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Set Yourself Up for Unique Mini-Books – Paperclipping 198

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Every mini-book is an opportunity for creative play.

When I want to be at my most creative in scrapbooking, I work on a mini-book. I love flipping through my mini’s and finding unexpected forms of pages. They still surprise me, even though I was the one who made them.

How do you come up with ideas for ultra creative and original books?

You need to expand the way you think about what items are. We limit ourselves when we only regard things with their most obvious purposes or with the purpose for which they were originally intended.

Don’t worry if you feel you’re not good at seeing new purposes for things. The more you do it, the more possibilities you’ll see. Once you get going it doesn’t stop and then it becomes a matter of finding the time to try all your ideas!


By the way, if you want some help I have lots of video tutorials on this subject, including one I just released this week. In this week’s episode I share some specific things you can do to set yourself up for making creative unique mini-books. I share…

  • A different word to use 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 the 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.

Does this sound like a tutorial that could ignite your mini-book adventures?

If you’re a Paperclipping Member you can head over to the Member’s Area or to iTunes and start watching now! If not, you can find out about a Paperclipping Membership on the Membership Information Page.



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Shine On,

Repurposing Stuff Into Scrapbooking Supplies – Paperclipping 177

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Wouldn’t you love to have the world’s best designers giving you free scrapbooking supplies?

Well guess what?

You already do!

Corporations fork out big bucks to design awesome stuff that might be passing through your house and into your trash can.

This new video helps you recognize and use them. It will show you:

  • Examples of the everyday stuff I’ve been rounding up lately. These will give you ideas, since they’re probably similar to what you’ve got passing through your own home unnoticed right now!
  • How you can store and organize these re-purposed items in a way that you’ll be much more likely to use them in your scrapbooking.
  • Ideas for dealing with unwanted sales text on decorative items you’d like to use as embellishments.
  • How to find awesome words and phrases in catalogs.
  • Demo’s for altering stuff for your pages.
  • Examples of using every day stuff on your scrapbook pages.

This video is for members only. If you’re not already a member click here to learn about a membership.

I hope you find this video helpful! Enjoy!

Seven Why’s & How’s to Keep Memories via Scrap-Journaling

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From age eight to college I was an avid journaler. For most of that time I journaled daily. I could spend an hour or more pouring my life and views into my journal, and I think it may be one of the reasons I remember so much of my childhood.

As an adult, four activities replaced my old method of journaling in big blank lined pages:

  1. scrapbooking
  2. blogging
  3. journaling into the metadata of my photos
  4. art journaling

But all of these journaling methods are lacking one thing, and recently they haven’t been enough for me. What could possibly be missing from traditional scrapbooking and my other three journaling forms?


I wanted to be able to write just a sentence or two about my day — every day — and include some little bit of ephemera, like a receipt or some scrap paper I took notes on. I wanted to document the kind of stuff that is just way too mundane for even the scrapbooks of the most everyday kind of scrapbooker. I wanted the ability to record something on the spot without having to wait for a photo, without having to pull out my art supplies, or be tied to my computer.

A few weeks ago I added a fifth way to share my story, and I now feel totally and completely fulfilled in my ability to express myself and share my thoughts, whether it’s through my photos, through writing I develop on my blog, through some uninhibited art activity, or through a few words and bits from my day.


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This is my scrap-journal. In it you will find my words, my doodling, my brainstorming, my extra-mundane bits of ephemera, and an idea of who I am right now. It’s currently one of my favorite things. You could use a “normal” blank lined book intended for journaling. Or you could make a scrap-journal out of cute scrapbook or found papers.

I keep a stack of unloved hardback books that sit and wait for me to alter them, and I decided to use one of them as my scrap-journal (you can see its spine in the top photo. It’s a hard-cover book of short stories). Why would I use a book that is already full of somebody else’s words? And how do you do it without turning it into a project instead of a quick spontaneous three-minute activity?

Here is the why and the how . . .

  1. It’s green. I am trying to decrease the amount of manufacturing I cause by buying something new. I figure, every time I buy something, they’ll make another one. I know that’s a simplified summary of how the system of stuff works, but it keeps me on the green path.
  2. There are some blank areas at the front and back of the book, and at the beginnings and ends of chapters.
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  4. I like to play with the words already on the book — circle some, cross out others, or even respond. The words also inspire little humorous (to me) thoughts, and that encourages a light-heartedness that I enjoy with my scrap-journal.
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  6. I add journaling to my own scraps of ephemera when the typed words of the book don’t give me enough writing space of my own.
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    Above: a summary from my dentist.
    Below: a scrap of paper I used to test paint colors I had mixed that day.
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  8. The book’s text encourages me to doodle. I don’t want to have pages and pages of the original text, so I doodle on top of it. The doodling makes it feel more mine — more like me. And doodling is always good creative brain food.
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  10. It’s not intimidating. I don’t have to fill a blank page. Because I do so much journaling in the other ways I listed above, my goal with my scrap-journal is not to get deep or to say a lot. I just want to share a little bit of myself every single day without the task of making it “pretty,” or making it into a project that takes time.
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  12. The text causes the writing “canvas” to be non-linear. I get to write in different spaces around the book, and this is much more similar to the way we think. Our brains bounce around from thought to thought and it’s good for the brain to develop thoughts the way it is naturally inclined, instead of in the linear fashion of typical writing.
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Since this added form of memory-keeping has been so fulfilling for me, I decided to share it with you. It’s not typical scrapbooking as we know it today. But it’s easy and spontaneous. It’s fun. It’s real. It’s definitely scrappy. And you don’t have to wait for a photo, or a time slot, to sit down and do it.

Paperclipping 149 – Repurpose Your Old Items

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Sometimes a product gets “old” because its intended purpose isn’t helpful for how we scrapbook — especially if the way we scrap evolves over time and we’re not doing the same kinds of things we used to do when we purchased an item.

In this episode, which we’ve released for the Paperclipping Members, I share how I have repurposed old paper, journal spot stickers, photo corners, and raw chipboard shapes. If you’re not yet a member, you can watch the trailer here.

Below are the projects I made with the journal spots and the paper. If you would like to watch this tutorial, get access to the almost 150 episodes in the archives, plus get two new videos every month, please click here to see how!

You & Me

8×8 mini album with a mix of extra pages from other mini-books
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Big Red Bowl

12×12 layout
Journaling written to Aiden reads: You were so happy to graduate from the tiny baby bowls to this bigger one — the only one like it that we own. For years you have called it the Big Red Bowl and you request it all the time. (July 2008).