Episode 14 Wordy McGee

Join Peppermint, Steph, Katie, and Sara Gleason as they discuss journaling prompts; why you would use them, how to use them, where to find them, and more. They also discuss journaling some of the challenges and really hard things in life.

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Some things we talked about in the show…
Sara’s “The Fight” layout
Grow With Love Archive
Peppermint’s “Mom” Layout


Joining the Discussion:
Katie Nelson
Peppermint Granberg
Sara Gleason

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29 Responses to Episode 14 Wordy McGee

  1. linda says:

    About design teams or creative teams… I think you also get what you pay for in a sense. If you pay your teams…then obviously the expectation is different – it’s a job. When you get products, it’s still a responsibility, but I think it’s more casual. Don’t get me wrong though, teams can be fabulous just for the fun of it. The issue is finding people that work well with you. Perhaps it is the nature of the scrapbooking industry. We scrap because we love it, so it’s hard to say it’s just a job that pays. So maybe that’s why it’s not as much of a controversy in my mind…

    • Peppermint says:

      Very true, it’s all about the fit. I’ve been on creative teams where it started to feel like a “job” either because the expectations became too high or my style changed – or the designer’s style changed. And for that reason I think it would have been difficult if it were a paid (with money) position because I wouldn’t feel as free to move on. Money talks, and my bank account is listening intently. LOL I’d have a hard time leaving a paid position even if I was no longer of any creative value to the designer. Although on the flip side, if the designer has a monetary investment in a member of their creative team, they may feel more empowered to cut ties with a scrapbooker who isn’t working out. When the payment is product, it can sort of feel like “It feels like there’s a disconnect, but I’m only out the product, so maybe it’ll come back.” That artist probably wouldn’t be a customer anyway, so you’re not OUT anything.

      Honestly the part of me that went to business school feels as though whenever money ISN’T involved, we tend to make emotional decisions rather than sound business decisions. Money is a powerful motivator and it’s easy to become aloof about the business aspects of being an artist. Since scrapbooking is, by nature, a very emotional industry in its own right it can be hard to strike that balance between emotion and business. Just like it can be hard for a scrapbooker to strike a balance between the emotional investment of scrapbooking and the demands of their personal life – which can cause them to get in over their head with CT responsibilities and then one day be like “Uhhh, when was the last time I walked the dog? And has anyone seen the kids?”

  2. Stefanie says:

    What a great show, I loved sitting knitting and listening.
    As a journaler at heart this week’s topic really resonated with me and I loved it all. Thx also for the new resources you connected us with. I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into the shows for us and feel like I know you.

  3. Kat says:

    Today’s show was great! It really makes Friday mornings bearable while I sit at my desk. I especially loved hearing the chat about the new iPhone 4S. My husband will be getting me one soon and I keep joking about my new friend. I can’t decide if it is creepy or exciting so I am keeping with the positive and plan to enjoy telling my phone what to do for me.

    I also got a huge laugh out of the “CT Hoe” comment. That was an instant classic. I was unemployed for a year and couldn’t buy any kits and since I had so much time on my hands, I joined several of my favorites on their CT’s. I may have been at around 10 whereas I normally work for about 4 teams max. It did burn me out a bit. Like the discussion said, however, it was a win-win situation for me because every designer I worked for had hired me to do a job I love. I could scrap my memories with their product which I would have likely bought anyway if I’d had the money and promote them which I’d also have done anyway. Once I started working, I cut back down to 5 and eventually cut 2 more of those down to freelance. It is hard for me to actually leave a team because I feel like I am “quitting my job” but as your style changes and grows, so do the pages you create and sometimes you just need to move on. I particularly love the teams where you really get to feel like a family. In fact, I have more digi friends than I do real life friends (by far) and like them better in most cases (ha ha!)

    I have to say that I am totally inspired by your show. Today’s show was great because I do not journal well. I have gotten to the point where I dread it. I’ve also lost some inspiration for scrapping as I learn to design digitally but when I listen to the show, I regain that love I have felt for a digi scrap hobby that has really gotten me through some of the hardest times in my life. I can’t thank you enough for that. I hope one day I can contribute to the show and help inspire others as you continue to inspire me.

