Social media and my awkward attempts

People!  I’m trying to get my act together.

It is safe to say that I am running around in circles while my clothing is on fire.  Or similar to a dog chasing its tail.  Or a cat chasing a red laser light beam all over the place.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube.  I am so unorganized in this Social Media stuff.  Then I see videos of people using more platforms to promote their offerings.

Seriously!  How do they keep up with the comments, messages, tweets, and links received from their followers?!

I don’t think I have ever made a statement about WHY I do this.  WHY I make YouTube videos and have this blog.  WHY I am on Facebook.

So here it is.  WHY I make YouTube videos.

  • It started out….way back in 2004 or 2005 to help my youngest daughter learn to do scrapbooking.  We had a common interest and she lived so far away from me.  I couldn’t just bring a car load of totes to her  house and the two of us learn and play together.  So I thought making YouTube videos would be the best place to start.
  • I am totally self taught.  Most everything I know has been hard won from small to major errors.
  • That led to other people finding some of my videos and a little community began growing.  Friendships developed and are still going to this day.
  • Although I don’t “Promote” this openly and talk a lot about this…..I have a philosophy of “Pay It Forward“.
  • When I found YouTube *angel choir singing* and How To Videos on making scrapbook layouts I realized my mistakes and made corrections from there.
  • There are new “CONVERTS” all the time.  Kind of makes me sound “cult-ish” but when a person finds something that makes them feel excited about life and has that powerful feeling deep in their soul of having created something amazing from bits of paper….
  • If I can help a newcomer to paper crafting learn something to make their creative life easier or get a spark of inspiration  then I am passing on what someone else DID FOR ME.

This blog.  Oy Vay!  I have a website connected to this blog.  It was last updated about seven years ago.  Nothing has happened there since then.

My website started as an attempt to be a Top Seller for Stampin’ Up! products.  I wanted off the road.  My life as an over the road truck driver kept me away from home for long periods of time.  So I figured starting a website would bring in customers right and left to pay for me to stay home.

Yep.  That worked out so well for me.  That is why I have not touched the website in ages.  I really need to get it cleared out and just blank until I can come up with my next scheme.

So this blog, as sporadic as I am at keeping up with it, is just to reiterate what is happening on my YouTube channel for those that don’t often go there.

Why I am on Facebook.  That one is the easiest to answer.  MY KIDS!  They live in Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, California.  Spread out far and wide.  I don’t get to see my kids often.  My grandchildren I don’t get to see much.  So my Facebook page is where I keep up with the happenings in their lives and the growth of my grandchildren.  Not quite the same as being there to actually give each one a big hug and spend time with them though 😦

So….I have a question for YOU.  My dear readers and friends.  I have this idea brewing in my head.

Would anyone be interested in purchasing a packet of scraps?!  There is no delicate way of phrasing this other than that.

I have the idea to have a packet filled with papers cut to specific sizes for cards using the Operation Write Home sketches.  I would ONLY SELL MY PAPERS and embellishments that would fit the card sketches.


Each packet would have the Operation Write Home Card Sketch number you can download from their site.  Click on the link above to download the AMAZING sketches.

The packet would include two (2) card bases from good quality card stock.  Colors and choices would be determined by me.  Coordinating patterned paper or card stock elements to create the card.  Ribbon, brads, or other embellishments to complete the card.

You would supply the stamped sentiment or sticker for the greeting card occasion – birthday, holiday, get well, sympathy, hello, or season.  I am not a good enough stamper to make you pay for my bad job of stamping sentiments.

This, I believe, would be a good source for beginning card makers to have the pieces necessary to create a card.  This would get them started and gain confidence in their creative endeavor.  Eventually that beginner can use the card sketches on their own with confidence.  I would also create a special YouTube channel which would feature the contents of each packet for a particular card sketch with instructions showing how to put the elements together.

Since I am home now, dealing with my breast cancer, for the next several months I want the time to be productive and more focused.  Get the fire put out on my clothing……stop chasing my tail……ignore the bright pin point of light that is so distracting.

So, please let me know what you think of my idea.



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jesska
    Sep 20, 2016 @ 09:36:21

    I think it’s a great idea 🙂 I won’t buy any, way over in Germany as I am, but I think it’s cool that you have so much oomph to start something like that 🙂

    I met a Stampin Up fan the other day and had to think of you – turns out there are conventions here (ok, not here in Berlin, but in Düsseldorf which is probably close for an American ;)) full of people who buy stamps and paper and decorations 🙂 🙂


    • Message In A Fold
      Sep 20, 2016 @ 10:01:52

      I’ve heard tales of those conventions. Everyone who attends arrives at their hotel room to find a giant box of product and goodies on the bed. The three day festivities are almost a non-stop orgy of excitement and joy. I don’t know if I could stand to be highly excited and energized for several days in a row. The come down from it all would be devastating 😀


      • Jesska
        Sep 20, 2016 @ 13:38:09

        She didn’t say anything about boxes of goodies…. but she was certainly keen to go to the next one 🙂
        Presumably the comedown is made more bearable by all the new papers and whatevers you can still hold and admire when you get home.. beyond that I suppose you just have to wait for the next kick 😉

  2. Pati
    Sep 20, 2016 @ 09:49:47

    Awesome idea sis!! Go for it!! i believe in you!! Although my niche is not the same as yours, you continue to show others the way. Love you bunches sis!! 😀😘


  3. pearl
    Sep 20, 2016 @ 20:57:33

    that’s is a great idea Leslie. i remember when i started every piece of paper was precious and i used every bit i could. that lady who wrote from the Netherlands the other day saying she couldn’t get paper who probably love some of those packs too. me…well… you send me yours and i’ll send you mine….LOLOL. big hugs oxxoxoxooxoxoxo


  4. Linda Batson
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 11:54:14

    I think it’s a awesome idea. And if you are doing videos that they can watch as they make the cards that just adds icing on the cake.


    • Message In A Fold
      Sep 23, 2016 @ 08:58:23

      Thank you, Linda! I appreciate you letting me know your thoughts on my idea. I usually don’t put my ideas out for a vote or consensus because most of the time I think they are stupid. You know….this process reminds me of someone who throws cooking spaghetti at the wall to see when it sticks to know if it is done. The floor is littered with unstuck/uncooked noodles and the wall is a mess. Lack of confidence in cooking and/or ideas creates strange rituals. Now that I’ve gone and given you a backhanded compliment 😦 on your uplifting comment to me I will reiterate how much I appreciate your encouragement in my idea.


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