PRT 025 – Jen McGuire Gets Her Fix

How do you use up old products? What are some old products that you have revived, and how did you use them in a way that you love? How can scrapbookers minimize the overstock of unloved products in the first place?

This is the subject of this week’s Paperclipping Roundtable!

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  • Toni

    Haven't had a chance to listen yet, but I have to say I *love* downloading the episodes to my MP3 and listening while I wait in the park for my kids' summer camp lessons, etc. PRT is such a great idea, Noell. Great for scrapbooking time as well.
    Blessings,
    Toni

  • Just wanted to say thank you to BPS for sponsoring, because I love the roundtable and I've already registered for two workshops this summer – can't wait for it to all start! To comment about the mail about paying or advertising for the roundtable…I certainly wouldn't want advertising to take over the show, but I also like hearing about offers and classes – things that apply to the audience. I agree with Izzy that I don't think advertising is evil if done right.

    I've been watching Jen Mcguire's videos for quite some time now after following her through Hero Arts and have learned so much – thank you! I love her idea of putting layouts in a frame. I think you can rotate and display, before filing it away. There are also some nice hangers with clips available for the same purpose.

    I love Copic markers, but personally find it addicting because I want all the colors. I've already spent way too much…but everyone has their addictions :) I agree that altering with paint or inks can help old items look new. Also, you can get creative and use items for something other than what they were made for… like combining a bunch of old things into a bigger embellishment or using letter stickers to create an entire background paper, instead of spelling something out. Personally, I tend to group my supplies by type and color…so in the end it matches up through the color palette. I don't really worry about old or new products.

    About the Cricut club – I wonder why people are so angry. If you don't want to join the club, just don't join, right?

    A random question for Izzy – what's the headset you guys use? Is it something you recommend for Skype? Just wondering!

  • This was the first time I tuned in and absolutely LOVE the show! I think it speaks to newbies and experienced crafters alike!

  • Thanks Tiffany!

    We're trying our hardest to make the show interesting, educational, and fun for everyone at all levels. :-)

  • Linda,

    The headset I send to guests is from Plantronics. It's called the Audio 470 USB. Here's an Amazon link:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VVXO7E/ref

    The reason we use this one is because the sound quality is excellent for the price. We always try to record broadcast quality audio. It doesn't always work, but at least we try. :-)

  • Thanks Izzy! The sound quality is really good…besides the occasional Darth Vader moments :)

  • Gabbrs

    I have to tell you I really enjoy listening every week. I'm writing this as I listen to the new episode and I do have to say Izzy has the best laugh!!! Just want to say that I wouldn't mind paying for the roundtable. You all offer so many great ideas and perspectives every week that I would listen for a fee. I just started tuning in to the live show on Tuesdays and I really enjoy Noell's ideas. Also I have to mention that I signed up for a BPS class for the first time and I'm really looking forward to it. All because I heard about here on the Roundtable. Keep up the great work!!!! oh….almost forgot, I did like the porn music. Since the “nay sayers” won, why not select something different for the transition to the next segment???? I think that would be nice. I started listening not too long ago so I was too late to vote on keeping the music. = (

  • bunnyfreak

    Thanks Izzy for caring about the relevance of the sponsors. It just shows one of the many ways you giys care about what you are doing. While obviously you need to make an income to support your family you aren't looking to make a fast buck and sell out your vision.

  • bunnyfreak

    Thanks Izzy for caring about the relevance of the sponsors. It just shows one of the many ways you giys care about what you are doing. While obviously you need to make an income to support your family you aren't looking to make a fast buck and sell out your vision.

  • Thanks for this!

    We're trying to make slow bucks. ;-)

  • Thanks for the laugh comment. Very kind of you! Most people probably find it a little annoying and over-the-top, but I can't help it. I inherited it from my father who has the exact same laugh. My main problem is that I think just about everything is funny!

    For the time being, I think Roundtable will remain free. As long as it continues to raise awareness and promote the Paperclipping membership and other things, I think it makes sense to make it free. That might change in the future though… I've got a different business plan that would take an opposite approach, but I don't think we have the time and energy to do it right now. It would be a HUGE undertaking…

    I think we'll probably end up adding some sort of transition music in the future. It makes sense to do it, but we'll need to be able to trigger it live because I don't like to edit the show's content after we record. All I do is sweeten the audio, transcode it to MP3, and then release it.

    Thanks for listening, and thanks for the great comment!

  • By the way, I should mention that Noell has ALWAYS from the very beginning demanded the sponsors be companies she loves and respects. It limits us on potential sponsors, but it's a high standard that she has intentionally set. :-)

  • Jana

    Thanks for the pick o the week, recycling is another way to use a bunch of papers and products we have around.
    I would like to suggest that maybe you guys would send a tweet before the show so maybe we could send some questions about the topic . I agree with Jennifer we have to think of many uses of products before buying that is the most problem with scrapbookers being so impulsive.

    I don't care about ads , but talking about why you need or dont need ads thats discussion every week is repetitive, but for the ones that don't want to listen we have to forward button.
    Thanks

  • NO_Mom

    I know, I love being able to upload it to the old iPod. I am a sahm and clean our church a few hours a week. Listening to PRT sure makes my job much more fun and, I find myself giggling along with the conversation more often then not. Noell and Izzy do such a wonderful job. I always love the guest too, I have to say though, Stacy is my favorite. And, I am so happy that BPS is a sponsor. :O)

  • I really want to do this (tweet out questions) but so often we're just
    barely breathing as we run get all our different shows together. I don't
    always have time to think ahead enough to tweet it out! I will keep working
    on it, though!

  • Katiescottscrapbooking

    Old Products? I use them in minibooks and photoalbum scrapbooks & I let my kids have at them for their art projects.

  • Lynnette C.

    Listening to the PRT on the way to work this morning and it was LOL great! I'm sure the people in the cars I met wondered why I was laughing so early in the morning! I love the ideas for using old product but it seems like we need to buy more product to make the old useable? (ie copics for coloring things, tsuneko ink, etc.) I'm looking for ideas on using OLD OLD product such as gingham paper from Creative Memories, circa 1998, old Mrs. Grossman's stickers, cheesy stickers from other manufactures, plaid textured vellums, old die cuts, bold stripe patterned papers, etc. And this is AFTER I've sorted and purged and given away! It hurts the penny-pincher environmentalist in me to think about throwing it all away b/c I don't ever use it!
    Noell, I love the videos you did on groupings, etc. Such good ideas! Izzy — your laugh is infectious and joyful – Love it!

  • Karen

    i think the more technical term would be “the fancy bracket”

    haha
    great show
    karen

  • Stephanie

    I loved the show this week. It is always entertaing and fun to listen in on such a great variety opinions and experiences.
    I received an invite email from Provo Craft for the Cricut Circle last week. The only hub-bub I'd heard about it was the previous updates from Nancy. I found it interesting that in the email there wasn't any mention of the membership price. Once I got into the Provo Craft website and they restated what the “benefits” were I saw the price –$249.99. I immediately laughed out loud. My hubby looked over at my computer screen and laughed as well. (Oh as an aside, my hubby fills my stocking with adhesive refills, inkpads and small alphabet or clear stamps each Christmas. He pays attention to what is on my scrap table and takes notes. He does a good job, but I have fallen down a rabbit hole!) There were several factors in my closing the screen but the top one was the price. Since I got my Cricut for Christmas, also a gift from the hubby, I don't think I've paid full MSRP for any of my cartridges. I scope out the online vendors that have amazing discounts and sales as well as the brick and mortar stores that have occasional specials. In addition I downloaded Sure-Cuts-ALot and have been using fonts on my computer as well as downloadable SVG files that I find at various websites, many of them are free! I appreciate a good deal but am also willing to pay for something that is a value to me. For instance I have a membership to Paperclipping and love it. It is a good value for the price.
    I just didn't see the value in the Cricut Circle. Since I rarely pay the full retail price for my cartridges I didn't see a reason to start now. Am I insulted or offended at the price — not really. Like some of you stated it will be a supply and demand issue. Those who really want it will pay for it. If you think the price is outrageous then don't buy it.
    Thanks again for such a great show. I always look forward to listening in on the chats!

