Friday, June 18, 2010

How it all began for me, this scrapbooking thing

Several years ago I found that I was a cranky, mean, stressed, crazy person to be around. I needed a hobby. It was shortly after my oldest son, who is now 9 1/2, was born. So I'm sure you can understand where all the adjectives came from. Being a new mom is not easy. At the same time, I had this beautiful miracle and I wanted to document the heck out of everything!

It started out harmless enough. I had a shoebox with some photos, some scissors, pens, glue stick, and a book of papers and stickers. I had no idea where to start...but slowly I found books, television shows, and online resources that gave me lots of ideas and places to shop. Now I've got a room in the house dedicated to scrapbooking. (more after the photos)

In 2004 I joined Close To My Heart as a scrapbooking consultant. I would go to women's homes where they had invited their friends and would share my story and introduce them to scrapbooking and cardmaking. I was a very active consultant for a while, making extra money, and having parties fairly often. After my third child and some new commitments, I scaled back my consultant status and dropped to Jr.

The scrapbooking industry has grown, evolved, and transformed completely from when I first began this hobby. For a while I had subscriptions to about 5 different scrapbooking magazines. Now there are only two magazines still printing and even those publications are suffering from the economy and surge in Internet offerings. It has evolved in the sense that scrapbookers are now very computer-savvy and looking to the Internet for constant inspiration, ideas, and shopping. There are scrapbooking communities at the magazine sites, at manufacturers' sites, and at Internet/brick & mortar stores. Scrapbookers are also turning to each other for inspiration at their own web/blog addresses.

As of today (June 16, 2010), there are several commercial online resources I use for inspiration:
http://www.scrapbook.com/

I am also a member at http://www.paperclipping.com/ for scrapbooking video tutorials. Some shows are free, but the majority are member-only. The host, Noell, also has a live show on Tuesdays where she demos scrapbooking techniques. And the best part of Paperclipping is their podcasts. They have two shows that can be downloaded from iTunes: Paperclipping Roundtable and Paperclipping Digi Show. They aren't instructional, but more of a discussion format on subjects that are related to scrapbooking. I cannot say enough good things about those podcasts. They are great to listen to while scrapping or traveling or folding the laundry!!

On Wednesday nights I watch the ladies from House of 3 do live scrapbooking and techniques on Ustream. Their website is http://www.houseof3.com/.

I take online classes at http://www.bigpicturescrapbooking.com/. Some classes are free, some have a nominal fee, all are great. And the classrooms stay open for a long time, so you can come back to the information months later.

Youtube has lots of scrapbooking videos, tutorials, etc. There is so much on Youtube, it's amazing.

Moving on to blogs, I follow several. I have them set up in my Google reader so that I can automatically see the new posts without having to go to individual sites. Here are a few that I enjoy:

And I think I'm a much nicer person now.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Brandy Lees said...

Such a great story!! I love it!

June 18, 2010 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Boy, it sounds like our scrapping lives have followed very similar paths. The one thing you mentioned that I am not familiar with is the House of 3. I'll have to check that out! Thanks for your comment on my blog.

July 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Jayma Malme said...

What a great post! I'm glad you shared with me :) I love Noell and the Paperclipping podcasts, too!!!

July 29, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

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