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PRT168 – Nostalgic Repositories

This week we’re getting a little nostalgic…

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  • http://kissandtellscrapbooking.typepad.com/ Katie Scott

    It is up early – yay!

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

    Great episode. I found there were scrapbookers who scrapbooked as a way to spend time with deceased loved ones.They were scrapbooking about their loved one as a way to work through their grief or to get to know the person (in the case of a parent who died when the scrapbooker was a child).

    As far as nostalgia making people more generous and tolerant…at least in terms of scrapbooking, scrapbooking as a nostalgia practice could increase generosity and tolerance because we are thinking abougt how other people felt when we put our stories and pictures down on paper. I would think, however, that people who are more generous and tolerant are more likely to to be drawn to nostalgia rather than the nostalgia causing this. I say this because for some of us, when we see an old picture of a family member, we think “I wonder what her life was like?” “I wonder what kind of hobbies he had?” “I wonder what it was like to grow up in the 1930s?” We want to know the story behind those photos. We care about the people in those photos even if we don’t know them personally. That suggests emphathy that already exists.

    As far as the listener’s question about “over-production” of layouts (i.e., where am I going to put them all?!?!)….I organize my scrapbooks chronologically, but I sort photos for the year thematically. I’ve started incorporating divided page protectors into my albums for those stories where I have one or two photos and a short story, but not enough that I really want a whole 12×12 page about it. The divided page protectors allow me to mentally sort out the different stories where they would seem out of place together on a 12×12 layout. I just wait until I have a few of these types of stories and add them to a divided page protector. My current layout rate results in 2-3 12×12 albums per year and 3-5 mini-albums. I have become a lot more selective about what I print and what I scrapbook, but it still adds up.

  • Bec

    For me, this is one of the best episodes you have ever done.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Very interesting insights about empathy and generosity! Thank you also for the additional ideas on scrapbook pages and space and how you’re using the pocket pages. I definitely print many, many times fewer photos now than I used to and am much more selective about what I’ll scrapbook.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Wow, thank you!

  • Shimelle Laine

    Regarding that question about where to put pages, yes, I have many albums in a small property. To be honest, the huge bulk of scrapbook pages doesn’t even feel like a challenge compared to some of the other things I’ve had to control in a small place, because at least 12×12 pages are uniform, and not mismatched like our book collection or my clothes. Sigh. But let me see if I can put what works for me into a sensible list:

    *Get pages into albums as soon as possible.

    Stacking pages or putting them into a crate or something like that has so many negatives to me. First, it’s so easy for the pages to be damaged. Been there and done that and I don’t care to revisit that feeling of seeing your work falling to pieces! Second, stacks of things do not create any space in your personal world – they become that obstacle that you have to move around. I am naturally a stacker but I have to be on top of my layouts to keep that from happening, otherwise I will just move the pile of layouts around for months, tip-toeing around, and so forth until it all comes down like an epic crafty round of jenga. Third, and most important to me, if the pages are not in books, they cannot be read. To me, there is no point in having done them if no one can see them (even if 99% of the time, that person is just me). The *book* in scrapbook is what makes me love this craft, and we’ve talked about that before. I know there are scrapbookers out there who really just enjoy the process and never want to go back and look at the real pages. I’ll be honest: I don’t get that. I can accept that it exists and if that’s what works for you, great, but don’t expect me to actually understand that as a concept, okay? So get albums and page protectors, even if it means you have to spend your budget on that for a while instead of pretty papers and embellishments, and make sure you can put your pages in an album straight away so you do not have any scrapbook limbo of pages that are done but waiting.

    (Side point from the discussion: I keep 20 page protectors in my albums, so that’s 40 layouts. Sometimes one or two different in either direction, but my amount of dimension on a page + the AC 12×12 albums I use = a good balance at the 20/40 point. Yes, that would mean around a full album per month for me over the last couple years.)

    *Have one place that can hold a bulk of albums.

