PRT265 – Tell Me a Story

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  • Not to get the comments started off on the wrong foot, but…

    Another anagram for Tracy Marie:

    “Erratic Yam”

    Disclosure: I cheated and used an online anagram tool to discover that one. At first I tried to figure some out myself, but then I thought, “There must be an app for that.” Sure enough, there were plenty. :)

  • Tori Bissell

    I’ve totally used my Fuse tool to solve the problem of things falling out. I love my Fuse tool! Love it! It’s such a fun tool to make shaker pockets, change the sizes of page protectors and seal up pockets. I played around with it a bit to figure out how to use it and now I’ve got it down pat. There are so many videos on Youtube with handy tips and instructions too if you want to learn how to use it better. The Fuse tool also comes with a cutting tip. So mu suggestion…if you fused (that sounds like a bad word)…I mean sealed up the edge and later you wanted to get in, use the cutting tip to cut a hole, get the item out and then seal it back up. I’ve never wanted to get something out later though. I hate the cards, photos and things falling out of my pockets – it drives me CRAZY (literally bonkers – wanting to throw my album on the other side of the room) the Fuse tool is my saving grace (also probably preventing me from pulling a hulk move). lol.

    I had a couple other suggestions for items falling out if you didn’t like that idea or you didn’t want to use the Fuse tool.

    1. You could sew it up using your sewing machine. If you later wanted to take the item out, just pull out a seam ripper. I haven’t done this one though because well I’m sewing illiterate.
    2. Or you could use washi tape….seal up the edge with a cute design…and it would be so easy to take the item out later if you wanted it. I’ve done this and it works well.
    3. You could also use a piece of score tape – just a thin piece – stick it on the edge of the pocket and press down…it would seal it up. It’s not that visible and if you really needed to open it, you’d need to pull a bit but you could.

  • Tori Bissell

    ma Cray trie

  • anniem888

    Love, Love, Love the concept of compairing yourself to people that are not scrapbooking/memory keeping. In this day of Pintrest perfection it is good to remind myself that perfect isn’t the goal!

  • Cara

    Stacy is so inspiring every time!
    I started scrap booking in 2003 when my daughter was 11, and I was able to go back and tell some stories from her earlier childhood because they were still fresh enough in my mind. However,my son was 19 by this time, and I have always felt ‘guilty’ that I can’t really remember all of the stories from his early childhood. I have scrapped very few pictures of him as a small child and there isn’t much journalling on the pages that I have done. Well Tracy has helped me put the guilt aside and Stacy (tricky this rhyming Tracy and Stacy) has made me realise that the best thing is to wait and see what percolates to the surface as I see my young grandson growing up. Things he does will jog memories and I will be able to make connections between things my son did and what he was like when I see similar (or completely dissimilar) traits in his own son. Two inspiring guests.

  • Terry

    Another interesting podcast. As the saying goes: every picture tells a story, but I think it’s important in memory keeping to add to the obvious by filling in the blanks – and there’s always blanks/more to tell. But I’ve never really given thought to which comes first – the story or the pictures. I always start with the pictures and find myself “fitting in” the story, but after hearing Stacy say she starts with the story I may have to try that next time. Also, bravo to Stacy on her endeavour to write a book. Not an easy task.
    Re Izzy’s “unpick”… If I understood correctly, he gave up on Apple podcast app because it didn’t do what he needed and went back to an app that doesn’t do it at all?? Am I missing something here?
    Noell, thank you for your pick. I am going to check out gel medium as now I understand what it’s for. I am not creative and have never worked with any paints or gels and it’s all rather intimidating to me so I’ve never tried. Other than one project with mod podge and to be fair my daughter used it, I was just helping.
    I love that I always come away with something new and useful every time I listen to PRT.

  • Terry, yes you’re correct about my pick. The reason I switched to the Apple Podcast app was because of the sync. Without the sync, I prefer the app I used previously, Overcast. Because the sync didn’t work correctly for me, I switched back. :)

  • Terry

    That makes sense I guess. I know you normally like apple stuff so there had to be a good reason.

  • Jennifer Kellogg

    Does anyone know the name of the woman detective show that Stacy was talking about?

  • Tania N

    Pretty sure it’s the Bletchley circle. It’s really good.

  • Noell, I totally get excited when I see those detective scene, and I pause the movie and scrutinise eachhhhhhh details . The newspaper cutouts , the photos, even the paper clips that they use. Sometimes I see the big picture, and that the strings actually form some geometric that makes the whole board looks like a MOODBOARD! Haha! LOVE IT!

  • I’m so happy to heard this podcast :) I was just finishing up my WITL and I suddenly felt lost and I don’t know what to continue with in my scrapbooking (not that I have no unfinished projects, just not inspired to )

    I’m loving the shift of focus (or my shift of focus) from just pretty paper to STORY STORY STORY. I took tons of classes on stories, after listening to this podcast, I went back to my Evernote and review the notes I had for each class. I have a notebook called “Stories to tell” and as I read through each note, I have so much inspiration . Then I went back to watch some of Ali Edwards Story Kits class videos. Now my mind is flooded with stories and layout ideas. I got to organise them and start telling them.

