PRT137 – Let Go of Your Expectations

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  • cunningia

    IHello, when I right click the link above I get last week’s episode. Thought I would comment in case I am not alone.

  • Pepper

    Yes i get the same issue when i try to download from itunes tur my iphone. But it’s fine if i click play from the player directly

  • Sorry about the issue. I posted the wrong link. :(

    It’ll be fixed shortly.

  • Pepper

    Thanks Izzy !

  • Krystal Arnot She does PL and doesn’t have children. Also…

  • Love PRT! I listen to y’all’s shows during the school week while I’m driving my son to and from school. It’s a one hour commute and I’m thankful to have something to listen to that makes me laugh. I recently listened to episode 116 again, “How to Mail a Coconut” and laughed just as hard this time as I did the first time with all of The Avengers references. Ana Cabrera is just too funny. But the reason for my comment is Izzy has either been around the scrapbooking industry way too long or he’s become clairvoyant. At the beginning of the show he read a comment about Project Life. During the discussion Izzy said he’d like to hear from the commenter in 6 months to see if she had gotten “swirled up” again with Project Life. While listening to Izzy I thought about how I purchased a PL kit in 2010 with all the intentions of starting it in 2011. I never did. Well, two years later I’ve gotten “swirled up” with all of the PL talk now that 2013 is almost here. I signed up for the new Studio Calico Project Life monthly kit and I’m taking an online class on how to make my Instagram pictures better. Izzy, you were definitely on to something back in the summer. Possibly a new career for you??? Ha!ha! Thanks again for PRT. I’ve really enjoyed your shows over the last 2 years.

  • I was struck by what Izzy said at the beginning of the show that stories don’t have to be some epic grand event and how we look for opportunities to document our life. It made me think about how scrapbooking causes me to take more notice of my daily life and seemingly mundane routines. Not that we should be “scripting” our lives to look good in a scrapbook page, but I just think we become more aware, take more photos and record more of our thoughts – knowing we might scrapbook them!

  • Sabrina
    Melissa Stinson does not have kids and she does PL

  • Abigail Stoops

    I have no kids, and It’s not exactly Project Life, but I have a monthly mini album I make for each month. Its easier for me to commit to than a daily type album like PL. I also find it lets me be more creative if I make a mini album rather than purchasing the PL or Snap or any other line of pre-made type of scrapbooking products. I find that I do have things to document that may not mean anything to others, but are very meaningful to me.

  • lol Izzy! That would be awesome if my hubby and I were vampires but unfortunately we are not. I teach private music lessons in the evenings and he works midnight’s for Metro in D.C. Stacy Julian’s class, Twelve, has really pushed me to scrap “outside the box this year” where I have been scrapping about the food we eat and…dare I say it…the holidays we celebrate. I typically do not scrap the holidays but I tend to scrap places we go and things we do. After looking at Abigail’s blog, I realize that I do something similar to her but over a longer period of time. I few years ago, I came across digital scrapbooking. Since then, I have been putting together bi-yearly albums of the activities of our life for those two years. So I guess in a way, that is my version of Project Life.

  • Van Randolph

    I am childless too. :) It’s just me and my husband but I DO project life. I find this so much easier than scrapbooking because I get to document moments in our life together without having to worry about layout or composition too much. Most of the photos in my Project Life are pretty much all repeated except that we wear different clothes, have a different mood, etc… Recently though my weeks have been filled with a lot of documenting stuff that we do to our house and the process of getting from start to finish and the current duty-out-of-love that I have decided to do which is taking care of my husband’s 89 year old AUnt that I have come to love so much and my husband’s journey as a [marching and concert] band director. Really it’s just a matter of how you look at your life or what’s going on in it. If I just looked at what we do daily, i’d say it is very very routine. :)

  • vintageplaid

    I love Julie’s explanation of letting go of our expectations. I have never trusted my creative abilities, so scrapbooking is a wonderful journey for me to go with the flow, it can always be fixed, and whatever happens is ok! One thought about following the directions when taking a class–there are many factors for individual people, as I am sure you know, as to why or why not follow the instructions or copy the technique as precisely as possible. I consider myself a relative beginner in this whole process and so find myself trying to “duplicate” the lesson or technique the first time around. Then I can “take it to the 2nd floor” by using the concepts and making them my own by saying “what if….” It works for me!

  • Courtney

    Dear Izzy,

    I love you. Seriously. Okay, it may be that I love your pick of the week (Workflowy) so much that the love is overflowing onto you. Either way, THANK YOU! I am a lister. I love having all my lists in one place. To make this scrapbook related: A previous episode talked about organizing your photos so you can find them. It is now a very nice, laid out in simple steps list online. No losing my paper, or needing my phone from the other room, or other excuses. And right below that is my list of things I want to scrap this December, things I haven’t yet scrapped (I hate the stigma of being “behind”), my house to dos, etc. etc.

    P.S. Noell – I love PCRT as well, and you are great.

  • Patti Wnek

    Hi Nicole, I’m a long time listener and a first time commenter.

    I don’t have kids but I still consider myself having a “family”. My family is my husband Bob & our 2 dogs Daisy & Shelby. I have an office family full of crazy coworkers and a neighborhood family of people who love to party any chance they get.

    This is my first year taking a photo a day and I am loving it. There is always something that makes each day special. I take photos at work, at dinner, while outside doing gardening, while driving home in traffic. I think what makes people hesitate to scrap is worrying about what use is your scrapbooks if you have no one to leave them too. Just enjoy playing with your camera and playing with the pretty paper.