    I have the Expedit, AKA Ikea’s gift to scrapbookers. I have the largest option – the 5×5 – and each cube can hold 4 full or 5 less-than-full AC albums. (It also holds many more empty albums per cube as you can alternate and place some of the spines the wrong way so the albums-in-waiting are pretty compact.) Essentially, this one shelf gives me the potential to store 100 completely full 12×12 albums in one place. Mine currently holds somewhere in the 60s, though a few of those are albums that are not up to the 20/40 point yet. Having everything in one place, labelled, and in order makes it easier to put pages away and read the stories in place before I make my next page, and it also helps keep the peace at home. My husband appreciates scrapbooking in as much as he knows I love it, so it’s a good thing. He is less happy when scrapbooking stuff temporarily explodes into other parts of the house. Not in a horrible way, of course! But in a way that I understand and agree that it is better if my albums and my supplies have a certain place to be rather than a bit here and there and all over. (As it’s my job, it’s also a good thing to have a separation of work and life. You know, while we’re talking about mental health!)

    I will say in the smallest space we have lived (just shy of 500 square feet, and we were both working from home all day, every day) I had no real choice but to put my shelf behind the sofa. It wasn’t ideal, because it was harder to get to the albums and I don’t want that to lead me to stacking rather than putting things away! But because it was the only choice, I worked with it, and put my albums in reverse order so the older albums I wasn’t working on much were at the bottom behind the soft and as much as I could, I kept the albums I was working on most in the top shelves so I could still get to them easily. Imperfect, but workable in that teeny space.

    *Consider space when you work on projects other that standard pages.

    I used to make minibooks all the time. I’ll be honest: I made them when I was on a *very* strict budget in life and as a result, I had very little in terms of ‘stuff’ in my home. (When I met my husband, I didn’t have any furniture in my living/dining room, and I spent ages trying to figure out places we could meet so he wouldn’t find out that all I had in my flat was a bed and an art table. But you know: priorities!) Eventually that balances out and I woke up one morning wondering where all the stuff came from!! (It came from Ikea. At the time, we lived across the street. Dangerous.) Storing minibooks became an issue, and it was so much harder to read those stories because they were here, there, and everywhere, including boxed up and kept out of sight. I have basically stopped with mini books, and that has worked well for me. (I do make a smaller format album at Christmas, but they are all still albums rather than little books, so they just go on the same shelf.) Of course, if you love making minis, don’t quit! But just be aware of your space and find something that works for you before you start making more and more, so you’re not faced with a horrible decision of having to purge them from your home or something dramatic like that.

    *Consider space when you shop.
    I have more space dedicated to albums than supplies. Let that sink in. ;-) Yet at the same time, I’m showing different supplies in my videos each week. I shop, I use, I shop again. I don’t keep stuff for a long time and I don’t let it take over. The albums are more important to me than having 500 square feet of supplies. :)

    As for the print-fewer-photos notion mentioned in the other comments, this doesn’t work for me – I print lots and I don’t want to change that. But just like my supplies, I have a set amount of space photos can take up (I have the same for each kind of supply – sticker drawer, stamp basket, etc) and if it fills up, I have to go through and make room, and I’m not allowed to just add more storage, because there is no room for that. It works for me because I’m a prolific scrapper so I’m constantly making space for more photos in those drawers. You can fit a LOT of photos in a given space – my photo drawers are about shoebox size, and well, I could have one pair of shoes in that space or several hundred 4×6 prints. You know? I think there is a balance to be found here: to print a number that will fit in the space you have and still get inspiration from the simple activity of flipping through photos and remembering things. The printed images activate my memory more than the digital versions on my screen. (To the point that yesterday a school friend posted some old/embarrassing photos from our teens on Facebook. I have already printed them out.) As a whole, society prints so few photos now compared to the days when we didn’t take nearly as many photos. Find a balance that works for you.

    I’m sure as soon as I hit ‘post’, I’ll think of ten more things, but I think this is a pretty comprehensive explanation of how I make it work for me. I hope it’s helpful to that particular listener, at least!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Oh my gosh, this is all way more helpful than what we had to say on these how, LOL! Thank goodness for the comment option!
    THANK YOU, Shimelle, for sharing all these tips. If you do think of more, feel free to come back and add. Super enlightening and helpful.

  • Jan G.

