SYW235 – My Way with Tiffany Mitchell

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A big move shifted Tiffany Mitchell’s focus from scrapbooking photos to telling the stories that mattered most. This reckoning about the size of her library also prompted more intention in the scope and structure of her albums. In our conversation you’ll hear how Tiffany’s process evolved and the practical advice she has for others. Tiffany is our featured artist for October and we’re excited for you to get to know one of our members in this episode for our My Way series.

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[00:00:20] Welcome to Scrapbook Your Way, the show that explores the breadth of ways to be a memory keeper today. I’m your host, Jennifer Wilson, owner of Simple Scrapper and author of The New Rules of Scrapbooking. This is episode 235. In this episode I'm interviewing Tiffany Mitchell for the My Way series. My Way is all about celebrating the unique ways memory keepers get things done. We're excited to have Tiffany as the October featured artist at Simple Scrapper.

[00:00:53] Jennifer Wilson: Hey Tiffany, welcome to Scrapbook Your Way.

[00:00:55] Tiffany Mitchell: Hello.

[00:00:56] Jennifer Wilson: I'm excited to chat with you today. Can you share a little bit about yourself to get started?

[00:01:03] Tiffany Mitchell: I live in St. Louis area. Um, I married my high school sweetheart, and we just celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary this summer.

[00:01:11] Jennifer Wilson: Oh, congrats!

[00:01:12] Tiffany Mitchell: Thank you. I'm a stay at home mom, uh, to four kids ranging from almost 17 to five. So large span there.

[00:01:22] Jennifer Wilson: You're busy, I'm sure.

[00:01:24] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah.

[00:01:25] Jennifer Wilson: Now, so the youngest one, you said almost five, so not yet in school.

[00:01:29] Tiffany Mitchell: No, she turned five last spring. So she just started kindergarten.

[00:01:33] Jennifer Wilson: Oh, okay, so fun, so fun. I did know that you were in St. Louis. We just went to, um, a Cardinals game. Actually, we went to a Cubs game that happened to be at Bush Stadium. And we went to the Botanic Garden for the first time, and it was just so beautiful. I had never been there before.

[00:01:54] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah, it's been a while since I went. Um, I did have a kid, uh, have a field trip there and I went as a chaperone and that was a lot of fun. Yeah.

[00:02:03] Jennifer Wilson: Yeah, very cool. So, of course, we always like to ask our guests, what is exciting you right now? Could you share one non scrapbooking thing as well as one scrapbooking thing?

[00:02:14] Tiffany Mitchell: So today is the second day of all of my kids being in school. And since my youngest started kindergarten, I'm excited to have more time in my schedule for me.

[00:02:24] Jennifer Wilson: Yes, yes.

[00:02:27] Tiffany Mitchell: And it was funny because my youngest, uh, asked me what I was going to do with my extra time. She's like, since you're not having to play with me anymore, what are you going to do during the day? And I was like, well, I don't know. She's like, well, you'll have more time than to make my scrapbook of my baby album.

[00:02:43] Jennifer Wilson: Aww!

[00:02:43] Tiffany Mitchell: Made me laugh. Cause I was just like, thanks for telling me how I'm going to spend my time. Thank you.

[00:02:50] Jennifer Wilson: That's so funny. I think also, I think sometimes they just assume that when they're not there, we're just sitting around doing nothing, right?

[00:02:56] Tiffany Mitchell: Right. Yes.

[00:02:57] Jennifer Wilson: What about inside of scrapbooking? I guess that's kind of scrapbooking related too, though.

[00:03:03] Tiffany Mitchell: So Ali Edwards had an Instagram live where she did a walkthrough of the December Daily Main Kit and I'm excited about it. Um, I do it, it's been, I think this is going to be my 12th year of completing an album. So, um, yeah, some, some years I'm really excited about the main kit and some years I'm not. This year I'm actually excited about it. So it makes my decisions a little easier.

[00:03:29] Jennifer Wilson: So I haven't watched the video because I'm trying not to be tempted, but I know I will eventually and I'll look at all the products. But tell me, like, what are one or two things in the kit that stood out to you?

