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Big on Photos, Short on Time: A Summer Mini-album with 44 Photos

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Forty-four photos for a mini-album? Plus lots ‘o journaling and some ephemera too? That’s a lot!

But this was one of my easier projects of all time.

I made it last year, then pulled it out yesterday. After we got the kids down to bed, Izzy and I sat with a glass of wine (each) and read through the entire album. It’s interesting in a strange sort of way to read about so many of life’s mundane details just a year later and remember things you already forgot you used to do.




What I’d Do Differently Next Time

It did not take me long at all to make this mini-album, which I’ll get to in a minute.

But there is still one thing I would do differently if I were to do a similar modern-style clean mini-album again.

What would I do?

I would go even more digital.

I’d ditch the traditional paper and do digital paper instead.

But I would keep the metal pieces.

And I would print them on 6×6 prints from Persnickity rather than put four 6×6 pages onto 12×12 canvas prints. When you have to cut the prints down you don’t get exact uniform sizes.

Which is no big deal to some of you.

But those extra millimeters of white from the back pages that peek through on the side or top really bug the types of people who also need to feel like their bodies are laying perfectly symmetrical on the bed before they can relax and fall asleep.

…but we’re not here to talk about my issues. Just my scrapbooking.




My Guest Spot in the Paper vs. Digi Discussion on The Digi Show

When I want my photos to be the bulk of the canvas, if not the canvas itself, it makes sense to me to go digi.

I got to have a fun discussion about this with the girls on the Digi Show this week. We also chatted about the differences and the similarities between product designing, shopping, and starting a page in paper vs. digital scrapbooking.

You can head over and listen if you haven’t already to The Craft Closet of Broken Dreams at The Digi Show.



Why Digital is Great for Summer Albums

There are so many reasons I gravitate toward digital for these bigger summer time projects.

  • You can keep things a lot more simple with digital, especially when your project is mostly daily, as mine was.
  • If you have a lap top you can travel with your “supplies” and work in the car or on the plane, at the hotel or in a family member’s home.
  • You can have different projects going on at the same time to meet your creative mood. When I made this album I was also working on a paper mini-book and I liked being able to choose which I felt like working on at any moment.





I have a tutorial that shows how I task-batch to simplify big projects like these.

  • I show how my process makes it quick and easy to make intricate-looking paper mini-books.
  • I also show how I made the digital summer album you see in this post using the task-batching approach.
  • I explain how, with this process, you can simplify the project at the last moment if you’re getting sick of it, without having a book that looks intricate at the front but simple and plain at the back. You’ll get a consistent look and nobody will know that you have A.D.D!

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Then look for Paperclipping episode 150 in the Member’s Area!


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Paperclipping 150 – Task Batch Minibooking

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What a relief to actually be able to finish mini-books more easily! In this week’s episode, the Paperclipping Members will find out what my new Task Batch method is, and they’ll see it in action for two different mini-books: a traditional one, and a mostly digital one.

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Below are photos of most of the pages in the two mini-books from today’s episode. . .

Queen Of Organized

5×7 mini pages
Supplies: Tim Holtz Metal Clock Faces with Adirondack Juniper Paint Dabber rubbed on, then partially rubbed off.

The orange patterned paper is from Basic Grey’s Ambrosia Collection. You can get the collection as a 12×12 pack or a 6×6 pad.

The pink polka dot paper is from Basic Grey’s June Bug Collection. The orange flower is one of six in the Prima Peach Harmony Collection.


This is another orange flower from the Prima Peach Harmony collection. The metal piece on the page below is a Tim Holtz Muse Token.

To see more pictures of this book, see my set on Flickr and click on the individual thumbnails to see them all.

Everyday Summer

6×6 mini pages
The metal piece is a Tim Holtz Philosophy Tag. While the yellow Today papers were from an Ali Edwards kit that is no longer available, the journal/photo overlay for my journaling is for sale at Designer Digitals.
This overlay is from a different Ali Edwards pack. Ali also designed the Alpha Tab on the left page below.
I used these Tim Holtz Muse Tokens quite a bit in these two mini-books, adding my own colored brads.
These Metal Numbers are really great, too.
Ali Edwards Word Frames were perfect for this photo.
More great Word Art from Ali Edwards grounds the flowers in the photo above.

There are a few more pictures to this mini-album. You can see them all here.

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5 Step Mini-book Prep — Using Memorabilia

Hi, again!

I love really detailed three-dimensional mini-albums. I have a few that are long-term projects that I complete just one page at a time when I get the urge. I’ve also done a few very simple mini-books that I whipped through in one or two sit-downs.