    Yay! I soooo appreciate you guys reading my email on the show! I wanted to let you know, I loved every minute of it! I laughed my head off! I took your suggestion and asked my hubby for a bigger house, but I just got the “you have two heads” kinda look. So, I think the suggestion of getting a storage shed is my next best option! Actually, I work in the medical field and I’m very familiar with records storage companies. I think starting a scrapbooker’s storage is a fantastic idea!!!! Anyway, great show as always. Also, thank you for the early birthday gift! My birthday is this month and driving home, listening to your show and hearing your email being read on the show was awesomely fantastic!!!!!

  • Elise T

    This is one of my favorite roundtable episodes – Thank you for exploring the subject of nostalgia! I had a huge Ah-ha moment during the discussion, and afterwards I both watched the video AND read the article. Fascinating! I have family members who do not enjoy looking at old photos and seem uninterested in the scrapbooks I create. I have even created personal scrapbooks for them, and still, nothing. It has always left me feeling frustrated. Now, I understand that not everyone gets the joy and pleasure I get from this memory-keeping hobby. I am not a psychologist, so I won’t diagnose my relatives, but I can take a step back and respect their feelings in the future. Thank you and your guests, Stacy and Tracy, for a very interesting discussion!

  • Gretchen Henninger

    Thanks again for introducing such an intriguing topic.

    The discussion on the testing that showed that people feeling sad and lonely used nostalgia as a means to pull themselves out of it made me think of music therapy. You start with something near the mood you are in, then adjust it upwards. If you’re in a bad
    mood, you may start by running through negative memories, but then you can
    bring in the positive memories to bring yourself up. And, yes, our scrapbooks
    are our repository of those memories. So next time I’m having one of those
    days, I can turn on some music and grab my scrapbooks . . . with or without the
    ice cream.

  • Cindy_deRosier

    My favorite Tracy Marie anagram is Erratic Yam.

  • Stacy Julian

    Cindy, you are hilarious! please share your favorite Stacy Julian anagram :) but as Izzy says, keep it clean (or is it legal?)

  • Tracy Banks

    Hahaha, if I ever want to change my online persona, Erratic Yam will definately be a top contender!!

  • Tracy Banks

    Your husband’s name doesn’t happen to be Jay? Stacy Julian= Jay’s Lunatic…lol! Sorry, that’s all I could find. (The preceding anagram does not reflect my professional opinion) ;)

  • sm_bradford

    I absolutely loved this roundtable. The topic was fascinating and the guests were a perfect match. I too have never thought of nostalgia as a negative thing. The whole conversation reminded me of something our minister said to us during our wedding.

    “It’s easy to think that the good times and the bad times are two separate times in life. And many people spend their lives waiting for the good times to happen. But the reality is they are always mixed together. It’s what we choose to focus on that makes the difference.”

    That message has really stuck with me over the years. Perhaps it is those that choose to focus on the good times that are able to think back with nostalgia in a positive way. And yet even those that see nostalgia as a negative thing are not necessarily negative people. I can also see them as people that are looking forward to what could be rather than looking back to what was.

    So many thought provoking ideas in this discussion! I am feeling inspired to write a blog post similarly to Tracy’s about the layouts I’ve created out of nostalgia. Thanks for the inspiration you provide with the Paperclipping Roundtable!

    Monica

  • Cindy_deRosier

    I think I remember hearing his name is Geoffrey. I tried to make something work with ‘cyan’ given Stacy’s love of color, but the rest doesn’t make sense. I think my favorite is “Cuts Any Jail.” The J is tricky.

  • rosann

    OMG, I, like Stacey, had no idea nostalgia was a psychological issue. Though I can see how too much of it can lead to depression without balance. But this show reminded me a story Teresa Collins tells about a book she made about her mom after her passing, an idea she got from someone who mourned her own relative with an A to Z book about him? Does that sound familiar to anyone but me? She talked about how it really helped her in her grieving process. Maybe it was on her blog.
    But this episode was excellent. It was really intellectual and just proves how important this great hobby is. What’s next? :)

  • Jennifer Campbell

    This was a very poignant topic to me to listen to this week as I am unpacking my scrap room in our new house. We are a military family and this is house/city/province #4 in 6 years. Uprooting my family so frequently – and maybe more so because I am a scrapbooker – can lead to a lot of nostalgia! I agree, as other’s said, there is definitely a balance between good nostalgia and nostalgia that can be depressing. For example, although I generally enjoy the adventures of being a military family, the process of moving is really really challenging for me. I hate the goodbyes and the period on the “new” end of feeling very much alone. I tend to go through a blue period for a month or so after we get settled, and during that time I know it would be counter productive to be too nostalgic about the place we just left, because it would just make me more negative about the new place. But after we’re settled, the nostalgia is generally good, because on the up side it reminds me that every place we move will have it’s own fond memories. Does that make sense?

