Episode 3: Katie’s Little Sweatshop

Join Steph, Katie, Peppermint, and Katrina Kennedy as we discuss scrapping the things in our lives that make up our story including photography tips.

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Joining the Discussion:
Katie Nelson
Peppermint Granberg
Katrina Kennedy

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Picks of The Week:
Katrina: Diego Goldberg and the Arrow of Time
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Katie: Listverse

Katrina’s beer layout.

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46 Responses to Episode 3: Katie’s Little Sweatshop

  1. Sarah Barton says:

    No download link this week? Bummer:(

    • Sarah Barton says:

      Thanks for the link—Now I can listen to it at work;-)

      • steph says:

        I totally spaced it! Thanks for letting me know it was missing! One of these days I will get it all right on one show…maybe…lol! :)

        • Sarah says:

          No stress. I was just afraid you were doing away with it. Itunes makes my work computer go whacky but I prefer to load my phone with the new show at work, so I can listen on the commute:-)

  2. linda says:

    Thanks Katie for reading my comment. I have to add that I just found this blog http://52crafts52weeks.wordpress.com/ – talk about the ultimate, try it all philosophy!

  3. ari macias says:

    hey katie, steph and peppermint:) thanxs for reading my comment. sometimes i feel like i am the only person that scraps that HAS to stick to a budget, especially now that the internet is a-blaze with cha stuff. while i do miss the tactile part of scrapping (LORD knows i went thru BAD paper withdrawals and i did it cold turkey), one thing i do not miss is waiting forever for paper products to trickle into stores and then having to buy things piece meal to make it fit into the dreaded budget. plus everything fits into my mac:) i also REALLY like that the amount of time that i take making actual pages has gone down considerably, so i have more time to learn my camera and get better pictures.

  4. Katie says:

    I’m LOL and ROFL over the title!

    • Liz M. says:

      The title was too funny! I usually see the episode first in my RSS feed and so I am always trying to figure out where the title comes from and I had to wait to nearly the end to figure out and I was dying to find out what Katie’s sweatshop was making!

      But on the topic of the show. Loved this! I have have always wanted to do one of these longer term projects, e.g. Week in the Life or Project 365/52 but was concerned about what to photograph. While I do have kids, I work full time so during the day, I’m at my job which is not one that is conducive for phototaking (attorney for the state). But after thinking about taking pictures of food and other objects, I have renewed faith that I could not only finish the project but love the end result. Thanks again always for a fabulous show and can’t wait for the next one.

  5. i.am.digiscrapper says:

    just wanted to say that I started a pin board for digiscrap freebies, for those on pinterest –
    hope some people find it useful. I got sucked into pinterest a while ago and haven’t surfaced since. it’s terrible! but so fun.

  6. i.am.digiscrapper says:

    Also, I just saw this news story that reminded me of what you were talking about on this show:

  7. Sara says:

    Great show! I loved what Steph touched upon when saying that photographing..and indeed scrapping…”things” is SUCH a good way to share pages about yourself. I totally agree! So much story lives in the things we love or the things we don’t and all the things that surround us. They really do offer the greatest little glimpses into who we are and how we live. I love to photograph the details and ever since I got in to this fresh AAM scrapping kick, I have found myself photographing things…the details..more than ever before. And my scrapping has been the better for it I think.

    • steph says:

      I totally agree!! I used to be really good about it, but have gotten away from it. This show totally inspired me to get back to it again!

  8. mrshobbes says:

    Hi Digishow peeps, thanks for another fun episode :) I loved hearing all these suggestions and *blush* admit I’d never even heard of Capture Your 365. So I’ve got it bookmarked now, there’s a plethora of ideas I love :)

    Peppermint’s comment about eating food before photographing them rings so true for me. It would be a miracle if I remember to take a photo before attacking my meal. I particularly regret not doing this when I took a trip to the US in 2009. We went on an Alaskan cruise–there was a 24-hour buffet and virtually overflowing food everywhere. Then we went to Key West and I had the most amazing seafood and white chocolate key lime cookies that HAUNT me to this day. And then we went to New York and had this amazing meal in Chinatown during a downpour–the whole combination of steaming dimsum in chilly weather made it so memorable. Then on our last night we went to an all-you-can-eat sushi/sashimi buffet. However, out of all that I have photos of about three meals. I have lots of scenery, but to have the food as well I think would have “grounded” my experience and trip better.

