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Bits and Pieces In a Versatile Template

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,

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Layouts from the video are below…

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How to Mix Patterns – Paperclipping 209

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Do you end up with many leftovers from your scrapbook kits or from manufactured paper lines?

One of the more valuable skills that comes from having a good design eye is to be able to mix and match patterns from different lines. You can take your products so much further if you create new “lines” or “kits” by mixing and matching what you have.

When you identify which of your different products look great together, it’s possible to actually use up entire lines and kits! ;)

Lisa Noell

And check out what a different look I was able to get for the two scrapbook pages in the pictures for this post. Two very different looks for two very different stories, even though both layouts began from the same scrapbook line.

Try it today, or this weekend!

Pick a line you love, and then find some leftovers that have lost their luster but that will match some of your new exciting line. Then tell me if you don’t feel renewed excitement in the older products as well!

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Advanced Design With L-Frames – Paperclipping 154

You may or may not know about the L-frame as a possible foundation for the design of your scrapbook pages. Today’s episode will take you beyond the basics of the L-frame — although you’ll learn it if it’s new to you — to show you more artistic and less obvious ways to use this as the foundational structure of your scrapbook design.

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Please click on the video trailer above to see how today’s tutorial goes beyond what you might already know with regard to the L-frame, and how to use it to your advantage and with whatever style of scrapbooking you prefer.

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Below are the layouts I featured in today’s episode. You’ll need to watch the video for the specific design tips and techniques, but in the meantime, I hope you get some inspiration and ideas . . .

All Hallow’s Eve

7×10 mini-book
I loved working with this minibook cover made by Teresa Collins! She created it for Thanksgiving but I wanted it for my Halloween book. The price for this is so low, you may want to consider the entire kit for Thanksgiving, plus a second cover for Halloween! I altered my cover by spraying it with Glimmer Mist in Tiger Lilly and Pumpkin Pie. Since Tiger Lilly isn’t available, you might try Jack O Lantern or Sugar Maple as a second mist color.

Some of the items on my cover: Prima Flowers, Venice * The Girl’s Paperie Toil & Trouble Charm.

I made the foundation of my title from an old piece of sheet music that had belonged to my husband’s mother decades ago. I distressed it with Tim Holtz’s Old Paper Distress Ink his Ink Blending Tool, some water spritzing, hand-wrinkling, and edge fraying.

The 3-Wheeler

2-page 12×12 scrapbook page
I wanted to chronicle the life of this bike, which began with my first born (top photos) and ended when my last child outgrew it. I used list-journaling to recall our memories.

The journaling reads: This bike went a long way. And I don’t mean on one literal trip . . .

  • 3 toddlers who turned into big kids seeking thrills on steep hills
  • 2 apartments + 2 homes
  • an early Izzy production “commercial” starring Trinity and the bike
  • a little dying cricket being treated to a ride by Aiden in the square indentation between the handles
  • the removal of handle bars
  • being flipped upside-down for the sharpening of fingernails with the turning of the wheel and pedals

Around the outside of basic white cardstock I sprayed Lemon Grass Glimmer Mist, then inked the edges with Old Paper Distress Ink and Ink Blending Tool.

The letter B is a chipboard letter from the Pocket Watch Glimmer Chip chipboard letters. I inked it with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

Amazed . . .

12×12 scrapbook page

Life Explorer

12×12 scrapbook page

Today: 2-28-08

2 pages from a mini-book


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Paperclipping 147 – Fix Your Journaling Disasters

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What do you do when you write your journaling directly onto your background paper and then find it horribly wrong?

I don’t mind crossing out a word or two, but sometimes the “error” is beyond a few misspelled words. In this week’s episode, I share some of my journaled background near-tragedies and fixes!

These aren’t just “passable” fixes. These are fixes that left me even happier with the results than my original plan. I’m excited to share with you not only my techniques, but the design principles that make them work so you can apply them to your own journaling mistakes.

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Below are the “fixed” layouts I featured in this week’s tutorial…

Little Rascal

12×12 layout
Journaling to Aiden, age 3, reads:

the story
During one of Blake’s baseball practices an older boy, about 7 years old, challenged you to a race. You agreed and off you went. Of course, we couldn’t expect your little legs to keep up with him and he hit the finish-line with the declaration, “I won!” long before you did.

true confessions
Here I was, your protective mother, irritated that this 7-year-old boy was gloating about beating you, my 3-year-old. But then you reached the finish-line, still at a full run, and with a huge smile on your face. You began yelling, “I won! I won! I won! I won!…!”


the juicy part
That boy tried his best to convince you (and the rest of us!) that he beat you. But he could not overcome your boisterous, “I won!” celebrations. He was frustrated. And I have never stopped smiling about it.

T is for Trinity

12×12 layout
Journaling reads:

A conversation with Aiden, age 5…

a: Mom, I want a “T” on my forehead.

(after hearing him mumble, “Trinity . . . Trinity . . .” I made a guess)
m: You want a “T” on your forehead for “Trinity?”

a: Mmm-hmm.

m: T for Trinity? Because you love her?

a: Yep. I love her.

