PRT090 – Scrapbooking the 80’s

How do you deal with the problems that come with trying to scrapbook the 80’s? That’s what we’re talking about this week. Come listen!

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  • Anonymous

    I’m really glad that Shimelle mentions that she scraps original photos.  If that photo has already been scanned and backed up in multiple places, I also see no reason to scrap it.  As someone who has as many many boxes of photos like Nancy, (plus I have a couple of large tubs), the idea of making a copy of a photo, especially when I have duplicates (remember doubles?) and negatives, just seems to be over kill. Personally, I want to “use up” my storage of photo boxes, not add to it. For me, something about experiencing the original print: the texture of the paper, the handwriting on the back, the indentation from the pen, etc, that makes it a much richer emotional connection, than say a scanned copy. 

  • Sherrie M.

    Hi! BPC coupon code that is linked up expired back in July. Do you have a new one? Thanks so much!

  • Sherrie — Let me talk to Izzy about that. He’s driving to a different city right now but I’ll be talking to him in a few hours. I’m pretty sure we’ve had a new one put up recently, so I’m confused…

    Maybe you can check back tonight or tomorrow! Sorry about that!

  • Oh — I just took a look at the page and see that you’re talking about the $5 off special. That one doesn’t renew — it was a one-month special. I’ll go take it down.

    The one-time 10% discount started over, I think back in July. So if you used it a long long time ago and haven’t used it since it started over, you should be able to use it again.

  • Peggy L

    I was laughing today while listening to the show.  Izzy you crack me up,  maybe the ladies were sending you a subliminal message, last week you were demanding double pay and this week you didn’t get to read the mail.  lol  Of course i am only joking,

  • Nowhere near done listening, but I had to chime in on the genealogy issue.  (I realize we may have beat this topic to death already, but I had a thought… and these seem so rare these days* that I thought I’d share my thought.) One possible advantage to keeping the study of genealogy purely biological is to help research diseases and conditions, especially ones that are genetic disorders. Genealogists and medical professionals and researchers would all have to work together, which may be a pipe dream, but it would be pretty cool if all that haughty tracing of bloodlines for inheritance purposes had a broader, public health use as well.  Now back to listening.
    *Sleep-deprived mom of a newborn here.

  • This is in regards to the discussion during the mail segment about stamps with matching dies.  Papertrey Ink, which is better known, perhaps, by cardmakers, has been creating steel dies to match up with many of their clear stamp lines for over a year now.  I only own a few, but have found them to work well in my Cuttlebug.  I think a lot of their designs would translate well to scrapbooking — they have everything from a very classic Christmas tree and vintage-style ornaments to florals to a set of dies that cuts out numbers in a size that would work well for an accent in a December Daily album.

  • Hi Noell, Izzy and all,
    I love your podcast, I sometimes get behind but then I have my own Scrapfest with a day of scrapping and catching up! This week’s discussion caught my ear because you were talking about dies that coordinated with stamps. I’ve noticed that these have become super popular too. Since, you seemed to be interested but not finding a ton of choices, I thought I’d mention my favorite, Peachy Keen Stamps along with Cottage Cutz Dies.
    Also, I loved the whole 80s theme show! I’m from the 80s generation and you are so right about having one or two photos from any particular event! I’m luckier than most b/c my grandfather was a professional photographer. His studio was in Rochester, NY and he went to work every day until he was 94 years old. He was always testing out new lenses on us and it was very common to see a camera in his hands at any given time, no special occasion necessary!
    Thanks for the great shows!!

  • Colleen H.

    Long time listener – non-schmo. Noelle, If you like scallops and bubbles in your edge punches, you may also like the Martha Stewart Crafts edge punch called Scallop Dot. For me it has a very “classic” feel, sort of like white eyelet lace – very good for vintage photos or supplies. I’m also a big fan of the “action” the MSC punches have – strong and not too springy. Check it out. 

    Your picks have “inspired” me to purchase so many scrappy tools and supplies over the past two years, I thought I would return the favor. ;) 

  • Congratulations on your baby AND your ability to generate a great thought here! :)

  • How lucky you are!

  • Thanks for sharing! I’ll go look!

  • Thanks, I’ll look it up. I did just buy my first MS punch and it’s an edge one with flowers but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m excited to see how it feels!

  • Oh, THANK YOU for your membership!!! :)

  • Steph

    I’ve just stumbled across an iPhone App called Shoebox. It allows you to scan old photos and documents with your iPhone camera. Has anyone had any experience with this site/service?

