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Elements and Shape – Paperclipping 284

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After two injuries took me off my feet for a combined total of 12 months, my clothes fit me differently now. A few pieces, thankfully, fit me better and give me a decent shape. Many of my favorite pieces no longer fit so well and make my shape look…bulgy. =)

So I’ve been having a shape-adventure, learning which styles of clothing give me a nice shape now.

Shape works exactly like this in design and scrapbooking.

Yes, we add shapes to our pages in the supplies we use, we sometimes divide our pages into shapes such as rectangles, but do we intentionally think in terms of creating shape on the page, the way our clothing creates and changes the way our shape looks?

Shape seems like a simple subject — rectangles, triangles, circles, etc.

We know that as scrapbookers we use supplies that are in these and other shapes.

But there is an additional way to use shape, and that other way, for me, is the key for getting most of my compositions to work. I’m always thinking in terms of creating shape with the items I’m adding to my pages.

Not adding shapes, but creating shape.

Two separate things.

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Simplifying Color – Paperclipping 283

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Sometimes we have photo situations that make choosing color tricky.

It’s not even always because the photos are bad. Good photos can make color choices tricky because…

  • You’re using lots of photos that each have their own colors going on (this is especially the case when your photos are from different events, times or places).
  • Your photos have two bold colors that are competing with each other, and trying to work with them makes your page look overwhelming.
  • Your photos only contain beautiful neutrals, and adding non-neutral colors would change the feel of them, but scrapbooking with only neutrals can run the risk of being boring.

These situations don’t have to be tricky at all!

I just scrapbooked all of the above scenarios and enjoyed every bit of it. I’m sharing the process on video, along with several color tips and explanations that will not only help you with some of these tricky photos situations, but will simplify color for you overall.

The video is now available in the Member’s Area and on itunes.

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I hope this video gives you some great new ways to think about color!

PRT271 – ECBARF

We discuss using design in scrapbooking!

The Panelists

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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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PRT270 – The CHA Report

We discuss the news from the 2016 CHA Winter show!

The Panelists

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The Glimpse Concept – Paperclipping 282

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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?

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Flipped-Mirror Design Idea – Paperclipping 281

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Sometimes getting started is the hardest part.

Quite often I start with a design concept already in mind. I have an arsenal of design concepts that I pull from when I sit down to scrapbook, and they’re the same concepts I demonstrate in my videos when I share a specific design idea or a Flexible Template.

For me, these design concepts just sit in my head as imagery and they seem to take turns pushing themselves to the forefront of my mind so that when I sit down to scrapbook, there’s usually an idea that wants to try its hand on my new page.

I name these ideas when I share them with you so that you can easily add them to your own arsenal.

You can…

  1. Store them in your head and trust that they’ll periodically surface, like I do.
  2. Write them down in a notebook (with words or drawings).
  3. Login to your Paperclipping Membership and jog your memory by looking at the names of the videos (because I always name the videos by the name I’ve given to a design concept).

However you store them, I do recommend having set design concepts to draw from. You can save yourself many hours and much frustration if you’re drawing from a store of ideas, rather than having to start from scratch or get lost looking through Pinterest every time you want to scrapbook.

Are you ready for a new idea to play with?

Today’s design concept — the Flipped-Mirror — can be used to enhance your photo or your title, can be the starting point for the rest of your design.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell

PRT269 – Setting Yourself Up for an Awesome Year of Scrapbooking

We discuss ideas for entering a new year of scrapbooking!

The Panelists

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Richer Stories from Yearly Events

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Considering how many of us love Christmas so much, it’s really incredible how many scrapbookers say they hate scrapbooking Christmas!

The reason I hear the most often is because it feels redundant to scrapbook this repeating event every single year.

But what if you can capture in your scrapbooking some of the magic that makes you love Christmas so much?

Something that occupies a great percentage of our attention for an entire season deserves its space in the documentation of our lives. I hope today’s Paperclipping video will help with this. I want to help you develop and share richer stories from yearly events, such as Christmas.

The video is ready to watch in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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Cutting the Chaos – Paperclipping 279

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Do you ever have pages that look too busy?

Chaos is particularly hard to avoid when scrapbooking Christmas pages because both the patterns and the photos are busier than usual. It’s the number one problem I have with some of my own less-than-pleasing Christmas pages.

So I pulled out my bag of tricks for avoiding chaos and focused on those while scrapbooking all of my Christmas pages this year.

I’m happy to say that of the 15 or so Christmas layouts I made, I think I reached non-chaos success!

So that is the topic of this video episode of Paperclipping: how to avoid pages that look too busy.

These concepts apply to all scrapbooking, not just Christmas, so feel free to use these concepts all year long.

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