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PRT191 – Where Is Scrapbooking Going

This week we’re talking about the future of scrapbooking!

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  • TracieClaiborne

    I’m still listening to this week’s show but I have had so many comments I’ve wanted to say to you, Noell, Wendy and Jennifer (who did a great job, btw) that I had to stop the show and come here to write them down!
    First of all, when you talked about the average scrapper and their purchasing habits, I so wished I had been a guest on the show with you all because I have worked at four scrapbook stores and for Michael’s and I can tell you for sure that the average scrapbooker still requires a themed product and looks for it first. “Do you have paper with spaghetti on it?” was an oft asked question at a recent store I worked at. The owner and I went to CHA and did the buying and we made a decision not to buy paper that we thought was just plain ugly including spaghetti paper and so we then had to tell the customer that we did not carry it on purpose and then encourage them to use colors and other patterns to make their page. The looks of bewilderment were hilarious. Customers would even get mad because we didn’t carry it. This was not that long ago. I’ve had lots of chats with customers in stores and they are theme product driven. I think the “boy” lines are boy lines because that’s what the customer still demands, although I agree a “kids” line seems like a much better option. And for the record, I’ve never been to a scrapbook store that was NOT divided into themes, except one of the ones I worked at and another one in Alabama that absolutely rocked. (I have been to numerous scrap stores.)
    I think those of us who have been in the industry aspect of scrapping are just of such a different mindset than an average scrapper. I recently asked a room full of croppers if they knew what Project Life was and out of 10 women, only 2 completely understood it and only one had any product made by Becky Higgins. That was eye opening to me. I started to explain it to them but they were still puzzled. I think Becky is driving new people to the industry and with the availability of her products and other pocket page products in chain stores, there will begin to be a better awareness but we’re still at the ground level of the average scrapper knowing what Project Life is. At least where I live. Ironically, I’m in a couple Facebook groups that totally consist of “Project Lifers” and they don’t go to Two Peas or other online spots like I would expect them to. So there’s just still a gap between what the long-time, advanced scrappers like us do and what the majority of people who call themselves a scrapbooker are really out there doing. Actually most people I have met in craft stores never even read the magazines. But they scrapbooked on a regular basis. Just think about all the Creative Memories customers. There’s still a big group of people in America who scrap in that style.
    As far as over-collecting – out of the hundreds of scrappers I’ve met over 10 years of working at stores, I’ve only met a handful that didn’t tell me they had “way too much stuff.” It’s a running joke when they’re buying – “like I need this” – “I don’t need this anyway.” I hear it a lot. Scrapbooking and collecting supplies go hand in hand and it’s cracks me up how proud they all are of their huge stash. I went to Jenni Bowlin’s Vintagefest crop a few weeks ago and there was this group of four ladies in their 60′s and they were all bragging about how much stuff they had, showing us pictures and trying to outdo each other on who had the most stuff. Bragging rights. It was a hoot but sadly I also know of two long term scrappers who just gave away truckloads of stuff because they just couldn’t take the overload anymore. I recently purged 600 pieces of paper and gave most of it away and I have a relatively small stash.
    I also wanted to say that when you were discussing how to encourage people to use their stash…I primarily take inspiration from manufacturers who do a great job of showing me how to use their products. Manufacturer blogs are my favorite for design inspiration because if I love their products, I probably already own them and can get excited about seeing them used. Simple Stories blog does the best job of this in my opinion. Their samples are very doable and inspiring (perhaps I just relate to their style).
    I’m so glad you talked about today’s generation not caring about printing their photos. I would like to venture a bit further with that and say that my own generation does not care about printing their photos. Noell wisely said something similar to what I’ve heard Stacy J. say – that because we have so many photos now, the value of them has decreased significantly vs. the value we place on the handful of photos we had growing up. That worries me. I honestly want to start a national campaign to encourage people to print their photos. I took a poll amongst women I know and asked did they print their photos and like 90% of them said no. They take them. They share them on social media but they don’t print them. When you guys were talking about your kids being able to access their photographic history online – I was saying out loud, “But WILL THEY?” I worry that people think their photos are safe on Facebook/Instagram, etc. but in 10 years, they’ll be gone. Hopefully they’ll still be backed up somewhere. I think we have a lack of photo printing epidemic that is obviously only going to get worse as the years go by. It worries me that kids will grow up and not have one photo to hold in their hands from their childhood. Which is ironic because I don’t have many and so in an ironic twist, we may come full circle because we trust technology.
    Sorry this was so long! This was a great show! I enjoyed it immensely!

