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And then a step to the right

scrapbooking with paper dolls

Moving on then. On to the year 2000. A new millennium that brought us bugs and life was supposed to look like an X-Files spin-off and my scrapbook pages? They looked like this.

(Wait: you need the soundtrack of the week again, don’t you? Why not try this version which makes you wonder what people did with their time before there was YouTube.)

So yes, in the year 2000, I was scrapping in the land of paper dolls. I’m not sure which is scarier: the layout above with its paper dolls of Dorothy, Tinman and Scarecrow…or the fact that the layout above was published. Really. I’m not particularly proud of that. I’m just telling you so it puts things into perspective. It means I was not the only person scrapping like this.

Care for more flashbacks from the dawn of the twenty-first century? How about a tribute to my school colours?

scrapbooks from the past

And how about the title that everyone had to use? It was law that you go somewhere snowy, take pictures and use this title. Seriously. The scrapbooking police would arrive at your door and arrest you if you had a snowy photo in your home and no layout with this title.

scrapbooking titles

At least, that was what I had heard.

Do I need to add that both of these were published? This was pretty snazzy stuff. Look how brave I was to have a sheet of vellum in my stash and just tear it! What would I have done if it had gone wrong? Where would I find another sheet of vellum? (It was easier to find a second rosetta stone then, I assure you.) And that purple page, my goodness. I cross-stitched! Cross-stitched! We are talking the height of modern and cutting edge. Also, it was pretty daring to use embarrassing photos of yourself (or any photo of yourself, it seemed), so if you didn’t catch this, you’re in for a shock:

embarrassing photographs in scrapbooks

Yes. Sixteen-year-old me with frizzy hair in cheerleading pajamas. (You know that cheerleaders have official pajamas as well as matching uniforms and matching practice clothes, right? I digress.) Printed on the pages of Paperkuts magazine.

Okay, time to be a bit more serious: my pages from the year 2000 still make me cringe, but there are a few things that I learned and there might even be a smidgen of style starting to show up. A tiny speck. Like smaller than dust, but still…let’s see.

In 2000…
I shopped mostly online from the states, though I did discover I could buy adhesive at Artbase at Lakeside shopping centre.
I scrapped on the dining room table that was never used for dining. I scrapped late at night when I should have been writing my thesis. And part of my thesis research was watching repeats of a programme that aired at 1am every night, so scrapping kept me awake until and during that strange excuse for academia. (No, really. I have seen every episode ever made.)
I kept my scrapbooking supplies in a drawer. One single drawer. Though I left quite a bit out on the table.
I still mostly used the same old 35mm point and shoot.
All my pages were 8.5×11 and double page spreads.
My favourite tools were the Jill Rinner paper doll templates and the Coluzzle system.
I bought my first scrapbooking font collection (on a CD, as nothing was just downloadable then!) and started journaling by printing from the computer. But I almost always chose handwritten style fonts, which makes me think I was mostly scrapbooking in someone else’s handwriting. Hmpf. I did handwrite quite a few of my titles, with lettering styles learned from Becky Higgins in the creative lettering column in Creating Keepsakes. And I had my biggest purchase to date—a set of Prismacolor coloured pencils. I still use them and they are still lovely, but it was about a $40 investment, which was huge for a set of coloured pencils.
I bought my first papers from Bazzill Basics—so I now had cardstock in about two dozen colours! I also found a UK stockist of acid-free cardstock, but it only came in poster-sized sheets, so I bought a bunch and spent an entire weekend cutting it down to size. That paper lasted me the majority of the year.
I bought my first sheets of vellum. I bought about three Paperkin paper dolls and found them too expensive to actually use so I would trace around them and make duplicates. Somewhere those three dolls are still in their packages.
I still matted everything. Usually several times.
But I did start to try things that were a bit dangerous for way back when: stitching, tearing, scrapping about yourself. Did you catch that there was wire holding the heart around the neck of the tinman? Crazy. Okay, it wasn’t stuff that was so dangerous I needed a lifeguard or anything, but it was more than scissors + gluestick = page. It was the ball starting to roll. If nothing else, it was the start of accumulating more stash, since clearly now papercrafters needed sewing supplies as well as their gluesticks.