[00:03:40] Tiffany Mitchell: Um, the papers I think were a little more usable than some of the past. Um, I'm planning on doing the six by eight. And so sometimes the, the eight by 10 size doesn't convert well, or like the scale is off. Um, like she is really huge type and then you lose half of it when you cut it down. Um, so they translated a lot better. And I think, um, just the pieces that she showed I could see using them. You know, there are some years where I'm like, oh, I don't think I could use that and but I didn't see that a lot with this kit.

[00:04:16] Jennifer Wilson: Now, do you do more like outside the page protector, inside, combination, pockets? How do you like to do your December Daily?

[00:04:24] Tiffany Mitchell: A lot of interactive outside the page protector paired with inside the page protector. Um, because I kind of like the two by twos playing with those and, um, flip ups and flip outs and all the things within the page protectors as well. So, yeah.

[00:04:42] Jennifer Wilson: Yes. I think that's one thing that like Ali might make the most of is like little things you can put into tow by two pockets.

[00:04:49] Tiffany Mitchell: Right.

[00:04:50] Jennifer Wilson: I love it.

[00:04:51] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah. Yeah.

[00:04:53] Jennifer Wilson: So is there a story on your bucket list? So this is a story that feels important to tell, but for one reason or another you haven't documented it yet.

[00:05:03] Tiffany Mitchell: Um, my kids names. I haven't documented why we named each child what we did, and like, if they're named after someone, who that person is, and that type of thing. Um.

[00:05:15] Jennifer Wilson: Do you have an idea of how you want to do it?

[00:05:18] Tiffany Mitchell: So, I've actually suggested, when Ali does her, like, questionnaires about the story kits, that it be a kit, because I would really love to have, like, products and stamps to use to help me tell it. Um,

[00:05:32] Jennifer Wilson: Nice.

[00:05:33] Tiffany Mitchell: But I, I don't know. It's hard to know which pieces to tell and how to do it all on one page. Like, I don't know if it should be on one page. I don't think I could do four on the same page, because I could, but I don't, I think it kind of warrants its own story for each of them.

[00:05:55] Jennifer Wilson: Yeah, that's, I think there's lots of different ways. I think you could do like a big two page spread with like different, parts. You know.

[00:06:02] Tiffany Mitchell: Right, right.

[00:06:03] Jennifer Wilson: There's like the, the overall story of why you're telling this and then each specific story for each name. Or like a little mini book or, but even, you know, individual layouts, like doing it as a series, maybe even like batching a little bit. Make, would, would make it easier to, so there's like a, a harmony between them and they're all done at the same time. So

[00:06:23] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah, yeah.

[00:06:24] Jennifer Wilson: Lots of options. So you are our featured artist for this month. And I'm excited to chat with you in a My Way episode. Um, before we jump in a little bit more though, right now we're talking about projects. So we have these creative journeys, which as a member, you're very, very familiar with. Um, these are two month periods where we focus on a specific area of scrapbooking to have great discussions, really, um, advance and go a little bit deeper. And they just provide a way of focusing on something when there's all the options to focus on. So what has helped you start projects that are more finishable?

[00:07:10] Tiffany Mitchell: I think knowing the scope of what it is that I want to do, helps. Because like if it's too open ended, then I'll just flail and not get anything done. Having a structure like, um, my children's baby albums, I kind of do like the birth story and then each month I'll highlight photos from the month and their milestones for the month. And then kind of put in any extra holidays or firsts within that month as well. But having that structure kind of limits the scope too. Like, I don't have every story in there then. I just hit the highlights then so it all fits in one cohesive story. And then I also like to do, like, repeat certain things and design elements. So, like, having the same file title, uh, structure for each month helped. So I am limiting decisions too, like a decide once type thing. So yeah, those are the kinds of things that I try to do so that I can finish the things. Also, like, I use, I use Trello and having it broken down into all the steps that I need to do to actually make progress too helps. So I know what the next steps are.