    I do like to take pictures of things and scrap them. Some pages I’ve done include potato chips, my wedding rings, coffee and fruit shakes, notebooks, a tarot card reading, a lisa leonard necklace I wanted, my mother’s earrings, my stuffed tiger, and my passport. I enjoyed doing those pages; for me, they’re as much a part of my story as my relationships are :)

  9. Christine says:

    I love to take pictures of things, especially food! I have a reputation where people say they can’t come over to my blog when they’re hungry, because I have so many photos of food on my blog, LOL. I also love to take pictures of things too, like my current favorite books, the top of my desk, etc. It’s like a snapshot in time of my life.

    I also love that Listverse site, pick of the week from Katie. That website is definitely Listgirl approved! :D

  10. Christine says:

    Oh and Peppermint mentioned the “Todd Shot” in this episode and I just had to link to her blog post about it, LOL. Oh, and the Todd in question is my husband. He likes to pose this way with food.

    • mrshobbes says:

      Hee, I LOVE Todd shots! And um, yes, every time I visit your blog I feel like I should start cooking healthier, yummier meals myself or grabbing the phone to order takeout. You always have delicious food featured!

    • Thanks for linking to the Todd! Hysterical! I agree no one can duplicate it ;)

    • Katie says:

      I have seen many Todd shots on Christine’s blog, but really didn’t put it together when Peppermint mentioned it in the show, so I’m so glad for the link! I really did LOL because my hubby is pretty close to being able to pull off “the Todd shot” – although I think Todd is the king!

    • Melissa says:

      Oh I just had to jump on this and post my own Todd shot! :)

      It reminded me of the Photobombing discussion many moons ago (was it a PRT or PDS? I think Katie mentioned it??? Or am I way off the mark)

      The only my rellies do in photos is stick their tongue out.
      Love it!

      • Katie says:

        How funny Melissa! I think it was Izzy that mentioned photobombing, which we totally do now! :)

    • Peppermint says:

      I LIVE for Todd Shots.

  11. Hi Ladies,

    I’ve only done enough dishes this week to hear the first 20 minutes of your show (that’s a good thing, my husband and son are washing the dishes ;-) But I was thinking about budget scrapbooking, and\ the big expense in the first place is the graphics program.

    The GIMP is a powerful graphics program, and it’s a free download http://www.gimp.org/downloads/ . Scrapbooks gone digital has some tutorials on getting started digi scraping with the Gimp at http://www.scrapbooksgonedigital.com/

    Now, I’m not sure someone beginning to dabble in digi scrapping would be listening to your podcast in the first place, but if you are, and your budget is tight, why not dabble this way? If you get a little more cash, you can always donate to the project to show your thanks. And, oh boy, are there some pretty kits you can spend your money on!

  12. Lynnette says:

    Hi ladies,

    Thanks for yet another great show! I really loved the topic this week. Ali Edwards is gearing up for another round of A Week in the Life later this month and I have been on the fence on whether or not I am going to do it along with her. I did it back in 2008 and it is probably my most favorite album ever. It turned out to be extra precious to me because it was at a time in our lives when we were in transition, although I didn’t realize it at the time. We had just moved across the country to Arizona for a new job and only a few months later we relocated to yet another state. I’m so grateful I have that brief period of time we lived in Arizona recorded in such detail from that week. Anyway, like I said I still hadn’t made up my mind but after listening to this show I’m totally feeling re-energized about it. It can be a difficult thing to wrap your head around, and you can become easily overwhelmed, but I think keeping the end goal in mind, and remembering WHY I’m doing it will keep me on track.