I tend to feel less satisfaction with those faster ones, though. So mostly I make (or start!) a lot of mini-books that are somewhere in-between. In other words, I expect to complete them in a reasonable amount of time, but I also begin by loading them with lots of details. They end up taking me longer than I expect, and before I’m done I find another album or project I want to begin. Does this sound like you?

A Faster Approach

Well, I’ve come up with a new approach for these mini-books — the books for which I have high-expectations of stellar awesomeness, but that also need to get done within a reasonable amount of time. My new method has been great so far, for both a digi-heavy mini (sneak-peek above), and for my traditional tactile books (sneak-peek below). The method helps with mini-book completion in two ways:

  • It makes the process faster.
  • It allows you to simplify your final design — midway through the process — if your dreams of the “best mini ever” begin to feel overboard. But you’ll be able to switch gears without ending up with an intricate first half and a “clean and simple” second half.

The other cool thing is that this method came as a result of good design technique, so you won’t be compromising on design. In fact, it will help give you a great foundation in design for each mini-book page.

Interested? It’s the topic for the next Paperclipping Video Tutorial. I’ll show you how this method helped me with a digi-heavy book, as well as a purely paper one. You’ll need a membership to watch the episode and learn the method. So if this is an area you struggle with, but don’t have a membership yet, you can see how to get one by clicking here.

I had hoped to release this on Monday as the first of our August tutorials. It’s much heavier in content than usual, though, and it won’t be ready in time for Monday. We will release it as soon as we can. For now, I’ll share 5 steps for prepping a mini-book that uses multiple items of memorabilia…

5-Step Mini-Book Prep


  1. Memorabilia – Fish through your memorabilia to find two or more pieces that are related. For example, in the book above, I found four different pieces that demonstrate how organized my daughter likes to be. Some other ideas: concert tickets, items from favorite places around town, school work, etc.
  2. Photos – Find two or more photos that will help tell the story of your memorabilia.
  3. Colors – Lay the photos and memorabilia on your table. Do they contain a hodge-podge of different colors? Congratulations! You now have your color palette! This is how I chose the color scheme for my paper album above: I had an orange piece of memorabilia, a pink piece, and two photos with green.
  4. Patterned Paper – Find patterned paper to go with the color palette of your photos and memorabilia.
  5. Book – Choose a mini-book size that will accommodate your memorabilia. Digi scrapbookers: When adding one piece of tactile memorabilia (un-scanned) to a small-sized digi-page, I have had the best visual results if the piece stretches from edge to edge, whether up-and-down or side-to-side.

If you start on these steps now, you’ll be ready to assemble your book when the new tutorial releases!

Weekly Roundup

Heads Up!

  • The Paperclipping Roundtable – We won’t be releasing this episode until Friday so that Nancy Nally can give us a full CHA trade show report!
  • Paperclipping Live! – This live scrapbooking show is every Tuesday at 6:30pm PST. Are you free?
  • The Paperclipping July Challenge – You have about two days to enter this! Come on, you know you want to…

That’s it for this week’s newsletter. I’m excited to share my two mini-books with you in the next week or so!

Best Regards,

Host, Paperclipping

Paperclipping 138 – How to Pull Photos from Video Clips

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Paperclipping 126 – Make a Subject Pop in Photoshop Elements

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This week’s episode has been released for the Paperclipping Members. If you’re not a member, you can watch a trailer of the tutorial by clicking on the video above.

In this in-depth video I show you step-by-step in Photoshop Elements how to…

  1. Isolate a subject in your photo so you can give it/him/her special attention.
  2. Boost the color of your subject while making everything else black and white.
  3. Make your subject stand out more by darkening your background and boosting the highlights in your subject.
  4. Make your subject stand out by blurring the background.
  5. Smooth the edges of your isolated subject so it doesn’t have that yucky “cut-out” look.

You’ll be able to do the above with your own Halloween zombies, their bloody sores, or with cute little girls at tea parties (below)–whatever you think needs special attention above its background. Check out this Before/After example where I left Blake’s sores and tongue a subtle red and brought him forward from his background, then see the layouts below for two examples:


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Below are the layouts I featured in the episode…

The Making Of A Zombie

Journaling to Blake reads: Your makeup is on and you have no problem getting your act together, getting into character. I love how you love playing the part.

Girly Tea Time

Journaling to Trinity reads: I had such a fun day with you at this tea party. We looked at art on the street, shopped a cute gift shop and tried hats and teas. Fun girly day.

Want to try it? Once you do it you’ll want to do it all the time. It’s fun. Enjoy!

