template for scrapbooking pages with small bits and pieces — whether they’re your leftover scraps or those cute little cut out pieces in your newest patterned papers.

You’ll be able to use this Flexible Template over and over for a totally fresh scrapbook page every time. Just take a look at the layouts below to see what I mean.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

P.S.> This video is from the Paperclipping Library. Paperclipping Members get two videos every month in addition to more than 200 videos that currently make up the library.

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Layouts from the video are below…

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Layered Diagonal Flexible Template – Paperclipping 211

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Ever feel like people don’t spend as much time gazing at your scrapbook layouts as your pages deserve?

What is it about some pages that cause people to stop and really look?

Well, it can be a number of different things, but one of the big characteristics that draw people in are layers.

When you have layers, you have some things hidden, only partially peeking out.

And that causes mystery.

People love a mystery. Just look at the popularity of the TV show, Lost. It was one mystery after another that kept the audience coming back, episode after episode and season after season.

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Layers Suck People Into a Scrapbook Layout

The more layers you have on your scrapbook layouts, the more time someone needs to spend trying to “solve” all those layers. And the longer you can keep them at it, the more they’re interacting with it and making an emotional connection.

So if you want to engage people longer and get them to connect with your scrapbook layout and your story, try creating some layers.

Want a little guidance or inspiration?

In this week’s episode of Paperclipping I share a new Flexible Template: Layered Diagonals. It’s a template for creating layers on your pages. If you’re experienced with layers, this might give you a new way to make them. If you’re new to it, it’ll give you some direction to give you confidence and get you going!

You’ll see me put together two pages — both full of layers. You’ll learn more about the design principles that go into them, too.

This scrapbooking video tutorial is available for members in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Click here to learn more!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

The Off-Center T Flexible Template – Paperclipping 185

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We released a video this week that shares one of my Flexible Templates, which are starting point layout structures that get you going but are so flexible you can use them whether you’re using a single photo or lots of them.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the layouts featured in this episode.

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Altogether I shared eight very different pages using this Flexible Template.

You need to be a member to watch our video tutorials. To learn more about it when you click here.

Enjoy! :)

Pinboard Flexible Template – Paperclipping 169

Creative Habit

What if you could have design prompts that will propel your creative scrapbook flow without actually telling you exactly where to put things the way a sketch does? What if those design prompts were flexible enough to work with different numbers of photos and other items so you don’t have to restrict yourself to prompts that only work with a specific numbers of photos?

Sketches, page maps, or strict templates can give you a framework in which to apply some of your creativity. But they limit your range of creativity if you are at a point in your development when you design (or could design) your own pages. Is it time for you to hold the reins of your own designs?

I started sharing my Flexible Templates because I understand the benefit of having a starting point to get your design going. Creative seeds are good things. But I know how much more I enjoy not having to refer to something else to tell me where to place things. You can use the Flexible Templates as a propeller toward your design, but without having to look at anything specific to get it going.

How do you use Flexible Templates without looking at a visual example?

I base the templates on a visual image, such as three train tracks for the Train Station Flexible template. You should be able to recall the image idea of three parallel train tracks as your starting point. You don’t have to look at a sketch or my own examples to decide where to put your photos and other items, though you can.

The point is to be able to make your own structure from the inspiration of three tracks. You might do any of these ideas or come up with your own…

  • Make your tracks vertical with three columns of vertical photos and long journaling as the trains.
  • Position your tracks at a diagonal to produce a more energetic tone for your story.
  • Make your trains out of twelve different photos by making each photo a 2.5×2.5 square
  • Or make your trains out of just 3 long photos and patterned paper and embellishments.
  • Create a sense of movement by having your photo trains extend all the way to an edge of the page.
  • Or create a sense of stability by centering the trains on the page so they look like they’re stationary on the implied (non-literal) tracks.

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Just thinking about these different ways to form my “trains” and “tracks” makes the creativity flow enough that I want to go scrapbook right now!

The video tutorials for each of my templates are just to give you an idea of what I mean by “Pinboard” or “Moving Panels” or “Train Tracks.” They’re also an opportunity to share some of the design principles that might assist you. After you’ve watched a tutorial on a Flexible Template, I recommend you add the template name to a list and refer to the names to generate your own layout designs.

Use the idea of a pinboard to jump-start your scrapbook layout design.

A pinboard is a place to pin up photos, ephemera, memo’s or reminders, and other items. How can you use this visual idea to create a page? In my Pinboard Flexible Template tutorial, I share some ways I’ve used it to display a series of photos, such as the layout at the top. I also assemble a page where I had ephemera from a dance competition program instead of actual pictures.

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Pinboard Flexible Template Video Tutorial

You can watch the video trailer for the episode by clicking on the player below.

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If you’re a Paperclipping Member, you can login to the Member’s Area at the upper right-hand corner to watch the tutorial, or you can go to your iTunes library and watch it there.

If you’re not a member and have never seen one of my Flexible Templates videos, you can sign up for my email updates (in the box at the upper right-hand corner) to receive three free videos from our Member’s Archives. All three of them are Flexible Templates tutorials, so you’ll get three different templates with layout examples, and some instruction in design principles.

If you like what you see and want access to the other 166 tutorials that our members enjoy, please visit the Membership Information Page to learn more.

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