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Big Changes…

Hey there, friends of Paperclipping. Izzy and I have important messages for both Paperclipping Members and for Roundtable listeners. You can listen to our announcement by clicking on the audio player below, or if you don’t want to go looking for your earbuds, you can read the announcements below the audio player.

I’ll get straight to the “what” of our announcements, and then tell you the “why” afterward.

Paperclipping Membership
You might have noticed that we switched the renewal period to just 6 months instead of a full year. The reason is that starting a year from now we will no longer be making new videos and the Paperclipping Membership will go away.

We are focusing now on making the final year of videos. We will make 24 more Paperclipping videos — 2 each month for the next 12 months until August 2017. Rest assured you will get every video you paid for.

Some of you have been members with us for years, some even from the very, very beginning. We are so thankful for all of you and that you’ve been a part of our lives as our children have grown up.

For the next 4-5 months people can purchase a new 6-month membership and Members can continue to renew for 6 months. After that it will no longer be possible to buy a membership. If you’ve been intending to sign up but just haven’t gotten around to it, you have a little more time before you no longer can. We expect we’ll stop selling new memberships around February.

All members will get all their videos until their memberships expire.

If your membership expires in February or later and you want to renew and stay a member until it’s completely ended, we’ll probably have a 3-month or month-by-month renewal option at that time. That way you can stick to the very end with us if you choose to.

I just want to emphasize that no matter when you got your membership, whether it was today, last month, or eight years ago, you will get all of the videos you have paid for. It is our top priority for Paperclipping and we thank all of you for being members.

Paperclipping Roundtable
I’m sorry to add to the message above that Izzy and I are also stopping our recording of the Paperclipping Roundtable. We didn’t know it at the time, but the last episode with Ali Edwards on mental health was our final episode.

The Paperclipping community, especially when it comes to the Roundtable and the intelligent insights you have shared, has been unique and truly special to us. It has been so much fun. We’ve loved so many inside jokes. I’ve always wanted to have deep discussions about scrapbooking but I never imagined we could get the level of depth that we have at times. You have been an amazing group of people to share with. If you feel sad that this era is ending, we understand.

The Why
Some of you will want to know why.

Many of you know I’ve struggled with chronic pain since junior high — pain through my entire upper body from my head to my hands. It has gotten worse over the years. The anxiety I discussed in our last episode is related.

I found years ago that I have to move physically in order to keep the pain to an amount that allows me to function, and dance classes have helped both my pain and my anxiety. But what’s made the biggest difference this past year is that I have been practicing yoga mostly daily. Yoga has changed my life and eased much of my chronic pain and anxiety.

As a result, I’ve become obsessed with it. In love with it. I’ve been aching to do more with it.

BUT…the decades of patterning (breathing patterning, muscle tension patterning, and postural patterning) that brought me my pain has led to problems with my nervous system. Basically my nerves are “sick.” Or injured. Whatever nerves become when they start screaming at you is what they are.

My nerves have caused me pain when sitting very long for at least 2 decades now, but starting this summer, sitting at all became almost impossible and I started having constant numbing and tingling in my face, my mouth, through my neck and upper back, and down my arms into my fingers, 24 hours a day.

I began seeing a specialist — one who I feel has performed miracles on me. I breath and feel like an entirely different person. But he told me that having a job that requires me to sit is killing me. My body, with its decades of patterning, needs to be moving. I think I’ve always known this inside but I needed an expert who could help me understand the full extent of that need.

Knowing I love yoga, he strongly advised me to consider becoming a yoga teacher.

The truth is, I’ve been quietly fantasizing about doing just that.

I’ve been running Paperclipping for a decade now. It’s been a gift and a joy. But emotionally — and definitely physically — I am ready for something different.

Izzy and I have been making some big life-changing plans as a result of this. I hope to share these changes and plans on Instagram. If you want to follow along and see what we do, please follow me on Instagram.

Later in the future I might also share some of the bigger stuff with those of you on my email list. If you don’t get my emails but would like future updates, please join my email list by adding your info in the upper right-hand column.

Izzy’s Memory-Keeping with Video Course
A lot of you expressed interest in this and Izzy is doing it!

If you would like to hear from Izzy when the course is ready, please CLICK THIS LINK and add yourself to his list of people to contact as it gets close.

After we are done making all the videos for the final year of the Paperclipping Membership, Izzy and I expect will we no longer make any new Paperclipping content. It’s hard to say that with such finality — this is a big deal for us to make this decision — so we want to leave with the door slightly ajar, just in case we change our minds.