Paperclipping 108 – How to Make a Frame with Rounded Corners in Photoshop Elements

Paperclipping 108 - How to Make Rounded Corners in Photoshop Elements

Do you remember the collage of heritage photos I made for a layout about my dad’s crazy 1940’s baby stroller? There was a request for me to make a tutorial on how to wrap a collage of photos with a frame like I did on that layout. Today’s episode for the Paperclipping Members will walk you through it step-by-step using Photoshop Elements. The good news is it’s very easy!

Below is the one I made in today’s tutorial…
Tea Time

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Related tutorials:
Digital Word Art
Make A Grid Collage In Photoshop

Paperclipping 101- Digital Word Art

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In this free episode of Paperclipping, you’ll learn how to position, resize, and recolor digital word art in Photoshop Elements. You’ll also see why Ali Edwards’s digital products are just as perfect for heritage photos and projects as they is for modern ones. You’ll find The Story Word Art + Hand Drawn Brushes by Ali Edwards, featured in the tutorial, at Designer Digitals, and they’re 30% off right now!

You can watch the video above or download the high-quality version instead.

To learn more about this layout and the hidden tag that contains historical information watch episode 99. If you liked today’s tutorial, follow the link to see why you’ll probably enjoy a Paperclipping Membership.

Layouts From A Previous Paperclipping Live

I haven’t had a chance to share the scrapbook pages from Dedra Long’s visit to Paperclipping Live a while ago. Here they are below…

Hello Kitty

two 12×12 pages
Hello Kitty
The photo on the left is myself around 4th grade–just a little older than my daughter, Trinity, in the photo on the right. I chose pictures of us in similarly shaped outfits and poses to emphasize the theme of commonality. Journaling reads: I adored Hello Kitty as a little girl and still do at age 36. I love her oval round face and the simplicity of her design. As a kid I didn’t get enough of her to feel satisfied so I love getting to enjoy her again through Trinity, who loves her too.

Layout By Dedra Long

Layout By Dedra Long
Journaling to her daughter reads: You and me spending time together…these are some of the times I cherish most…I always love to walk in the studio to see the newest setup you have put together…It usually look something like this…the princess laptop, crayons, paper and scissors…you usually have the princesses singing the alphabet and you join then…then it’s math…in the end you show me your latest work of art…I will never forget.

The Details

The Details
Almost all of the scrapbooking items on both layouts are from Theresa Collins. I salvaged all the Hello Kitty items from actual H.K. stuff–a backpack, a watch, party invitations, plus there are a few pictures. The spinner arrow underneath the tiny H.K. on the clock is a Tim Holtz spinner that I painted pink.

Want help layering embellishments the way you see them layered in the center circle? If you have a Paperclipping Membership, I recommend watching Paperclipping 94 where I showed the techniques and principles of layers that lead in a “crescendo” toward a climactic point.

Paperclipping 96 – Filtering the Photo Flood

Paperclipping 96 - Filtering The Photo Flood
Alright, Paperclipping Members, your most recent episode was released last night. If you struggle to wade through all your digital photos–if you have a hard time choosing which ones to scrapbook–this is your episode.

Having received a cd of childhood pictures of my siblings, myself and my dad from my parents for Christmas this year, I cannot imagine what it would have been like had they taken the number of photos/per event that we take these days! No matter what type of photo manager you use, the steps I share will make your choices so much easier.

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Paperclipping 95 – Editing Layouts in Photoshop

Your layouts may be fabulous but if you’re not able to edit and crop them with the skill to match your pages, they won’t show as well as they deserve. Fair or not, good cropping and editing makes a difference.

This video is available to members only. Learn about a membership here.

Of course, you can only crop your layouts as well as you photograph them. If you struggle to get straight photos, I recommend you also watch episode 86, How To Photograph A Layout, which is in the archives and available to the Paperclipping Members.

Below are the layouts I used in the episode…

Good Laughs

Good Laughs
Journaling reads: At Disneyland. Dad was taking pictures of our perennial model, Trinity. Blake moved in on her scene and even while pushing him and his “rabbit ears” out of the way (#3) she kept up her pose.

Supplies: Cardstock (Bazzil, Stampin’ Up) * Patterned paper and patterned circles (Sassafrass Lass) * acrylic paint.

Trinity Paints

Trinity Paints
Journaling to Trinity reads: Kindergarten ’05-’06. You blow everyone away with your steady hand, artistic eye, your use of color and your love of beautiful things. I love this painting because it reminds me so much of you.

Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill) * sticker journal spots (Creative Imaginations) * ink (Stampin’ Up).