PRT273 – Not Always So Easy

We discuss adding visual interest to our scrapbooking layouts!

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  • For anyone who came looking — on the show I said I’d link to the layouts I talked about in the comments. I decided to add the links to the “Additional Links” in the post above, instead. :)

  • I am so happy to have a new Paperclipping episode to listen to! I know I don’t really know you, but listening to you so often over the past few years, I feel like I do. I totally understand your reasons for going to a monthly show, but I kind of feel like I moved away from a good friend and only see them occasionally.

    Loved and appreciated this topic. I have been scrapping for 16 years and for most of it was really removed from the mainstream world. Scrapping was always about the memory keeping for me. But lately, I’ve wanted to improve my design and layouts but felt discouraged because I’m such an audio learner and didn’t really feel like I could. Listening to Wilna say that sometimes layouts are hard and don’t work out, made me feel better. I also appreciated what Noell said about having to work at learning design and analyzing her pages. I’m going to spend more time working on learning design.

    Thanks for all you guys do! You are great and always inspire me.

  • Always love the show so much – it is like listening to friends, as someone commented. I’ve been going back and listening to old episodes… I’m up to number 24 – it’s a great education on scrapbooking history for a relative newbie! ps Robot Ballet – that’s the one Wilna needs.

  • Janet

    I vote for a Design Principles Deep Dive. Harder to do with audio. Perfect guests. Great episodes. And shows how ahead of the pack Noell is with her Paperclipping Videos. And her library is so extensive, she can go back in the archive to show us what she means. Thank you.

  • Becky Gotch

    Another great episode. Currently recovering from surgery and cannot bend my neck or focus my eyes for long periods so although I have plenty of free time I can’t scrap! Was getting so bored then you come along to cheer me up. Lovely to lay here with my eyes closed and listen to the episode whilst visualising what you all were saying. Now going to revisit some older episodes to stave off the boredom until I can scrap again. Thank you!

  • Amy

    Hey I just wanted to chime in here on the concept of being able to “intuitively” do something. I am a teacher and hence study the brain and learning. Scientist call this automaticity, which is when you can automatically do something like tying your shoes. The GREAT news about automaticity is that you can learn anything. Your brain is programmed to create automatic pathways for task that are frequently repeated. SO if you scrapbook a lot, you will learn to do something automatically because you are wiring your brain to do it. Repeated practice at anything will make it easier!

  • Meghann

    Hi Tiffany! I’m so glad you liked the episode! Not sure if you made it to the very end of the episode, but I mentioned a coupon code on my blog for a free month trial to Big Picture Classes so that people could check out my class. If you are interested in learning more about design, you could really take advantage of this with my class, Principle Power.

  • UnapologeticallyTracey

    Love this! Just like Noell and Izzy mentioned with learning to drive, things that feel “intuitive” to us are often things that we have come to learn with practice over time. In addition to this, I was thinking a lot about Meyers-Briggs typology when listening to this episode. I know from the episode on that topic that Noell is an “N” (or intuitive) in the system, and I fully assume Wilna is as well. That gut feeling about something being right on a scrapbook page might come easier to those with an intuitive personality type than those of us who are “S” (sensors). Doesn’t mean it can’t be learned, but it might ease some frustration if it’s not coming as naturally. For instance, I feel like I can feel my way through a scrapbook page now that I’ve had lots of practice, but I don’t feel any intuition when it comes to other art forms like fashion or interior design. I just feel like I’m fumbling in the dark in those areas, while someone who is more naturally intuitive might not have the same struggle.

  • UnapologeticallyTracey

    Love it when there is a new episode! I’ve been a fan of Meghann for a long time, so it was great to hear her on the show. The contrast between Wilna and Meghann was so interesting, too. And I love that Izzy shared Miitomo for his pick! We are having a lot of fun with the questions and the little photos taken in the app, and I can see lots of scrapbooky potential there!

  • For all of us who ever feel frustration and dissatisfaction with our creative work, here is a super great video by Ira Glass (host of This American Life):

  • ARC

    I really enjoyed this episode because “practice” is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. At the old age of 40 ;) I’ve decided to learn how to play the drums and it is a super humbling experience to be so bad and a newbie at something. The only way out of it is to play as much as I can and even after a solid 40 min practice session I can tell I’m getting better.

    I love that you guys linked this kind of practice to scrapbooking – I think it goes back to something Noell discussed a few months ago with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, about how we never just “practice” as scrapbookers – we expect each layout to be GOOD and album-worthy. It’s so rare (and a hugely disappointing event) to throw away a layout entirely.

    Thanks again for the thought-provoking conversation :)

  • Meghann

    I love Ira Glass! Can’t wait to watch this!

  • AlisonG

    Hi Noell- If you ever decide to do a “scrap lift me and I’ll scrap lift you back” challenge, I’d LOVE to take part in that!! I was listening while running, and began shouting “Pick me!” as you were discussing it, which garnered some curious looks from other runners on the path.

  • Rosa

    hi Noell,
    first, just wanted to say I miss the weekly episodes but I understand…

    I have a questions that it’s not related to this episode but I am sure you or someone in the panel can answer it. I LOVE we r memory keepers leather albums and started using them for Library of Memories but now they seem to be gone! what happened after AC acquired them? did they rebrand them? or are they discontinued? (please say no)

    thanks for all the inspiration you bring to us!

  • Rosa, I’ve been noticing them dwindling, too, but did not realize to what extent until now. After reading your comment I checked on and you’re right — there are hardly any there. This is alarming. I wonder if they were losing money on these and the cheaper albums are more profitable.??? I’m hoping it’s a rebranding/temporary issue because I have no desire to go back to other albums. :(
    If anyone knows, or if anyone has the ability to find out please share! We might be able to find out straight from We R’s customer service. I’m in the middle of taking care of some urgent family needs right now so I’d love to hear from someone else who has time to email or call them.

  • I’m finding more albums (still not a lot, but more) by We R that are branded as Becky Higgins Project Life albums. I don’t think those are going away.

  • Rosa

    are they the really the same? has anyone bought them and compared? no offense to Becky Higgins or Project Life but the We R albums were SO much better quality

  • Yes — We R is the one who makes the Becky Higgins albums. The only difference is the colors, which are picked for her collection. They’re the same We R albums that they sell through Project Life. I haven’t bought them, but I’ve seen and handled them at CHA.

  • Christy Browning

    I don’t think Project Life has the faux leather in all the colors. I too am worried about what is going on. I am in the middle of converting my color scheme because I remodeled my study. Crazy I know. Now I can’t get everything I wanted. Amazon had a few of the ones. The other thing I am having a hard time getting is white card stock in 12×12. The only thing out there seems to be smooth not textured.

  • You’re right. Project Life has its own set of colors. So if you’re looking for a specific color you already have, that’s a problem. Maybe we all need to start writing We R and Amer Crafts about not being able to find our albums.