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PRT210 – The Camera vs. Memory Controversy

This week we’re talking about the controversy between capturing memories with our minds or with our cameras…

The Panelists

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PRT209 – Micro-Scrapbooking and Macro-Scrapbooking

This week we’re talking about macro- and micro-scrapbooking…

The Panelists

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Scrapbook with Embossing Paste – 242

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Do you have a lot of technique and color media products that don’t get enough use?

If so, you might ask yourself why you would buy another one. Here’s why…

Because there’s one other multi-media product that can help you use just about all of your other ones.

Once you try Embossing Paste, you’ll want to see what you can do when you combine it with all your other supplies.

I demonstrated some of those possibilities in a video, and also showed how you can use it your scrapbooking. Embossing Paste is so much fun to use and I love the added dimension on my pages! If you’re a member you can watch this video tutorial now. You’ll find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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PRT208 – I Hate Flowers

This week we’re doing an “Inside the Scrapbooker’s Studio” type of show!

The Panelists

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Diagonal Designs – Paperclipping 241

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Have you been noticing diagonal, or angled, layouts recently?

I’ve noticed a few.

It’s a small trend that’s had a resurgence. It won’t be a big trend. It’s more like a little bump. But it’s fun to shake things up and do something different than you normally would. So I did three layouts where the designs are all tilted at an angle. I love all but one of them.

What’s wrong with the one?

Actually, I mostly love it. If I had set it straight instead of angled, it would be close to perfect for me, but it’s the angle that is bothering, and it solidified what I already believed…

When making diagonal layouts, the elements on your page should follow the diagonal line from end to end.

Your items need to emphasize the diagonal.

I knew this at the start, but when it came time for me to do this third layout, the items I wanted to use worked better by circling the focal point photo — not following the diagonal and not extending end to end.

Here’s a closeup of the way my items circled the main photo, as opposed to they way the emphasize the diagonal in the layout above.

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What happens to a diagonal layout when the items do not reach end to end, nor form a line (including loose, implied lines) in the direction of the diagonal? Your diagonal line is weak, so it looks like you accidentally placed things crooked.

The layout I show in the image at the top of of post totally works, even though the items don’t form a strong obvious line. The line is loose and implied because I used lots of little items instead of of a strong clean line, but it is still a definite line, so it works to make a clear diagonal.

For the layout that didn’t work, I normally would have changed my design idea and made my elements straight instead of diagonal, but since I was finishing up a layout for a video on diagonal design, I gave the diagonal a shot, and failed just a little. :)

Here’s what I learned a day later when I took a second look, on top of what I already knew about diagonals: If your items aren’t emphasizing the diagonal by following the angled line, then they compete with the angle. This means your angle is watered down, and it looks crooked instead of purposely diagonal.

Are you a visual person who wants to see it in action?

You can see me put together all 3 layouts, beginning to end, in a video I just added to the membership library.

You’ll need to have your membership to get into the library or to get the video from iTunes.

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Are you ready to try a diagonally designed layout yourself?

Shine On,

PRT207 – Scrapbooking About Your Hobbies

This week we’re talking about scrapbooking our hobbies!

The Panelists

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Cultivating a Good Life on Becky Higgins’s Blog


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,

Choosing Color for Project Life

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Do you have a tried and true method for picking colors for Project Life? Something that is easy and always looks great?

I love any methods that make an attractive Project Life spread quick and easy, so I’m here with another tip and some examples today.

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PRT206 – Ligature

This week we’re talking about improving our handwriting!

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Tim Holtz’s Foil, Emboss, Die cut, Paint Technique

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This is an experiment gone good.

In January, Tim Holtz combined metal foil tape, a die cut, an embossing folder, and Distress Paint to make an old industrial looking pocket watch. I was curious to see if I could make something cool for scrapbooking using bright colors instead of the grunge black antiquing that Tim loves to use.

Now that I’ve used two of my resulting pieces, I’m ready to share the beautiful effects of embossing and paint on foil!

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Do you love it?

Here’s what you need:

Our Love Story

This is the introduction page to the album story about Izzy and me — which explains the lack of journaling.

I made this foil piece and assembled the page in the final segment of my Romantic Scrapbooking Course.

I used two different embossing folders: one for the heart, and a section of my peacock (below) folder for the wings so I could get the swirls.

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For this piece I decided to skip the die cut and create a flat rectangle that I could use as a block of paper. I ended up wanting to use it for our Project Life – Dance album, so I cut it down to 3×4 and used Glossy Accents to adhere it to the outside of the pocket. Then I used a strip of the scrap as an edge for the top left 4×6 pocket.

Before embossing the foil I adhered it to cardstock to give it some firmness.

What do you think?

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Ranger University and get certified a couple years ago. It has been my goal to take the techniques and adapt them for bright colors and for scrapbooking.


Give it a try!