Ep 78: The Simple Scrapbooking Podcast – Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific!

by Lain Ehmann on June 5, 2013


You’re probably wondering about the title of this podcast…

…and once you realize I’m including an interview with author Darien Gee, you might be wondering if I’m making fun of her name… not at all!

That’s how she introduced herself to me when I asked how to pronounce her last name. And that’s when I knew I was going to like this woman: Fiction writer, scrapbooker, risk-taker, and jewelry-hawker.


We talk about her latest book, “The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society,” and hit on a lot of other fun stuff, including:

  • How letting passion lead the way results in a life with few regrets
  • How to counter “those” looks when you tell people you scrapbook
  • Why scrapbooking is a chameleon
  • What made Darien and her husband choose to chuck everything to move to the Big Island of Hawaii when she was 7 months pregnant
  • And more!

Listen to hear her inspiring tale, as well as to learn how to win your own copy of “The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society.”

As a special treat, here are some of Darien’s traditional scrapbook and Moleskine journal pages.

She says, “A few pages from one of my rare 12 x 12 albums — the cover has some stitching on it, which I love, and I added the vellum “Hawaii’ sticker on the front.”


“The room card key holder for our hotel is on the left inside cover, and it expands to a full size map.”




“My Moleskine Smashbook/Journal (the lovely girl on the inside cover is my daughter). I journal almost every day, but also use it for notes, brainstorms, and inspiring quotes and images. The left page is usually a magazine image, the right whatever scribbles come to mind.”





“This album below was made for me for my novels Friendship Bread  and Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society. I add the photos and journal cards as I go (in this case, I have readers “sign” my scrapbook), and usually include flyers and notes from whatever book event I’m at.”





Links in this episode:

Darien’s website

Darien’s Facebook page

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society


P.S. Here’s a link to Dani Taylor’s Insta-Living ebook.

  • Nikki Paxton

    Thanks for sharing! I love seeing real scrapbook pages. Makes me feel like every single page doesn’t have to hang in a gallery somewhere. Dare I say, some times its more about the memories than all of the products. :-)

  • Danielle Taylor

    This was a great interview. I love the “no wrong way to scrapbook” approach. Darien’s pages are so creative and full of great ideas. Her Smash book-esque style also seems a kind of art journal and I love that.

  • Sam Sheppard Pirkle

    Loved the show today… I can’t wait to read the book. For my non-traditional scrapbook…. My daughter moved away from home and I wanted her to have some visual memories that only I could give her to set on her table so she wouldn’t get to home sick. So, I took pictures of our house, her grandmothers house, and pictures of our family members. Then I found pictures of when she and her brother were little and I put all these in a flip, stand alone photo album to put on display in her house. I decorated every other page with embellishments and now when she gets lonely for home she can look at these pictures, also she likes showing her friends where her family lives.

  • Donna

    Loved listening while I was on the recumbent bike at the gym!! Time flies when you’re listening to interesting conversation. Will definitely find Darien’s book and already plan to give it as a birthday present to my scrapping SIL pal. I do a lot of travel journals and have been making them myself for some time. I wouldn’t call them typical scrapbooks; they contain my drawings, notes, memorabilia, and photos.

  • C.Robin

    Hi Lain I really enjoy your podcast! My non traditional scrapbook is a needleworks scrapbook. After years of stitching I’ve run out of wall space and for some reason my husband won’t build an addition for my art work (rude right?) so I got a 20 Inch Martha Stewart scrapbook and started to stitch projects for the book. A few examples are the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben representing my first trip to Europe and blackwork (a type of stitching) of my cats.

  • LainEhmann

    Oh, I LOVE that! That’s an amazing non-traditional scrapbook. Do you have photos anywhere?

  • LainEhmann

    Very fun. I like the added dimension of all your memories, not just the photographic ones!

  • LainEhmann

    That is very fun! Hopefully it’s helping her feel a little more grounded. :)

  • LainEhmann

    Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

  • LainEhmann

    I agree – memory-based scrapbooking, not product-based scrapbooking!

  • C.Robin

    Yup! Here are a few of the pages!

  • Michelle Lynch Murphy

    I guess my non-traditional would be the wall in our media room. I have 4 12×12 framed pages, 2 big frames with various 4×6 photos inside, and a giant “M” for our last name. I hope to die cut some large flourishes in vinyl on my silhouette to finish the wall!

  • lainie9

    Fabulous! I love it!

  • Ann Jobes

    When Darien mentioned baseball cards for men, I thought of my husband’s hockey cards. But I also thought about the Disney pins my daughter and I collected during our trip to Walt Disney World – we can each share stories about how or why we collected each pin on our lanyards, and they bring back memories of our family vacation.

  • Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc)

    Great interview, looking forward to reading this book. I think sometimes that the notes I keep in my computer are a form of scrapbooking, not just my blog but the copies of letters, e-mails, class notes, etc. It does paint a picture of my life. And, speaking of painting, although I do more collage than paint, I think self portraits, particularly ones that aren’t just my image, are scrapbooks. I just finished one for an art class that I will post on my blog in a day or two. I look at it and think, that’s more than an image, that’s a story.

  • Jennifer Earley

    Great interview!! Think I might add these books to my summer readying list! Thanks :)

  • geezee

    What an awesome way to enjoy your creativity and have a place for it to be showcased. Ingenious!

  • Gina

    Just finished Friendship Bread – Loved it. Next to read the Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society!

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