May 17, 2013 8 Comments
Scrapbooking in the News…
Boy, it sure seems that scrapbooking has been a popular topic in the news lately.
Have you seen the article on the Huffington Post site?
It definitely got the attention of not just scrapbookers (including yours truly), but other crafters who didn’t appreciate their hobby being mislabeled or derided.
If you haven’t had a chance to read it, check it out using the link above (but be ready, there’s some ’fightin’ words’ in it and lots of “vocal opposition” in the comments!).
Then, another “non-scrapbooker” decided to get in on the action (after all, posts like the one above can be good for traffic).
Erica B. demonstrates her “knowledge” about scrapbooking by sharing these thoughts (and more):
“It’s undeniably true that a well-designed scrapbook page is a gorgeous work of art, as well as an heirloom quality keepsake that your family and descendants will treasure. There are a lot of really nice scrapbook pages out there. I’m sure there are plenty of ugly ones, but that’s true of any craft.
No, the problem with scrapbooking is everything else about the hobby. From an external, cold-heartedly realistic perspective, scrapbooking is the art of buying a ton of stuff you never use, and feeling really bad about it.
I’m going to estimate that only .01 percent of scrapbooking supplies ever actually get used in the creation of a scrapbook page. The other 99.99 percent of the supplies just take up room in your house and weigh down your psyche with the collective guilt of all the things you’re not busy scrapbooking.”
So, everyone buys lots of stuff and no one uses any of it? And, we all feel bad about it? Please share your comments if you’re so inclined.
The rest of Erica’s post?
ETA: Well, it was worth reading to see how misinformed she is, but the post was apparently removed because my links no longer work and even a Google search on the content leads to messages that the page no longer exists.
Let’s move on to the more positive shout-outs to scrapbooking, shall we?
First up: Disney’s New App
Disney has launched a new scrapbook app. It’s called Story and enables users to “…pull photos and videos from your iPhone’s camera roll.”
A little more from the coverage:
“The beauty of Story is its simplicity. The app predicts what photos and videos you want combined into a “moment” and suggests them to you. Users can then customize the order (of) photos, add captions and change the theme before sharing. Moments can have up to 20 photos and two short videos. The way Story handles moments is brilliant; it looks at where and when the photos were taken to decide how to group them.”
Sounds like something worth checking out, don’t you think?
Well, at least for those of us who aren’t horribly depressed about all the stuff we bought and haven’t used for “traditional” scrapbooking, right?
Next Up: History Lost?
This next piece is a great reminder about how important scrapbooks can be in documenting the history of our country and the lives who have defended it.
“This is a treasure that represents an important part of local history,” said Jerry Moretz of Boone, sergeant-at-arms of the Watauga County American Legion Post 130, after seeing a copy of the (scrap)book that was presented to his post.
Moretz, along with Stewart (the new owner of the scrapbook) and Miller, would like to learn more about the scrapbook — including who created it.
“We can’t seem to find out where it came from,” Moretz said. “Some people just don’t realize the importance of this collection and what it could mean to our county. Just by looking through these pages, you can get a pretty good idea of what Watauga gave up during the war.”
If nothing else, that statement should be a call-to-action: we need to remember to label our scrapbooks with our names and the dates they were created. We won’t always be here, and someday they may fall into the hands of someone who’s outside our family and circle of friends, someone who won’t know us and that we created this piece of history. I know this to be true because I see amazing old scrapbooks at yard sales and antique shows on a regular basis (and my heart always aches knowing they are “lost” forever).
There’s more to this story.
A Rockin’ (and Rolling) Scrapbook
Bill Wyman’s “Scrapbook,” Bill’s newest book documenting his life from wartime child in England to now, is a recap of his life, and the stories and photos any Rolling Stones fan would love to spend time persuing.
What I liked most about reading this article is this:
“Each picture is captioned and explained in Bill’s beautiful writing.” Yet another reminder: include our handwriting on our pages is a good thing.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into “Scrapbooking in the News” and I welcome your comments (link above).
I now return you to your regularly scheduled
May 16, 2013 89 Comments
Papercrafting Mid-Season Product Release & Prize From Elle’s Studio
Wow, they just keep on coming!
This time around it’s a new papercrafting collection from Elle’s Studio…
And, not only are you getting in on this peek at Elle’s Studio’s pretty new papercrafting line…
…Elle herself has offered an amazing papercrafting prize!
What’s the prize, you ask?
The entire collection!
Yes, you heard right – Elle has graciously offered the whole collection (a $37 value) to one lucky paper addict. (That’s you, right?)
Is that generous, or what?
Now, there is one item that will NOT be included in the prize package and that is the Limited Edition Vellum.
Why is the Vellum not included?
It was limited edition and it’s already sold out!!!
And now, on to the sneak peeks and your opportunity to share your comments to be eligible to win this fabulous collection!
But, that’s not all of it!
Hop on over to the Elle’s Studio site to see the rest of the Serendipity Collection…the rest of the collection that could be yours if you leave a comment (link above) and your comment is chosen!
Don’t forget to come back and leave your comment – before midnight Saturday, May18th – here on this post to be eligible for the drawing for the Serendipity Collection Prize!
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May 14, 2013 3 Comments
Papercrafting Expanded? If It’s “The Man,” It’s No Surprise!
O.K., so how many of you are Tim Holtz fans?
Yeah, that’s what we thought – lots of raised hands!
“The Man” has done it again – he’s branching out and bringing us even more ways to play with his unique papercrafting product designs.
Well, at least for those of us who are handy with a sewing machine, hand-stitching, quilting or incorporating fabrics into our creative endeavors.
Yup, you heard right. Fabrics!
Several of Tim’s papercrafting product designs are now available as fabrics.
Where can you see what’s included in this brand new product line extension? Here’s a sneak peek at the designs:
I don’t know about you, but I am already plotting what I am going to do with the fabric in Sneak Peek #4! As a passionate collector of typesetting letters from the days of old printing presses, this fabric is shouting, “Buy me, buy me!”
For the whole collection, check out the Coats & Clark site.
And, to read the announcement, check out Tim’s site.
We’re very excited for Tim and his team and look forward to seeing the amazing things he and his fans (including us) create with his eclectic new fabrics.
Have a project in mind for one of Tim’s new fabrics?
Please share your ideas with us in the comment section (link above).
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
May 14, 2013 8 Comments
Papercrafting Mid-Season Product Release – Graphic 45!
And, the mid-season product releases just keep coming!
Let’s kick it off with a fun Halloween collection from Graphic 45!
Graphic 45′s newest collection, “Steampunk Spells,” is a fanciful Halloween collection that will make you smile.
This collection is perfect for Halloween, Fall or any Steampunk project.
Steampunk Spells is full of magical vintage fun.
With double-sided 12×12 papers, stickers, alphabets, chipboard die cuts and more, you’ll be inspired to create from now until Halloween!
This collection also includes several adorable stamp sets!
Your Halloween projects have never been so colorful!
And, you have to check out each day of Graphic 45′s release. There are so many amazing projects and pages ready to inspire you!
Check out each day’s sneak peeks here:
Simply gorgeous stuff!
Steph’s already salivating over the banners, flowers and “Bewitching Hour” paper! They are perfect additions to a Harry Potter mini album she’s working on.
What collections have YOU the most excited and ready to create?
Please share your thoughts in the comments section (link above).
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