    Also, a quick question about pinterest – I know this isn’t the pinterest show, but it seems to come up a lot – I’m hopelessly addicted as many of you are, and I now have a bit of anxiety after hearing Peppermint talk about people pinning things “wrong”. Would you mind explaining the proper way? I’m not even sure but I bet I’ve done it wrong a time or two, but who knows? I want to make sure credit is given where it is due and that the original source is easy to find, I’m just not sure how to know… you know?

    Anyway, thanks to all for another great episode!

    • Peppermint says:

      No no no, don’t be paranoid. LOL For the most part people pin things fine. I’m not entirely sure HOW this happens – but sometimes people pin JUST an image (like they “image source” it on a blog, load the photo into its own browser window, and then just pin the image blank on a page – which with some blog hosts doesn’t even tell you what blog it originally came from at that point) or they pin a picture from the home page of a blog. i.e. they just visit the top domain, see something in the first 5 posts and pin that, they don’t click through to the actual post and pin just the individual post. Then when I see it and want to find out more, it just takes me to the top page of that blog and I have to sift through all of the posts (which have now sometimes been pushed down a few pages) to find the original.

      I pin things, then later on go through my boards and want more information on a DIY project or a particular product that I saw on Pinterest and it’s a wild goose chase to find the source. So at that point, if I care enough about it, I’ll search through to find the original source, delete my repin and pin it again fresh onto my board so that other people don’t have to hunt it down again.

      Just techie pet peeves. LOL

  13. Barbara says:

    Katie, I’m with you; I have a passion for photographing inanimate objects! My daughter once asked me, “Mom, why are you taking pictures of pumpkins?” “‘Cause they are pretty!” She knows now… :-) I’m always the one lagging behind the group, saying, “Go on, don’t mind me, I’ll catch up.”
    I’d give anything to have photos of my grocery carts, sewing projects, dinners, reading material, etc. from years ago. I’ve forgotten so much of the details of my life, and it’s not getting any better!
    I’m in my second year of P365, and I love to look back even from this short distance and am constantly surprised at how much I don’t remember. Not that every little paper clip is worth remembering, but it helps me greatly to be reminded to be grateful for the life I’ve been allowed to live.

    • Katie says:

      What a great way to put it! And I’m always lagging behind everyone as well while I take pictures of all the pretty things. :)

  14. Amy K says:

    I just wanted to stop by and say I loved the shout-out for Madison, WI (a little nook in the Midwest we call home).
    You all do such a great job. I’m primarily a paper scrapper, and have been dabbling in digi for awhile now due to being inspired, motivated, and encouraged by your podcasts from the very beginning.
    Best wishes, and continued success with the “new” show.

    • Peppermint says:

      Madison, WI is on my life plan – I would move to Madison TOMORROW if I could, but we’re going to have to wait until the kiddo is out of school. Then we’re going to convince him to go to UW-Madison so we can all move down there.

      I love the Madison, WI area.

  15. Anna Aspnes says:

    Super show as always ladies! Loved listening to Katrina’s perspective this week. She has so much to bring to this industry.

    I’m posting with a resource for food photography. It’s actually a gluten free blog I frequent but she has awesome food photos and shares a lot of her resources and techniques on her blog:http://jenncuisine.com/resources/tutorial-collection/

  16. Linda says:

    Here is my pick of the week:


    It is a new company at CHA summer 2011 release.

    • Katie says:

      Those are so cool! I think Steph saw them at Winter CHA and talked about them on one of the episodes when we were with paperclipping.

  17. Sarah says:

    Just finished the show. What a great topic. It was so much fun to listen to so many ideas about taking pictures of items. You each had so much to share.

    I have been taking Stacy Julian’s LOM course, and it has really inspired me to scrapbook different things that I have not previously scrap booked. This morning I was making a list of our most common foods for a mini book I will title “Sometimes french fries are the vegetables.” Making the list of foods I want to find will really help me find/take the picture I need for the album. For this album, I think I will using common share pictures from the web—cuz I don’t have too many great pictures of the foods we eat, but I know other people probably have taken some pictures I can use or adapt. Flickr’s commons and morguefile.com are great places to “find” the perfect picture” Then you can scrap something that makes you happy while the ideas are fresh.

