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Leading and Anchoring, Part 2 – Paperclipping 288

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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My focus for April’s member videos has been to tackle two common layout problems:

  1. A lack of focus or direction for the viewer.
  2. Awkardness of the items on the page.

Lack of Focus

Believe it or not, if we as artists or designers do not direct where a person should look when viewing our layouts, then most people won’t bother to look for more than a second or two! Without guidance that is hidden within the design, the eye will tend to wander off the page with nothing compelling it to come back. Or worse, the lack of direction will translate as confusing — as having too many items competing for your attention.

The result? A lack of interest in our page.

Our lazy brains just do not want to bother dealing with multiple items competing for our attention.

Awkwardness

And if we don’t anchor the items we put on our pages — yes, even when we’re going for a random look — we end up with pages that feel as awkward as most of us were at age twelve and thirteen.

Design Ideas that Lead and Anchor

By the time you’ve watched both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Leading and Anchoring episodes I made for April, you will have four totally different layout templates that you can use and make your own.

These page ideas have leading and anchoring already built in, so it’s a great way to practice these design concepts.

The photos in this post are sneak peeks of the designs for Part 2.

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Enjoy!
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Leading and Anchoring – Paperclipping 287

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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In need of a layout idea to try?

This week I picked two design principles and made them the crux of my scrapbook pages.

Any time you’ve run out of ideas you can pick a design principle and let it inspire the direction of your page.

Not only can this get you moving forward on a layout, but it can also be a great way to practice or explore the design principle.

So my tip today is: Pick a design principle and use it to jump start and inspire your design.

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The last time I did this I chose the principle of harmony, and in the process I learned more about my own taste and visual preferences.

This time I chose two principles — leading the eye and anchoring — and combined them to make the main design elements of both of the pages I scrapbooked in the newest Paperclipping video. I then showed (in the video) comparisons to other pages where those principles were used more subtly, or where I took the complete opposite approach.

The 6 total layouts I featured in the video show you just a sampling of how versatile design is. And that’s just one reason why design is so super cool.

So, do you want to try this design principle exploration?

You can choose your own design principle to focus on today, or you can watch my video and go with the design principles I chose. You can scraplift my layouts, or you can use the principles and the ideas to inspire your own design.

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Shine On and have fun paperclipping!

Finding More Meaningful Stories from Your Event Photos – Paperclipping 286

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

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There was a time when my scrapbooking pages told the obvious stories.

If we went to the beach I scrapbooked about us at the beach. If we got together with extended family I scrapbooked about the event with extended family: who was there and what we did.

And that’s fine. I like looking back at the things we did.

But eventually I figured out how you and I can take control of our story-documenting and not let our calendar be the major deciding factor of how we tell our stories. I began to scrapbooking in a way that yields even more stories, and is especially meaningful.

A single event can provide an almost inexhaustible number of stories. And those stories are pieces of other larger macro-stories — themes running through our lives.

For example, photos from a date night could also become a story about…

  • your date nights habits in general
  • the personality of you as a couple
  • the types of restaurants you love
  • the night life of your city
  • your favorite friends to get with
  • your sense of fashion
  • taking Ubers there and back
  • your favorite drink
  • whether you and your date have the same interests or have to compromise

…Etc.

If you listened to our Deep Dive audio course with Shimelle Lain: The Story-Centered Album, then you’re familiar with my process of having story albums — albums that tell a story.

Story albums each tell a larger story into which you want to dive deeper. Those albums help me prioritize which stories I choose to spend my limited time scrapbooking; in which directions I lean as I look at an event with its photos and determine the deeper story threads that are subtly lurking.

So this week I printed some photos from last December’s Nutcracker Ballet, which my daughter danced in…but I bypassed her Nutcracker album.

Instead, I chose to tell stories with some of the Nutcracker photos that I will slip into other albums.

  • One of them is a layout about the opportunity to dance regularly in Phoenix’s beautiful historic theater, the Orpheum.
  • The other is a layout about myself, and it is related to some longtime threads of my own life: a change to my long life of performing on stage, as well as my life-long interest in volunteering.

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I am glad I was able to look beyond my daughter’s performance in the Nutcracker to see other, less obvious stories.

I decided to make this the topic of this week’s episode of Paperclipping.

Do you want to be identifying the more meaningful stories of your life from the basic events and photos?

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Ready to dive deeper into your stories and your scrapbooking?

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How to Keep It Clean When It Could Be a Big Mess: Three Ways

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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Are you a scrapbooker who loves to make a mess, or do you like to keep it clean?

Maybe you love some of the effects of messy scrapbooking, but your style is clean and graphic.