  • Nice hubby. :)

    Yeah, I'm like you — the price seems a bit nuts, and from what I've heard
    the value doesn't seem right for the price. But I have no problem with the
    concept of a club that you don't have to join!

  • Hjclemlap

    I gave a lot of my VERY old products away — either to my kids or Children's Hospital. Some I even packaged up and sold in ziplock bags at my garage sale — just could not through it away.

    It seems most of my products are old by industry standards — oh well, just the way it is.

  • Heather

    PRT has become my new guilty pleasure — love it!! I love that I can put it on my ipod and listen while I am running errands, taking a walk, making dinner, cleaning and yes, even scrapping. I certainly do not mind sponsers — and love the one you have — I am a BIG fan of BPS. However, I feel I need to weigh in on something and hope I do not step on any toes. I do not subscribe to Paperclipping videos. Not because I do not feel it is a good idea (have watched the free ones and like the content) or because I think the price is too high. For me, it just has to do with my style of scrapping and hours available during the day. My scrapping set up is a craft room in the basement (next to our toy room — LOVE IT) but my computer is upstairs in our office/living room. It is hard for me to connect computer in anyway with my scrapping because of this one floor disconnect. I rarely do hybrid scrapping, have no interest in the Silloutte or the computer Cricut versions and the ezines (unless I print them) don't do much for me either. I do occasionally digi scrap, but that is mainly for putting together quick layouts to share with friends and family about things my girls are doing (more interesting than sending just the digital photos via email.) I am a hands on (I love to go to workshops) and a paper person (I love scrapbooking magazines and books) and pray that these sources, while sometimes hard to find do not go away. I guess I am just sharing this because while I know it is your business, I hope you understand that there are many reasons why your listeners may not choose to subscribe and hope that you do not take this personal. PRT is awesome — I am a big fan and hope it continues for a very long time!

  • Hi, Heather! Thanks for the feedback — and no, I would never expect to be
    all things to all people (wouldn't want to be, actually), so I don't take it
    personally.

    You actually said some things that make it sound like we scrap more in
    common than you may think: I don't have or use a die cut machine either. And
    most all of my scrapbooking is traditional. I have a small handful of
    hybrid-oriented videos geared toward doing digi stuff just to photos, but
    probably 95% of the videos are traditional scrapbooking. :)

  • Michelle (in Ky)

    Finally had the chance to listen to this week's episode and it was probably one of my favorite. I think you guys did a great job getting into very specific ways to reuse old products and the best part for me was the way it got my gears working and thinking of more new ways I could use what I have. I went home and started playing aound with these and other ideas. I love this about PRT, and it happens with every episode. I hope you guys know how much people have been talking about your show, it has filled a gap that was needed and the people I know who listen are excited about the show. Congrats for that!

    I have a suggestion for a show topic. All about photography. There was an episode where Izzy explained f-stops and ISO. I listened intently and tried to remember what he said. Of course, I didn't so I need to go back and relisten. But I would love to hear about tips and tricks for using your camera to get fun, different, or even awesome everyday pictures. Point and shoot and SLR, please!

    Just a request. Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Thanks for the suggestion! And the compliments! :)

    It's hard to give specific tips in an audio show. We have to remain pretty
    vague. I'm glad you found it useful and inspiring!!!

  • This was a great episode, and I am glad that Noell revisited this topic. I llove the title and how Izzy was so quick to pick up on Jen's drug references. Leave it to a guy to make that connection!

    I do have a suggestion for those annoying metal letters that looked so cool at the time of purchase. I was always afraid to use them, but in a Nic Howard class (Dimensional Details on BPS), she suggested using old letters and stickers to create backgrounds. So one way of using up metal letters is by lightly adhering them to cardstock and then spraying, painting or inking over them. When you remove the letters, you have a lovely background with “text” on it. You can see an example of one of my pages:
    http://workingmominjapan.blogspot.com/2010/05/s

    Scroll to the bottom of this blog post and you will see the lay out with the letter sillouettes used for the background. The great thing about using metal letters for this kind of project is that the paint wipes right off and can be reused again and again. (This could be a bad thing though!)

