Thursday, August 23, 2007

Scrap mags

Ok...after another storm rolled through at 3:30 am and many thoughts running through my head...I decided to give up falling back to sleep and blog...eek...what am I thinking! :-)

1. Reorganizing my scrap room -- it needed to be done. My stash has grown exponentially lately and everything is everywhere. I'm all about working with the mess, yet it has become a distraction and a creative kill joy. So, I called a friend (a self proclaimed organization guru) and we are in the process of emptying every drawer/shelf/storage system I currently have. I'm glad to start the process, yet timing could be better -- I have an all day crop on Saturday that I have no idea how I'm going to prepare for it.

2. Scrapbook magazines -- Last night I joined a very fun chat were some venting took place -- mostly about the new MMM. It made me realize how little I know about the actually publishing part of scrapbooking. I love the magazines and hate them all at the same time. I love seeing the ideas, different new supplies/papers/embellishments, and what the designers do with them. Yet sometimes I really HATE how artsy they have picture, one page layouts. Layouts that look like they took days to create. (And yes, I call BS on those designers that say they can do it in an hour!) Does your average scrapper really scrap this way? And yet...I find myself scrapping this way for submissions and design team calls. My albums aren't like this. A majority of pages are 2 page layouts -- or one page with multiple photos. Yet, I find myself wanting to take my craft to the next level, but does it need to look like designs in the mags?

3. So I wonder, what would it take to put out a magazine for the Joe-Average scrapper? We could have monthly columns: multiple photo layouts, 2 page layouts, tool review, etc...All designed by fresh faces with the average scrapbooker in mind. What would we call it, what other columns would there be...??? Thoughts anyone???


Colleen said...

I scrap a little of both in that I like some one page layouts with fewer pictures, but I can't scrap all my pictures that way and the fact is that we do have "events" in our lives and to me, they are part of the "everyday" that people keep talking about too. I'm sorry, but your birthday is once a year as well as Christmas, summer family reunions, etc!

This is one of those topics that seems to keep coming up and I think a lot of people are tired of the mags the way they are, but someone keeps buying them! I think what you're talking about is very doable and I think some people have tried to do it in an online form rather than attempt the publishing expense. I'd be interested in hearing what other people have to say too!

Erika said...

The Everyday Scrapper
Scrappin' 4 real
Reality Scrapping

Give me time and I could come up with more. So with you on this one!!!

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