Monday, January 25, 2016

Episode 102: The Intervention

This week, we're talking one of our listeners off the ledge of leaving scrapbooking! Karen Biederman kindly allows us to analyze her issues and our friend, fellow listener, Ginny Hughes, helps us give her a pep talk. We'll share 10 tips for anyone who might be thinking of breaking up with scrapping! If that's you...we hope this inspires you!

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Here are our 12 tips for talking yourself off the ledge!

1) Ask yourself "what is my reason why?" What made you start memory keeping in the first place?

2) Take a break and see if you miss it or don't take a break, just keep going and create something daily so you don't lose your mojo.

3) Quit design teams or other scrappy commitments.

4) Take classes or stop taking classes if that's overwhelming you.

5) Make your own spot - address your space.

6) Change the format you're scrapping in, try something new. If you always do 12x12 pages, try 8.5x11 or 6x8! If you only do Project Life, try layouts and vice versa.

7) Don't overthink scrapping - shut out the voices of everyone else's opinion.

8) Change your buying habits. If you are buying too much, stop and use your stash. If you're not getting new product at all, join a kit club!

9) Get off the internet if you're overwhelmed by all the ideas or it's keeping you from scrapbooking or get on the internet if you need inspiration.

10) Stop scrapbooking and just journal.

11) Take great pictures!

12) Ask yourself, how would I feel if I was not a scrapbooker?

Thanks for listening!!! Go and be crafty. :)
Tiffany and Tracie


  1. Awesome episode! Though I have to admit that when you asked, "Imagine you've got rid of all your supplies..." I did a genuine shudder! Oh my, what a thought. xx

  2. Would Karen accept a blood transfusion? Because I can't STOP scrapping, lol! So true that the answer could be either one of opposite poles in almost every category. You've produced a good diagnostic.

  3. I love scrapbooking, but I also have a keen interest in beading. Sometimes, if I'm feeling burnt out in one area, I'll leave it for a little while and focus on the other - that way I still feel creative, but am not forcing myself to the point where it feels uncomfortable x

  4. Another tip is to start a project that is finite ... make a mini, do a vacation album something smaller but that will give you a sense of accomplishment when it's done!

  5. great tips, love listening to you gals! i'm catching up on episodes and trying to scrapbook while I listen, even though I need to finish work first :) erghh!!! one thing I can relate to is thinking of giving it all up, but then just not being able to, because if I'm a documenter by heart, it's going to come out somehow!

  6. OMG!!! I found your podcast just a few weeks ago and have been listening to 2 or more episodes a day. Then, I didn't for a few days. Last night I was wondering if scrapbooking was boring me and I've been scrapping since high school (a long time ago). Today, I decided I'd start listening again and this was the next one for me to listen to. So, glad you girls are here to help me.

  7. I'm not sure if you read comments on older episodes but I wanted to leave a comment here because this is the episode that introduced me to the Scrap Gals! I was looking for new podcasts to listen to and this particular topic caught my eye. I am so glad that I found you guys. This was such a wonderful conversation so many thoughtful insights. I myself have been on the ledge a few times but I always manage to convince myself to keep scrapping. This episode really helped me to evaluate how/why/what I scrapbook and I'm sure I'll come back to it again and again whenever I'm feeling like I'm ready to quit. And also, you guys are HILARIOUS. I could not stop laughing!