PRT190 – CHA 2014

This week we’re talking about CHA 2014!

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  • Marilyn Sibblies

    I hope this comment about Becky Higgin’s Creative Live course is accepted in the spirit it’s intended. I recognize it is difficult to present or entertain a different point of view, but I equally think it’s valid to voice these differences if for no other reason than to bring light to them.

    Let me start by saying that I really like Becky Higgin’s, her contributions at Creating Keepsakes, and definitely love Project Life. I respect her as vital force in the scrapbooking industry. I have and will continue to purchase her products and support her brand. And I learned a lot from this course. Not only is Noell enjoying the course, but Debbie Hodge also had raving reviews… and if Debbie AND Noell love something, you know it’s amazing!

    I watched the Creative Live Project Life course every evening during the rebroadcast. The information she shared was educational and insightful. My “concern” or differing opinion is that she presented the entire concept from the lens of a very specific life or lifestyle. This made me very sad, because I feel like it stops short of embracing the diaspora of those of us outside a “social norm” to whom Project Life is just as relevant and powerful.

    Before you judge my observation based on my previous comments as being the “spokeswoman for infertility”, let me be open to share I was actually pregnant when this class aired. Unfortunately, our baby girl’s heart stopped beating and my husband and I lost her before Christmas. But even amidst the great joy of welcoming a new life into our hearts and home, the general tone broke my heart… because it stopped just shy of being inclusive.

    It came across to me, that if you can’t check all the appropriate demographic boxes, this presentation was limited in it’s reach to you. What I heard was that the beauty of Project Life is available to you if you meet a set of pre-requisites and are FEMALE, HETEROSEXUAL, MARRIED, A MOTHER, CAUCASIAN, and HAVE CLOSE FAMILY/CHURCH TIES. I’m not going to say every section proclaimed this, but sadly most did. I was saddened by example after example after example of how Project Life impacts this homogeneous group. (Granted, this group is probably her bread & butter, so you can’t fault a business owner for that!)

    While the class is valuable, my point in making this comment is that I hope that those in the outlying demographics recognize that Project Life and memory keeping in general can be just as beneficial and healing (if not more). And I’m supremely grateful for PaperClipping’s willingness to discuss and give a voice to topics that could be considered “scrapbooking taboo”, yet are authentic human struggles and challenges.

  • Have you seen Lisa or Jen talk about this sort of thing? I’m curious to know what they’ve said/done to make you think of them, so I know whether to pursue them. I’m also thinking of Nisa Finn. Yesterday I saw a picture of one of her sons holding a doll. I’m wondering if there is a designer or manufacturer who would have something to contribute. Amy Tangerine lines are not divided by sex, nor by age. Her products are geared for everyone.

  • Here’s an article that compares toys and ads over time –then and now. It shows how girls are clearly more stereo-typed now than before. I realize not everyone will have a problem with such a move, and may even like it, but it’s evidence for the
    argument that we don’t NEED such stereo-typing in the scrapbooking for marketing purposes, and it is evidence that this is not how it has always been. We weren’t
    always like this.

    Check this out — you’ll be surprised at how things have changed since many of us were kids:

    Also, someone shared an article or something with me the first time
    the gender issue came up on PRT. The article goes into detail about how
    pink and blue have not always so strongly been “boy and girl colors”
    and tells the history of how this changed. I need to go find that.

  • Liz

    I thought I had seen Jen talk about being happy to use flowers on a page about her son, which made me think of her; and I think similarly I have seen Lisa talk about using pink on her sons pages. It was mostly just a gut feeling though.
    I think Nisa is a digital designer at the lilypad now, as splendid fiins? If I’m right, her designs are fairly gender neutral but colour wise leans towards the blue end of the spectrum. I can’t think of many scrapbookers with girls who scrapbook them in neutral colours and icons, oddly- aside from yourself of course- more those with boys who use neutral tones and maybe use the odd flower or pink highlights.
    You’re right about Amy Tangerine ‘s lines; I use some of her papers but tend towards a more graphic look I think, which takes out some of her designs. By the sounds of this week’s discussion, though, it seems as though I’m in the minority of scrapbookers, and that what I would want in a line wouldn’t really sell- a bit sad, but not terribly new.
    In answer to the questions about our local LSS: I am in Australia, and have an awesome LSS. They organise pretty loosely, mostly by manufacturer but have a wall of slightly older paper organised by colour. I can’t actually think of a scrapbook store still open here that organises by theme, though, so maybe that doesn’t work in an Aussie market?They did stock the Hey Kid line; they have sold quite a lot of it going on what’s left in store, but I don’t really have a direct comparison. I have noticed that often what I like doesn’t seem to sell as well as the stuff I don’t like.

  • Raquel

    Me too! They are soooo much fun! I feel like I am there with them!

  • vintageplaid

    I am glad they are being sold under the Recollections brand because when compared with the original MME papers, there is no comparison. It’s fine to offer a cheaper product, but as a MME fan I have decided to stick with the original designs and paper. They are a joy to use and it’s worth the money to me.

  • youngmi

    i usually just listen to episodes through itunes but i’m so glad i clicked on this post! love the photo!! and excellent episode as always :)