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The Shelf Flexible Template – Paperclipping 240

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Need to kick start a scrapbook page today, or this weekend?

I can help with that!

What will you be using? One small smart phone photo? Two standard photos? Eight pictures? More?

No worries — I have a new Flexible Template and it will work no matter how many photos you have.

It’ll work on a single page, a double page, an 8.5xll page — any kind of page!

How do I know? Because I’ve used it all these ways, myself.

This newest FT is called The Shelf, and it’s pretty awesome. I shared it in a video we released to the Member’s Area two days ago. In the video I show all these different pages with different numbers of photos, and I put together two brand new ones using my current style of scrapbooking with lots of little bits and pieces — lots of yummy layers!

You must be a member to view the video.

CLICK HERE to find out about a membership.

If you’re already a part of our tribe, you can find your new video on iTunes and in the Member’s Area.

Have fun paperclipping with this newest Flexible Template!!

Shine On,


PRT204 – Glorious Shopping Skillz

This week we’re talking about shopping!

The Panelists

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Be a Guest on the Paperclipping Roundtable!

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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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PRT203 – Binge Cutting

This week we’re talking about cutting ideas!

The Panelists

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Playing Inside the Pockets – Paperclipping 239

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Do you play with pockets, or do you just slip things in them?

When it comes to Project Life and its pocketed pages, I mostly prefer to slip things in — to keep it simple.

But there are times I want to play more in those pockets, and there are times when the memorabilia, the colors, or the design demand more. Some items and spreads have extra special needs in order for the pages to be balanced and unified.

But I’m still going for simple when it comes to Project Life.

You, too?

So how can you have a little more excitement in those pockets, without making it as demanding as a traditional scrapbook page?

Here are some tips…

  • Focus your extra play mostly in one pocket, creating a “hierarchy” of pockets. Good design lets some parts of the design be more dominant and interesting than others.
  • Use scraps from your technique experimentation. Crop them down to 3×4 and stick them with your regular cards.
  • Use embossing make cards with dimensional texture. This will add a lot of visual interest without requiring much effort.
  • Add layers and extra pieces for the purpose of unifying the design (rather than for the sake of adding extra stuff). Do it to achieve balance or to move the eye across the page. When you do it for these purposes, you’ll do just enough to make the page complete, without doing more than necessary.

Want to see these in action?

I made a video that demonstrates all of these on a few different pages. Hopefully it’ll help you add a few additional extra touches while keeping it simple. Or if you tend to spend hours on your Project Life pages and wish you were faster, this might help you turn it down while maintaining a little bit of play.

The video is now in the Member’s Area and on iTunes. You must be a member to view it.

CLICK HERE for your new membership with Paperclipping and get immediate access to 239 videos, plus two more every month.

PRT202 – Imperfect Scrapbooking

This week we’re talking about imperfect scrapbooking!

The Panelists

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Scrapbooking the Same Story Twice . . . By Accident.

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.

PRT201 – Scrapbooking Uni

This week we’re talking about scrapbooking the university experience!

The Panelists

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The Most Useful Scrapbooking Video of All Time

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Make An Impact with Numbers – Paperclipping 238

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I don’t mean numbers, as in numerals.

I mean numbers, as in the number of items you use from the same package of products, like in the picture above.

Have you ever used a whole bunch of items from the same package, even though that was probably not the intention of the designer of the product?

Or does that sound kind of strange? I do it a lot.

Why You Should Pile an Entire Package of Embellishments on One Scrapbook Layout

Ok, I don’t ever use an entire package all at once. I do use a lot, and I have even used all but just a few. Here’s why…

  1. Designing a page is faster when all or most of your supplies come from a single package, rather than from various packages from all over the place.
  2. You can make a real visual impact by using a whole bunch of the same or similar items. There is power in numbers, not just in life, but in design as well. :)

You’ve heard of the design principle, repetition, right?

A powerful and easy way to achieve repetition in your design is to use a bunch of items from the same package.

Just be sure you do a few things while you’re at it…

  • Use variation for contrast.
  • Gather the items together.

Yes, I found them doing this (closeup)

Use variation for contrast

It will probably be boring if your items are all exactly the same. Make sure there is some sort of contrast between them – size, color, shape, etc. Or mix something else in if your package of items have no variation.

Gather the items together

You want to use the items to bring the eye to your focal point. Scattering them all over the page will not do that. In fact, scattering them (spacing them out) will not create the powerful impact I’ve been talking about either.

So be sure to gather them close together or overlapping. This way your gathering either acts as a stopping point for eye, or to lead the eye to something else, like a photo.

Both good things!

Are you ready to try it?

Link us up to your results in the comments area!

Not completely confident with the idea yet?

If you want some examples in action, I did a video that shows a whole bunch of different ways to do it.

I mean — a whole, whole bunch. :)

I also give lots of tips and guidance for what to keep in mind as you do it.

The video is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes, and Paperclipping members can go watch it now.

But you must be a member to watch.

Click here to learn about a membership!

Enjoy making a big impact with your supplies, and have fun paperclipping!

Shine On,