I know that to most people the idea of scrapbooking is that it is a silly hobby for housewifes or “crafty types” to get into. The idea that it’s just cutesy papers and stickers on a page with photos of jr’s 1st birthday. Or collecting all of your vacation pictures and writing silly commentaries about your trip. I think scrapbooking is just like this and it’s more. It’s a hobby where you can make your projects, cards, or scrap books. It can be sweet and lovely, or it can be edgey and artsy. It’s however you want to express yourself.
That being said, why should you scrapbook?
1) to record the stories you want to remember or that you want to pass down
2) document your daily life, the average day in your life
3) document special occasions, life changing moments
4) gather and collect old stories and photos and bring them together to tell a personal history
5) deal with the ups and downs of daily life
These are not unique to me, nor are they a complete list. Look in nearly any scrap mag, book, or website and you will find similar lists.
I used to scrapbook a few years back and then just fell out of the habit of it. Instead I packed a sketch book that was my journal/scrapbook of places I had been to things I had seen. I started a pregnancy journal, and it evolved into a scrapbook of sorts. Then I gave birth to my twins and really started to scrap again. But even with the joy of new babies to take picutures of, I wasn’t passionate about scrapping at least not the way I am now. Last summer I visited my family’s farm and started going through old photos to sort and scan onto my computer. After 4 generations of my family in the same house there was quite a collection of really old photos. Old photos without any information on them and no one alive who remembered who these people were. That made me sad, sad that no one knew the stories of those faded images, that there was no record who those people were. And this is what made me passionate. I decided from now on I would record my story and my famiy’s life story.
So now when I get photos in christmas cards and letters I do something with them. I am not saving any photos that don’t have information on them. I admit that these pages are not real complex and may not have a lot of extra do-dads but they tell the story and are in a safe place.
My other reason to scrapbook is that I like to be creative. I need to be creative. And right now, paper and scissors is filling that need.