    And I totally use scrapbooking as a way to be nostalgic in a positive way. As we geared up for this move, I found myself focusing in my scrapbooking and memory keeping more and more on our previous homes.

    I have been away from PRT for a few months while we’ve been gearing up for this move, just also wanted to say that I am so so so happy to be back! Excellent episode as always! Can’t wait to go back and listen to the episodes I have missed!

  • Anya

    AWESOME! One of the greatest show ever! My favorite part was that scrapbooking is actually used to treat people! Isn’t that amazing? I get nostalgic feelings very often. My parents moved to US from Ukraine when I was 16. And even though life in this country is so much better, sometimes I just wish I could go back there, because that’s where I spent my childhood. But those feelings only help me scrapbook older memories :)

    Thank you for providing such great shows!

  • http://kissandtellscrapbooking.typepad.com/ Katie Scott

    I’ve just started reading “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown and on page 26 she writes about nostalgia as; related to comparison being the thief of joy and to our culture as being one of scarcity and felling never enough:

    “Nostalgia is also a dangerous form of comparison. This about how often we compare ourselves and our lives to a memory that nostalgia has so completely edited that it never really existed: “Remember when…?” “Those were the days…””

    I remember Ali Edwards mentioning that she and Brene Brown became friends during a girls weekend; and I think I heard Brene Brown mention in one of her Ted talks that she was reluctant to try scrapbooking; I also remember Marie Pierre’s comment about taking a class with Ali Edwards and recording all the good, bad and ugly of being a new mother and later not wanting to revisit those pages.

    I wonder if those harsh reality type pages are good for setting aside to read one day long into the future when the negative type of nostalgia creeps in (for example: when you start telling your grown daughter how idyllic new motherhood was – I know my mother-in-law completely believes that my husband was the perfect baby and child ) – maybe those sorts of pages could be the reality check to prevent the bad type of nostalgia that Brown is discussing.

    P.S. I would love to hear what Ali Edwards had to say on this subject.

  • Rachel L

    Thanks for another great episode!

    I am so impressed at the commenter who makes an album worth of pages a month! I have the opposite problem. I scrapbook digitally and spend 6-10 hours on a page. I also do (paper) Project Life, which I started in November last year. I’m doing it monthly, but I haven’t even finished November yet :( I’ve made a good start on five other spreads, but I don’t know how I am ever going to fully catch up. This is despite spending hours and hours and HOURS on it.

    Naturally it took me a while to get organised, but I think I have a fairly good system now, it’s more that I am far too much of a perfectionist. I love both crafting and design, and whether I’m working digitally or on paper, I just seem to get lost in it and several hours can go by working one aspect of a layout or on just one or two PL cards. I love the finished product, and could not necessarily get the same results if I spent less time. But I do want to get my album finished!

    I had thought Project Life would be a lot simpler and help me to get more done. Unfortunately, while I am getting more photos into my album (yay!) I spend the same amount of time, just on am even smaller scale! Does anyone else find that they get too caught up in the minutia of the project and spend far too long on each little piece? Is this a common problem?!

    So far I have tried to limit myself, by setting up an InDesign template for all photos that need to be printed 2up on a
    4×6. I’ve also restricted myself to using just three fonts across the
    whole album. I try to set limits on my known time-suckers, such as “I will not Photoshop any photos today, unless they have red eye”. I seem to be organised, but still tend to zone out and get lost in the moment. While it is enjoyable, I am frustrated to not be getting more pages finished. Argh! It sounds a little crazy when I put it into words (can I claim the excuse of being an “artist”?!)

    I would love any tips from people with a similar tendency. How do you balance your creative side with the need to get things done? Do you have any tips for keeping your focus, without it becoming a chore? And how much do you let yourself just “play” and enjoy the process of creating?

