Years and years ago, I wrote an article for Creating Keepsakes magazine in September 2001 (pre-Simple Scrapbooks) titled …
“What’s in Your Purse?”
If I remember correctly we received a few letters to the editor complaining that we had taken up prime magazine real estate with an outlandishly goofy idea, when we could have shared more ideas for ‘real’ photos–like birthday parties, pumpkin patch, back-to-school–more “regular” type photos for “regular” scrapbookers.
I guess I’ve always been “irregular” when it comes to scrapbooking.
In any case, I have always loved the idea that what we carry around with us everyday defines us and to a large extent provides snapshot of our life “right now.” I used to teach classes and make students do a purse dump, find three items and write down …
1. what it is
2. why it’s in your purse
3. what it says about you
Well … earlier this week, I received my Photojojo email, in which they shared photographer, Jason Travis’ PERSONA project.
You have got to take a look at this!
I’ve been vindicated (not that I’ve lost sleep)
My early attempts to help scrapbookers pay attention to stories hiding in everyday items was on track after all!
Click to see how a diverse group of people are celebrating their persona with the contents of their “purse” or bag or briefcase or whatever.
And then, take my challenge to create similar diptych image for you.
took these pictures this morning (no make up even.)
The only thing I left out was about 7 receipts and a Target coupon book–just couldn’t make them look good.
So … Pretty please, do a purse dump.
Take a photo.
Post it to your blog.
Leave me a link in the comments.
and, think about (or scrapbook) what your purse says about YOU, right now.
I so enjoyed sitting in my studio surrounded by 37 of my mini-books (our topic) talking with Izzy, Noell, Ana and Nancy.
This episode should be posted later today.
More on mini-books coming soon. I made THREE last night and was reminded that I LOVE them so!