Amy Tan shares their concept and inspiration for her newest collection, Rise and Shine. She also shows off the pieces of this collection and does a little demo with some of the products.
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…
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Enjoy making a big impact with your supplies, and have fun paperclipping!
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.
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.
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Members can find the videos — Eat Up Your Leftovers, Parts One and Two — in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.
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Do you end up with kit and collection leftovers?
Either those leftovers don’t work well together, or they’re just not inspiring you any longer — especially when there are new collections hitting stores, like many have been just recently.
With two new collections making an entrance in my scraproom this week, it occurred to me that I need space for them, as I still have plenty of leftovers from the collections I purchased a year ago.
What do you do when when have lots of older stuff, but you’re ready for something new?
Personally, I like to shake them up. I like to do some things that make them feel fresh and new again.
Here are a few ideas…
- Make your own new coordinated kits with your leftovers.
- Alter them with color mediums.
- Crop them to emphasize something different in the pattern.
- Fussy-cut an icon or image from the pattern.
- Die-cut them.
I chose leftovers from six different collections that I wanted to tackle this week. My goal is to knock four collections out of their spots in my scraproom, and to make a dent in two of the others. I’m using the methods I listed above and making two different videos to show you how I’m doing it.
The first video focuses on the first option in the list: Make your own new coordinated kits. Not only do I show how I’m doing that in this episode, but I also scrapbook two pages from my new homemade kits. I’ve already released this video to the Paperclipping Members. Members can find it on iTunes or in the Membership Area.
The next video will be up by Friday and will probably share ideas for all of the strategies above.
Are you ready to start your membership?
So tell me…
What leftovers do you have that need new spice? Are they from collections or kits? Or just random pieces you purchased that you haven’t felt inspired to use? If you were to use them all over the next couple of weeks, what would you put in their place?
Hopefully the ideas I share in this week’s two videos will inspire you to do just that!
P.S.> Get your membership here to watch the videos! If you do anything with your own leftovers after watching, please shoot some photos, post them with an explanation online somewhere, and then share a link here in the comments!
Do you have a wishlist of new stuff to buy, while a whole stash of older scrapbook supplies waits to be used?
Need to use up some of the dated stuff first?
This is one of my specialty topics, so you’re at the right place. I have lots of great tips for using old scrapbook products and I’ve been sharing them with the Paperclipping Members through videos for a long time now. But there is one most important thing that needs to happen first.
You need to do this one thing before you do any of the other tips I love to discover and share.
You need to decide.
You must walk into your scrap space with the decision that you’re going to use a bunch of your lingering stuff.
It sounds simplistic and obvious, but it’s the absence of that decision that leads to the over-sized stash of older stuff we don’t feel inspired to use.
Once you’ve decided, you will LOVE the tips I have to share. You’ll love them because they’ll get you excited to use those older products. You’ll love the way they look on your pages, just as much as you think you’ll love using all those items on your new wishlist.
This week I pulled out some of the very oldest products still lingering in my stash, plus a few that are as new as two years old (two years still feels old when there’s so much that is new, right?) — and I made a page that is one of my current favorites!
Every single item I used are items that have been sitting around for a long time, with the exception of one doily that I got for free with my coffee at breakfast.
I assembled the entire thing, sharing my thoughts and decisions on video for the Paperclipping Members. I also shared at least five new tips for using random old leftovers.
Members can find it in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.
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So how much stuff do you have that cost you money and is taking up space? Want to put it to good use and make some gorgeous pages so you can feel better about that wishlist you’re accumulating?
I hope you enjoy the video!!
Raise your hand if you have some older stash you feel a little bit guilty about.
There’s just so much stinkin’ cute stuff coming out all the time, you kind of can’t help buying some new things before you get around to using last year’s cute things. And then there are all those things from the year before that, and the year before that…
…which all seem to get less and less cute the longer you have them but don’t use them.
That’s why I started my GRAM list: four ways to use (and get excited about using) your older scrapbook supplies.
And now I have another way!
Lately I’ve fallen love with scrapbooking from manufacturer collections and I’ve noticed that if you scrapbook a lot from collections and kits, you’re even less likely to use the other stuff you’ve bought and stashed away.
So rather than try to steer myself away from the newest dazzling collections winking and smiling at me in order to dutifully use my sour old stash, I decided to use my collections to reinvigorate the old stuff. For about a year or so I’ve been experimenting with a method of moving product through a nice little flow, and now that I know it works, it’s simple, and it’s fun, I’m ready to share!
Izzy and I made a video where we show you a part of my new scraproom and how I set up a way make collections work toward using up older stash. Then I put together a layout to show how it works all the way down to finished pages you’ll love.
And the cool thing is, you don’t have to change the way you organize. If you like to sort by color, by product type, by manufacturer, or whatever, you don’t have to stop that. The only difference will be that by adding this one simple tweak you’ll be moving product much more quickly through your current organizational method, whatever that may be.
And you can still focus on enjoying your newest favorite kits or collections just as much as usual!
The video is now waiting for you in the Member’s Area and in your iTunes member feed.
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We moved into the new exhibitor area to check out this company with lots of great scrapbooking papers, coordinating embellishments, and albums.
Many were excited when Margie Romney Aslett joined the Bazzill team as a desgner, so we’re going to take a look at her line, along with some of their other new stuff you’ll be excited about!
Did you know that you can save the CHA videos on Pinterest the same way you can save a regular photo image?
At the top of this post is a screenshot of my CHA 2012 Faves board. Click here for a closer look. I’m using it to keep track of all the products that debuted at CHA that I’m interested in purchasing as they release over the next few months.
Here’s what you might want to include if you create your own…
- Create a board called something like, “CHA 2012 Faves.”
- If you see stuff you like while watching a video, click the Pin It button and choose the image of the video.
- Note the name of the company.
- Note the release date if I shared it.
- Note the specific products you’re most interested in.
I’ve only just got going on my list and I still need to go back to my earlier videos to add some favorites (you may notice that Tim Holtz and Heidi Swapp products are not pinned, though they definitely will be!).
Don’t overwhelm yourself, though! There is more gorgeous product than we could ever possibly use. And don’t let the amazing projects make you feel inadequate, either. The entire purpose of those CHA projects are to sell product. Unless you’re on a design team, that’s probably not your purpose. It’s definitely not mine.
This is a great vibrant line of products designed by artist Christy Tomlinson and made by Pink Paislee.