Tag Archives: Embellishments

Organizing Embellishments – Paperclipping 261

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How long does it take you to choose the items you use on a page?

Someone recently used the word, “audition” to describe their long drawn-out process of picking and choosing items to use. That is a fitting word for the task of looking at lots of possibilities until you finally find that right one.

I’ve almost eliminated the audition process.

Only once in a while do I need to spend even five minutes “auditioning.” Now I just play and create.

And on top of that I have very little cleanup time because of my setup and process.

Really, it is an absolute dream.

I want to share it with you, and today I’m specifically sharing how I’ve organized my embellishments.

Here are five things you can do to make it easier to choose and then put away embellishments:

  1. Sort your items by the categories you regularly search for.
    Some of the categories of items I regularly search for are red items; flourish items for a ballet album; bright and sunny items for outdoors Arizona pages; neutral items; brand new stuff; love-related items for relationship stories; house-related items; enamel dots; etc).
  2. Store your items by these categories you’ve identified.
    If you’re always looking for mint-colored items and it takes you more than a minute to find and gather them, it makes sense to have a store of mint items waiting for you. But that doesn’t mean you must also have containers for every other color — it would be unhelpful to have a store of items in a category you don’t tend to look for. You will rarely or never end up using those.
  3. Eliminate a category once you stop going to it.
    Believe it or not, at some point you will no longer be looking for mint-colored items, or enamel dots, or embellishments that will look good on ballet pages. Once a category is no longer serving you and you find you’re not looking for items that way anymore, take those items and divide them up among your other stores of embellishments.
  4. Eliminate the overwhelm of too much stuff by categorizing.
    Grab only one or two of these stored categories when you’re scrapbooking and bring them to your table. This will allow you to keep a decent sized stash overall, but give you the benefit of having fewer items to choose from. Too many choices leads to cognitive dissonance and overwhelm, which stop creativity.
  5. If an item sits unused too long, re-categorize it and store it in one of your other spots.
    By dividing your embellishments into categories, you can choose to re-categorize any items that aren’t getting used. I find that just by re-categorizing something and storing it in a different way, I breathe new life into that item.

This has made the process so fast for me.

You have to see it to believe it.

And you can, because we just shot a video that shows me using a lot of different embellishments on one page without the “audition” time of trying to pick and choose what will work best. I share even more tips and solutions to share on the video, too.

Plus, my table was clean when I was done. I just had a few containers to slip back into place and my table was clean and ready for the next page within a single minute.

But you need a Paperclipping Membership to watch the video.

It’s in the Member’s Area now. CLICK HERE to learn about a membership.

Shine On,

Trendy Ways to Create a Visual Path – Paperclipping 220

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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!

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Embellish With Lines – Paperclipping 204

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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,

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!

Six Ways to Create Layers On Your Scrapbook Pages

Don’t you love scrapbook pages with layers? You can pique someone’s curiosity when you layer items because people want to know what all those layers are. This gets them more involved with your page!

Here are six different types of layers to create on your scrapbook pages, along with the list of “ingredients” from top to bottom!

1. Layer a symmetrical 6×6 introduction + journal page and pair it with a standard 12×12 layout.
For Your Entertainment (intro page)

  1. clear button
  2. polka dot flower
  3. ribbon
  4. 6×6 transparency
  5. cardstock
  6. Add journaling to the back and then layer this 6×6 intro and journal page over a 12×12 scrapbook page in a 3-ring binder.

For Your Entertainment

Related Video Tutorial in the Membership Archives – Watch me assemble the top embellishment piece in Paperclipping 177 – Repurposing Stuff Into Scrapbook Supplies. You can see the entire 6×6 page come together in Paperclipping 187 – Scrapbooking Outside the Page Protector.

2. Layer leftover supplies into a “tab” for your page.
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  1. round metal embellishment
  2. cut-out flower from paper
  3. journal spot cropped at edge of background paper
  4. scrap of ribbon

3. Layer an embellishment gathering into an L-Frame around your focal point.
Not Till They Tell You

  1. shiny bling
  2. snowflake
  3. decorative pin
  4. flower
  5. clear tim holtz piece? glued to patterned paper
  6. label with date
  7. torn strip of patterned paper
  8. rectangular text
  9. 3 glittered brads
  10. 2 transparent snowflakes

True Scrap Sneak Peek

Related Video Tutorial – Learn advanced concepts about L-frames in Paperclipping 154 – Advanced Design with L-frames.

4. Create layers in a corner with transparent acrylic pieces.
True Scrap Sneak Peek

  1. rhinestone brad
  2. colored acrylic butterfly
  3. transparent clock
  4. 2 transparency frames with flourishes
  5. 2 blue glittered brads

5. Create a visual triangle of 3 similar embellishment gatherings with your own hand-drawn flourishes.
Getting Gatsby

  1. flower cut from patterned paper
  2. hand-drawn flourishes
  3. brad
  4. acrylic paint
  5. tissue paper flower, embedded by the paint
  6. more paint
  7. rub-on text

Getting Gatsby closeup

Related Video Tutorial – See how to embed flat items into a background in Paperclipping 178 – Transform Old Items Into Ones You’ll Love.

