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PRT073 – Scrapworthy Lives

What happens when someone writes a dissertation about scrapbookers? Well, we talk about it! Come listen…

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  • Lisa O

    Or you could see it as therapautic. 

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Hee hee! Your son’s a bit older now, isn’t he? I think he’ll be okay with
    this page going public! ;)

  • Caroline Davis

    I have a couple scrap-the-icky layouts that have been created recently.  Both were done during Lain Ehmann’s LOAD, so they were posted publicly, but that doesn’t bother me for two reasons:  the people they were about will never stumble upon them and also, I honestly believe that in sharing my imperfect life I can help other’s who come across it either appreciate what they do have or feel less alone with their own misfortunes.

    However, I do want to shield my kids from these layouts while they’re young.  My solution is to slide them in between other layouts.  The therapy – for me- was in creating the layouts (and in one case, sharing them with my fellow LOADsters), not necessarily looking at them over and over again.  One day my kids might stumble upon them, in which I’ll consider them “Easter eggs”, for now though, I’m happy to have done them, shared them with scrapping peers and then moved on.  

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    I *really* liked this episode and found it to be absolutely fascinating. I haven’t had a chance to read the comments on this post yet, but I’m looking forward to reading the further discussion on this topic. But first, I have to comment!

    As Stephanie spoke about her research I kept thinking, “Hey! I do that!” or “Yep. That’s me she’s talking about.” When she talked about how as scrapbookers we filter our family’s memories for them, my son’s fourth birthday immediately came to mind. He turned four just a few weeks after our younger son was born and our lives were totally unbalanced and chaotic as we adjusted to life with a newborn. I don’t often use profanity, but I actually wrote a blog post about his birthday at the time titled “The Sh*ttiest Birthday Ever”. It detailed how my big boy didn’t get a party or any of the presents he wanted. His birthday cake was ugly and burned, he was hungry all night because our pizza dinner didn’t arrive until 9 pm and the bike we got him scared him and made him cry. Every time I reread it, it makes me laugh and I’d love to scrapbook it but for the time being I *don’t* want my filter applied to this experience. For some reason that I can not fathom, my son remembers this birthday fondly and I know that if this layout was in one of our family albums it would ruin his happy memories (!!) of this day. For now, I’m happy to have it blogged, but when he is older and can see the humor in the situation I will finally make a layout to put in our scrapbooks. I want to preserve the story not just for myself but also so that someday when he is a new dad he’ll be able to see that parents are not infallible and that everyone has a hard time adjusting to life with a new baby in the house. Thanks!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Great story! Love it!

  • Tonysfrenchgirl

    Yay Nancy! It was so good to hear that someone else has albums that don’t feature birthdays, Christmases and the first days of school. I have photos of some of those events, but i have just not been inspired to scrap them. I do have a vacation album (chronological, at that), but i generally scrap pictures that invoke some sort of feeling or special memory. I crop with two ladies that are still chronological event scrappers (which is fine if that is what makes them happy). I challenged them to move outside of their comfort zones and do this past year’s December Daily with me. I think they were pleased with the results. It will be interesting to see if they start moving  away from the event scrapping (my own personal sociology experiment…just kidding).

  • http://www.scrapworthylives.com Stephanie Medley-Rath

    I do believe that a lot people simply are not scrapbooking the negative simply because they do not have a photo of the negative. Say you have a fight with your partner, are you going to say, hold that sour face while I take a photo? :) No, of course not. Since many of our scrapbooks are photo-driven, the stories we tell in our scrapbooks are shaped by the norms of photography. But you are right, too, there are people scrapbooking these stories, they just might not post them online.

  • http://www.scrapworthylives.com Stephanie Medley-Rath

    Good idea about sliding the pages between other layouts. I have journaled negative aspects of a story on the back of a layout.  I didn’t want the whole story to influence how my daughter currently views a particular relative but have no problem with her views being changed or challenged when she is older. I think for me, adding the hidden journaling wasn’t even about telling the whole story but was more about venting.

