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Why do some people dabble in a variety of paper crafts (and other types of arts and crafts) while others stick to a very specific craft? What is it that attracts you to some crafts but not to others? Which did you start with and why did you branch out?

All this and more on this installment of the Paperclipping Roundtable!

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  • I completely agree with the sentiment that “The best camera is the one you have with you.” And, here's the link to the supporting iPhone app (you knew that was coming, heh-heh):

    Also, thanks for the links to ella and kwerner's sites — LOVE these!

    I know I've said it before, but I have to say it again, y'all ROCK! Thanks for always sharing so much goodness via Paperclipping! =)

  • Thanks for posting the link, Liz! I was just about to do the same. :)

  • mplsbetty

    I am such a huge Kristina Werner fan…she is the one who introduced me to! I'm a cardmaker who has not yet ventured into scrapbooking, but find myself addicted to Roundtable. Who knows? Maybe someday I'll make the leap… Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Great episode! I made a card while I listened :)

    Thank you for reading the listener comments and helping us to feel connected to the show.

  • Glynis

    Ali Edwards made a beautiful layout using the Corner Chomper. She posted it in her blog today.

  • Nice to hear what is coming up and the upcoming trends :)

  • Kim S.

    Great show! I do a lot of crossover crafting and it was cool to hear a show from that perspective. I'm 100% not surprised the direct sales model hasn't gone away and won't go away. There are NO scrapbooking stores near me unless I want to drive an hour or so at least. Where I started scrapbooking, there was nothing either. And I don't live in the middle of nowhere, I live fairly close to a major city. When I got hooked up with a CTMH demonstrator in my area it was priceless – I had a link to my addiction, I mean crafting supplies again.

    I've also found that more of the “parties” are now crops, card clubs, and scrap clubs. Where now instead of coming for a party, you come to do an activity (learn or just to do your own stuff) and you inevitably end up buying stuff from the demonstrator hosting. This model is excellent because even for busy scrappers, planning one Friday night or Saturday morning to craft is totally doable. And we end up buying a lot because the demonstrator will show something amazing that you “just totally have to have” or the supplies for the current or next month's craft or a new tombow because yours ran out in the middle of a page. It's not really the hard sell that you see at parties, the stuff sells itself.

  • Thanks for making this distinction — that direct sales have moved toward
    activities and away from presentations. People are getting something done,
    so attendance holds more value.

  • I made a card, too! I was stuck and thinking I'd just go do something else when I saw PR was on iTunes. I can't resist listening to a show, so I sat in the studio and worked on it while I listened. It was magical! :) The card is posted on my blog if you want to take a look.

    I started as a stamper and card maker. It took over 12 years to make the leap to scrapbooking. I couldn't get the hang of going from a small to large canvas. Just couldn't. So I discovered digital scrapping and bam! I got it. I have a studio (room) in my house dedicated to papercrafts and a laptop (with dedicated sofa space) for scrapbooking. I love them both.

    While teaching, I've noticed that many scrapbookers become card makers, but fewer card makers become scrapbookers. I'm not sure why that is.

  • Kristin Burge

    LOVE the Roundtable! Question for you Noell (and anyone else on it who could offer advice). I too am a Mac girl (PC's give me the hives!) you use Aperture and Photoshop. I use iPhoto and am learning PSE. What benefits does using Aperture give you that Photoshop does not when it comes to editing your photos?
    Thanks so much!!!!
    -Kristin B.

  • Mrs_KSimpson

    Kristina Woot! Woot! I love your work. Thank you for being a part of paper clipping… sad to say I never knew about it,

  • Keisha

    Yay! I'm so glad you guys talked about design teams in the beginning of the show, because I too thought the same thing as 10craftyfingers about the design team episode. I've just recently started submitting my work in for magazines and such, and I loved hearing the tips for people like me. I would so absolutely love for my job to be some kind of designer for a scrapbook company or something of that nature, as my current job has absolutely no creative outlet. Booo. And that reminds me, Izzy, thanks so much for the Steve Jobs post a while back. It was so awesome, it really inspired me! But anyway, I guess I'll continue on until I become the next big thing in the scrapbook industry (wink wink). (If you ever need to fill a guest spot for the roundtable, I'm totally up for that! :) )

    I also wanted to say what a great topic for discussion, it was cool to hear how everyone got from one craft to another. I started with cross stitch/knitting, and then one day, maybe 8 years ago or so, QVC had a special on this “huge mega awesome scrapbook kit’. I totally had to have it. I still have some of the stuff from that kit now, and wowww has the industry ever changed! So then from scrapbooking, it flowed easily into cardmaking and ta-da, I’m completely hooked for life. :)

    Thanks for the great episodes to listen to while I create! :)

  • I went the “scrapbooking to card making” route. I do like the smaller size and feel that I can experiment more with cards. When I do scrapbook, I find myself drawn to the smaller sizes, such as 8×8 and 6×6.

