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Paperclipping Roundtable #118: Not A Themey Person

Tami Morrison joined the panel this week for a discussion of one of the best parts of summer: vacation scrapbooking!

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Paperclipping Roundtable #114: My Experience of Your Experience

This week’s episode is hysterically epic, even by Roundtable standards! As our guest Tami Morrison tweeted afterwards, “we put the talk in stalking! – with a lot of help from our other guest Ana Cabrera. (Oh yeah – and in between, we squeezed in some talk about end of the school year scrapbooking.)

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Perfect Life…

Today Scrapbook Update welcomes the return of Tami Morrison as guest blogger. In today’s post, Tami reminds us what an important tool that humor is in coping with life, and shares how to put that perspective in our scrapbooking as well.

Tami Morrison is a mom of four who lives and laughs in Orange County, California. She is a member of the Ella Friends team at Ella Publishing and an instructor at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Her latest BPS workshop, Kidding Around: A Mom and Me Scrapbooking Escapade, is full of summer scrapbooking fun for kids of all ages, and is open for registration now.

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As Dr. Seuss once penned, “Funny things are everywhere.” The famed whimsical writer also said, “Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.”

Things don’t always go as planned, or meet our sometimes unrealistic expectations. I am a big believer in using humor to get over life’s little (and big) hurdles, and I am also a big believer in letting my scrapbook pages reflect this part of my personality. I routinely laugh at myself, my kids, and my assorted daily predicaments, so why not lighten up and scrapbook these experiences with the same authentic levity?

Whether I’m telling the tale of my oldest daughter running out of gas…

…or recounting my little one’s cheekiness:

humor helps put it all into perspective.

Some situations are inherently comical…

…and sometimes we have to hunt for the humor in the stuff that would otherwise drive us nuts.

Either way, becoming the comedy writer of our own life can be the key to turning frustration into appreciation for our unique experiences, and coping with the curveballs life tends to throw.


Craft Month Q&A: Tami Morrison

Today we are excited to bring you a Craft Month Q&A from Tami Morrison! Tami is a member of the Ella Publishing team and an instructor for Big Picture Scrapbooking. Her latest BPS class, Everyday Adventures, begins on April 15. You can also find her at her blog, Noodle Soup.

What was the first craft you ever remember doing? At what age? And what got you started?

Construction paper + paste, in Tiny Tots preschool. I think I must’ve been about 3. To this day, school paste is still one of my favorite smells!

Can you name all the crafts you have tried as hobbies?

It would probably be easier to name the ones I *haven’t* tried, but I’ll give it a go. In loose chronological order: paint by numbers, latch hook rugs (hello, 70s!), collage, Tulip paints on clothing (hello, 80s!), crafting of random objects seen in magazines (Christmas tree watering can, an assortment of wreaths and other holiday decor, embellished sweatshirts…), decoupage, scrapbooking, card making, handmade paper, painting, art journaling, altered items, paper arts, soap making, making hair bows & beaded barrettes, needle felting, sewing, embroidery.

What crafts do you currently do?

Scrapbooking and sewing, mainly…but I’m still a dabbler in many things, depending on my mood. Except for the Tulip paints on clothing and latch-hook rugs!

What other crafts have you incorporated into your scrapbooking?

Sewing, decoupage, collage, painting, felting.

What is your favorite craft & why?

Scrapbooking, all the way! It’s so much more than a single craft – it’s an opportunity to express myself creatively in a lot of different ways, but also a way to live an aware and appreciative life.



Instamatic Gratification

Today’s Scrapbook Update guest blogger is Tami Morrison.

Tami is a mom of four and a sucker for great color combos, fun containers, clever packaging, and stationery products of pretty much any kind. She’s one of the REAL housewives of Orange County where she stays chronically busy and one step behind the housekeeping at all times. She believes that scrapbooking helps her keep the focus on the fun; she only wishes it also helped keep the kitchen floor from being sticky. Visit her blog, follow her on Twitter, or take a class from her at Big Picture Scrapbooking.

polaroid_1976The Polaroid camera is a photography icon synonymous with fun. I vividly remember snapping photos with my mid-1970s version and excitedly waiting for the picture to appear. Something about that instant gratification factor turned mediocre photo quality into a magical experience.

When Polaroid announced in early 2008 that it would cease production, it was the instamatic shot heard round the world. Photography enthusiasts clamored to hoard the last of the film, and was born to, well, save Polaroid.

Fortunately, the crusade was relatively short-lived. On October 13 of this year it was announced that Polaroid cameras and film will be revived in 2010, in a collaboration between Polaroid and The Impossible Project, the company who bought the original Holland manufacturing plant.

This is great news for Polaroid fans. But if you’re itching to hold some grainy nostalgia in the palm of your hand right now, you do have a few other immediate options.

Instax Mini 7sThe new Fujiilm Instax MINI 7 was released in October in the US, after being well received in Europe and Asia. The prints are similar in size to a credit card, and the look is described by Photojojo as that “classic instant film look that everyone loves”. The Instax features four different exposure settings for indoor/outdoor photography, a built-in flash, and a wide angle lens…attributes that give the photographer more control than with its Polaroid cousin.

Shaking an instant photo while it develops seems to be a universal habit, even though experts say it’s no longer necessary. There was a time when shaking helped dry the chemicals more quickly, but the modern version dries behind a clear plastic coating.

Still, if you just can’t resist the urge to “shake it like a Polaroid picture” (in the immortal words of that 1990s Outkast song), maybe the Shake It iPhone app is for you. For 99 cents, you can download an entertaining Polaroid experience on your iPhone. Snap a photo, shake the phone to help it develop faster, and presto! The square shape, color saturation, and white borders make it look just like a Polaroid. (Hint: this is a great app to keep the kids busy at the mall, and you will wind up with all kinds of interesting kids-eye-view pictures of mall life — and if you’re lucky, a pair of jeans that fits).

Want that “fauxlaroid” look on a scrapbook page? The iPhone photo quality is not great for printing, but with the Retro Digital Frames from Ella Publishing, any photo on your computer can have a cool Polaroid vibe. Simply download the digital elements and follow the included instructions to give any photo in your library that retro Polaroid charm.


The Polaroid phenomenon is an example of how, even within a changing industry, a good idea can equal long-term staying power.