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Make Your Thanksgiving Stories More Interesting – Paperclipping 254

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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I don’t want (or need) a scrapbook page to document every Thanksgiving. Do you?

How many Thanksgiving pages do I think we should have?

Enough to tell our Thanksgiving stories.

Right now I have seven, and with just two more that I hope to capture next year, I’ll have all the pages I think I need to have documented all the good stories about my Thanksgivings as a married person of 17 years — at least for now, until new stories develop.

I don’t think we need a scrapbook page for each year. Instead, I focus on the stories and the traditions.

That means most of my pages aren’t specific to any year. They tell stories that usually cover a handful of years, which I think is much more interesting and telling.

To see what I’m talking about, and to hopefully get inspired to recognize and document your own unique stories of Thanksgiving, I made a video — of course. :)

It’s in the Member’s Area.

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Holiday Photography Day 3: Food

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Paperclipping Holiday Photography Tips

This is a post from my 7-Day Holiday Photography Tips, which I sometimes gift to Paperclipping Members around the holidays. I wrote this with December holidays in mind, but I decided to share the food tips post for free before Thanksgiving starts!

Note: I’m not an expert photographer. But I’ve had some relative success with many of my photos and want to share what I know at a time when we most want stunning pictures.

Good food photos require basic photography skills: good composition, good (especially natural) lighting, great angles, etc. Food can be tricky, but hopefully you’ve been practicing the two previous lessons and you’ll be ready to apply what you’ve learned in a new way!

Holiday food shots can vary between close-up’s of Christmas goodies, to a plate of food on a table, to the entire banquet. The type you’re taking will determine your photo settings. Let’s talk about different types of food shots and some of the approaches you can take so you can get photos that capture the magic of holiday food. Click to read more…

Design That Tells a Story – Paperclipping 251

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Have you seen these fake trailers?

The Shining posed as a romantic comedy?

And Jaws as an uplifting Disney movie?

There’s a whole bunch of them —

*Forrest Gump as a gangster flick.
*Breaking Bad as a romantic comedy.
*Stephen King’s It as an inspiring family film.
*Mrs. Doubtfire as horror.

Yeah, it’s a thing. (You know, YouTube)…

No matter how much Jack Nickelson’s, “Here’s Johnny!” terrified you as a kid, you will still feel a stirring of love and joy with The Shining posed as a romantic comedy.

It’s mostly the music that wreaks this emotional havoc.

Music is the dressing that tells you what to feel in a movie.

In scrapbooking, the design does that.

The design sends an immediate message, so it’s very much like a movie trailer — an introduction of what’s to come, meaning the story in the journaling.

So what happens if we don’t know how design works, and the design conflicts with our story?

Then it’s kind of like those mixed up movie trailers.

I mentioned last week in an email that I ought to share a page of mine that totally contradicts what I was trying to say. I decided to go ahead and do that. I made a video tutorial on the subject and it’s in the Member’s Area now.

It’s a subject I approach in all kinds of ways throughout the 250 videos in the Paperclipping membership.

If you want to get good at this, you should check it out:

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Story Albums Without a Clear Story – Paperclipping 250

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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“What if I don’t have a clear story?”

A few of you have asked me this as I’ve talked about seeing our albums as each telling a bigger story as a whole. Stories wrap their fingers around both the viewers and the scrapbookers, keeping us both engaged and excited for the next page.

But it’s true that some of my albums are really more like themed albums and a little weak on story, at least in terms of having a conflict that needs to be resolved. (It’s the conflict and the attempts to resolve it that wraps its tight grip around lovers of stories).

So if story-driven scrapbook albums attract you but you don’t have a story for yours, do not worry. I have some work-arounds.

There are things we can do visually to simulate the feeling of an over-arching story in a scrapbook album. I shared three in a video tutorial by sharing two of my story albums that are more theme-driven and less plot-driven. You’ll see me create some new pages using these three ideas for simulating the feeling of having a story line.

This video is now in the membership library! Members will find it there an on iTunes.

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Techniques for White on White – Paperclipping 249

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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Want to know how you can add more detailing to your pages without making them chaotic, and without distracting too much from the photo?

Use tone-on-tone in your detailing (personally, I especially love white-on-white).

That’s not the only way, but it’s one of the really good ones.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t pitfalls. It actually is possible to overdo it and create chaos, even when every single item you add to your page is white! In this week’s episode I show you how that can happen and how to avoid it.

(Yes, one of the pages I make in the video is 100% white!).

I also share all kinds of tips and techniques for layering white on white in your pages.

To watch the video you must be a Paperclipping Member. Click here to learn about a membership.

If you’re a member, you can find your newest video now on iTunes and in the Paperclipping Membership.

Two Ways to Use Design in Your Scrapbooking – Paperclipping 246

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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How do you use design?

Design has two totally different purposes. If you’ve ever thought about visual triangles, white space, or the rule of thirds, you’re probably familiar with the first and most common purpose — to make your page look good!

But did you know you can also use design to accomplish something else in addition to that? Something totally different?

If you’ve been a Paperclipping Member for a long time you might have a idea of what I’m talking about — or at least a nagging hint that hasn’t quite surfaced as a solid yet.

I decided to make a video that would clearly distinguish these two purposes. On the video I make two different layouts: a 6-photo page and a single-photo page.

1. While making the first layout I explain all the design principles I’m using to accomplish the first purpose of making the page look good.

2. Then I make the second page and focus on that mysterious, less-known second purpose for design.

I think you’ll enjoy this episode. It’s in the Member’s Area and on iTunes now. You’ll need a membership to watch the video.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell

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.

You need a membership to watch the video.

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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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