  • http://www.scrapworthylives.com Stephanie Medley-Rath

    Oh, thank you for sharing! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry through your description. Sometimes I think I really do tend to focus on the good simply because there will be enough bad that my daughter will have to deal with some day. At the same time, sometimes I think I might be taking it all too seriously. My daughter is currently in the phase where she will only eat like 6 things despite having a much wider range of food interests a year ago. I have shown her a layout of her eating corn and pears and other items she insists she doesn’t like. It doesn’t matter. Three-year-olds are so unerasonable. :) At least right now, she has no idea that the stories in the scrapbooks are actually true and not just fairy tales…I think I’m seeing another research project in about 15-20 years: how the children of scrapbookers remember their childhood compared to how it actually portrayed in the scrapbooks.

  • http://www.scrapworthylives.com Stephanie Medley-Rath

    I wonder if the birthday thing has to do with the age of one’s children? My daughter just turned three so I am still excited to scrapbook her birthday. Of course, the last two years her aunt who lives across the country made her yearly visit for her birthday, so that probably plays a role, too. I also scrapbook *gasp* Christmas. I started an album of Christmas layouts with the intent on keeping it under the Christmas tree each year. My mom keeps a few meaningful items under her Christmas tree each year and I don’t really have anything comparable besides a scrapbook, so that’s what I’m going to do.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    I would LOVE to see that study! It would be so fascinating!!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    That’s a neat idea.

    I scrapbook many Christmases, birthdays, Easters, and Halloweens. I don’t
    feel any obligation to it and I don’t do all of them. I just do whatever
    inspires me, and during a holiday time I feel like I’m “in the season” if
    I’m scrapbooking something from that same holiday.

    I do love doing them in addition to the deeper stories, as well as events. I
    enjoy doing it all!

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    I would also love to see that study! I also meant to ask: I know you blog about parts of your dissertation (and I’m looking forward to going back and reading those posts), but is there a place we can read the whole thing? Thanks!

  • http://www.scrapworthylives.com Stephanie Medley-Rath

    You can find a pdf of the dissertation here: http://www.scrapworthylives.com/the-dissertation/ Every post from my dissertation is tagged “dissertation” and each Wednesday, I post something from the dissertation.

  • Sherrie M.

    I’ve definitely scrapbooked the hard stuff….family feuds, a time when my daughter was not sure a good sport, and even my father in law’s memorial service. I did the memorial service layout during one of the LOAD challenges and I remember that I got a lot of ‘surprised’ comments from people who said they have never seen a layout like that. I truly believe that life is full of good & bad, ups and downs and while I have an amazing life & family, of course, there are bad stories that I want my kids to learn from and bad memories I want to capture now while the feelings are raw, hoping that when I reread my journaling years from now, the situations may have resolved themselves. 

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    thanks!

  • Sherry A

    I’m lucky  that one of Dad’s hobbies is photography.  I remember looking at our photo albums as a little girl, and Mom or Dad telling me about the event, location or person in the photo.  I don’t really know what is my first “real” memory, but I know a lot about the events and people of my childhood because of those photographs and stories. 

    I’m not surprised to find out that those stories shaped how I perceived my personal history.  I also wish that I would have journaled more in son’s baby and toddler books.  So many details are lost to time, and the harried experience of being a first time parent.  Thankfully I have other stories to remember and tell, some for myself, and hopefully some that will be of interest to my son.  Listening to the podcast this morning about “Scrapworthy Lives” reinforces how I value story first, photography as a visual reminder of beauty and memory, and then the actual scrapbooking & art products that are a creative outlet for me to play with and enjoy.  Thanks for another interesting show.

  • http://www.scrapworthylives.com Stephanie Medley-Rath

    Looking through the family photo albums was one my favorite things to do as a kid. I actually want to sit down with my parents and do it again sometime (soon) only with an audio recorder so I can capture the stories that I won’t remember on my own.

