I’ve been collecting, scanning and documenting a lot of old family photos. My grandma is the only person alive who may know something about them but won’t talk a lot about them because of personal reasons. So I ask what I want and she answers what she wants and this works for us. As in any family when you start looking to the past you will find all sorts of stories even those that people would rather not talk about.
And this brings me to today’s topic: Honesty. Maybe a better word would be authentic? So here are a few questions:
1) How honest/authentic are your scrapbooks?
2) How honest/authentic should you be in your scrapbooks?
3) Can you be too honest/authentic?
4) Who is your audience, should it matter?
Let me start by saying when I ask about your honesty I’m not asking about your moral character or if you tell a lie. I’m talking about dealing with the full spectrum of stories in yours and your family’s life. Are you willing to capture with words and/or pictures the full deal? Or would you rather focus on the here and now and let “sleeping dogs lie”? One of the great things about scrapbooking is it is totally your choice. If you want to scrap everything, if you want to scrap only the special events and holidays, if you want to scrap chronologically, if you want to scrap in themes. Whatever. It’s your choice do what makes you happy.
So to answer my four questions, it’s all up to you. Even if you don’t want to dwell on unhappy times, you can still be honest with yourself and admit you don’t like to dwell on these things. I think you need to do what makes you happy and feeds that creative need you have to scrap. Honestly, there is a lot of bad things in the world and it’s too easy sometimes to let those things dominate your mind. Who can blame you for wanting to focus on the good and postive?
But, and this is just my opinion, what if you could scrap for yourself and use this art to come to terms with things? I believe that if you use scrapbooking as more than just a way to document and entertain you could actually use it as a healing tool. I know for me it helps to write down my thoughts and feelings, it puts things in perspective and hopefully to rest. When I scrap (unless it’s a gift) I scrap for me and for my kids. One day when my kids are older and curious about what I was like as a teacher, it would help them see me in a different light.
Just think, the money saved on self help books and/or counseling you could use to buy lots more scrapping stuff!