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Paperclipping 160 – Designing with Titles

Monday, December 20th, 2010
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Above is the preview we released this week to the Paperclipping Members. I’m excited to share in this tutorial the main design principles I use when working my titles!

Many of the layouts and projects in this episode will also be in upcoming episodes on other subjects, so I will be posting pictures of them at that time. Also, a couple were in recent episodes and you can scroll through the blog if you want to take a second look at those.

Ready to watch the tutorial? Members can find today’s Designing With Titles tutorial in the Member’s Area. If you’re not a member, you can get access to this video — plus 159 others and more to come — by visiting the Member’s Information Page.

Train Station Flexible Template – Paperclipping 159

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I’m excited to share another Flexible Template in this episode — these are some of the audience favorites! Not only will you get a flexible scrapbooking idea that you can use for different amounts of photos, but I also share some design principles so you can choose how to vary your design according to what you want to communicate.

This is a good template for multiple photo pages. Also, this template works great whether you want to do a single page or a two page scrapbook layout, which you will see in the three layout examples below — two doubles and one single.

The video tutorial is for Paperclipping Members, but we have a trailer of the video if you’re not a member, and we have example scrapbook layouts below.

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Christmas ’06

2-page 12×12 layout
Christmas '06
Journaling reads: Your gifts from Santa – the big items on your wish lists this year (plus umbrellas — my wish).

A Shared Community – An Instant Friendship

2-page 12×12 layout
A-Shared-Community---An-Instant-Friendship
Journaling reads:
Who else but a bunch of scrapbookers could meeting person for the first time after communicating only briefly through email and click so immediately?

Dedra and I met Lain Ehmann after she taught classes at a CK Convention. We had dinner on Main Street in downtown Mesa. And of course, we all had our cameras. So we reverted to a junior high age-mentality and shot a bunch of photos of oursevles around the city sculptures.

So much fun!

Supplies for this page: I did a fun technique on this black Bazzill glazed cardstock to lighten the negative space around the images and give it some glimmer. Members can watch this technique by locating Paperclipping 146 in the Members Area. You’ll need Banana Pudding Chalkboard Glimmer Mist.

i can’t find any avaialble floral gaffer tape by 7 Gypsies, but the great blingy items at the end of the tape are Prima flower centers from the Sultan collection.

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We Have Fun, Always

12×12 layout
we_have_fun
Journaling reads: We tease. We play. We dance. We joke. We love.

Note – I realize I forget to mention where we were and why on this page! I’ll be adding it to the top left in the empty space!

Supplies for this page: The only supplies on this page that are still available are the metal ones — but they’re some of my favorites! The Muse Tokens have great depth and texture that doesn’t show up in the images online. And then there are the Spinners, which I altered Paperclipping 152. Members can watch the tutorial in the Members Area.

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I hope you like today’s episode! It’s always nice to get a little design help for multiple photo layouts, which tend to be the hardest to pull off.

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Scrapbooking with Scraps – Paperclipping 158

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

How often do you use your leftover scraps of patterned paper? I use them just about every single time that I scrapbook. I love working with my scraps. They’re the first place I go for patterned paper choices and only check my full-sized sheets if I need one for my full-sized backgrounds, or if I just can’t find the colors I need from my scraps.

Would you like to get more out of your patterned papers and their scraps? In today’s episode for the Paperclipping Members, I share design tips and principles that work great with scraps! I also share some scrap maintenance tips that make scrapbooking with them (and scrapbooking in general) much easier!

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Below are the layouts that made use of all the design and maintenance tips I shared in the episode . . .

You: Up Close

12×12 layout
you_up_close
Journaling reads:

  • The way your eyes turn to upside down moons when you smile.
  • Your long curling eye lashes.
  • The sprinkling of light summer freckles across the tops of your pink cheeks.
  • The eye brows you inherited from Grandma Nancy.
  • The dimple in your lower cheek.
  • Your perfect, perfect skin.

