None of us like it when our scrapbook pages get overlooked in a gallery.
Nor when people quickly skim through our album and don’t look very long.
We all work hard to make our pages attractive, but unfortunately, working hard isn’t the same as working effectively, is it? There are tricks to getting someone’s attention, to drawing them into the page, and to keeping their eyes on the page.
It’s not so different from being a magician.
It’s all about directing the eye.
This week we put together a video where I share a few of those tricks and demonstrate them while assembling two different scrapbook layouts. You’ll also see a couple other examples, all from my album about our last (first) home.
Paperclipping Members can watch that video now from the Member’s Area or on iTunes.
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Paperclipping Members got to actually watch me assemble this page start-to-finish, but what they did not know was that there was one major turning point in the middle that I did not share when this page almost spun in a wildly different direction.
To keep the video a reasonable length, I did not share that part of the process. Instead I was going to share it on the Paperclipping Roundtable.
But to keep the Roundtable a reasonable length, I had to cut that story yet again.
Since some of you asked, I decided to share that part of the story here.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to cutting supplies and organization?
For a lot of people, it’s how to store the extra leftover cuts you don’t end up using in a project.
Do you struggle with where to put them? Or do you have a place for them, but find they never get used?
Maybe your biggest problem is that the cutting tools pull you out of your flow, so you don’t even use them much. Do you find that you neglect your electronic cutting machine, or your die cutting machine?
The reason could simply be that the location of these machines and their supplies breaks up your workflow.
So what is it for you?
When it comes to punches, die cutters and their dies, electronic cutters and their accessories, and all other related supplies including the leftover cut pieces, which of these gives you troubles?
Leave a comment and let us know!
Then if you’re a Member you can watch the episode we just released this morning that shows how I set up the cutting area of my scraproom. You’ll see how it supports my workflow, and you’ll see what I do with my leftovers.
Lastly, you’ll see me assemble the layout in the image above as I share lots of design tips for creating a unified page.
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How long does it take you to choose the items you use on a page?
Someone recently used the word, “audition” to describe their long drawn-out process of picking and choosing items to use. That is a fitting word for the task of looking at lots of possibilities until you finally find that right one.
I’ve almost eliminated the audition process.
Only once in a while do I need to spend even five minutes “auditioning.” Now I just play and create.
And on top of that I have very little cleanup time because of my setup and process.
Really, it is an absolute dream.
I want to share it with you, and today I’m specifically sharing how I’ve organized my embellishments.
Here are five things you can do to make it easier to choose and then put away embellishments:
Sort your items by the categories you regularly search for.
Some of the categories of items I regularly search for are red items; flourish items for a ballet album; bright and sunny items for outdoors Arizona pages; neutral items; brand new stuff; love-related items for relationship stories; house-related items; enamel dots; etc).
Store your items by these categories you’ve identified.
If you’re always looking for mint-colored items and it takes you more than a minute to find and gather them, it makes sense to have a store of mint items waiting for you. But that doesn’t mean you must also have containers for every other color — it would be unhelpful to have a store of items in a category you don’t tend to look for. You will rarely or never end up using those.
Eliminate the overwhelm of too much stuff by categorizing.
Grab only one or two of these stored categories when you’re scrapbooking and bring them to your table. This will allow you to keep a decent sized stash overall, but give you the benefit of having fewer items to choose from. Too many choices leads to cognitive dissonance and overwhelm, which stop creativity.
If an item sits unused too long, re-categorize it and store it in one of your other spots.
By dividing your embellishments into categories, you can choose to re-categorize any items that aren’t getting used. I find that just by re-categorizing something and storing it in a different way, I breathe new life into that item.
This has made the process so fast for me.
You have to see it to believe it.
And you can, because we just shot a video that shows me using a lot of different embellishments on one page without the “audition” time of trying to pick and choose what will work best. I share even more tips and solutions to share on the video, too.
Plus, my table was clean when I was done. I just had a few containers to slip back into place and my table was clean and ready for the next page within a single minute.
But you need a Paperclipping Membership to watch the video.
It’s in the Member’s Area now. CLICK HERE to learn about a membership.