We appreciate all of you. All of your comments. All of your support. Your love and encouragement was an important part of my healing when my Dad died last year and you were there for me. I could never thank you enough for that. We appreciate those of you who are Members and put your trust in us when you signed up for your membership.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all Members and Roundtable listeners. Thank you for your fun comments and thoughtful insights, for contributing to an amazing community of awesome people.

Thank you for helping to make our journey so rewarding. Best wishes to all of you.

The Glimpse Concept – Paperclipping 282


Maybe you have pictures like this description below and you’re just not sure whether to scrapbook them or walk away…

Your kiddo, your husband — just hanging around the house doing…not much really. They’re just there doing their usual thing like they always are, and always do.

It’s not a favorite photo, but it’s not a bad one. In fact you like seeing it on your computer, but what would you say about it?

“Here we are, hanging out. At home. As usual.”

Photos like this have always given me a bit of cognitive dissonance.

  • Is it worth a spot in my scrapbooks?
  • Is it worth a spot in my limited time to play with paper?

The logical answer usually seems like, no.

But then why can’t I walk away from this photo?

Have you experienced this, too?

Well, I’ve learned to trust my gut in situations like this when there is something nagging at me. We feel this way because there IS something more to these photos and it’s just not obvious. But it’s there.

It’s the compilation of things that make up your everyday life that are so all-encompassing for you that you don’t even notice them. But other people who don’t live your life — including your future you — WILL notice them.

So the answer is yes.

If a mundane, nothing-special photo stands out to you, gives you a bit of pleasure, and you have an emotional sense that you’d enjoy scrapbooking, even if you can’t find any logical reason why, then go for it!

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But what would you say about it on the page?

I’ve come up with a scrapbooking concept that reveals the value of your photo without you having to say straight out, “This is a special photo because it shows our everyday regular life, which is pretty much the same every day right now.”

I love this concept and I intend to use it a lot in the future, in addition to the three times that I used it already this week.

I shared it in the video that we just released today for the Paperclipping Members. I assembled all three layouts on camera, sharing three different design ideas for this concept.

Want to know what it is and how you can use it?

CLICK HERE for info about a membership!

Announcing: Stacy Julian’s Photo Freedom – A Deep Dive Audio Course

Photo Freedom Deep Dive Audio Course

We are excited to announce the new Deep Dive audio course with Stacy Julian: Photo Freedom!

Already we can tell this is our most popular course so far. As soon as we sent the email to our audience the sales notifications started and have continued non-stop. :)

There is currently a discount and bonus for anyone who gets it right away.

CLICK HERE for all the details.


Scrap the Back – Paperclipping 276


This is one of the most common questions I’m asked…

What do you do with the back of your pocket pages when you’re using them as supplements to traditional 12×12 pages in traditional albums?

And this spin off…

Don’t you worry about not having anything in the backs?

So here is my question…

Does this worry keep you from using pocket pages in your traditional scrapbooking?

I hope not. I love the scrapbook pages that are traditional + pocket, side-by-side.

And, no, the back is NEVER a worry of mine. There is plenty to do with them.

Same goes for other unusual pages, like if you ever choose to scrapbook a smaller size page and maybe even rounded the corners!


I’m going to show you a few examples of what I did for all of these. We’ll go searching through my son’s current album for these empty backs and then put together three different pages that have been waiting to be filled.

It’s all a part of this week’s episode of Paperclipping. It’s a video for Paperclipping Members and you can already find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Want info about a Paperclipping Membership?


How I Recently Refined My Style


To me, finding your style means finding you.

In many ways it means moving closer to visually representing aspects of your self.

Over the past year or so I had a realization about something I’ve loved since I was a little girl. It has to do with color.

And that color realization suddenly led to me my style adjustment. I love the harmony of analogous color schemes, and some of my most favorite layouts are the ones I’ve made with more harmony than contrast.

So while I don’t always stick to that, since some of my stories definitely call for more energy, and by extension, contrast, I have been using the pillar design principle of harmony as much as my story will permit.

And I LOVE it!!


Want to learn more about this principle and how to make it work for you?

I decided to make this the topic of my class presentation at True Scrap, the online scrapbooking event that is happening THIS WEEKEND!

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At True Scrap there will be eight classes from awesome teachers like Lisa Bearnson — an original mover of our modern scrapbook industry, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Kathy Cano-Murillo, the well-known, “Crafty Chica.”

There will also be Q&A sessions, prizes, chatting with scrapbookers around the world, and lots of fun!

Click here to get more info or sign up.

