Tuesday, 30 May 2006

It turns out I do have an obsession after all!

There is another forum that I participate actively in (whenever time allows!) and that is www.ukscrappers.co.uk. I used to read all the threads and stuff but now it’s so huge that I spend most of my time catching up with friends, with CJs or sending PIFs.

I love getting and sending PIFs. Sometimes I have been disappointed, of course, but generally I get a little something that is really useful, cute or unique. Whenever people list their items to PIF I peruse the list like a dieter reading a dessert menu – looking for that little bit that will be just the right temptation.

In order to be ready to participate in these PIFs I generally have to carry around a list of suitable items to pass on (as I generally log on from work but of course have all the stash at home). So a few evenings ago I sat down and went through my stash, finding things that I no longer have the use for and are suitable for PIFs. This exercise made me realize something I didn’t really know about my stash – I love mini-books.

I realized that I have around 20 all in different sizes and colors – some plain, some decorated, but all small. I have plans for some of them but most of them I’ve mainly acquired because I like them, certainly not because I need them. A lot of them come from PIFs: if I see someone is listing a mini-book in their items, I will jump on it like a cat on a butterfly!

Whatever do I want all these books for? Why do I feel the need to accumulate little books? Why can’t I get rid of them either? I don’t use them because I’m waiting for the “right” project to turn up... so they end up stored in my cupboard and never see the light of day. Why can’t just USE them? They are after all just paper and cardboard and I can always get some more...

But wait – isn’t this the way scrappers feel about ALL of their stash??

Monday, 8 May 2006

What's wrong with 6x4?

I love looking at scrap mags and their lovely photos of layouts – and I’ve noticed that recently big photos are the rage. Enormous ones, that sometimes fill the page, are everywhere. Or, the other common trend is little photos in all sorts of weird sizes. That looks really cool and I love the look. But from that I also gather that scrapping 6x4 photos is just not “cool” anymore. At least it won’t get your layout published.

What is so wrong about 6x4 photos? I have often seen magazines with comments like “this is how you can scrap your old 6x4 photos...” or “the old 6x4 photos are ideal for this layout...” and so on. When did they become the OLD size???

Not everyone can afford a home printer or even wants one. I have toyed with the idea but basically it doesn’t make sense: I don’t have the time to spend messing around with printing my own photos in a variety of sizes and I don’t want to spend lots of money on consumables so it’s easier and more convenient for me to take my photos to the drugstore and get them printed in the traditional way. So this means that with very few exceptions, I always get them printed in 6x4. Yet, there are few layouts in the magazines that feature photos in this size!

It’s like being a size 16 when all you can see in magazines is waifs wearing size zero jeans!! It doesn’t match reality and while it’s nice to fantasize for a while, practical examples would also be nice to see.

Or is that size too boring already??

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