Scrapbook Your Way

By Jennifer Wilson

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In a world where a camera is always within reach and creative options are abundant, “Your Way” is the memory-keeping approach that fills you up and fits your life right now. This free, scrapbooking-focused show celebrates the breadth of ways to be a memory keeper today. Our format varies week to week, with a healthy mix of teaching, listener Q and A, roundtable discussions, and interviews with everyday scrapbookers. Scrapbook Your Way is hosted by Jennifer Wilson, owner of Simple Scrapper and author of The New Rules of Scrapbooking.

Episode Date
SYW034 - When You Feel So Behind

I've had a bit of drought in my own creativity this year, so I asked myself what advice I would offer someone in my shoes. In this episode I share a simple process for getting unstuck, my best strategies for summarizing big stories, and answers to common questions about the Before Your Story class.  I also offer a few personal anecdotes about what's exciting me right now and what story I am most eager to scrapbook. The reason might surprise you! See the full show notes for this episode.

Sep 16, 2019
SYW033 - Before Your Story

"Before your story, there was mine." These words still give me goosebumps when I think about the legacy of my memory keeping. So often it is the weddings and births that give rise to creative desires, but what about before? Some of the best stories happened before we started scrapbooking. In this episode, I'm joined by Kim Edsen to explore the purpose and process behind the Before Your Story album class. Registration for the upcoming live session opens Thursday, September 12. See the full show notes for this episode.

Sep 09, 2019
SYW032 - 100 Songs That Changed My Life

Shannan Manton has figured out what "simple" means to her. In this episode you'll hear about the odd-sized pages she loves to create, her favorite digital resources, and how she makes big projects super doable. My conversation with Shannan is certain to leave you filled with nostalgia and itching to tell more of your stories. See the full show notes for this episode.

Sep 03, 2019
SYW031 - Creative Abundance

Katie Pertiet is a graphic designer with a passion for vintage and botanical motifs. Her artwork can be found on digital products, paper scrapbooking lines, fabric collections, and other home decor items. In this episode I asked Katie to share how she is so prolific in her creative output, offering lessons for both professionals and hobbyists alike. See the full show notes for this episode.

Aug 26, 2019
SYW030 - Tech Stack

Technology is an inevitable part of modern memory keeping. In this week's episode I'm sharing a quick run-down of all the tech tools in my creative workflow, from photo taking to photo printing. Plus, I introduce the newest class inside of our membership community. See the full show notes for this episode.

Aug 19, 2019
SYW029 - Our Family History

Steve Wilson is an enthusiastic amateur genealogist whose scientific training offers just the right combination of patience and attention to detail need for ancestry research. He is also my husband of eleven years. I'm excited to share Steve's perspective on memory keeping and some of our family history insights in this episode of the podcast. See the full show notes for this episode.

Aug 05, 2019
SYW028 - Don't Give Up

Alissa Williams is a life-long scrapbooker, Simple Scrapper member, and library director. She's passionate about stories in every aspect of her life, but she almost gave up scrapbooking. In this episode you'll hear how Alissa leveraged in-person connections and getting organized to rekindle her drive to create. See the full show notes for this episode.

Jul 29, 2019
SYW027 - My Way with Tazhiana Gordon

I love learning what fuels the creative fire of individual scrapbookers and how their journeys have evolved over time. In this installment of the My Way series you'll hear from Tazhiana Gordon, a memory keeper with a passion for colorful pages, mixed media techniques, and Happy Planners. See the full show notes for this episode.

Jul 22, 2019
SYW026 - Scrapbooker's Bucket List

It's far too easy to put off scrapbooking the stories that matter most. They can feel too precious to touch, too important for your amateur skills. But, what if you were running out of time? We have all faced the passing of loved ones and I know some of you have stared death in the face. Some of you may even be fighting that battle right now. The bucket list concept is such a powerful inspiration to action that we can all lean on to scrapbook with more intention. In this episode I introduce a new free tool to help you escape overwhelm and tell more of the stories that you want to have told. See the full show notes for this episode.

Jul 15, 2019
SYW025 - How to Start Fresh for Summer

I believe that every season offers a chance to start fresh, to check in with your priorities and make any needed course corrections. Three months is just the right amount of time to get something done without getting (too) distracted or lost in the weeds. In this episode I walk you through a similar exercise to prepare for the season ahead, as well as offer some optional suggestions for going deeper. The process can be found in the Scrapbook Your Way workbook, which is available in multiple formats. See the full show notes for this episode.