And the year 2000 was when I started submitting my pages to magazines and the first time I had pages published. The first time a magazine phoned me to ask for a page, I pretty much passed out on the spot. (Well, actually I react the same way now but I have learned to finish the phone conversation!) That call was for the World of Memories book, where the pages were displayed by the scrapper’s state or country. It still makes me laugh when I see the description of the book as featuring ‘113 scrapbookers from the United States, Australia, Canada and England’. Two of the ‘scrapbookers from England’ were Jane Dean and I. I will quietly wave to the third scrapper without naming her because I don’t know if she would like me to say! Jane can slap me next weekend if she was keeping World of Memories a secret. I can take it. Anyway, one of my pages in that book?

A paperkin dressed up to look like a beefeater with pictures of the Tower of London.

I blame that layout for every little bit of what happened from then on, because I got emails for years asking where I bought my beefeater paperkin. Lots of emails asking how much I would charge to make one. And one email from a guy who offered me $50 to make one so he could wrap it up and put it under the tree because he was surprising his scrapbooking wife with a trip to Europe. (I did make that one, but I only charged him postage. I was a sucker for a sweet story!)

2001 was a very big year, so I will save that for tomorrow with a post of its own. But of course I have a need to leave you with something that is more of this lifetime! So…I tried and tried to come up with something inspiring from the pages above, and I just couldn’t bring myself to make a paperdoll. But my sewing machine can cross stitch these days, which made this layout a heck of a lot quicker than the garishly purple one above…and I didn’t have to measure a single x to stitch it!

and now they are five scrapbook page

J: don’t get mad: you are cute.

Yesterday Karen asked a big question in the comments:
my ? to you is…can anyone evolve into a better scrapper? i have been scrapping for quite some time and still, it is ok…i just love the look and style of so many other scrappers. Mine is just plain and simple. Any advice on how to evolve?

So here’s my answer: Yes, everyone can evolve. No, that does not mean you will get to a magic point and look at your layouts and know with confidence that no one has ever scrapped this wonderfully in the history of the world. It’s a tough one to answer and I am not the authority (though I am not sure that there is an authority) but over the course of this week o’ time warp, I think some answers may form. For me, the evolution started to get concrete in 2001. So come back for more embarrassment explanation and let’s see if we can put something together that makes sense.


PS: More modern-day stuff here today, if you fancy a star or two. And proof that I still scrap embarrassing photos of myself.

28 May 2008

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20 Comments for And then a step to the right

  1. Marie Says:

    ROFL @ the Star Trek Time Warp! I’m a bit of a closet Trekkie, so found that completely hilarous. My Goodness, I’m a total Geek! LOL

    The paper dolls are a bit scary, but also kind of cute (in a “never should be seen near a scrapbook page kind of way?” ;)).

    Do cheerleaders really have cheerleading PJs? Bizarre. You learn something new everyday. :)

    It’s really interesting to see your style evolving. I’ll be tuning in tomorrow for the next installment :)


  2. jen Says:

    cross stitcher!!!

  3. debbie Says:

    Lions, and tigers, and paperdolls, oh my! I humbly confess I have a couple of pages with those too. And a ‘Snow Much Fun’ page. I think it’s still the law!

  4. KK Says:

    snow much fun—guilty
    cheer pajamas—been there and done that too!

  5. Michelle OKeefe Says:

    Shimelle, I am really enjoying these time warps. We all have pages like these, for sure!

  6. Heather Says:

    I started scrapbooking around ‘97 and you should see what I did to my ORIGINAL wedding photos! Wait.You can’t because I threw them out. But a scary thought-Are we going to hate what we’re doing now in 8 years?

  7. Sarah Youde Says:

    I am loving reading these time warp posts Shimelle!!

  8. grungedandy Says:

    Yes this is great I’ve only been “officially scrapbooking” for about 2 years I say that as it’s only been this last 2 years that I’ve found out what it means to “scrapbook” up till then I’ve taken photos & made stuff with it put it in books made montages art & stuff (only some of it acid free Opps!) but I’ve had fun it’s been great to find a community to share it with & to find all this stuff that’s acid free to make it last longer so I’ve not really seen the history so it’s great to see what people were doing & how people have evolved they’re art/scrapping I see no shame, I mean at one time we all started drawing stick people some people went on to draw like De Vinci (with a lot of practice that is! LoL)
    Anyhoo thanks for sharing looking forward to some more warp 3 hehe Seeya Hugya G

  9. k8 Says:

    Loving the trip from the vaults, Shimelle. However, I must admit that the paper dolls have ALWAYS scared me a bit. Now, tho, I can see why what happened in 2001 happened in 2001 – for crying out loud, gurl, you wear tearing paper and sewing on layouts while we were all still using stickers, dammit! And using those stickers to spell SNOW MUCH FUN…..


