To all my new friends that I met at the Mid-Atlantic African American Geneaology Conference, wasn't it a fabulous event! I attended three great classes and I'm eager to get back into the depths of my research.
Here's the linkto a password protected site for you to purchase Ethnic Scrapbooking at the special conference discount you received on the postcard from me.
Check out what Lain Ehmann had to say about my book in Episode #42 or her podcasts.
Not sure what a podcast is...it's just an audio recording downloadable from the internet. It's easy to do and it sure beats ordering those old fashion cassette tapes and cd's. Please take a listen to Lain's comments, it's the last topic in her episode.
Here are a few highlights that I thought were interesting:
She's right-on when she notes that it's not a "how to idea book" in the sense of scraplifting a design, but to focus on the STORY behind the layout either in the cultural significance or journaling.
She appreciates the spiral binding, full color and layout on every page.
She noticed it's primaryily African-American faces...but I'd like to point out that over 40 cultures are discussed and represented.
She comments that it's not the "hippest most cutting edge design" and I'm okay with that...being the mother of five I've still managed to complete well over 70 albums that line the shelves in my home and that of family and friends, by just jumping in, using what I have and getting it done.
I really am digging your book a lot! I can't believe how timely it was to receive it. In the past 6 months or so (when I have a free moment or two), I have been researching my family roots and geneology. It's been a fascinating journey and I've got a ways to go. Your book truly enlightened me on ways to bring out my findings and celebrate them in a way that would honor my family and our history. I love the way you have highlighted many different cultures, traditions and techniques. Great photos, layouts, descriptions of materials and a great read. When reading each page, I felt like you were right in the room with me telling me each story.
Excellent job girl! Well done.
My favorite layout/photos in your book was the page about the birth of your grandson. I just LOVED the photo of 5 generations! WOW, what a blessing!
I was blessed to spend last Saturday at a coffee shop in Baltimore communing with other women and discussing our art. I never thought of or intended my scrapbook to be art. After my book arrived last Fall, my 7 year old son said, "Mommy, your book is not scrapbooks...it's art!" I was so touched by his words. My intention is always to preserve memories and to learn from our past, but it's nice to be recognized as an artist sometimes.
This event was part of SWAN DAY I hope to participate in more art related events in the near future.