  4. iamdigiscrapper says:

    I remember Holly McCaig!!

  5. Tiffany says:

    I enjoyed the show and all the discussion about journaling.

    I’ve been doing the Project: Love, Me album by Ziggle Designs and SuzyQ Scraps (http://projectlovemescrapbook.com). It started at the beginning of the year, and they have 4-5 journaling prompts each month. The prompts are themed for each month, and some of the themes have been Love, Laughter, Creativity, Dreams. The prompts are pretty open-ended and I’ve found that I like that – you can really take them in unexpected directions while still relating to the monthly topic. The best thing is that at the end of the year, I’ll have an entire album of pages (at least 52) all about me and it covers my past, present and thoughts for the future.

    Since you mentioned scrapbooking for kids, they even have a kid’s play-along mini album that you can download each month. All of the prompts and the kid downloads are free.

    • iciclelady says:

      Thanks for sharing that link! I hadn’t heard about Project: Love, Me before. I added it to my reader so I can follow along from now on — and go back to some of the older prompts!

  6. As a 100% paper scrapper, it is fascinating to learn more about the world of digi scrapping. I loved hearing your thoughts about Design/Creative Teams- I followed the controversy mentioned by the original commenter (until it got especially ugly) and can see both sides as it relates to paper. Personally, while I would love to receive actual cash for my work, I am always willing to work for product. Having been through three layoffs in three years, working on Design Teams has been a great way for me to get product that otherwise would never have been in my budget.

    Every single word you said about journaling and your sources of inspiration are applicable to paper scrappers as well, so it was an especially enjoyable episode for me.

    Thanks for another great episode!

  7. Sue says:

    Loved the show as usual.

    Peppermint – You can find out about Siri-like Apps for Android here http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20117498-285/how-to-use-voice-commands-on-your-android-phone/?tag=mncol

  8. I paper scrap about 95% of the time and digi scrap about 5% of the time. I liked your discussion about creative teams. I’ve always been curious about how that process works. How does it work if you put out a call and then intend to use those layouts/sketches/whatever it is in a paid product?

    • Peppermint says:

      I’m not sure if I’m understanding the question correctly – do you mean if a digital designer uses her creative team’s pages to create things like digital templates or quick pages?

      I know some designers do “inspired by..” packs of templates where they turn pages from their creative team into layered templates for sale. I’ve personally never done that, but I’ve had my pages made into “inspired by” template packs and I didn’t receive compensation for that (but I also didn’t supply my original page, the designer just had to re-create the same type of look on their own from looking at my low-res image).

      I do sell Quick Pages created by one of my creative team members in my store, the ones she creates are labeled and listed in my packaging with her name on them – and I pass the majority of the proceeds on to her. Other designers may or may not have similar arrangements.

      • Yes, that answers my question. I have ideas for some paid products using sketches, but I don’t create sketches or use sketches. I’d have to have others create the sketches for me. I’m not sure if I’m going to go through with the idea or not, but was curious as to how compensation might work for a product like that. It sounds like they would probably submit the work and get paid a portion of sales. That seems fair, if I am hosting the product and creating the final product. Thanks for answering my question.

  9. Beth says:

    So I always thought you said it “pe-OH-nee,” too, Katie! I think I learned it that way from my Grandma. So it’s not just a Utah thing … it’s an Eastern-Idaho-AND-Utah thing. LOL

  10. When it comes to documenting the hard stuff I’ve found that OhLife.com works well for me. It’s a free service that sends you an email everyday and asks “How was your day?” You simply reply and it stores your emails on a password protected site. The best part about it is that in the daily email it also randomly generates something you said previously. So it will say, do you remember 45 days ago you said…

    Love it because the daily email reminds me to record events from my day. It was especially helpful during the time of my Dad’s stroke. The emails came in the evening and it was almost therapeutic to get out all that was going on in my head. Without the email reminders I know I never would have done it, but now I have lots of detail about how I was feeling. Which was so helpful when I wanted to make a page about the topic. http://scrapinspired.com/2011/05/my-dad/

    Loved the show today!