It’s always nice when a person’s outward beauty reflects their inner beauty the way your does. <3

Supplies: The orange paper on this layout is on clearance with only 8 left! Other supplies: Pink and green velvet pleated flowers & my favorite white letters: Foam Rockabye Thickers

Edison Music Box

12×12 layout
edison_music_box
Journaling reads: Grandma Holt (Irene Nielsen Holt) gave us her Edison phonograph not long before she died. We call it the “music box” because that’s what she called it. It originally belonged to her grandparents. Since Grandma was born just after the turn of the century, that gives us an idea of how old the box it. It still works.

We have an old suitcase and a box full of was cylinders that play old turn of the century pieces, like, “Cute Little Wigglin Dance,” and “Hitchy-Koo.”

We love playing thee old songs, even the kids. It’s amazing to us that those folksy styles were the popular music of the time. It’s such a very different sound and personality from anything we’re used to.

Supplies: This beautiful stitched Anna Griffin paper is on clearance! I gave it a vignette effect by inking it with Old Paper and Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and an Ink Blending Tool. I used the same inks for the journaling block on off-white cardstock, but also added Vintage Photo. Other supplies: Vintage Metal Corners and Metal Philosophy Tags.

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Sisters & Daughters

12×12 layouts
sisters_and_daughters
Journaing reads: I left my kids and husband at home this year to spend Thanksgiving with my parents and my sisters and their families. I loved getting to focus my attention on watching my sisters mother their children. Erin and Lindsay are great moms.

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How to Use Up Unloved Patterned Paper – Paperclipping 157

Monday, November 8th, 2010

This week’s episode is part of an on-going series on how to use up old products in general. I’ve heard from you that patterned paper is a particular difficulty, so today I’ll share with you some of the ways I’ve been successful at making scrapbook pages I love with patterned paper I did not. Please click on the player to watch the trailer.

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I happen to be a scrapbooker who works from my stash of scraps more than from new papers. Coming soon will be an episode where I share some of my strategies for making pages with scraps of patterned paper. You’ll get to see layouts come together from start to finish, and you’ll come away with a few different strategies so you can do yourself.

This is for the Paperclipping Members. Members can also watch the other tutorials from the “Old Products” series. There will be more to come in the future. Here are the descriptions and layouts for those episodes. Members can find them in the archives in the Members Area or in their iTunes premium feed subscriptions…

Gather Your Old Products
Repurpose Your Old Items

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Below are the layouts I featured in today’s episode . . .

Sisters & Daughters

12×12 layout
sisters_and_daughters
Journaling reads: I left my kids and husband at home this year to spend Thanksgiving with my parents and my sisters and their families. I loved getting to focus my attention on watching my sisters mother their children. Erin and Lindsay are great moms.

A Minute Before

12×12 layout
A-Minute-Before
Journaing reads: I snapped this shot with my phone just before you had a seizure. I missed the warning signs: You weren’t skipping rocks with the boys. You complained of feeling hot and said you wanted to go home. I said that was fine, looked down to grab my stuff, and when I looked up again, you were on the ground in a bizarre position. You had fallen down and scraped the shoulder on which you landed. You also scraped your elbow and your knee, but your shoulder? That’s not a normal way to fall.

I still didn’t get that you had had an aura and were now in the middle of a seizure. I asked why you fell. You said you weren’t able to control your body. I thought you were reacting to the anesthesia. I helped you up, we went back into the dental office where you’d just gotten cavities filled.

That’s when you fell again. You were standing right next to me, my arm around you, and you just dropped straight down. I grabbed you, saw your eyes — those glazed over hollow eyes — and knew you weren’t totally with me now. That’s when I recognized it for what it was. You still have Epilepsy.

We thought you had grown out of it. One and a half years seizure-free is a good amount of time and we were looking forward to taking you off of your medicine in October. I guess that won’t be happening now. Not this year, anyway.

