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Eat Up Your Leftovers, Part Two – Paperclipping 236

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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This week I took leftovers from collections I purchased a year ago, and made eight brand new homemade kits.

Here are six of those eight…
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(Click image, and then click image again for a larger view)

I also made three pages with the pieces I was putting together as I was making those kits.

Why You Should Re-Kit Your Diminishing Scrapbook Collections

Here is why it’s a good idea to disassemble your purchased collections or kits after a while…

  • Having already used many papers you liked from your collections, the papers you like less start to dominate the remaining ones that you do like. This makes you feel uninspired when you look through those collections.
  • The papers you don’t love take up space, compete for your attention, and make you feel guilty.

Why Re-Kitting Will Rock Your Scrapbooking World

Here’s why it’s amazing to pick your favorite papers from among your collections and build your own homemade kits…

  • You have inspiring and exciting coordinated supplies to work with RIGHT NOW!
  • You realize you already own amazing supplies and you won’t desire new stuff nearly as much.
  • You have a clear idea of how many pages you can make before you’ll need to shop for more stuff.
  • If you do want to buy a few new things, you can prioritize what you purchase by looking at what your kits could benefit from.
  • Your gorgeous new kits highlight how uninterested you are in the remaining papers that didn’t make the cut. You realize that you truly do not need those other supplies, and that they are limiting your inspiration.

My 3 Early Birds (closeup)

I’ve been waiting since early January for a few new collections to come available in the stores. I ordered a couple of those collections right before starting my kit project. And now I’m not even interested in opening those new collections because I just want to scrapbook with these beautiful, personalized kits!

Want to make some personalized kits of your own?

While doing my “kitting” this week I made two videos where I shared my process and lots of tips to help you do this, too.

You will not be sorry.

Trust me.

Watch the videos. You will need a membership. CLICK HERE.

Members can find the videos — Eat Up Your Leftovers, Parts One and Two — in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Enjoy!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

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Eat Up Your Leftovers, Part One – Paperclipping 235

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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Do you end up with kit and collection leftovers?

Either those leftovers don’t work well together, or they’re just not inspiring you any longer — especially when there are new collections hitting stores, like many have been just recently.

With two new collections making an entrance in my scraproom this week, it occurred to me that I need space for them, as I still have plenty of leftovers from the collections I purchased a year ago.

What do you do when when have lots of older stuff, but you’re ready for something new?

Personally, I like to shake them up. I like to do some things that make them feel fresh and new again.

Here are a few ideas…

  • Make your own new coordinated kits with your leftovers.
  • Alter them with color mediums.
  • Crop them to emphasize something different in the pattern.
  • Fussy-cut an icon or image from the pattern.
  • Die-cut them.

I chose leftovers from six different collections that I wanted to tackle this week. My goal is to knock four collections out of their spots in my scraproom, and to make a dent in two of the others. I’m using the methods I listed above and making two different videos to show you how I’m doing it.

The first video focuses on the first option in the list: Make your own new coordinated kits. Not only do I show how I’m doing that in this episode, but I also scrapbook two pages from my new homemade kits. I’ve already released this video to the Paperclipping Members. Members can find it on iTunes or in the Membership Area.

First Dance (closeup)

Smile (closeup)

The next video will be up by Friday and will probably share ideas for all of the strategies above.

Are you ready to start your membership?

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So tell me…

What leftovers do you have that need new spice? Are they from collections or kits? Or just random pieces you purchased that you haven’t felt inspired to use? If you were to use them all over the next couple of weeks, what would you put in their place?

Hopefully the ideas I share in this week’s two videos will inspire you to do just that!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

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Here’s Where I Do Project Life

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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Do you have a designated spot where your Project Life is always open and ready for you?

I’ve been testing this spot as a potential PL “station” since we moved into our new house in July. It’s possible that once my scraproom is finished I could end up moving it in there, but I have serious doubts. I’m officially in love with this spot. So I thought I’d share it with you.

Maybe it will generate a few ideas for yourself.

We have this counter/cupboard space that is just off the main living areas of our home, and at the entrance to what I think of as my own almost private part of the house. Let me give you a visual of where it is. Here’s what you see when you step into the front door of our home…

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Please excuse the bare walls. It’ll take at least another year before it’s close to being finished.

To the left, where you see my dogs, is the living room/library. Straight ahead is the family/tv room. Left of that is our kitchen, and right of it is the master bedroom.

From the front door, if you make an immediate right, there is a hallway. That is the section of the house that I think of as my own space, with the exception of the guest bathroom that is back there. See that door in the hallway? That’s the laundry room. A little farther down the hall is my scraproom.

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You can almost get a glimpse of my scraproom through that hallway from this view. And there is my beloved Project Life station.

It is directly across from the laundry room. And since I’m the one that does the laundry, you can see why I feel like this is my area of the house. I can go back and forth between PL and laundry, and I can easily dash into my scraproom to grab or put away any extra supplies I want to use while doing Project Life.

Here is a view of the counter/cupboard space from the laundry room doorway…

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Just an FYI, those cupboards are for household items like extra candles, cake/cookie decorating supplies, medical supplies, etc. I might use one cupboard space below for pocket pages, but right now I’m only using two of the drawers to hold PL supplies.

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In the front of the middle drawer I have two mini kits, and behind that is a tray of mixed cards from a few core kits plus whatever I’ve cut down from regular paper lines. To the side and behind are additional supplies.

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The right drawer is where I throw any memorabilia for all kinds of scrapbooking until I have a chance to sort it for standard scrapbooking, or put it into one of my Project Life albums. Since taking this picture I’ve added file folders in there to sort any PL memorabilia by month.

I’ve got an extremely simple system that makes it easy to keep up with Project Life, so there’s not a whole lot.

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These days I keep two current Project Life albums going at once — one for our everyday life, the other to document our everyday dance life (You can see how the Project Dance Life album was born on video in Paperclipping 229. Click here to learn about about a Paperclipping Membership and access to our videos!).

I mainly keep the general everyday album open at the current spread, and the dance album is standing behind it. When I want to work on the dance album, I switch their positions. If I have loose items and don’t want to stand an album up, I think I can lay it on a shelf that is in the cabinet below (I haven’t had to do this yet, so I’m not positive it fits).

What you’re looking at on the counter right now in the picture above is my stash of supplies while I’m in hard-core PL mode. Because I’m finishing up December, I’ve got Christmas supplies out. Most of the time I don’t have an extra stash of themed supplies out like that. You also see my adhesive and scissors buckets. Those are only there when I’m working on a month of assembly. Most of the time they’re either in my scraproom or upstairs in the recording studio.

Theoretically, this is what it should look like most of the time, as long as I’m not piling up household to-do items on the counter…

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That is, as long as I’m staying on top of my regular-life to-do items. This is what I use for my household action items and my post-it notes, which are essential for both PL and getting regular stuff organized and done…

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This sorting unit is great because it’s portable. I used to keep it at my desk in my scraproom, but I found I like to do a lot of my work at the table where I homeschool Trinity, instead of at my desk. So it’s perfect right here — near the front door and easy to grab to take into our table in the library.

In fact, here’s one last view of my Project Life station, through the library, from that very spot where Trinity and I work…

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What Makes a Great Spot for a Project Life Station

Here’s what I love about this spot for my Project Life:

  • I can immediately drop off the memorabilia when I come home.
  • It’s a central spot between the two places I do a lot of my work (laundry/scraproom + library).
  • The kids often walk by it to use the bathroom downstairs, so they can take a peek.
  • It’s an easy place for the current spread to be viewable for anyone, without cluttering up the main areas where we live and entertain.
  • I can choose and edit photos from the table in the library, and wirelessly send them to print on my Selphy (small black 4×6 printer on the counter) where the prints will sit and wait next to my album.
  • When I’m working on my PL I’m kind of in my own space, but not totally separate from the rest of the family. It’s the perfect middle-ground, both literally and figuratively.

Want to see some current pages? I just need to add a final detail or two to my December pages and post them in the next day or so. Please come back to check them out!

Do you have a space that’s working for you? Did my space give you any ideas for how you can improve your own? Please leave a comment and share!

Use New Collections to Reduce Your Older Stash – Paperclipping 225

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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Raise your hand if you have some older stash you feel a little bit guilty about.

There’s just so much stinkin’ cute stuff coming out all the time, you kind of can’t help buying some new things before you get around to using last year’s cute things. And then there are all those things from the year before that, and the year before that…

…which all seem to get less and less cute the longer you have them but don’t use them.

That’s why I started my GRAM list: four ways to use (and get excited about using) your older scrapbook supplies.

And now I have another way!

Lately I’ve fallen love with scrapbooking from manufacturer collections and I’ve noticed that if you scrapbook a lot from collections and kits, you’re even less likely to use the other stuff you’ve bought and stashed away.

So rather than try to steer myself away from the newest dazzling collections winking and smiling at me in order to dutifully use my sour old stash, I decided to use my collections to reinvigorate the old stuff. For about a year or so I’ve been experimenting with a method of moving product through a nice little flow, and now that I know it works, it’s simple, and it’s fun, I’m ready to share!

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Izzy and I made a video where we show you a part of my new scraproom and how I set up a way make collections work toward using up older stash. Then I put together a layout to show how it works all the way down to finished pages you’ll love.

And the cool thing is, you don’t have to change the way you organize. If you like to sort by color, by product type, by manufacturer, or whatever, you don’t have to stop that. The only difference will be that by adding this one simple tweak you’ll be moving product much more quickly through your current organizational method, whatever that may be.

And you can still focus on enjoying your newest favorite kits or collections just as much as usual!

The video is now waiting for you in the Member’s Area and in your iTunes member feed.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Photo Stories: An Easier Way to Journal

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

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Would you like the journaling step of your scrapbooking to be easier?

Say hello to Photo Stories 2012 – a Paperclipping blog series.
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Get Yourself Organized

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Work Actions Due This Week

I tried something new this week.

I’ve mentioned many times that I’m not inspired by lists. They don’t motivate me. I don’t get the typical satisfaction of checking them off. They just don’t help me a whole lot.

But I need to see my tasks in order to remember and prioritize them, just like anybody else.

Monday morning I tried something different. I put each of my work tasks for the week on a post-it note and stuck them to the wall I face when sitting at my desk.
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Moving Scrapbook Supplies through My System

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Dance Album Supplies in Box 4399

I just put my daughter’s dance album and mini-book supplies in this box.

I would brag to you about how organized I am, except I would be exaggerating. I fully admit to what is still on my floor…

Dance Album Supplies on Floor 4400

I told you I don’t unpack my new scrapbook purchases for months. You probably didn’t believe me, but there it is.

The dance supplies were on the top of that pile for about two weeks.

Why?

My boxes of unfinished (but organized!) projects were all already in use.

I could have bought more boxes. I still have room for a couple more.

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But I decided to just finish one of my projects already and keep things moving at a healthier pace.

I pulled out my Week In the Life project from last year. It took me two sittings but I finished it and now I have a new home for these supplies I’m so excited to start using!

More on the dance supplies and the Week In the Life project later!

What’s On Your Scrapbook Table Right Now?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

My Scrap Table Right Now

What is the value of a cheap folding party table from Walmart? Monetarily, it’s about $38. But the real value? My big long ugly table allows me to work on multiple projects at once! And I LOVE that!

What You See From Right to Left

I know we usually explain things from left to right, but please bear with me on this one. It’ll do your creative brain some good to go backwards anyway!

Far Right - a scrapbook page about Trinity and a little phase she’s been in lately. During this weekend’s True Scrap event I’ll be sharing the step-by-step process of how I put this layout together (I’ll show it with photos) in terms of design and the principles involved in each step. If you’re interested in this event, you’re running out of time, so please sign up quickly!

Mid Right - the next scrapbook page just to the left is my story about walking to school with my crew in 1980. I went back-and-forth on this layout so many times. I’ll share this process with you this week on the Paperclipping Roundtable. In a couple days I’ll also post photos here on the blog of the layout from beginning to end!

Far Left - a stack of my art journals, plus one lying open to a page I’m working on (I have four, and I’ll share those some time next week hopefully). In that same spot on the table I was also spray-misting pieces for the first layout on the far right of the table.

Big Ugly Empty Tables

For a long time I kept a regular stash of items on my table — tools I need every time I work, adhesives I use the most, my tray of scraps, and a basket of new and old products I wanted to use (which got ignored and did not work for me at all!).

