Monday, November 9, 2009

Why Scrapbook?

Wouldn't it be easy to just put photos in sleeves of a photo album and be done? Or in today's digital world burn a slide show on a CD.

I personally think we all want our memories to have a more personal touch. They are our memories--they are unique to us.

This is why I scrapbook. I take a million photos and I have a hard time getting rid of any of them. I really try to pick a few that really stand out to me and feature them on a scrapbook page. Then I want to embellish and put even more meaning into the page with elements that fit the memory or trigger even additional memories that are not captured in the photo. From picking the photo to the final touches this process is a therapeutic emotional journey for me. I feel I am documenting the past while cherishing the memory at the same time. So, that is why I scrapbook--I love the creative outlet while at the same time preserving the past.

Why do you Scrapbook?

3 comments:

Mandy and Jack said...

For me, it’s all about the journaling. Preserving memories through story-telling is something I would never do if I didn’t scrapbook or blog. It means so much more to me than a photo can on its own. To write my story from my perspective, to tell those I love the way I see them… that’s the most important reason to scrapbook to me. Even if I didn’t have time for all the pretty paper and the embellishments and the ribbon (which I LOVE though!), there would be a story to go along with my photos. Enter scrapbook.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s a creative outlet that relieves all my stress!! :)

Jackie said...

Mandy, you have the best journaling! I'm bad at that, but it's always better than a name and date scribbled on the back of the photo.

I think scrapbooking helps us celebrate all those special moments in our lives. Unfortunately, this has really fallen by the wayside for me lately, but it's on my to-do list! My plan is to start small, with a goal of creating a 5x7 album with all of the moments I have this year. I always want to create big, and then it never gets done, so this is something small that I'm hoping I can achieve.

Mandy and Jack said...

I'm a blogger. Sometimes I have trouble writing TOO MUCH journaling! :) I think the 5x7 album is a great idea! Not too overwhelming, and great for others to flip through without getting bored. :)