  11. Mary-Kay says:

    Hi Guys,
    Here is a question for you that doesn’t quite touch on the topic you spoke about but here goes. What is the thought and protocol for using digital products for a blog/blog header? Do we need to put credit somewhere on the site and how does it work? I want people to know who created the items and where they can buy them. Is there someone who knows about this? Thanks so much!


    • Kat says:

      I usually credit regardless. Since my blog is technically “a business”, I always ask permission to use what I might be interested in and offer to credit (which I like to do if asked or not). This has only come up recently since I am designing. Prior to that, I didn’t have any issue using other designers kits that I had purchased for blog work. Most are fine with it but like Peppermint said, you can always ask. Designers seem to really appreciate that and I know I will appreciate it to hear from customers if they aren’t sure about something. I’m usually happy to oblige in any way that I can. What a great question! I’d love to see how your blog turns out. I’m a bit of a blog junkie. LOL!

  12. Peppermint says:

    Designing headers/buttons for your personal blog is sometimes specified in the designer’s Terms of Use (TOU) – but if not you can always drop them an email or post on their store’s message board asking. I can’t speak for all designers, but my terms of use allow for using my products to create graphics for your personal, non-profit website/blog provided they’re flatted JPG/GIF images and no more than 72DPI resolution (last item in the top section here) and then some sort of credit linking back to my store/site, which most people either put in their blog footer or on an “about me” or “about this site” page on their blog.

  13. Mary-Kay says:

    Funny! Pepperment, it’s is from your Epic and your Sweater Weather I’m thinking of using. Ok, so when I am ready, I’ll show you to see if you think it is appropriate. LOVE that you are on the show! Love the show!!!!

  14. mrshobbes says:

    Okay, um, you ladies made me cry with this episode. So I figure, that first time was a fluke, I was caught off guard, ha. Then I listened to it again. And again. @#$%$&*^ that whole bit about P’s “I Fall, Too” layout gets me EVERY time. Maybe because I’ve wholly felt that same fierce love from my own mom :)

    I love to journal, and like Sara I’ve been inspired by sooo many pins on Pinterest–I have a board exclusively for such words of wisdom (or humor, whichever the case may be). I’ve been inspired to journal from so many different things–it’s really like anything can trigger either a memory or a story I want to get down. I think it was once Katie’s pick, but I was inspired by unphotographable.com, so I did a layout journaling a moment I didn’t get a photo of here: /gallery/showphoto.php?photo=436302&ppuser=2487

    I’m also in the middle of doing a layout of “word snapshots”–images or moments said in words during a recent move we made. With the chaos of a move I couldn’t get photos, but there was so many moments that I wanted to document.

    I’m also a self-confessed “CT Ho” lol, so I’d love to weigh in if ever you gals decide to do another CT-centric episode. Definitely because the landscape of marketing digi designs has changed, it’s also changed the views/requirements/etc with regards to CTs. I’m on my teams precisely because of the reasons Steph and Sara mentioned. Something even funnier: I applied to a designer’s CT call even though at the time she was selling in a store I was also a CT member of, so I already got to play with her product. But I really wanted to work with her and I really loved her stuff, so I applied. And I’m really enjoying “working” for her–it’s really also a different kind of atmosphere working for individual designers and store CTs, and I love them both.

    Thanks so much (AGAIN) for such an awesome show. Hopefully I won’t turn on the waterworks for the next episode. Right? Right? :D

    • Peppermint says:

      Was it me? Are you talking about me? Haha.

      I’m not sure if it was obvious (I don’t listen back to the episodes, I can’t stand listening to myself) but I was trying not to cry while talking about that page. I have several pages that I’ve made that I can’t really talk about without crying, and that’s still one of them even after all this time.

      I think I said I’d post a link to it, though, and here it is: I Fall, Too

    • Peppermint says:

      Oh, I just noticed Steph already linked to it. NEVER MIND. Haha.

    • Lyndel says:

      Beautiful layout and journaling Mrs Hobbes.

  15. Rosa says:

    great show as usual!

    Just wanted a to add the link to “young me, now me” that Katie mentioned
    inspiration for a then and now page

  16. Susan Paquin says:

    Thanks for reading my comment (about payment for Creative Teams) and for your great responses and your follower’s great responses. As always, you guys are an invaluable source of information and inspiration. Thank you!