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Two Ways to Use Design in Your Scrapbooking – Paperclipping 246

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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How do you use design?

Design has two totally different purposes. If you’ve ever thought about visual triangles, white space, or the rule of thirds, you’re probably familiar with the first and most common purpose — to make your page look good!

But did you know you can also use design to accomplish something else in addition to that? Something totally different?

If you’ve been a Paperclipping Member for a long time you might have a idea of what I’m talking about — or at least a nagging hint that hasn’t quite surfaced as a solid yet.

I decided to make a video that would clearly distinguish these two purposes. On the video I make two different layouts: a 6-photo page and a single-photo page.

1. While making the first layout I explain all the design principles I’m using to accomplish the first purpose of making the page look good.

2. Then I make the second page and focus on that mysterious, less-known second purpose for design.

I think you’ll enjoy this episode. It’s in the Member’s Area and on iTunes now. You’ll need a membership to watch the video.

Click here to learn about a membership.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Make An Impact with Numbers – Paperclipping 238

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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I don’t mean numbers, as in numerals.

I mean numbers, as in the number of items you use from the same package of products, like in the picture above.

Have you ever used a whole bunch of items from the same package, even though that was probably not the intention of the designer of the product?

Or does that sound kind of strange? I do it a lot.

Why You Should Pile an Entire Package of Embellishments on One Scrapbook Layout

Ok, I don’t ever use an entire package all at once. I do use a lot, and I have even used all but just a few. Here’s why…

  1. Designing a page is faster when all or most of your supplies come from a single package, rather than from various packages from all over the place.
  2. You can make a real visual impact by using a whole bunch of the same or similar items. There is power in numbers, not just in life, but in design as well. :)

You’ve heard of the design principle, repetition, right?

A powerful and easy way to achieve repetition in your design is to use a bunch of items from the same package.

Just be sure you do a few things while you’re at it…

  • Use variation for contrast.
  • Gather the items together.

Yes, I found them doing this (closeup)

Use variation for contrast

It will probably be boring if your items are all exactly the same. Make sure there is some sort of contrast between them – size, color, shape, etc. Or mix something else in if your package of items have no variation.

Gather the items together

You want to use the items to bring the eye to your focal point. Scattering them all over the page will not do that. In fact, scattering them (spacing them out) will not create the powerful impact I’ve been talking about either.

So be sure to gather them close together or overlapping. This way your gathering either acts as a stopping point for eye, or to lead the eye to something else, like a photo.

Both good things!

Are you ready to try it?

Link us up to your results in the comments area!

Not completely confident with the idea yet?

If you want some examples in action, I did a video that shows a whole bunch of different ways to do it.

I mean — a whole, whole bunch. :)

I also give lots of tips and guidance for what to keep in mind as you do it.

The video is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes, and Paperclipping members can go watch it now.

But you must be a member to watch.

Click here to learn about a membership!

Enjoy making a big impact with your supplies, and have fun paperclipping!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Gathering to Make Lines – Paperclipping 227

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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Want another fresh design idea that you can use in a whole bunch of new ways?

Well, we do embellishment gatherings all the time, where we cluster embellishments into a spot. Let’s take the idea of gathering items together, but instead, we’ll gather with the purpose of forming lines.

Lines are amazing elements of design because you can use them to anchor your photos and embellishments, and prevent them from appearing like they’re floating. You can also use lines to lead the eye to important spots, such as your main photo.

What kinds of things can you gather into lines? Almost anything…

  • scraps
  • embellishments of all kinds
  • border strips
  • tags
  • labels
  • frames
  • ribbons
  • rub-on’s
  • flowers

I think I’ve gathered all of these at one time or another.

Gathering a whole bunch of a single type of item makes a big statement. It has a lot of impact.

So instead of taking that sheet of labels and using them one by one on various pages, try using all of them in a line gathering on one page in a line that intersects with your focal point photo. It can look really cool, while anchoring your photo at the same time.

Need to see it in action?

I just released a video where I made line gatherings out of the first three items in the list above. In this video you get to see me assemble three different scrapbook layouts, each with its own line gathering.

This video is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes. You must be a Paperclipping Member to get the video.

CLICK HERE for information about a membership.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

How to Balance Color Across the Page – Paperclipping 226

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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There are so many reasons a layout might feel off.

A common one is that the color is not balanced across the page.

Any time you add an item to your page, you need to repeat that color in a couple different ways:

  1. across the page
  2. up-and-down the layers

How do you do that?

Well, let’s say you have aqua on the side of your page. You need to add aqua somewhere across the page at least once, though often twice. And if you add multiple layers of other colors on top of the aqua, then your aqua is in that bottom layer and you’ll need to add more aqua somewhere in a top layer.

If the various colors aren’t spread out in multiple places, then items look random and call way too much attention to themselves. When you find yourself continuously drawn to an item and you feel the slightest hint of discomfort, then you know that the item isn’t fitting in with the rest of the page in a balanced way.

Want to see how it all works in action? Want to see how to tell when it’s all balanced, and when it’s not?

I made a single page layout and a two-page layout step-by-step in a video. You’ll get to see how color can get off-balance and then balanced again with every additional item. You’ll see ways to fix a color balance problem. You’ll see the difference between getting it and not getting it, and you’ll be better able to spot the problems next time.

