See a demo of the new Fiskars Fuse Creativity System at CHA 2013. With this tool you can die cut and letter press in a single pass through the machine.
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Watch the Vintaj demo in the Ranger booth at CHA 2013. Ranger invited us to a small group demo early one morning and here you’ll see how to make some different beautiful pendants using a melting pot.
This is a longer, more extensive video than the private one Tim did for us the first morning. Ranger invited us to join a small group of their biggest retailers before the trade show opened on the second morning, and that’s what this video is.
So if you want to see and learn even more about the Distress Paint, check out this video! You’ll also see how to color the Rock Candy Dry Glitter!
See Spellbinders demo their new Media Mixage at CHA 2013.You could fill these bezels with all kind of cool stuff and make amazing things with Ice Resin!
See the new 3D M-Bossibilities demo at CHA 2013.These embossing folders are deeper, for more dimension and a different — almost puffier — look.
This is a stamper’s dream! This company worked with Spellbinders to create the most fabulous stamp and die cut combinations! These aren’t just your basic single stamp with die sets. There are a handful of stamps to coordinate with each die cut. So you can get lots of layers and varieties from each combination!
I’ve already got lots of ideas buzzing around in my head!
Want to know what the most popular Paperclipping videos, Roundtable, and blog posts of 2012 are? One has almost a hundred-thousand views, but I’m not going to take credit for that one! Here we go…
Most Popular Scrapbooking Video Tutorial
Video Tutorial – Set Yourself Up for Unique Mini-Books – Paperclipping 198
First off, we’re sharing our most popular member video of 2012 here for free!
This is the video that the Paperclipping Members have watched the most. Keep in mind, the newest videos are at a disadvantage in this contest because there hasn’t been as much time to watch them (this isn’t a scientifically sound contest!).
Click the player above to watch.
In this episode I share some specific things you can do to set yourself up for making creative unique mini-books. I share…
- Something that will help you to free your mind from the overly rigid way of thinking about pages and covers.
- The kinds of everyday life items I keep for future minibook pages and covers that will be totally unique, including all of thosee items that I have in my stash right now.
- Some of the characteristics I look for in an item that suggests to me it will be a good possibility as a page or cover.
- How I store all these random items that will eventually become parts of my minibooks.
- How to turn your store-bought mini-books into something entirely original.
- Two actual examples of turning an every day item into a mini-book page. You’ll see how I transform two non-scrapbooking items into pages for my family’s Hawaii mini album.
2nd Place Video
And I must say I’m proud of the 2nd Place video, too – Coordinate Photos with Ephemera and Stories – Paperclipping 196. It’s a new concept I devised that has revolutionized my entire system for scrapbooking. Now I never lose track of what stories have what photos and which ephemera. It’s a system for where I go when to choose what I’ll scrapbook, whenever I want to sit down to play.
You can see the blog post for that video episode here, or if you’re a member you can watch it in the Member’s Area.
Most Popular Scrapbooking Blog Posts
I decided to share both the 1st and 2nd place blog posts because the first is a Project Life page. Not all of you are into project life, so fortunately, the 2nd place page is a standard layout post with ten different page examples.
Project Life 2012: My Intro Page
Click here to see the full blog post.
Ten Scrapbook Layout Ideas with 5 to 6 Photos
Click here to see the full blog post.
Most Popular Episode of the Scrapbooking Audio Podcast and Talk Show, The Paperclipping Roundtable
Talking Technique – PRT 127
This episode has been downloaded almost 10,000 times. It’s with guests Tim Holtz, Jen McGuire, and Laura Denison. Click the player to listen!
Most Popular Video from CHA with Almost 100,000 Views!
This is the most popular demo video at the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show! It’s Tim Holtz giving us an exclusive demo of his Distress Markers!
Coolest Contribution of Paperclipping Members
Okay, this isn’t part of the popularity contest, but I think it’s really great. A year ago Paperclipping started giving some of the income from the Paperclipping Membership to women in the Philippines who are struggling to run a business and feed their families. We do this through an amazing non-profit organization called, Kiva.
Simplicia is a recent recipient of one of our loans. She has a vegetable farm and needs help purchasing fertilizer and seedlings. Much appreciation to our Paperclipping Members whose membership makes these contributions possible!
