I don’t know if any of you noticed this about me, but I used to be a very obsessed scrapbooker. I knew everything about the industry, I consistantly submitted to magazines, I had layoust published… all that jazz. But, then I had a few run-ins with the “industry”. I realized that an industry in which I found so much pleasure was just an industry, like any other industry. They were out to make money, not to advance the cause of keeping family histories (although they pretend to do that while making money — much like how Kaiser tries to advance the cause of being healthy while also making money, but Kaiser is a whole other entry…). I think that realization took a lot of the fun out of it for me, until just recently. I have flipped through the books with Spencer and he has had so much joy in it, and it was obvious that he is not an industry. He thoroughly enjoys flipping through the books, feeling the texture of the chipboard, buttons and ribbons. More he enjoys seeing himself grow up, and remembering the good times that our family has had.
So, I’m back to scrapbooking, and really enjoying it. I no longer know who produces every little line. I do know that it’s fun to walk down a paper isle and pick out patterns that pleasing to me, and I know will fit-in with our family. I don’t need to feel obligated to use flowers more often, or the color pink. I don’t need to worry about using all the newest things so a magazine will notice me. For, I find those magazines to be fairly dishonest at times and I’m not sure I would want my family’s history associated with them anyway.
BUT, what I’ve also realized is that digital scrapbooking most definately has a place in my heart. So often I take a LOT of photos and have a hard time getting them all on a page, and that — my friends — is a place where digital scrapbooking can be a good neighbor. So, here’s a couple of pages I made for things our family did this summer. Then, I just printed them at Costco (8X10’s are only 2 bucks at Costco) and will glue them on some cardstock for stability and throw them in my albums. Anyway, just learning how to make scrapbooking work for me now, that my views have changed. I really feel it’s important, and that I can do it. Do any of you have favorite digital stores? It might be fun to have a few more items (although 2P’s does a free kit every month — I highly recommend those).