6. Layer tags into a 6×12 journal page.
Pigtails? Check. Hyper? Check. (back of right)

  1. journal strips
  2. decorative clothing tag
  3. manila tags, strings attached
  4. butterfly stamp
  5. flourish stamp
  6. die cut piece of patterned paper
  7. contrasting piece of patterned paper

Related Video Tutorial – Learn to put this together step-by-step in Paperclipping 173 – A Journaling Design Technique.

Want to become a layering expert?
Paperclipping Members have enough of my tutorials to create a whole class on this subject! Spend the week focusing on layering by watching these episodes and trying the concepts:

  • Paperclipping 189 – Use Stamps to Create Layers
  • Paperclipping 188 – Create Tabs with Tags
  • Paperclipping 151 – Embellish with Clusters of Scraps
  • Paperclipping 168 – How and Where to Place Scrapbooking Embellishments
  • Paperclipping 163 – Layer and Texture with Color
  • Paperclipping 156 – Contrast and Embellishments in Scrapbooking
  • Paperclipping 109 – A Use for Old Tags
  • Paperclipping 94 – Embellishment Crescendo
  • Paperclipping 25 – Layering Embellishments
  • Paperclipping 14 – Cluster Your Embellishments

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Now go have some fun paperclipping with layers!

CHA 2012 – Martha Stewart Crafts Crafter’s Clay is Not Your Regular Clay!

I walked by this Martha Stewart clay too many times, assuming it was not anything us scrapbookers would be interested in. Ummm, wow, I was wrong and I’m so glad someone suggested we take a look at it. This is not your ordinary clay (Hello – you mix colors together to get your desired shade, just like paint, and you can mix GLITTER into it!).

There are beautiful molds that aren’t too bulky for scrapbooking and will look great on pages, and amazing on mini-books. So don’t ignore this one! It’s near the top my list!

A Fun Way to Choose Scrapbook Embellishments

True Scrap Sneak Peek

I’ve started working on my class for the online event, True Scrap 3! I’m really excited about my topic, which has to do with my method for choosing embellishments and paper for pages and projects. The method makes it easy, fun, and meaningful all at the same time!

What’s my topic? Hop over to this page to see! You’ll get to see the topics of all the other awesome teachers, too!

You won’t be able purchase a spot yet, but you can join the “Breaking News” email list so you’ll be sure to get special offers and discounts!

Click here for the True Scrap 3 Sneak Peak/Teacher Announcement!

Design Your Story: With Embellishment Gatherings

Can you tell I’ve been excited about the True Scrap event that starts in JUST A FEW DAYS?!

I know, I keep talking about it!

I’ve got some favorite teachers that I’m looking forward to learning from.

And of course, I can’t wait to share my own class. Here’s what my class is all about:


We Love layers. We love embellishments. We love details.

We can bring the layers, the embellishments — all the eye-catching details — together to create embellishment gatherings that will draw a person into your creations and lead their eye to where you want it go!

So here’s what we’re going to learn about embellishment gatherings:

Types and Places – Different types of gatherings and the places you can put them on your scrapbook and mini-book pages.

  • No more shuffling things around, trying to figure out where your embellishments should go!

Parts and Pieces – The different elements that make up a great layered embellishment gathering.

  • If you have these four different pieces in mind you’ll have no problem figuring out how to put together a cluster of embellishments. We’ll remove the fuss and go straight to the play!

Supplies – Different types of supplies you can choose that will become the parts and pieces of your embellishment gatherings.

  • We’ll go out of the box to re-purpose traditional scrapbook supplies so you can use them in surprising new ways in your layered gatherings.

We’ll remove the mystery of how much embellishing to use and where to put embellishments!

That is, we’ll remove the mystery for YOU.

But we’ll be CREATING MYSTERY on your pages because your gatherings will draw people in to your surprising and beautiful details!

Are you ready to start layering and gathering?

Click here to learn about True Scrap.

Tiny Worthless Scraps? Or Bits & Pieces of Beauty?

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I had to cut the excess off of this tag for a project I’m making.

Would you toss that tiny little bit in the recycle bin if it was you?

Not me!

I don’t keep all of my little tiny scraps like this, but I do keep the ones that have a particular beauty to them, like the one above — which I did keep.

I haven’t used it yet, but here are some some examples and reasons why you might want to keep the most attractive of your tiniest scraps…

Cluster Tags
At the top…

At the sides…
Our Family

Edge Gatherings
At the right side…

At the top and bottom of both the page and the photo…

Journal Footers and Headers
At the bottom of the journaling…

Accents for a Focal Point to Lead the Eye
Screen-printed transparency piece directly on the first top photo…
In My Car. Outside His Apartment. Steering Wheel in my Hands.

Need more ideas for your leftover scraps?

If so, and if you’re not a member, I highly recommend jumping on board now.


The next episode for the Paperclipping Members will share my newest idea for scraps. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this one, so keep your eye out for its release in about a week or so, and be sure you have your membership set up.

In the meantime, Members can review these tutorials for using leftovers:

#151 Embellish with Clusters of Scraps
#158 Scrapbooking with Scraps

Stash-Busting – Get Half Off

Want a whole month-long course on stash-busting? Last month I was a guest teacher in the Masterful Scrapbook Design issue on the topic of stash-busting, including ideas from me on how to use your scraps and less-than-loved products! For a limited time, Debbie is offering this course to Paperclipping Members for 20% off, which makes it only $12.80!

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