  • Gwynn Asbury

    This episode has brought in so many comments! I am clearly late to the party as a result of listening to the episode TWICE in less than 24 hours and then giving myself some time to marinate on my thoughts….. I struggled with this episode, and will try and keep this brief as there are many wonderful novel posts already =D

    1. There may be less paper at these shows than in years past because most paper comes double sided, providing the consumer with 16 patterns in 8 sheets. When I started scrapbooking in 2004 all the paper was single sided…..

    2. I think the topic and conversation about the newer generation not caring about telling a story and not caring to print photos was a little off. I started scraping as a teenager, at about the time I started to look back on my photos from high school and had stories to tell. About the same time I was emotionally mature enough and mentally developed enough to understand the continuum of time and the linear nature of reflection and emotions and thoughts. It was interesting that the assumption made was that because the photos may not have a story now that they will not have one in the future – like about all the effort to get photos of celebrities, or the awesome day it was to go with siblings to get photos of celebrities…… OR what it was like to spend an afternoon staging photos. I don’t that technology has changed this, just given it a different format. AND scrapbookers have something in common, they are memory keepers of families, there will ALWAYS be individual drawn to being the preserver of memories.

    3. I shop by theme, scrap by inspiration. I buy gendered stuff all the time, why? because it’s super easy to find what I need……… for example, I would really like a nice wood grain, or something with bugs on it for my camping layouts – I have to think about it for less than a second before I know where to go. THIS SAVES ME PRECIOUS TIME. Our brains work by categorizing, we make split decisions based off of categories, and well it works that way because most of the time it helps. My time is precious, I don’t like squandering it thinking of all the places I MIGHT be able to find what I need. There is a whole political side to this that as far as MY creativity is concerned doesn’t matter. focusing on the politics in my hobby makes no sense, paper crafting is a time to explore how I relate to my world AND express who I am, even if that means by using “boy” stuff on my layouts. The best way to make a statement is to well BREAK the tradition. So get wild, give in to the genderization of purchasing a boy themed pack, a girl themed pack, and GASP get creative mix em up and use them as you desire.

    That’s it. You all were awesome, I really enjoyed the episode. Paperclipping time is happy time. =D

  • Jennifer Gallacher

    I agree that we can’t lump them all into one group. And not every teen uses social media the same or at all. I think we more discussing trends with teens and social media.

  • Jennifer Gallacher

    I do tend to buy items before they “go away” too. I like what I like, and I want to know that I can have access to it.

  • Jennifer Gallacher

    Too funny on the spaghetti paper, Tracie! We were just talking about this paper at work the other day. :)

  • Debbie Reiser

    It’s not hoarding if it’s a stash!!!! I’m just saying.

  • Cyndy Blewett Recker

    Now that you are caught up I would start over again. I have listened to every show 2 or 3 times now and I still learn something new because I have a new perspective by the time I listen again. It is still fresh and relevant the second and third time. I love your post of all those funny memories.

  • Cyndy Blewett Recker

    I so agree! One of the main problems I see is that companies seem to run out of the popular items so fast that it makes you want to buy more than you need because it may not be there in 10 minutes. Example was the Heidi Swapp ephemera pack this season. I “believe” (sorry I had to do that) that is was sold out in early October and it seemed from various message boards that everyone was looking for it. It made me over buy some of her other products “just in case” I couldn’t get more later. It seemed to create almost a frenzy when it would show up in a store and I wonder how many people actually bought more than one pack and did they even use any of what they purchased. As a customer I found that very frustrating when seasonal items sold out before I even had a chance to consider buying it.