  • http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/ Melissa Shanhun

    Rachel – I totally feel you!

    I actually started letting Photoshop Elements Organizer fix the red eyes for me just so I won’t edit the photos at all – it was a time suck for me for a while too!

    I can’t say I have much to suggest, except setting a timer :) http://e.ggtimer.com/

    :) It work to help me stay on task!

  • http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/ Melissa Shanhun

    Regarding the space issue. I’m a digi scrapper, and I mostly print 8×8 photobooks, so 150 layouts fit in the space of one 12×12 album!

    I’ve recently started using Project Life to house my memorabilia that I don’t want to scan or photograph. I’m amazed at:
    1) How HUGE American Crafts d-ring binders are
    2) How quickly they fill up

    I don’t even have shelves deep enough to fit them in our home, so they are just laying on a table right now! :)

    I have to say, storage is a big issue with paper scrapping. Think about the space of your current supplies. If you use them up, you’ll have the equivalent of that space taken up by the resulting pages (does that make sense – you don’t throw it away, it just moves into your albums).

    I know not everyone would prefer the slick digi photobooks, but for me it helps keep my scrapping space under control. (She says, while typing from the study with 20m of shelving for my craft supplies!!)

    Thanks for the awesome show!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    I remember Becky Higgins saying how nice it is to have a photo book instead of a gigantic album these days. sigh.

  • Sheri Elmont

    I loved this episode. My family teases me as I like every little bit of family heirloom I can get my hands on. I have one of my Grandma’s forms for getting her driver’s license! I love to reflect on the “old days” not only my own, but my families as the history of it is a part of who we are today.

    I was also laughing my head off as Izzie was on a roll on this episode. Funny guy.

  • Toni Diane From

    What a great explanation Shimelle. I have approximately 40 albums, and probably have about as much space for albums as supplies as well. I love that you are so good about putting your pages in albums. I find that I like to keep the pages out for a month or two before I file them away in their appropriate album (chronological albums.) I do this because I like to revisit what I have just completed and once I put them away they frequently go in 7/8 or more albums (making it harder to look at them together.) I have a shelf dedicated to just that, storing pages until they go into albums, but it works for me.

  • Carol in the Land of Oz

    Thanks for the inspiration. For some time I have been struggling with that balance of scrapbook albums vs stuff for the scrapbooks vs printing the photos for the scrapbook pages vs going out and enjoying life to have something for the scrapbooks! This summer I had a manifesto to scrap less and clean out my scraproom/office. Summer is 2/3rds past and well, not a lot of anything got done. I have about 50 albums total all in various stages of completion for our family of 6 and sooo many finished or partially finished pages standing around in piles. I think my goal this weekend is to get the finished pages in the albums, revist the unfinished ones, tidy the room a bit and then take a serious look at what is left. More space dedicated to the albums than the supplies–my new mantra! ooo-I hope I can stay strong and do it (I will be thinking of you)!
    I am also a recent empty nester. I spent the majority of this winter going through all the kids books and found myself tearing up missing those times.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    While I’m not an empty nester it was time to get rid of the young children’s books a couple years ago and to my surprise I found myself not being able to part from a big stack of them. Too many emotions and memories are wrapped up in those favorite books that we read every day together for years.

  • Rosa

    hi Rachel,

    I think you got a lot of good feedback on the show but I was thinking, what would happen if you embrace your style? I think it comes to a decision to what’s more important to you (more layouts or the process) and how much time you have.

    For example, if you have 2 hours a week for scrapbooking and you spent 8 hours in a single layout, that means that you could do 1 layout every month and therefore 12 layouts in a year. 12 layouts in a year is not bad if you choose carefully which stories to tell. There’s an Ella book about it, for example, all birthdays in the family into a single layout, one personality page, one trip page, etc

    maybe Project Life is not for you? I did project life for 6 weeks in the fall, and six weeks in the spring. It is still a reflection of our everyday life but I dont have to do for 52 weeks, right? there’s no project life police :)

    if you truly believe you want to do more layouts, maybe use one of those small kitchen clocks. Set 10 minutes for editing, 10 minutes for selecting pictures, 20 minutes to assemble and 20 minutes for journaling. this way you can spent only 1 hour per layout, especially if you use digi templates. Make it a challenge, but if it doesnt feel right…then maybe it’s not for you

    sorry for the super long comment but I just wanted to chime in

    Rosa

  • vintageplaid

    The quote from your minister is so so true and truly amazing. it is so real. This entire topic was very interesting and worthy of discussion beyond the roundtable even. I had to reply to Monica though because I want to share this quote with others. If you could attach a name to it, I would feel freer to use it rather than attributing it to “the minister who married Monica and her husband.”