    Last night I was working on a a scrapbook about our favorite music. I can’t wait to get that one done. I am scrapping the words to our family’s favorite songs, and since my kids LOVE books on CD, I plan on making this one the ultimate book with it’s own CD of our favorite music. Scrapping these types of book is SO MUCH fun because you can really get the whole family involved. I’ve only been working on the music book for a week, and have already added some songs my hubby thought of, and I can’t wait to quiz my kids on the songs they think of as their favorites (They’re at grandma’s for the week).

    If you haven’t ever tried this type of scrapping, I would totally recommend it. Scrapping things is so much fun. Thanks for the great show, ladies!

  18. i.am.digiscrapper says:

    I was wondering if you could talk about journal prompts sometime, or if there is a list of sites with journaling prompts….I need to write something, but I don’t know where to start. Thanks!

  19. Kelsey Brown says:

    I just had to share a few thoughts about scrapbooking photos of yourself.

    I love scrapping pictures of myself. It means that someone else got behind my camera and put me in front of it. I am always worried there won’t be enough pictures of me for my grandkids, and great-grandkids, and great-great-grandkids to really get to know me. It would be a dream come true if my scrapbooks and photos where treasured by my posterity. Luckily I have a husband who likes to be behind the camera almost as much as I do. Last month when I was making his birthday cake from scratch, red velvet, he came in and watched me for a little while and then asked where the camera was. He then began photographing my process. I am so glad I have those photos and a husband who took them of his own free will. (He also made me pose in front a parachute silk wedding dress at the air force museum when he saw me gawking at it.)

    I encourage you ladies scrap those photos of yourself (or at least make sure they are taken and then make it to your computer). I guarantee you will not regret it.

  20. Charlene says:

    Wow! Loved this episode this week. I take pictures of things all the time, but I find that i don’t often scrap them. I got a whole bunch of ideas from the things you guys talked about here. I think (rather than Katrina’s beer) I am going to take pictures of all my frappucino’s I drink (I love them!!). Thanks for the great ideas!

  21. Adriana P. says:

    Love the show! You asked for things that we would like to hear in the upcoming episodes. I really enjoy hearing about time-saving tips for getting layouts done, techniques, and even motivational things. I enjoy hearing about the thought-process behind certain things, like when Peppermint was talking in episode 1 about all of the summer photos she was taking. She mentioned that she would probably put her son’s Lego pictures into a separate album just for him and it was like a light bulb went off in my head. Wow, I can do that! My son takes pictures of his lego creations all the time (often blurry, but oh well). What a great idea just to put them in a little album instead of thinking about how to scrap them on an official layout.

  22. Beth says:

    Missed you guys this week!! Hope Steph had a great vacation.

    One of the things I love about your show is how encouraging you are of each other. While I loved all the great tips in this episode, I think the part I liked best was the little “lovefest” at the end! I think you guys are all awesome, too!!

  23. Katie (sakura-panda) says:

    This was a very interesting show. I rarely take pictures without people, unless I want to have it specifically for posting somewhere or for a specific layout. Before kids, my photography was mainly nature and vacation attractions but now I rarely take a picture that doesn’t have at least one of my children in it.

    It was neat to hear the viewpoints of everyone that purposefully take pictures of non-people subjects and what their motivations are. I love the ideas from this episode and I’m going to try to take more pictures of *things*.

    I’m even inspired to want to try Photo a Day again. I can’t carry a camera with me everywhere I go, but I could at least commit myself to the days when I don’t work.

    Thank you for reminding me that I am not in it just to document the changes in my children as they grow up, but that I am also in it for the pure pleasure of photography and that I need to take the time to continue to work on that, even if I end up with a collection of everyday things that I will not scrapbook.

  24. June says:

    Hi DigiShow gals,
    Just a heads up that this episode was incorrectly posted under “Kayla Lamoreaux” instead of under “Katrina Kennedy.” I will not be able to sleep until you fix it. I kid! I kid! Anyway, I’m just going through old shows just to get inspiration and you ladies rock each week!