PRT264 – Humor in Your Scrapbooking

We discuss how to add humor to scrapbook layouts in this week’s episode…

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  • Terri Cannell

    YAY! A new Paperclipping Round Table! I will go listen at once!

  • ARC

    I’m not finished listening yet, but I already LOVE this episode :) A couple of things I feel compelled to comment on already –

    1) the list of what NOT to do was surprising and super helpful. She is so right that if you have to TELL someone that something is funny, it really isn’t that funny :)

    2) Re: the fine line between making fun vs. being funny when it’s about another person, I really think this is in the eye of the beholder. My daughter (age 6) and I are very similar in personality, highly sensitive/easily embarrassed about doing the “wrong” or “stupid” things. For example, I can’t even listen to the PRT episodes I’m on!
    I know she would HATE having a layout for everyone to see if she felt the photo was unflattering or if it called out a story where she misbehaved or did something unintentionally silly. I am exactly the same way. So I think you really have to ask the subject if they’re ok with it or at least put yourself in their shoes and think about whether they are easily embarrassed/bothered by this kind of stuff.

    Noell’s example of Izzy’s video about her fumbling with the door is perfect – I’d hate for people to see something like that of me, but Noell thinks it’s funny.

    On a same note, re: the brother-in-law reasoning w/ 2 year olds, I would totally take that as criticism of my parenting if it were directed at me (admittedly, I’m overly sensitive about stuff like that). Maybe my girls are special snowflakes, but we’ve always spoken to them like adults and yes, sometimes it’s a disaster, but often it actually works. Depending on my relationship w/ the person commenting about it, I might be offended if it came across as “oh look at you being so cute and trying to do this parenting thing ALL WRONG”. Tread lightly with in-laws, you know? :)

  • I totally hear you! Especially about treading lightly with in-laws. I can be oversensitive, so I never know if someone else will be too. That’s my whole hesitation. I do think it’s a very charming quality about my brother-in-law, and we’ve all teased him in person in good fun, but after I wrote it in my list and then re-read it, I couldn’t decide if it sounded like a criticism. (Which it wasn’t meant to be at all.)

    Everyone feels differently about having the spotlight on them, so I don’t think it hurts to second-guess ourselves before writing/scrapbooking something that could be interpreted differently than we meant it.

  • That was such a fun discussion! I’ve included some of the tips we talked about (and a few layouts) on a blog post this morning:

  • edillow

    Another point that I think is really important: what kids are OK with poking fun at (or having poked at) changes with age and phase. We have a rule that we don’t post things that are “mortifying” on social media–no pictures of sleeping, purposefully unflattering, etc. And things that were funny as toddlers don’t necessarily remain funny for 13 year olds. That kind of thing is an important line to identify for everyone!

  • The Other Caroline

    I remember when 12×12 paper was actually 11 3/4 x 11 3/4. When I started scrapbooking in 1996, 8 1/2 x 11 was the norm. All the LSS here carried 8 1/2 x 11. After a while, true 12 x 12 became the norm. I’m from Utah, BTW.

  • So that goes with how I remember it, too then. Thanks for corroborating! :)

  • Terri Cannell

    My mother’s scrapbook from the ’50’s is approx. 12 x 12. (I’ll have to go measure.) They are square sheets bound with a front and back leatherette cover and manilla colored pages. A chord runs through the front and back covers and pages, which holds them together and allows for expansion. She scrapped ephemera and photos from her high school years, so we’re talking about 1956.
    My grandmother’s scrapbook is all photos and is similar in size but the pages are black. She probably purchased or had it given to her in the late 1930’s, when my mother was born. So my guess is this is a traditional size for scrapbooks from way back to at least the 30’s. I’ll try to dig them out of storage and take pics.

  • Oh Noell….can we please see the layout with the grocery list/Love Potion #9??? Please please please??? :)

  • Marie-Pierre Capistran

    running to see this Angie!! Was fun to hear your voice again. :) Would have loved to have the encyclopedia aka Wendy on the show too. :)

  • Tori Bissell

    Such a great podcast this week – I was laughing throughout the whole thing. And I’m so glad for this episode because my brother said something great this week and I’ve been wondering how to document it.