  • Maureen Sargent

    Another great episode, kept me company on a long ride to pick up my son. I’m with Stacy & Noell, at some point you realize you have to be more selective about what is scrap worthy. One thing that helped me was making year in review blurb books using simple digi templates. I the best photos from each month, drop them into simple templates, add some basic Who, What, When, Where & Why and all your important memories are recorded. Six to Eight 100 page digi books take up about the same shelf space as one American Crafts album. This leaves me time and space to tell the real important stories. If the person takes this approach and still has the desire to scrap more, everyone loves a gift album, and using other people’s houses will vastly increase her storage space ; )

  • Sandie

    @vintageplaid, I was just thinking the same thing! That’s a great quote!

  • pamsfriend

    Shimelle, you are SO awesome to come on here and give so much insight into your process and thought process behind it. THANK YOU. I love your layouts and of all the guests that PRT has had on the show (who all rock!) I would say your style is closest to my own, so I LOVE when you’re on and when you comment. Thanks again! A grateful acolyte.

  • sm_bradford

    Thanks for your comments! The particular person here is super private about their name being any where online so I don’t feel like I can share it. Perhaps just attribute it to anonymous? But feel free to share the quote. It’s one of my favorites!

  • Tiffany W.

    I can really relate, Jennifer. My family isn’t a military one, but we have moved rather often, having lived in three different countries outside of the USA in 11 years. My scrapbooks definitely help me know that good things await me wherever we find ourselves.

    I also try and avoid too much nostalgia after we have moved because it does make it harder to transition and settle.

    Have you ever read the book, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Between Worlds by David C Pollock? Great book and especially informative about the challenges of adapting, transition, and loss for highly mobile families and their children.

  • Tracie Claiborne

    Rachel – I laughed reading your description of your scrap process because I also am the world’s slowest scrapper and once I get going, I can get it done but it’s just sitting down and doing it. I find myself distracted by organizing. Every time I go to create, I have to clean my desk and organize what I’ve bought first and I honestly enjoy organizing more than scrapping (I love both!) and so I happily organize my little bits and then I have to move on with life and never found time to create! It’s a horrible cycle that I need to break. I like the idea of a timer – I’m going to try that!

  • Tracie Claiborne

    Noell – are you thinking what I’m thinking? “How to Store Your Completed Pages” would make a great show topic! It’s an issue all paper scrappers face for sure.

  • Niki K

    I really, really enjoyed this episode. The topic was terrific and I just love Stacey and Tracey’s perspectives. I just got back from a family reunion celebrating my Grandma’s 95th Birthday. She has the beginning of dementia, so in one minute she would remember things in great detail about when I was little, and in the next, she would ask me who I was. I was happy to hear her memories…. Thanks for another great show.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    I wasn’t thinking it, but I am now! I say, YES! I need to make sure we have enough to talk about so we don’t all share what we do within 5 minutes and then run out of things to say. So help me out: what sorts of things would you want to know about how others store their pages?

  • Chriss

    Loved reading your post Shimelle. I think my path has been very similar. We used to be 4 people in a 450 sq ft flat. I purged a lot of stuff after my daughter was born (and I lost my craft space and set up in the lounge), and I purged even more before my son was born. I like my supplies to be in a confined space, and like you, I don’t let it go beyond that.

    Even though we now live in a bigger space, I still want to keep a tight reign on the footprint of my stuff. We have 3 5×5 Expedits in the lounge. I currently have 19 of the AC 8.5×11 ring binders that hold all of my layouts, which take up 4 cubbies. My supplies take up 10 cubbies, which includes everything from my trimmer, paper, embellishments, stamps, to my photographs and memorabilia. I’d actually like to bring that down a bit. My paper and cardstock takes up an entire cubby on its own! The photos and memorabilia take up 2 and a bit.