  • Mande

    What an interesting topic and gives one food for thought.

    I started out by making magnetic scrapbooks in junior high and high school. No big deal, but I always had a camera with me, and I loved writing too. Sometime during college, an old friend invited me to a CM event and I went ONLY because I wanted to spend time with her. There, I made my first two pages and fell in love with this hobby that I never knew existed. I had done cross stitch in the past, but like working with photos much more. My mom, sister and godmother all do quilting, but I have never had much patience for sewing.

    What I would love to try in the future:
    shadow boxes, some card-making, more decoupage, and definitely more home decor projects.

  • Cniedjalski

    Laura Denison from Following the Paper Trail would make a great guest for the roundtable. Most creative mini book constructor I know

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  • Terri Torrez

    I'm just catching up on some episodes after vacation. I was very excited to listen to the CHA show and I wanted to to follow-up on the topic of the consumer show.

    First, to be clear — there are scrapbooking consumer shows. These conventions, including CKC, Scrapbook Expo and Great American Scrapbook Convention, are the true equivalent of Comic Con – scrapbookers can shop, take classes, crop and generally interact with other hobby enthusiasts. I do sometimes wish there was one big show, but, still, these consumer shows are great. I regularly attend GASC in Virginia and I’ve frequently attended Scrapbook Expo in Tampa.

    Having said that I have some questions I’ve been meaning to ask about the various scrapbooking conventions. My main question is – why does it seem like fewer and fewer manufacturers are attending these types of shows? I used to go to these shows to get my hands on products that weren’t available at my LSS. Now that I don’t have an LSS, I’m even more dependent on this type of show to see new tools and products. As Nancy pointed out with the Pink Paislee papers, some products you just need to see in person and that goes double for tools.

    A few years ago I went to a show to find a new paper trimmer. I was able to see and try several before selecting one. This year I went to both GASC and Expo with the intention of comparing electronic die cut machines (the PC kind, not the cartridge kind) and adhesive (I’m still missing my Kokuyo.) I was absolutely thrilled that Pazzles was demoing at GASC but I had no luck with any other machines. And the only vendors selling adhesives were the dozens of dollar stores selling off-brand tape.

    I can understand why there are fewer LSS vendors, since there are significantly fewer LSS. But what’s up with the manufacturers? Some big manufacturers go to every single show (QuickQuotes, SEI, etc.) but some never do. And the ratio of manufacturers to discount stores gets worse every year. I was happy to see the shows rebounding this year from the past two. I know some of this is recession-related but I don’t think that’s all of it.

    One other question – are some shows better attended by manufacturers and other vendors? I’ve never been to a CKC or any of the shows in Utah. Would I have better luck finding what I’m looking for if I traveled beyond the East Coast? There was a last minute CKC in VA Beach this year (because of the flooding in Nashville). I couldn't attend but if they come back next year, I will definitely check them out.

    On an up note, I was pleasantly surprised to find photography vendors at GASC this year. Not something i've seen before. Tamron taught some classes and had booths along with a camera store and several local photography instructors. Have you seen this at any other shows? I really hope this is a trend that continues.

    Great show as always. And if anyone knows where I can get a hands-on demo of a Silhouette or an eCraft in the DC area, please let me know.

  • Terri Torrez

    I also have a question regarding the home-party stores. The major difference that I see between our LSS and the home-party vendors is the variety of product. I know companies like Stampin Up have expanded their lines — they now carry cardstock, tools, home decor, etc. But even offering more products they still generally fall into one style.

    A few years ago I heard of a company that was doing home parties with a variety of products from different manufacturers. They would come to your house and do crop parties geared to different interests and skill levels. But I think they went out of business. Does anyone know of anything similar around? I live in a major metropolitan area but still my closest store is more than an hour out into the boondocks. I would love to have another option to see products in person.

  • JillT

    For Kristina on the inside of cards: do you have sentiment stamps? is it always handwritten? there don't seem to be a lot of stamps out there for the sentiment

  • Interesting discussion this week. I actually took the scrapbooking to cardmaking, back to scrapbooking route. I wasn't very proficient at scrapbooking, when I got introduced to cardmaking. Since I had been taking forever to complete pages, I was immediately hooked by the quickness of doing cards – especially stamped cards. Eventually I made it back to scrapbooking and love the bigger canvas. And it's kinda of weird, but there's not a lot of crossover between the two for me. My cards tend to be much simpler in design than my layouts. I know there are those that can rock a card with lots of elements, but not me.