    One of the MALE READS THE MAIL questions this week asked how to display photos, and I wanted to add another idea to the mix. I came by this accidentally and it works so well. I photograph all of my lay outs for my blog (and often for galleries if I am taking part in a class at the time), so I organize all my photos of the lay outs in one folder on my iPhoto. It is set up so that when my display switches off, the photos from iPhoto start being displayed on the monitor in random order, and I always have this set on my Lay outs folder. The computer is in full view of the dining room table, so while we eat dinner, we can see the lay outs (in true Ken Burns effect) on the screen. This the best (and often only way) to get my husband to look at the lay outs, and my daughter loves to see them while we eat dinner. You can also set your background on your computer to be of your most recent lay out in order to show it off to family. With the new-fangled flat screen TVs that you can just stick an SD card in, why not display your lay outs on the TV in slide-show form so your kids can watch them instead of cartoons while you make dinner. I love these digital options we have now!

    Thanks for making such a great show, everyone! Loving it!
    Amanda Yoshida

  • This was a great episode, and I am glad that Noell revisited this topic. I llove the title and how Izzy was so quick to pick up on Jen's drug references. Leave it to a guy to make that connection!

    I do have a suggestion for those annoying metal letters that looked so cool at the time of purchase. I was always afraid to use them, but in a Nic Howard class (Dimensional Details on BPS), she suggested using old letters and stickers to create backgrounds. So one way of using up metal letters is by lightly adhering them to cardstock and then spraying, painting or inking over them. When you remove the letters, you have a lovely background with “text” on it. You can see an example of one of my pages:
    http://workingmominjapan.blogspot.com/2010/05/s

    Scroll to the bottom of this blog post and you will see the lay out with the letter sillouettes used for the background. The great thing about using metal letters for this kind of project is that the paint wipes right off and can be reused again and again. (This could be a bad thing though!)

    One of the MALE READS THE MAIL questions this week asked how to display photos, and I wanted to add another idea to the mix. I came by this accidentally and it works so well. I photograph all of my lay outs for my blog (and often for galleries if I am taking part in a class at the time), so I organize all my photos of the lay outs in one folder on my iPhoto. It is set up so that when my display switches off, the photos from iPhoto start being displayed on the monitor in random order, and I always have this set on my Lay outs folder. The computer is in full view of the dining room table, so while we eat dinner, we can see the lay outs (in true Ken Burns effect) on the screen. This the best (and often only way) to get my husband to look at the lay outs, and my daughter loves to see them while we eat dinner. You can also set your background on your computer to be of your most recent lay out in order to show it off to family. With the new-fangled flat screen TVs that you can just stick an SD card in, why not display your lay outs on the TV in slide-show form so your kids can watch them instead of cartoons while you make dinner. I love these digital options we have now!

    Thanks for making such a great show, everyone! Loving it!
    Amanda Yoshida

  • Hjclemlap

    Forgot to mention — have you all thought of creating a “button” listeners can put on their blogs to advertise the show?? BPS has them. Something like “I listen to Paperclipping Roundtable” and when you click on it it takes you here. Just a thought.

  • I am *almost* caught up! I have been a few weeks behind for at least a month now. But I went on a paperclipping marathon and listened to several episodes in the last three days, and I now have under an hour left on this episode. But I just had to chime in on the “laugh track” discussion: you need to make sure Izzy's laugh is included. When something's really funny, his mike fades out, so I can just envision him leaning his head back and laughing.

    And two things on my mind now that I am a bit more caught up:
    1) Where is Nancy's Cinderella layout? I haven't heard about a link and haven't seen it here or on scrapbookupdate.com.

    2) Izzy, my husband is motion scrapbooking! I told him that the other day and he rolled his eyes, but when I brought it up a second time he agreed. He just went on a fishing trip with family, took a bunch of video, and collected everyone's photos and is using iMovie to pull them together into a video with music, titles, and captions. He doesn't listen to the roundtable, but I have been passing him your motion scrapbooking tips as they come up.

  • Melissa

    Wow, what a surprise for me this week to hear my comment read out. I appreciate the discussion.

    I was totally laughing at loud at Izzy pointing out Jen being an enabler as I finally ordered my Canon 50mm lens online. Now who's pick was that? It has just arrived this morning so I better go and take some pictures.