  • I haven’t, but I would personally limit this to documents that I need legally, not aesthetically. The newer versions of the iPhone cameras are awesome for camera phones, but not awesome for scanning and preserving old photos, in my opinion.

  • HeatherC

    great show — my only problem is I have scrapped most of my 80s photos — back when I first started scrapping (Before kids) I scrapped all our photos in the style of the time — now I look at it — yuck — I like Shimelle’s idea of taking a photo of a photo — now that I have a different perspective on my memory keeping I would like to go back and record some stories — this may be the best way to accomplish this goal.

  • Rbkhandco

    Thank you for another great episode.  I listened to it in the car and was so excited to think about the possibility of pulling out my old photos.  I’ve been wanting to get our elopement/honeymoon pics out and get them scrapped b/c we were just looking at them with the kids and your’re right…it’s amazing the stories that come out when you sit down with these types of photos.  They are the 90s, but still…looking back.  Reliving the moment.  Love it.  Thanks for the wonderful inspiration you all give.

  • So glad you liked the show, Heather!

    I have that same conundrum too – some of my earliest pages use those old photos and I didn’t take the care or thought that I would now.  I have used the photo-of-a-photo technique right from the layout.  There is one example on my blog – not because I felt the page needed a do-over, but because there was another story to be told and I didn’t have any other photos (and I had an assignment, eeep!).  It’s in this post:

    There’s a double page 8.5×11 layout with some ballet pictures – and that layout is from 2000 or 2001.  Then it’s followed by a 12×12 layout with the same photos – I just took pictures of them on the first layout, cropped out any of the paper elements and printed them again.  That page was made eight or nine years later.

    So as much as I love mixing the older layouts and the newer layouts together despite the differing styles of the time, do know it is possible to photograph the pictures on your layouts without taking them apart! :)  …now if they are cropped into star shapes, that I can’t help so much. Oh late-90s scrapping trends, what did you do to us? ;-)

  • Similar to Noell, I do use a scanner app on my phone for receipts, documents, etc, but for permanent files of photos, I would always go for the higher quality option if available.  If you don’t have a scanner or higher MP camera, many copy shops and some camera shops/photo processors will scan things for a set rate and give them to you on a cd/dvd.

  • Veramats

    Hi everyone! I just listened to several episodes while driving around this past week and I had two comments.

    1. Shimelle mentioned the whole concept of leaving the Christmas tree up until Epiphany as a British thing. Actually that’s a Christian thing, not just British. : ). We don’t really start decorating until Advent. We observe Advent and then we celebrate Christmas for 12 days starting Dec 25 until Epiphany. That’s where the whole 12 Days of Christmas comes from. Epiphany is when we talk about the three Wise Men going to see baby Jesus, etc.

    In our hiuse, now that my kids are getting older we’re really trying to teach them more about the real meaning of Christmas. It really makes it more meaningful for our family.

    2. My other comment is about stamps and coordinating dies. Some companies manufacture and sell their own coordinating dies and stamps and they make it easy to purchase them all in one place, like Papertrey ink. Other companies make the stamps and have a different company manufacture and distribute the matching dies and it’s difficult to figure out where to go and what to buy, etc. for example, Tim Holtz has mounted and unmounted stamps, texture fades, dies, etc. They are made by different companies and it’s hard to figure out which stamps match which dies, etc. I absolutely adore Tim Holtz’s designs, but I’m so frustrated that I can’t see the coordinating products side by side so I can buy them together and know they will coordinate. I do read his blog and I know that he makes great videos, but when I go to shop, the products are not bundled or even presented as coordinating. Perhaps on PRT, you guys could put out a request to the airwaves, so to speak, and let these companies know that we’ll buy these things if they put them all in one place and tell us what coordinates with what! : )

    As always, I love the show and I enjoyed hearing Shimelle share some great ideas on how she scraps her school photos and childhood photos.

  • Another idea for people looking for coordinating dies and stamps.  I know several of the direct sales companies have ongoing, coordinating sets.  Stampin’ Up sells punches and stamps that coordinate as well as Sizzix dies and stamps that coordinate.  Close to My Heart sells Cricut cartridges that coordinate with Close to My Heart stamps.  I’m a CTMH and Cricut fan, so this is a dream come true for me.  This team-up is particularly great for bulk projects — mini books or holiday cards, because you can batch process them lickety split. (i.e. die cut a whole mess of stars onto on 12×12 sheet and then stamp them). As far as knowing which stamps have dies that go with them, it’s easy.  The images with coordinating die cuts have red outlines in the catalog and the sheets the stamps come on tell you what size to cut the die at.  Fool proof!

