Friday, June 18, 2010

Paperclipping Festival

If you've been reading my blog for more than a week then you know I love Paperclipping (*no eye rolling please lol*) so I will not bore you with my bragging on Noell... too much.

Being a member has really helped me to refine my style & understand why a page "works".  The tips & techniques aren't limiting by saying do this or that but just general principles & tips that can be applied to any project.  I feel like I have been thru design bootcamp after watching all the episodes.  The most miraculous thing happened... I credit Paperclipping with speeding up a slow poke scrapper since I now have confidence in my design element choices I no longer agonize over them & even enjoy the process more.  No I'm still not a speed demon but I can have an idea in my mind & not pull out tons of product to audition it.  I even look at my supplies in a different way since I know I can change them up with paint, ink, or even how little/much I use them in a project.  Since becoming a member my creativity has been sparked like never before.  With so many LSS closing down & we just don't have the opportunity to take classes like we did in the past Paperclipping is really filling the void for so many of us by educating us & creating a community of scrapbookers.

As far as deign I could credit half a dozen episodes for this page (Designing with Lines, Hand Made Embellishments, Flexible Template, Visual Triangle, etc)  but I want to highlight some videos you might not think of at Paperclipping.  For this particular layout I also used the techniques learned in the episode about Working with Levels in Photoshop  & Fix Bad Photo Lighting to salvage not so good photos & make them shine.

While at CHA summer last year the day we left I was able to go to the Disney animal park.  I had never been there & love zoos so I knew I would like this.  The safari ride goes by pretty fast so it was look to the left... look to the right & the heads of the people sitting near you were in the way so I held up my camera & clicked not knowing what I would get.  I was in the shade of the tram & it was a super sunny day so the lighting on my photos were horrible.  I didn't know a lot about Photoshop other than auto fix which just wasn't cutting it so these photos went unprinted.  After watching the videos I was able to play around with the levels, lighting & shadows to make them photos worthy of being printed & scrapped.

Don't you love that camera stamp by Unity Stamp Co... retro fun
The lighting on this photo isn't as good but I know some of you like to read journaling & it was a cloudy day so I had to flash.

Design Team work for Everything Scrapp'n' online Scrapbook Store
Supplies:  Cardstock (Bazzill); Paper (Pink Paislee - Starlight Glow, Pink Paislee - Starlight Shine Pink Paislee - Starlight SparkPink Paislee - Starlight BrightPink Paislee - Starlight DazzleOctober Afternoon - Thrift Shop One of a Kind); Sticker Letters (Cosmo Cricket - Tiny Type Cream); Diecut Letters (Making Memories Slice); Punch (EK Success); Journaling Spots (Little Yellow Bicycle Journaling Tablet & K and Company); Ticket (Pink Paislee - Starlight Diecut Sheet); Stamp (Unity Stamp Co); Markers (Copics); Rub Ons (Heidi Grace); Brads (Heidi Swapp)

So if you aren't already a member I hope you will become one.   Check out Paperclipping here.
It's an investment in your creativity. 

There's still time to enter the Paperclipping Monthly Challenges winner's work & a short interview is spotlighted on the Paperclipping site, Lesley Oman's blog & here on my blog.

And don't forget to join Noell for the live shows on Tuesdays at 9:30 pm EST here.


Dedra Long said...

Wow Suz, if I wasn't already a member of Paperclipping I would sure sign up after reading this wonderful post. You hit the nail right on the head - it's like design boot camp, LOL!

Noell is fabulous!
Thank you for always visiting me and leaving me wonderful messages, it puts a smile on my face!

Congrats on all of your scrappy goodness, you deserve it!


Jan said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment :)
GOOD LUCK with the USArtQuest giveaway. too!

linda said...

Great layout! It's so nice to see another Paperclipping member's work and how much we've all learned. Especially since we apply the principles in different ways...yay!

helloholley said...

All your work is perfect!!! Your blog is beautiful ;)