So back to my new favorite design principle, HARMONY, and my class…

In “Scrapbookers, Unite!” we will learn to use harmony and contrast to create unity. I’ll walk you through a scrapbook layout that is lacking in harmony and unity, and then we’ll re-create the original concept with two new pages that fix the problem and create a feeling of harmony and that sense of being satisfyingly finished.

Want to join us this weekend? CLICK HERE to sign up.

Here are some sneak peeks of the new layouts I make in the class:




It’s going to be fun. I hope to see you there!

SIGN UP HERE to join us at True Scrap.

It’s Not Like the “Olden Days.”

TS7 Class collage with title
Remember when you got together with your scrapbooking girlfriends?

When’s the last time that’s happened?

I know there are a lucky few of you who still do it, but for most scrapbookers around here, the online community is where we find our scrapbooking friends.

That’s why we have True Scrap — to bring us all together at a fun, online scrapbooking party with classes, chatting, and prizes!

And I can save you $120 for a short time.

Coupon Code: FALLFUN
(save $20, good through Sept. 8th)
Early Bird Registration.
(save $100, good for this month)
Big $120 total discount!

CLICK HERE to sign up!

I’m just here to give you a sneak peek for now with the images above and below.

There is a lot more info on the True Scrap page. Head over to learn more by clicking this link.

I’ll be back soon to share more about the class I’ll be giving at the event.

But don’t forget to jump on that savings before the coupon code expires and the early bird registration flies away! CLICK HERE.

Hyman Sneak


Koncar Sneak


Balzer sneak

Seriously, you should sign up. ;)

Just kidding, no pressure. But it’s awesome to sign up. CLICK HERE. =)

The New Audio Course Is Here!

We’re really excited. I mean, really.

This is our first audio course and we hope people love it and want more.

There are fast action bonuses that go away after today and after Friday, so be sure to take a look right away.

Edit: The day one bonus is over, but the 2nd bonus and discount are still available!

You can find out everything you need to on the page.

Click here to learn about the new Deep Dive audio course!


Update: The Loss in My Family Last Week

In case you didn’t hear the message Izzy left on the Paperclipping Roundtable…my family had some very sad news last Wednesday. My dad fell asleep while he was driving and passed away after rolling off the highway and flipping his car. Fortunately, no one else was involved or hurt.

I have had great comfort and peace throughout this shock as my siblings and I have been poring over a lifetime of photos and wonderful memories that our dad gave to us. (I’m the one on the far left, below…)

Noell, Erin, Ted,  Chad 1976

Because of our focus on memory-keeping through photography and video, Izzy and I had a lot we were able to share with my family, and we will be forever grateful that our memory-keeping hobbies had motivated us to capture so much.

I’ve also felt much comfort from friends, family, and people we don’t necessarily know ourselves, but who know us. Encouragement and condolences from Paperclipping Members and listeners have touched my heart. Thank you for your thoughts and best wishes.

How This Affects Paperclipping Members and Roundtable Listeners

So here is how this affects you, my dear devoted listeners and Members, as I have been away from home to be with my mother and siblings, to prepare for the funeral, and to help my mom get this new phase of her life in order…

The Paperclipping Roundtable — Izzy and I plan to do a special Roundtable episode next week. It will just be us, and it will be shorter than usual. In that episode I want to share what I learned and observed regarding memory-keeping since my Dad passed away.

The Member Videos — In all the years we have run the membership, we have never been late on our two videos per month. That is going to happen for the first time this month of February. Please accept my deepest apologies. We were scheduled to start shooting the first of the two videos on the day of my dad’s accident.

Everything is already set up and ready for that episode, so we will start shooting in the next couple of days, but one or both February videos will be late.

If your membership expired between February 18th and Feb. 28th, Izzy has already extended your membership for an additional month so that you will get your videos. He changed each one manually — so he was our hero this month!

Much appreciation for your patience while you wait. Please click here if you’ve been needing to renew, click Add/Renew Subscriptions, and in the drop-down menu choose Paperclipping 1-year renewal for $28.

I also have an article that I had ready to publish to the blog last Thursday. I will publish that this coming week instead. If you have a problem supply that is older and you can’t seem to use it up, you will enjoy seeing this organization-based solution that I will share.

And one last thought before I go —

In 2007 I wrote an article on capturing the relationship in your family. I kept thinking about it during my time with my family. It was the beginning of a change in perspective in how I shoot photos of people. Eight years later, my perspective on this has grown, and I look forward to sharing more on this in the future.

Grandpa is becoming acquainted with Aiden's complete charm.


I appreciate all of your support and kindness through this painful time.

Shine On,