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Paperclipping 83 – Scrapbooking Denim

Paperclipping 83 - Scrapbooking Denim
As someone who loved creating art on my jeans as a teen, it was extra fun for me to create art with my jeans on my scrapbook pages last week. Fortunately, this is a material that will never be discontinued!

We created a video tutorial on this. Below are the layouts from today’s episode…

Forever In Blue Jeans

Printed text is from Neil Diamond’s song: “Money talks. But it don’t sing and dance and it don’t walk. ‘Long as I can have you here with me I’d much rather be forever in blue jeans.”

Journaling, written to my husband, Izzy, reads: In October you walked away from The Man. The suit and tie disappeared and the jeans came out. Our lives stopped revolving around a corporate and materialistic America. Instead we depend on our creativity and drive. We gave up a lot of monetary luxuries. And we are happier. Life is more fun than ever before. The past three months have been a honeymoon for us. Life is so very, very good. Love you.

(note: In my journaling, I did not mean to call America, as a whole, “materialistic.” I was only referring to one aspect of modern American culture. There is a greater good in America that has given us the ability to do what we’re doing, for which I’m so grateful).

Supplies: Cardstock (Bazzill, Stampin’ Up) * Patterned paper (Cosmo Cricket) * Other: charm, denim.

A Year Of Changes

Just as many of us begin each year with a word we want to characterize the next 12 months, you can use that word in a year-in-review layout. I actually started my year with the word, “Build.” But as I looked back to last January, I realized that that focus resulted in a year of lots of change. Change became the key-word for my layout below…

Journaling reads as a list and corresponds with the photos at the top (except the first one) from right to left, top to bottom:
1) We gave up meat and most animal by-products. I became vegan and learned a whole new way of cooking/baking. It was quite a lifestyle change as most everything we eat is what I make from scratch.

2) We rescued a puppy from the pound.

3) We got all 3 kids in school full-time.

4) We got rid of T.V. The few shows we watch we get free online. The kids forgot t.v. within a couple weeks and became more active.

5) Israel resigned from his job and we became full-time hosts and producers.

6) We simplified our materialism.

(note: I ran out of room here and #6 may be confusing. I intend on making another layout about this subject, so I didn’t worry that it’s unclear, but you might be confused by it. I meant to say that we got rid of a lot of material excess that we’d been used to having).

This video tutorial is for our Paperclipping Members. After you watch the episode, I’d love to hear which of your own stories came to mind and why denim would make a great visual symbol for them.

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  • http://www.scrapclubs.com terribradford

    It is always fun to create with something that you can repurpose and has extra meaning at the same time. I love using denim (pockets especially), or through a die cutting system, etc. Your layouts are gorgeous.

    I also love the Izzy Video about this photo manipulation… super cool.

    Congrat's to Kim!

  • marcy

    WAIT…do you really have no television in the house? Details needed!!

  • http://scrappingmariangeles.blogspot.com/ mariangeles_spain

    Wow!!! No TV??¡¡ I've know a few people who don't own one and I've wondered about that… I want details too!!

    Great episode! I have the cutest denim pocket to be used!!

    THANKS

  • http://www.izzyvideo.com Izzy Video

    We actually DO have a television — we just can't do much with it because we don't have cable, satellite, or an antenna! Sometimes we'll watch DVD's on it.

    For watching actual television shows, we usually just go to Hulu.com or CBS.com, Fox.com, or NBC.com.

    We watch a lot of movies, but not much television really.

    We're strange, but it's fun for us!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Hi, Emma. I've never seen it. Is there a place online where I can view it?

    Thanks.

    Best,

  • emma

    I just looked at Kim's winning layout. Did you know that her layout is an almost exact copy of a layout from Cathy Zielske's class from Design Your Life? You can chose who you want but I think Cathy should be given credit as the designer of that layout.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    So it started out like this…

    Izzy, our techie futurist, wanted to start watching t.v. online. We'd noticed our kids turned into zombies when they were watching t.v., and it was too easy to let them watch too much, and we didn't like the lists of stuff they were always asking for b/c of commercials, and we were uncomfortable with some of the adult stuff they were putting in some of the shows, particularly from Nickelodean (sp???).

    So we told the kids we'd buy them each an episode of their choice every week through the XBox (this was before you could get so much for free). They each bought a show for about two weeks, but without a million shows being accessible at any given time, they forgot they ever “needed” t.v. and have only asked for new episode a couple times since those first two weeks–many, many months ago. They really don't watch t.v. anymore, mainly by their own choice. They watch movies probably every few days or so.

    Izzy and I download our favorite shows for free. During peak season we have at most about 3 t.v. shows a week that we watch. During off-peak seasons we either watch nothing, or we rent a mini-series or a season of a show that's already ended. Right now we're watching Generation Kill.

    We're really happy with how things turned out!

  • emma

    The class and gallery is only open to students. I can email you a picture of the original layout if you would like.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    I answered that comment thinking it would go straight to you from my email and I didn't know it was all right here on the web page. I do think these matters should be discussed privately first, since I have no idea whether Kim got her layout from Cathy. I've seen it happen myself, where I think I have an original idea and then I find later that someone else has done something eerily similar–there is a limit to the number of possibilities when designing on the same size and shape with items that are similar sizes and shapes.

    So I apologize to Kim that we're discussing this right here.

    Also, I've come across scrapbookers in other forums that really never considered before that entries to contests should not be “lifted” from someone else–especially a contest like this where there is no prize except for public recognition. It seems obvious once you consider it, but sometimes women never even think of it until someone brings it up. We should state so in each contest.

    And lastly…yes, Emma, please email me the picture. =)

  • emma

    You are right it shouldn't be discussed here. I have emailed the layout in question.

    It is obvious to me that layouts should be original but maybe that is something that isn't so obvious to others. Maybe it should be stated in your contests from now on.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Sure thing, Emma. Thanks!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    I have good news. It turns out that Kim actually DID credit Cathy Z for the layout design. It's in her notes for the layout in the Flickr Gallery. The problem happened b/c all of the entries get sent to me by email without the notes, so I never saw that it was not Kim's original design.

    In addition, many of the challenge topics encourage the use of my templates as designs, so there was never any real reason to think that entries should be original ideas only.

    Kim followed the rules and credited the original designer of the layout, so she remains the November winner.

    For future challenges, we will state that designs should be originals unless the topic specifically says otherwise.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    I have good news. It turns out that Kim actually DID credit Cathy Z for the layout design. It's in her notes for the layout in the Flickr Gallery. The problem happened b/c all of the entries get sent to me by email without the notes, so I never saw that it was not Kim's original design.

    In addition, many of the challenge topics encourage the use of my templates as designs, so there was never any real reason to think that entries should be original ideas only.

    Kim followed the rules and credited the original designer of the layout, so she remains the November winner.

    For future challenges, we will state that designs should be originals unless the topic specifically says otherwise.