  • Thanks for your input, Margaret! I googled all over trying to find SU stamps that coordinate with the dies but all I can find are dies designed by SU. Couldn’t find any real SU stamp-die combinations. I did find one coordinating set but the stamps weren’t actually designed to be used on the die cuts, as far as I could tell. It just looked like they were similar enough to be used in the same project.

    If you know of SU stamps that are made to stamp on the dies, I’d love it if you could lead me to them! Thx!


  • Veramats

    Hey Noell! Stampin Up doesn’t have that many stamps that coordinate with the dies. They mainly have punches that coordinate with the stamps. The best way to learn more about their products is to find a demo who can show you their products and answer your questions.

  • Of course you’re right!! :)  I guess I only mean it as a ‘British’ thing in that it’s more commonplace here from my experience.  I’ve been thinking about how the different cultures have taken the same holiday and evolved into different elements making it through to the secular level of Christmas celebrations (argh, that sounds so clinical, but I hope you know what I mean).  I’m sure the long weekend for Thanksgiving and the big retail push in that weekend has a big impact on how Christmas is celebrated in the States (like when the tree goes up for many families, etc) and we don’t have Thanksgiving here of course so there is less thought of Christmas until either the official start of Advent or the first of December, depending on the traditions of any particular family.  It is quite normal here to not get a tree until right before Christmas, but I think that must come from real versus artificial trees and nothing to do with the Christian calendar! ;-)  But I am often amazed by how many people assume the 12 days of Christmas is the time *before* the 25th, because like you say – the 12 days comes from the wise men, and even the song with the 12 days of gifts makes sense from the 25th forward, not leading up to.  But I suppose if someone had just never thought of it in context of leading to Epiphany, than it would be a bit of another kind of epiphany indeed!

    I wonder how this extrapolates to the commonwealth, as I’ve never spent Christmas in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Last year I spent Christmas in a Buddhist country, but there were certain secular elements present there – though mostly for the benefit of visitors.  I find cultural holiday differences so intriguing!!So glad you enjoyed the episode!!! :)

  • AshleyM

    Great show!

    After listening to Episode 82 about mini books, Megan inspired me to create a minibook using binder mechanisms.  I found Tim Holtz binder mechanisms and went to it!  What a great idea…I love that this show inspires me to take things a step further! 

    Here is a link to my book:

  • Oh, thx – I thought you were saying they had a lot of coordinating dies in addition to the punches, and that’s what I wanted to see. Don’t really want more punches. Thx for replying!

  • I think Shimelle is right. I’ve lived in lots of places around the U.S., including a.very Christian town in Kansas and I’ve never known people who focus only thoughts on Christmas or the 12 epiphany in e Christmas day is over. Especially not with the more modern Protestant and born-again religion.
    I live in a city wih a huge Latino Catholic community and we don’t see it here, either, though it is very evident in the Catholic Philippines.

  • Your book looks awesome!! I’ve been wanting to try it myself and I love how yours turned out!!

  • Oops!  Sorry if I was misleading.  Last time I was at a SU party, I thought I remembered the demo was showing Sizzix dies (designed by SU) that coordinated with some of their stamps.  I know SU sells the Big Shot to go with their products — it would be strange to me if their self-designed SU dies didn’t coordinate with some of their stamps. Is there a listener who is a demo who can chime in?  Maybe if you look at the online SU catalog, you can see which stamps have dies that go with them…

  • Sunshines_alot

    I was just listening to the first part of this episode in the car on the way to work.  I wanted to point out that I love the new trend of coordinated stamps and die-cutting and I know of a few more companies that are doing this, so I wanted to share.  Of course you mentioned the Sizzix/Hero Arts sets.  One that I am geeked about is Close to My Heart just released an exclusive Cricut cartridge that comes with 3 coordinated stamp sets and 3 sheets of coordinated chipboard shapes.  Right on the clear sheet with the stamps, it says what measurement to cut the die cut to perfectly fit the stamp.  And there are more stamp sets that coordinate besides what comes with the cartridge, marked in the catalogue as doing so.  There are great videos on Youtube about this so check it out.
    Also, Stampin Up has stamp sets that coordinate perfectly with the punches they sell, also marked in their catalog.
    Lastly, for the stampers out there (like me) that want Christian themed stamps, Our Daily Bread Designs continues to come out with stamps that coordinate with different existing sets of Spellbinders Nestabilities, and then sell them together on their website.  Their website is  .  Hope this helps!
    Have a Great Day!
    Nicole (as in the girl with the “Job from Hell” layout :-)   )

  • The “Job From Hell” layout! We remember you!!! :)

    It’s great having people chime in with their sources! Thanks to you and everyone else!

