Stretch Your Leftover Themed Products – Paperclipping 184

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I don’t buy a lot of themed products except for the Christmas theme — in that case I do buy a lot, at least for me. And that means I have leftovers every year. I bet you do too.

Ever wonder how to make them fit together onto a page?

I’ve just released a video tutorial with lots of tips on stretching leftover themed products, such as Christmas ones, to fit together on your pages.

Here are some of the things I share:

  • A layout concept for when you have only one piece of patterned paper you want to use for a 2-page spread.
  • Principles of color to help you pull together papers with slightly different color families and make it balance across your entire spread.
  • Techniques for making non-themed products fit in with your chosen theme.

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  • I should be in bed with my stuffy nose, but here I am, with a new PC episode just downloaded and watched :)

    Love the topic :)

  • Rochelle Barnes

    This is a terrific episode – love it when you talk through your creative process, Noell.
    It has given me a great idea – in the past I have sometimes done single page layouts, that after time, I have found or been given  more photos or journalling info to complete the story. I find looking at these layouts unsettling, because to me, they don’t seem finished. I have contemplated re-doing them but that doesn’t feel right either.  I can now see a way to do a contrasting page, or even half a page that will, in my mind, tell the full story. 

    Thanks sharing your talents & Happy New Year to you, Izzy & children.

  • That’s a great time to use this concept! Thank you!

  • Loved this new video – I just watched this one in tandem with the one about using non-scrapbooking supplies in your layouts and see you did that in this video with the red tag on that last layout. I feel like I’ve been trained not to use non-archival supplies with my photos. I’m struggling with this because I see how awesome they look on your pages. Plus the design aspects/using stuff that’s free – you obviously do this without reservation. Can you help me get over my hesitation? How do you deal with the fact that these supplies aren’t acid-free? Thanks!

  • Hi, Lissa! You’re right — you were trained to not use all that awesome stuff! That concept started before digital photos hit the scene, when it was hard to get more prints of a photo once the film had already been developed. Our original prints were precious because negatives were a pain and easily ruined.

    Now we have digital photos and it’s the digital photo file that needs ultimate protection, not the print. The print is just a copy and if it fades over time, no big deal — your kid can print a new one and replace it on the layout if he wants.

    Not only that, but we have SO MANY layouts, SO MANY albums of layouts, will it be tragic if a handful of them fade over time?

    Also, is it so bad if they fade a bit over time? I inherited my husband’s late mother’s scrapbook from the early 1960’s. I LOVE the real-life ephemera and don’t mind that there is a little bit of fading. It’s part of the charm. At the same time, there is really very *minimal* fading, even though she was using the worst kinds of supplies you can possibly imagine. So if her fading was minimal, ours should be even more minimal because a majority of our supplies are acid-free.

    Did that help? :)

  • Yes, it does – thanks! This is what I’ve been thinking more and more about. I’ll start collecting those “green” supplies…