You Won’t Be Interested in This Topic – PRT040

This topic will blow your mind…if it happens to be one you’re interested in…

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  • Hmmm, I don’t see the show in my iTunes. Am I mising something? I’m subscribed, but last weeks is the mos recent episode.

  • Aj

    it will pop up – sometimes itunes takes a while :)

  • Did you hit refresh? It downloaded on mine! :)

  • Amandamartig

    This was a great show! I loved it. Thank you.
    I wanted to share a few resources that are relevant, I think, to this discussion:
    -There was an exhibit at Partners and Spade here in NYC (Kate Spade) of Darcy Miller’s scrapbooks, scrapboxes and travel journals. She is the Editor of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Here are two links to that people might find interesting:
    http://www.darcymillerdesigns.com/show.html
    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/family-history-in-the-making
    -And two books:
    The Scrapbook in American Life (by Susan Tucker) and
    Scrapbooks: An American History (by Jessica Helfand, who could certainly do an exhibit with her collection of over 200 scrapbooks: http://www.vintageimagecraft.com/jessica-helfand.html)

  • No. WAY! There already has been been an exhibit on one contemporary woman’s
    scrapbooking — wow. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • LauraBean

    Noell’s comment toward the end about some people skipping the Halloween episode cracked me up. I never skip a podcast, but I had both episodes 39 and 40 on my iPhone today and, since we’re not a family that celebrates Halloween, I figured I’d skip that one and jump to the newest: BUSTED! (And I’m listening to episode 39 as I type this comment–sure enough, lots of great discussion unrelated to Halloween!)

  • Ha! I knew it!!!

    ;)

    heee hee

  • Amandamartig

    Also, sorry, another thought – perhaps there could be something like Story Corps for scrapbookers, a database or something. Scrapbookers, if you aren’t listening to Story Corps, you would love it! http://storycorps.org/

  • The show really got me thinking that it would be a cool idea to get scrapbookers to create a page on one specific day to tell about that day. What they did, eat, wear etc. To record a moment in time across the world. All these pages could be gathered together into a book for all to see. Now it would be really easy if we did it digitally then we could create a public photobook so everyone could see it and order a copy if they wanted it. I think a scrapbook like this would make a great historical document of our time.

  • I’ve never heard of Story Corps until now! That is awesome.

  • I’m a bit troubled by Stacy’s pick this week, OhLife.com. My problem with this pick, and the fact that so many others are recommending it, is there is no information at all about where your private entries actually go, who actually reads them, and what may ultimately be done with them. The website itself gives no information about who’s behind the site, and no real guarantees about privacy. For all we know it’s some creepy guy in the middle of nowhere enjoying all our private thoughts, or perhaps preparing to write a book with the best of the best. We spend so much time educating our youth to be cautious, but seem quite willing to throw caution to the wind with our own private thoughts by sending them into an unknown black hole.

    And, to not end on a downer: Jessica Sprague’s photo restoration class — FANTASTIC pick.

  • Beth

    Totally loved this discussion. I’m behind in my podcasts too (oops; it looks like I am also skipping the Halloween one — LOL). Like the previous commenter, I had both downloaded to my iPod — but Izzy’s title sucked me in! WHAT wouldn’t I be interested in?!? Turns out I found the topic fascinating. Lots of really great thoughts. Loved the panelist that got feedback from her kids; I found that totally interesting!

    Anyway, thanks from “the other side” of the “divide” (I’m solely a digiscrapper, and loved hearing your thoughts on this! I was someone who loved the idea of scrapbooking but was always too intimidated to do it — Photoshop’s blessed “undo” button has helped me overcome that hurdle and get some memories recorded!)

  • Deirdre

    Loved this roundtable, and the fact that getting to listen to it on my ipod now motivates me to clean our bathrooms (so my family thanks you too!).
    At one point Izzi asked Stacy if this museum would have walls, and I kept waiting for someone to suggest that it would be an online museum:) Seriously, I would love to see a joint effort between BPC and Paperclipping to create an online “Museum of Memory Keeping”—with “exhibits” created by members.
    For those of us who’ve been scrapping for almost a decade, I love the idea of new scrappers getting a glimpse of how it all began and seeing all the trends and breakthroughs (mixed sized page protectors in one album—thank you Lisa McGarvey, I believe, who Ali Edwards then showcased).
    I’d also love to see an exhibit of relationships supported by a love for this craft. My best friend from grad school and I live in different states but we try to get together once a year to “scrap”—really to reconnect and talk and look at pretty paper together, but it’s been so much easier to make it happen because of scrapbooking.
    Lastly (because I never comment and am trying to fit it all into this one!), I’d love to see a roundtable on creating a creative space. I’ve listened to your discussions on memorabilia and loved the one with Aby Garvey, but would love a discussion of organizing your scrap materials, best ideas you’ve seen, and links to your favorite scrap space items and galleries online.
    Thanks so much!

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny this episode is titled “You Won’t be Interested in this Topic” because it was SO interesting! Yes, someday there WILL be a museum exhibit for scrapbook pages from our era! As a designer (and new to the industry), I find the “scrapbooking style” of multiple flowers, ribbons, buttons, stitches, mixed patterns, etc. quite charming and specific (although it’s not really my style). It reflects a certain sweetness and optimism toward life that will, over time, become identifiable to this era. In the 2060 exhibit, the photos will be unimportant, but what will be significant is the amount of love and attention paper scrappers lavished on the pages celebrating their lives (as evidenced in their multiple handcrafted embellishments). I think the trend toward simplicity started by Cathy Zielske (and Stacy Julian) has and will continue to change the face of scrapbooking style—someday, silk flowers will be charming relics! And lovely as they can be, I don’t think digital pages will have the significance of those gorgeous papercrafted works of art (this is from a digiscrapper). Anyway, awesome topic, awesome comments, everyone! Oh, and in case no one took Jess’s Brangelina reference a step further—hmm, should we call you “Izz-El?” or “Nizzy?” ? ?

