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  • Amy

    Thanks for answering my question, Peppermint (and team)! Your point is excellent…KNOW what you want to get out of the experience before you start. I stopped posting to online galleries a while back because I found myself going back and checking for comments, view counts, etc. Then I realized that the only people I really cared about seeing my stuff were my friends and family, hence the switch to just Facebook posting.

    Now that I’m on the CT I think that drawing the mental line for me and approaching the blog and the gallery posts as business related (advertising products and the website) is very important. Networking, making connections and getting inspiration from other scrapbookers online can be tremendously valuable as long as I don’t rely upon it for validation of my work on a personal level.

    May 03, 2012
    • I have gone through some highs and lows where I gave group validation far too much power in my creative process (this is something I struggle with on the design side, too). I’m human, and sometimes fragile, and definitely a work in progress. And really, like most areas of life, this particular one is up for periodic re-evaluation. When it stops being enjoyable then things need adjustment.

      May 03, 2012
  • Rebecca

    For what it is worth, here is my 2 (loooong!) cents:

    This is an issue that I (and my husband) have discussed at great length. I spend a lot of time looking at other people’s scrapbook layouts and drawing inspiration–not just from the photos, but also from the journaling (which, to me, is the most important piece). I greatly enjoy the peek I get into other people’s lives, because it makes me think about my own. I feel like I really “know” some of the people I follow on-line, and I would jump at the chance to meet them in real life.

    But…in the end, we decided that privacy concerns dictated that I should not post any of my layouts publicly. This is despite the fact that I am very proud of them and think that I would love being part of an on-line community. I also think my kid is pretty darned cute, in a rather biased-mom sort of way. ;)

    I would be thrilled to be part of a CT, but I think Peppermint is totally right: you have to know what you want to get out of the scrapping experience. For us, our privacy concerns won out over my goal to express my creative self on-line, and I am okay with that. Frankly, it’s the reason I don’t have a blog and I’m not on Facebook. (Yes, we are total Luddites.)

    But there is a piece of me that wishes, like Peppermint, that I had a local digi scrapping community where I could share my creativity. Unfortunately, I have not been able to entice my girlfriends to do it, either. :(

    May 03, 2012
    • All I can think of is how much free time you must have without Facebook in your life. Haha.

      May 03, 2012
  • Now that I’m reading it, I realized that I comments to Peppermint on this subject can seem a bit… opinionated and harsh. I thought I was only talking to HER! LOL. Anyways, I think it’s always a good idea to get a mental check of what you expect you’ll get out of an online presence vs any concerns about privacy issues. I also never mention my neighborhood, where I am exactly at that moment, when I’ll be on vacation, other people’s last names, etc. So while I do share quite a bit on my blog, I don’t feel that I’ve shared such details as to jeopardize our safety. My other point is, when joining a Creative Team, it is taking that online presence one step further because your “work” will be reaching a wider audience. Definitely something to keep in mind if you’re concerned about sharing on the internet.


    May 03, 2012
  • The things I post on-line, be it layouts, blog or Twitter posts, are only ever the things I’m comfortable with the WORLD knowing. Sounds dramatic I know, but it’s the truth! Once something is “out there” in cyber land, it’s almost impossible to retract / remove it. The subject of 99% of my pages is either me or my DH so I guess I never really considered “privacy” to be an issue. I’m also not a big journaler . I struggle with finding the right words, so naturally prefer to creative LO’s with little or no journaling on at all. For me, scrapbooking is purely a creative outlet. I don’t have children, so feel no urge to document things for future generations, I scrap for me, for the here & now and for whatever catches my eye at any given time. Amy, I hope you enjoy being part of a creative team and find the balance that works for both YOU and the designer you’re creating for.

    May 03, 2012
  • Timely topic as I have been struggling internally with this issue now that my girls are getting older. I have shared a fair amount of stories and photos on my blog as well as scrapbook pages but i have noticed a slight shift in the way i present photos and topics. i think the big shift for me is when my girls started saying “please don’t share that on your blog.” that statement stays with me as i plan out blog posts or create pages for design team.

    my hard and fast rules –
    i will never share photos of my kids with their friends (unless i’ve taken a photo that has some creative cropping – definitely no faces) and
    like Peppermint, i will not advertise when we’re out of town, however, i may blog about it afterwards:)

    May 03, 2012
    • That’s a good point about the friends issue. I don’t post any pages that have my son’s friends in them, either.

      May 03, 2012
  • This is an issue I am having to reassess and consider at the moment. Since I started blogging, it has become a significant portion on my memory-keeping. There are many stories and photos that I have recorded on my blog that will never make it onto a scrapbooking page. That doesn’t worry me – I just like the fact they are recorded. However, enter a new boyfriend. Now I need to consider his privacy as well as mine and it feels like I am omitting stories from my blog and therefore my memory-keeping.

    May 03, 2012

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