Scrapbooker (scrap.book.er)- (n)
1) one who preserves their memories in an artistic form. 2) one obsessed with photos, paper and glue. 3) one who strives to capture the everyday. 4) one who lives to create.
Hi! Today, I am pondering an important question…well, I think it’s important anyhow. Why do I scrapbook? I’ll be honest, it has taken me a while to even think of myself as “a scrapbooker”. Well why?! you might ask. And it is almost ashamedly, that I admit to you dear friend, that I was always and still am to a certain degree…a little bit embarrassed. Again I hear you say why?!?! (You sound outraged in my head by the way.) So, in an attempt to justify myself I will try to explain…
I’ll start off by saying that I live in a part of the world (England) where scrapbooking isn’t really a ‘thing’ as such. As far as crafting goes it has always sort of been knitting, embroidery, cross-stitch and card making that’s popular. Yes, we have a store called Hobbycraft but…their scrapbooking supplies are always a bit thin on the ground or just old collections. And yes, we do have 24hr shopping channel dedicated to craft…but again scrapbooking doesn’t seem to be very high on the agenda. Papercraft in the UK, to my mind at least, has always been geared towards card making, by which I mean the die-cutting, embossing foldered, layer-upon-layer, decoupage, tiny sentiment style of card making, and that has never really caught my fancy. Now, don’t get me wrong, some scrapbooking has filtered through but it is nothing compared to that in America. The first time I went to Michael’s…oh man, I thought I was in scrapbook heaven! But I digress…
Right! Embarrassment… so it’s not a ‘thing’ over here, which then leads to people not talking about it if they actually do it. Like it’s a big secret, or perhaps looked upon as a waste of time. Until now, family photographs are shoved into a tradition pocket 4×6 album and forgotten about, until the time comes that your parents break them out to embarrass you in front of your friends with baby pics! *hides face behind hand*
- likes to take photos (but not be in them)
- has children/grandchildren who feature in all her pages.
You know, the sad thing is, she’s right! This is the picture that is formed in the heads of people when you say, “I like to scrapbook”. Now, like Shimelle, I have a few problems with this. Yes ok, I am female. And yes ok, I like to take photos. BUT I am in those photos too! I’m taking note of and recording MY memories, so why would I not be in those photos too! As for that last one, well, I’m 22 and I don’t have children and therefore definitely do not have grandchildren…so does that mean I can’t scrapbook? Do I have nothing to scrapbook about? In a way, I guess not. I mean; I go to work, I come home, I eat, sleep, repeat. BORING!
But what about those moments when I’m having fun with friends? Or on holiday? Or on a spontaneous outing? I want to be able to record these things, these moments, memories and stories, so that when I am older and have children, I have something to pull out and show them when they ask, “What were you like when you were little?” I’ll have not only an answer for their question but something pretty and interesting to show for it too! And what, I ask, is wrong with that?
So in return I pose the same question to you: Why do you scrapbook? If you’re in the UK have you felt the same as me? If not, what’s the general attitude in your part of the world? Feel free to comment below or send me a message, I’d love to hear from you.