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Tips for Using Up Your Stash – Paperclipping 233

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Do you have a wishlist of new stuff to buy, while a whole stash of older scrapbook supplies waits to be used?

Need to use up some of the dated stuff first?

This is one of my specialty topics, so you’re at the right place. I have lots of great tips for using old scrapbook products and I’ve been sharing them with the Paperclipping Members through videos for a long time now. But there is one most important thing that needs to happen first.

You need to do this one thing before you do any of the other tips I love to discover and share.

You need to decide.

You must walk into your scrap space with the decision that you’re going to use a bunch of your lingering stuff.

It sounds simplistic and obvious, but it’s the absence of that decision that leads to the over-sized stash of older stuff we don’t feel inspired to use.

Once you’ve decided, you will LOVE the tips I have to share. You’ll love them because they’ll get you excited to use those older products. You’ll love the way they look on your pages, just as much as you think you’ll love using all those items on your new wishlist.

My Little Routine Lover (closeup)

This week I pulled out some of the very oldest products still lingering in my stash, plus a few that are as new as two years old (two years still feels old when there’s so much that is new, right?) — and I made a page that is one of my current favorites!

Every single item I used are items that have been sitting around for a long time, with the exception of one doily that I got for free with my coffee at breakfast.

I assembled the entire thing, sharing my thoughts and decisions on video for the Paperclipping Members. I also shared at least five new tips for using random old leftovers.

Members can find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Don’t yet know a whole lot about the Paperclipping Membership? CLICK HERE!

My Little Routine Lover (closeup)

So how much stuff do you have that cost you money and is taking up space? Want to put it to good use and make some gorgeous pages so you can feel better about that wishlist you’re accumulating?

I hope you enjoy the video!!

Shine On,

PRT191 – Where Is Scrapbooking Going

This week we’re talking about the future of scrapbooking!

The Panelists

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Project Life Tip to Reduce Chaos

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Do you ever have Project Life pages that become too chaotic when you add the cute journaling cards?

This happens to me all the time. I also find that some of the cutest cards look the most chaotic with my writing. But I stumbled on a solution that I expect to use a lot. I found it while I was putting together my December pages (I work Project Life monthly instead of weekly).

Here’s what happened, and the solution I found…

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(click on the images to see a larger version)

I love Christmas red as the dominant color for the Christmas season, but I don’t own any Project Life (PL) journal cards with red. I did have a roll of red polka dot washi tape sitting on my counter, though, and I was using it to tape my smaller photos into 4×6 spaces to keep the photos from looking like they’re floating in that larger space (above).

Since I very often use the PL grid cards for my journaling to keep my page from getting chaotic, it occurred to me that I could dress up the gridded cards with my red washi tape.

The page above was my first solution. See the journaling card at the bottom of the page?

Add a strip of tape just below the curved corner. Then add a little wood veneer snow flake. Cute, right?

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Then all of the next pages had more side-by-side pockets for multiple journaling cards.

At this point I decided to line the tape up with the top of the card instead, wrap the tape all the way around, front to back so I could use the same card on the opposite side, and then trim away the excess corners so they would be rounded like the card.

Look how well that washi tape unifies the page!

I love how it also unifies the entire month. I won’t do this all the time for every month, but I think I will once in a while. Especially for a month like December when the entire 31 days is a period of celebration, and most of the photos go well with one specific color.

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The spread above needed a starting point for the eye. I don’t need every single one of these cards to journal on, so I added the red rectangle piece with the Santa mustache. Because it’s red like the washi, the page feels unified.

The two lines of red lead your eye across the spread.

To give the pages some interest, and to keep it from being too flat and boring, I added a handful of wood veneer Christmas trees to intersect with the bottom edge of the washi.


All of the items in this last spread for December are different from each other. There are Christmas cards with very different colors and looks, there is a part of a Starbucks gift back, there is a screen capture from Facebook, and then an everyday photo.

Notice how the same red washi tape unifies the page, so the parts and pieces don’t look so random.

It also gives the eye a place to go, while the white cards give the eye a place to rest. Together the cards become the grounding focal point amid what would otherwise be chaos, since no single photo is dominant.

December brought me the solution to one the biggest problem I run into while doing Project Life — the often chaotic look of many of the pages. Is that a problem you have, too? This is all you need:

I love how simple this is. Once you’ve chosen your tape, you hardly have to think about another thing. I’ll use my regular printed 3×4 cards, too, but I’m excited to combine the washi tape + journaling grid cards again with different color and pattern soon! How about you?

Post CHA Chat and Q&A

Wow, what a fun chance it was to chat with so many of you!

There were LOTS of questions, so this is a long video, but if you don’t want to see and hear the whole thing, there’s a way you can skip to the questions you’re interested in!

How to Skip to Your Favorite Questions

Do you see the overlay at the bottom of the video on the left side? (you might have to click play first)

That is a hyper-link and it will take you to a cool Google place where you can watch the video, but get this…

Over there you will see all the questions in the order that I answered them to the side of the video. Look for a question you’re interested in and then click on that question. The video player will skip ahead (or back) to where I answered that question!!

So it’s okay that we went on and on for more than 1.5 hours! :)


Shine On,

I Want to Chat with YOU!

Did you watch all the CHA videos and listen to the Paperclipping Roundtable?

All of the videos are uploaded now. As Izzy and I drove home I had one main thought: I want to chat with everyone at home who has been following our coverage!

I want to know what you think, what you observed, what you’re wondering about. Of course, I’m talking mainly about CHA but we don’t have to restrict it to just that.

I just really want to hang out with you. :)

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CHA2014 – My Minds Eye Takes a New Turn

You can still find your favorite scrapbooking lines from My Mind’s Eye, but in addition to those, they’re taking a new direction. Check it on in the video.

CHA2014 – Lawn Fawn’s Stamps with Coordinating Die Cuts

Take a look at all the new stamp sets that Lawn Fawn has with dies to coordinate so you can easily cut out your stamp with a simple pass through a die cut machine. We’ll look at a few other products by Lawn Fawn in this video, as well.

CHA2014 – See New Studio Calico Products

See April Foster show the new Studio Calico products.

CHA2014 – See Prima’s Julie Nutting Line and Bloom Collection

See Prima’s new products for the Julie Nutting Line and the Bloom Collection. I also share the new Prima Crochet Icons and a bit of info about the quality of Prima Flowers.

CHA2014 – Exciting New Prima Products

See new products from Prima and lots of gorgeous and inspiring projects and pages that use them.