So if scrapbooking is on the way out, what hobby is taking it's place?
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Posted: 3/20/2013 8:34:28 PM
Scrapbooking will always be my first love, but I hear from many sources that it's falling off in popularity. Many people are no longer as hooked on all things scrapbooking as they once were. Certainly stores are closing and manufacturers ceasing or changing themselves to fit a new market. My friends who are young moms prefer blogging over scrapbooking.

All this makes me wonder...what's coming next? What hobby is growing by leaps and bounds, the same way scrapbooking was a few years ago?


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Posted: 3/20/2013 8:39:49 PM
Well, I'm still excited about scrapbooking! I don't know if I'd ever replace this hobby!


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Posted: 3/20/2013 8:41:16 PM
I don't think that scrapbooking is going away, rather it is evolving. There seems to be a lot of focus on the Project Life type of scrapbooking by many, many companies and scrappers. It is simple, fast and makes it easier to get those pages done.

Scrappers, as well as other types of shoppers are ordering online more and it is hurting local stores. You can order most of the time at a cheaper price, a wider variety of choice and get a quick delivery without the inconvenience of having to go out shopping.

I think scrapbooking is here to stay, in one fashion or another.

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Posted: 3/20/2013 8:41:24 PM
This has been my hobby for ten years and I still love it, but I think knitting or crocheting is making a big impact. And apparently the cake decorating classes at Michaels always sell out over scrapbooking.


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Posted: 3/20/2013 8:47:42 PM
I haven't heard that it's dying out...I hope it doesn't! I am still as excited as ever if not more. It just seems to me that scrapping is just as exciting as it was a few years ago. I remember when cross stitching was really popular and the stores had a couple to three rows of items related to cross you are lucky to see half a row of those supplies. Scrapbooking supplies still seem to take over quite a bit of space in the stores. I also noticed that knitting and crocheting seem to take up quite a bit of space too with all that fancy yarn But that has been going on for quite awhile. I have no idea what will take over...I am just glad that I have enough supplies in my scraproom to last me a life time if it does happen to fade as a hobby!

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Posted: 3/20/2013 8:50:49 PM
Our LSS has closed so I think that it's not as trendy... but it may also be that more stuff is now available in online stores and in big box stores than previously. The big box stores were mediocre when I started scrapping but sell a lot more current product these days.

I do think that blogging and photography are pretty popular hobbies in my circle.


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Posted: 3/20/2013 8:52:05 PM
I have been surprised at how many are quilting. One of my scrappy friend's Mom owns a quilt shop and has been in business over 14 years. I have been scrapping off and on for 30 years so it's here to stay for me.
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Posted: 3/20/2013 8:54:14 PM
I am certainly going to do my part to keep scrapbooking going, but I think the huge fervor has died down some. It does seem like knitting/crocheting is on the way up in popularity, and there is always photography. If macrame(sp?) makes its way back, we'll have really come full circle!! lol


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Posted: 3/20/2013 9:09:25 PM
I sure haven't heard that it is dying out. Crazy talk! I have been scrapping since I was 14 years old.. and I am almost 27. I think that it has evolved over time and I am sure will continue to. I am sure there will always be some form of memory preservation.

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Posted: 3/20/2013 9:14:36 PM
it *has* declined in popularity....just look at all of the stores and manufacturers that have folded.

I think knit/crochet as well as beading have gained popularity since I started scrapbooking 14yr ago.


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Posted: 3/20/2013 9:31:38 PM
If you had seen the crowds at the Bay Area Scrapbook Expo last weekend, you'd be swallowing those words.

Seriously, scrapbooking's popularity HAS declined a lot in the last 5-10 years. It had a meteoric rise in the '90s but all crafts cycle in and out of popularity.

Hopefully enough people will always maintain enough interest to keep the industry afloat and innovating forever.

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Posted: 3/20/2013 9:38:22 PM
A lot of my friends have jumped ship to knitting and crocheting!


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Posted: 3/20/2013 9:38:56 PM
A lot of my friends have jumped ship to knitting and crocheting!


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Posted: 3/20/2013 9:48:05 PM
Maybe it's eating cupcakes or yogurt? I can't go anywhere without seeing a new cupcake or yogurt shop!


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Posted: 3/20/2013 10:17:56 PM
Based on the magazine shelves and floor space at the big boxes, I would have said beading... But now that seems to be on the decline.

