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Multiply Your Color Mediums – Paperclipping 228

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Do you like getting more out of your products?

Me, too. It’s one of my favorite topics to get ideas for…

  • Rejuvenating old products
  • Getting two uses for a single product instead of just one.
  • Punching and die-cutting in a way that results in useable off-cuts
  • Creating additional items with the residual spray and paints that fly and drip while you’re creating something else.

Three of those four things not only save you product and money, but also time, because you’re creating two items to scrapbook with at once.

A Tip for Electronic and Die Cutting

When placing your dies or cut images, position them in a way that the off-cut with the negative can be used in another project. I ALWAYS do this.

I made a video that shows examples, techniques, and resulting pages. Paperclipping Members can find it in the Member’s Area. It’s Paperclipping 212 – Get More Out of Your Electric and Manual Die Cuts.

Spray Mists, Paint, and Other Color Mediums

Every time we spray or paint we lose a lot of our medium. This is totally unnecessary and you can get a second or third creation from each spray and paint session!

I made a video tutorial this week that demonstrates this. I show you how you can create a second or third item to eventually scrapbook with while you’re spraying or painting something else. And you don’t even have to know how you’ll use those second or third items.

How does that work? Watch the video!

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Get More Out of Your Electronic and Manual Die Cuts – Paperclipping 212

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Want to get more out of your die cuts?

Whether you use a Cameo, a Cricut, a Sizzix, or any other die cutting tool, you might be able to get more uses from your cuts than you realize.

Every project pictured in this post used something that was leftover from the cuts I made for other projects.

You know that old Great Depression quote?

Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.

Well, I don’t know if we have to go quite that far, but there just might be a lot more you can do with the pieces you’ve cut than you realize.

The funny thing is, I usually like what I do with my leftovers even more than what I did with the original cuts!

We Are the Tooth Fairy (closeup)

Sweet Idealist (closeup)

So while you’re making your cuts, whether it be from an electronic cutter or a manual die cut machine, think about how you can use your negative “throw-aways,” as well as your positive pieces. Or vice-versa!

BTW, we just released a video tutorial where I share a number of different ways you can get more of your die cuts. You’ll see those favorite pieces of mine that came from my leftover cuts and a step-by-step demo of a super awesome (but easy) technique, pictured below.

You & Me (closeup)

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Why We Don't Pay Our Kids to Do Their Chores (closeup)

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Thirty-Six Scrapbook Layouts with Technique-Based Backgrounds

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When I went to Ranger U last year to get certified to teach how to use Ranger products, it was with a very specific goal: I wanted more ideas for how to adapt these fun techniques for everyday scrapbooking in a modern mainstream style.

We usually see them used on tags, in vintage projects, on cards, or in art journals. We don’t see them used in scrapbooking all that often, which is too bad, since they’re so much fun! Plus…

Of all the technique-oriented products, I recommend Ranger for scrapbookers. Ranger has the best ones with the highest quality.

Here are 36 scrapbook pages with backgrounds I made from technique-based products such as Distress Inks and Stains, Perfect Pearls, spray mists, paint, stamps, stencils, and masks…
Continue reading Thirty-Six Scrapbook Layouts with Technique-Based Backgrounds

Perfect Pearls for Scrapbook Layouts – Paperclipping 193

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If you’re not naturally a technique-driven scrapbooker it can be baffling and unnatural to try to learn to incorporate techniques into your regular process. You might be attracted to the products and the possibilities but find that it breaks up your flow.

For the first time in 16 years of scrapbooking I feel like I can say that I’m a technique-girl in addition to being a story- and concept-girl. Turns out you can learn to make techniques a comfortable part of your process without sacrificing any part of what you’re naturally inclined to. Here are 3 tips for adding the technique to your story…

NYCDA (closeup)

1. Do one technique on the front of a tag (don’t decorate the tag — just do one technique so you don’t get confused later!) and write the how-to steps on the back. Add it to a large book-binding ring (where you can add more later) and hang it in view near where you scrapbook.

