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Use Vertical and Horizontal Photos Together – Paperclipping 245

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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Are you one of the many who doesn’t know what to do when you have a horizontal AND a vertical photo together?

Does the mismatched pair look awkward to you?

There is an easy solution!

I actually love it when I have this combination and I’d love to share why!

In answer to a request, I’ve made a video that shows how these can be some of the easiest layouts to design. You’ll see me put together two different layouts, and for one of those layouts I show two totally different possibilities — so you’re almost seeing three pages come together.

If the vertical + horizontal photo pair has ever challenged you, I’m positive it won’t happen again after watching this video. Paperclipping Members can find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Turn Your Themed Album Into a Story – Paperclipping 244

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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Years ago I began wondering how engaging a scrapbook would be if the combined layouts told one big overall story — with a plot and a resolution.

I’ve played around with that idea in different ways. Not all scrapbooks can easily translate into a sweeping story, but many of our themed albums can be. My best story album is almost complete and I love the story that it tells. I think you will, too!

I share it in a video and show how you can turn your own album, especially a themed album, into a story. It’s okay if you’ve already been working on your album. I was more than half done with mine when I changed to the story approach with this album.

You must be a member to watch the video. Members can find it on iTunes and in the Member’s Area.

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Enjoy!

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Multi-Photo Layouts in a Themed Album – Paperclipping 243

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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The newest episode of Paperclipping focuses on two different topics…

1) Making layouts look consistent in a themed album.

  • Adjusting older layouts so they match the album.
  • Making new layouts match the album without compromising how you want to scrapbook right now.

2) Layout ideas for lots of photos.

  • An eight-photo layout idea.
  • Two four-photo layout ideas.

Two of the pages we work on in this episode are 2-page layouts.

Plus, the themed album I share is a great idea for scrapbooking something you do a lot and have way too many pictures of. For example, if you make lots and lots of visits to Grandma’s and it’s a bit overwhelming, you might want to do what I did. You’ll get a good look at it in the video.

This video tutorial is for our Paperclipping Members. Members can see it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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Scrapbook with Embossing Paste – 242

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

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Do you have a lot of technique and color media products that don’t get enough use?

If so, you might ask yourself why you would buy another one. Here’s why…

Because there’s one other multi-media product that can help you use just about all of your other ones.

Once you try Embossing Paste, you’ll want to see what you can do when you combine it with all your other supplies.

I demonstrated some of those possibilities in a video, and also showed how you can use it your scrapbooking. Embossing Paste is so much fun to use and I love the added dimension on my pages! If you’re a member you can watch this video tutorial now. You’ll find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

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Diagonal Designs – Paperclipping 241

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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Have you been noticing diagonal, or angled, layouts recently?

I’ve noticed a few.

It’s a small trend that’s had a resurgence. It won’t be a big trend. It’s more like a little bump. But it’s fun to shake things up and do something different than you normally would. So I did three layouts where the designs are all tilted at an angle. I love all but one of them.

What’s wrong with the one?

Actually, I mostly love it. If I had set it straight instead of angled, it would be close to perfect for me, but it’s the angle that is bothering, and it solidified what I already believed…

When making diagonal layouts, the elements on your page should follow the diagonal line from end to end.

Your items need to emphasize the diagonal.

I knew this at the start, but when it came time for me to do this third layout, the items I wanted to use worked better by circling the focal point photo — not following the diagonal and not extending end to end.

Here’s a closeup of the way my items circled the main photo, as opposed to they way the emphasize the diagonal in the layout above.

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What happens to a diagonal layout when the items do not reach end to end, nor form a line (including loose, implied lines) in the direction of the diagonal? Your diagonal line is weak, so it looks like you accidentally placed things crooked.

The layout I show in the image at the top of of post totally works, even though the items don’t form a strong obvious line. The line is loose and implied because I used lots of little items instead of of a strong clean line, but it is still a definite line, so it works to make a clear diagonal.

For the layout that didn’t work, I normally would have changed my design idea and made my elements straight instead of diagonal, but since I was finishing up a layout for a video on diagonal design, I gave the diagonal a shot, and failed just a little. :)

Here’s what I learned a day later when I took a second look, on top of what I already knew about diagonals: If your items aren’t emphasizing the diagonal by following the angled line, then they compete with the angle. This means your angle is watered down, and it looks crooked instead of purposely diagonal.

Are you a visual person who wants to see it in action?

You can see me put together all 3 layouts, beginning to end, in a video I just added to the membership library.

You’ll need to have your membership to get into the library or to get the video from iTunes.

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Are you ready to try a diagonally designed layout yourself?

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Choosing Color for Project Life

Friday, May 16th, 2014

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Do you have a tried and true method for picking colors for Project Life? Something that is easy and always looks great?

I love any methods that make an attractive Project Life spread quick and easy, so I’m here with another tip and some examples today.

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The Shelf Flexible Template – Paperclipping 240

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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Need to kick start a scrapbook page today, or this weekend?

I can help with that!

What will you be using? One small smart phone photo? Two standard photos? Eight pictures? More?

No worries — I have a new Flexible Template and it will work no matter how many photos you have.

It’ll work on a single page, a double page, an 8.5xll page — any kind of page!

How do I know? Because I’ve used it all these ways, myself.

This newest FT is called The Shelf, and it’s pretty awesome. I shared it in a video we released to the Member’s Area two days ago. In the video I show all these different pages with different numbers of photos, and I put together two brand new ones using my current style of scrapbooking with lots of little bits and pieces — lots of yummy layers!

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If you’re already a part of our tribe, you can find your new video on iTunes and in the Member’s Area.

Have fun paperclipping with this newest Flexible Template!!

Shine On,

Love,-Noell

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.

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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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