This week we’re talking about capturing the essence of a location in our scrapbooking…
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.
Are you one of the many who doesn’t know what to do when you have a horizontal AND a vertical photo together?
Does the mismatched pair look awkward to you?
There is an easy solution!
I actually love it when I have this combination and I’d love to share why!
In answer to a request, I’ve made a video that shows how these can be some of the easiest layouts to design. You’ll see me put together two different layouts, and for one of those layouts I show two totally different possibilities — so you’re almost seeing three pages come together.
If the vertical + horizontal photo pair has ever challenged you, I’m positive it won’t happen again after watching this video. Paperclipping Members can find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.
You need a membership to watch the video.
Years ago I began wondering how engaging a scrapbook would be if the combined layouts told one big overall story — with a plot and a resolution.
I’ve played around with that idea in different ways. Not all scrapbooks can easily translate into a sweeping story, but many of our themed albums can be. My best story album is almost complete and I love the story that it tells. I think you will, too!
I share it in a video and show how you can turn your own album, especially a themed album, into a story. It’s okay if you’ve already been working on your album. I was more than half done with mine when I changed to the story approach with this album.
You must be a member to watch the video. Members can find it on iTunes and in the Member’s Area.