  • Cyndy Blewett Recker

    I feel the same was about people not printing pictures these days. I too believe that a majority of kids today will not have any childhood photos because they will be lost on computers crashing. Most people I know are taking tons of pictures but they are not backing them up. So many of these pictures will be lost and then we will be full circle again when pictures are precious. I can see the wheels turning in their heads when I ask them what they will do if they lose all their pictures one day and have nothing printed out. One of the teachers at our school had her camera stolen that had her entire photo collection of her child. Not one printed out. If that isn’t a lesson I don’t know what is.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    That is awesome. I’ve also learned that people hear something that gets them thinking, and then they miss the next chunk of conversation. This happens multiple times throughout a single episode, so there are always things you hear for the first time when you give it a second go!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    This is frustrating. I know designers often tell me they’re surprised to learn what becomes the popular part of their release. It’s for the companies AND the stores to accurately predict what people are going to want to buy a lot of.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    This teacher never put her pictures anywhere, and just left them on her camera??!!!

  • Cyndy Blewett Recker

    Oh yes that definitely happens to me all the time! I start thinking about some project I want to start and realize I just missed an important point and have to jump back to hear it again. Excellent episode as always Noell and Izzy!

  • Cyndy Blewett Recker

    Shocking I know but true. I think it was about 5 years worth of pictures left on SD cards with her camera bag and in her camera and got stolen. Of course everyone felt so bad for her and all I kept thinking was “OMG how could you not have printed one single picture.” I don’t know how she could get over it!

  • Brenda

    Amen Lisa. Amen.

  • Debbie Hodge

    I love hearing about teens and photos and where it’s all going–esp with teens. On Christmas morning, the snaps were flying between my youngest and his friends. My oldest has been taking more considered shots with this camera phone lately.

    I’ve actually got a series going at Get It Scrapped in which my oldest son and another teen are using Story Swoop to tell the stories of their photos — just one photo and one short but meaningful story. You can see them here: http://debbiehodge.com/category/give-your-photos-stories/

  • Quinna D. Renner

    How much is enough? I have been scrapping for 13 years. I have 39 completed 12×12 albums, plus at least that number or more of mini albums etc. I’m running out of space to store these albums. This year I’m doing project life using Cathy Z’s ideas. As much as I love to scrap something has to change.

    Groovebook is the greatest. I’ve be on board for 6 months. I took a phone photography class from big pictures and one of the instructors recommended this app. The photos are a tad larger than 4×6 so need to be trimmed for project life.

  • fancyscrapper

    This episode is one of my faves! I’ve listened to it 3 or 4 times while working about the house. So many subjects were covered with thoughtful commentary! I was once a small business owner, so I can really relate to that side of the conversation. Thank you again for the insightful guests and topics. You guys rock!

  • Danielle Lyons

    Hi, such an interesting discussion. For me I started scrapbooking (about 10 years ago) not really as a form of memory keeping but more because I enjoy the “craft” side of the process. It was nice to have a reason to make something crafty – rather than just another art project, I could combine craft with the photos I took. It meant that I had a reason to create .. “I must scrap this month’s photos”. Now days, I scrapbook both with paper supplies and with digital supplies. My memory keeping is more digital (or very simple pocket pages). The “scrapbooking” I do with paper supplies is more as a chance to be creative (paint, scissors, glue etc). I wonder if the rise in art journaling and mixed media projects is a sign of others taking a similar approach? If so, I wonder if that is a way of bringing in a wider audience to the industry? ie focus on the art/craft/handmade/diy parts of the hobby. For example, for me, the beautiful work by Wilna Furstenburg is closer to art than memory-keeping in many ways.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    That’s how I see her scrapbooking, too. She’ll be on today to talk about artful scrapbooking, in fact!

  • SaudiScrapper

    What a great show! How did you cover everything from gender stereotypes to Instagram on a scrapbooking podcast?

