Reported By: Heather Strenzwilk
My friend Terri recently wrote this about her daughter: “If I could wave my magic wand and make her “normal,” I don’t think I would. She is a gift.” Terri’s daughter has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. Autism doesn’t define her daughter- it is simply an important piece of who she is and makes her a unique and special tween.
According to the Autism Society of America, autism occurs in 1 out of 150 births and is the fastest growing developmental disability. With this growth, comes an increasing need for education and support for family and friends of autistic children. One organization making a difference is Autism Support Daily. MockUtv has produced Inside Scrapbooking and $1 from the sale of each DVD is donated to Autism Support Daily.
Inside Scrapbooking is a 30 minute mockumentary which follows an overzealous scrapbooker named Molly as she prepares for Scrapapalooza, the biggest scrapbooking event of the year. She finds her artistic inspiration in unusual places and she shares her righteous opinions with the viewer. Molly is part Church Lady and part Gladys Kravitz and her facial expressions are priceless!
This 30-minute DVD works on several levels- any crafter can relate to Molly’s desire for inspiration and lack of distraction while she works. On a broader level, everyone can relate to Molly’s relationship with her scrubby (scrapper’s husband), Steven. We have seen this couple at the grocery store or mall (and watched them with great delight!). Molly’s interpersonal style with her fellow scrappers made me thankful for my easygoing stamping friends.
Inside jokes and subtle humor meld perfectly with the over-the-top antics of Molly. I’ve watched the DVD four times and I have discovered something new each time. I watched the DVD with my mom who is a not a paper crafter. My mom liked it as much as I did and was thoroughly entertained as was my husband when he watched it. All three of us LOVED the ending, which I won’t give away.
The humor on the DVD is more adult (PG-13) in nature. Molly uses spray adhesive indoors and gets intoxicated by the fumes at one point. There are also some references to a character’s sexuality. For these reasons, this DVD might not be appropriate for younger children.
This DVD also contains deleted scenes and two versions of the trailer. The long and short versions of the trailer are great and you can see one of the trailers here. Some of the best moments are in the trailer BUT seeing these moments again in the context of the story makes them even funnier. The deleted scenes were interesting to watch but the funniest moments were in the main DVD.
Inside Scrapbooking DVD can be ordered for $9.99 and $1.00 of every DVD sold (until 1/1/08) goes to Autism Support Daily. I liked the DVD so much that I purchased a copy and gave it away on my blog. This would be a great gift for a fellow scrapper or stamper. So not only will you receive a very entertaining DVD, you’ll be supporting a great cause.