  • Carolinendavis

    “Man! No wonder you're so good at scrapbooking! You even listen to it!”
    -Ted Davis, age 11 3/4

  • Aperture is much faster for editing. Super fast. OMG, night and day

    1) It takes fewer steps to edit.
    2) You don't have to save your edits.
    3) The editing is non-destructive. This means, you're really only editing a
    version or copy and Aperture saves your edits as instructions. You never
    actually touch your original except to delete it.

    I do all of my everyday editing in Aperture. If I am just printing single
    photos to scrap traditionally, they never see PS or PSE.

    Here are some of the typical reasons I use Photoshop for photos:

    1) I want to combine multiple photos into a collage.
    2) I want to resize lots of photos and have them printed on one print. For
    example, a whole bunch of 2×2's. I'll put them onto one print and them cut
    them apart.
    3) To add digital words, overlays, or other elements onto my photo.
    4) To add my journaling as text onto a photo.
    5) To make my own frame around a photo.
    6) To do other special effects like converting a photo to black and white
    and then pulling the color back out for the subject of the photo.

  • My best friend has really been enjoying her. She gave me a quick glance at
    one of Laura's videos, but that's all I've seen of her so far. I'll add her
    to the list of possibilities. Thank you!

  • I forwarded this comment over to Nancy. I think it would be a great
    Scrapbook Update topic to discuss. Hopefully she has some knowledge/info, or
    can get some! Thanks so much for all your contributions to the conversations
    of the Roundtable! :)

    Oh, and for the record, I have been to a couple CKC vendor shows and found
    them to be a bit disappointing. It might be that there are so many of them
    that the companies can't afford to go to them all. You know — they're not
    just once a year but they're happening all over the place, many times a
    year. It's possible that a show on the western side of the country might
    have a better turnout, though, since a lot of the manufacturers are based in
    UT and AZ. But that's only speculation. I really don't know.

  • Yes, Susanne, it's the same for me! For me, scrapbooking is not the same as
    cardmaking at all. I'm sure it depends on your emphasis in scrapbooking as
    to whether or not it feels similar.

  • Oh, how sweet. Thanks for sharing!

  • Steph H.

    Loved hearing the conversation about card making. I was a card maker first and then started scrapbooking. I LOVE making cards! I love the whole process of creating something personalized for someone and they seem to be very well received by my close friends and family members. In fact, so much so that if I am short on time and have to resort to buying one for someone, I have experienced looks of disappointment, and even comments about the fact that I didn't make it, from the recipients! Yup, those close to me are now spoiled! :) As for people throwing out my handmade cards, I decided that just as when I give a gift to someone, I don't want my gifts or cards to become an obligation to the recipient – if they like it and want to keep it, great! If not and they want to pass it on to someone else or toss it, that's ok – once I give it to the recipient, it is theirs to do with as they please. KWIM?

  • Kristina Werner

    Discounting the card I just posted today (I purposely bought a stamp for the inside), I only handwrite messages inside. Seems more personal to me. :)

  • Marissa

    I don't actually scrapbook as I don't take pictures, but I really enjoy listening to the roundtables because I do LOTS (too many) of other crafty things and I find that creative people are fun to listen to. Often things you say will carry over into what I do work on, mainly jewelry–seed beading and mini collage pendants–and it's great to get other perspectives. Plus I'm just addicted to new products and techniques and you never know how many ways you can use new stuff until you try! Thanks everyone!!!

  • Jennifer S.

    Izzy, Noell, and crew…..thank you so much for all of your work on Roundtable. I enjoy it so much and it's the perfect accompaniment for cooking dinner or driving around town to run errands. Love it!

    I wanted to comment on the “other crafts” part of the show. I have recently become more interested in embroidery, intricate vintage crafts, and even cooking and baking more than I am in scrapbooking. I still write down stories and take photos, but I seem to not be as interested in putting together pages as I once was. I've been trying to figure this out and I think that seeing the rising popularity of the Cricut and other machines just pulls me away from the craft. I like the old-fashioned, make it yourself, take hours to complete craft time and I'm just not interested in making my scrapbooking (or any other craft) faster or easier. I enjoy making things from scratch and don't mind cutting out my own shapes or alphas. I guess it all depends on the goal of your scrapbooking and whether these machines are cost effective for you. I didn't scrapbook to “catch up” and get all of my photos in albums. But for someone who is, a die cut machine may be ideal. I scrapbook to get the stories captured and to have a creative outlet, and for now I can accomplish that thru journaling, photo-taking and other crafts. I still use lots of my favorite companies' supplies. They just don't all go on scrapbook pages. I'm sure I'll come back around and be a full-blown scrapbooker again. But for now the stitching and other crafts seem to be satisfying my creative itch.

    And see…..I don't scrapbook regularly and I still love the Roundtable. Your show is inspiring creatively….not just for the papercraft world. :)