    I’m not in Wendy’s class, but she totally describes me and my supplies. I discovered scrapboking through Creative Memories right before we moved overseas. My very first scrapbook purchase was a hoarde of supplies to last me 6 months until our first trip home. Every summer I would “stock up,” and I subscribed to at least 1 or 2 monthly kits. Eventually I was overwhelmed with product and spent my scrapbooking time organizing my stuff instead of creating. Jen said that “manufacturers don’t have the infrastructure to teach people how to use what they have,” but then they had better team up and support businesses like BPC and Paperclipping unless they want to lose customers who stop scrapping because of the overwhelmed feeling Wendy described. I have been a loyal customer of both Stampin’ Up and Close to my Heart explicitly because they teach me how to use new and old supplies.

    As for online memory keeping, I signed up for Twitter and FB in 2008 to take Cathy Zielske’s BPS class “Everyone Can Write A Little,” in which we made a mini album with a tiny photo and posts from FB and/or Twitter. I had planned to keep adding new volumes over time, but now it seems strange to me to pull posts off FB and make pages.

    Describing Instagram, it was said that some young people just use it for bragging. But how many scrapbooking pages have we made “bragging” about how cute our baby is or how great our vacation was? Has anyone ever made a page about a celebrity they met (or almost met)? As for competing for number of “likes,” certainly I am not the only one who has posted a layout online and then checked incessantly to see how many views or comments it has gotten?

    Finally, at the end of your show Wendy pointed out that people come to scrapbooking after a milestone. I think it is unrealistic to expect teens to embrace or understand scrapbooking, but companies should pay big attention to what young people are doing to document their graduations, weddings, babies,etc. Whatever that is is a good predictor of what’s coming next in memory keeping.

    Thanks for a great show, and for all you do to keep Paperclipping Roundtable on the air. I support you with my Paperclipping membership.

  • http://www.pouringoverpictures.blogspot.com/ Caroline Davis

    I just wanted to chime in and say this was probably the most thought provoking episode of PRT ever. I listened to it as soon as you put it up and a week later I’m still mulling over gender issues in scrapbooking and elsewhere, the way I view and use Instagram, and how we can support the scrapbooking industry (because it needs purchases to survive) while still staying true to my non-hoarding beliefs. Just so much to think about! And I know you’re wondering: the thing I’m most excited about from CHA is the WeRMemorykeepers 4×4 albums. Cannot wait to get my hands on them!

    Thanks for another great show!

  • J. Leija (lay-ha)

    Oh man, 121 comments! Congrats guys :) I have no idea if this is the norm these days or if this is just a really notable topic.

    Apologies if this has been mentioned already, I haven’t made it through all 121 of the comments.

    One thing that struck me about the gender roles is this whole culture of color that has been created in the past few decades. It’s this concept that a color somehow defines you. I would say the culture of “pink” is very strong.

    I wonder if it’s a marketing thing? I bet Target invented it! Someone along the way figured out that people respond to color and specifically to their favorite colors. So they started manufacturing things in several shades to get more mass market appeal. And I’m not just talking about the scrapbooking industry.

    You find all these quizzes and articles about what this color means and what that one means. And what it says about you if you like certain colors.

    I just googled that phrase and came away with so many different quizzes to choose from. Among which are:

    http://www.quizmeme.com/color/quiz.php
    http://www.colorcode.com/
    http://spacefem.com/quizzes/colors/
    http://www.qfeast.com/personality/quiz/3092/What-Color-Am-I

    It’s funny but I feel like people make judgments about people based on their favorite color. Like its telling you something really insightful about the person, based on their color preference. I’ve been told I’m “quirky” because my favorite color is yellow. Umm…maybe? I just like the color. It makes me happy.

    Likely completely off the topic of gender roles. Actually most definitely off the topic. But it was something that sprung to mind as I was listening so I thought I’d comment =)

    ALSO, with regards to CHA specifically and the diminishing presence of companies and the smaller booth space. I would say this is indicative of industry as a whole! The developed world went through a recession and no one is taking it lightly. Companies are starting to reconsider the expense of a trade show and the potential for reaching a new client base. Especially given the prevelance of the internet.

    I work with international companies and regularly attend trade shows and it seems to be more of a trend of companies choosing to attend and walk the floor. As opposed to spending all of the money to set up a booth and cover expenses for employees to attend. Just wanted to throw in some non-scrapbook industry perspectives.

