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The Dynamic Line Flexible Template, Part 2 – Paperclipping 267

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

What can you do with a single Flexible Template?

You can make an inexhaustible number of layouts that look very different.

But if I show you closeups of the template on two different pages, you might see that both layouts started from a single idea. Look below…

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Do you see it? The idea that started each of these layouts is what I call the Dynamic Line Flexible Template.

I’ve used it a lot.

My Flexible Templates are not actually full templates for a page (such as a sketch). Each template is just a general design idea to get you started on a solid design foundation, but the details are all up to you and can vary with each page:

  • Photo count – use as many or few as your story needs.
  • Page count – single or double page layout…it’s up to you.
  • Page size – 6×8, 8.5×11, 12×12…the templates work with any size you can imagine.
  • Title placement – the size of your letters and the colors on your page play a major role in where a title will look best on any given page, so my templates don’t dictate title placement.
  • Papers – your own personal style and story will factor in where and how much you want to layer or not layer. The templates leave you free to be you.
  • Details – because you can take your layout is so many different directions with a Flexible Template, additional detailing, like embellishments, can vary just as much.

For example, on the first layout pictured above I used eleven different scraps and blocks of papers in layers on top of the background paper, whereas on the second layout I only used two. And on another page I made with this template, I didn’t add any layers of paper to the background at all.

In Part One of the Dynamic Line Flexible Template video I made two layouts with photos from the same event, with the same exact color scheme, and even most of the products were the same or from the same package.

Why would I do that? Because I wanted to show you how a few minor differences made the pages different enough.

So imagine what variety you can get by using different colors, products, and pictures from different events. That is what I demonstrated in this Part Two episode.

My Flexible Templates get you started on a page design (because starting can be the hardest part), but they give you as much flexibility and room for creativity as you want.

Design with Lines

Did you know that some lines will move your eye around the page quickly, while others give you a sense of slow, steady stability?

Lines are a big deal. They play a major role in how a person feels and where they look when viewing your pages.

Because line is an essential part of the Dynamic Line Flexible Template, I took this episode as an opportunity to demonstrate how to make these two very different types of lines, and to show you how those lines make you feel.

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You will find the new video in the Member’s Area and on iTunes in the Member feed.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

The Dynamic Line Flexible Template – Paperclipping 266

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

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Who’s ready for a new Flexible Template?

For those who are newer and don’t know what they are, Flexible Templates are the jumping off points I personally often use when starting a layout.

They are not as concrete as a sketch — they are purposely more vague to allow you creative play and tons of flexibility to meet whatever needs your photos demand.

Got one photo? Got ten photos? Most of the templates work will either way!

Rather than telling you where things should go, the Flexible Template provides you an abstract image to get you started, and then you take it from there, whether you’re working with a single photo or lots of photos.

Normally when I release a Flexible Template, I show you how totally varied your layouts from the same template can be by assembling pages on video. All of my resulting pages usually look so completely different that you’d never know they stemmed from the same idea.

But this week I felt like doing something different. I decided to show you how similar you can make your pages with the template, and still have enough variety in them that they’d look great together in the same album despite the similarities.

I used almost all the same products, or very similar products, and only varied a few details between the two pages, and I love how they look together in our Nutcracker album.

This video is in the Paperclipping Member Library and on iTunes.

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Shine On,
Love,-Noell

P.S. I also shared in this video a tip I’m most proud of — one I’ve absolutely enjoyed using whenever I want to make a page with lots of flowery, fabric dimension. I do not like how flowers look in the page protector, and this tip solves that problem beautifully.

I shared this once before a few years back, but it’s always good to be reminded and to see it done with different supplies. Enjoy. :)

The Three Point Triangle Flexible Template for Lots of Photos – Paperclipping 255

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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Do you have lots of photos from recent holiday events?

I do!

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.

  1. A two-page spread with 12 photos all the same size.
  2. 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.

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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

Bits and Pieces In a Versatile Template

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Need a fresh scrapbooking idea that’s on-trend but also simple and budget-friendly?

I want to share with you one of my favorite videos, which shows the process for some of my favorite layouts.

In the video I share a template for scrapbooking pages with small bits and pieces — whether they’re your leftover scraps or those cute little cut out pieces in your newest patterned papers.

You’ll be able to use this Flexible Template over and over for a totally fresh scrapbook page every time. Just take a look at the layouts below to see what I mean.

Shine On,
Love,-Noell

P.S.> This video is from the Paperclipping Library. Paperclipping Members get two videos every month in addition to more than 200 videos that currently make up the library.

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Layouts from the video are below…

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Pinboard Flexible Template – Paperclipping 169

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

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What if you could have design prompts that will propel your creative scrapbook flow without actually telling you exactly where to put things the way a sketch does? What if those design prompts were flexible enough to work with different numbers of photos and other items so you don’t have to restrict yourself to prompts that only work with a specific numbers of photos?

Sketches, page maps, or strict templates can give you a framework in which to apply some of your creativity. But they limit your range of creativity if you are at a point in your development when you design (or could design) your own pages. Is it time for you to hold the reins of your own designs?

I started sharing my Flexible Templates because I understand the benefit of having a starting point to get your design going. Creative seeds are good things. But I know how much more I enjoy not having to refer to something else to tell me where to place things. You can use the Flexible Templates as a propeller toward your design, but without having to look at anything specific to get it going.

How do you use Flexible Templates without looking at a visual example?

I base the templates on a visual image, such as three train tracks for the Train Station Flexible template. You should be able to recall the image idea of three parallel train tracks as your starting point. You don’t have to look at a sketch or my own examples to decide where to put your photos and other items, though you can.

The point is to be able to make your own structure from the inspiration of three tracks. You might do any of these ideas or come up with your own…

  • Make your tracks vertical with three columns of vertical photos and long journaling as the trains.
  • Position your tracks at a diagonal to produce a more energetic tone for your story.
  • Make your trains out of twelve different photos by making each photo a 2.5×2.5 square
  • Or make your trains out of just 3 long photos and patterned paper and embellishments.
  • Create a sense of movement by having your photo trains extend all the way to an edge of the page.
  • Or create a sense of stability by centering the trains on the page so they look like they’re stationary on the implied (non-literal) tracks.

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Just thinking about these different ways to form my “trains” and “tracks” makes the creativity flow enough that I want to go scrapbook right now!

The video tutorials for each of my templates are just to give you an idea of what I mean by “Pinboard” or “Moving Panels” or “Train Tracks.” They’re also an opportunity to share some of the design principles that might assist you. After you’ve watched a tutorial on a Flexible Template, I recommend you add the template name to a list and refer to the names to generate your own layout designs.

Use the idea of a pinboard to jump-start your scrapbook layout design.

A pinboard is a place to pin up photos, ephemera, memo’s or reminders, and other items. How can you use this visual idea to create a page? In my Pinboard Flexible Template tutorial, I share some ways I’ve used it to display a series of photos, such as the layout at the top. I also assemble a page where I had ephemera from a dance competition program instead of actual pictures.

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Pinboard Flexible Template Video Tutorial

You can watch the video trailer for the episode by clicking on the player below.

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If you’re a Paperclipping Member, you can login to the Member’s Area at the upper right-hand corner to watch the tutorial, or you can go to your iTunes library and watch it there.

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