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Techniques for Bright Color Effects – Paperclipping 197

paperclipping 197

Do ever you scrapbook stories about being a teen, or about one of your teen children?

How about summer stories, music concert stories, vacation stories to the beach? Surfing or skating stories?

Any care-free kinds of stories?

These are fun times (and excuses) to use bright color washes for backgrounds, and especially tie-dye backgrounds!

Tie-dye patterns in particular can communicate a lot of things for your scrapbook stories:

  • energy
  • breaking out of the box
  • vibrancy and spreading influence
  • freedom
  • a casual care-free nature
  • the embracing of imperfection

…just to name a few.

Got any stories like this to scrapbook?

Recently I discovered a product I could use on paper to make it pliable so that I could create a tie-dye effect!

I put together a mini-book to document our love for live music and concerts and I used a variety of bright color-wash and color-blending techniques in addition to tie-dye to create the pages. We made a video to show these techniques using Dylusions Color Ink Sprays and Alcohol Inks, plus some other products and supplies.





In this tutorial you’ll see some of the most fun techniques ever! This video is now available for the Paperclipping Members. If you’re not a member but would enjoy this, along with almost 200 other videos, you might want to look into a Paperclipping Membership!

CLICK HERE for info.

Which Ranger Products Do You Want To Learn To Use In Your Scrapbooking?


Last week I got to attend Ranger University and got certified as a Ranger U educator. It was an amazing workshop — three 9-hour days where we learned 80 different techniques!

See the tags and bags hanging from my organizer in the photo above? Those are the samples I made, one for each of the 80. So I’m excited to share with Paperclipping Members my understanding of how to use all their MANY different technique-oriented products, but in the way I work best…

I’m going to shares ideas for how to translate those products and techniques into modern scrapbooking. You most often see them used for vintage projects, but I like to use them for every day scrapbooking, which is not vintage.

And as usual, I’ll share broad concepts so you can adapt the techniques for a variety of projects, styles, and uses so you don’t feel trapped to copy whatever I choose to do.

But I want your help. I’m curious to know which of these different types of products you’re most interested in. I admit up front that I will ultimately choose the ones that I end up using for layouts and projects I’m most inspired to start making. But your votes will help me prioritize, so I’d love to hear!

Which of these products are you most interested in learning to use?


  1. Perfect Pearls
  2. Perfect Pearl Mists
  3. Distress Stain – blending and other effects
  4. Claudine Hellmuth gesso and medium products
  5. Adirondack Color Wash
  6. Distress Ink – blending and other effects
  7. Dylusions Ink Sprays, Stencils, and Stamps
  8. Melt Art
  9. Adirondack Alcohol Ink – blending and other effects
  10. Distress Markers (not shown)
  11. Other (please specify)

Just for fun, here are my pictures from the event…

Don’t forget to vote for your Ranger technique hopes and dreams! :) What do you most want to learn?

CHA 2012 – The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils by Balzer Designs, Dyan Reavely, and More!

Stencils are definitely a huge trend in scrapbooking and papercrafting and The Crafter’s Workshop makes so many beautiful ones! You’ll find stencils by well-known designers like Dyan Reavely and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer!