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CHA2014 – Dina Wakley Demos Her New Signature Media Line with Ranger

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Watch the debut of the new Dina Wakley Media line and see Dina demonstrate the products!

Multiply Your Color Mediums – Paperclipping 228

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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Do you like getting more out of your products?

Me, too. It’s one of my favorite topics to get ideas for…

  • Rejuvenating old products
  • Getting two uses for a single product instead of just one.
  • Punching and die-cutting in a way that results in useable off-cuts
  • Creating additional items with the residual spray and paints that fly and drip while you’re creating something else.

Three of those four things not only save you product and money, but also time, because you’re creating two items to scrapbook with at once.

A Tip for Electronic and Die Cutting

When placing your dies or cut images, position them in a way that the off-cut with the negative can be used in another project. I ALWAYS do this.

I made a video that shows examples, techniques, and resulting pages. Paperclipping Members can find it in the Member’s Area. It’s Paperclipping 212 – Get More Out of Your Electric and Manual Die Cuts.

Spray Mists, Paint, and Other Color Mediums

Every time we spray or paint we lose a lot of our medium. This is totally unnecessary and you can get a second or third creation from each spray and paint session!

I made a video tutorial this week that demonstrates this. I show you how you can create a second or third item to eventually scrapbook with while you’re spraying or painting something else. And you don’t even have to know how you’ll use those second or third items.

How does that work? Watch the video!

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

You’ll need an active membership to see it.

Not yet a member?

CLICK HERE for info!


Distress Paints: Product Review and Ideas for Scrapbooking

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
So Typical - Background made with Distress Paint

So Typical – Background made with Distress Paint

Have you been wondering whether Tim Holtz Distress Paints are worth getting?

In January we brought you an exclusive demo video by Tim Holtz. I got to see it in use and feel how smooth it is on the paper (yes, it’s wonderfully smooth and not chalky!). But it’s another thing to actually buy and use the product.

Click to read more…

Thirty-Six Scrapbook Layouts with Technique-Based Backgrounds

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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When I went to Ranger U last year to get certified to teach how to use Ranger products, it was with a very specific goal: I wanted more ideas for how to adapt these fun techniques for everyday scrapbooking in a modern mainstream style.

We usually see them used on tags, in vintage projects, on cards, or in art journals. We don’t see them used in scrapbooking all that often, which is too bad, since they’re so much fun! Plus…

Of all the technique-oriented products, I recommend Ranger for scrapbookers. Ranger has the best ones with the highest quality.

Here are 36 scrapbook pages with backgrounds I made from technique-based products such as Distress Inks and Stains, Perfect Pearls, spray mists, paint, stamps, stencils, and masks…
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Full Demo by Claudine Hellmuth of Painting Techniques with Stencils at CHA 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Full demo by Claudine of how to do some painterly techniques with the Claudine Hellmuth stencils at CHA 2013.

Tim Holtz Demos Distress Paint from Ranger – CHA 2013

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

The videos from the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show for winter 2013 start now! First off is one I know will generate tons of excitement! Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint is awesome and Tim demonstrates what you can do with it in this video.

I have a huge drawer full of paint already but Tim let me try these paints after we shot our video and I love how easy it is to get this paint all over a large surface in no time, especially if you use a Blending Tool to spread it. And it spreads so smoothly, and that’s really nothing compared to the other great features that make Distress Paint so unique!

CHA 2012 – Julie Fei Fan Balzer and Eco Green Craft Stamps and Paint

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

*update* The video is working now!

Julie Fei Fan Balzer has partnered with Eco Green Crafts and in this video she shares the stamp sets she designed for them. She also demos their delicious paints and shows us what’s different about them!

CHA 2012 – Vintaj Demos Melt Art and How to Alter and Patina their Metal

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

This is a fun demo where we see Jess emboss metal shapes to get an impression. She shows how to add rich coloring to them with lots of depth. Next she shows how to relief the metal so some of it shows through the color. And finally, she demonstrates melt art with a melting pot to give the metal an amazing shiny covering, or a thick raised matte finish.

Q&A What Kind of Paint Should I Use?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I thought I’d answer this question in a blog post, since maybe there are others out there who are wondering the same thing about what paint and ink to get.

Hi Noel,

Regards from Venezuela. Happy 4th of July!

I’m experimenting with painting in my layouts, I wonder what kind of paint or ink do you use in your designs? Any brand that you recommend?

Best Regards

For a long time I was using one from a brand called Grumbacher. They sell them at Michael’s. I like that brand for scrapbooking because it’s not the cheapest acrylic paint, but it’s not the most expensive either.

Tubes Of Paint

It’s artist’s acrylic paint in tubes with a nice thick body that I’ve enjoyed for scrapbooking. I haven’t loved it so much for painting, though, and have switched to Golden brand. Golden is much more expensive and great for painting. But probably nicer than necessary for scrapbooking! :)

Really, if you’re just trying to get color down onto scrapbook paper without any detail, any kind of acrylic paint should do.

As far as ink goes, my favorite is Tim Holtz distress ink. There is so much you can do with it! But it really depends on what you want to do with the ink.

Hmmm, I think we better leave that for another post or tutorial, since there are so many types and purposes of ink!

Paperclipping Tutorials with Paint:

For anyone interested in expanding their use of paint, I have these tutorials in the archives for Members:

Layer and Texture with Color – Paperclipping 163

Kiss Paint Cloeup

Mix Your Own Paint Colors – Paperclipping 106


Using Masks and Paint
– Paperclipping 27

January Layouts  616

If you’re a Paperclipping Member, you can find those tutorials in the Member’s Area or in iTunes.

Otherwise, click here to learn more: What Do Paperclipping Members Get?

How to Develop Ideas and Art from Observations

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

My Hand-painted Lamp

I had this ugly, plain boring lampshade and I just painted what I call, “Abundance Circles,” onto it.

Scrapbook Albums and Pages

How to Get Ideas: Observe and Experiment

The idea came from this doodling on a receipt in my car…

Doodles that led to Abundance Trees

Doodling the random things that catch your eye can lead you to lots of different ideas later — especially if you keep your doodles together some place. I keep mine in my scrap journal and my sketch book.

The doodle started when I was pulling out of a parking space, and an unusual pedestrian path caught my eye. I grabbed a receipt and sketched it on the far left, and then I had a spontaneous desire to add the circles and make it a tree. I was feeling whimsical.

I liked the tree top, but not the trunk, so I tried again on the right side of the receipt. And you can see that two days later I tried again a third time and was really happy with the results. I made a note that the tree top felt like abundance to me. Later when I flipped through my book and saw it, I added a note saying I was calling my tree an Abundance Tree.

Refining Your Doodles

Abundance Tree

Later I sat down with a Copic Multi-Liner and tried making a tree that I could actually use for scrapbooking and mixed-media art. In the process I devised a trunk I really loved, though my tree ended up looking more like a mushroom. I made a mental note that the circles were too tight and tried again, this time adding color with my Copic Sketches…

Abundance Tree

Here’s another example of where doodling has led me to an eventual hand-made embellishment for scrapbooking…

Grocery List Doodle: Happy Mushroom Colony…
Grocery Lists (Doodling Included).

Refining the Happy Mushroom Colony in my Scrap Journal…
Doodling with Copics in my Scrap Journal

Making a Happy Mushroom Colony as a Scrapbook Embellishment…
Happy Mushroom Colony

I’m sure I will eventually use my abundance tree in a scrapbook or mixed-media project, and I’m already making more.

Translating Your Ideas into Different Mediums and Styles

The key is asking yourself the question in the first place — “How can I translate this piece of inspiration into something else?”

I’ve been asking myself how I could translate my Abundance Trees into a painting project. Because I had the question in my head, I got the answer when I saw this dress on Elsie Flannigan. I saved the dress to my Art Inspiration board on Pinterest and decided I would use it as inspiration to dress up my boring lamp shade. I practiced first in my art journal…

Abundance - Art Journal

I didn’t try to copy the pattern on Elsie’s dress. I took one more look at it before pulling out my paints, and then closed the picture. There are two reasons I rarely try to copy directly when doing artistic projects…

  1. You set yourself up for frustration and negative self-talk because it’s very difficult to copy something just right. In fact, sometimes your own project actually needs you to do it a little differently and it’s hard to see that need if you’re copying. I think of my sources as inspiration, rather than a source to copy exactly.
  2. If you study the inspiration piece beforehand, and then put it away when you’re actually going to work on your project, you free yourself to make the piece your own.

This is how I use inspiration for my scrapbooking as well. I almost never scraplift, but I sometimes do think back to a layout I liked recently and I recall the overall idea of why I liked it. If you do that, you benefit from the inspiration of others, but you’ll make projects that are completely your own.

My Hand-painted Lamp

So now, from noticing a pedestrian walk and and doodling it into my scrap journal, I’ve developed some art I can use for scrapbooking, for mixed-media projects, and for painting projects as well. It’s amazing how it all flows for you when you pay attention to your environment, act on your observations and idea bursts, experiment with them, develop them, and ask yourself how-questions.