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Do Something that Matters

A couple of weeks ago a friend posted a link to the following article on facebook and a few hours later a reader emailed it to me as well. The article is a wonderful and thought provoking piece from Slate: … Continue reading

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What Does the Closure of Archiver’s Mean for the Scrapbook Industry?

The first time I visited Archiver’s was probably 6-7 years ago in one of their Chicago locations. I was unimpressed. I liked their use of space and their selection. I did not like their lack of customer service. I came … Continue reading

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Homeward Bound: Chapter 10 (The Last Chapter)

This is the last (planned) post on Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar. Matchar writes how writing this book allowed her to “realize that domestic perfection on the Internet is often an illusion” (p. 231). Absolutely! Personally, when I began this … Continue reading

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Homeward Bound: Chapter 9

In Chapter 9 of Homeward Bound, Emily Matchar explains how new domesticity brings together folks who seem like polar opposites. New domesticity appeals to both liberals and conservatives for some of the same reasons and for reasons that differ. I’ll … Continue reading

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Homeward Bound: Chapter 8: Social Class and Gender Inequality

In my last post, I did touch on Chapter 8, but one point from that chapter deserves its own post. To live off the grid typically requires “a partner’s income, or a piece of land, or some family money” (p. … Continue reading

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“It Costs Me Money to Work in the Industry”: Spending Money on Scrapbooking

This entry is part 58 of 86 in the series Scrapworthy Lives Results

This entry is part 58 of 86 in the series Scrapworthy Lives ResultsEach Wednesday, I write a post from my dissertation. Excluding scrapbook business owners, industry workers earn close to minimum wage, commission-only, or a combination of the two in … Continue reading

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Getting Back to What Matters: Celebrating Scrapbookers

I won’t be writing for Scrapbook Update anymore. My contract was discontinued. That’s fancy for fired. It came as quite a shock as I had been having some great conversations in the comments of my posts at Scrapbook Update. After … Continue reading

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Scrapbook Industry Work

This entry is part 22 of 86 in the series Scrapworthy Lives Results

This entry is part 22 of 86 in the series Scrapworthy Lives ResultsEach Wednesday, I write a post from my dissertation. Expert scrapbookers may become industry workers, though some industry workers do not enter the industry as an expert. For … Continue reading

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Should I Become a Direct Seller or Independent Consultant?

One reader wrote me the following question: How does direct selling in the scrapbooking/stamping industry work? Do most direct sellers do it for the discount or is it possible to make a living as a direct seller? If they are … Continue reading

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CHA

I remember when I first began working in the scrapbook industry, my co-workers kept talking about CHA and HIA. I had no idea what they were talking about. I soon learned that these were the two big trade shows for … Continue reading

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