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Design That Tells a Story – Paperclipping 251

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Have you seen these fake trailers?

The Shining posed as a romantic comedy?

And Jaws as an uplifting Disney movie?

There’s a whole bunch of them —

*Forrest Gump as a gangster flick.
*Breaking Bad as a romantic comedy.
*Stephen King’s It as an inspiring family film.
*Mrs. Doubtfire as horror.

Yeah, it’s a thing. (You know, YouTube)…

No matter how much Jack Nickelson’s, “Here’s Johnny!” terrified you as a kid, you will still feel a stirring of love and joy with The Shining posed as a romantic comedy.

It’s mostly the music that wreaks this emotional havoc.

Music is the dressing that tells you what to feel in a movie.

In scrapbooking, the design does that.

The design sends an immediate message, so it’s very much like a movie trailer — an introduction of what’s to come, meaning the story in the journaling.

So what happens if we don’t know how design works, and the design conflicts with our story?

Then it’s kind of like those mixed up movie trailers.

I mentioned last week in an email that I ought to share a page of mine that totally contradicts what I was trying to say. I decided to go ahead and do that. I made a video tutorial on the subject and it’s in the Member’s Area now.

It’s a subject I approach in all kinds of ways throughout the 250 videos in the Paperclipping membership.

If you want to get good at this, you should check it out:

http://www.paperclipping.com/membership/

Small Details, Big Picture

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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Are you trying to figure out what you’ll put in your Project Life album, and what you’ll scrapbook traditionally?

Do you ever feel like you’re neglecting one for the other? Or maybe that decision of what goes where actually locks you up and prevents you from moving forward at all.

You’ll love the class I’m giving at True Scrap, called Small Details, Big Picture. For just a few more days you can use coupon code: HERO to get $20 off your registration.

In Small Details, Big Picture we’ll tackle a whole month of life and stories, looking at a process for noticing the small details and the big picture, and sharing them both with a healthy balance of Project Life, themed story-album documenting, and traditional scrapbooking.

Click here to learn more about True Scrap. It’s just one week away and that discount goes away on Monday, Oct. 13th! Use it before you forget. Coupon code: HERO

Register here.

Giveaway Spot in True Scrap!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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I’m giving away one spot in this one-of-a-kind event. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Visit www.truescrap.com and watch the short video at the top of the page.
  2. Return here and leave a comment below by midnight, October 9, about which class you’re most
    excited about.
  3. Check back on 10/10 to see if you won!

And here’s something for EVERYONE… Not sure you’ll be lucky enough to win a spot? No worries… you can use coupon code “HERO” at checkout to save 20% off the regular registration rate. Just head over to www.truescrap.com and get yourself signed up! (Coupon expires 10/13).

About True Scrap: True Scrap blends the best of on-demand, web-based learning with the excitement and energy of a live, in-person event. True Scrap events have delighted thousands of ecstatic students over the past three years. Produced by Lain Ehmann with previous instructors ranging from Heidi Swapp to Shimelle Laine, True Scrap events are sure to inspire, entertain, and educate. Find out more at www.truescrap.com.

Rules and guidelines:
One entry per person, please. Contest closes to entries on Thursday, 10/9 at midnight Pacific. Winners will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, 10/10 and will be posted on Truescrap.com, and spots must be claimed by Sunday, October 12. you may transfer your prize to another person or receive a credit from your original purchase towards a future True Scrap event. No cash refunds will be given.

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

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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).

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

Get Seriously Creative with Your Story Play

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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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,
Love,-Noell

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,
Love,-Noell

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.