    Cheers,
    Jamie

  • http://www.wendysmedley.typapd.com wendysmedley

    Me too! If we have to go on our kids social media channels to get photos, we will do it! I did make a cute layout a few years ago that included Facebook status updates of one of my kids. Thanks for the thoughtful comment!

  • http://www.wendysmedley.typapd.com wendysmedley

    Diane365
    I can totally relate, one of the things that motivates me to scrapbook is product and it is a challenge to find a balance between being motivated with product and having too much product that it becomes a barrier to creating. Great insight and thanks for sharing and listening!

  • http://www.wendysmedley.typapd.com wendysmedley

    Ha love that bubble wrap and cereal boxes, yes we will still be around no matter what! and I agree and wish we could get the product releases to stay available longer because they do go away.

  • http://www.wendysmedley.typapd.com wendysmedley

    I love your comment and what great insight you have with your past history!! Thanks for mentioning manufacturer blogs as places for inspiration because they do work hard on creating a steady source of ideas and content for us to devour. And couldn’t agree more- will our online photos be accessible? I get frustrated when I see a cool photo storage app and invest time into populating it with scanned and archived photos only for the app to be bought by someone else and all my efforts wasted. Excellent points thanks so much for sharing!!

  • http://www.wendysmedley.typapd.com wendysmedley

    I ask myself that question all the time, I have way to many albums, is that a problem? It is a barrier for me, I need to figure out a way to move past my concern about all the albums and create to create. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.wendysmedley.typapd.com wendysmedley

    You just summed it up so well Caroline, “how we can support the scrapbooking industry (because it needs purchases to survive) while still staying true to my non-hoarding beliefs. ” this is a challenge and we need to face it! Love your comments and I too am super excited about the 4×4 albums!

  • http://www.wendysmedley.typapd.com wendysmedley

    Seriously interesting comment, thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

  • AlisonG

    Noell, you mentioned that you had your own “real, live Facebook wall” in your room growing up, and that got me smiling as I thought about my own wall when I was in Jr. High. I had pictures (from my disc camera, thankyouverymuch) taped all over the walls, but I also subscribed to the requisite pre-teen magazines, Seventeen and Teen. As I poured through them each month, I’d tear out any ads, sayings, article titles, outfits, make-up, prom dresses (Oh, those colorful, GINORMOUS prom dresses from the late 80′s/early 90′s!!), and whatever else caught my eye. I’d fussy cut them (who knew I was so ahead of the times!?) and tape them up on my wall. But not randomly; it was the ultimate collage and eventually took over one entire wall in my room. My mom HATED it, which made it instantly cooler, and it was definitely a conversation piece among my friends. Now that I think about it, it was a living “pinterest” board and showed everything that was important, meaningful, and on-trend with me during those years. I SO wish that I had a picture of it, because as silly as it sounds, it was a prized possession, and made me quite happy to look at and add to. Same way I feel about Pinterest now. Although minus the recipes and exercise routines.
    It also gets me thinking about my 6 year-old daughter, who is very into hockey and wants to tape Blackhawks paraphernalia all over her walls. I suppose I need to let her own it, just as my mom reluctantly and very awesomely did. After all, she’s a real kid and not some Pottery Barn Kids drone in a staged bedroom on a catalog shoot. But this time, I’ll be sure to get some pictures of it!
    Thanks for all that you do. You inspire in ways WELL beyond the scrapbook page!

  • Cat

    Loved this podcast there were SO MANY different broad sweeping topics and connections about why we scrapbook and why others don’t. I agree that I don’t think we’re going to convince a lot of the next generation on the importance of scrapbooking, its just different for them. But digital is here to stay. I think sometime that our mid-30′s, mid-40′s generation of parents don’t really rely on anything digital to be around long enough to record our memories or replay them in 40 years when we want to see them. That might be part of it.

