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A Process for Project Life – Paperclipping 234

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Do you ever feel like you’re battling with Project Life?

I know Project Life is designed to make scrapbooking simple, fast, and easy. And I believe it does that for people who have not been scrapbooking a whole lot like you and I have.

When I look back on the years I’ve tried on and off to do PL, I realize I’ve been battling with it —

  • battling with its colored cards to keep everything from looking chaotic and disjointed
  • battling with the pocket orientations
  • battling with the time it takes to get it done

But the battle is over.

Over the past year I’ve figured out solutions to all these problems and I want to share them with you. These tips are not rules and they’re not the only way to make your Project Life pages look awesome. These are the tactics I’ve come to love as the way that I make the pages attractive, while letting my photos shine, and still keeping it simple and manageable.

Three Tips for Minimizing Chaos with Project Life

(For the scrapbooker like you and me, who may be a bit of an over-achiever when it comes to memory-keeping).

1. Limit Color

Here are options for how to use color that have consistently given me Project Life pages I love…

  1. Use one color per 2-page spread.
  2. Use two colors in small amounts as accents, with black and white being dominant.

I’m not referring to the photos here. I’m talking about the cards, papers, and accents. In the image above from my video tutorial, you can see that I did the two-color accent option, with black and white being dominant. It’s fresh and energetic, but doesn’t distract from the photos.

2. Use the same 3×4 card across your spread.

I got this idea from my favorite pages in Izzy’s Project Life album and I shared an idea for doing it with washi tape from my December Project Life pages as a way to reduce chaos.

If you have more than two or three journal cards across a spread, you’ll want to break up the repetition with one contrasting card for variation to make it look interesting. Here’s why this looks so good (in addition to keeping it simple and easy!)…

  • It unifies the page.
  • It leads the eye across the page.
  • It won’t compete with your photos.

When you vary each card, especially if they’re all a different color or design, you’re adding contrast. Everything that contrasts is trying to get your attention.

What happens when you have lots of different kids all trying to get your attention? Overwhelming? Yeah — that’s how those pages can feel, too.

3. Use embellishments as a solution, not a problem.

Don’t add embellishments only for the sake of adding embellishments. That leads to all kinds of problems and frustration. Think of embellishments as a way to solve design problems. You’ll still have pretty pages and embellishing, but you won’t overdo it and make your pages chaotic.

Need help with some of these Project Life problems?

You can see it all in action on video! I made a tutorial this week where I go through a month of pages (3.5 spreads), and show you how to do all three of these tips, plus additional ones!

It is because of these tips that my most challenging page ended up being my favorite.

I also share my process for completing a month in a quick, simple way that still leads to attractive pages.

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Members can watch the video in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Tips for Using Up Your Stash – Paperclipping 233

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Do you have a wishlist of new stuff to buy, while a whole stash of older scrapbook supplies waits to be used?

Need to use up some of the dated stuff first?

This is one of my specialty topics, so you’re at the right place. I have lots of great tips for using old scrapbook products and I’ve been sharing them with the Paperclipping Members through videos for a long time now. But there is one most important thing that needs to happen first.

You need to do this one thing before you do any of the other tips I love to discover and share.

You need to decide.

You must walk into your scrap space with the decision that you’re going to use a bunch of your lingering stuff.

It sounds simplistic and obvious, but it’s the absence of that decision that leads to the over-sized stash of older stuff we don’t feel inspired to use.

Once you’ve decided, you will LOVE the tips I have to share. You’ll love them because they’ll get you excited to use those older products. You’ll love the way they look on your pages, just as much as you think you’ll love using all those items on your new wishlist.

My Little Routine Lover (closeup)

This week I pulled out some of the very oldest products still lingering in my stash, plus a few that are as new as two years old (two years still feels old when there’s so much that is new, right?) — and I made a page that is one of my current favorites!

Every single item I used are items that have been sitting around for a long time, with the exception of one doily that I got for free with my coffee at breakfast.

I assembled the entire thing, sharing my thoughts and decisions on video for the Paperclipping Members. I also shared at least five new tips for using random old leftovers.

Members can find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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My Little Routine Lover (closeup)

So how much stuff do you have that cost you money and is taking up space? Want to put it to good use and make some gorgeous pages so you can feel better about that wishlist you’re accumulating?

I hope you enjoy the video!!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

How to Make Ephemera Fit with Your Design

Do you avoid including memorabilia and ephemera from your life because it ruins your gorgeous designs?

Or do you use them but feel like they make your pages less attractive?

In this episode I share lots of tips for making the stuff from your life look awesome (or beautiful!) on your pages. You’ll also see me assemble three different layouts with ephemera (all boy pages!) start to finish.

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Get More Out Of Your Electronic and Manual Die Cuts

In this video I share some fun ways to look beyond the obvious uses of your cuts and to get a lot more out of them and the paper you cut into. You’ll see lots of examples, the process of an entire layout coming together, along with a great technique to use with your color mediums.

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Bits and Pieces In a Versatile Template

Need a fresh scrapbooking idea that’s on-trend but also simple and budget-friendly?

I want to share with you one of my favorite videos, which shows the process for some of my favorite layouts.

In the video I share a template for scrapbooking pages with small bits and pieces — whether they’re your leftover scraps or those cute little cut out pieces in your newest patterned papers.

You’ll be able to use this Flexible Template over and over for a totally fresh scrapbook page every time. Just take a look at the layouts below to see what I mean.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

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Layouts from the video are below…

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How to Mix Patterned Paper

Do you ever struggle with how to mix patterned paper?

Have you heard a few rules here and there, but still find it a bit confusing?

The fact is, there aren’t any real rules for mixing patterns. There are lots of different methods, and people like to call them rules. Unfortunately, it’s the myth of the “rules” that leave scrapbookers feeling like they can’t do it.

Here’s the good news…

You don’t really need to learn all those “rules.” There’s just one single concept that will help you mix patterns well, and it’s extremely simple.

I’ve pulled a video out of the Paperclipping Library to share with you so you can see for yourself how those “rules” aren’t, in fact, rules. You’ll see how that one single concept leads to every wonderful patterned paper combination that exists.

With this concept you can become an expert, yourself.

Go ahead and watch the video. When you’re done you’ll be able to take all your leftover patterns from older collections — the ones you’re not sure what to do with — and start mixing them with each other.

And after that…?

Well, if you like this video, you might want to see more Paperclipping tutorials. We have well over 200.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell