5 Fandom Friday: My Comfort Films


Welcome to another round of "5 Fandom Friday," a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers, spearheaded by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick.

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic. It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality. It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

I'm a day late, but on target for this week's topic: Comfort Films. Going off Nerdy Girlie's post, "Comfort Films" are movies you keep going back to, over and over. And wouldn't you know it - I taught a layout on this topic, back when I was teaching Book of Me scrapbooking classes. I called it, "Everyday Movies," as in, what movies could you watch every day and never get tired of them?

Here's my layout.


The page featured a cool scrapbooking product that is now no longer available, a Paper Adventures' PageFlipper. It was like a page protector-pocket-flap that you adhered on top of the page protector, to give you extra room for photos or journaling. I used it for extra journaling in this case.


My Everyday/Comfort Movies:

  • Top Gun
  • The Princess Bride
  • Pretty Woman
  • LA Story
  • Far and Away
  • The Fifth Element

I did this layout probably around 2002-2003, so I have some addendums.

  • That was before I discovered "Firefly," so I think I would add "Serenity." I never tire of quoting it.
  • "The Muppet Christmas Carol" - I gave it to David for Christmas in 1993 (on VHS!). I think I didn't include it because we only watch it seasonally, but we watch it every year with the kids after Christmas dinner. A classic. I quote that one a lot, too, year-round.

I'm probably forgetting others, but these are a good representation. What flicks would be on your everyday list? Leave me a comment below with your list!

Other 5 Fandom Friday posts:

Repost: Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar

It seems like a good time to post a link to one of my more popular posts: Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar.


A shot of the Advent Calendar with all the numbers magneted on.  Click the image for a closer view.


A shot of the Advent Calendar with the magneted numbers removed - behind each number is a small printed photo from past Christmas celebrations.  Just like above, click the image for a closer view.

Feel free to share links to your advent calendar examples in the comments below!

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Blogging for Scrapbookers: Scrapbook Someday

Prompt #12 of Shimelle's Blogging for Scrapbookers class suggests we create a new blog post category called something like "I will scrapbook this".  Because I like alliteration, I came up with (and created) a category for "Scrapbook Someday".  As in, "someday I will find/make the time to scrapbook, and when that day comes, I will scrapbook about this topic".

I had actually recently started a list for just this purpose - with real pen and paper, no less.  But I do like Shimelle's idea of blogging the list and/or individual topics, too.

Creating a list of layout topics really helps me be more productive at crops - not only is there less thinking involved at layout-creation time, but I can also track my way through an album-project, and make sure I don't leave anything out.  Plus I also like the satisfaction of crossing out or checking off (depending on my mood on any given day).

Shimelle's prompt actually encouraged using individual blog posts as a sort of 'placeholder' for the elements of an actual scrapbook page, when one doesn't have the time to actually scrap.  But I thought I'd use this post as a sort of 'brain dump' of pages and projects that are on my mind, and that I'd like to Scrapbook Someday.  As time goes along, I may create posts for individual projects (see my previous post, Cultural Education for Kids, for example), but the list idea is working for me today.

To Scrapbook Someday

  1. continue with pages in my son's Boy Scout/Eagle album:
    • Uniform Inspection 2002
    • Cub Scout Den 2003
    • Pinewood Derby 2003
    • Raingutter Regatta 2003
    • Pinewood Derby 2004
    • Troop picture 2005
    • Bartle 2005
    • Bartle 2006
    • Bartle 2007
    • Bartle 2008
    • Philmont 2008 (token layout, to mark its place in his scouting 'historical timeline')
    • Bartle 2009
    • Eagle Ceremony 2010 (fingers crossed!)
  2. Philmont 'speed-scrap' pocket page album
  3. Philmont digi photobook
  4. Vegas trip 2008 (or was it 2007?  obviously the memories are fading already!)
  5. Digi-scrapped Memory game for my niece
  6. Colorado vacation photobook
  7. school art project "portfolio" photobook
  8. "A Love So True" grandparents tribute album
  9. "Introducing the Classics"/Cultural Literacy album
  10. First Day of School album
  11. Charity crochet/knitting projects layout
  12. Star Trek movie premiere, opening night May 2009
  13. Mother-Daughter pedicures
  14. High School Debate layout(s) - I'd love for this to be a full album, showing the chronology like the Boy Scout album, but don't think that many pictures will find their way to me.
  15. "Fell" - pictures showing all the autumn leaves on the ground in our back yard

That should keep me busy for a while!  :)

Do you have any scrapbooking/memory-preservation goals or plans? Feel free to link to a similar list on your own blog in the comments!

Cultural Literacy for Kids: Introducing the Classics

As parents of a teen and preteen, my husband and I take our roles as educators seriously.  We know they will be introduced to "the classics" in school, such as "Where the Red Fern Grows", "To Kill a Mockingbird" and who could forget the classic film, "Your Changing Body" (insert pre-teen shudder).

While school attends to expanding their minds, we have taken on the awesome responsibility for making sure they are properly educated in the science of cultural literacy.  Wikipedia defines cultural literacy this way:

Cultural literacy is the ability to converse fluently in the idioms, allusions and informal content which creates and constitutes a dominant culture. From being familiar with street signs to knowing historical references to understanding the most recent slang, literacy demands interaction with the culture and  reflection of it. Knowledge of a canonical set of literature is not sufficient in and of itself when engaging with others in a society, as life is interwoven with art, expression, history and experience. Cultural literacy requires familiarity with a broad range of trivia and implies the use of that trivia in the creation of a communal language and collective knowledge. Cultural literacy stresses the knowledge of those pieces of information which content creators will assume the audience already possesses.
We first started noticing the need for this literacy a few years ago, when we would be watching a TV show or movie, which would reference (or spoof) another TV show or movie, and our kids would ask, "What does that mean?"  And we would have to explain the original source, and why it was funny in this instance.

But we eventually realized it was better for them to understand the reference for themselves, from the original source. So we have made a point to include regular viewings of "classic" material, amongst our rentals of current movies and such.

To create our list of Must-See's, we dug back into our own childhoods & teenhoods, to remember movies, TV shows, and books not only that made an impact on us personally, but also those that are frequently referenced (and spoofed) in modern entertainment.  We have also expanded our list of must-experience's to include Musicals, Music, and Food.  Another, perhaps unorthodox, way to come up with titles of cultural reference is to watch "Family Guy", or many Pixar movies - both frequently spoof/pay homage/refer to classic entertainment of their own childhoods.  Being a family of geeks, we also make sure they are fully versed in things Trek/Star Wars/Sci-Fi/Fantasy, so they can appreciate What Every Good Geek Should Know.  We have our educational priorities.

Our efforts are paying off - we watched "Monsters vs Aliens" recently, and one scene included references to the movies "ET" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", and our kids got both references.  My husband and I smiled smugly, and were quite pleased with ourselves.

We have really enjoyed this time with our kids.  It allows us to share pieces of our personal histories with them in a fun, entertaining way, as well as helping them to become literate people who can understand cultural references in context.  We notice them laughing along with us at jokes their friends often don't catch.  And we've enjoyed hauling out favorite movies and old TV shows, and viewing them again through
their eyes.  We can take the time to explain to them why something was funny or appropriate at that time in history (think the historical backdrop of M*A*S*H, or Doc Brown's stunned response to hearing that Ronald Regan was president, in "Back to the Future").

Of course, I'm considering how to scrapbook this process.  There are enough items in each category that I think I may do a small album for each (or at least add them to my never-ending crafting to-do list).  I could do a Cultural Literacy album for each: Books, Movies, Music, Musicals, TV Shows, and Food.  I've already started an Excel spreadsheet to track our progress, and as a brainstorming repository.  I'll share it here:

Download Culteduc.xls

Please note: Once you check out my list of Cultural Literacy education 'modules', you will probably notice we are a little heavy in the Movie category.  Like by way-a-lot.  You might perhaps think poorly of our educational process in, say, the Book category.  But don't worry too much about us - we are a heavy book-reading family.  My kids used to think going to the library was a treat.  (Now it's more about Borders, but I figure the content is essentially the same, and the end result is still reading).  We make plenty of suggestions about books we think our kids should try, but they have pretty specific tastes, and always seem to have a book (or two, or four) beside their beds.  We read to them all throughout their formative childhood years, but now they read primarily on their own, rather than as a family activity.  Still, for documentation/scrapbooking purposes, I need to dig back in my memory banks for more of the "classics" we did guide them toward when they were younger.

So what say you?  Do you make any special efforts to further your child(ren)'s cultural education?  What "classics" would you consider "required" for a complete education?