Now I keep nothing on my table except the current projects I’m working on. That leaves me plenty of room to scrapbook one or two pages on one side of the table and do artsy projects on the other side.

It turns out this seems to be the most perfect way for my particular manic creative brain. It goes along with my theory that by acting on ideas when you get them, instead of waiting or adding them to a list, you increase your creativity.

So this is how I’m facilitating my desire to be able to work on multiple projects at once. You can read this article to see how I organize all my unfinished projects.

Are You a Speed Crafter/Artist/Scrapboooker? Or Are You Slow and Thoughtful?

For years I’ve thought I was slow because I need to take many step-away breaks while I’m working. I’ll be chugging along and then suddenly I just need to let my brain twirl around for a few minutes before I’m ready to pick up again.

Now I realize I work up a feverish speed if I can have multiple different projects around me. For example, I’ll be working on a scrapbook page and hit one of those moments when I just want to stop and let the ideas mix around in my head for a few minutes. So I push my chair-on-wheels down to the other end of the table and look at my art journal and have an instant idea for a page I had been feeling stuck on. Then while I’m putting that new idea into action on my art journal page, I’ll suddenly come up with a solution for the middle layout on my table!

At that point I might interrupt my art journal to jump over to layout number two, or I might finish what I was doing first and then jump over as soon as I’m done. Inevitably, that process will then spur the next idea for the first layout I was working on. Overall I’m zipping up and down my table, back-and-forth, getting lots of idea bursts and making things happen.

So now I know I was wrong about myself all those years. I am a Speedy Gonzalez under the right circumstances for me.

So, back to my original question…

What’s on your table right now? What are you working on?

And…

Can you work on more than one thing at a time like I do? Are you fast or slow and thoughtful? Have you experimented with different processes?

Feel free to add to the conversation by leaving a comment!

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Scrapbook Storage: When Your Favorite Supplies Change

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Narrow Shelves

Not that buttons were ever one of my favorite supplies, but I did use them more often than I do now. I rarely use them now (except for those super cute Jenni Bowlin buttons!).

With such few button-activity going on, why let them take up valuable real estate on my favorite go-to shelf — that one that sits within reach directly across from my eyes? I dumped my little glass dessert dish of buttons on top of the masks I may or may not have destroyed when I applied my heat gun to my art journal page before taking the masks off (oops!).

Mess on my desk.

And there my buttons sat on my desk while I hoped to come across a cute bag for them to store them in my embellishment wine box. That cute bag has yet to appear, so I finally gave them a baggie

(Dear little buttons — it’s temporary! Something better will come along, I just know it!).

Anyway…

The Embellishments You Use All the Time

I realized I use Tim Holtz metal embellishments . . . oh, almost every time I scrapbook. Why have those been in a box I have to get up and walk to? Why not put your favorite embellies within reach?

Dishes of Metal Embellishments
Here’s another idea. One of the Paperclipping Members once told me that she puts a very different type of item right in front of her — items she tends to forget about but wished she uses! Very smart!

Dish of Metal Clocks

Either way, whether it’s buttons or ribbon or flowers or something else, pay attention to the changes in what you tend to use. Organize your space in part by what you use most, or what you wish you used most!

Speaking of what you use most — what are the embellishments you find yourself using all the time lately?

Scrapbook Albums: Putting Layouts Away

Friday, March 11th, 2011

I was putting layouts into albums and thought I’d snap a little shot of the process.
Scrapbook Albums and Pages
Pages
I spread my pages into loose piles according to which album I want to put them in. Then I pull out the albums I need — a couple at a time — and get to work.

Albums
Right now I’m using a combination of American Crafts Corduroy and American Crafts Cloth albums. The blue is for the Things We Do category (I use Stacy Julian’s Library of Memories system) and this particular one is our Celebrations album. The red is for the People We Love category.

You can see to the right that I also use green for my This is Us Category. And I use a light tan corduroy for Places but I don’t have any showing in this picture.

Spines on the Titles
On the Paperclipping Roundtable I described my spine, patterned after Stacy. The only difference between mine and hers is that I type my titles onto a label and she hand-writes hers. I’ll have to snap a picture of the closeup. That will be a picture for another day, though. I’ve already put away my camera!

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