    I just want to share how interesting it is that I have evolved as a scrapbooker . I start scrapbooking in 2009 and I was all about card making and mini books . Then I watched Shimelle videos on twopeas and started trying 12×12 layouts. I was was all about products and photos until I started taking classes at BPC – Ali’s Hello story class, Karen Grunberg’s Book of story, Stacy’s twelve. I took Shimelle Cover to cover class too. All so story focus :) Then I started to see the big picture and not just event based scrapbooking. It’s really hard for me especially because i’m not good at expressing myself in writing. Takes alot of effort to type the story, see the connection, then type the whole story out, and edit the language . All these takes time as well. So far I have only done a few – perhaps 5? But they are my MOST favourite layouts and I’m super proud of myself for having done them :)

    Once again thanks for the awesome podcasts :)

  • May Cartier? FIY I didn’t cheat :)

  • Did they say the bug will be fixed? I have the same issues too. It works sometimes, it doesn’t work the other times.

  • Jennifer Kellogg

    I used Downcast. I haven’t tried Overcast. But it sounds like Downcast does the same things.

  • Paula Rowan

    Yes it is The Bletchley Circle there are 2 series, well worth watching

  • Marie-Pierre Capistran

    I didn’t find one for Tracy, but I started playing with my name Marie-Pierre and I found out that if I was to ground an airline, it could be called Air Premiere. ;)

  • Terri Cannell

    Yes! fuse tool! If you fuse just a couple tiny spots on the open edge and want to reopen, you can just snip the tiny fuse spots off or cut off straight across a tiny sliver where you fused the edge. I have the Fuse and it can melt a lot or a little – barely melting, depending on how long you hold it in one place.

  • Cara — you’ve got it my friend!

  • Thank you Tania and Paula — that’s it!

  • Pepper — I love how you’ve described your evolution as a memory keeper. It’s mirrors mine. Most of us tend to start out focus on what we can do with photos and cute product, we dive in, learn the skills, acquire the tools (literally) and then build our creative confidence, but at some point we sense there might be something more that we’re not doing, or at least not doing as well as we would like to and that is the story-telling. AND, you’re right — expressing yourself in writing is not something we are good at initially. It’s hard and it takes effort to see the connections, find the words, write the whole story out — then walk away and come back to edit and refine. BUT, you said it well — the results are worth the effort. I try to challenge myself to be a story-based scrapbooker 10% of the time, so one in ten pages. This way I have the permission to play and have fun and put pictures on pages with pretty stuff (most of the time) and I have the opportunity and expectation to do more every now and then. I guess I just wanted to say that I loved reading your thoughts and I concur!

  • Wait, there are people who DON”T get excited when they see a serial killer board?! Yeah, I know they’re not just used by serial killers. Sometimes the good guys use them too. But it’s one of my favorite things when the police find a hidden room full of creepy stalker obsession pinboards! Maybe I need to scraplift one because it’s seriously one of my favorite things. omg wouldn’t that make an amazing title page for an album? I might use that for a family history album I’m working on. I have an ancestor who had several different partners and children (back in gold rush days) and was in the local paper because of her “immoral behavior” and “incorrigible” sons. That could be so much fun!!

  • Courtney

    I hadn’t thought of scrap lifting it for my Scrapbook before! I love this idea!

  • Courtney

    Dear Stacy,
    I just wanted you to know that after you gushed about the shotbox in a previous pick, I looked it up. And then went to comic con where they had it on display! I promptly ordered one. And just so you know, they now have an affiliate program. Lol. I told them it was you and paperclipping that sold me on it!

    I really enjoyed this episode. I love hearing how a story was drawn out beyond the who, what, when to include why and how. As well as including meaning and connections.
    I look forward to the next deep dive course! Is there a waiting line like for new Apple products? ;)

  • I asked my SIL for a shotbox for Christmas after hearing about it in picks of the week. She already ordered it. Yay!

  • Christine

    A few thoughts on this episode.
    1) I always enjoy hearing Stacy describe a specific story evolution or trigger and I was so glad to hear Tracy say she floats between wanting to tell deeper stories and sometimes just making fun pages. My albums are a mix. I have a two page spread in one of my albums that is nothing but pics of sunflowers from my yard and “see the beauty in your own backyard” written on it. It makes me smile every time I come across it. I worry sometimes the unintended message is you are a rookie or less evolved scrapbooker if you haven’t moved on from playing with pretty supplies to telling long, deep, connected stories. I don’t mean this podcast specifically. I need both to feel fulfilled by this hobby.
    2) I also enjoy when you help the guests tease out their process. So interesting to hear those stories. Stacy, I love all the details in your ramblings. My own process varies. Sometimes the pictures trigger a story. Other times I put together a kit I’m really excited about and I go find some pictures.
    3) I found the notion that some things can just be told in a blog or IG intriguing. Thinking on that more.
    4) I guess I’m a lucky one with the apple podcast app. I listen on my phone while walking then sit down at my desk and finish it on my iPad. I have never had an issue with the syncing.