    I do scrapbook a lot, except in the summer. I like to combine memories on a single layout when it seems appropriate. I tend to document the ‘big things’ on 8.5×11 layouts. Basically, I scrap what calls to me and drives me to tell a story. Whatever is left over, those smaller or (important but) less significant stories that I don’t want to take up an entire page, get put in divided page protectors and scrapped in a PL style… random one-offs, this year’s beach day photo, a funny thing a kid said, etc. I like how the divided pages allow me to tell more stories in the same amount of space… I can keep those ‘little’ things without it costing a ton of ‘real estate’. I might use one divided page protector in 4 months, or 4 in a single month… I use what is needed and am not tied to a certain number in a given period.

    I also like to print smaller photos. Although I do like to use 4×6, I will often print 2×3 or even 1.5×3 for events with lots of photos (like an art exhibit, or when I’m taking photos from many different times and combining them on a layout to make a connection). I may want 15 photos on that layout, and I can not bend the laws of physics to make that happen using 4×6 photos.

    And for the record, my AC albums seem to take about 30 page protectors per album, or about 60 layouts.

  • Toni Diane From

    Great idea for a future show. i have listened to PRT since last year and I just love it! Thanks for such a great show.

    if you were to do a future show about how other’s store their pages, i would like to know what types of shelves other scrappers use, and what types of albums. How about expanding this idea further and also talking to scrapers that use a smaller format like 6x 8, 8 x 8, 8.5 x 11, etc… Shanna Noel from the Studio Calico DT would be a great guest. She scraps hybrid using the 8×8 size and a SC Handbook for PL, roughly 6×8.)

    Maybe the show could be more of a what size to scrap? Why people pick the sizes they do? Lots of great 8.5 x 11 scrapers out there too, and many scrapers are still doing double pages of various sizes. Just some ideas. I can’t wait for next week’s episode. Keep up the great work!

    Also how is Izzy coming along in PL?

  • http://digitalscrapbookinghq.com/ Melissa Shanhun

    Especially mini books!! I have 3 and making my 4th but oh my they are fragile when you have 2 littlies!

    I’d like to hear more about why ALL PAGE PROTECTORS are different sizes, margins etc they never line up nicely

    Who has shelves deep enough for AC 12×12 ringbinders (not me!)

    How can you help fit more than 20 pages in an album.

    Albums are expensive too! Where to find good ones, what type of finish (vinyl vs fabric) lasts longer etc etc.

    :) Enough ideas for you?

  • Becky Nelson

    Great show – one I’ll listen to again soon.

    It really had me pondering about why I scrap. For me, it’s mostly as a creative outlet but I do need to make sure there’s journaling on the page or else it doesn’t feel complete. But I’m not concerned with making sure all my stories are documented. I used to be and it made me feel “behind”. But Stacy has said you have exactly enough time to get your stories told (or something to that effect) and that has helped me not worry about what I haven’t gotten to yet or helped me prioritize what to tell next. I do this hobby for me and no one else so in the end I need to feel satisfied and fulfilled with what I’m doing.

    Regarding the prolific scrapper, I can relate but in a totally different way. I used to be an avid quilter until I realized there were only so many beds/family members to give quilts to. I loved the process of quilting and I still do it occasionally but I do it more intentionally. I’m also a knitter and in that community we talk about “which do you prefer more – the process of knitting or the product”? For me with quilting and knitting, I prefer the process in that I’m ok with parting with the final product because I enjoyed the process. And so it is for me with scrapping. If no one saw my page in the end, that’s ok, I was creative and told a part of my story. I do make a lot of photobooks to document events but I’m not concerned with artistry or creativity. I just want to get something into my kids hands so they can preserve their memories.

    And lastly, I saw QR codes to add to quilts at Hobby Lobby the other day. Seems to me there was discussion at some point about adding QR codes to scrapbooks to include video. I know it’s catching on in the digital scrapbooking world but I had no idea quilters were grabbing hold too! Love technology :)
    Becky