[00:08:21] Jennifer Wilson: Yes. Yes. Although I think doing, especially doing all those things together really, really helps the, um, the repetition and organization of a project definitely is something where my mind goes. And I'm always kind of trying to build the structure and then fill in the gaps in between. Rather than trying to do it like start to finish where it feels like I don't know where I am and is this ever going to end? So. So let's go back a little bit. How did you start scrapbooking?

[00:08:53] Tiffany Mitchell: Okay. So, um, when I was a kid in the eighties, my mom purchased me like a spiral cardstock paged album. And in it, I collected and glued in like a magazine clippings and class photos, art that I made, my favorite stickers. And I kind of just had this book that I collected things over and like put in. Um. Not your typical, what you would call scrapbooking these days. But, um, and then when, uh, I was, after I graduated high school, um, my now sister in law had invited me to a Creative Memories party, which then was like, People do this?

[00:09:37] Jennifer Wilson: Yeah.

[00:09:38] Tiffany Mitchell: And I had, I had collected all of the things from high school, you know, the, the student papers and the programs of, um, musicals and shows that I was a part of and report cards and, you know, the schedule, all the bits and pieces. And I actually had a place that I could, uh, organize and put them in. And, um, so I fell in love with it and I had to have all of the things. But since I didn't have any money because I had just graduated high school, like it was, I had to be really particular about what things I got and how it was going to do it. So.

[00:10:13] Jennifer Wilson: Yeah, I think, you know, we're in the same age bracket and so growing up my perspective on what scrapbooking was is exactly how you described it. I knew that's what my kind of my grandmother had done. You know, she was like clipping out things from newspapers and magazines and like little cards that she received. Like it was just the stuff. And then kind of learning later that we could bring photos into it. Just kind of like blew my mind. Cause I thought they were two different things. You had your photo album and your scrapbook. And I'm like, Oh my gosh, we can put these together. This is kind of crazy.

[00:10:49] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah.

[00:10:49] Jennifer Wilson: Assuming you're not still scrapbooking in the same way that you did when you graduated high school. So how has your hobby changed in that time?

[00:10:56] Tiffany Mitchell: So I am definitely a story driven scrapbooker now. I, we lived in Los Angeles for about three years and when we moved back and we had to pack up all of my albums, we had a heart to heart about how many I had. And so it was kind of like, is it sustainable to continue to make at the level that I was making. And I wouldn't even say that I was that prolific, having the little kids that I did at the time. But I, I realized that, um, the things that I wanted to make space for, I had to have meaning and that I wanted to keep, and they told a story, and they felt important. Um, so I, my shift changed too, that it wasn't just like I had a scrapbook everything and every moment and every event that it was more, uh, focused on what things I wanted to remember and the story. And so I'm very much driven by story and I, I even start now with the journaling, whereas before that was like the afterthought. Like, and I, I had pages and pages piled up of layouts that I had done, but I had written nothing on them. And I, you know, I didn't want to put them in the album until they had something written on them, and it was like my roadblock of finishing stuff was because I hadn't written anything.

[00:12:17] Jennifer Wilson: Did you end up letting go of any layouts or albums as you were going through that move because they didn't have meaning?

[00:12:24] Tiffany Mitchell: I think at the time I was so overwhelmed with, uh, packing everything up that it was, No. But I have gone back through and there were a few layouts that I decided to pitch. There were a couple that, um, were like a six page story that I knew that I can concise down to one. So I did some of that, but I'm not a big fan of redoing layouts.

[00:12:48] So like the desire to do that is just not there. Like the first album I ever did was another spiral bound, you know, album, um, that I actually used, book covers, as my paper. 'Cause it was like Disney themed world travel type thing. And it was my senior trip to Europe and I used rubber cement. And the thing, like, this thing is not archival in any way, shape, or form right?

[00:13:14] But it was what I, it was what I had at the time. And um, so the idea of redoing it for a while was like exciting to think of all the products and stuff when I, but then the, the idea of now undoing it and, it's just not at the top of the list. And what I should do is probably scan the whole thing and just have it so that if it does fall apart, that I have a record of it before it did that.