{since some of you expressed concern in the past, and some of you have epilepsy in your family, I thought I would reassure you — Trinity’s doctor took her off her med’s the January after this event and she has been seizure-free all this time! She seems to have outgrown it and we are hoping it stays that way for the rest of her life.}

Tami-lamb

12×12 layout
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Journaling reads: I love these pictures of you laughing and making other people laugh. I see you and Israel as the anchor personalities of our group. You’re stable and rational, but still sensitive and caring.

You are–

* a good listener.
* a really great friend.
* a friend of 13 years as of June 2010.

We’ve been through so many different things together. I love having a friend like you, Tami.

Not Shy

8×8 layout
Not-Shy
Journaling reads: You were doing your hair in my bathroom. You put a headband on and suddenly squealed, “I”m so cute!” (oh my gosh, you really were!). Then you did a cute pose for the mirror enjoying your cuteness.

{this page is an example of having to find a photo to demonstrate my story, since I didn’t have one of her posing for the mirror! }

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Contrast and Embellishments in Scrapbooking – Paperclipping 156

Monday, October 25th, 2010

In this week’s scrapbooking video tutorial, I share the principles of design related to contrast and show how you can use contrast to help you choose, make, and cluster embellishments into groupings. There are times when you want high contrast, low contrast, or contrast plus repetition. This episodes gives examples of when you use each one when scrapbooking with embellishments.

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This episode is an extra bonus video for the Paperclipping Members as we celebrate our birthday. Thank you, Paperclipping Members, for allowing this show to exist!

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Below is the mini-book I featured in the tutorial . . .

All Hallow’s Eve 2009

all_hallows_eve_cover
You can watch me design this cover in Paperclipping 154 – Advanced Design with L-Frames.

I loved working with this minibook cover made by Teresa Collins! She created it for Thanksgiving but I wanted it for my Halloween book. The price for this is so low, you may want to consider the entire kit for Thanksgiving, plus a second cover for Halloween! I altered my cover by spraying it with Glimmer Mist in Tiger Lilly and Pumpkin Pie. Since Tiger Lilly isn’t available, you might try Jack O Lantern or Sugar Maple as a second mist color.

All Hallow's Eve 2009 cover closeup
Some of the items on my cover: Prima Flowers, Venice * The Girl’s Paperie Toil & Trouble Charm.

I made the foundation of my title from an old piece of sheet music that had belonged to my husband’s mother decades ago. I distressed it with Tim Holtz’s Old Paper Distress Ink his Ink Blending Tool, some water spritzing, hand-wrinkling, and edge fraying.

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 1

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 2

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 3

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 3a
Supplies available for purchase: Girl’s Paperie Skull Charm

Journaling reads: Aiden – You were so excited about 2 features of yoru costume this year.

1) You loved being able to peek through the eye-holes of the sheet and then throw the sheet back, popping your head out.

2) You loved the thumb holes of that skater shirt you were wearing underneath the sheet. Just like your head, you thought it was the coolest to be able to pop those through!

Watching your excitement and energy is one of the joys of my life. Love. <3

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 3b
Tim Holtz Type Charms * Tim Holtz Hinge Clip

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 4

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 4b

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 4c
Journaling reads: Blake – This wasn’t the easiest Haloween for you. You love good costumes, or at least good masks or makeup. Always have. This year the only costumes you were interested in were masks for $50 – $100!

Fiinally, we decided to have Dad paint makeup on your face, which you liked last year. But the makeup we got ended up being difficult. It dried on your face and cracked. You didn’t like that and could barely move your face.

On top of that, you had stayed up all night at David’s slumber party the evening before. CRANKY is an accurate word for you this Halloween. The contrast between you and Aiden was . . . hilarious.