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Paperclipping 145 – Gather Your Old Products

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In this new members-only edition of Paperclipping, you’ll see several different ways to gather up and use old products in creative ways.

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Below are the layouts I featured in today’s episode…

PB & J

12×12 layout
Journaling reads: 3 yrs old – July 19, 06

Aiden, you are showing me that you’re growing up. Yesterday you wanted to help me make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Someone stopped by so I left the kitchen before it was done so I could visit with our guest for a few minutes. When I came back, there you were with an entire sandwich in your mouth. You stopped eating to announce, “I can do it myself!”

And you sure did! Peanut butter on half the bread. No jelly. I even asked if you wanted jelly and you said, “Nope!” with such confidence.

“Is it good?” I asked. “Yep!” you announced. And you ate it like it was the best sandwich you’ve ever had. I was so proud of my little 3-year-old boy.

Today when I was about to pour your soy milk into a cup you made the same announcement, “I can do it myself!”

. . . And you did.

Note: I use a combination of new and old products. Here are the ones I was able to find still available online:

  • bouncy ball paper
  • vinyl Thickers These vinyl ones are goopy and don’t stick well but they look awesome if you glue them with a good adhesive. Just beware!
  • The white flocked polka dot paper is a favorite of mine but it seems to be sold or clearanced out. I found this brown sheet available and on sale. I’ve also used and loved this black flocked damask paper for a formal look and for Halloween.

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T Is For Trinity

12×12 layout
Journaling reads:
A conversation with Aiden, age 5…

a: Mom, I want a “T” on my forehead.

(after hearing him mumble, “Trinity . . . Trinity . . .” I made a guess)
m: You want a “T” on your forehead for “Trinity?”

a: Mmm-hmm.

m: T for Trinity? Because you love her?

a: Yep. I love her.

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Silly Random Thoughts

12×12 layout
Journaling from four different occassions: Aiden – ages 3 and 4
1)”I know what kiwis are made of. Salty, juicy pineapples. With hair all over it.”

2) August 2006 –
Me: Tomorrow I’m getting you a new carseat.
Aiden: A booster seat?
Me: Yes!
Aiden: So it can make me fly?

3) When you want a vitamin you ask for, “That thing that is kinda like medicine and kinda like candy.” (Aug. 2007)

4) Aug. 2007
Aiden: Look! I wrote, “Yoga!”
(shows me scribbles on his spaceship)

Me: Do you mean “Yoda?” Like from Starwars?

Aiden: No. YOGA.

Me: You mean the exercise I do?

Aiden: Yes. It’s your job.

Here is a pink version of my stamp die cut paper, and here’s a blue one with a different pattern.

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12×12 layoutt
Journaling reads: The over-sized set at Grandma Gertrude’s retirement home inspired your imagination, which we can see by your pursed lips, surely meaning something big is happening in your inner world of kings and queens.

Type charms

The first layout I shared in this week’s tutorial was featured in Papercipping 120 – Circular Anchor Flexible Template. You can see the photo of that layout by clicking the link and scrolling down.

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I’m excited to see what old products you’ll give new life after watching this week’s episode!

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Paperclipping 144 – How To Mix Styles

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Update 5-12-10: Some of the video feeds were not working yesterday but they should all be fixed now. Enjoy!
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Below are the projects I shared in today’s episode…

Electronic Love Letters

The journaled introduction to this book: In Nobember 2006, as some of us prepared to take a trip to K.C. for Christmas, there was a a sudden jump in emails between us — Buckland siblings and spouses and our parents. With most of us spread out across the country, many of thee sometimes funny and sometimes emotionally supportive emails became a fun way for us to reminisce, become re-acquainted, and to remain tied together as friends and siblings.

These are some of my favorite of the sillier and playful emails. Much love to my parents and siblings.
A note on the supplies: I assembled the main pages and embellishments on this album about two years ago I think. I only finally added the photos and emails (on white cardstock) last Saturday. I’m so sorry that most of these products are no longer available. I can tell you that the two aqua-green inserts at the very beginning and end of the book are product packaging from Prima and are current.

It’s All About The Details

12×12 layout
You can read the journaing for this layout in the article in which I originally posted it.


What are your favorite styles? I think mine are probably vintage (although I never do a pure version of vintage) and an “artsy” style (which can be broadly defined). I would love to hear which styles you would love to mix into one project and whether you’ve attempted before! Please share by leaving a comment.

Paperclipping 143 – Rapid Fire Scrapbooking

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Journaling reads: Dad told me about this conversation he had with you when you said you’re not getting married:
D: What are you gonna do when you get older?
A: I’m gonna live with you guys.
D: Don’t you want to get married?
A: No.
D: Why not?
A (with a tone as if it should be obvious): We got Mom!

That’s right, little man. You got me…You got me wrapped around your little finger and while I hope you’ll find someone else some day who loves you like I love you, I hope your tiny little finger never lets go of your mama.

Pocket Page

Apologies for the glare on these. I haven’t figured out how I can photograph then well yet.
Journaling reads: My parents used to take us to ghost towns when I was a kid so when I discovered we had this cool mining ghost town just minutes from our house (nestled in the canyons) I knew I would take them and Erin’s family to see it on their next visit to Mesa.