  • Anne

    Hi There

    I have a question.  Please pick my mail and ask it on the next show.  I bought a circle punch a year ago.  It seemed a sturdy good quality punch from a well known manufacturer.  Well, it stopped working.  It tears the paper on the one end and seems just blunt.  I tried the trick of cutting aluminem foil to sharpen it and it seems to improve, for about one or two cuts and then it is as bad again.  The aluminem foil is hard to get into the punch, it bundles up and I spend a frustrating half an hour wasting foil to make three circles.  Are punches supposed to last?  Should I just throw it away and get a new one?  Did I do something wrong?  Should I not have cut something that made it blunt.  I do not think a punch is good value for money after this experience.   Especially not a circle punch.  I will just use a compass and cut them by hand.

  • HeatherC

    Thanks Shimelle — I will check it out.  Also — just started following your blog as of this podcast — have it on my favorites bar and check it everyday — love your take on things — thanks for the inspiration!

  • it’s always been time to leave the tree up here until January 6th. I think as a Christian practice, the celebrating of the Feast of the 3 Kings is a part of the Christmas experience. In Orthodox Christian homes, Christmas isn’t celebrated until then either. I think what drives taking the tree down so early in the US is a combination of Christmas over-hype from before Halloween and the fact that the stores remove all things Christmas on December 26 as well as the radio stations put a kill on all Christmas music then too. Christmas isn’t “over” on December 26 just because “they” say so :)

  • Hi there Anne, 

    Your punch is new, so it doesn’t need aluminium foil because that’s for sharpening your punch when it gets a bit blunt (if you need to down the track. I use the finest grade of sandpaper – the black stuff because it’s for metal – for sharpening and flick the al foil altogether). 

    What you need to do is lubricate your punch with cooking oil spray. I just go to the kitchen, spritz a bit in there, rub it around with a tissue, depress it down a few times to get the oil in there where it needs to go and then punch it out on computer paper to get rid of the residue. Works well. 

    You may need to lubricate your punch again in a year or so if you use it a lot. Some punches are tempermental – and some brands work better than others. I once bought an EK 2 1/2″ Circle punch and it just wasn’t good from the beginning – it was the new style. 

    If it’s ripping your paper, you might like to try the sandpaper trick because it might rough those edges off for you. I’ve done that before as well. Use the finest grade (black stuff for metal) and punch it seven times, turn the sandpaper over and punch it another seven times and then try it on regular paper or card (whatever you normally use to create projects with). 

    If it improves, but is still tearing a bit, try punching with the sandpaper again – seven times, turn sandpaper over, seven times again. 

    If it doesn’t improve, you might just have a dud. Sometimes that happens too. It’s unfortunate. 

    Yes, punches are supposed to last!

    Hopefully all that helps you, 

    contact me via my blog if you need more help

    Debra in Australia

  • Veramats

    It would be so interesting to live in another country during the major Christian holidays. I’ve only lived in NC for my whole life until recently and now I live in the Houston area.

    I’m Lutheran and we really follow the Christian calendar, so to speak, to the letter. We have Advent services on Wednesday nights and some Lutheran churches have Epiphany services which really helped me understand what that really means.

    It is crazy how the retail world totally influences our actions. I’m totally guilty of getting excited about the holidays really early. I’ve already pulled out my Christmas-themed scrap supplies and I’m almost finished with my Christmas cards. We put up a live tree though, so that will have to wait a little longer!

  • You should take a photo of your punch and send the photo with a description of your problem to the manufacturer of the punch. Many companies have warranties that cover this and will send a replacement. Fiskars is one company that I have had experience with and received a promptly delivered replacement punch which works very well.

  • Veramats and Peggy Makurat, I agree with you both. I was raised in the Lutheran church and have Ukranian-Canadian heritage on my mother’s side. For many of us Advent is Advent and Xmas starts on the 25th. I also like having the eastern church tradition of Xmas on January 7th. So many people I know only seem familiar with the commercial “shop ’til you drop” 12 days of Xmas and seem surprised to see my tree up early in January. (Yes, I celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving as well as American – having double holidays is definitely double the fun. Though I’ve said many times that I think my grandmother decided to celebrate Ukranian Christmas on January 7 so she could take advantage of after Xmas sales for her gifts, just my cynical sense of humor about it all.) 