    Have fun and expand your definition of family to fit your own life!

  • Thank you for your comment and ideas! I love it!!

  • KathyinMN

    I’ve got a response to the person who wrote in about project life and doesn’t have kids…that’s me! And what do I scrap? Facebook statuses that make me giggle. Movie quotes I love (hello screen shot pictures from my phone). Our every day routine. My friends, my pets, my awesome mail person who always bags up the mail when we have packages…the weather…my significant other and what he does that I love (cook, watch baseball games or football games on tv, works on his computer, what he’s reading). My hobbies-geocaching, quilting, card making. The deck we refinished this summer. The critters that amble through our yard (deer, turkey…) There is so much of what makes you YOU to journal and document.

    Maybe not having kids makes it easier? I don’t do Project Life week to week, just add pictures as I take them and stories as I write them. Its more a continuous journal of our lives than anything else.

    Hope that make sense. (It does to me.) Love project life!

  • Kristen

    I am a married, childless Project Lifer. I do have dogs, but we don’t have the constant ongoings that all our friends with children have. I really wondered when I started Project Life if I would have anything to put in it!

    I decided right from the start to not even try to do a spread or a page every week. We tend to have some weeks that are crazy and some that are VERY boring. We both work from home, so some weeks I swear we don’t even leave the house. That took the pressure off me right away so I don’t have to make something up or find something interesting if nothing spoke to me that week.

    The most interesting thing I found with this project, however, is that my life is not nearly as boring as I thought it was. When people would ask “what did you do this week”, I rarely could come up with an answer other than “not much”. But, when I work on my Project Life album, I’m finding that we do a LOT of things that didn’t even register before.

  • I loved listening to Heidi and Julie discuss how their students learn. When I am taking classes, I need a mix of both set instructions and the ability to experiment and try my own thing. I realized that Paperclipping can help me with this process. I was a temporary shmo, but I just renewed my membership. Now that we have an Apple TV, I like watching the episodes on TV instead of just on my computer.

    This was another great episode! I enjoy the mix of returning panelists and new voices.

  • Just popping in (haven’t gotten past the mail segment!) to say that I’m really, really sad to hear that the scrapbooking industry still seems to be alienating (is that too strong of a word? I don’t know) people without kids. I started scrapbooking (in the more official sense– I made plenty of construction-paper/random notebook scrapbooks growing up) when I was dating my husband and I have had a blast making pages about the stuff we did, whether it was big stuff or little stuff. I never felt like I’d run out of material (and in a way, I reveled in the fact that I was making non-kid pages! I felt like it set me apart from the crowd) I guess I was lucky that I never had anyone say I “couldn’t” scrapbook or “didn’t have anything” to scrapbook because I didn’t have kids. It makes me so angry to hear that there are still people saying (or implying) that. Booooo! How untrue and unkind!!!

  • Catherine

    Thank you for this episode. It was really interesting to hear a bit about the designer of my beloved mme products. Jen, you’re really doig a great job!

    I really love the way you guys talk about your marriage and your different personalities. Makes me smile :-)

    And I have a question:

    Am I the only one who finds it boring to look at other peoples projekt life pages?

    Or at least not half as interesting as a layout. I am really sad, that many scrapbookers just put up project life pages anymore. I can understand why you want to do project life, but I don’t understand why you would wanna go through the project life pages of others. But I really love to see other peoples layouts (in real life or the internet) for inspiration.

    Sorry again for all my mistakes!

  • We recently moved and I had a thought as I was unpacking my craft supplies. Do we still need 12×12 papers for scrapbooking? With all of the options for 6×6 paper pads, Project Life, divided page protectors, and digital elements, I am wondering if it is worth it to set up space for 12×12 supplies in my new room. When I started scrapbooking in 2005, I made a point of accommodating 12×12 papers in my craft organization. It seemed very important at that time, but since then I have shifted to more card making and digital pages. I do not officially do Project Life, but I still have some of the products. What is the future of 12×12 in scrapbooking? (This is indirectly related to this episode, but I still wanted to share my thoughts here.)

  • It’s interesting to me how we evolve and it takes us a while to realize our space hasn’t evolved with us! Yeah – you may need to consolidate what 12×12 papers you don’t want to part with.
    There are still a lot of us heavily using 12×12 and scrapbooking 12×12 pages. While I do Project Life it’s more of a side thing for me and I definitely won’t be doing it every year. 12×12 is my main focus and it’s the mini-books I’m re-thinking.

  • Maybe the shift is more that scrapbookers feel less obligated to just scrapbook one way. We can pick the things that work best for us (layouts, Project Life, digital, mini books, photo books etc.) and let go of the things are are no longer working for us.

  • Yay, thank you for your renewal! Love that you’re watching it on the TV. Izzy shoots in the high quality video that is necessary to be blown up on the tv screen like that!

  • I love that!

  • Julie Filatoff

    Julie mentioned the book “Cover to Cover,” which is excellent. Others that I can’t live without: “Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures &
    Forms” by Alisa Golden and “Bookcraft: Techniques for Binding, Folding, and Decorating
    to Create Books and More” by Heather Weston. Also, a few weeks ago Noell mentioned creating “serious” scrapbook pages and less-serious ones, and wondering where to put the latter. Why not use the idea of Christine Urias (friend of PRT), Julie F-FB, et al, and have a separate art journal in which you just PLAY with new products to see what they do, then incorporate your newfound knowledge into your serious scrapbook pages? An art journal can contain photos–or anything else you want. Thanks for all you do! Julie Filatoff