  • Abbie Miller

    Great show, ladies and gentleman. Very thought provoking.
    But the reason I’m writing is to give Nancy an across-the-internet high five. I LOVE Lily Bee Designs! Their products are SO gorgeous. And the letter stickers (a new item with the current collections! brilliant!) are perfect for so many things: cards, captions, titles, you name it.
    Now, I also have a question. Nancy’s pick was the 6×6 paper pad. I’ve never bought a smaller sized pad like that. While I am an experienced scrapbooker and card maker, I’ve never been able to figure out why 6×6 is so alluring for cardmakers. Am I missing something? Please be gentle in your response. It may be rather obvious that geometry and math were never my strong suit. But really, if a “standard” card size is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded on half, how does 6×6 fit in without a lot of waste? At least with the 12×12 the “waste” is larger and more useful. I can see getting one of those stacks for a mini-book but I don’t get the card thing.
    Thanks for enlightening me.
    Abbie

  • Abbie Miller

    Great show, ladies and gentleman. Very thought provoking.
    But the reason I’m writing is to give Nancy an across-the-internet high five. I LOVE Lily Bee Designs! Their products are SO gorgeous. And the letter stickers (a new item with the current collections! brilliant!) are perfect for so many things: cards, captions, titles, you name it.
    Now, I also have a question. Nancy’s pick was the 6×6 paper pad. I’ve never bought a smaller sized pad like that. While I am an experienced scrapbooker and card maker, I’ve never been able to figure out why 6×6 is so alluring for cardmakers. Am I missing something? Please be gentle in your response. It may be rather obvious that geometry and math were never my strong suit. But really, if a “standard” card size is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded on half, how does 6×6 fit in without a lot of waste? At least with the 12×12 the “waste” is larger and more useful. I can see getting one of those stacks for a mini-book but I don’t get the card thing.
    Thanks for enlightening me.
    Abbie

  • jenn05042005

    Abbie, I can’t answer for the “math and measurement” part of your question, but the good thing about 6×6 paper pads for cardmaking is that the patterns are the same as the 12×12 pattterns, just “shrunk” down to the 6×6 size. So, some patterns that might be “too big” to use on a card (if you had the 12×12 piece of paper) are a lot easier to use on a card. hope that helps you!

  • KiMD

    Stephanie, I started scrapbooking when my son was a baby (17 years ago) and at first, it was all for him. I did it because I wanted him to know he was loved and to have pieces of his history and childhood. I also did it because we didn’t have any family in the local area, and I wanted him to “know” family when they came to visit. Now I’d have to say it’s probably 25% for him and 75% for me and my husband. My husband loves our albums even more than my son does, I think, and I scrapbooking fills a need in me – a tactile need to touch textures, a visual need to work with pretty things and a need to document things that are important.

  • http://www.scrapworthylives.com Stephanie Medley-Rath

    Thanks for commenting. Why do you think that a scrapbook communicates love to our children/family? I’ve heard this before and am unsure on what my opinion really is on this, but am curious as to what others think. Do you think our family feels loved because we scrapbook?

  • Anonymous

     I get told I “should do something with my scrapbook” all the time. That and “why not get a job instead of wasting your time playing with paper”. Ahhh oh well.

  • Anonymous

     Ha ha my fiancee does that too. Whilst I love my iPod touch now it took me a couple of years to use it and for the first couple of weeks I cried several times a day over it. I am sooo not a technology girl. I love it but I struggle to use it.

  • http://www.scrapworthylives.com Stephanie Medley-Rath

    What do people think you “should do with your scrapbook”? It’s interesting that people will say that about scrapbooking, but they would never say that to a man who golfs for a hobby: “oh, you do something with your golfing.” Maybe I hang in the wrong crowds and people do say that. LOL. Thanks for listening and commenting!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    LOL!!

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