Jul 08, 2019
SYW024 - Why I Switched from Asana to Trello

Trello is a free, user-friendly project management tool. It takes list-making to a whole new level and has become a favorite within the My Simple Scrapper community. In this episode I'm sharing why I moved my entire business and personal life out of Asana and into Trello. Plus, you'll learn how to get started using our free Trello version of the Scrapbook Your Way workbook. See the full show notes for this episode.

Jul 01, 2019
SYW023 - Free Downloads

There's more free stuff on the Internet than you could ever use and it's not doing you any good hiding in that downloads folder with take-out menus and school forms. We want to help you gain control of your digital chaos by offering a small selection of tools that help you keep track of everything else and start taking action on what's most important. In this short solo episode, the first in a four-part series, you will be introduced to a small mindset shift with huge implications as well as something brand new to Simple Scrapper. See the full show notes for this episode.

Jun 24, 2019
SYW022 - Self-Care for Scrapbookers

Empty nester Lee Currie has adulting figured out. She leverages her Virgo-ness to make self-care, personal development, and memory keeping a priority. In this episode you'll hear about the myriad of influences on Lee's evolution and the two specific practices that make all of her creative endeavors possible. No matter your season of life, this is an essential episode for anyone ready to craft a juicier life. See the full show notes for this episode.

Jun 17, 2019
SYW021 - Simple Photo Management

Do you feel overwhelmed with SO many photos? You are not alone. Smartphones have changed the way we take pictures, adding new hurdles to the storage and organization of our family memories. In this episode I'm joined by Kim Edsen, my Simple Scrapper teaching assistant, to offer our insights on making photo management just a little bit easier. See the full show notes for this episode.

Jun 10, 2019
SYW020 - Questions & Answers

Whether you're a product minimalist or a super crafty babe, there are several areas where memory keepers commonly get stuck. In this episode Andrea Gray, publisher of Retro Hip Magazine, joins me to answer your questions. We cover the entire creative process and offer practical, inspiring tips to help you get unstuck and have more fun in scrapbooking! See the full show notes for this episode.

Jun 03, 2019
SYW019 - Cultivating Community

When you're a grown up, it's not always easy to make new friends. Plus, the closing of many local scrapbook stores has shifted the search for scrappy like-minds online. In this episode I'm joined by Tracey Fox, the new host of a popular Facebook group for scrapbookers, to discuss the importance of community in strengthening our personal projects, peer relationships, and the creative industry. See the full show notes for this episode.

May 27, 2019
SYW018 - Start with Art

Creative team member Sara Case Strickland loves mixed media and creating in a clean and simple way. In this episode we share beginner-friendly tips for playing with paints, inks, and mists without all the mess. We also dig into an important, but sometimes sensitive, subject: letting story take a back burner to the artistic process. See the full show notes for this episode.

May 20, 2019
SYW017 - We're All Brave

Scrapbooking is beautiful because we did it. No matter how you tell your stories, this episode is full of thought-provoking wisdom on goal-setting, making choices, and creating through life's challenges. Guest Theresa Moxley shares how Project Life has helped her cope with a painful past and craft a positive outlook for the future. See the full show notes for this episode.

May 13, 2019
SYW016 - Don't Be Scared of Stamping

When you know the basics, stamping on your pages and projects doesn't have to feel intimidating. In this episode stamping fanatic Jessica Urrutia shares her favorite techniques and products to help you start stamping with ease. We cover different types of stamps, inks, and our best tips for getting a clean impression. See the full show notes for this episode.

Apr 29, 2019
SYW015 - The 100 Day Project

Natalie Schmidt is curating the stories of her life with The 100 Day Project. In this episode I'll share a beginner's perspective and Natalie will offer lessons learned from successfully completing two projects and embarking on her third journey this year. Whether you're joining in on this 100-day challenge or not, you will take away valuable insights on consistency, accountability, and creative inspiration. See the full show notes for this episode.

Apr 22, 2019
SYW014 - Timeless Advice for Scrapbookers

So much of the scrapbooking industry revolves around trends, but at Simple Scrapper I’d like to think what we do is pretty timeless. In this episode I’m playing excerpts from my Weekly Pep Talks, a series of video podcast episodes I hosted in 2013. For each excerpt I’ll share my reaction and critique of how well that advice holds today. See the full show notes for this episode.

Apr 15, 2019
SYW013 - Escape Your Creative Funk

Have you ever lost your creative mojo? We have all been there and in this episode we'll explore what a creative funk looks like, what causes it, and seven strategies to escape this place of frustration so you can get back to scrapbooking. See the full show notes for this episode.