[00:13:44] Jennifer Wilson: Yeah, I have, so I have from high school like a little scrapbook with, you know, um, it's like purple and plaid and all the photos are cut into shapes. And I'm pretty sure I used rubber cement because that was like the cool thing to do at that time. I can, we're old now, we can use rubber cement, we can't, we don't have to use glue. Um, and then a whole folder of like all this memorabilia and I'm like, do I want to put this like in, you know, a ring album or do I want to scan it and then make a photo book and then like, It's condensed. It's not going to disintegrate. Um, so yeah, I'm in a similar kind of quandary with that one too. So, so today, what sizes or formats are you typically creating in?

[00:14:29] Tiffany Mitchell: My love will always be 12 by 12. I love it. But, um, I do find that certain projects lean towards different sizes. Like I did a 20 things on the 20th in 2020. And I had planned that out before 2020 turned out the way it did. Um, but I actually went with a Webster's Pages six by 12 album for that. Because it was kind of Project Life pockets, but it wasn't the 12 by 12 overwhelming. So, and then, um, December Daily I do the six by eight. One Little Word, I collect, I've been doing that probably as long as I've been doing December Daily. And so, instead of me having an album for each year, because to me, having that many albums totally stresses me out.

[00:15:20] I, I started her class when she did 8. 5 by 11. And so I would just put every year in that same album. And then I got to the, like, 10th year and I couldn't fit any more in there. And so I ended up switching to, uh, 9 by 12 because then I could start using, um, the 6, 4x6 and 3x4 cards that she usually has as printables and things, that I could easily translate those to the 9x12 than I could the 8. 5x11. ,

[00:15:51] Jennifer Wilson: Yes. I love that. That's a great, um, a great swap. And I love how nine by 12 is gives you, you know, it's more space, but more space for pockets without the intimidation of a, of a 12 by 12. Or the size, like the bulk on the desk physically often is, you know, one of my most frustrating points of the 12x12 in terms, especially in terms of like a project you're going to deal with a lot. Like it's one thing to like put your page in a page protector and put it in the album on the shelf, but something like One Little Word where you're really working in the album so much, smaller seems to be more helpful.

[00:16:29] Tiffany Mitchell: Well that, and it gives me the option if I still want to do an 8. 5x11, so like printing ease wise and stuff, I can still put that page protector in it and it still fits, so best of both worlds.

[00:16:40] Jennifer Wilson: Fun. Fun. Now this is maybe a loaded question at this point, but whose products are you completely obsessed with?

[00:16:49] Tiffany Mitchell: Um, so 49th and Market and Vicki Boutin have really been, uh, what I've been buying lately. And I think it's because of the watercolor, mixed media backgrounds, the flow of it. Um, I love the look and I would really like to give myself the permission to make my own. But I don't know. I get intimidated every time because I don't know where to start, what colors to pick. And so it's so nice when I have a collection or like mixed media, um, uh, Vicki Boutin's mixed media pads that she has already made, um, that I just can flip through and find something I like versus trying to come up with how to make it look. So that and the warping and all that stuff kind of freaks me out a little bit too.

[00:17:39] Jennifer Wilson: I get frustrated with the warping for sure and I, I particularly love the 49 and Market rub ons because they can like, they give you that look and you're like, you have to check. Did I, you know, did I paint on that background? Or is that just a rub on? I love it. I love it. So is there something that you use or do on most of your pages these days?

[00:18:01] Tiffany Mitchell: So I usually have a lot of journaling, again focusing on the story. That's where I usually start. And so there's usually a lot of words. Stamping. So, stamping goes back all the way to, uh, when I started watching Two Peas in a Bucket videos with, like, Nicole McGuirk, I guess it's four now, um, and all the Technique Tuesday, Studio AE, Stamps Ali came out with. I was obsessed with getting them all on the pages. So you usually see a lot of stamping, especially since, um, a lot of my story driven layouts are Influenced by the story stamp, since I've been a subscriber. Um, You also see layering, which is probably informed by Shimelle and the layering class we did last year, um, and I like the cluster, like three clusters of embellishments. Things in odd numbers. That type of thing. I like doing the little sprinkles at the end, whether that's enamel dots, sequins buttons, that type of thing.

