Saturday, April 01, 2006

Conversation at a Crop.....

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Had lots of fun at the crop last night. 6 hours...2 layouts, ha. :) But I did lots of chattin'. That's what makes it fun! So, I met a few new people last night, really sweet girls, and we got to talking. One of the girls saw my magazine article about the armoire/organization in CK and was asking me questions about it and scrapbooking in general:

Her: Oh my gosh, is this in your house? (the armoire)
Me: Yes. (embarassed, since they had just commented "that is the BIGGEST ribbon collection I've ever seen" when she looked over at my table at the crop)
Her: So you probably know a lot of scrapbook celebrities, right?
Me: Oh, no...not at all. (honestly!)
Her: Who is that girl that is on the cover of CK? She has really short hair, her husband has long hair. I just love her.
Me: Oh, Elsie Flannigan. I love her, too!
Her: Do you know her???
Me: No, no...I just know who she is.
Her: Doesn't she live in Washington state?
Me: No, it's Springfield.

DORK! WHY would I know where she lives? Ha. They must have thought right there...."ok, this chick is whack. She knows too much."

Her: So...do you just do this ALL day??
Me: What, scrapbook?
Her: Yeah, you know, being published....I guess you make your living from this and scrapbook all day, right?"
Me: (thinking....I WISH!!) "No, I just get free supplies, occasional payment, design team supplies, but I'm not even coming close to breaking even on what I spend on personal supplies."

And when she asked me to autograph the article, Ikind of changed the subject. I was embarassed!!

I am a humble nobody in the scrapbook world, so it made me wonder how people like Ali Edwards, Becky Higgins, Heidi Swapp feel. How in the world do they just act normal and do scrapbook pages when they are around other people? I know they probably have no time at all for personal crops, but can they just shop at a store without everyone analyzing everything they buy? It must be very strange. You contribute so much to the scrapbooking world and are so passionate about it, yet just being normal and going back to your personal scrapbooking time is almost impossible. I guess to some I may seem a little overzealous about scrapbooking, especially when I get to talking about it with people. To me it's a passion, something I can't wait to share with others. I love it, love talking about it, I think it's so important, and it's a hobby that allows you to not only record memories but also express yourself creatively. There is something tangible at the end. I'm so thankful everyday that I found this hobby!

Above is one of the layouts I made at the crop. Chatterbox papers are SO much fun to use. And I love the challenge of trying to creatively fit more than one or two photos on a page. It's amazing how you really can do that when you trim them down. :)
OH! Angie Pedersen mentioned me and my blog on her latest (#3) podcast: Wholly Scrap! I wrote her an email to let her know that I loved listening to her podcast while I grocery shop and also to let her know I had mentioned her podcast on my own blog. (she had mentioned that she only saw her podcasts mentioned on one other blog) So she read my email and has my blog link in her show notes. Very cool! :) I think Angie is great, such an inspiration...so thank you, Angie! You can listen to the podcast by searching "Wholly Scrap" on your Itunes software/podcast section. She has 3 shows podcasted so far. The shows are a lot of fun as Angie talks about industry news, reads listener mail, and has great interviews with industry professionals. Check it out!
Gotta go work on getting some recipes typed up for recipe books/files. :)
Oh, and here are some fun April Fools' jokes you can play on your kids! Don't forget to set your clocks ahead tonight!
- Jennifer
"Lord, make my life a window for Your light to shine through and a mirror to reflect Your love to all I meet. Amen." - Robert Schuller

11 comments:

Rachael Giallongo said...

Thanks for the Podcast info...... listening at the grocery store sounds like fun!

Becky said...

Hi Jennifer, I keep meaning to leave you a comment...I so enjoy your blog.

Speaking of podcasts, have you checked out the Disney trip planning podcasts? There is an "official" WDW one, and I really like the "Netcot" one also- it has weekly updates on what is closed or under construction. We're going in June and I've been checking them out the last few weeks.

shirley said...

He he, love the conversation you had!! It is nice to get a little recognition but how do they do it, the celebs that is.

Love the layout!!

Thanks for the info on the podcasts, I will be cheking them out!

Teresa Wilkins said...

Hi Jennifer. The first time I taught locally after I was published a couple of my students asked for my autograph! I was so embarassed. Everytime I am published with Flair my non-scrapbooking daughter-in-law has to have a piece of the paper (or product). Enjoy it! I bet you get asked to sign more in the future!
Teresa

Teresa Wilkins said...

Hi Jennifer. The first time I taught locally after I was published a couple of my students asked for my autograph! I was so embarassed. Everytime I am published with Flair my non-scrapbooking daughter-in-law has to have a piece of the paper (or product). Enjoy it! I bet you get asked to sign more in the future!
Teresa

Teresa Wilkins said...

Hi Jennifer. The first time I taught locally after I was published a couple of my students asked for my autograph! I was so embarassed. Everytime I am published with Flair my non-scrapbooking daughter-in-law has to have a piece of the paper (or product). Enjoy it! I bet you get asked to sign more in the future!
Teresa

Corinnexxx said...

So glad you found your passion in life and mine is the same, I wouldn;t know what to do when I couldn;t scrap anymore. love your lo!

corinne5xxx

em said...

Great layout! And...see...you are a celebrity!! Don't be embarrassed! Be excited :)

Angie Pedersen said...

Hey Jennifer! Glad you caught your mention in the podcast! You keep talking about me; I'll keep mentioning you! ;)

While I'm not Heidi Swapp or Ali Edwards, I have been asked for my autograph countless times, and it's still nice! :) I've only been "recognized" once though, so it hasn't been at all disruptive for me -- I still enjoy it. I figure if someone recognizes me, it's because they liked my book(s). It's when they recognized me and DIDN'T like my work that I'd start running the other way! LOL

Heather D. White said...

I am with Angie...it's always flattering to sign autographs. I was even asked to sign a gal's SHIRT at CKU last year. LOL! I can't imagine doing that all the time though...I would guess it would get a little old. I like just being ased every now and again....it still keeps it fun! YAY! LOVE your layout...you sound like me...6 hours and only 2 layouts. Although I would have been lucky to get TWO done. LOL!

Deanna- yep Dee-na said...

: ) awww Jennifer that is funny. i feel the same way though i get totally excited about talking the scrap talk and then sometimes I get bummed out because the ladies i go to crops with occasionally are not really into it the same way. most of them don't even scrap until they actually attend a crop. ah but i keep reminding myself that we are all different and that i get plenty of scrap talk with everyone online anyway. hey if i saw u at a crop i would be totally happy to finally meet u in person. : ) don't know if i'd ask u to sign my issue... but i'd def. want a pic of us. tee hee!
i have thought the same things u said about all the 'scrapping celebs'.... i love them but at the same time they are just regular people.