Here are three ways you can play with the mess, get some of the results of messy scrapbooking, but still have a page that is clean in its overall appearance…

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1 – Color Medium Layers
Start with a piece of cardstock or water color paper and play to your heart’s content with two or more colors in any choice of medium. Once dry, place it behind a big open die cut and trim away the sides. Then mount it to a white background.

You can add patterned paper to some of the open spots.

Tip: If you work with colors while they’re wet like I did with the greens and yellow that you see behind some of the circles, don’t mix warms and cools. Mixing warms and cools while wet will usually result in some murky browns.

So if I want to add warms to cools, or vice versa, I wait until the warms are dry before adding cools.

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2 – Water Color
Layer the same die cut to make it thick (I used about 4 cuts of the tree frame). Mix up some water color and do some messy painting on your layered cut. Use it as a “messy” but subtle embellishment on a clean and graphic page.

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3 – Memorabilia in Pockets
Memorabilia can be messy — especially when your memorabilia is a collection of your child’s handmade creations. Cut the memorabilia into small pieces and put them into the pockets of a pocket page, along with some patterned paper.

This is a good way to corral a bunch of pieces together onto one page, while still keeping the overall look of your page pretty clean. Pocket pages are a great way to facilitate a clean look.

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You can even combine all three of these onto one 2-page layout and still stay true to your clean style, while having a bit of messy play.

So go ahead and have fun paperclipping. :)

Shine On,
Noell

P.S.> Paperclipping Members can see this page come together in video tutorial, Paperclipping 273 – Binge-Cutting, Experimenting, and Staying Organized.

Scrapbook Your Memorabilia – Paperclipping 285

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

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Your memorabilia can be some of your very favorite parts of your pages!

That’s how it is for me, but it wasn’t always that way. I used to find it awkward. It often made my pages ugly.

But I was determined to use it. There is nothing like real life stuff to help us tell our stories. Photos have their own special way of doing it, writing does, and so does memorabilia. So I worked very hard over a number of years to make my memorabilia work for my design, to help make it look awesome.

I’ve gotten better and better at it. Here are my top ten tips for how to make that happen…

Ten Tips for Designing with Memorabilia

  1. Alter memorabilia with your favorite altering supplies and techniques to maintain your style.
  2. Treat your memorabilia like scrapbooking products, adding it to your page the way you do your regular stash.
  3. Think of it as a focal point, like a photo.
  4. Think of it as an embellishment.
  5. Think of it as patterned paper.
  6. Use your memorabilia as your title.
  7. Use it in place of a journaling block.
  8. Cut your memorabilia up and only use the most relevant portion.
  9. Create a color palette that compliments or harmonizes with your memorabilia.
  10. Be excited about these wonderful pieces of life!

Want to see it in action?

It’s the topic of this week’s Paperclipping video tutorial and the above photo is a sneak peek of one of the layouts I put together.

I’m super excited to share it with you!

I did two layouts — a cleaner, simpler one for scrapbookers with that style, and a painterly artsy one for those who like to get messy with layers.

The video is for members and is ready to watch.

If you’re not yet a member, please CLICK HERE for info about a membership!

Elements and Shape – Paperclipping 284

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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After two injuries took me off my feet for a combined total of 12 months, my clothes fit me differently now. A few pieces, thankfully, fit me better and give me a decent shape. Many of my favorite pieces no longer fit so well and make my shape look…bulgy. =)

So I’ve been having a shape-adventure, learning which styles of clothing give me a nice shape now.

Shape works exactly like this in design and scrapbooking.

Yes, we add shapes to our pages in the supplies we use, we sometimes divide our pages into shapes such as rectangles, but do we intentionally think in terms of creating shape on the page, the way our clothing creates and changes the way our shape looks?

Shape seems like a simple subject — rectangles, triangles, circles, etc.

We know that as scrapbookers we use supplies that are in these and other shapes.

But there is an additional way to use shape, and that other way, for me, is the key for getting most of my compositions to work. I’m always thinking in terms of creating shape with the items I’m adding to my pages.

Not adding shapes, but creating shape.

Two separate things.

Click to read more…

Simplifying Color – Paperclipping 283

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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Sometimes we have photo situations that make choosing color tricky.

It’s not even always because the photos are bad. Good photos can make color choices tricky because…

  • You’re using lots of photos that each have their own colors going on (this is especially the case when your photos are from different events, times or places).
  • Your photos have two bold colors that are competing with each other, and trying to work with them makes your page look overwhelming.
  • Your photos only contain beautiful neutrals, and adding non-neutral colors would change the feel of them, but scrapbooking with only neutrals can run the risk of being boring.

These situations don’t have to be tricky at all!

I just scrapbooked all of the above scenarios and enjoyed every bit of it. I’m sharing the process on video, along with several color tips and explanations that will not only help you with some of these tricky photos situations, but will simplify color for you overall.

The video is now available in the Member’s Area and on itunes.

