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Organizing Embellishments – Paperclipping 261

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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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,
Love,-Noell

Organization for Mixed Media – Paperclipping 260

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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Today we dive into four of my cube drawers, a basket, and a shelf to see how I organize and store all of my mixed media supplies (minus the organization of stamp-related supplies).

We also look at how I situated my entire mixed-media area to work together, including this cabinet of cubes, my painting easel, and my mixed-media scrapbooking table.

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And lastly, we see how fast, easy, and convenient it is to find and gather the supplies and use them on a scrapbooking page. Because it really doesn’t matter if your room is beautiful and looks organized if it does not make your process flow.

Our spaces should help us create more.

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This video is for Paperclipping Members. You’ll find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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Check out why this is just one of 260 videos that could enhance and support your scrapbooking life!

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Paperclipping 259 – Organization for Stamp-Related Supplies

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

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In this today’s episode I show you how I organize all of my supplies related to stamping — including specialty papers, embossing supplies, Perfect Pearls, Stickles, and much, much more.

You’ll also see how this assists in my process as I scrapbook a layout from these supplies.

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Come away with three big general organization concepts that will benefit anyone, and lot of specific organization ideas for supplies you might have.

The video is available now in the Member’s Area and on iTunes for Members only.

Not a member? Why the heck not? ;)

Check out membership information here.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell

CHA2015 – Faber Castell Demo: Mixing Gelato with Whipped Spackle, Texture Luxe, and Other Mediums

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

See how you can create amazing new mediums by mixing Faber Castell Gelatos with Whipped Spackle, Texture, Luxe, and Glass Beads.

CHA2015 – Stephanie Barnard Demos Sizzix Ink Sheets

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Watch Stephanie Barnard demo the new Sizzix Ink Sheets – which provide a way for you to use your dies as stamps, and then die cut them as well. You can even emboss with them. See how!

CHA2015 – Lawn Fawn Shares Some Party Supply Dies and Demos Candy Boxes

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Take a look at a few Lawn Fawn party-themed die cuts and see how to assemble the candy box.

CHA2015 – Tim Holtz’s Full Demo for Ranger’s VIP Event

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015


This is Tim Holtz’s full demo at the yearly VIP event by Ranger. See new distressed color (Cracked Pistacchio), mini Distress Inks, Texture Paste, and more.

CHA2015 – Dina Wakley Demos Her Mixed Media Ranger Products

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

See Dina Wakley explain and demo her new Ranger mixed media products.

CHA2015 – Marion Smith Design Demos New Color Lab for Color Mediums of Any Kind

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Marion Smith Designs has debuted their new Color Lab — a unique product that will allow you to create color mediums and hues of your choice. You must watch this video to see all the possibilities. You’ll be amazed.

CHA2015 – Julie Fei Fan Balzer Demos TCW New Stencils and How to Customize A Face Stencil

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer shares her new stencils with The Crafter’s Workshop and shows lots of projects and ways to use them. She also demos how to use her face stencil and the many ways you can customize it to get your own unique face from it.