I feel like women revert to middle-school behavior too many times. Years ago at a crop, my daughter was scrapbooking her photos from a trip around the world. Now, she still says she felt like Cinderella on that trip. We are middle-class people and my family is from the hollers in Appalachian KY. Never did I dream that my child would have an experience like this (a customer at the coffee shop where she worked paid for it all so she could be a travel companion for their daughter). You could never believe the snide remarks from the "grown" women at that crop. My daughter (very shy in those years) finally packed up her photos and I then packed up my supplies. We never went back.
Today, I still get "Oh! That's not MY style." type comments but I'm old enough now that I do my best to distance myself from these scrapbook-critics. Life is short. Sure, I see pages all the time that scare/surprise/stun me but I've never been at a loss for some words to offer praise and encouragement. A little kindness goes a long way.
I've taught Scrapbooking and card making in several different settings...stores, conventions, retreats, etc. over the years, there have been the occasional incidents of unappreciated judgmental commentary.
I once gave thought to having at shirt made that said "because it's my damn scrapbook."
But ya know...
LOL! No, I haven't had that happen but then I haven't attended a lot of crops, either. I have gone to a couple of CM parties over the years but even then, I didn't experience any scrapbook "attitude." But I've read lots of stories at the Old 2 Peas of many people who've experienced it. You would think that wouldn't happen much anymore, especially now that CM is no longer CM.
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Once at a CM crop but it wasn't from the CMC. It was from one of her customers. I had brought a Becky Higgins sketches book and was using that to help me put more photos onto a two page layout. She told the CMC to bring me the CM books to help me give me ideas and my CMC was so chill about it. I was one of her original scrappers and slowly stopped attending her crops because I liked working from home. She knew I had non CM items and was okay with it but that customer was not happy with me. I'm not sure if she drank the kool-aid from some other CMC because my CMC was never against her customers using other products. She knew I'd always come to her for my albums, pages, protecters, and adhesives which were the money makers. She didn't care and she told the other woman that it was okay, there is no right or wrong way of scrapping because we're doing it for our families. I did get nasty looks from time to time from this scrapper. I didn't care. My albums, my way. It may not be pretty but to my family they are
I guess I'm fortunate ~ the crops I go to (the 21st one is in October) is hosted by a CM consultant ~ well, Ahni and Zoey or whoever they are this month, and she has never made anyone feel bad about using contraband. SHE even uses a few things that aren't CM. I'll be heartbroken when she decides to retire and no longer hold the crops. The 20th was a 4-day affair and it was awesome. She always brings in a massage therapist and we all joke that we go for the massage with a little scrapping thrown in. And the nicest thing about Cathy? No matter what your page looks like, she tells you it's awesome.
~ Joy ~
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