PRT102 – I Say Awesome, and You Say Cute

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  • Just wanted to let you know I’ve been using the shoebox app and I love it! I’ve scanned in most of my old photos from the 80s and the quality seems great to me as long as you are taking the photo in good light and holding still. The app straightens the photo for you and the results are about 2700 pixels on the long side when taken with the iphone 4S – definitely enough quality to print 4x6s or 5x7s for scrapbook pages and maybe even a little bigger. It’s so much easier than using my scanner. I will be using this method from now on. Thanks for the tip!

  • KatieK.

    Hi Carmen, I’m a little late replying to all this ‘cuz just now listening to show. I’m hearing a couple of things in your letter and in the postings and I hope you will read  about my experiences – (One thing I learned about hearing of other’s stories, info was from La Leche League Leader who always told us at beginning of mtg – that we would hear all kinds of stuff some would apply to us, some wouldn’t, etc so “we should take what made sense and leave the rest” – best advice for listening to others advice I ever heard).
    Like most of us page makers, our husbands and s.o. rarely if ever have in past, do or will in future be like the cheerleading team. It’s just not in their DNA. Otherwise they would be scrapbooking with you already. I’m happy if I get a glance or a grunt.
    Now, flip it around and my d.h. really is ecstatic re: sports and gets really bummed when I’m not doing cartwheels over some guy named Jeremy Lin. So I try to find out. Will it be ever equal? No. Never. That’s marriage,that’s a relationship long-term (if marriage isn’t your thing).
    He will surprise you one day though. Really. You might catch him talking about what you do to someone else. Or looking at your album or pages.
    Keep making your pages. But start being quiet about what you want from him re: the compliments. Make some pages about him. About the 2 of you. About how you met. What is special about him. Or something quirky, etc. Keep plugging away at it. 
    Your non-scrapbooking friends may never get it either. You have to move on past that. Cause you are doing this for You. And of course the big picture of family, and the husband, and all the folks in your life. But they won’t get that yet. Move on past that. Do it now just for your need to scrapbook.
    You may need to adjust some parts of your hobby until dh comes around to fully supporting it – if there are things that your dh and you agree are your ‘job’ but aren’t getting done, he may blame the scrapbooking – not saying he should, just cause its easy and that’s what happens. Look at your routines and eliminate anything else that is unfulfilling or wasteful. Look at your budget also. Husbands look at $ they spend differently than we do for ourselves. If you are spending any new $ on your hobby, this probably would be a good time to challenge self to not purchase any new item for x amount of time. I hear in your letter a desire to be recognized for your scrapbooking – are there other places besides magazine submissions? Online galleries such as been suggested. Have you thought of pursuing ways of turning your hobby into income? That would turn your husband mind around also :)

  • Lots of good thoughts and advice, Katie!

  • Karen Hanim

    Loved the show! I wanted to throw out some encouragement to the woman who’s husband wasn’t so thrilled about her paper crafting. I got the impression that he might be feeling she was spending a lot of money on it. I think it can be good to remind our husbands (in a sweet way) how much money their hobbies can cost. For example…….”How much is an hour of play?”……or snowmobiling…”How much did that snowmobile cost and how much is a tank of gas?”…or sports….”How much was that flat screen TV and the ticket to the game?” I loved what Stacy said about being aware of what made each spouse happy. That recognition can be worth any price tag!

  • I didnt realise until now that you had replied to previous episode comments, I thought that once a new episode was up the old one was gone from everyone’s thoughts, so I forgot what I wrote last week and now, reading this comment and the one on the previous episode, I think I repeated myself, sorry about that!

    I appreciate you complimenting the journalling, perhaps it is an issue of low journalling self esteem, hehe.

    I know what you mean about the woman at the crop. I have a friend who told me recently that she doesnt do “documentation” because for her it is just an extra pretty photo album. The photos then don’t have any story associated and she makes page after page of things like her son dressed in a dinosaur costume with a big dinosaur cut out of cardstock behind and no words and I feel that she has heaps of funny and endearing (verbal) stories of her son, including many about dinosaurs and the fact that he loves them and talks about them, etc. I can see that her pages are not as meaningful to anyone else and that they would be more precious with the context and interest of the story brought to the page. However, she is not a passionate scrapbooker. She does one weekend away crop each year and otherwise pulls out her stuff to scrap on a fold-out table at most a couple of other times in a year. She buys supplies, but I think she doesn’t place it as a high priority for spare time, so it doesn’t happen. I think that she is probably like a lot of scrapbookers out there on the fringe of the industry. Not aware of the internet community, buying lots of themed stuff, leaving journalling off the page and doing her half dozen pages a year.

    I guess where I am going here is to say that I think it is comes down to being thoughtful about your process. I love the PRT episodes on processes and systems. They are so fascinating to me. I have come to realise that it is important to understand WHY you are doing it a certain way. Where is the value in the current system and what is the value of changing. Abby says that about organisation, Laine says it about scrapping faster, PRT is coming back to this with different guests and different topic areas, but its the same idea. Why are you doing it that way, how it is helping you reach your true goal for this hobby. If the goal is meaningful memory keeping, then you have different intentions to stress relief or art creation. Journalling is a part of that, and it has high end product value. Pages with journalling are more meaningful pages, no one can disagree with that as a generalisation, even though there can be exemptions of course. But it is also high demand as a part of the process, so you need to decide if you can afford to give the effort and input for it, and whether the outcome is worth that effort. Based on advice Stacy gave in Twelve, I have more than one process and I use them in proportion to how much I am coping with the rest of life. One is a story-first process, using tools Stacy is teaching in the class, the other is my stress-relief photos + pretty papers and nothing too difficult system. It is great to have both and to realise – guilt free – that I need both for different reasons and with different intentions. The pages from one ARE giving different valuable things to me. Some for the value in making them, I feel lighter and happier afterwards, others for the value in both making and sharing them, I think more about my life, about the ideas I want to explore and about what I want to tell our future selves about our life and thoughts right now.

    another wordy comment, but at least i promise i wont accidentally repeat it forgetfully on another episode next week LOL

  • Anonymous

    I loved this week’s topic!  The great thing about it is it applies to everybody, no matter which “system” they use.  Nancy, I had an “aha” moment when you talked about the container of date-related products for your tags!  I am working on getting a lot of Christmas tags done throughout the year, and I was just so disorganized that very little was getting done.  I cannot wait to put all my supplies in one container, and then I can just grab it and go, whenever I’m feeling particularly productive.  Thank you for that great tip!     

    And Nancy, I am also an extremely slow scrapbooker.  At crops, I take sooooo much longer than almost everyone else there, but I don’t care.  It calms me.  I love my creative process, and I make sure that everything on each page has a special meaning, from the color scheme, to the wording, to the embellishments.  I don’t start with product first – I start with the picture(s), and let them inspire the design elements from there.Thank you again for this podcast.  I talk about it all the time to my friends and family!  Keep up the great work!Kim CallowaySimi Valley, CA

  • Gab

    Carmen I totally know where you’re coming from. My husband actually actively dislikes my scrapbooking. It really frustrates me and I have barely scrapped at all this year because of it. I don’t even particularly want to show him my pages, I just want him to accept that it’s something I like doing