  • AnnieB

    Loved the end of Nan_Scott’s comment! I’m thinking the Izzy/Noell duo should henceforth be known as “Noezzy”!!!

  • Shannon McPheeters

    First off, Jess Forster is a goddess! I loved everything she had to say, she was spot on and didn’t seem star struck in the least. (I on the other hand would probably not have been able to string together a sentence!)

    The idea of the museum docents having to tell the story for the college got me thinking about that much misunderstood topic of hidden journaling. Imagine 25 or 50 years from now someone happens upon a beautiful work of art that is one of your scrapbook layouts. They see the artistry, admire the composition, and suddenly they find this hidden gem, the story. With the dying out of the written word the idea of hidden journaling really seems to have this crazy appeal to me. Haven’t you ever found a letter written by a grandparent that was an insight into who they were? Or discovered a piece of writing by one of your children that lets you understand them just a bit better? To me that’s what hidden journaling could represent. I’m not saying that you should do it every time but imagine being on the other side of the page and having the joy of discovering an insight that you feel no one ever knew. Just a thought…

  • You guys are hilarious — you and Nan have us cracking up! :)

  • As thrilled as I would normally be if you read my comment on the podcast, I was a little embarrassed by the last one! But, I do get your point, and I thank you for bringing it up again. I only wish that non-scrapbookers cared enough to take a listen when we tell them all they are missing out on. Every time I see someone doing something they love or have a real passion for, I think to myself, “Everyone has a passion, and mine is scrapbooking.” If everyone in the world were scrapbooking, no one would be out there doing other stuff like mountain-climbing, bungee jumping, marathon-running, etc. We’d run out of things to scrapbook about.
    This leads me to my next comment. Great topic! Loved hearing about the 1860s, 1870s exhibit. I think that in 150 years though, we might not have museums. I envision a future where people will find little reason to leave their homes and will be able to experience virtual museums. So, yes, scrapbook pages might be part of an exhibit, but they are already online and fairly easy to locate if one knows how to search. They’re just not in an “exhibit” format. I also think that people’s blogs, facebooks, tweets, etc. will be commemorated somehow just to show how we communicated “back in the early 2000s. Surreal!

  • I’m trying to remember which piece of mail was yours — maybe it was the
    paper vs. digital? No need to be embarrassed! It gave us a chance to be
    clarify our opinions on something that probably a number of people felt in
    reaction to the show. I remember trying to say that you came back to the
    comments so graciously when I responded to you on the blog, but I’m not sure
    if I felt I had the time to fit that in there as clearly as I had wanted!

    To respond to this comment — if I were a sociologist or anthropologist
    (because in another life I would be!) I would be having the time of my life
    studying all those layouts, blogs, tweets, and status updates! There’s a
    website called Daily Booth where people take a picture of the themselves and
    post it everyday, usually with a comment. It’s mostly young people. I would
    be studying that one, too.

  • Crystalangel792001

    I definitely think that scrapbook pages will be in museums someday, they perfectly document the little everyday details of life that in 100-200 years from now will be so vastly different. I laughed when I was listening to this, because we just took our son to the museum of natural history and I told him how Mommy’s scrapbooks could be an artifact they find 100’s of years from now and they will think he must have been a God since I have so much written about him…he liked that ideal, lol. Your topic stirred me to create the LO so I went to work on it last night and titled in Museum of Memories. Wish I could link it, but I am clueless about how to do it, but thanks for the inspiration.

  • Honestly, I didn’t love this episode as much as I’ve loved some others, but I did want to give a plug for Oh Life–this is a great pick!!! Someone else turned me on to this site a few months ago, and although I’ve never been a great consistent journaller, I find it really easy to just respond to an email that asks how my day is going. It’s pretty awesome! This is just about the longest I’ve “journalled” daily. I’d definitely recommend this for anyone who wants to keep a journal but sucks at remembering to write something down on paper every day. TWO THUMBS UP!

  • Great episode! I am interested in the topic :) I want to see the exhibit you referenced.

  • Great episode! I am interested in the topic :) I want to see the exhibit you referenced.

  • Tiffany Wacaser

    I know it’s been over two years ago since this podcast was broadcast, but it blew me away. I do think that scrapbooks belong in museums as they chronicle history in a very personal and meaningful way. I’ve been to holocaust museums and find the journals, photo albums, and letters the most poignant bits of the exhibits. I love Stacy’s idea for her musuem exhibit-A Scrapbook Disneyland sounds fabulous!

  • Yes — these scrapbooks of ours will be a treasure to many people after we’re long gone.

  • Stacy

    Yes, I know this episode is 4 years old. I’m a little behind. I only recently learned about your podcast and I started at the beginning. I’ve enjoyed all the shows so far, but I wanted to let you know that the OhLife.com pick that Stacy did was a game changer for me this week. I, very recently, started thinking about journaling again. It’s been years since I kept a journal and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to go about starting it. After listening to this episode, I logged on and started right then and there. This is an awesome, super simple way to keep a journal. What a great tool for scrapbookers! Thanks for Sharing!