Perfect Pearls for Scrapbook Layouts – Paperclipping 193

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If you’re not naturally a technique-driven scrapbooker it can be baffling and unnatural to try to learn to incorporate techniques into your regular process. You might be attracted to the products and the possibilities but find that it breaks up your flow.

For the first time in 16 years of scrapbooking I feel like I can say that I’m a technique-girl in addition to being a story- and concept-girl. Turns out you can learn to make techniques a comfortable part of your process without sacrificing any part of what you’re naturally inclined to. Here are 3 tips for adding the technique to your story…

NYCDA (closeup)

1. Do one technique on the front of a tag (don’t decorate the tag — just do one technique so you don’t get confused later!) and write the how-to steps on the back. Add it to a large book-binding ring (where you can add more later) and hang it in view near where you scrapbook.

I was forced to do this when completing my Ranger U certification. I would still be lost had I not done this.


2. Set aside a scrapbooking session to experiment with different takes on one technique or technique-driven product.

Hate the idea of making a bunch of random creations with no scrapbook page in mind? Look through the photos and stories you’d love to make soon. Consider them as you choose images and colors with which to experiment. I did this with my Perfect Pearls last week. I did eight experiments and ended up with four that I immediately added to new layouts!

What do you do with the rest of your experimental creations? Store them the way you organize any store-bought item.

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3. Identify a technique-driven product you wish you used more and find a home for it that is closer to your scrapbook table.

Recently I moved my Big Shot to a shelf directly over my table so I can stand up and pull it down. My dies and embossing folders are now in an open wine box at standing height next to my table and they’re easy to flip through.

Side Benefit of Dance (closeup)

All three of these tips seemed impractical and unnatural to me before, but now that I’ve done them, I realize they were the difference between me getting it and me not getting it.

Need somewhere to start?

In this week’s video tutorial I share everything I know about Perfect Pearls, partially from in-person training from Tim Holtz, and partially from my own experimenting. I share…

  1. Basics on how to use the Pearls successfully
  2. Six effects to try with your Pearls and stamps
  3. A general color concept
  4. Four new layouts using Perfect Pearls and stamps

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USA Desert dance Power Elite (closeup)

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Shine on,

  • *Fantastic* episode! I’ll definitely be trying out these techniques and my Perfect Pearls won’t be lying neglected in a drawer anymore. :)

  • Krystal Britt

    LOVED the episode, Noell. The LO of Trinity is GORGEOUS. Wow. She is so photogentic! Also love the ‘Shine On’ at the end :)

  • Lynda

    LOVED this episode!  I have heard of Perfect Pearls and thought they were something completely different that what they are.  They are definitely on my list of things to try now!! :)

  • They’re so fun and easy!

  • Thank you!

    I’m experimenting with the idea of leaving a signature after my posts. Still not sure…

  • Yay!

  • Vicki Lee

    Great ideas.  I’ve never used this product for layouts.  Now I’ll try.  One question.  How did you get the background of the small piece you started with so clean?  You showed kind of brushing off some of the excess, but it certainly was stuck to the background.  The next shot it is pretty clean.  How’d you do that??? 

  • It wasn’t stuck to the background, it was just sitting on it. It only sticks to where you put the Perfect Medium. All I did when the camera was off was take a minute longer to brush away the pearl dust with the big dry brush. It’ll help you to know this: if I ever don’t show something it’s because I already showed or explained how to do it, so you can trust that whatever I said to do is really all you do. If brushed all of it off on video then I wouldn’t have had time to share so many techniques. This is how I’m able to pack so much into my videos compared to all the other videos you see out there. Does that make sense?

  • Vicki Lee

    Thanks, Noell.  I understand.  Your explanation about  the “how” of the video helped a lot.  Sounds like you used a “new” brush that wasn’t loaded wtih “pearl” dust to do it.  Not a problem.  Thanks again.

  • Glad that helped! One more thing — I didn’t use a new brush but I do use my hand to wipe away pearls from the bristles in between brushing them off the paper. I do have a 2nd brush and I think it would be faster to have a 2nd brush for wiping pearl dust off the paper — thx for the brilliant idea! :)

  • Kellkat

    I’ve watched this episode several times because of the plethora of tips. I got a chance to go to my LSS with a great coupon so I knew exactly what I was going to buy – the perfect pearls set! Now I can watch the video again then try to ‘teach’ my family what I’ve learned. Can’t wait to play with the brushes.

  • Wonderful! Have fun and thank you for the compliment! :)