  • Geneticists do use family trees in helping to determine likelihood of genetic inheritance. For example, certain Louisiana Acadian French families are known carriers of the Tay Sachs gene (which is also more prevalent in Ashkenazi Jewish populations). Family trees can help give information to individuals to help them determine the possible benefit of genetic testing. People have to determine if the costs and risks of testing are worth the benefits of knowing. Unfortunately, even if the test is negative, just being tested at all can impact your eligibility for some insurance. Crazy risk, right? At any rate, I use Family Tree Maker software in my genealogy research and it is easy to add on those extra relationships in families and then allows one to track those families as well. I have children from my first two husbands and want my kids to each know their heritage. I also want my stepkids to know their family tree as well. This is where software can be a blessing in keeping it all straight. So much better than hand written and paper filed family group sheets! I’m sure you can use other genealogy programs to do this as well. After all, genealogy can be a fun way to investigate history and see how events shaped our destiny. Maybe pure genealogy is the genetic history of one individual but for me it’s so much more, and a lot of fun!

  • Karen — you’re the first to say that there is software that is making it easier to integrate non-genetic family relationships! I’m curious to know how it does that, but I’m sure it’s hard to explain. I’m really happy to hear it!

    BTW, I remember when my oldest was born the doctor talked to me about Tay Sachs b/c of their Ashkenazi Jewish line. I don’t remember whatever came of that, but I do remember it came up!

  • Michelle

    Hi everyone.

    I love the show but I especially liked it as I thought about how scrapping the 80’s (or any generation photos that have a certain look) could be used to scrap some of my recent photos that I have taken with my iPhone and then ran through apps like Plastic Bullet that give a vintage look. Sometimes it looks like my daughter is living in the 70’s with the coloring that was applied and it would be interesting to me to scrap that next to a picture of me from the actual 70’s at about her age. Just something I was thinking about as I listened so I loved the tips on how to accomplish it!

  • Love that idea!

  • This was such a great show! I almost only scrapbook photos from the 80´s. If I look through my albums I estimate they would have about 70% 80´s, 20% 90´s and  10% “new” photos.

    The last 5 years I´ve been going through a very bad depression, and I have very few photos after 2005. I look so sad in them, and I almost only scrap them if I´m doing something for my BOM. I love scrapbooking photos from I was little, but I prefer photos from before 1988. I was bullied throughout my childhood and photos after the age of 7 makes me remeber things I rather forget, as I can see how I´m feeling in my eyes. I try scrapbooking happy times with my family as I want to reinvent my childhood on photo at a time.

    I almost only scrap original photos, if I didn´t they would just stay in a box somewhere and noone would get to see them. I´ve also made albums for my sister and my two brothers. ( I gave them to them for Christmas last year and it was so much fun!)

    I love how the “ugly” colors from the 80´s and 90´s makes things less serious. If I´m wearing neon colors in the photo I feel like I can do anything with the LO, it´s not like it could get any worse right? When scrapbooking gorgeous, well lit and perfectly exposed photos I feel more pressured into making the “perfect” page. I guess that explains my love for the shot taken before the photo were everybody is looking into the camera and smiling. I feel like the capture the personality of everyone so much better. I also love blurry photos taken in the moment as a lot of them tend to have a lot of feeling and personality in them. (I can´t wait for the new “unblur” thing in PS!)

    I´m lucky, because my dads hobby is photography. When I was really young he only used SLR cameras and the photos looks great. I´ve even found photos of me and my sister that he as developed in his own dark room. It is so easy to see when the small compact cameras arrived in the home because the quality of the photos are so poor. When the first digi cameras arrived it got even worse, but most of those photos are lost on old harddrives anyway :-)

    Some of my (older) LOs with 80´s and 90´s photos on flickr :

    Thansk for yet another great show!

    Siri, Norway

  • Makes me so sad, Siri — I’m sorry to hear about the depression and the bullying. It’s interesting how you see so much of it in your eyes, and I like your choice to deal with the stuff that feels better.

    Great point about the quirky 80’s and 90’s photos making scrapbooking fun and the experience less finicky!

  • Tracey

    I’m in Australia and unless we have American roots, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, although the US holiday is a reminder for us to be thankful. Everyone here has different Christmas traditions, although the stores seem to think that we want to hear Christmas music in October! I know a lot of people who wait until December 1st to put up their tree, but others who can’t wait and have it up by the middle of November. My husband is a teacher so we are often too busy to put ours up until the school holidays start around the 2nd week of December. It’s our Summer so kids have 6-8 weeks of holidays. We countdown to Christmas using a beautiful wooden advent calendar with a little surprise in each drawer and I would like to have more Advent tradtions.