Love you, dude!
Mom

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 4a
Prima Black Butterfly Swirls * Tim Holtz Type Charms * Tim Holtz Metal Numerals

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 5
Toil & Trouble paper

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 5a
Teresa Collins Library Card and Pockets * Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners

Journaling reads: Trinity – You wanted to be a devil. I wanted to make sure your costume was little-girl friendly. I decided to play with contrast: make you the cutest, sweetest, prettiest devil ever. We found a dressy red outfit you could also wear at Christmas time. I put your hair in ringlets.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

You were gorgeous. Innocent. Little girl. Even with that studded choker on. :)

Love it!

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 5b
Bazzill Bling Button * Tim Holtz Type Charms

All Hallow's Eve 2009 - 6
My Mind’s Eye black flocked paper * Girl’s Paperie Metal Charm * Prima black velvet flower with metal and bling

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The Dominance Principle and Photo Groupings – Paperclipping 155

Monday, October 18th, 2010

I’ve received some requests to share more ideas on building the foundation of your scrapbooking pages. This episode focuses on layouts with seven to ten pictures. But I didn’t share specific placement options. Instead, I share how you can use the design principle of dominance (also hierarchy), as well as all the elements of design that contribute to dominance, to help you come up with foundations and placement that works best for your own stories.

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Modeling The Costumes

Halloween Layout 6
Journaling reads: Gypsy * Demon Brute * Froggy

The modeling part is especially fun when you kids are so . . . well . . . “DRAMATIC” is an understatement. Love it!

Watching The Monkeys

Watching The Monkeys
Journaling reads: Our favorite part was watching the monkeys. At the zoo on our fun family vacation to Surprise. Sept. ’06.

Together Again

Together-Again
Journaling reads: It’s been years since we were all together in one place. Longer than that is the time it has been since we took a family picture . . . ten years! Getting all of the siblings together in one time and place is difficult. Mom and Dad live in Kansas City. Erin and I are in Arizona. Chad found his happpy place in San Diego. Blake is settling in Utah. And Lindsay is hanging out in Michigan while Trent is in Law School.

Unsure when our next chance will be to get together as a complete family again, we had the best time in Arizona for Thanksgiving. It is definitely something to be very grateful for. <3

Advanced Design With L-Frames – Paperclipping 154

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

You may or may not know about the L-frame as a possible foundation for the design of your scrapbook pages. Today’s episode will take you beyond the basics of the L-frame — although you’ll learn it if it’s new to you — to show you more artistic and less obvious ways to use this as the foundational structure of your scrapbook design.

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Please click on the video trailer above to see how today’s tutorial goes beyond what you might already know with regard to the L-frame, and how to use it to your advantage and with whatever style of scrapbooking you prefer.

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Below are the layouts I featured in today’s episode. You’ll need to watch the video for the specific design tips and techniques, but in the meantime, I hope you get some inspiration and ideas . . .

All Hallow’s Eve

7×10 mini-book
all_hallows_eve_cover
I loved working with this minibook cover made by Teresa Collins! She created it for Thanksgiving but I wanted it for my Halloween book. The price for this is so low, you may want to consider the entire kit for Thanksgiving, plus a second cover for Halloween! I altered my cover by spraying it with Glimmer Mist in Tiger Lilly and Pumpkin Pie. Since Tiger Lilly isn’t available, you might try Jack O Lantern or Sugar Maple as a second mist color.

Some of the items on my cover: Prima Flowers, Venice * The Girl’s Paperie Toil & Trouble Charm.

I made the foundation of my title from an old piece of sheet music that had belonged to my husband’s mother decades ago. I distressed it with Tim Holtz’s Old Paper Distress Ink his Ink Blending Tool, some water spritzing, hand-wrinkling, and edge fraying.

The 3-Wheeler

2-page 12×12 scrapbook page
3_wheeler
I wanted to chronicle the life of this bike, which began with my first born (top photos) and ended when my last child outgrew it. I used list-journaling to recall our memories.

The journaling reads: This bike went a long way. And I don’t mean on one literal trip . . .

