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Let Tim Holtz introduce is brand new line of punches and tell you why they are unlike other punches on the market. See his new die cuts, as well.
We R Memory Keepers has a new tool out that allows you to customize any page protector with as many pockets (close or open) as you need! Watch the demo.
Do you have lots of photos from recent holiday events?
I took the Flexible Template from Paperclipping 181 — a design idea you can use to build single photo layouts, as well as pages with lots of photos — and I used it for two different Christmas pages.
- A two-page spread with 12 photos all the same size.
- A two-page spread with 11 photos of varying sizes.
Of course, I did it all on video so you can do it, too.
Whether you have lots of pictures that are ready to scrapbook, or just a few, you’ll be able to use the Flexible Template to get you going on your next page.
If you’re a Paperclipping Member you can watch the video now.
If you’re not, CLICK HERE to learn how you can get this tutorial right away.
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.
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…
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:
“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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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.
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.