  • Chiming in again to comment on Jen's pick: the Fiskars stamp press. I love that thing! She is right that you don't need any other acrylic mounts (although I do keep one small one for itty bitty stamps that don't merit pulling out the stamp press, since I have the bigger one). It is so great to be able to ink up your stamp and then let it hover over your layout while you decide exactly where you want it to be when you press. You're also less likely to get the shadow effect that happens when you accidentally rock your stamp. This is one of my all-time favorite tools.

  • Nuut

    I enjoyed this episode a lot. It was great to get ideas on what to do with old stuff.
    My biggest challenge with old stuff is what to do with old letter stickers. You know, those sets where you have only X'e, Z'e, mabye a Q or a W left. Somehow S, T and R always run out before the vowels actually do. I love my letter stickers and cannot throw them away; but what do you do with all these Xe? Suggestions appreciated.
    Another thought I ahd during this show was why you guys would bother to want to use up old stuff. Let me explain: If you keep buying new stuff, you might as well use the new stuff. Why bother with the old stuff? If you have old stuff you like, simply use these as you would use new stuff you like. Since scrapbooking is going to age anyway, since you keep your layouts, it is not like clothes you wear to tatters or grow out of (as I keep doing !) and where fashion matters. Whether you used new or old supplies on todays layout would not matter in 5 years time when you look at the layout; since both would then be old and not the current fashion.
    My other challenge with old stuff is the stuff I never liked. Someone gave it to me, it came in a kit etc. I did not like it when I got it and I do not like it now.
    I would love to use up all my old stuff. But I think my motivation is a bit different. I do not live in the US. I can get scrapbook stuff locally (if I drove a bit.) I have no idea what the new trends are or whether the local shops carry new trends, but I assume not. The stuff available here are terribly expensive though. I am lucky enough to travel to the US about once a year and then I shop at Michaels where things are cheapand bring back as much as I think I would need for the year. Thus, at the end of the year I basically only have old and mismatched pieces to use. So for me it makes sense. I am not so sure it make sense for the people on the panel, who obviously need to keep shopping to keep current. (It is part of your job, so to speak.)
    So, to end a very long, very non coherent mail: Why do you want to use old stuff? Especially old stuff you do not really like. (I get why you would want to use old stuff when you 'discover' something in your stash you really love.) Especially if you need to spend time and money to actually use these, by painting or buying copic markers (not cheap) to change these things.
    I know I sound critical, but I really loved this episode. And would appreciate more shows on the same topic.
    Another question, since I am on a roll here: Where do people get these lovely journalling circles and tags you see all over. Circles with scolloped edges and coloured lines to write on, or looking like big culy brackets, etc. I have not seen them at Michael's (and therefore do not have any, but Oh do I covet them !)

  • Char

    I do not mind the advertising. I hope you get lots of sponsors. I am making a list of items to purchase online and plan on using the affiliate links.

    Love Paperclipping. Thanks!

  • Tip: Another way to prime clear stamps is to stamp on Versamark first and then go directly to your ink pad. It has worked like a charm for me.

    Complaint: As I'm listening to the show I like to click on all of your links and I guess I take it for granted that new windows open leaving the podcast stream uninterrupted. However, when I clicked on the Comment link to this podcast I lost the podcast and I was at minute 71 or so. Ugh! It's currently reloading but I don't think I have the patience to wait around. Is there anyway to listen and comment without downloading the podcast to my computer?

  • Thank you for making the effort to use the links! We appreciate that. I'm
    pretty sure that if you come in through just one link, then your entire
    purchase will be credited to us. I don't think you have to keep going back
    to each link. That should make it easier for you.

    Again, much appreciation for your support of the show! :)

  • Hi, Christy. Sorry about that, but no — that's why we recommending
    downloading it through iTunes. There really is no way to make the audio
    player continue to play when you leave the page. Irritating, I know…

    Another idea would be to open Paperclipping up in a second tab or window so
    you're listening to the show from one tab/window, and clicking links with
    the other. As far as the links go, I thought maybe Izzy did start having
    them open new windows, but I'm not 100% sure. I'll have to ask.

    BTW, you can delete the downloaded recordings if you're not wanting them to
    take up space. That's what I do. Once I've finished a podcast in iTunes I
    just throw it out. I hope one of these ideas will help you out!