This video is now in the Member’s Area and in the Member’s iTunes feed.

If you’re not a Paperclipping Member, click here for info!

Unity On the Page – Paperclipping 224

Friday, August 30th, 2013

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How do you know when it’s finished?

If you’re like a lot of other scrapbookers, you’ve wondered this same thing.

You may have also wondered why some pages slam-dunk it, while others don’t — even sometimes layouts that were scraplifted by someone else’s perfect page.

Believe it or not, there’s probably one thing that is not in place whenever you’re asking these questions.

Click to read more…

Trendy Ways to Create a Visual Path – Paperclipping 220

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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Do you struggle with where to put embellishments?

It can be easy to know where to place embellishments if you use them to create a visual path.

A visual path is a path the eye will take around a layout — the purposes being to get people to look where you want them to look, but more importantly, to keep the eye engaged so they look longer.

Embellishments are like milestones or landmarks in the path. They flag the eye’s attention. You can set them up so that one embellishment will send the viewer on to the next one, and so on. By the time the eye processes the last one, that first one is calling again, and the viewer will continue to view the page, noticing and enjoying more details.

Current trends in our culture have brought us new trends in visual paths that we’re seeing in a lot of scrapbook layouts. They are casual, playful, and energetic!

I share some of these trendy visual paths and show you different ways to make them in this week’s Paperclipping video tutorial where I assemble four different layouts!

Not a member? Click here to learn about a Paperclipping Membership!

If you’re already a member, your video is waiting for you in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Edge Gatherings – Paperclipping 216

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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Remember the old borders we used to make for the sides of our pages years ago? They were often intricate, time-consuming, and sometimes even a distraction from the photos.

Edge gatherings are similar to borders, but they’re much easier to put together and they’re way cooler.
They’re also not so cumbersome. Click to read more…

Scrapbooking 12×12 and 6×12 Two Page Layouts – Paperclipping 214

Friday, March 29th, 2013

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Can’t have “pretty” and “trendy” pages if you have a fair amount of journaling?

Can’t tell a good story if you want to use lots of fun product and layering?

I was getting tired of always sacrificing form for function to fit my writing. We like to have it all, don’t we? And we can…

Click here to see more…

Embellish With Lines – Paperclipping 204

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

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What is the most important thing to pay attention to in terms of design?

Well, I won’t say there is one, but I will say that a top one on the list is your lines.

This includes the obvious lines, but also the implied lines, as well as invisible lines.

Yes, there are invisible lines to keep in mind and they’re practically as magical in their power to help us as Wonder Woman’s invisible jet was to her!

And what is one of our favorite parts of scrapbooking?

Embellishments, of course!

If your placement of embellishments isn’t satisfying you 100%, you might need to pay more attention to your lines. The lines on your pages make wonderful homes for embellishments.

What kinds of lines am I talking about?

Edges of photos, edges of papers, and edges of circles, to name just a few.

Chad Was Born (closeup)

It’s all about how your make your items interact with lines.

Give it a try!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

P.S.> In the Q&A portion of True Scrap some ladies in the audience asked me to explain the use of lines since they hadn’t heard this discussed in scrapbooking before.

That’s why I decided to make this week’s video a demonstration of lots of ways to use lines to place embellishments, including how to use those awesome invisible lines.

The video is for Paperclipping Members, so if that’s you, you can watch it now!

If you’re not a member, CLICK HERE to learn more!

Telling Stories with Organic Patterns – Paperclipping 202

Friday, September 28th, 2012

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Trends in patterns and background papers come and go.

What does not come and go are the moods and ideas that those same patterns communicate.

This year the chevron pattern is hot. We might use it because we love it right now, or because our stash is full of it.

No matter what our reason for using it, chevron communicates some very specific things:

  • energy
  • excitement
  • movement
  • up’s and down’s
  • instability or change
  • modern times

If our motivation for using chevron is just that we’re loving it so much right now, then what we see when we look at our page is that great print we love. But others who don’t pay attention to scrapbook trends will see some of the ideas I listed above, even though it will be sub-conscious and not something they could put their finger on.

Not only that, but in years to come, when you’re long past the excitement of the current trend and you’re looking back through your scrapbook, you’re more likely to sense excitement, movement, change, or up’s and down’s, as well.

That’s all great if those ideas support your story.

But what if your story is about this home you’ve lived in since your first baby was born, and now you’re welcoming your first grandchild for a visit in the very same home? Maybe a pattern that communicates stability and steadiness will give a better sense of how you feel about your memory and story.

And while geometrics are the “in” type of pattern right now, don’t forget organic patterns, which tell a whole range of emotions and moods that no geometric can!

Trends are fun, but good stories are timeless.

Don’t forget the organics when telling your stories.

Shine On!
Love,-Noell

P.S.> This week we released a new video tutorial that shares what the moods and associations are for some of the organics. I share lots of different layouts with organic patterns and show you how the associations of the patterns help tell the stories.

You’ll also see me assemble a page and explain why I picked the patterns I did.

This video is available for Paperclipping Members to watch right now!

If you’re not a member, please click here to learn more!

Love Potion #9 (closeup)