    I wanted to specifically comment on the small part of the discussion where I think it was Jen that asked if people were intimidated by our industry due to the size of our rooms/stashes/hoarding. If I heard correctly someone answered with a no! I have to tell you that I’ve tried to suck in all my friends to scrapbook with me….and no one’s buying it. They’ve seen my room and my scrapbooks and I think to them, they’re too overwhelming. I had a friend that was adopting ask me to help her with a scrapbook of her family for the agency and just walking her down the scrapbook aisles at Hobby Lobby she started hyperventilating. She did her one scrapbook and was done and her response was there was ‘too much’ involved in it.

    But things are also different now than they were 10 or 15 years ago. 15 years ago my friend would have come over after she got back from her trip to Ireland and I would have sat down with her for two hours and looked at her photos/scrapbook after she got back and completed it (and probably finished a bottle of wine). Now – I’ve seen all the vacation photos and where she’s been and the sights while she’s there when she posts them on Facebook and Instagram. Besides the fact that taking 2 hours to look through a scrapbook? I don’t know if I even I could sit down and do that – we all seem so busy now. Sorry – rambling…
    I’ve got a room full of stuff and I’m too overwhelmed to scrapbook much of anything. I don’t buy products anymore (my scrapbook budget monthly used to be $250) I’ve been using what I had and I did pocket scrapbooking almost daily last year. This year I’ve had enough…I’m going digital to get rid of all the stuff. I’ve been scrapbooking since 2003 and I have over 30 albums…and I’m running out of room and energy to do them. I’m just not enjoying them much anymore. I am blogging and I am dumping my content and photos from my blog each week into a blurb book I’ll print out at the end of the year. I’m so excited to go simple this year – as someone else said – most of the time when people look at a photo album or book, they want to see the photos and words….not all the other stuff. So I’m getting rid of all the other stuff. Wendy would be proud….the purge and donating is happening by the carload this year. Feeling free and loving your podcasts – keep up the good work Izzy and Noell!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Love it!!! I want to scan the pictures of my wall and post them on Paperclipping. Just need to remember when I have time!
    BTW, thanks so much for the kind words!!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Fascinating. I know I had mentioned on the show that I wondered if our giant scrap rooms of supplies scared people off (not sure if Jen talked about it too), so I appreciate you coming in to weight on on it. I wonder if your friend would have liked using Project Life instead????

  • Becky Nelson

    Interesting! I frequently (today in fact!) have my toddler girl dressed in green with blue airplanes and I lose count of how many people ask me my son’s name. I anticipate it and it doesn’t bother me but I’m still going to keep dressing her in whatever color I feel like. My one little gesture to keep girls always in pink.

  • Becky Nelson

    I listened to the newest episode today and the mail segment referred back to this show so I’m posting my comment here.

    I feel like if we want the industry to grow, we need to embrace the theme scrapbooker (and, no, I’m not getting into the boy/girl debate). I know most of us had encounters with the CM-style debate of right vs. wrong scrapping and we progressed past that. But not everyone has matured in their creativity like that.

    I can remember looking in my LSS for Chinese-themed paper to scrap a trip I took and the LSS owner was very critical and talked down to me about it. That was 7 years ago, and yes, I see her point now, that I don’t need the themed paper, I could create my own, convey my message through colors, etc., but it was very off-putting. I get hints of that through some of the conversation around this issue. If there is truly no right or wrong way to scrapbook a page, then we need to include soccer paper, spaghetti paper and the like. If anything, a warmer introduction to more creative ways to scrap a page without themed paper.

    I think limited products and supplies are helpful to new scrapbookers who see the aisles at Hobby Lobby and get overwhelmed, as a previous commenter related. Sometimes picking just the soccer paper and embellishments is easier – it’s a start. And that’s really what the industry needs: customers willing to get started. Their creativity will grow as they get deeper into it.

    I love Paperclipping, BPC and all the other resources available today to keep this hobby alive and growing. Noell, thanks for such great shows and guests that keep us thinking about the topic long after we have finished listening!

  • http://www.wendysmedley.typapd.com wendysmedley

    Good point Becky! Thanks for adding your thoughts

  • Kimba911

    Hi Noell and Izzy. As always, I thoroughly love listening to your podcast. It’s so much fun! I wanted to comment on that piece of mail about the gender appropriate scrapbooking products and themes. I have been scrapbooking since I was a senior in high school, in 1985. I had created my own way of scrapbooking then and I didn’t know there were others and about the whole scrapbooking world until much later. So, I’ve gone through the various phases from brand new, getting inspired by others, and still getting inspired, but recognizing my own individual style of art that is my scrapbooking.

