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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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Scrapbooking the Same Story Twice . . . By Accident.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

En Pointe

Have you ever done it?

In all my scrapbooking since 1996, I may have done this once, but I don’t think so.

Until now…

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I did the second page for the last video tutorial after having scrapbooked an enormous amount of pages recently for the Romantic Scrapbooking Course. I decided it was time that I put all these pages from the last six months away.

And that’s when I discovered the first layout!

I had chosen different photos and different products, but look how similar the layout is, the title, the positioning, the movement of items toward the photos, the embellishment, etc.

There is more to the story in the journaling the second time around. It’s a little weird to me to have the same story twice, but I’ll keep them both, and they’ll probably sit chronologically in my album about me, unless I ever get around doing an album story about my life of performing.

In that case, I’ll separate them and they’ll each play a role in telling my story in different ways.

My favorite? The top one, for sure.

Which do you like best?

Have you ever done this? What did you do about it?

Note: I have video tutorials showing the assembly of each of these pages:

  • Layout 1: Unity On the Page – Paperclipping 224
  • Layout 2: Make an Impact with Numbers – Paperclipping 238

You must be a Paperclipping Member to watch the videos.

CLICK HERE for info.

The Most Useful Scrapbooking Video of All Time

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Enjoy this free bonus video!


It’s almost here! (My new Romantic Scrapbooking Course)

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

I’m thrilled to let you know that my new “Romantic Scrapbooking” Course is almost here!

I can’t wait to share it with you. I hope you love it and find it useful.

If you want to know the moment the course is available, please join the “Early Notification” email list by filling out the form below:

Make sure you check your email right away after registering. There will be one more step you need to do…

I’m looking forward to sharing more soon!

Shine On,


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I Want to Chat with YOU!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Did you watch all the CHA videos and listen to the Paperclipping Roundtable?

All of the videos are uploaded now. As Izzy and I drove home I had one main thought: I want to chat with everyone at home who has been following our coverage!

I want to know what you think, what you observed, what you’re wondering about. Of course, I’m talking mainly about CHA but we don’t have to restrict it to just that.

I just really want to hang out with you. :)

Click to read more…

CHA2014 – My Minds Eye Takes a New Turn

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

You can still find your favorite scrapbooking lines from My Mind’s Eye, but in addition to those, they’re taking a new direction. Check it on in the video.