Paperclipping 142 – Scrapbooking with Everyday Items

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It’s All About The Details

12×12 layout
Journaling reads: Trinity – You have great attention to details. You’re afraid of making mistakes. You’re a perfectionist. You’re also extremely independent, so it makes for some interesting situations when I find you trying to do something on your own but you have to come over to me again and again with detail-oriented questions. Today it happened with you making P.B.+J. sandwiches, which you’ve done a hundred times before…

Trinity: Mom! I want to make peanut butter and jelly but this says “jam!” I can’t find any jelly in the fridge.

Mom: That’s what we use because jelly has too much sugar. Sometimes what I buy says “spreadable fruit.” It’s all just used the same way as jelly.

Trinity (you ran out of jam and went to the closet for more but then came back to me, distraught): Mom! This has a totally different word on it that I can’t read and there are CHUNKS in it!

Mom: Yep, honey. This one is the same kind of thing. It’s called, “Preserves.” But it’s all the same. Now relax and go make your sandwich! :)


12×12 pocketed page protector

Journaling reads: It wasn’t until Blake told me how his friends act disgusted by the way we eat (last month) that I realized it could be hard on you kids socially. It’s been over two years now since I decided to eliminate animal-related foods from my diet and cooking and became vegan. Last Auguest Dad decided (on his own, without pressure from me) that he couldn’t eat animals and their by-products anymore, either, which meant your diets became even more vegan than they already were.

Since we don’t force you to be totally vegan and you like my cooking, it didn’t occur to me it could be hard until Blake’s friends acted that way, no matter how good it looked or how often they admit to loving it when they try it. I’m sorry if you get embarrassed and I appreciate that you give us few complaints. I hope you understand that I have to live with integrity. I make this choice for health and love, for the environment, the animals, and for peace.

My 2nd Office

MiniBook I made from coffee cup warmers
Here are most of the pages:

Paperclipping 140 – Accordian Spring Album

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Album Details

The Tinkering Ink Peekaboo Album I used doesn’t seem to be in stock anymore. Hopefully you’ll use something you already have anyway but if you’re looking for a mini with shapes punched out like mine, the closest thing I can find to it is this one, which is on clearance right now.

Album Color:
By experimenting, I got a lovely mottled yellow on my pages that reminds me of colored Easter eggs. You know how colored eggs never come out smooth and perfect like they do on the cover of magazines?. I love the uneven colored-eggs look on my pages. Here’s how I got it:

  • Painted 2 layers of Golden’s Gesso. (You could try white acrylic paint if you don’t have gesso).
  • Sprayed a layer of Lemon Meringue Glimmer Mist and blended it in.
  • Spritzed some uneven splotches of Lemon Grass Glimmer Mist. I rubbed the Lemon Grass with my blending tool. The foam applicator left a lot of “bubbling” in the mist, I think because of the gesso, and then set the bubbles and splotches with a heat tool.

Handmade flowers:
I made my large turquoise flower out of Tim Holtz Grunge Board. To color the petals I painted two layers of gesso, then sprayed and dried multiple layers of Patina Glimmer Mist.

It turns out that the gesso was not holding the Patina dye color, so it came out light, although very beautifully glimmery. Liz Hicks from Tattered Angels suggested using Making Memories Spotlight acrylic paint on chipboard or grunge board if you want the dye color to show more vibrantly.

The tiny paper flowers and the large flower were inspired by the artist, Alisa Burke. The orange paperclipped flower is from Paperclipping Episode #118, which is now archived, but available to our Members.

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Paperclipping 139 – Build a Color Palette from Pink

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12×12 layout
Journaling to Trinity reads: Your 9th birthday. Game night with pizza and banana splits. Your closest friends plus some of the neighborhood girls.

Supplies: Making Memories BigDot Rouge Paperie * Theresa Collins Take Note journal block * Basic Grey brads * Tim Holtz + 7 Gypsies metal numbers

Your New Bike

12zx12 layout
Journaling reads: Trinity, You had definitely outgrown your first bike so for your 9th birthday we called a whole bunch of sellers on Craig’s List until we found two sellers that might have a bike for you. We drove — you and me — to the seller who had 2 bikes first, and you knew instantly. You test-drove both, but you knew this was it. You didn’t even want to try the other seller to make sure. You went for the smooth-riding pink and purple one. Good choice. <3 Mom.

Supplies: Teresa Collins Journal-It Girl pink damask paper + journal boxes * Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist for the colored backgrounds of the flowers and circles: Lavender Fields, S.W.A.K. and Pumpkin Pie, blended with the Tim Holtz Blending Tool.

Riding With Grandpa

2-page 12×12 layout
Journaling reads: A regular treat…going to Grandpa’s house on the farm, him taking you all for a ride and a little tour. In a couple of years this wagon will be full of a different set of grandkids!

Bazzill Cardstock Cream Puff * Glimmer Mist Coffee Shop * Creative Imaginations Polka Sunshine orange scalloped paper on clearance at the link at time of posting this * Letters R + G Thickers Jewelry Box Chestnut * Jenni Bowlin Studios orange buttons * Prima Novella Gallery Roses