[00:19:09] Jennifer Wilson: Well, since you do like stamping, that's kind of one foot in the door to more like mixed media in your background. You could use like, you can use a paintbrush and your ink pads to get a watercolor effect. So you already have what you need, maybe?

[00:19:25] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah, and I have stamps that are like the paint marks and the splatters.

[00:19:30] Jennifer Wilson: Yes, those are fun, yeah.

[00:19:33] Tiffany Mitchell: So I can pretend that I was a little more free with it when I wasn't.

[00:19:38] Jennifer Wilson: Maybe step your way in for sure. So when do you typically find the time or energy for scrapbooking? I'm imagining now during the school day is going to be one of those times. A little bit more than it was over the summer.

[00:19:52] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah. Um, so during the pandemic, I really learned to lean into the 15 minutes, every day. Um, I actually did, uh, that for a hundred days project where I just kind of focused on doing something a little every day. Because I found that with the kids home all the time during the pandemic, I was like, I can't not do anything just because they're always home.

[00:20:16] So I had to figure out how to make it work with, um, everyone. And then, um, I commit to the Tuesday night owl crop through the membership. There's a group of ladies that we all kind of hang out. It starts like at 915 after my youngest are all in bed. And so I'm free to just hang out and work on stuff.

[00:20:44] Jennifer Wilson: That's fun. That's fun. So how does, how do I, I need to like rewrite this question because I never know how to phrase it. Does your motivation, is it a pretty consistent or does it ebb and flow depending on what's going on in your life?

[00:20:59] Tiffany Mitchell: Um, it definitely ebbs and flows. I had a really rough patch, last December. I did, uh, I do 30 Days of Thankful documentation and photography every year. I don't know how many years I've been doing that. Um, but I actually decided to do a digital album in real time that year, last year. And then followed up by December Daily, I got burned out.

[00:21:27] Jennifer Wilson: Yeah, I mean, burnout is real, particularly when you're trying, when you're doing back to back projects like that. Um, I know I've, there's a number of people that do both, like, a full out October Daily with all the creative, um, you know, flip outs and die cuts and these things, and then also do a December Daily, and, um, that would, that would leave me.

[00:21:49] Very, uh, burnt out for sure.

[00:21:52] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah, so, um, it was a digital book, but it was still, like, just extra that year.

[00:21:59] Jennifer Wilson: So what do you do when you maybe are feeling more in a funk, um, and you need to get motivated? Or what did you do after December when you were like, uh, I'm a little burnt out here?

[00:22:10] Tiffany Mitchell: So like I found, I leaned into something that I was excited about. So like December Daily, I don't create the layouts in December Daily. Um, in December. I don't print my photos at home. And so I usually, I do work on like the photo management and that type of thing so that it's ready to print sometime in January. And then I actually create the album in January, February, and I guess into however long it takes me. And so last year I leaned into, uh, cut files, Paige Evans cut files. And so, um, I just found something that I, that I was enjoying and something different and it kind of helped keep me moving forward with it. So I didn't feel like I was just spinning my wheels doing the same thing.

[00:22:56] Jennifer Wilson: That's definitely a great strategy. Even if it's like you feel like you're not being productive, just like doing something that's fun and exciting and interesting will kind of get your wheels turning towards, you know, maybe something that's actually a project or something that you want to do. Now, we've been talking a lot about your favorites and what really works well for you, but is there anything in scrapbooking that you've decided is just not for you at all?

[00:23:23] Tiffany Mitchell: So I did traditional Project Life for a few years, and I just don't do well with the pockets. I think it was a combination between, since I don't print at home, that I would plan so much of it up front, and then I would get this big photo order in, and then it would be like the whole process of putting it all in the book, and then transcribing all of the notes that I had onto cards that fit in. It just, it did not work for me. Um, I switched to digital shortly after that. Which worked well until I had my third child. And as soon as she was born, like I got out of the habit of doing it and I just couldn't get back into it. Um, so yeah, the pocket pages and I just, yeah. And I hear people's stories about like even digitizing pocket pages and all of that. I just, not even having good solutions for that just does not appeal to me to do anything like that ever again.

