The Paperclipping Festival is where we get to see a whole variety of styles and story-telling from the our members! I invited members to share a layout or project that incorporates at least one of the Paperclipping tutorials. A little over twenty people decided to play along. You’ll see that design is not about a specific clean-lined graphic look. Design is a group of principles to help you communicate visually, and you can find elements of design in anything we find attractive.
So let’s see how some of our Paperclipping Members have taken what they learned through the Paperclipping Video Tutorials to create visual stories to share with others…
Angie Ladeau: Leading The Eye
Angie Ladeau is a digital scrapbooker but she took principles I share on how to lead the eye across the page of a multi-photo layout, and combined them with some digital tricks I have yet to learn.
Please follow this link to Angie’s blog post. There she explains exactly how she incorporated my tips from two different episodes. She details where she wanted the eye to go and in what order, and she also shares what her journaling says!
Jess Forster: Design With Lines
While I have many episodes about how to use lines on your layout for various purposes, the episode that Jess chose for this page is about lines that you do not see. While designing your page, you will establish balance by visualizing lines around your page that are not actually there.
In her blog post, Jess used the same technique I used in the episode to show readers where she visualized her lines to decide where to place the elements on her page. Every scrapbooker of every style will benefit from this type of instruction, so please head over and take a look at how her layout grew to the completed page it is now.
You’ll also get to read the beautiful story that inspired the page in the first place!
Irene Dunne: Scrapbook With Everyday Items
There is something so beautiful and authentic (plus green and inexpensive!) about bringing the stuff of real life into our stories! In this case, Irene altered the tags that she kept from her experience of altering wedding gowns, and turned them into the pages of a mini-book to showcase some of those dresses.
You’ll enjoy her blog post where she shares her tag altering technique and the gorgeous details of her book.
More on Scrapbooking With Everyday Items:
Want to see some great examples of everyday items that were not altered? Click on these links…
Linda Tieu – Linda combined my Scrapbook With Everyday Items episode with my tutorial on How To Mix Styles and created a three-dimensional scrapbook in a picture frame!
Janaina Oliveira – Jana took my episode called, A Use For Old Tags, and made it her own by combining her son’s old clothing tags and receipts to tell a photo-less collage story about his fast growth as a baby.
Carla and Christine: Anchoring Lines
You can anchor your design elements to make them feel grounded in a number of ways and Carla used my episode on Anchoring Lines to ground her photo collages to the right side of each apple page in her mini-book. She made her lines with word strips!
You can see all of the pages of Carla’s book by clicking this link.
Christine has a very different style from Carla, but uses the same design principle of supporting her photos with a very ornate line. Christine shares some details about how she made this layout in a blog post for her store in Dubai. Just scroll down a bit to see it.
More on Anchoring Lines:
It turns out this was a popular topic! Want to see how others made use of this design principle? Check out these layouts by more Paperclipping Members…
Deanna Munger – Deanna used my episode on Using Handmade Backgrounds to make a beautiful sandy background. Then she used lines behind her focal point photo as a grounding method.
Lynn Mercurio and Karen Hanim both used anchoring lines either above or below their photos.
Sue Althouse: Make Beautiful Layouts With Lots Of Photos
It can be hard to make beautiful layouts with a lot of photos! Sue did it! In her blog post, she gave the details of how she used each of my six tips. You’ll definitely learn a lot by looking at her process.
What especially impressed me is how she applied the principles to her own situation. One concept I shared was balance. I showed how color needs to be balanced throughout the spread of photos. The colors of her photos are all the same, so she applied the principle in terms of balancing the size variation in her photos!
More On Multi-Photo Layouts:
Debbie Piercey – Debbie shares how this same episode helped her learn to choose which photos to print in smaller sizes without having to plan a layout design ahead of time. She also shared a great tip on a super easy and inexpensive way to print those smaller sizes at the photo developer!
Jamie De Luna & Ann Walterich: Techniques
Paperclipping does provide technique-heavy episodes, too (almost always with some design principles along the way!). Jamie De Luna learned how to adhere these super cute transparencies (above). She shared how on her blog here.
ETA: This blog link is now correct!
In a tutorial on how to make a Spring Album, I showed the steps for making a big chunky flower like Ann’s on this minibook. Ann Walterich personalized hers by making the bottom layer a different color, laying the pearls in a more organic fashion, and making it half-sized so she could line it up with the edge of her mini-book.
Many of you know about my Flexible Templates, which I designed as quick-starts to layout that give you more flexibility than sketches. Belle Ender made a layout using my Circular Anchor template. Tracy Gregory made a page with the Square On The Third Lines template, and Claire Armstrong made one with my Moving Panels template. Please click on the names of each of these ladies to see their pages and to get the links to the original template posts that inspired their pages.
I probably get more requests for tutorials on embellishments — how to use them, how to make them — than almost any other topic. We have a lot of tutorials on embellishments. See how Karen (Lady Doc) used my Embellishment Crescendo concept to make a very gorgeous and intricate gathering.
Siri Fjortoft made a strong statement with her clean yet elegant gathering on her personality page. Laura Piccioli gathered some older flower embellishments to make a beautiful corner, while Susie Moore gathered her older embellishments around her title.
Heritage, Handmade Backgrounds, and Photo Editing Techniques
I don’t feel like I see nearly enough heritage layouts. Please take a look at Rosann Santos-Elliot’s beautiful and intricate wedding/anniversary page where she also made her own background and shared some tips on her techniques!
And finally, you would never realize that Suz Gray used my two tutorials on editing photos to fix the great pictures she displayed on the page she entered for this festival!
Update: I have to add one more! KikiK.’s submission got lost in Facebook Message Land. Definitely check it out, though, because she shared twelve different layouts in her post! TWELVE!
Much Applause To Our Contributing Members!
I loved seeing all these projects! Thank you to all who participated! I will be compensating the eight members whose project photos I displayed in this post by giving them three additional months to their memberships!
If you are wishing you could watch all these tutorials, please consider joining our members! You can learn about membership by clicking here.
If I missed your entry (and you sent it to me by last Saturday) or misspelled your name, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org