How to Keep It Clean When It Could Be a Big Mess: Three Ways

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Are you a scrapbooker who loves to make a mess, or do you like to keep it clean?

Maybe you love some of the effects of messy scrapbooking, but your style is clean and graphic.

Here are three ways you can play with the mess, get some of the results of messy scrapbooking, but still have a page that is clean in its overall appearance…

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1 – Color Medium Layers
Start with a piece of cardstock or water color paper and play to your heart’s content with two or more colors in any choice of medium. Once dry, place it behind a big open die cut and trim away the sides. Then mount it to a white background.

You can add patterned paper to some of the open spots.

Tip: If you work with colors while they’re wet like I did with the greens and yellow that you see behind some of the circles, don’t mix warms and cools. Mixing warms and cools while wet will usually result in some murky browns.

So if I want to add warms to cools, or vice versa, I wait until the warms are dry before adding cools.

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2 – Water Color
Layer the same die cut to make it thick (I used about 4 cuts of the tree frame). Mix up some water color and do some messy painting on your layered cut. Use it as a “messy” but subtle embellishment on a clean and graphic page.

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3 – Memorabilia in Pockets
Memorabilia can be messy — especially when your memorabilia is a collection of your child’s handmade creations. Cut the memorabilia into small pieces and put them into the pockets of a pocket page, along with some patterned paper.

This is a good way to corral a bunch of pieces together onto one page, while still keeping the overall look of your page pretty clean. Pocket pages are a great way to facilitate a clean look.

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You can even combine all three of these onto one 2-page layout and still stay true to your clean style, while having a bit of messy play.

So go ahead and have fun paperclipping. :)

Shine On,
Noell

P.S.> Paperclipping Members can see this page come together in video tutorial, Paperclipping 273 – Binge-Cutting, Experimenting, and Staying Organized.

Scrapbook Your Memorabilia – Paperclipping 285

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Your memorabilia can be some of your very favorite parts of your pages!

That’s how it is for me, but it wasn’t always that way. I used to find it awkward. It often made my pages ugly.

But I was determined to use it. There is nothing like real life stuff to help us tell our stories. Photos have their own special way of doing it, writing does, and so does memorabilia. So I worked very hard over a number of years to make my memorabilia work for my design, to help make it look awesome.

I’ve gotten better and better at it. Here are my top ten tips for how to make that happen…

Ten Tips for Designing with Memorabilia

  1. Alter memorabilia with your favorite altering supplies and techniques to maintain your style.
  2. Treat your memorabilia like scrapbooking products, adding it to your page the way you do your regular stash.
  3. Think of it as a focal point, like a photo.
  4. Think of it as an embellishment.
  5. Think of it as patterned paper.
  6. Use your memorabilia as your title.
  7. Use it in place of a journaling block.
  8. Cut your memorabilia up and only use the most relevant portion.
  9. Create a color palette that compliments or harmonizes with your memorabilia.
  10. Be excited about these wonderful pieces of life!

Want to see it in action?

It’s the topic of this week’s Paperclipping video tutorial and the above photo is a sneak peek of one of the layouts I put together.

I’m super excited to share it with you!

I did two layouts — a cleaner, simpler one for scrapbookers with that style, and a painterly artsy one for those who like to get messy with layers.

The video is for members and is ready to watch.

If you’re not yet a member, please CLICK HERE for info about a membership!

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.

You must be a member to view the video.

CLICK HERE for info about a membership!

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

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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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.

You must be a Paperclipping Member to access the video.

CLICK HERE for info about a membership.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell