Dating scrapbook titles
They compared it to the performance-enhancing-drug controversies involving major league baseball player Barry Bonds and Olympic track star Marion Jones.
Someone wrote that Contes was as polarizing a figure as Martha Stewart.
Conventional scrapbookers, who liked layouts with teddy bear stamps, snowflake stencils and photos of birthday cupcakes, intended for their pages to outlast them.“They’re from the Stepford wife kind of mind-set,” Contes said.
“You’re doing something different, you must be evil.”As popularity soared, scrapbooking -- in all its forms -- exploded into a .6-billion industry where enthusiasts young and old, conservative and radical, grudgingly put aside differences to compete in national contests, attend global conventions, build blogs, join chat rooms, create online portfolios, and view You Tube and other online instructional videos. She created textures with vinyl and made patterns by dabbing bubble wrap in paint. ”The trouble in the land of foam stickers and glossy glitter glue all started in February, after Contes won a contest sponsored by one of the industry’s most popular magazines, Creating Keepsakes.
When Contes called Creating Keepsakes to request that her friend receive a photo credit, the staff member approved it without realizing she had broken an entry rule: Submissions had to be solely the contestant’s work.
The book came out in October with both names published -- to the dismay of thousands.
That’s when Contes realized she had found her calling.
The family wrote a how-to book and opened a scrapbooking store selling stamps, and archival and acid-free paper.
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She had dropped out of jewelry-making school and given up on a career in interior design.
After getting married three years ago, Contes decided to put together a wedding album, and began researching online.
They called her “labelwhore,” this 28-year-old rising star in the world of scrapbooking, with a silver stud in her lip and a tattoo in Latin on her left forearm: “Art is long, life is short.”Before the Internet bullies bashed her and judges revoked her title in the scrapbooking Hall of Fame, Kristina Contes basked in a reputation built on making pages dedicated to her designer handbags, her Converse sneakers and the word “dude.” She showcased her avant-garde designs on websites like Scrap In Style TV.com, traveled the country teaching classes, and turned down offers to go to Paris, London and Norway.“It’s kind of like being a rock star,” Contes said.