Hey everyone, it’s been a LONG time! I have had so much going on in my personal life lately, which includes (but is not limited to) turning 30 (!!!!) and experiencing a near-deadly illness that swept through our house. Okay, so it wasn’t actually near-deadly, BUT it was BAD! All three of us were down with a severe strep throat for several days. Needless to say, my little corner of the web has been sadly neglected.
But I have several ideas brewing in my brain for blog posts and different products I want to bring to my shop. The first thing I want to share is my new favorite place to go for scrapbooking inspiration, which is The Scrap Gals podcast! I am sure a lot of you have heard of them, but if you haven’t, I would LOVE to be the one to introduce you to The Scrap Gals.
I have listened to podcasts here and there in the past, but the concept has never really “clicked” with me until now. I discovered The Scrap Gals on Facebook, through their awesome community there, and started listening. I fell in love immediately! Now I listen to a couple of episodes a day. I am working backwards, which… I am kind of annoyed about. If I had known better, I would have started listening from the very first episode and worked my way up. But now I feel that I am too far deep to turn back now. I’ve listened to too many episodes. I am going to share some of my favorite episodes in a bit and you can maybe pick one of them to listen to, but after that, I would definitely consider starting from the beginning.
What I love about The Scrap Gals, Tiffany & Tracie, is just the realness they bring to the show. They talk about our favorite subject, scrapbooking, but they also share their lives with their listeners. I feel like I know them, that we’re friends, but of course, they have no idea who I am. 😝 They talk about different scrapbooking topics, such as December Daily, or mini albums, or staying inspired. Sometimes it’s just the two of them talking (those are my favorite episodes!) and other times they feature other scrappers, depending on the discussion. I have laughed and I have cried while listening. I have written down ideas for layouts and have gotten excited about projects I didn’t even know I wanted to complete.
They inspire me!
Typically, when you think of scrapbooking inspiration, I am sure many people think of visual inspiration. Looking at products or other scrapper’s layouts, but in all honesty, I have been way more inspired by listening to The Scrap Gals podcast than anything else. For example, I have never participated in December Daily in the past, but now I want to really BAD and cannot wait for December. I always thought that I wouldn’t like the project, because I wouldn’t have something “Christmas-y” to scrapbook about every day. But Tiffany & Tracie taught me that even if I don’t have something current to scrap about that day, I can scrap about an older Christmas memory.
So I started thinking of all the things in my life that I would LOVE to document about Christmas – how my grandpa (who has passed) always used to make potato candy and so I make sure to eat some every year now because it reminds me of him. Or how my mom makes her infamous sugar cookies every year and we fight over how many we can eat warm out of the oven and how my brother and I have to help her ice the cookies every year, even though we “whine” about it. There’s a story there. So even if I am not with my mom that day, icing those cookies, I can still share that story.
It’s brilliant, why didn’t I think of it before?
So today I thought I would share a few of my favorite episodes so far with you. I am currently listening to their November 2015 episodes, so I haven’t listened to anything older than that. Interestingly enough, three of my four favorite episodes aired right in a row in February 2016. The other is from November 2015 and I actually listened to it today.
Here we go!
In the “Painful Reminders” episode, T & T talk about what to do with your scrapbook pages after a break-up/divorce or the death of a loved one. This one made me cry. It resonated with me, even though I’ve never been through a divorce or major break-up myself. There’s been divorce in my family and there has been death in my family. I think we can all relate to this one in some way or another. I really love that Tiffany & Tracie are not afraid to talk about the hard stories of our lives.
In this episode, Tiffany & Tracie talk about love stories, including those of their own family members; their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. I would LOVE to find out more about these stories in my own family and scrapbook them. One of my favorite things to think about is how many people exist because my maternal grandma and grandpa found each other. They had five daughters, ten grandchildren, and a whole plethora of great-grandchildren that is still growing. How cool is that? If my grandparents had not fallen in love, there are a LOT of people who just would not exist, myself included. WOW! Talk about a story that is worth telling.
This episode definitely sparked a whole list of layout ideas in my head. I don’t usually scrap “traditionally,” I scrap more along the lines of a linear timeline using the Project Life system. But this episode made me want to do more traditional scrapbooking. In this ep, The Scrap Gals each gave a list of about six songs and talked about the memories those songs sparked for them, and how they could scrapbook those memories. Such a cool concept and an awesome idea if you’re going through a dry spell in your creative life. I may make a mini album using this music memories theme.
“Enjoy the Process” talks about how we should enjoy this awesome hobby of ours. Tiffany and Tracie reviewed tips from fellow scrapper, Sarah Devendorf, on slowing down and enjoying the scrapbooking process. I just love listening to The Scrap Gals chat. It makes my heart happy.
There you have it! I recommend listening to one of the above episodes, and if you like it, then start from the beginning. I think I would enjoy it even more if I was listening in order… And that’s crazy, because I LOVE IT already.