  10. Lisa Says:

    You were never 16 in that photo! You look so young. It’s great seeing where you came from, hopefully that means that there’s a chance for me to improve yet!!!

  11. Karen C Says:

    Thanks Shimelle for pointing out my ?. I am interested to see what you have in store for the rest of the week. And, what others may have to say! Thanks again, you are the best!

  12. Bev Says:

    I can’t wait for the 2001 pages, I started out in 2001 and can remember seeing you in magazines and thinking you were totally cutting edge, so it will be interesting to see what those cutting edges layouts look like!

    I also matted and double matted and sometimes triple matted. I have to confess to still liking a nice mat now and again.

  13. Annie Says:

    You strike fear into my heart. As a relatively new scrapper, I am now worried that my pages are rubbish! That I will look back on them and wonder why I spent so long (and so much!) creating them. Not that I think your old ones are particularly bad, just of another time – you shouldnt do them down so much! Hmmm.

    The dolls are scary though.

  14. Annie Says:

    Oh, and I’m intrigued as to what your thesis was about!

  15. Tammy Hicks Says:

    Ok, this is going to officially make me look like the old lady in a group of younguns here but so be it, LOL

    I too have created ALL of these pages in some variation through the years and I will say by far much worse since I started scrapbooking in high school when I was 14.

    Back then it was more an old-fashioned scrapbook, pictures, photo corners (What were glue sticks??? LOL They didn’t have them then!) It was elmers or traditional lick and stick old school photo corners, pictures, magaine cutouts, notes, from friends, and memorabilia.

    When product started being created for the mass market I was in Heaven!

    Papers, including those books of papers from HOTP and those Paperkins dolls (I traced them, too! LOL)

    Though I have never been published I have never submitted to be either. But I did, and do read the magazines and DO remember you!

    For a lot of people out there who do live in the middle of nowhere who were just getting into the hobby or those who were trying to evolve thier style, you guys were the “movers and shakers” of the industry.

    So as I read your posts this week, I am having major flashbacks, a few gigles, at BOTH of our expenses and totally enjoying this adventure.

    I wonder though, for myself mainly, if scrapbooking is going back to the “original” form in some ways for me. By original, I mean including magzine snippets, and things I find that appeal to me. It almost seems full circle. Only with the inclusion of much better products.

    Something to think about.

    Thanks Shimelle for sharing this. It has been one of my favorite crafty reads in a while.

    Peace ♥

  16. Kerry Says:

    I have a few pages with Paperkins too. The horror. I don’t even like looking at the first album I made.

    I like the cross stitch though, even on the purple page.

  17. Jacqui Vale Says:

    The third scrapper from England who appeared in World of Memories book quietly waving back here!! Wow, I never thought I would get mentioned in your blog, I am so not worthy but thanks for the mention anyway, and no, I have no problem with you naming names!

    Done the paper dolls too, and the paper piecing that progressed from there but my first page was even more hairy – I made a pop up roller coaster that got tons of compliments and now I look at the spread and cringe!

    Thanks for the great look-back, absolutely fascinating to see that someone so talented came from the same start point as the rest of us!

    Jacqui x

  18. Mallory Pasquini Says:

    Omg! Reading this has made me smile from ear to ear. I feel as if I’ve written it myself. I started scrapbooking in 1997, when I was in 7th grade. I too cringe at the sight of my very first scrapbook, a size I don’t even know and don’t think exists anymore. But lots of the “techniques” you’re describing appeared on my pages as well. It has been so much fun to read this and relive my first scrapping days. I just started a blog for my scrapbooking projects, and now I may have to write a post about the evolution of my pages. Thanks for this! :)

  19. Sports Bet Says:

    This could mean a lot.

  20. Emilee Says:

    Hello! I am looking for the Jill Rinner Paper Doll templates! I know they are so old school but I want to make some for cards and layouts anyway. Any chance you kept yours?!

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