A para-diddle about scrapbooking

How long have you been scrapping? I have some albums that are still in the sticky pages (gasp) but since most of that his high school I am fine with it. I’ve kept scrapbooks since around 1993, but the archival kind I do now, since 1994. I am on Erickson Album #20.

What one word describes your scrapping style? Colorful. I think that’s probably best. Probably very square, because I have a very hard time using anything on an angle, I like it all squared-up. And anti-flower. How’s that?

How many times have you been published? Not a clue. more then once. I’ve been in Memory Makers, CK, BHG and… the now dead PK.

Would you rather do layouts or make cards? I only do cards when absolutely forced to. I do not think it’s fair that people automatically think you can pop-out an adorable card, just because you scrapbook. I mean, sheeesh. :)

Do you paper craft? No. The only thing I alter is my diet. :)

Have you tried or converted to digital scrapping yet? I do a lot of digital elements, and I love to digitally design things that I will need several copies of (aka, cards, etc)… but I really like the feel of paper, the fun of my kids running their fingers over the button or the ribbon… i think that paper scrapbooking holds a personal-ness that computer never well. Again, that’s just my opinon.

What’s your least favorite layout ever? Shockingly enough, in my 20 albums I have a LOT of them — but for right now it would be the recent one I did about the kids going to football teams at the HS. I wasn’t really feeling the topic, but it’s probably Conner’s favorite layout because he’s on there with his classroom mascot. Go figure.

What’s your most favorite layout ever? There’s one in my Hall of Fame entry for last year entitled “leaving me” that will always hold a special place in my heart.

Do you consider yourself a poor, fair or great journaler? Freakin’ awesome. Actually, I think it’s my best quality at this point.

Do you follow the trends or scrap for yourself? I can’t follow trends in clothes, why on earth am I gonna do it with scrapbook pages?

What’s the worst scrapbook product you ever purchased? I think there was an oval cutter or something that I threw-out…. not really sure, I try and not buy much (laugh, that’s fine — but I try to remain a bare minimalist as far as “tools” go — I’m a glue and cardstock girl (now I will mention that I have a LOT of glue and cardstock).

What’s your favorite scrapbooking tool? Paper cutter. Hands-down. I use the olds Fiskars one that everyone hates. One man’s trash…..

Do you scrap better alone or with others? ALONE. Period. Sorry gals, but it’s true.

Are you on any design teams? Nope, of course — except for my OWN business design team. :)

If the “industry” came to a halt today, would you continue scrapping exactly as you do today? Heck yes. I think that’s what bugged me most about Amy Howe quitting scrapbooking. It’s something that’s near and dear to my heart. I think it promotes self esteem in those that you scrapbook about, I think it gives me an outlet for creativity (and no matter what you say — buying a piece of cardstock is WAY cheaper then buying a new couch, or painting a wall in our house), and I think it preserves memories. I won’t quit. I may slow down, but I can’t imagine quitting.

What’s on your scrapbook desk this very moment? Glue stick, paper scraps… paper cutter. I think that’s all.

What’s your favorite thing about scrapping? I’m gonna have to go with Lara’s answer on this one. Nothing brings more joy then hearing a litle boy say “I REMEMBER DOING THAT” or them just staring with sparkly eyes at recently-done pages. {sigh}

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Comments

  1. says

    I love your answers. I have the same philosophy on scrapbooking pretty much down the line on all your answers. It’s definitely an important part of my life and my favorite thing is absolutely seeing the smiles on my kids faces when they look at their albums or talk about their memories.

  2. says

    Ah…circle cutter. Mine is retarded…possibly even more so than my PC sewing machine.

    But yep…the reasons to scrapbook are many, but I love watching my kids look through their books.