[00:24:22] Jennifer Wilson: I have heard that before because it is quite, um, an endeavor. Um, but I love how we have options to choose a pocket page when it's a good solution for our products or photos. But, um, when you're kind of feeling stuck in that, it can be a challenge for sure. So do you have any favorite organizing tips or solutions that really, like, help you out, have solved a problem, or make it easier for you to scrapbook?

[00:24:52] Tiffany Mitchell: So I did a digital stamp inventory using Color My Life app, and it's changed my stamping life forever. I have a lot of stamps. Like, I subscribed to the Story Stamp since day one, so I have, I think she started in 2014. Um, and then just the love of, you know, you've got Heidi Swapp and, you know, Kerry Bradford. Like there's, there's Elle's Studio. They all have great stamps. And so I have so many, with so many sentiments and so many things that I had no idea what I had. Um, and I had seen some people, um, like take their sets apart and try to lump them together. And the thought of that brought me anxiety.

[00:25:42] Jennifer Wilson: Yes, yes.

[00:25:43] Tiffany Mitchell: Um, so just having all of the sentiments, like, tagged all the like circles tagged like certain shapes and things that I could use labels and that type of thing having everything tagged and all I have to do is go on the app and say I'm looking for this and it pops up both like the 10 stamp says that I have it has been a game changer. So.

[00:26:07] Jennifer Wilson: Now, have you had to do any kind of like giving it a numerical code or anything like that or color coding in order to help find them once you have identified what you want to use from the app?

[00:26:20] Tiffany Mitchell: What do you mean?

[00:26:21] Jennifer Wilson: Like, instead of just having like, here's my Ali Edwards section, I now know that there is a stamp set in here that has this particular sentiment that I need to find. Um, do you have it labeled like AE Grow and or like a number? 1025 or something in order to find it. Find it in your stamp collection once you've used the app to identify which stamp set you need to grab.

[00:26:47] Tiffany Mitchell: Okay, so um, I label it with the name of the stamp set itself. It also gives you the opportunity to put the manufacturer. It has a place where it tells you where you store it. So if I have it in like my stamp cabinet, I put that it's in my stamp cabinet. If it's in my stamp binder, I can easily locate it in my stamp binder.

[00:27:07] Um, and then some of them I try to categorize by theme, but sometimes it just the themes don't make sense or like a label could show up on like multiple.

[00:27:17] Jennifer Wilson: Yes.

[00:27:17] Tiffany Mitchell: Things. And so yeah. And then my most used, I tend to have right near me on my desk, near my desk where I can easily kind of flip through to where they are.

[00:27:29] Jennifer Wilson: Now, one thing we haven't talked about yet is, are you a black and white stamper, do you like all the colored inks, and if so, like, what's your favorite brand of ink?

[00:27:39] Tiffany Mitchell: Um, I don't have a favorite brand of ink. I have a lot of Distress Inks, but they're not great for stamping with, especially with acrylic versus photopolymer. They just don't stamp great. Um, I do have quite a few, um, older, uh, Stampin' Up like the, the cubes. Um, and then I have Ali Edwards inks. I have all of her colors. And they work well, except some of the tiny images, um, don't come out as clear. It's harder to get some of those finer words and stuff to show up where legible.

[00:28:20] Jennifer Wilson: And am I remembering quickly that her inks are like hybrid inks? So they have like, the little bit slower drying, but they, you know, have some property of the dye ink so that they aren't... Uh, so they are a little bit more waterproof, so.

[00:28:35] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah. Yeah.

[00:28:38] Jennifer Wilson: So as we start to wrap up here, I have a couple, like, bigger questions. Where would you like your scrapbooking to be in 10 years?

[00:28:46] Tiffany Mitchell: This is a hard one. I mean, other than still doing it. I mean, this has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. So to think about not doing it would like break my heart. Um, I hope the industry is still thriving in 10 years.

