Becky Higgins over at Project Life has released new Core Kits today!
The Project Life scrapbooking system is the antidote to mountainous piles of scrapbooking “supplies”–overconsumption ends here. A binder, a pen, photos, plastic photo sleeves, and (optionally) one of the Core Kits—that’s all you need to get back into scrapbooking after a decade’s overwhelmed and jaded absence, like I did.
Becky releases kits a few times a year. The last announcement was in January, and those kits just showed up in June. These latest Core Kits should be available in late August or early September, so that’s a lot shorter wait.
Her announcement comes at a pretty amazing time. I’d planned on using the newly-released Rain kit for my 2014 album next year, to go with the rich colors of Washington DC. But…we’re not moving there yet. And Rain turned out to go perfectly with my 2013 album. So what to do about next year?
I’m trying to come up with a word that matches the sound I make when I see that. Impossible.
Look at the dividers! I don’t even like dividers, but if the cards look anything like this:
…then 2014, the year I spend in Pensacola with the love of my life, frolicking on the beach and writing my first novel and getting back into painting after years of absence, is going to be perfectly preserved.
It’s like all the best elements of every kit so far–the intricacy of Jade, the brightness of Honey, the bold graphics of Cobalt, with a retro 70′s-in-Miami twist. It’s urban and tropical at the same time. And it has constellations! I’m in love!
Hurry up, September!
One last thing: Becky Higgins has also released two Mormon-themed kits this go-round, with promises of upcoming Christian products. While the Pagan in me is disappointed that some of the kits won’t be useful to me, the Pagan in me is also used to being excluded from major product releases. Especially scrapbooking releases, as the scrapbooking world appears to be disproportionally Christian.
And as a Pagan, I’m used to the social conversation swerving abruptly from things that include me to things that exclude me, with those that aren’t excluded having rather a hard time understanding the “sudden fuss” that the excluded often raise. Frankly, when you’re a spiritual non-Christian in this country, you either get used to well-meaning people not understanding that the conversation’s unexpectedly slung you off, or you stroke out before 25.
So yeah. Christian-themed Project Life kits. I feel left out, but not too upset about it—Becky Higgins is a kind-hearted person, making kits about her own interests, as is her right. What I disliked was one of the comments under the announcement post of her blog:
“I am not Mormon,” one poster wrote, “but I think it is so cool that you design products that stay true to your beliefs instead of being afraid you might offend someone.”
Too much privilege in one sentence!
Let me keep this simple: no member of a majority religion should be congratulated for being willing to “offend” members of minority beliefs. And no member of a minority religion should feel guilty for being “offended” at something—there’s often an abuse of power happening, one that perpetrators cover with the phrase “staying true to my beliefs”.
Fortunately, I believe Becky Higgins is a caring person, as far from that mindset as one can get. I’m proud to be a supporter of her business, and I wish that all her fans had her classiness.
And the Missionary kits look like they could be turned into travel-themed kits pretty easily. Since travel is a big part of my spiritual beliefs, the joke’s on…well, me, because I’ll be spending even more money. Got me again, Becky!