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Posted 5/11/2013 by Simply_Lovely in General Scrappin'
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Posted: 5/11/2013 1:09:19 AM
Lilith Eeckles changed my scrapping. Ever since I saw her staple a cluster my life has been so much easier. I can pick up the whole thing and staple it and it's perfect. Before I used to have to disassemble the stack and it never came together the way I wanted it to be. Now I just pick it up and staple in the middle and it is perfection. I can't believe I never thought of it before. Thank you Lilith!!!!

Any other amazing tips you ladies have to share?




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Posted: 5/11/2013 4:08:38 AM
I don't do the long-arm staple thing but I often use my phone to photograph LOs I'm in the process of putting together so if I need to move things I know where and how to put them back afterwards. Or I'll use my phone to call up a sketch image I'm using, etc.

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Posted: 5/11/2013 5:08:02 AM
Melissa Stinson's PL videos here at Two Peas have showed me how mix patterned papers and changed my way to do PL. Now I enjoy much more and I use all my scraps! Thanks Melissa!

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Posted: 5/11/2013 6:00:14 AM
Shimelle changed everything for me with the simple: decide on it then move on. I spent sooo much time gping back, rechecking, worrying about the perfect paper/color/embellishment. Now i am free to scrap and stop worrying! It truly changed things for me!


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Posted: 5/11/2013 6:20:29 AM
I learned to keep my scraps handy and work from them instead of cutting up a full sheet. I also learned to layer.

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Posted: 5/11/2013 6:51:04 AM
Can't think of anything off the top of my head, but have bookmarked this thread (and am off the check out Lilith & Melissa!) and will keep checking back for ideas.

Great thread!




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Posted: 5/11/2013 7:18:52 AM
Just put glue on the center of items so you can tuck things around it. I don't know who I learned it from.

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Posted: 5/11/2013 7:20:50 AM
I learned a lot from shimelle. There will always be more pretty papers, so use it. Yet that first cut is alway the hardest


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Posted: 5/11/2013 7:23:19 AM
I love Mercy Tiara's idea of putting the title on wax paper so that you can move it around and try it out in different places before committing to where it will be permenantly. It also allows you to make sure that you have the spacing right.

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Posted: 5/11/2013 7:28:13 AM
I found it freeing to see Shimelle let papers fill up or run the full length of the 12x12 canvas. I like to scrap big and not dainty, and here was a stylish way to do that.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 7:34:13 AM
Another from the "obvious" file: tape your two page layout together on the back using washi and then lining things up across pages won't be so difficult. The tape is easy to remove when the layout is done so the pages can be put into the album.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 7:42:05 AM
Using Allison Davis' sketches from Scrapbook Generation did it for me! Before that, it took me forever just trying to layout the pictures.
Shimelle has definitely taught me numerous things! Clustering embellishments, using patterned papers together, inking the edges (she made it make sense!) and using the scraps, just to name a few!



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Posted: 5/11/2013 7:45:38 AM
Stapling a cluster???? How have I never thought of this??? Brilliant!


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Posted: 5/11/2013 9:47:57 AM
Can someone here post a link to the Melissa Stinson video....I can't find them. I think I would love them.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 9:48:49 AM
I agree with all of these!! Brilliant ideas. The other thing that was big for me was also from Shimelle. Using the "B" side is ok if its what I need. I used to always think I couldn't, I mean, everyone uses the "A" right....now if the "B" is what I need I use it.

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Posted: 5/11/2013 10:20:15 AM
From Shimelle & Glitter Girl: to put 2 photos together (or more) and mat as one. This has been a huge help to me and now I use it all the time. Thanks. Great question SimplyLovely. Maria

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Posted: 5/11/2013 10:22:32 AM
I always struggled with using die cuts and stickers because I would be so caught up in the image and would struggle to make it work. Then one day a light went off in my head... Mentally strip it down to it's basic form. It is paper of a certain shape, size and color. That made all the difference in working out the design of the page.

And then the idea spread to different supplies. Tags and brads and flowers were no longer tags and brads and flowers. They were things with a certain basic form. So what if I don't need a journaling spot there? If I need that shape and color and size, there it goes.

Obviously, I'm not going to use something with a Halloween theme on a Christmas page, but those kind of decisions are the easy ones.




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Posted: 5/11/2013 10:23:43 AM
Lilith's staple trick for me too. Just tried it last week. I can't believe I haven't done that before. Wasting all that adhesive when all I needed was one measly staple. lol!

Btw, here's a link to Melissa: videos All the projects with a filmstrip icon to the left are videos.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 10:41:29 AM
Is there a link to Lilth and stapling the clusters, or is it just a general thing she often does. I can't quite picture it.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 11:10:27 AM
I also have saved a lot of time and tape by stapling my layers/clusters down. From Shimelle, I've also learned how to just use patterned paper for the whole page...I haven't bought cardstock in a long time.