[00:29:02] Jennifer Wilson: Yes.

[00:29:03] Tiffany Mitchell: I mean, cause that's part of the joy is to seeing all the new products and things that come out too and how people are using them. So to see the industry still doing well. Yeah, and that my stash is manageable that I don't overbuy and have way too much and then just have it all sitting there.

[00:29:23] Jennifer Wilson: Yeah, I mean, another 10 years of Story Stamps would be. A lot.

[00:29:27] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah, it would be.

[00:29:28] Jennifer Wilson: That's hard. I mean, like when you really love something and you and these subscriptions, they mean something to us and we, we find joy in them, but time does keep going by. So there's, there's kind of a catch 22 there a little bit.

[00:29:44] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah, and spoiler, I think this is my last Story Stamp for my subscription. I'm canceling it. Um, they changed the format of the stamps. Um, they were leaning towards having them match some dies that they came out with. And, um, there's not as many sentiments. And when I'm focused on story, it's really hard to, um, have it translate well if they're not stamps to help tell those stories. So.

[00:30:14] Jennifer Wilson: Oh, interesting. I hadn't noticed that.

[00:30:16] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah, it's been a hard, like, there were even a couple months where the main word wasn't a stamp. And so it got, yeah, so it was starting to make me really angry. So I'm like, if this is not bringing me joy, I need to just stop and then it still gives me the option, you know, when they re release them and have them on sale and things that I can still pick up the ones that I really, really want, but yeah. I'm losing the class and that motivator is, is, we'll have to see, but I still have quite a few, um, past stamps that I haven't done anything with. So I still have some stuff to do. Well, I can continue on doing what I've been doing. Um, but yeah, it's, it kind of made me really sad.

[00:31:03] Jennifer Wilson: Huh. That's an interesting discussion. Yeah. I'm, uh, I will have to investigate that more because it's not something that I had noticed or heard discussed and you never know what might change in the future too.

[00:31:13] Tiffany Mitchell: Right, right. Come January, they might have it back the way it was or completely different again. You never know. So.

[00:31:20] Jennifer Wilson: That's for sure. So what has being a scrapbooker taught you?

[00:31:24] Tiffany Mitchell: I don't know. I guess I've learned a lot about myself, on how I see the world. And, I also learned a lot about my personality, that I like things a certain way, that, color, I like them to match. That I can really self motivate. Like, I don't need a lot of external accountability to get things done that I want to get done. That I do this hobby for me and that, um, yeah, I was telling my mom that I still need to make a scrapbook page that says, Uh, gives my family the permission to discard anything they don't want after I'm gone. That it served its purpose for me, and that I don't want it to tie them down or make them feel guilty about throwing anything away that they don't want.

[00:32:13] Jennifer Wilson: Oh, I love that. It's kind of like, you know, the first page in the album or something. Um, that's, yeah, that's, I think that's a really important discussion and I can't wait for you to make that page someday. I think it'll be wonderful.

[00:32:28] Tiffany Mitchell: Yeah.

[00:32:29] Jennifer Wilson: So Tiffany, can you share where our listeners can find you online? Anything you might be working on next?

[00:32:37] Tiffany Mitchell: Um, so I'm on Instagram as bluepixie79. That's B L U P I X Y 79. Um, I also have a, um, blog. Old, old blog, um, which is blupixy. blogspot. com. I haven't been the best about updating it recently, but I kind of like being able to go through all of my pages and not relying on Instagram to have that all there. Yeah. And then you can find me at Simple Scrapper Membership, where I hang out quite a bit.

[00:33:13] Jennifer Wilson: You do. Yes, yes, yes. Thank you so much for being a, uh, a long time member and for being our featured artist for this month. I really enjoyed our conversation.

[00:33:26] Tiffany Mitchell: Thank you. I was really, you know, blown away that you asked me to be the designer. So I'm, I don't know. Thank you.

[00:33:35] Jennifer Wilson: Your pages are gorgeous. So yeah. And to all of our listeners, please remember that you have permission to scrapbook your way.

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