    The question about the different colors and themes related to girls and boys puzzles me. Why is there even a question about this? If companies choose to categorize their products in that specific way, be it for marketing purposes or just to go with the spirit of their different products, I say more power to them! They know how to run their business. If the average, not-so-average, artistic, basic, family, friend, or travel oriented scrapper chooses to use themed products and colors in their scrapbooking, I say that is their right … and it makes perfect sense. If someone doesn’t want to do that, then don’t!

    When I scrap, it is important to me that everything on that page (paper, embellishments, colors (yes, even themed products) go with the subject and spirit of my subject. That’s what puts the magic and specialness into the page. I have two nephews, no nieces. I love putting their individual personalities into their pages. When they see the pages, they know that their Aunt really sees them. One nephew loves Legos. I would not put Lego related items on the other nephew’s pages, because it wouldn’t make sense, it wouldn’t fit. But I appreciate the any way the manufacturers chose to create and market this product. It is my choice in how I choose to use it, or not. The same thing goes with color. If I put a bunch of pink and glitter on their pages, the response would not be good … again, because it wouldn’t make sense and it wouldn’t fit.

    We (the consumers, podcast hosts and producers, designers, and manufacturers) should all have the freedom to create their craft the way they choose, being artistic and creative, doing our craft with love … without having to worry about the way it is packaged, organized, or displayed. This party is secondary.

    Thank you for reading this. And keep up the great work! :)

    Kim Calloway
    Simi Valley, CA

  • Cathie Reed

    hahaha! me too! I so often get teased for my love of blue. From shoes to shirts to bags and beyond it’s blue and whenever I repaint a room it’s usually blue. : ) ps: I loved reading all your replies to the comments.

  • Jennifer Gallacher

    Oh I love Wilna’s style so much. And you’re right. It’s beautiful art.

  • Jennifer Gallacher

    I really like your point about paying attention to how teens are documenting the main things in their lives right now.

  • Jennifer Gallacher

    I think some people may look at our 6 foot stack of paper and be like where do I even start and get discouraged. :( But then my friends always knew who to call when they need some crafting tool. :)

  • Sandy Baldwin

    Oh Noell, your hubbie’s laugh cracks me up.

  • Kelly Boran

    I know this discussion is 2 months old but while listening to this episode a thought came to me, well it’s actually come to me many times before but this is the first time I’ve had to bring it up.
    I don’t have a local scrapbook store so I rely on going to the larger, chain type supply stores like Michael’s or AC Moore. Michael’s doesn’t have a large selection of the brands I know, especially the ones discussed on the roundtable episodes, or even on Glitter Girl which is my favorite Two Peas tutorial I must say =)
    I don’t really like the Michael’s brand (Recollections) but I have lots of their items because I haven’t shopped online for my scrapbook products before. Don’t get me wrong, they do have some DCWV, Tim Holtz (love), Martha Stewart (don’t use) and I found a very small amount of American Crafts items. But, those are not always current or up to date choices.
    I wish the corporate art supply stores would carry more brands I like so I wouldn’t have to wait for my items to come by UPS but since they don’t I came up with a plan. I’m going to keep the ones I really like and with all the other product I have I’ll either donate it or sell it. Then I can start shopping online for the brands I like which are more current and up to date.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    You know, even though there are a few different scrapbook stores in my area, I still end up ordering my supplies because those stores aren’t carrying all (or any, depending on the store) of the trendy stuff I like either. Scrapbookers who are involved online are more into “trends” than scrapbookers who are not. Local stores cater either to what the owner likes, or what sells well. A majority of scrapbookers who walk into a store are not involved online and do not pay attention to trends.
    I would LOVE it if I could find one source that always carries what I’m looking for. Even shopping online, I still have to order from about 3 different stores to find EVERYTHING I’m looking for.