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Posted: 5/11/2013 11:31:47 AM
I learned about clustering in groups of 3 and arranging them so that it moves your eyes across the layout. Shimelle's instructions are awesome for that.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 12:00:46 PM
I'm not sure where I learned these from - probably from here on the boards somewhere - but here's what has changed for me.

1. Use your "good" stuff. Something you like more (simply because it is new!) will replace it soon.

2. Leave out your new items in a container of their own. Put this on your desk while you work. You'll continually use up new stuff, and have less of a stash. Plus, since I don't keep an inventory, prolonged exposure helps me remember what I have.

3. Don't be afraid of cutting into a new sheet of paper (especially since I don't scrap in 12x12 anyway!).

4. Versafine ink is the best ink you will ever use in the history of ever for detailed stamps.

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Posted: 5/11/2013 12:04:16 PM
Thanks for the washi tape suggestion. I am always trying to keep my to pages together when scrapping I never thought of washiing them together


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Posted: 5/11/2013 12:45:41 PM
Like another poster said, I also use my phone to refer to a sketch (or a previous LO of my own). I also take a picture of the whole LO or cluster or title once I've got it laid out how I want it, so I can refer back to it in order to adhere it. I don't use staples at all, just regular adhesives, so this helps me a lot.

Other tips that have helped me in a major way:
1) Don't be afraid to crop out portions of photos. This was a huge help! It freed me to cut photos to the size I needed, remove unwanted distractions in photos, and as simple as it sounds, it's probably the single biggest tip that helps me every time I scrap, since I do mostly multi-photo pages. Cropping the photos is always the first thing I do in starting a new page.
2) I keep all my scraps from a project together and out on the table while I'm on that project. That way I use those scraps for embellies, tags, journaling cards, etc., since they already coordinate with the pages for that project. I also punch extra shapes from my scraps as I go along, and keep them handy for use on other pages within the project.
3) I always punch tags or other shapes from the middle of any paper I use for matting my photos, since I hate wasting paper and I don't use a die cutting machine. I keep those tags out to use (see #2).

I don't remember who I learned most of these from, but #1 above is from my very first CM crop way back when I was first introduced to scrapbooking.

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Posted: 5/11/2013 1:51:22 PM
Stapling the back and front of a rubon sheet together.

I would cut out the separate images using a craft knife, but then always have the problem of the sheets not staying together. Duh moment, staple them together. I don't even know where I found that tip now, but such a simple idea. I staple them all now before I even begin cutting out.



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Posted: 5/11/2013 2:46:14 PM
Turn the textured side of the cardstock DOWN when cutting with the cameo. Just "flip" the text. Cuts SO much easier!

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Posted: 5/11/2013 2:46:35 PM
Turn the textured side of the cardstock DOWN when cutting with the cameo. Just "flip" the text. Cuts SO much easier!

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Posted: 5/11/2013 2:48:57 PM
"Turn the textured side of the cardstock DOWN when cutting with the cameo. Just "flip" the text. Cuts SO much easier!"

Oh! Thanks for that. Ill be sure to do that. Haven't used my cameo yet.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 8:02:44 PM
Wow! What great ideas here! Thanks for this thread!

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Posted: 5/11/2013 8:21:38 PM

The other thing that was big for me was also from Shimelle. Using the "B" side is ok if its what I need. I used to always think I couldn't, I mean, everyone uses the "A" right....now if the "B" is what I need I use it.


I am a huge B side scrapper. I often can't figure out how to use the A sides.



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Posted: 5/11/2013 8:29:21 PM
The colors don't have to match exactly -- some variation actually makes the layout more interesting. Also, things can be cut or placed a little unevenly and that also can make the layout more interesting.

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Posted: 5/11/2013 9:00:43 PM
Use the good stuff while you still love it.



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Posted: 5/11/2013 9:06:47 PM
"I often use my phone to photograph LOs I'm in the process of putting together so if I need to move things I know where and how to put them back afterwards. Or I'll use my phone to call up a sketch image I'm using, etc."

I do the same thing! It is so helpful to do that - then if you can't decide on two or three options, you can just look at the pictures.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 9:19:27 PM
I am loving some of these ideas. I have done the stapled rubons, but never thought about stapling clusters!! Not sure I have one that hasn't already been mentioned.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 9:29:58 PM
Love reading all of the responses I also take photos on my phone of the LO in progress, and I just found some wax paper I forgot I had so I'm excited about that.

To the pea that asked about stapling clusters, I think Lililth does it in all her videos, but definitely in her first one she did for the 213 in 2013 series. Sorry, I can't link very well on my iPad.




