PRT192 – I Just Drool

This week we’re talking about artistic scrapbooking!

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  • Cathy R

    I just want to tell you how great it is to listen to the PRT! The sound quality is excellent. I listen to other crafting podcasts as well but the sound quality varies from show to show. Not so with PRT! I actually have to turn the sound down when I listen to you guys. Thank you for producing not only great shows but great shows with great technical quality.

  • Izzy is awesome, isn’t he? We’re all so lucky to have him. Especially me. :)

  • I’ve got a question and I’m hoping other PRT listeners would be able to help me with this.

    I vaguely remember someone mentioning in a previous PRT episode about a class on scrapbook journaling prompts. Unfortunately I can’t remember which episode this was on, or the details about the class. I just remember it was something like the class gave you prompts, but it was different from other classes. She also gave some examples of the prompts given, like things that inspire you or something like that.

    I know it’s not a lot to go by but I just suddenly remembered that I wanted to look up the class but I forgot to write it down at that moment. Hope someone could help me.

  • Betty

    I agree Cathy, although I did once listen to an entire show at chipmunk speed, not realising that I could adjust it. Quality is excellent, well done Izzy & Noell.

  • Christine

    Karen Grunberg ran the class “Book of Stories” on Big Picture Classes. It started out with a couple of weeks of photos which were meant to be triggers for stories and then went on to more specific story generating techniques. Is that it?

  • fancyscrapper

    This was so fun! Noell, I really admire your pre-planning to think of good questions to ask your guests. I have NEVER heard a “boring” show, and I love that we always run out of time before running out of things to discuss. Fascinating! This show was particularly enjoyable with Frank’s enthusiasm and Wilna’s soft lovely accent. I’m about to listen to it a second time while I work on organizing and purging in my studio (which my family refers to as “Mom’s Happy Place”).

    I’ve taken to listening to the show while I do the marketing for the family. It takes me THAT LONG to do it, and it’s nice to have you guys along. The only drawback is that people probably wonder about me, buying avocados, broccoli, apples, whatever, with a huge grin on my face. I even occasionally laugh out loud. I may be a strange shopper, but at least I’m a happy one!

  • Thank you!!

    Ok, I have to ask where you are from! I’ve never heard if grocery shopping as “”marketing.”

  • vintageplaid

    Big Picture Classes also had a class last autumn called “Grammar Free Journaling” taught by Angie Lucas.

  • Jeanette

    I really enjoyed listening to this discussion about scrapbooking as an art form. I have been thinking for a long time about what “art” is, and I’ve participated in many discussions/debates about this subject. In fact, my husband and I have an ongoing discussion about this topic, and our definitions of “art” are constantly evolving and changing. I agree with Frank when he says that if you put a lot of time and effort into creating something, whether it is a painting or a scrapbook page, you just have to call it art. And, as Julie Fei-Fan Balzer once said, if you consider yourself an artist, then that’s what you are. I think it’s all about INTENTION. If I set out to create art, then the result IS art, and I AM an artist. At least that’s my definition for this week. Thanks for another informative and stimulating podcast.

  • MariahS

    You know in both this show and the one from CHA the cost of a page sort of came up in terms of “is it OK to put so much product on a page?” and in the CHA show the snarky label of scrappers as “folks who spend $5 (and then I think someone also said $50) to showcase a $1 photo.”

    You know what, I’m pushing back on that idea. The idea that it’s not OK to treat pages as art. The idea that it’s not OK to spend money on them, or display them (as Frank said he does).

    How many people love their sporting events? And when they go and spend $75/ticket x2, $20 for parking, $40 for food, $30 for gear, should others chide them that they spent all that money just to watch a bunch of millionaires prance around for 3 hours at a total of $80/hr? No, we should not. Nor should others question the activity which many of us enjoy and to which we give some of our time and some of our money.

    Artful scrappers, get out there and create art! Don’t let anyone question the time or money you devote to your passion. Unless it’s having a negative impact in your own life/budget – just play with paper and paint and defy anyone to belittle it or question it!

  • fancyscrapper

    Oh, I’m just quirky that way. I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but we lived across the state line in Kansas. We moved to Southern California before my 10th birthday, and I was home schooled all but 3 years of my 12 through high school. Most of those years were spent travelling the States and Asia as a family. We were in independent ministry in thousands of churches, though my parents always kept a home we rented so we could rest and write material and music between tours. We lived in 7 different houses in 5 different cities in 3 different states during my first 19 years. Also I’m a big reader, so my vocabulary is a bit more broad.

    Oh, and for the last 25 years I’ve lived in Southern Georgia. Here, people don’t push “shopping carts,” they’re “buggies.” They don’t carry “purses,” instead they have “handbags.” ANY soda can be referred to as a “coke.” Folks around here don’t “press” buttons, they “mash ’em”. It’s delightful, really!

    “Marketing” sounds more fun than “Grocery Shopping” to me, so I call it that. :)

    Guess I’m a student of language as well.

