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Story Albums Without a Clear Story – Paperclipping 250

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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“What if I don’t have a clear story?”

A few of you have asked me this as I’ve talked about seeing our albums as each telling a bigger story as a whole. Stories wrap their fingers around both the viewers and the scrapbookers, keeping us both engaged and excited for the next page.

But it’s true that some of my albums are really more like themed albums and a little weak on story, at least in terms of having a conflict that needs to be resolved. (It’s the conflict and the attempts to resolve it that wraps its tight grip around lovers of stories).

So if story-driven scrapbook albums attract you but you don’t have a story for yours, do not worry. I have some work-arounds.

There are things we can do visually to simulate the feeling of an over-arching story in a scrapbook album. I shared three in a video tutorial by sharing two of my story albums that are more theme-driven and less plot-driven. You’ll see me create some new pages using these three ideas for simulating the feeling of having a story line.

This video is now in the membership library! Members will find it there an on iTunes.

Not a member? Click here for learn about a membership.

Techniques for White on White – Paperclipping 249

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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Want to know how you can add more detailing to your pages without making them chaotic, and without distracting too much from the photo?

Use tone-on-tone in your detailing (personally, I especially love white-on-white).

That’s not the only way, but it’s one of the really good ones.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t pitfalls. It actually is possible to overdo it and create chaos, even when every single item you add to your page is white! In this week’s episode I show you how that can happen and how to avoid it.

(Yes, one of the pages I make in the video is 100% white!).

I also share all kinds of tips and techniques for layering white on white in your pages.

To watch the video you must be a Paperclipping Member. Click here to learn about a membership.

If you’re a member, you can find your newest video now on iTunes and in the Paperclipping Membership.

Kitting for Project Life and Other Pocket Page Scrapbooking

Saturday, September 6th, 2014


Remember those two super popular Paperclipping episodes on combining old stash with new stash to make your own new, awesome kits?

Would you like a video that focuses on making kits like this for Project Life and other Pocket Page scrapbooking?

What if it was in depth, approximately 30 minutes, showed the making of two pocket layouts using the new kits, and — what if it was free?

I created this exact video and next week I’ll be giving it away as a bonus to everyone who registers for True Scrap using my promotion link in the first four days!

I will email this promotion opportunity to you next week, so watch your email! (If you do not get emails from me, be sure to sign up for them in the box at the upper right).


CLICK HERE to learn about the amazing online True Scrap event coming up!

Get Seriously Creative with Your Story Play

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


How creative is your story-telling? Want to try something new and different?

New and different is exactly what you’ll get in this class, Story Play. Starting tomorrow it will be a part of the Debbie Hodge’s Masterful Scrapbook Design membership. Debbie asked me to be one of the teachers for Story Play and her assignments are fabulous. They stretched me. I loved it!

Are you interested? We start tomorrow. There will be interviews and office hours with the teachers, in addition to the amazing story-related content and challenges.

Click here and choose Masterful Scrapbook Design to learn more!

When Your Story Falls Apart – Paperclipping 248

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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Not all stories end the way you expect.

Last year I started an album that was based on a story I expected to last for the next four years. My story fell apart around springtime.

It fell apart for me in a sad way, but it changed for the better for my daughter’s part of the story. I’m excited to document her evolving tale, but that leaves me with an album for the beginning of the old, dead-ended story, which only requires about seven pages, front and back. There are no “slim-sized” 12×12 albums to house just seven pages, so for the past week or so I’ve been exploring options for how to gracefully deal with the diversion our story has taken.

Have you experienced an unexpected change in your own story after you’d started scrapbooking it? What have you chosen to do with the pages that now might seem out of place?

I made a video to share the process I took, deciding what to do with mine. I went pretty in-depth, telling my story in the video as well. I hope you enjoy it.

This video is for Paperclipping Members, so if you’re not a member, CLICK HERE to get information about a membership!

