I have been inspired recently to scrap and papercraft more, and to blog more often ... let me explain....
In June as I was faffing about on the internet, reading blogs and looking at crafty goodness, I followed a link to The Paperclipping Roundtable. Now, as an old fuddy-duddy of 43 I hadn't really heard about Podcasts, but I thought I'd give it a listen. I was intrigued by a lot of what they said.
Then I realised that they had been doing these "Roundtable" Podcasts since 2010 and felt even older and even less tach savvy than I thought I was! (and now I wish I had taken note of who directed me to it).
Obviously a lot of people have already found and listened to the Roundtable, so I'm just sharing my late-to-the-party experience.
Determined to hear all of the episodes, I subscribed on iTunes and downloaded all the episodes to my iPod so I could listen on our European trip ... I did get to listen to a few episodes here and there, but most of the time I tried to listen once I crashed into bed - and as you can imagine when you are travelling - I heard the same 90 seconds of one episode four or five times before I stayed awake long enough one night to hear the whole thing.
I has taken me four months, but I've now listened to 171 episodes (only 7 to go) ..... and my brain is spinning .... and my family think I'm crackers laughing out loud with my earphones on!
So many things I have started doing and thinking about. Here are just a few:
- I am now a "non-shmo" - I've subscribed to their website paperclipping.com
- I talk about "ephemera"
- I have heaps of "ephemera" that I have collected over the years - I've now been vindicated and I'm not a hoarder :-) ... and I'll be able to tell my earlier stories better because of all the stuff I collected
- I think about the importance of journalling my story, and I'm actually writing more things down before I forget
- I've become a bit of a broken record around my friends because I talk about interesting things I learned or was prompted to think about while listening to the show
- I have been inspired (or enabled, you decide) to buy various iPhone and iPad apps and Lightroom
- I have signed up to various on-line classes
- I have written down stacks of scrapbooking ideas and stories I can tell
- I've de-cluttered my scraproom some more (Miss J's teacher is thrilled!)
- I have sorted everything I have from my three big overseas trips into boxes for scrapping later on
- I backed up all my photos
- I've started scanning all my old photos and negatives
- I've learned about heaps of scrapbooking people and products I'd never heard of before!
- I've learned that it doesn't have to be perfect - it's better to tell my story in some way than spend too much time stressing about getting it perfect and not getting anything done
- I'm not quite ready for mixed-media yet, but I've watched a few youtube videos that inspired me to maybe give it a go one day!
So, have you "discovered" podcasts? Which are your favourites? Are there other things out there on the internet I've not discovered yet?
I'm sure I will blog more about all this soon!