Ep 03 Layout A Day – The Podcast: To Technique or Not to Technique?

by Lain Ehmann on June 15, 2011

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It’s time for another episode of Layout a Day: The Podcast! This week, we answer questions like:

  • Is technique a dirty word?
  • Can you be dedicated to simple scrapbooking AND buy Copics?
  • Does the cheese really stand alone?
  • What does Jean Paul Gaultier have in common with Jennifer McGuire?

Speaking of Ms. McG, there’s also the opportunity to win a seat in Jennifer McGuire’s and Kristina Werner’s Summer Card Camp 2011! (But you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out how to enter to win — winner will be drawn Sunday 6/19)

Listen… and win!

P.S. The podcast is now available via iTunes subscription! Pop over to iTunes, subscribe, and while you’re there… leave me a review!

  • Donna U

    I enjoyed the podcast on techniques and how whatever you enjoy or do has some form of technique that is being used on your layout or project.

  • Rebecca L.

    Great show!  I don’t do many techniques yet – I am moving from digital to traditional, and I’m still working on getting the photos and journaling on my page, and arranging them in a way that is pleasing to my eye.  I’ve done a little stamping, but not much yet.  And I LOVE the look of sewing on pages, but so far I haven’t dared try.

  • edeckard

    Wow you make so many great points here that I really never considered! I LOVE so many different techniques – misting and sewing are 2 of my favs – and I think I subconciously  been putting pressure on myself to use as many as I can on a page. And that’s just crazy! I need to simplify and pick my fav or pick what would work best with my vision for my story. You just turned a lightbulb on for me, really. (And I am really looking forward to the MotherLOAD too!) Thanks!

  • JoanieBaloney

    I am totally NOT a technique-y scrapper.  I don’t stamp, emboss, sew, distress, ink or anything on my pages.  (But I do use my Cricut on almost every page I do, so I guess I am a pro using at least that “technique”.)
    I love the look of all these other techniques and would like to be able to include them on my layouts, but it always seems that when I finish an layout I think, “Man, I should have inked that edge or stitched around this photo or whatever.”  Including these “extra” techniques just isn’t in my scrapping routine, so I never do them.  I guess I need to make it a point to include at least one different technique any time I make a page to get into the habit of it.

  • Jeannett_mcgee

    Every once in awhile I will do a technique intensive page.  But, usually very little technique.  I do like stamping on my scrapbook pages.  I do not use stitching much at all, that is too labor intensive for me.  It kind of depends on what I am working on. 

  • Lzepponi

    Techniques: I am constantly wanting to try them, but then become overwhelmed with them!  I love sewing on the page, but have given up on it because I can’t seem to find an inexpensive machine to work.  I am becoming addicted to tattered angels and stamping (still a novice).  I do like to ink my pages.  I will distress but it (along with all the other techniques) can become just down right TIME CONSUMING and OVERWHELMING!  But I ADORE the look of many techniques…it’s a love/hate relationship!

  • Lynnette

    Like you said in your podcast, with 2 kids and limited time, I don’t spend too much time on techniques.  I have sewn on my layouts and will distress either with ink or sandpaper, but that is about it.  I have a lot of stamps that are crying to be used, so a spot in Jennifer’s card class may be a perfect way to get going with that!  Thanks for the chance.

  • Melanie L

    I used to love techniques–I even joined a kit club that was all about how to do the latest techniques and even some that few people were doing at the time. I realized then that I usually like to stick to only the basic techniques like inking, sewing, maybe distressing, using paint, stamping, etc but only occasionally. I do like to learn about new techniques because occasionally I find a project that needs a little something special.

    I’m so glad your podcast is back! The quality does sound better, and I love how you incorporate at least one tip per podcast. Thanks for the chance to win this class!

  • http://profiles.google.com/ruth.bonser Ruth Bonser

    Hey Lain, just wanted to pop in and say that I love your podcast and i love that it is just the right amount of time to listen to when it has been a crap day and i am waiting for the takeaway pizza to be cooked while i sit in the car and pretend the kids are happy in the backseat lol. I liked your take on how people see different challenging/complicated, i think anything that requires me to stand up from my scrapping as too complicated, so hand stitching is less effort than machine stitching for me, of course fake stitching is even easier! 
    PS I don’t need to be entered since ive got a spot already, but thanks! now im off to use my motherload code :-)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much, Ruth! :)

  • Mmdeignan

    Enjoyed this podcast! Good topic to reflect on. I enjoy using a technique that adds dimension to the layout but I still think the photo can story should be the main emphasis. Perhaps I should try just one new technique per week.

  • Anonymous

    It’s amazing to me how energized I feel just trying something outside my comfort zone! It’s fun to experiment with no pressure. Thanks for listening!

  • Norma

    Hi Lain,  
    Love the new podcast- the quality is much better.  I don’t like to box myself or anyone else into a simple category, such as “artsy” or “simple” scrapbooker.  My time is extremely limited (I actually rarely if ever get to do any layouts at all), but I love experimenting with techniques.  I do also appreciate the simple (and quicker) approach.  I think we should all feel comfortable with whatever style suits our preference and lifestyle at any given time and realize that these can fluctuate in different seasons of our lives.  Definitely agree that cards and tags can  be a great outlet to experiment with techniques when you don’t have the time (or desire) to incorporate them in your layouts.
    I would LOVE to win a spot in this class- I’m a huge collector of stamps, but somehow never feel inspired to use them, and I’d love to remedy that and get some use from my ridiculously large collection!  Thanks.

