The Story of a Scrapbooking Orphan

Hello. My name is Seona, and I’m a scrapbooking orphan.

Scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, hybrid scrapbookingIt’s been a few years since Mum started scrapping. I suppose it started innocently enough: she came back from an overseas trip and decided she wanted a way to capture the photos and memorabilia (the flat ones, anyway) in an attractive and easy-to-view package. So she got some cardstock and glue, and for a couple of weeks the dining table was covered with paper and photos and the floor below it was covered with scraps and offcuts.

I’ll admit that the results were pretty impressive, especially since Mum’s always maintained that she’s not a creative person. But it turned out to be only the beginning. It’s true that a strong obsessive streak runs in our family, but this one was slowly taking over the house!

The years have only seen this obsession grow. I’ve watched with mounting trepidation as she scrapped her way through my life (I much prefer my baby photos to anything taken from about age 15 onwards). I’ve watched as paraphernalia and magazines slowly took over the study, a process which greatly accelerated once I moved out! I’ve watched as she moved into the world of hybrid and then (mostly) digital scrapping, and helped now and then with the technology-related queries. And lately I’ve watched as she took it to new levels by blogging about it.

I must confess to having fed the addiction from time to time, though. Mum’s never been an easy person to buy presents for, so once I found out that gifts of embellishments and papers and paper-working tools would be happily received, it opened up a whole new avenue for gift giving! Who could resist that?

From my point of view, it’s been an interesting learning exercise for both of us: Mum learned that she’s a lot more artistic and creative than she’d always thought, and I’ve learned a whole lot of new jargon and just how many photos of me are in existence.

Hmm… not so sure about that last one being a good thing….

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11 Responses to The Story of a Scrapbooking Orphan

  1. Janine September 27, 2007 at 6:17 pm #

    Hi Seona

    Nice to hear your perspective on your mums creative journey.

  2. Antoinette September 27, 2007 at 7:04 pm #

    loool! I so understand what you mean about the photos!! I’m exactly the same. TG I’m usually the photographer, so I don’t appear too often on pics – think about 3 since 1995 :)
    Wonderful story Seona, “like mother, like daughter”, you both have a great writing style.

  3. Pat September 27, 2007 at 8:10 pm #

    I needed a smile this morning and you did it! I loved the last paragraph about what both of you have learned!

  4. Kayla September 27, 2007 at 11:25 pm #

    So good to see you here! It is great to hear your perspective!

  5. karooch September 28, 2007 at 2:52 am #

    Thanks Hon. That is a great article. I really appreciate your helping out with the blog.

  6. Olga September 28, 2007 at 9:09 am #

    Great post and great perspective of the other side of the story: “the people abandoned in the pursuit of the perfect layout” :)

    It’s been nice to read it, thanks so much for sharing this. :)

    Best wishes. :O)

  7. Tink September 28, 2007 at 12:56 pm #

    What a wonderful story. Giggled as I sat here and read it. Maybe you should get into blogging if you haven’t already…

  8. karooch September 29, 2007 at 1:59 am #

    I think Seona feels one blogger in the family is more than enough Tink. But she does enjoy writing in other formats

  9. Melothria September 29, 2007 at 5:01 am #

    great story :) thanks for sharing it with us

  10. Seona September 30, 2007 at 10:20 am #

    Thanks for all the encouragement, guys. I think I’ll stick to tech support for Mum’s blog for now, though. :) Besides, if I had a blog I’d probably spend more time tinkering with the code than writing in it!


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