  • 3 toddlers who turned into big kids seeking thrills on steep hills
  • 2 apartments + 2 homes
  • an early Izzy production “commercial” starring Trinity and the bike
  • a little dying cricket being treated to a ride by Aiden in the square indentation between the handles
  • the removal of handle bars
  • being flipped upside-down for the sharpening of fingernails with the turning of the wheel and pedals

Supplies:
Around the outside of basic white cardstock I sprayed Lemon Grass Glimmer Mist, then inked the edges with Old Paper Distress Ink and Ink Blending Tool.

The letter B is a chipboard letter from the Pocket Watch Glimmer Chip chipboard letters. I inked it with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

Amazed . . .

12×12 scrapbook page
amazed

Life Explorer

12×12 scrapbook page
Life-Exporer

Today: 2-28-08

2 pages from a mini-book
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2-28-08-pg5

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Handmade Books from Discarded Items – Paperclipping 153

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Want to be less wasteful? How about more creative? I think the two go together! For today’s episode I’ll show you how you can repurpose items you would normally throw away and turn them into handmade books for journaling or collecting memorabilia.

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Handmade Books from Discarded Items: Sample Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

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Paperclipping 152 – One Product, Multiple Ways and Styles

Monday, September 6th, 2010
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We’ve now released this month’s first video tutorial to the Paperclipping Members. After two votes, this subject was one of the top-requested topics! Please click on the video player above to see the trailer and find out what that topic was. Or you can download the trailer here.

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Below are the layouts I featured in this week’s episode . . .

We Have Fun

12×12 layout
we_have_fun

Supplies: Some of my favorite products from this layout and episode: Tim Holtz Muse Tokens * Tim Holtz Game Spinners * Distress Emboss Powder * Distress Emboss Ink * Glossy Accents

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You, Me

Mini Album
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YouMe_Page2

YouAndMe_Section3

Phoenix Metro Light Rail

2-page 8.5×11 layout
Phoenix-Metro-Light-Rail

Hello Kitty

12×12 layout
hello_kitty
This is actually only one side of a two page layout. The story is on the left side of the two pages, and you can see the entire thing here.
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Respect

12×12 layout
Respect 1

Family Videos

Mini-book cover
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Paperclipping 151 – Embellish with Clusters of Scraps

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
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Want more ways to use your leftover scraps? Or maybe you love embellishments and you’re in the mood for more layering and clustering ideas? Good news! Today we have both in this episode of Paperclipping! This is a members-only video, so if you’re a member, pull up a seat and get ready to scrap when it’s done!

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Beautiful You

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Journaling to Trinity reads: You are one of those rare people who are naturally beautiful both inside and out. You have so much empathy and it drives you to take care of others. But you don’y do it at your own expense or when it compromises your integrity. You’re also unbelievably responsible, always remembering everything and giving the rest of us desperately needed reminders since, unlike you, we forget everything (we don’t know about Aiden yet).

You are a loyal friend. People love you and it’s easy to see why…You’re a fun and very lovable girl.

Self Expression

Self-Expression

Hyman Tribe

hyman_tribe
Journaling reads:

Blake’s been singing this humorous jingle from the comedy, “Nacho Libre.” [the song: "I eat some bugs. I eat some grass. I use my hand to wipe my...tears."] The kids giggle so much at this song and Israel and I couldn’t tell if they knew what word the song actually implied. Israel finally asked Blake, “Do you know why that song is so funny? Blake, with a suspicious look on his face said, “Because he ate bugs and grass and that makes him cry.” We agreed verbally with Blake and left the kids to their innocence.

Opposite Sets Of Genes

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Journaling reads:
Blake: happy at home – Trin: has to get out
Trin: hands-on artist – Blake: techie geek
Blake: designs graphic explosions – Trin: draws flowers, fairies
Trin: organized and level-headed – Blake: a slave to passionate ideas
Blake: expressive with words – Trin: expressive with visual arts

You both look at things and react to things so differently. Sometimes your differences may perplex each other. But you also share a mutual admiration for each other’s gifts and differences. It’s very cool.