When it comes to travel, some people enjoy the actual experience of traveling as much as they enjoy arriving at their destination and for others the actual traveling process is a necessary evil required to get them to their desired destination. And I think this can also be applied to Scrapbooking.
For many scrapbookers, the actual process of scrapbooking is the main reason why they love scrapbooking. Obviously, we all like to see a finished result. But it is the actual process of scrapbooking that captures their imagination. The therapeutic indulgence of taking yourself out of the everyday and focusing on the little world of an individual scrapbook layout. The enormous sense of pride and achievement when you create something special and unique to you and you know you’ve put in all the attention to the tiny details. And it doesn’t matter that others don’t notice all the tiny details; you do and you can see each and every one and feel that buzz of achievement at how you’ve pulled it all together. The pride that it is all your own work.
For others it is all about getting all their photos scrapbooked and into an album. Creating layouts fast is the name of the game. So printed ready-made scrapbook pages and quick-pages are the go. And now there are a host of template based scrapbook sites on the internet that let you create your scrapbook layout on line in literally five minutes. This is great for the ‘destination’ scrapbooker as they can steam through a bunch of photos and create an entire album in a couple of hours.
From my perspective I think there is merit in both approaches to scrapbooking. I’m predominantly a ‘journey’ scrapbooker because I love the satisfaction I get from the creation process, that lets me value the finished result a lot more than when I take the ‘quick’ alternative. But I do acknowledge, when producing an album quickly is the name of the game, a set of ready made quick-pages can be an absolute boon.
But I know that if all I was interested in was the ‘destination’ then scrapbooking would never have held the fascination for me that it has for all these years. I would soon have moved on to the next fad hobby. For me it’s all about the creative achievement. The knowledge that the scrapbook layout I have made is truly original. That I can really think of it as my art form.
I guess that’s why, although I have dabbled with and reviewed a number of Internet sites that offer free on-line scrapbooking tools, such as Scrapblog etc. I’ve never really been interested in actually using them for scrapbooking. There doesn’t seem to me to be the opportunity for creative satisfaction.
No, I think I’ll continue to focus on the journey and leave the destination to take care of itself.
So it’s over to you. How do you feel about the ‘journey’ and the ‘destination’? Is there a place for each approach in your scrapbooking life? And do you use any of the online scrapbooking sites that offer quick and easy template building tools to make an ‘instant’ scrapbook layout?