Apr 09, 2019
SYW012 - What Works for a Busy Professional

Audrey Medd is practicing attorney with limited time for scrapbooking during the week. She's also a self-admitted perfectionist. In this episode you'll hear why Audrey loves a hybrid approach to scrapbooking and how she's created a workflow that fits her busy schedule. See the full show notes for this episode.

Apr 01, 2019
SYW011 - Documenting Disney for Beginners

From the months of planning to the hundreds (or thousands) of photographs captured, how do you document the most magical vacation of them all? In this episode I'm joined by seasoned Disney traveler Terri-Lynn Torrez to explore what first-time Walt Disney World visitors need to know about memory keeping and your park adventures. See the full show notes for this episode.

Mar 25, 2019
SYW010 - Curating Memories with Instagram

When used with intention, social media can be a powerful tool for life documentation and practicing gratitude. This episode explores Jess Forster's fresh take on memory keeping and the opportunities it has created to go deeper in her scrapbooking projects. See the full show notes for this episode.

Mar 18, 2019
SYW009 - Creativity Accountability

How is it that some scrapbookers can enjoy this hobby so much, yet have trouble finishing (or even starting) projects? Often it all comes down to personality. In this episode Kim Edsen and I will explore how to use Gretchen Rubin's Four Tendencies framework to devise accountability strategies that really work. See the full show notes for this episode.

Mar 11, 2019
SYW008 - My Way with Victoria Calvin

Victoria Calvin, aka Victoria Marie Designs, is known for her authenticity as a scrapbooker and business owner. This interview showcases her genuine passion for both the hobby and the industry while also offering a wealth of actionable advice for the listener. Whether you're a big fan or new to Victoria's world, you're going to love this episode! See the full show notes for this episode.

Mar 04, 2019
SYW007 - The Easiest Way to Scrapbook?

The Project Life app has been a game changer for modern scrapbooking, offering a simple entry for beginners and a more portable option for even the most serious memory keepers. In this episode I'm joined by two Project Life app power users, Breon Randon and Patricia Dettloff, to explore the versatility of this free mobile tool. See the full show notes for this episode.

Feb 25, 2019
SYW006 - 2019 Trends

The scrapbook community is buzzing about the latest new paper products, many of which are already hitting shelves. In this episode Crafty Jen Schow breaks down the trends she noticed at the 2019 Creativation trade show, including this year's cute animal motif and the colorful options she spotted on the show floor. We'll also look back on what was popular in 2018 and where we see scrapbook products heading in the future. See the full show notes for this episode.

Feb 18, 2019
SYW005 - My Way with Jennifer Wilson

This episode offers a twist, with Kim Edsen hosting and putting me in the hot seat. It's an honor to share my creative journey as just one example of how scrapbookers evolve through each season of life. While I will offer personal anecdotes week by week, my aim is to shine a light on how our differences make this hobby so special. See the full show notes for this episode.

Feb 11, 2019
SYW004 - 10 Tips for Simple Scrapbooking

We all fret about not having enough time to do the things we love. And while we can't bend the laws of physics, there are strategies to make life and memory keeping feel a bit easier. The ten recommendations from this episode stem from observing what has worked best for our Simple Scrapper members. See the full show notes for this episode.

Feb 11, 2019
SYW003 - Options for Modern Memory Keeping

Traci Reed is a unicorn of the scrapbooking world. With extensive experience in both digital and paper scrapbooking as a hobbyist and as a professional, I could think of no better person to dive into the array of options for today's memory keeper. We journey through Traci's own joys and sorrows to offer insights on how to choose what might work best for you. See the full show notes for this episode.

Feb 11, 2019
SYW002 - My Way with Kim Edsen

Kim Edsen and I first connected over sharing a Myers-Briggs type: INTJ. She's now my teaching assistant at Simple Scrapper and the closest I've come to being able to clone myself. In this kick-off to our "My Way" series of scrapbooker interviews, you'll get to know Kim and her memory keeping story. See the full show notes for this episode.

Feb 11, 2019
SYW001 - #ScrapbookYourWay

To "scrapbook your way" means choosing the approaches to memory keeping that feel simple and work for you. While this sounds easy on the surface, the wealth of creative inspiration (especially online) can make it difficult to cut through the clutter. Episode 001 introduces my slant on scrapbooking and what I hope to achieve with this new podcast. See the full show notes for this episode.

Feb 11, 2019
SYW000 - New Year, New Show

Welcome to Scrapbook Your Way, the show that explores the breadth of ways to be a memory keeper today. In this mini episode I’m sharing a preview of what you can expect on the podcast when we launch in February. The best way to get started is with our free workbook.

Jan 13, 2019