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Playing Inside the Pockets – Paperclipping 239

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Do you play with pockets, or do you just slip things in them?

When it comes to Project Life and its pocketed pages, I mostly prefer to slip things in — to keep it simple.

But there are times I want to play more in those pockets, and there are times when the memorabilia, the colors, or the design demand more. Some items and spreads have extra special needs in order for the pages to be balanced and unified.

But I’m still going for simple when it comes to Project Life.

You, too?

So how can you have a little more excitement in those pockets, without making it as demanding as a traditional scrapbook page?

Here are some tips…

  • Focus your extra play mostly in one pocket, creating a “hierarchy” of pockets. Good design lets some parts of the design be more dominant and interesting than others.
  • Use scraps from your technique experimentation. Crop them down to 3×4 and stick them with your regular cards.
  • Use embossing make cards with dimensional texture. This will add a lot of visual interest without requiring much effort.
  • Add layers and extra pieces for the purpose of unifying the design (rather than for the sake of adding extra stuff). Do it to achieve balance or to move the eye across the page. When you do it for these purposes, you’ll do just enough to make the page complete, without doing more than necessary.

Want to see these in action?

I made a video that demonstrates all of these on a few different pages. Hopefully it’ll help you add a few additional extra touches while keeping it simple. Or if you tend to spend hours on your Project Life pages and wish you were faster, this might help you turn it down while maintaining a little bit of play.

The video is now in the Member’s Area and on iTunes. You must be a member to view it.

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Make An Impact with Numbers – Paperclipping 238

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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I don’t mean numbers, as in numerals.

I mean numbers, as in the number of items you use from the same package of products, like in the picture above.

Have you ever used a whole bunch of items from the same package, even though that was probably not the intention of the designer of the product?

Or does that sound kind of strange? I do it a lot.

Why You Should Pile an Entire Package of Embellishments on One Scrapbook Layout

Ok, I don’t ever use an entire package all at once. I do use a lot, and I have even used all but just a few. Here’s why…

  1. Designing a page is faster when all or most of your supplies come from a single package, rather than from various packages from all over the place.
  2. You can make a real visual impact by using a whole bunch of the same or similar items. There is power in numbers, not just in life, but in design as well. :)

You’ve heard of the design principle, repetition, right?

A powerful and easy way to achieve repetition in your design is to use a bunch of items from the same package.

Just be sure you do a few things while you’re at it…

  • Use variation for contrast.
  • Gather the items together.

Yes, I found them doing this (closeup)

Use variation for contrast

It will probably be boring if your items are all exactly the same. Make sure there is some sort of contrast between them – size, color, shape, etc. Or mix something else in if your package of items have no variation.

Gather the items together

You want to use the items to bring the eye to your focal point. Scattering them all over the page will not do that. In fact, scattering them (spacing them out) will not create the powerful impact I’ve been talking about either.

So be sure to gather them close together or overlapping. This way your gathering either acts as a stopping point for eye, or to lead the eye to something else, like a photo.

Both good things!

Are you ready to try it?

Link us up to your results in the comments area!

Not completely confident with the idea yet?

If you want some examples in action, I did a video that shows a whole bunch of different ways to do it.

I mean — a whole, whole bunch. :)

I also give lots of tips and guidance for what to keep in mind as you do it.

The video is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes, and Paperclipping members can go watch it now.

But you must be a member to watch.

Click here to learn about a membership!

Enjoy making a big impact with your supplies, and have fun paperclipping!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

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

P.S.> Get your membership here to watch the videos! If you do anything with your own leftovers after watching, please shoot some photos, post them with an explanation online somewhere, and then share a link here in the comments!

It’s Finally Here: Romantic Scrapbooking Course

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Such a Romantic (closeup)
It’s now live!

I can’t tell you how excited I am for this. I think you’ll love it.

We’ve launched it with a deep discount for the next three days!

CLICK HERE to find out about the course and the promotion discount. :)

A Process for Project Life – Paperclipping 234

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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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.

You must be a Paperclipping Member to watch the video.

CLICK HERE for info on a membership!

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

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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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

CHA2014 – Other Products by Little B

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

In another video we got to see demos of award-winning products by Little B. I wanted to show you a few other fun products they make, like super cute adhesive notes, intricately designed embellishment stickers, and washi tape with metal foil. **Get more videos like this one at http://www.paperclipping.com

CHA2014 – Three Different Award-Winning Products by Little B

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

This company has won a Top 20 award and two different Top 100 awards. Check out their winning products!

CHA2014 – Jen Long Shares New Sizzix Die Cuts: The 50′s

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

See Jen Long’s classic 1950′s style die cuts, get a peek at the original sketches in her sketchbook, and find ideas for how you can use them.