You must be a member to view the video.

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I hope this video gives you some great new ways to think about color!

The Glimpse Concept – Paperclipping 282

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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Maybe you have pictures like this description below and you’re just not sure whether to scrapbook them or walk away…

Your kiddo, your husband — just hanging around the house doing…not much really. They’re just there doing their usual thing like they always are, and always do.

It’s not a favorite photo, but it’s not a bad one. In fact you like seeing it on your computer, but what would you say about it?

“Here we are, hanging out. At home. As usual.”

Photos like this have always given me a bit of cognitive dissonance.

  • Is it worth a spot in my scrapbooks?
  • Is it worth a spot in my limited time to play with paper?

The logical answer usually seems like, no.

But then why can’t I walk away from this photo?

Have you experienced this, too?

Well, I’ve learned to trust my gut in situations like this when there is something nagging at me. We feel this way because there IS something more to these photos and it’s just not obvious. But it’s there.

It’s the compilation of things that make up your everyday life that are so all-encompassing for you that you don’t even notice them. But other people who don’t live your life — including your future you — WILL notice them.

So the answer is yes.

If a mundane, nothing-special photo stands out to you, gives you a bit of pleasure, and you have an emotional sense that you’d enjoy scrapbooking, even if you can’t find any logical reason why, then go for it!

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But what would you say about it on the page?

I’ve come up with a scrapbooking concept that reveals the value of your photo without you having to say straight out, “This is a special photo because it shows our everyday regular life, which is pretty much the same every day right now.”

I love this concept and I intend to use it a lot in the future, in addition to the three times that I used it already this week.

I shared it in the video that we just released today for the Paperclipping Members. I assembled all three layouts on camera, sharing three different design ideas for this concept.

Want to know what it is and how you can use it?

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Flipped-Mirror Design Idea – Paperclipping 281

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

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Sometimes getting started is the hardest part.

Quite often I start with a design concept already in mind. I have an arsenal of design concepts that I pull from when I sit down to scrapbook, and they’re the same concepts I demonstrate in my videos when I share a specific design idea or a Flexible Template.

For me, these design concepts just sit in my head as imagery and they seem to take turns pushing themselves to the forefront of my mind so that when I sit down to scrapbook, there’s usually an idea that wants to try its hand on my new page.

I name these ideas when I share them with you so that you can easily add them to your own arsenal.

You can…

  1. Store them in your head and trust that they’ll periodically surface, like I do.
  2. Write them down in a notebook (with words or drawings).
  3. Login to your Paperclipping Membership and jog your memory by looking at the names of the videos (because I always name the videos by the name I’ve given to a design concept).

However you store them, I do recommend having set design concepts to draw from. You can save yourself many hours and much frustration if you’re drawing from a store of ideas, rather than having to start from scratch or get lost looking through Pinterest every time you want to scrapbook.

Are you ready for a new idea to play with?

Today’s design concept — the Flipped-Mirror — can be used to enhance your photo or your title, can be the starting point for the rest of your design.

You must be a Paperclipping Member to access the video.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell

Arrange Your Space for Optimal Christmas Scrapbooking

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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Do you rearrange your table or space in any special way for scrapbooking during the Christmas season?

Is your setup working optimally for you?

This is a hectic season, so now more than ever I want my supplies easy to find and access. I only pull out my Christmas supplies once a year. They come out between late October to early November and then go home to sleep some time in January.

I typically only scrapbook Christmas and Nutcracker Ballet stories between that period of time, and once I put it away in January, I never touch the Christmas stuff again until October, (though, the Nutcracker stuff might come out to dance a time or two).

Here is how I’ve got my space set up this year and what’s making it work for me.

A Planning and Staging Area

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I don’t know about you, but I often need to spread photos out and look through the album I’m working in as I figure out how to best tell my stories.

Remember that five-page layout I made last month with old photos and Santa letters and a secret lucky penny?

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You can’t easily develop a story over several pages like that without some space to spread out that is separate from the actual scrapbook crafting spot. Sometimes I use the floor for this, and that is A-Okay. For optimum use of your time and to avoid the crazy confusion and lost items that inevitably happen if we’re not ultra-organized, it’s best to actually DESIGNATE that space, whether it’s the floor or not.

These days I am fortunate to have a table specifically for this.

What if you don’t make five-page layouts? Well, normally I don’t either. For single and double-page layouts, a Planning + Staging Area still does a lot to keep it all organized, especially if you want story-centered albums.

I use the above table this way all year long no matter how simple or large my story is.

The Scrapbooking Area

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Of course, I have a separate table for the actual crafting of scrapbook pages (though I’ve scrapbooked many, many pages on the floor, too!).

The main supplies for the season are set up strategically around the table. They’ve stayed in these spots through all of my November scrapbooking and will continue through January until I decide I am ready to put Christmas to bed until next fall.

Since we all scrapbook a little differently and with an emphasis on different types of supplies, your optimum table should be a little (or a lot) different than mine. But the principles that guide the most helpful setups are the same, so I hope you get a few ideas to improve your own space, based on the underlying principles behind my own choices.

I’ll do my best to explain those principles as I describe how and why I’ve arranged my supplies the way I did…

Separate Any Paper Types You Most Often Look For

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Over the years I’ve learned that while I like a variety of colors on my Christmas pages, there are two types of staple papers I especially look for while Christmas scrapbooking. They’re the stable, consistent threads among the variety in my pages.

And so it makes sense to separate them.

Anything you find yourself looking for again and again should have its own special spot.

So I divided my patterned papers into three piles:

  1. Textured white, sheer, or screen-printed transparencies.
  2. Red, red, red.
  3. All other Christmas patterned papers of any other color.

I like to have some red on pretty much every Christmas page, so giving the reds their own special space saves me SO MUCH hunting time.

What characteristics of paper do you consistently look for to use on most of your pages?

Separate them and give them their own spot!

Embellishment and Detailing Supplies

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Directly across from me on the table is where I like to put all my supplies for adding detailing to my pages.

This includes favorite embellishments, other embellishments, punches for decorative edges, etc.

Favorite Embellishments

Our newest embellishments tend to be our very favorite, so they’re in their own pile, (on the right) separate from the rest (on the left in the white box).

Now that I’m looking at these pictures I have an idea for making this even happier. We tend to like our stuff more when it’s contained nicely so I have a pretty dish I sometimes use temporarily for items like this and I plan to grab it for the embellishment pile on the right next time I scrapbook. :)

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Punches

I use decorative edge punches and my scalloped circle punches more than usual for my Christmas pages, so out they come on my table for easy instant access.

Red Detail Additions

I pulled out some red glitter, washi, and jewel stickers and set them right in front of me because they are especially useful for adding pops of vibrant Christmas red to any (and almost every) page.

Remember, anything you do or look for regularly should have its own special spot for easy access!

Less-Used Items and Miscellany

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As we move farther left on the table we get to items I use less often.

Did you notice I have things set up right-to left, instead of left-to-right?

Why would I set it up opposite of the way we do most things?

Right to Left

I’m right-handed and this right-to-left orientation prevents me from having to cross my right arm over myself and my page to grab things. It’s easier to lean right with my dominant right hand.

If you’re left-handed it would be easier for you to put your most commonly used items on the left and your least-used items on the right.

a) In the box I have my other embellishments, some more likely to get used this year than others.

b) The weird-looking items to the left of the box are for video shoots: a video monitor, some pressed powder, and post-it notes. These are not related to Christmas scrapbooking. ;)

c) The tray on the left is a combination of two needs:

  1. Project Life cards.
  2. Glittered items.

The Project Life cards are glittered, so while they’re not designed for Christmas, they are a great addition to my Christmas supplies, since glitter is another must-have on all my Christmas pages. But once I put Christmas away, these will go back to their regular spot with my Project Life supplies for year-long scrapbooking.

I also have some wooden pieces there from Crate Paper that have glitter, but were not designed for Christmas. These will go back into my store of everyday supplies, as well.

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What’s Not on the Table?

First — Purposely missing from my table this year are my die cuts and inky, mixed-media, technique-driven supplies.

I have so many great new Christmas products I’m inspired to use this year that I am highly doubtful I’ll feel the urge to pull them out this time around (other than Christmas Red Stickles).

In past years I have pulled out dies, stamps, inks, embossing powders, etc. that are Christmas-themed and put them in their own space. My die cutting, stamping, and mixed media supplies are so easy for me to get to anyway, that I won’t be in any way inconvenienced if I do end up want to use some of them.

Second — Also missing from my table are Christmas products from the past that are not currently inspiring me at all. I might get rid of these. For now they are sitting in a container and out of my way!

Third — My Nutcracker supplies are in their own separate container. I am scrapbooking fewer of these pages right now, and plan to scrapbook more of the Nutcracker stories AFTER the holiday is over when I’m winding down on my Christmas album scrapbooking.

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Did you know we spent an entire season last year on organization tips for setting up your scrapbook space, in general? CLICK HERE for lots and lots on organizing for scrapbooking.

And finally…

Do you want to see some Christmas scrapbooking in action? The four November and December video tutorials are all Christmas-related!

CLICK HERE for info about a Paperclipping Membership. :)

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For videos on Christmas scrapbooking, everyday scrapbooking, organization in scrapbooking, and much more, CLICK HERE.

You made it all the way to the end! Good job! ;)

Happy holidays and shine on…

Love,-Noell