Members will find the the video in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Our stories don’t always take us where we hoped, but where ever we find ourselves there will always be something else wonderful within our reach. Whatever our stories are, let’s embrace them.

Shine On,

Two Ways to Use Design in Your Scrapbooking – Paperclipping 246

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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How do you use design?

Design has two totally different purposes. If you’ve ever thought about visual triangles, white space, or the rule of thirds, you’re probably familiar with the first and most common purpose — to make your page look good!

But did you know you can also use design to accomplish something else in addition to that? Something totally different?

If you’ve been a Paperclipping Member for a long time you might have a idea of what I’m talking about — or at least a nagging hint that hasn’t quite surfaced as a solid yet.

I decided to make a video that would clearly distinguish these two purposes. On the video I make two different layouts: a 6-photo page and a single-photo page.

1. While making the first layout I explain all the design principles I’m using to accomplish the first purpose of making the page look good.

2. Then I make the second page and focus on that mysterious, less-known second purpose for design.

I think you’ll enjoy this episode. It’s in the Member’s Area and on iTunes now. You’ll need a membership to watch the video.

Click here to learn about a membership.

Shine On,

Let’s Talk: Two Peas In a Bucket is Closing

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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The signs have been there for a while now. I had my hopes that American Crafts would buy Two Peas, but it turns out AC was busy purchasing We R Memory Keepers.

We will be talking about both of these pieces of major scrapbooking industry news on the Paperclipping Roundtable next week (we’re on vacation this week, so there will be no show).

In the meantime, let’s have a conversation. What are your thoughts?

Leave a comment and let us know.

Do You Have a Scrapbook About Your Home?

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

It's Ours!

Do you have a scrapbook album that is specifically about your home?

If not, have you ever considered making one?

If not, are you considering it, now that I’ve planted the seed?

If not, why not?

I would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment!

Cultivating a Good Life on Becky Higgins’s Blog

Monday, May 19th, 2014


Part of cultivating a good life is doing something you love, even if you’re too old and it won’t make you any money.

This is what I shared with Becky when she asked me to write the guest post for her blog yesterday. It’s short and sweet, and I hope you like it.


Shine On,

Be a Guest on the Paperclipping Roundtable!

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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When you listen to Roundtable, do you secretly fantasize about being on it?

I’ll be honest — that is how I am, so I imagine a lot of you might be the same way!

I’m looking for 1-3 guests from the audience to be on an episode about scrapbooking about your relationship with your significant other — boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or life partner.

Please Read the Following Instructions Carefully to Qualify

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I want guests who took my Romantic Scrapbooking course and made layouts as a result. Could that be you? Here’s how you can apply to be on the show…

  1. At the Romantic Scrapbooking Course segment pages, share at least 2 (preferably 3) layouts that you made as a result of the course. If you haven’t purchased it yet, it’s not too late for you. Click here for the course.
  2. AFTER you share your layouts (ones you’ve already shared count), comment on THIS blog post to say you’ve posted your two (plus) pages. I will go look for them.
  3. You must have strong, fast internet bandwidth (we cannot use a guest if we find their internet is too slow to get high-quality sound).
  4. You must be available to record at this date + time: May 6th, Tuesday, 10am PST.

By commenting here, you are agreeing to be on the show, so please ONLY comment here if you know you are available on that date and time, and if your internet is not slow.

Here’s What I’m Looking For

More important to me than a gorgeous page is the STORY. I’ve been blown away by the stories that scrapbookers have shared at the course already. They are so interesting to read.

While we will talk a little about techniques and design, we will talk most about the stories you share on your pages, and that’s what I’ll be prioritizing as I choose guests. I don’t care if the pages are “perfect,” or gorgeous or trendy.

I’m so excited to do a Paperclipping Roundtable on this topic, and I can’t wait to chat with a few of you! Good luck!!


P.S.> Still need to sign up for the Romantic Scrapbooking Course? CLICK HERE!

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