My Own Most Favorite Scrapbook Layouts of 2012
So what are your favorites from Paperclipping? Do you have a different favorite PRT episode from 2012? If you’re a member, what’s your favorite video tutorial from last year? Do you have a blog post you bookmarked or pinned that you liked even better than the two winners I shared above? Let me know what you liked best!
I’m assuming you’re a scrapbooker, since you’re on my blog. Are you also a storyteller?
My favorite kinds scrapbookers are also storytellers, and not just through words but also the design.
It’s amazing how one piece of paper can set the entire mood of your story. I’m getting ready to scrapbook a dance number my daughter and I did — the snow scene in the Nutcracker — and I found a beautiful white glitter paper that would look gorgeous behind my photo.
On the other hand, it also looked very calm, like a sunny morning when you wake up to find that snow had fallen while you were asleep and blanketed the world.
That is not what our dance was about.
Our dance was about that exciting night when the snow is still flying through the sky. So a little lower in my pile of papers I found a white paper with silver glittered flurries and swirls. That paper feels just like our dance to me.
Do you look at your products this way? Look at them in terms of whether they feel like your memory?
Not only will this help you share your story in ways other than words, it can make the process of scrapbooking simpler because it helps you to narrow down your product choices. Many of us need help narrowing down our choices. :)
Give it a try!
P.S. To help you out I made a video where I assembled four different layouts, beginning to end, so you can see the whole process!
You’ll see products that match the photos but not the story. You’ll see what a difference it makes when you choose the products that do tell the story! And you’ll see those products all come together with lots of layering and scrapbooking fun to make complete pages.
This video is for Paperclipping Members. Members can find it in the Member’s Area and in your iTunes subscription.
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It’s the fourth day of December. Are you four days into a holiday-themed minibook?
I’ve been finishing up my past December Daily and Merry Days mini-albums and, of course, ran into a few common dilemmas. You’ve probably run into them, too…
- Making 2 side by side pages look decent next to each other
- Accidentally missing an event and trying to fit it between the pages you’ve already got
- Adding just the right details to make a boring page look interesting and complete
- Making the items you have work with the size/type of page you’ve got in general design terms
Minibooks are the best scrapbooking schools for creativity. They pose unique challenges, which are wonderful opportunities to exercise these creative minds of ours!
I created a video for anybody wanting help with these challenges, or for anyone just wanting a bit of mini-book inspiration. In this video I take you through my process for making pages in two separate December Daily mini-albums…
- adding in an event to what I had thought was a complete book (resulting in 3 new pages)
- changing a page that wasn’t working design-wise
- sprucing up a page that had potential, but so far was boring and didn’t feel like Christmas
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Normally my albums are eclectic, but some album stories call for more of a consistent theme. There are a couple of common problems with assembling a themed album, though…
- You get tired of using the same products and colors.
- You run out of the products you purchased for your themed album and the manufacturer discontinued the line.
The good news is you can strike a nice balance between having consistency in your album without overly restricting yourself to the same few colors and products.
There are a few key things you can decide up front:
- Color - Pick 1-3 colors that will appear consistently throughout the album but in different amounts. Then pick a general overall color family that will dominate. A color family is not a list of specific colors. It’s the general tone. It could be a muted color family, the pastels, or more vibrant brights. This allows you to vary your color scheme from page to page while still having a consistent look.
- Style – What style most reflects the story that revolves around your theme? It’s okay to have a couple styles mixed together, or even two that you switch back and forth between because you still have your 1-3 colors that tie them together. Just be sure that the two styles are pretty balanced throughout.
- Setup - What are the needs of your themed story? Will you have lots of ephemera? Set up an album with page types that will accommodate that. Or will it be photo heavy with distinct categories? There are ways to set up the pages to complement that instead. Know what your needs are and choose a setup that will work consistently.
- Products - Let your theme give you an idea of the types of products to look for. You can choose a motif to use again and again, but make sure your motif is general enough that you can find it from multiple manufacturers so you’re not dependent on having enough of one exact duplicate product. Or make sure it’s one you can reproduce and alter, like from a die cut machine.
With a general idea in each of these areas in mind, you’ll find things that fit your theme whenever you’re shopping. You’ll have plenty of choices whether you’re shopping the next day or a year later. Just purchase the stuff you love!
P.S.> Want to see how to put these concepts to work? In today’s episode of Paperclipping I show a huge variety of pages in a dance-themed album I’ve been making. Then I show how this process works as I start a new themed album: a Nutcracker Ballet scrapbook!
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