  • Michelle t

    I live just outside Philadelphia PA. It’s marketing here too. But Philly does have it’s own language. Michelle t

  • Cara Vincens

    Oh I could listen to Wilna all day! She’s so smart and creative and I love how she really makes an effort to inspire others. Plus, her accent is gorgeous! I admit, eventhough I’ve tried lots of mixed media techniques, for most of my pages I tend to be a bit lazy and pass them over to just get my pages done quicker. I think, for me, that’s okay from time to time, but I’ve noticed that all my pages are starting to look the same and I’m getting into a bit of a rut. Noell, you said it best that you have to PLAY! When you just play the ideas and inspiration flow more freely! So I’m taking up Wilna’s dare to use more mixed media on my pages!!

  • Please have Frank on more! He’s awesome and hilarious!

  • Nice! Well said!

  • Have we talked about this before? I spend much of my childhood in Southern Cal and eventually lived in Topeka KS and then my parents moved to Kansas City Missouri where Izzy and I lived for a summer as newlyweds — sort of backwards from what you did!
    I also lived in 7 different homes with my parents, but in 6 different cities and 5 different states. After living in UT during college I settled in AZ with izzy 16 years ago. Lots of similarities to you, but over here they do not call have cute terms I can share. :) Buggies? How funny!!

  • Wow! In my world marketing is selling, not buying. :)

  • Yay!

  • Wil do! :)

  • Love the art of all the panelists–can’t wait to hear the podcast! =)

  • Angela Daly

    Thanks for a great show, Wilna and Frank are two awesome artist full of energy and creativity!

  • I’m re-listening to PRT episodes around the time of the class’ release to see whether it’s the class that I remember.

    I hope not though, ’cause the class is closed now and I was really thinking of taking a journaling class.

  • I remember the Grammar Free Journaling, but that’s not it. Thanks for helping though.

  • This has nothing to do with the last show… (I’m just about to listen to it)… but maybe this is a question for Izzy too… Has anyone used QR codes in scrapbooking? And what do you think the longevity of the medium is? I have some videos of my son that I’d like to add to a page with photos. I have a vision of doing a montage of photos as he grows with a QR code linking to a video of him at the same age as the photo. But I wonder if QR codes really will be around when he’s older. Will I be sending him to a dead link? Or will scanning QR codes be obsolete in 30+ years. What do you think? Does anyone have alternate suggestions? I know that I could use a CD or USB but aside from the visual effect that just won’t be the same, I suppose that the same question still stands, regardless of the digital media I choose. Not quite sure what would be the best choice with that in mind.

  • From the time that I talk about a class, there is usually only 2-5 weeks before it is no longer available. You gotta jump on them fast. :(

  • Tiffany W.

    Loved this episode. Frank’s enthusiasm and obvious passion for creating and displaying his work makes me want to go play and just enjoy the process!

  • TracieClaiborne

    Thanks for reading my comment! I laughed my head off listening to y’all! Great episode, as always!

  • Glad you popped in here. I’ve been wondering — do you think it was good, bad, or neutral for the store to stop stocking stuff like spaghetti papers? Were you guys able to help customers see beyond the overly obvious themes to look at other options? Or did most of them leave confused or disappointed?

  • Some of our listeners are using them and found their family members love them. It’s like a game and makes the scrapbook experience interactive. I’m quite positive this is just a temporary thing, though. Technology changes constantly and I will be shocked if the QR code isn’t replaced with something people like better — and I think that will be very soon — less than 5 years.

  • TracieClaiborne

    Our customers were very good about listening to us and maybe we were just persuasive but when we would explain to them that it would be better to use just pretty patterned paper instead of themed stickers, themed paper, themed everything….they got it. Now we did have a few people leave without the sticker they wanted but themed paper we could usually talk them out of! :) We felt like to sell someone a piece of spaghetti or popcorn paper was not helping them or benefitting their photos and memory keeping. I haven’t noticed those kinds of papers in a few years so I don’t think they’re even made anymore.

  • Cyndi

    I loved this discussion about the artful side of scrapbooking. Memory keeping has taken on many avenues through the years. We can stay comfortable with what we know or take risks and experiment with new ideas and products. I have a lot of respect for Frank and Wilna when they spoke about their art process. Practice. Experiment. Practice. Experiment. Practice. It may seem scary at first and I know I have several firsts that are not what I call pretty. Not ones I would be proud to show off but proud to show how I am experimenting. Proud of what I am learning and perhaps in the areas that interest me the most, proud of where I am improving or getting braver with experimenting. I have taken several basic mixed media classes and I will likely take more on just the basics. For to me, I treasure making memories and enjoy different processes in doing just that.

    I listen to all your podcasts, and would like you to know that you saved me from a horrific case of seasickness one particularly rough night at sea. I put my ear buds in, closed my eyes, and listened to one episode after another, sometimes drifting off with the comfort of the voices, until the ocean smoothed out. By escaping from the environment around me I was able to keep equilibrium in the brain and not get physically ill. Bonus! Thanks again! That was truly a lifesaver!

  • Cyndi

    Noell, in Canada, we have both grocery stores and markets.

  • Cyndi

    yay to playing and hanging it on the walls!!!

  • Anne E

    I agree but please don’t turn the sound down as some of us don’t have perfect hearing anymore. :)

  • geezee

    I loved that comment by Frank as well, I am working on getting used to people calling me an artist. It is something I have always wanted to be, but I think I didn’t know I had gotten to where others think of me that way. It is exciting to see myself through the eyes of others when they are looking at me in a way I find flattering. -gina