  • Norma

    Hi Lain,  
    Love the new podcast- the quality is much better.  I don’t like to box myself or anyone else into a simple category, such as “artsy” or “simple” scrapbooker.  My time is extremely limited (I actually rarely if ever get to do any layouts at all), but I love experimenting with techniques.  I do also appreciate the simple (and quicker) approach.  I think we should all feel comfortable with whatever style suits our preference and lifestyle at any given time and realize that these can fluctuate in different seasons of our lives.  Definitely agree that cards and tags can  be a great outlet to experiment with techniques when you don’t have the time (or desire) to incorporate them in your layouts.
    I would LOVE to win a spot in this class- I’m a huge collector of stamps, but somehow never feel inspired to use them, and I’d love to remedy that and get some use from my ridiculously large collection!  Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your comment! I was on the verge of getting rid of my stamps when I watched Jennifer McGuire’s class at True Scrap. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s available here: http://www.truescrap.com. She’s amazing – I’m re-addicted!

  • Anonymous

    I’m liking the format and sound of these shows over blogpost radio. Nice job

  • http://twitter.com/spinstertales Diane Curry

    I like to try one or two new techniques. I find it fun to mix it up with my pages. 

  • Cardcrazed (Karen G)

    I love techniques.  As a cardmaker, I am usually willing to try any technique once, then if I like it, use it again.  I would love to start scrapbooking, but unfortunately, I don’t have many pics from my childhood.  I do have my parents wedding photos that I could copy and use.. My favourite techniques are distressing and collage.

    By the way, why can’t I post this on Firefox??? I had to switch to IE to be able to post :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539322627 Diane Stephan Alberts

    Well I do like techniques…I am trying to find that balance right now to scrap, create and complete layouts.  I think I have to use too many techniques on my layouts that they don’t get completed or I just don’t even start.   I need to refocus on my photos and telling the stories of our lives and reduce my techniques.  I love your podcasts!  I hope to learn and grow with this wonderful blog that you have created!

  • Sheri

    I LOVE learning new techniques but I tend to use them on cards rather than my pages. Not sure why though. Maybe I should pick one to add to my next page to shake up my brain a little! 

  • Ellie Augustin

    For me I feel more restricted when it comes to staying to one technique , there are things that I have picked up such as journaling or colors but usually I just go with the flow of what feels right making them. I feel if I force myself in to making a page using a technique I get locked and never finish the page lol I really thank you for a chance at this class it would amazing to win.

  • Msdixie

    I must admit I am a technique addict. Really.

  • Anonymous

    What are some of your faves?

  • http://www.scrappyjedi.com/ scrappyJedi (Melissa)

    I’m not really a technique girl on my pages, either. Oh, I buy plenty of supplies- stamps and ink pads and loose glitter and embossing powder and spray mists…but when it comes to using them I mostly just use them on cards, and then mostly one thing per project.

  • http://blog.mshanhun.com Melissa

    Well I digiscrap, but I’m not big into techniques – i did do one more ‘arty page’ http://blog.mshanhun.com/2010/02/hannah-has-hope.html
    with a bit of painting etc… but usually I just plop things on the page and shadow!
    On cards I do stamp and head emboss sometimes.

  • Alison

    I like learning new techniques, but only use them on cards. Even then, I go for speed so don’t try new ones too often!

  • http://twitter.com/lainehmann lainehmann

    Diane, you are our winner! Please email me at lain@layoutaday.com with your email address so I can get you signed up for Card Camp!

  • Kimmarie

    So many different techniques out there.  Old ones and new ones.  I tend to bounce back and forth and try what I can but don’t always incorporate them on my projects.  I new technique that I have tried and love is accordian folded flowers and use often.  I also like the flowers that you cut a strip in a circle and roll into a flower.  Tonight my daughter and I will be trying alcohol inks for the first time.  Looking forward to this.  I have gotten addicted to coloring digi images (new) with Copics but only use them on cards so far. Another technique I want to get into is stamping an image then restamping it and placing it over the first image with popup dots.  Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.  http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com

  • Iceteeeeee

    It depends on my mood as to whether I do simple or more technique-based scrapping (like sewing on a page). This made me think back to all the complicated cards I used to make way back when before scrapbooking was officially around. I really enjoyed doing them! Hm, maybe I should take a break from scrapping and make some cards!

  • Anonymous

    I like to go back and forth. :) It’s fun to try things out on my cards and then incorporate bits into my pages!

  • Gail Weber

    I tend to think I’m a scrapper by what feels right at that moment. I generally choose my photos (which are my grandkids)…pick my papers and go with the flow….I’m a paper piecer, so I add my own embellies on my pages, I like dimentional, buttons and brads. I’ve gotton caught up on trying to figure “Design principals”, I guess I’m not “art degree” type. to me if I like the way it looks then it’s the right design or technique…here is my blog—there are some older posts with some pages on there…due to time constraints I haven’t up loaded any thing new –but have some ready as soon as time allows.  http://paradisescrapbooking.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Gail, what I’ve found is that we often intuitively know the design principles and what I’ve learned often leads to an “Aha!” moment, as in, “Aha! That’s why I always do such-and-such…” I like to learn a bit here and there and then see how it fits with my own style. Now, I’m off to check out your blog! :)

  • Hdubarry

    It’s so funny to hear you say you started out stamping then had to scrapbook because you needed to tell your stories.
    I started out as a stamper, then had to start scrapbooking because I wanted to keep all the pretty things I was making. And the kids came along and I wanted to tell as many  stories as I could because too many of my family’s stories got lost over time.
    So yeah, I love techniques. I do them when I want to get messy, and I want to play. But I usually keep it simple because I am more about the story than the technique. My kids will value my words a whole bunch more than my stamping abilities.

  • Anonymous

    That is so true about wanting to keep what you create!!! I always wonder how card makers handle that!!!

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