Thursday, 14 January 2010

This is why I scrapbook...

Shimelle has a lovely post on her blog with a little video presentation all about why she scrapbooks. She then asks us why WE scrapbook. It got me thinking. Here's my answer:

Why do I scrapbook? Er - ditto what you said, Shimelle?! I think my main reason though is purely a creative one. I love the process of putting a page together. The page might showcase an event (holiday, birthday) or a moment (special photo of the kids, the sunrise) or it might just answer a question I came across somewhere ('what makes you angry?') Basically, anything might inspire me, and once inspired I'm itching to get that idea onto a layout.



It's nicer to look back at photos that are beautifully presented and that have details of what was going on, rather than wading through a stack of snapshots with only vague ideas of the when and the where and the who. But that's a happy side effect, really.

It's nice to think that other people (my family, friends, random visitors to my house, readers of my blog) might be interested to see some of my pages and journals, but it's OK if I'm the only person to see them - being able to share them is also a happy side effect.

It's nice to think that in future years I'll be able to look back at these and remember so much more of what we did now than if the pages hadn't been created. But that, too, is a happy side effect.

The more I think about it, the more I realise that I scrapbook for ME and I scrapbook for the simple pleasure of creating. And that that's OK!
How do I scrapbook? A mixture of paper and blogging - often a blog post will turn into a page somewhere along the line; the text of the blog post will become the journaling (sometimes after editing, sometimes just as it is) and the photo from the post will appear on my page. For example, this post became this layout:
 


 
Sometimes the page won't have (much) journaling, and the blog post is what fills in the detail.
 
And a page I've made will often appear on my blog, with details of the products and processes. There are lots of examples of that! I guess I do like to share my pages... But it's still not the primary reason!
 
(But I have a little confession. Much as I like pretty paper, that's really not why I scrapbook. I could cope with just using plain cardstock if I had to. Sorry.)
 
Why do you scrapbook?

17 comments:

Ruth said...

I like the way you've captured the spirit of why we scrapbook (just like Shimelle's brilliant video). I'm not so eloquent ~ I scrapbook to provide the memories my son won't remember and also to create a living social history (SYD was a perfect example of that). I know, I know ... that 2nd part makes me sound as though I've got my head up my b*m!!

scrappyjacky said...

You've put it into words so well...I know the main reason why I scrapbook is the creativity....though there are many other reasons as well.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I mainly scrapbook to document our lives, to be able to look back at them. I used to scrapbook more for the creativity, but I tend to use other artistic pursuits for that. So, my scrapbooking has become more workman-like and that's okay! I still enjoy the process of putting together a pretty page - it's fun.
Rinda

JO SOWERBY said...

g8 description and cool hamster LO!!!! i scrapbook as family history and at the moment therapy.
Jo xxx

RachelB said...

I love your post Mel, you have described it beautifully! I Also really like your 'invisible' layout, the faded picture and see-through letters really make it a statement!

grethic said...

I'd love to know what the page of the book is about - what story did the culprit base its escape on; perhaps the great escape? However, I have a very soft for the hamster......

helena said...

love the invisible layout. I scrap for mostly same reasons - enjoy the creativity and it is mostly for me - an extention of my daily journal. And I could live without patterned paper - basic colour cardstock and lots of kraft would suit me fine

Ladkyis said...

When my daughter was born my Dad said "you have to make memories for children" So I started to scrapbook. She is in her 40s now and she is doing the same for her daughter. Me? oh I am still making memories and then scrapbooking them

Kaz said...

Oh I love the LO, I think the transparency makes you look into it more xx

Amy said...

Great post Mel!

Lizzie said...

The hamster is sweet! (and the layouts are lovely too lol!).

Thanks for this follow-up to Shimelle's video. I saw /heard that last night and it did make me think.

I think you are right - for me, scrapbooking is a creative process. I do like to record special events, or special topics (eg. the "Daddy" album I made for my husband, as a Father's Day present). But really, I do it because I love to mess around with paper, inks, paint, scissors, pens, embellishments... It's fun!

furrypig said...

Thanks so much for showing how a blog post can become a layout! That really helps me the newbie (infact Virgin!) scrapper! This may be a great way for me to start thank u xxx

Clair said...

Well, although I'm sorry that you feel invisible, at least you know I understand. As you can see. - and, just so you know What Makes Me Angry is the current challenge on All About Me, so link up and enter for this months prize :)

debs14 said...

I love this post! The invisible layout is fabulous and the hamster one just made me laugh. Having have an escapologist hamster ourselves years ago, I could so understand the story!

Cheri said...

Like you, I scrapbook for ME - for the creative process, and to help me process my life, my thoughts, my feelings about things. That I'm leaving a legacy is a happy accident of it all. And my blog posts become pages and my pages become blog posts. Funny how much fun sharing is!

Karen said...

Another fan of your invisible page! Like you, I scrapbook for me. None of the rest of my family is terribly interested in it. Interestingly, my 26 year old son takes more interest in it than anyone else. But I do it for me. Before card making and scrapbooking I would have said I wasn't at all creative, but now I have a creative outlet which I love. And as time has gone on, the story has become more important as well.

Sian said...

Yes, it's a creative thing for me too. I could go into lots of deep pyschological reasons why I want to commit life to paper -and I'm sure they'd be true- but a lot of the time it's because I like to make stuff.Plain and simple.