Live Inspired Podcast + The History of Scrapbooking

Fridays are GOOD days, don't you think?
Today is an especially good Friday, because I am the guest on Tracie Claiborne's show, Live Inspired. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I didn't know Tracie had two podcasts—Live Inspired and ScrapGals. Turns out that today's Live Inspired is her 50th show. FIFTY! That's a HUGE accomplishment right there—and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. I teased her that for her 50th show, she had to find a scrapbooker to feature who was older than 50, ha! But, speaking of old things ... I think you'll enjoy this show because we really dive into my personal history with this industry and (I think) it's a good story. I hope you'll HAVE A LISTEN, either on Tracie's site, or via a podcast app, where you can subscribe. 

I want to give a big shot out to Traice—she is a delightful host and did such a lovely job introducing me and my work, plus she is doing some really cool things in the scrapbooking world right now. In addition to the podcasts, Tracie teaches CLASSES and creates really informative VIDEOS on YouTube. I just think people like Tracie are awesome. We need MORE people who are willing to share their perspective and talents and promote great things that other people are doing. These are the kinds of efforts that bring us together, which in my opinion is what we need and will continue to need to keep our passion and industry thriving. 

I'm also REALLY impressed with this
History of Scrapbooking that put together. They've done some legit research. If you're interested in reading this article, you click on the image below!

My favorite section of this history is this ...

In the late 1700s, the practice of “extra-illustrating” books became popular, in which people customized books by adding extra illustration leaves to them. Sometimes the illustrations were added right onto existing pages in the book, or sometimes the book’s binding was completely taken apart so that additional pages could be bound inside to hold the illustrations. The practice was (and is) controversial, as it was necessarily destructive due to having to obtain the illustrations by removing them from other books or by having to add additional pages to a book’s binding. 

Turns out I'm a BIG fan of "extra illustrating" as a way of adding more story to my pages. I think I may just start referring to love of additional flaps and lift-ups or hidden journaling and/or extra photos in pockets as "extra illustrating" or "Grangerizing" -- see below, ha! 

Turns out I'm a BIG fan of "extra illustrating" as a way of adding more story to my pages. I think I may just start referring to love of additional flaps and lift-ups or hidden journaling and/or extra photos in pockets as "extra illustrating" or "Grangerizing" -- see below, ha! 

Extra-illustrating was popularized by James Granger, author of the 1769 book “Biographical History of England.” The book was published with extra blank pages in the back to encourage readers to add their own illustrations. The immense popularity of Granger’s book led to the use of the term “Grangerizing” to describe the practice of extra-illustrating. Some of the most significant extra-illustrated works from the late 1700s come from Samuel Rudder and Count Hamilton Anthony. A samples of their books - displayed at the Huntington Library - is shown here. 

I actually have a really old Scrap Book that my great grandmother, Minnie McDougal created for my mother, when she was a little girl. It is filled with clippings, post cards and cut-outs of calendars. It is a personal treasure for sure!

I LOVED the chance I had to review my scrapbooking history with Tracie and I realized that I've never actually written it down anywhere, so I'm taking it as a challenge to do so. Once I get it recorded, I'd like to use a timeline to document it. I will be drawing on inspiration for this from Ali and her Hello Story class. There's nobody who does timelines like Ali. 

Anyway, think about you're own memory-making and documenting past and consider getting it down for yourself and for posterity. I told Tracie in the podcast that what I want to leave my children—more than completed scrapbooks—is a LOVE of storytelling. They will document differently than I did and do now, but if we can plant the LOVE of documenting in their hearts, then we will leave them something truly lasting and valuable.



I am an idea person. I know this and I'm told this often. But, here's the really good news.
YOU are also an idea person.
It's true.
I've always thought and taught that the process of generating ideas is available to anyone who is willing to practice a little curiosity and observation—to anyone who is drawn to novelty and allows moments of mindlessness along with their mindfulness. 

If you're reluctant to believe me then I hope you'll watch this TEDx Talk by Laurie Smithwick ...


I LOVE that Laurie challenges and resists the long held and iconic symbol of a light bulb as an effective representation of ideas and (wait for it) suggests and promotes as a better option, the kaleidoscope. 

Ideas are not impulsive, unpredictable, switch-flipping bursts of brilliance. They are, instead, the product of diligence, exploration, and collaborative thinking. I want people to learn that ideas aren’t EUREKA moments; they come from observation, experience, and good ole problem solving.
I want people to leave my talk convinced that they have the ability to initiate the kind of thinking that generates “good” ideas.
— Laurie Smithwick

Have a listen and tell me what YOU hear.