    Conversation in the car:
    Tori – Josh how much weight has mom lost?
    Josh – I don’t know? How would I know that?
    Mom – You mean, if someone asked you how much weight your mom has lost you should say “I don’t know?”
    Josh – No…I would say, I’m not sure, you should ask my mom. But what I do know is… she looks SMOKIN.”
    Mom – Aweeee.
    Josh – See, that’s how you do it.
    Tori – Except maybe you shouldn’t say smokin about your mom – it’s a little weird.
    Josh – I know. As soon as I said it I thought that.
    Mom – I thought it was sweet. Don’t worry honey…you can say I’m smokin.

  • Tori Bissell

    On a side note, I love the monkey layout idea Noell. I would love to see it.

    I think maybe if it was the only silly, funny, goofy layout it might sound like you were making fun of her. But on the other hand if you had a bunch of other layouts that are funny it would work perfectly.

    On a side note: how great would it be to make an album with just funny, goofy photos. Reminds me of this album I saw on pinterest: Ugly Photo book: The over of the Ugly Photo Book says: “Our family is great…we just aren’t always the most photogenic. We aren’t ashamed of it. That’s just what happens. So here are all our ugly/embarrassing/awkward photos in one place so that we can laugh and giggle at all of the horrible photos of us over the years”

    That is totally going to happen for my family.

  • Tori Bissell

    cover not over

  • Tori Bissell

    Please please please

  • Tori Bissell

    Thanks for doing that Angie!

  • Tori Bissell

    What if you reworded it somehow. I like the idea of including it but maybe if you worded it differently it wouldn’t come off as offensive.

    Like if you said “I love the way you talk to 2 year olds like their adults.” or If you said “I like the way you interact with 2 year olds.” Maybe if you worded it that way it wouldn’t be as sensitive?

  • Tori Bissell

    And on a side note..if I was the brother in law and I was the only one who hadn’t received their 30 things list…I’d actually feel more left out. I know it’s another personality thing, but for me I hate feeling left out or not included. And if I knew everyone else had gotten a list but me I’d feel bad about it. It might be valuable to just reword that line (see comment above) or replace it with something else…that way you can get it finished and gift it.

  • I’d love to share. I’ve been swamped, but if I can get a chance I’ll try!

  • Good reminder that the industry’s way of making scrapbooks has its influence in pre-industry scrapbooks. I often forget to consider that. That said, I have a few scrapbooks from grandparents, and I don’t think any of them are 12×12 square. I don’t think I’ve ever seen actual square ones until the 90’s, so I’d love to see if your mother’s really is square like you’re remembering. One of ours is on the larger size, but not square. Another one is more like 8.5×11.

  • Angela Daly

    Love your Podcast, thanks

  • Cyndi

    We’ve had so many funny moments in everyday life. This is the time I wish I could write everything down but it just doesn’t happen that way. I do have one particular story documented. We had just taught the boys how to play crib. On the second set of cards dealt (literally right after teaching them how to play) one of the boys got the most points possible in the game. Something like that doesn’t happen often in the game of crib. We roared with laughter. It was a funny haha moment as well as a what were the chances of that happening moment.

    One of the ways I recently discovered as a way of preserving everyday stories is to have a pen pal to share stories back and forth. A good way to find out if the story is truly funny! And worthy of a scrapbook memory.

  • anniem888

    When we went to Disneyland we were trying to take pictures of characters
    and the parade, every time we took a picture the subject would turn around. My DH called them “POSTERIORS for POSTERITY” we now embrace to back side pictures. Someday I plan to make an album.

  • Allison Rosen

    Jewish humor definitely influenced America’s funny bone. My husband is writing a book about it! He is a history professor and this is an academic/researched book – but totally interesting. (funny, eh?)