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Scrapbooking: Is It For Me?

Updated on August 21, 2009

What's All The Fuss About

Your best friend and neighbor are now using vocabulary that you don't understand - scrapping, crops, layout. You may be wondering what strange new cult they have joined but after seeing some of their photo scrapbook albums you begin to wonder if this is something you should check out.

The scrapbooking craze has been sweeping not only our nation but several countries for the last 10 years, yet some of you are still holding out. It costs too much. It takes up too much time. I'm not creative enough. However, with all the new supplies and techniques there is sure to be one that fits everyone who is willing to give it a try.

One last question you may ask is why SHOULD I do it? Why should I become a SCRAPBOOK DIVA? Well, in this article I will present some of the reasons to create your very own photo scrapbook album. Whether you choose traditional scrapbooking (handmade from paper, scrapbooking supplies and tools) or Digital Scrapbooking (layouts or layout elements generated from your computer), consider these attributes when deciding to take the plunge.

Preserve Family History for Future Generation

Don't you love finding old letters or journals from days gone by? Everyone wants to know about their past. Why not leave this gift to future generations -- a pictorial, narrative history of you family. Or maybe you have all of those old letters and family pictures of your ancestors - don't wait another minute to get them in a safe environment and create a family heirloom!

Teach Your Children About Family and Traditions

Children learn more when they can see an example. Pictures of you celebrating Christmas will teach them that the traditions you have today are the same ones you had as a child. This helps the child relate the concept of family and traditions.  Create one album that is just for holidays or one for each holiday and add to it every year.  Display your album during the holidays; children and guests will love looking through the scrapbook at holidays past.

Children who do not live close to other family members can keep connected with them through pictures so grandma who lives a thousand miles away is real to them, making the visits mean even more.  Children can also learn about aunts, uncles, or cousins that they do not get to see very often and will give them a sense of belonging to an extended family.

You Never Know What Tomorrow May Bring

I am so thankful for all of the scrapbooks I have depicting my daughters at each phase of their life. It means even more to me now that my oldest daughter passed away after a car accident three years ago. It's still bittersweet to look at the albums but I am so happy that all of those memories are preserved and each picture sparks more memories.

You never know what tomorrow will bring, whether it's losing someone you love or someone you love losing you. What a gift!

Scrapbook Your Faith

In addition to chronicling your or your child's life, why not tell the story of your faith. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, you can create works of art in scrapbooks that celebrate the twists and turns of your spiritual journey, the things that have made you who you are today. By sharing these stories, you can enrich the life of someone else; and isn't that what life is all about, sharing our lives with each other?  Faithbooking, as it is called, has become a favorite of many devoted scrapbookers.

Create a Tribute

It's been three years since I have lost my daughter after a car accident. One of my goals is to create a Tribute Album celebrating her life. She had an amazing, although short life (19 years) and I know that others would be blessed and encouraged by the person she was. I'm not to the point yet that I can do this emotionally, but time will enable me to.

Have you lost someone close to you? What better way to celebrate that special person's life than creating a photo scrapbook album all about them?

I hope that I have given you some ideas and insights into the world of scrapbooking.  I am very passionate about it; not only has it enriched my life by preserving my memories but the creative outlet is a very stress-relieving activity.  I hope you will give it a try!

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    • rmcrayne profile image

      rmcrayne 

      9 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Hello Fellow Texan! Your writing is excellent and your story touching. Best of luck.

    • Meschill profile imageAUTHOR

      Meschill 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      That's great Henderson; it's a great activity for kids!

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      Henderson 

      9 years ago

      It's not for me but the kids like doing it.

    • sggdwi profile image

      sggdwi 

      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Thanks for this hub.

      Very interesting and inspiring

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      Connie Smith 

      9 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      I did a scrapbook for my sister when she retired from the Air Force. I invited several relatives to help and we put together a great scrapbook and had a lot of fun doing it. Of course, that one cost a lot of money to do, but if one really got creative, there are plenty of things around the house that would help make it look great (like buttons,etc.) without spending a lot of money on the extras.

    • Meschill profile imageAUTHOR

      Meschill 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      DoodleLyn,

      Thanks! I love to meet scrapbookers!

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      DoodleLyn 

      9 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

      Welcome to HP, Meschill! This is a very well written hub on scrapbooking. I owned a paper crafts (rubber stamping, scrapbooking, etc) store for 13 years, and just closed two years ago, so I could have a life. lol. Happy to meet another paper addict!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Congratulations for being a Hubnugget Wannabe Meschill. :) Way to go! Be sure to visit this link and participate: https://hubpages.com/literature/hubnuggets-0819200

      My first scrapbooking attempts were made when I was younger where our classmates would decorate a page and write sweet notes to remember. Now that we are older, we would like to treasure certain memories. The reasons you wrote above are indeed wonderful ones to start this hobby. :D

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      Meschill 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Storytellersrus - I always love meeting another scrapbooking soul! Wow, what a great experience to spend time with your father in law and write down his stories. We have so much to learn from each other and it's a shame when someone's stories are not told!

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      Barbara 

      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Meschill, I learned the art of scrapbooking online at my Heritage Makers website and I love the opportunity to do all of the above for family and friends. Earlier this week I took care of my father in law- 85 and on oxygen- for three days while his wife was taking a painting workshop. I was able to slow my life to his speed and get him to remember stories that I wrote down. Now I have to get these books created as Christmas presents for his kids! These gifts are like quilts- family heirlooms. Hope you inspire others to follow in your footsteps!

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      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Meschill,

      I'm just here to let you know that this hub has been nominated to be a HubNugget!

      Keep up the great work!

      ProCW & the HubNuggets Team

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