  • StacyK

    First, I must tell you that I love your podcast. Thanks for doing this and sharing with us. I’m not that much of an expert scrapbooker, and kind of struggle with it. But I do love Project Life, and find the format less intimidating :) Even though I have been listening to your podcast for a number of years, I just had to comment on this episode.
    1. Stacy’s connection story actually brought tears to my eyes. She is an awesome writer, and I felt I was right there witnessing the story.
    2. I use the fuse for mini books and Project Life, and I love it. The idea of temporary closure never occurred to me and is therefore not an issue.

    Thanks again!

  • Terri Cannell

    I love Tracy’s comment about how she compares herself to non-scrapbookers. When i heard it, I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. It’s such a common-sense approach, but I have never thought of scrapbooking from that perspective. genius! Thanks, Tracy!

  • Cyndi

    I do this too! That why I love Ali’s style of scrapping! She uses circles and twine and lines and boxes, etc.

  • Cyndi

    I like what you said. I like a mix of approaches depending on my mood and what I feel like doing.

  • Christine

    5) a deep dive course with Stacy Julian?! Cue the Angels singing. Woo hoo!

  • Thx for all the tips. Question — At least one of our forum users said she had to get a glass mat in order to get it to fuse correctly. Do you use a glass mat? If not, what are you using?

  • ARC

    I use a glass mat, and it worked really well the first time. I think you need something hard to fuse against. My concern w/ using the Fuse to seal up pockets is that you have to have some “space” where the two sides of plastic are touching, or you will end up melting the plastic onto whatever is in the pocket. Though that might also be a way to keep the item in the pocket :)

  • Marge Johnston

    I totally related to Tracy’s comment as well! I was out jogging while listening to the podcast – struggling to finish my run if I’m honest! And when she said that I thought, “YES!!” It just reaffirmed the thought process of doing something is better than no action at all! Thanks again for the motivation to keep moving forward!

  • When I started I was only about double layouts, but in 2011 I was on a Design Team and found that single page layouts were wonderful because I could pull them out of my top-loading albums and put them in frames and rotate the display easy peasy.

    If you have someone in your life who really doesn’t need anything an album and a frame the same size make a great gift. The album stores the pictures and the frame is great for displaying them (one at a time). It also works for seasonal decor for people with limited space (like assisted living facilities).

  • LeAnn

    I am so thankful for this episode. Journaling has been a sort of low spot for me. I mean I get that I need to do it and should be focusing more on it. But it always felt weird. Unnatural. Forced. After hearing this episode, I decided that I no longer want to journal . . . I just need to tell the story. This may not make sense to anyone else on the planet. But journaling always made me feel like I had to get the facts in there. My journaling always sounded so weird. “We went to the park on Saturday. It was fun. We were so glad dad was there. We love parks. We were there all morning” Rather than just tell the story. “Dad works a lot of crazy hours. It is often the highlight of our week when he gets to spend time with us. It may seem basic to the rest of the world watching us run around like crazy kids (adults included) but to this family it is heaven. We are together. We are laughing. And for just these few hours, all is ok in our world.” What a difference!!! I cannot express how thankful I am I for the paradigm shift. I am a photos person. It will always begin and end with them. I scrapbook for my photos. Now, I have found my voice that will make each photo series really shine. It is no longer the who, what, when, where. It never occurred to me how important the story was and not just the facts of what was happening right then and there in that photo. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

  • Wow!! Awesome, LeAnn! Thank you, and thank you especially for sharing your story with us. Even though you didn’t share a photo I had a very clear picture in mind from your words. Love it!!

  • Marieitis

    That is an awesome way of describing difference and a fantastic way of looking at…like a light-bulb moment for me :)
    I struggle with the same thing!

  • Cara

    It’s already happened! My daughter in law sent me a phone picture today of my grandson with his face painted like a tiger and all of a sudden I remembered how my son hated any sort of dressing up/disguises etc as a young child, and how he cried one daywhen he pulled a mask out of a lucky dip barrel. It sent me straight to my photos of him at the age of the lucky dip ‘tragedy’ to pair one with the tiger face and tell the story. Stacy you are a treasure!

  • Kim Edsen

    I just listened back to this episode and it really resonated with me. I can’t wait for Stacy’s deep dive course and Tracy’s comment about using pocket pages for the smaller stories hit home as a possible solution to the ongoing angst I have about how to approach my organization/story telling – slowly, but surely, I think I’m coming around to a method that fulfills all of my ‘needs’ and Paperclipping is helping with that! Thank you!

  • Alana Daley

    No surprise. I enjoyed this episode just as I’ve enjoyed everyone before this one. There was a question about how to keep things from falling out of side pockets without sealing them permanently. I came upon a great product that does just this. It’s Hook & Loop Tabs by Tomboy. It’s an extremely thin version of velcro. I recently did a wedding album in which I left pages for the couple to journal. I used the Hook and Loop Tabs to hide the journaling from others so the journaling remained private.