Why I Scrapbook?

A couple of weeks ago Debra Roby of BlogHer wrote an article called Scrapbooking. Why? The article was basically about Debra’s puzzlement with Scrapbooking and why people do it. She quoted an article on Jessica Sprague’s blog as evidence for what scrapbooking is about. But she said she still doesn’t ‘get it’.

Personally I’m puzzled why any non-scrapbooker should even ask that question about someone else’s hobby. It’s like saying “Why do you collect stamps?” or “Why do you do embroidery?” And the discussion in the Comments section really took off with a bunch of non-scrapbookers making a series of ill-informed remarks and once again questioning why other people would want to do it. I attempted to register with the site to leave a comment but unfortunately in a battle with the registration process I came off second best.

Now whilst I see no reason why I would need to justify why I Scrapbook, this article did get me thinking about what it is about Scrapbooking that presses my buttons. What makes Scrapbooking my hobby and passion.

You see I’ve dabbled in other crafts and hobbies and I’ve found them to be ‘phases’. When I started Scrapbooking I wondered if this was going to be the same. My first foray into Scrapbooking was in early 2005 when I scrapped an album of an overseas trip I took in 2003. I was frustrated with having my memories of that great trip fragmented across my photos on a CD, a plastic bag full of mementos and a transcript of my travel journal. I wanted something that would pull them all together so I could leisurely browse through and relive the trip. That’s how Scrapbooking came into my life. But I wasn’t convinced that Scrapbooking wasn’t a ‘fad’ for me until I returned from another overseas trip that year and I found I had the same enthusiasm to get back into it and created another trip album. I realised then that this was something that I was really hooked on.

So Scrapbooking started for me as a means to create a record that would let me gently ramble down memory lane to relive my experiences. I started to create scrapbook pages to commemorate different events in my daughter’s life with a view to building a record for her future.

But now my approach to Scrapbooking is different. I have found it to be a wonderful creative outlet for me. And I never even knew I was creative. I particularly enjoy the scope I have in creating digital scrapbook layouts where I feel a greater sense of creative freedom. And whilst I still want to ‘leave a record’ I find myself more and more creating scrapbook layouts just for the sake of creating.

Scrapbooking has enabled me to open up and develop a side to my life that I never even knew existed. It has allowed me to explore my creative side that I never knew I had. Scrapbooking is not just about cutting and pasting bits of paper, any more than quilting is just about sewing together scraps of material or painting is about splashing around with brushes and coloured pigments. It has added something to my life which I never previously realised was missing.

So how about you? What does Scrapbooking mean to you?

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Wanna be a Scrapbook Investigative Reporter?
Hybrid Scrapbooking – What’s it all about?
Have you ever done a Scrapbook Layout Makeover?

14 Responses to Why I Scrapbook?

  1. Rachel September 10, 2007 at 11:53 pm #

    I started scrapbooking almost two years ago as a way to keep in touch with long distance relatives. I really like the way scrapbooking can help tell story. I also think its a lot more fun to look at scrapbook pages than pictures. In scrapbooking you have the freedom to use pictures that by themselves are not that great. But once you add a little title or journaling to it you can turn them into true gems. I also enjoy the creativity it gives me. And you are really only limited by your own imagination.

  2. Tink September 11, 2007 at 1:27 am #

    I think you and Rachel pretty well summed it up. It is hard to believe that I have been scrapping for nearly 10 years now in one form or another. But I like the idea that instead of a drab photo album, I now have albums I can look at and know what is going on.

  3. karooch September 11, 2007 at 10:14 am #

    Thanks Tink and Rachel. You’ve put it beautifully. And don’t you find that ‘straight’ photo albums are just a little ho-hum to look through now?

  4. corina September 12, 2007 at 1:50 am #

    I think as a child I wanted to do something more with my photos, not just to put them in an album, so now I have a way to play with them:)

  5. karooch September 12, 2007 at 8:03 am #

    And Scrapbooking is such a great playground isn’t it Corina?

  6. Andrea October 19, 2007 at 4:17 am #

    I wrote about why I scrapbook about the same time you and Kayla (legacy lady) did–funny how we’re all so inspired by the same things–and yet still have such individual takes on it. Mine is on the opening page of my site, ScrapMatters.com. I think it is wonderful that scrapbooking can be so many things to so many different people and also help each individual find fulfillment in so many different areas of their life.

  7. karooch October 21, 2007 at 7:02 am #

    Yay. Cool new site Andrea. I wish you the very best of luck with it.

  8. Scrapbooking May 5, 2009 at 6:34 am #

    You know, I get a lot of that too. “Why do you even do it?” As if its the biggest waste of time, or the least significant of hobbies.

    But to me, its more than a hobbie. I’m creating art, heirlooms…I’m preserving memories.

    I always wanted to be a great writer, but I could never really express myself with words quite as well as I would’ve liked to. Once I began scrapbooking, I knew that I’d found a place where I could let myself shine. That’s important.

    A more personal reason I really got involved in scrapbooking… my father died of Alzheimers, during his ilness we scrapbooked together. He put his life together while he could still remember it to leave to his grandchildren.


  9. Sarah Bagshaw October 3, 2009 at 5:32 am #

    Hi, I’m just starting to look at Scrapbooking but from the outside as a researcher. I’m an artist/lecturer in the Uk and am applying to do my PhD in Scrapbooking. I’m really interested in peoples’ motivation for doing it and how it makes them feel.

    I’m looking for Uk based Scrappers (ideally) for future research so if anybody out there is interested…please take a look at my blog…its brand new and very bare!!


    Bye for now


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