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Posted: 5/11/2013 10:17:16 PM
Shimelle changed my scrappy life. I scrap "The Not So Perfect Photos" because its mostly about the story. This has totally freed me from having to always snap the perfect picture.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 10:42:17 PM
Okay so I know there are probably alot of repeats in my list. Some of these are thongs that I do but have not heard anything about, some I have learned from Peas and some I learned from the Garden Girls. So here it goes:

    Tips, Tricks and General Scrappy Helpfulness
  • Everything does not have to be perfect. Perfectly straight, perfectly matched, The imperfections are part of the beauty and charecter of each individual and their designs.
  • Keep a Scrapbook Journal-With all the inspiration, prompts, sketches, blogs, challenges and etc out there I found myself with an inspirations overload so now I write it all down. I am loving 213 in 2013 right now.
  • I save some of the clear acetate from my stickers sets and use that to line up my titles and try different fonts without having to peel them back up.
  • I take pictures of my LO's as I go so that if I move something I can reposition it correctly.
  • I store my stamps using Mercy Tiara's system. I find it much easier to use my stamps when they are all together and visible to me.
  • Lilith has taught me to think outside of the box when using my stamps. Cut a mask and stamp over it, Stamp on vellum and use it as an embellishment.
  • From Shimelle I have learned about design principles, clusters of three, the visual triangle, white space, etc.
  • Use your scraps. When I create a page I always go through my scraps first to make sure that I use it all up.


I am sure I am forgetting something but there is just so much!!


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Posted: 5/11/2013 11:29:03 PM
I too, have found that the stapler is a godsend when sorting clusters. Also the glue in the middle so you can add pieces.

One thing I also found I do a lot of is chopping embellies in half to stretch them out.....like flowers etc.

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Posted: 5/12/2013 3:16:02 AM

One thing I also found I do a lot of is chopping embellies in half to stretch them out.....like flowers etc.


Oh, I do this a lot, too, especially with really big stickers that would be too overpowering on their own. I also do this with label stickers when I'm layering and know the part under other stuff won't be seen. Then I can either use the left over bits on the same LO or another one entirely.

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Posted: 5/12/2013 8:29:32 AM
I am yet another scrapper that has learned so much from Shimelle! I've become a much more productive scrapbooker in blending her style with mine and it has given my craft a new life. Instead of just collecting all the pretty things, I'm using them with the mindset of commit and move on and I haven't looked back.
I also keep a journal at my desk to jot down future layout ideas, sketches, and doodles.
Most importantly, I do not beat myself up. If a page doesn't turn out quite the way I had envisioned it, that's ok. If I try a new product and I find that it doesn't suit my style and don't use it again, that's ok. (I find someone to donate it to.) If I see inspiration/product that I wish I'd had at the time of a certain page, that's ok, there will be more pages.
That's the biggest tip I can offer, have fun with it and don't second guess yourself!

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Posted: 5/12/2013 9:30:23 AM
I have learned a lot from all of the talented ladies who share their wonderful tips and ideas. I agree with all of the ones listed above,layering, attaching in middles, visual triangles! Here are a few more.

Its okay to use a page layout you really like over and over, it always looks different.

Not every page has to be perfect, sometimes something doesn't work and its okay to just put it in your album, and move on. Its still a memory recorded and you learn from what you didn't like abut that page.

An oldie, but a goodie: Inking the edges of paper to help define edges and have things look cohesive.

I can't say enough, how much I appreciate Two peas and the garden girls for all of the wonderful inspiration they put out!


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Posted: 5/12/2013 11:15:44 AM
Thanks for starting this thread.

From Shimelle, I have learned how to use patterned paper as your background. Using cardstock looks so flat to me now. Also, how to use just a bit of an embellishment. I always thought the whole thing had to be on show as Shimelle would say. Also, my design has gotten better after watching 69 Glitter Girl episodes. I finally understand the triangle, grounding, bringing things close together, and on the diagonal concepts. Now to practice implementing them.

From Wilna, I've learned how to combine watercolors/paint with pretty paper. LOVE her pages.

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Posted: 5/12/2013 5:21:00 PM

Is there a link to Lilith and stapling the clusters, or is it just a general thing she often does. I can't quite picture it.


I'm wondering too.


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Posted: 5/12/2013 6:24:07 PM
I found a video by Lilith. Lilith


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Posted: 5/12/2013 7:08:06 PM
The most important thing that's helped my scrapping is to not sweat the small stuff. If I make a mistake, it's ok to just leave it or just cover it up with something else. Also, if a photo/embellishment/whatever looks okay where it is...just stick it on and forget about it! I'm sooo much more productive this way


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Posted: 5/12/2013 8:03:10 PM
Here's a project where Lilith shows how she staples her layers together: 213 in 2013 w/ Lilith

It's about 7:40 min into the video.


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Posted: 5/12/2013 8:12:32 PM
Ok I don't have anything to add but I wanted to say THANK YOU to whomever gave the tip about putting washi on the back of your two pages! HOLY SMOKES did that make it a TON easier to do this page! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! washi tape pages


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Posted: 5/12/2013 8:45:32 PM
just marking my spot for later..


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Posted: 5/12/2013 8:55:13 PM
Great thread!!!



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