So I’m gonna talk about scrapbooking today. And generally speaking, you know me: I don’t front. Generally.
That would be the introvert part of me. The part that sweats profusely in public speaking situations. The part of me that wishes I could find a way to fall in love with in-person, live teaching but the part that knows, “Girl, you HATE that s#%t!”
The second thing that comes to mind is she’s doing a really great job and it’s clear she’s on a real mission to make this process easier and less stressful for people who want to save their memories.
The third thing that comes to mind after seeing some of the things the studio and online audience is bringing up, and this is specifically what’s on my mind today, is this: are people that stressed out about memory keeping?
I have worked in this industry for more than 10 years and sometimes, I feel like I’m really out of touch with what the average scrapbooker is looking for in her hobby.
My therapist would say that is because I’m so self-absorbed, and while she has a point, I also think my motivation for scrapbooking creates this perspective.
I started scrapbooking because it was ridiculously fun and I got to make stuff I really loved and the bonus was saving a memory here and there.
I started scrapbooking because I did very dull, corporate work as a graphic designer and this hobby let me use my mad typography skills in ways that were so much more interesting and creative.
I started scrapbooking because I adored photography and had some really cute kids and it seemed like, “Why not?”
I started scrapbooking because I loved to write—still do, in fact—and it simply gave me a broader context in which to document my life.
I never felt behind. I never felt like I needed to go back and “retro” scrap stories—like my wedding, or the birth of my kids, or my school years, though I did make a mini album about my high school years that I never finished.
As soon as scrapbooking felt like an obligation (like starting a high school album), I knew I needed to reframe my approach and let inspiration guide the process. Sometimes, that meant not scrapbooking for—gasp—months.
Today, I primarily do Project Life. I’ve been doing this approach for almost two years. Most of the time, I do it every week. Add my photos and stories a little here and there. For the past half year, I’ve done it all digitally.
I really love the approach. I love that I have a document of everyday life that covers every week of the year.
Part of me wishes I had done this in the olden days, if only for the everyday life detail it lets me save; stuff I know I couldn’t remember if I tried.
I love it because I’ve made it simple, fun and creative for me. I’ve tailored it to my style and taste.
Now lately, I’ve been falling a bit behind on it, and while I won’t say I’m stressed out I definitely have let it drop its place on my priority list. But I’m not too worried. I plan on catching up this week. Digital makes it so simple for me.
I guess what I’m wondering about you, the people who read my blog, do you find scrapbooking to be stressful? Is this hobby something that causes you consternation? Is it all fun? Part fun? What are your or were your motivations for jumping into the hobby?
I’m going to be thinking about this myself, while watching Becky do her thing on my second monitor and working on the few weeks of catch up scrapbooking that are waiting for me.
By all means, leave a comment and tell me your thoughts.