I was forced to do this when completing my Ranger U certification. I would still be lost had I not done this.


2. Set aside a scrapbooking session to experiment with different takes on one technique or technique-driven product.

Hate the idea of making a bunch of random creations with no scrapbook page in mind? Look through the photos and stories you’d love to make soon. Consider them as you choose images and colors with which to experiment. I did this with my Perfect Pearls last week. I did eight experiments and ended up with four that I immediately added to new layouts!

What do you do with the rest of your experimental creations? Store them the way you organize any store-bought item.

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3. Identify a technique-driven product you wish you used more and find a home for it that is closer to your scrapbook table.

Recently I moved my Big Shot to a shelf directly over my table so I can stand up and pull it down. My dies and embossing folders are now in an open wine box at standing height next to my table and they’re easy to flip through.

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All three of these tips seemed impractical and unnatural to me before, but now that I’ve done them, I realize they were the difference between me getting it and me not getting it.

Need somewhere to start?

In this week’s video tutorial I share everything I know about Perfect Pearls, partially from in-person training from Tim Holtz, and partially from my own experimenting. I share…

  1. Basics on how to use the Pearls successfully
  2. Six effects to try with your Pearls and stamps
  3. A general color concept
  4. Four new layouts using Perfect Pearls and stamps

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Which Ranger Products Do You Want To Learn To Use In Your Scrapbooking?


Last week I got to attend Ranger University and got certified as a Ranger U educator. It was an amazing workshop — three 9-hour days where we learned 80 different techniques!

See the tags and bags hanging from my organizer in the photo above? Those are the samples I made, one for each of the 80. So I’m excited to share with Paperclipping Members my understanding of how to use all their MANY different technique-oriented products, but in the way I work best…

I’m going to shares ideas for how to translate those products and techniques into modern scrapbooking. You most often see them used for vintage projects, but I like to use them for every day scrapbooking, which is not vintage.

And as usual, I’ll share broad concepts so you can adapt the techniques for a variety of projects, styles, and uses so you don’t feel trapped to copy whatever I choose to do.

But I want your help. I’m curious to know which of these different types of products you’re most interested in. I admit up front that I will ultimately choose the ones that I end up using for layouts and projects I’m most inspired to start making. But your votes will help me prioritize, so I’d love to hear!

Which of these products are you most interested in learning to use?


  1. Perfect Pearls
  2. Perfect Pearl Mists
  3. Distress Stain – blending and other effects
  4. Claudine Hellmuth gesso and medium products
  5. Adirondack Color Wash
  6. Distress Ink – blending and other effects
  7. Dylusions Ink Sprays, Stencils, and Stamps
  8. Melt Art
  9. Adirondack Alcohol Ink – blending and other effects
  10. Distress Markers (not shown)
  11. Other (please specify)

Just for fun, here are my pictures from the event…

Don’t forget to vote for your Ranger technique hopes and dreams! :) What do you most want to learn?

Vintage Supplies for Modern Pages – Paperclipping 180

Are you torn between vintage style– like that of Tim Holtz– and your own more modern-style scrapbooking?

Wish you could figure out how to make those fun distress products work with the photos and topics you actually scrapbook about?

I used to feel this way, but over time I learned to bring those two wonderful worlds together!

We just released a video tutorial that shows:

  • A layout design idea for using Tim Holtz Texture Fades.
  • Techniques and ideas for combining Tim Holtz products with other popular scrapbook products.
  • A key technique for using any Tim Holtz product while maintaining a bright, cheery, modern scrapbooking style.
  • A key principle that can help you identify which Tim Holtz products from your stash will enhance your scrapbook page.

Does that sound useful? How about fun?

It’s totally fun!

This episode is for the Paperclipping Members. If you don’t have your membership yet, you can get signed up now!

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Welcome to the Paperclipping Festival!

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.

Flexible Templates
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 noell@paperclipping.com