I am seeing an uptick in the knit/crochet sector. Two of my acquaintances have separately begun selling their knit goods in boutique stores. They are both AMAZING artists, but the fact that the boutiques are interested in carrying hand-knit items is telling.


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Posted: 3/20/2013 10:27:22 PM
I have been scrapping off and on for 12 years. I switched to digital scrapping, but now have gone back to paper scrapping as well. I just have too many photos sitting in boxes and albums from my film days to stop paper scrapping completely. I have started the Project Life style and Smash books though over traditional 12x12 pages. Also I have been doing mini theme books too. We have a J's and an M's here in town and a very large independent scrapbook store that I hop around to for sb stuff. I also am a stamper and buys stamps online mostly.

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Posted: 3/20/2013 10:39:45 PM

Well in the scrapbooking mecca of Utah...the bi-annual scrapbook expo is now officially an annual event. That makes me sad.


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Posted: 3/20/2013 10:54:10 PM
I don't think Scrapbooking is on the decline - I see lots of young fresh faces who love Scrapbooking & I think those of us who've been at it for 10+ years are probably lifelong scrapbookers. I think it is actually expanding as the definition of Scrapbooking has become broader than it was 10 or 15 years ago.

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Posted: 3/20/2013 10:56:57 PM
Wow, Furry, that says something.

I'd say Quilting/Sewing is hot and growing right now. At least according to my scrapping sister that quit scrapping 3 years ago and has quit work for a part-time job at a quilting store and who has two Bernina's. And it's NAUSEATING to me! It's all she talks about!


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Posted: 3/20/2013 11:31:20 PM
I think with the serious onset of digital scrapbooking and photo editing apps more is being done online but I would never go as far as to say that it's going downhill at all. If anything people have been more careful with their money due to economy but I expect that to improve somewhat now things are back on track somewhat.

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Posted: 3/20/2013 11:41:47 PM
Quilting seems to be the 'hot' hobby now. Although knitting still seems big and crochet is popular, too.

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Posted: 3/20/2013 11:45:31 PM
Nope I think it will be here to stay just like everything else. It may die down some but like any other hobby it has its ups and downs.

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Posted: 3/20/2013 11:47:05 PM
I have never heard this either, still going strong where i live.
LSS shut down as they are so expensive to run and most people are buying on line etc

I think it gets more popular every year

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Posted: 3/20/2013 11:58:10 PM
I just never seem to be on trend!

A while back (15+ years) I was quilting. It was sooooo hard to find support for that (tools, books, etc).

Now I am a dedicated scrapper and you're telling me I'm off trend?! I give up.

I don't care, though. I'm not going anywhere. This is it now. I'm hooked on pretty paper!

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Posted: 3/21/2013 12:16:39 AM
It's funny, this thing going around about scrapping fading away has been being said for many years.
It seems to me it's going strong. Evolving, but going strong.
The companies that are closing are just like others in other industries. Some make it some don't

I don't think scrapping is going anywhere

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Posted: 3/21/2013 12:44:15 AM
There's a sick part of me that kind of hopes that it's going "out of style" so we can all suck up all the huge sales to get rid of it from stores! I know... sick....

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Posted: 3/21/2013 1:04:38 AM
I don't think it's on the way out. I think it's popularity has waned from the heyday, but like most hobbies, some form of it will continue. It's like fashions..cyclical.


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Posted: 3/21/2013 1:19:09 AM
Mixed Media!!

Look at how many of our original scrapbooking heros have turned into full-time mixed media artists.

I gave up scrapbooking years ago for cardmaking, and now mixed media is squeezing its way into my craft room little by little.

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Posted: 3/21/2013 3:24:21 AM
All crafts ebb and flow in popularity. I've been a knitter for over 30 years and I remember the spikes, especially in the early 90s, early 2000s, and after 2007 when Ravelry was founded. I also remember the 80s when it was sooo hard to find good wool and yarn shops were closing by the dozen.

I don't think it is dying. It's just evolving. Fewer people print photos, and the idea of being able to do something with your photos was what got a lot of people into this hobby. With that, some evolution has to occur. Also, there had to be a certain amount of fall off after the 'bloat' of the industry. I'd prefer to think of scrapbooking as a hobby that has stabilised and matured.

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Posted: 3/21/2013 3:44:30 AM
Is it less popular than its pre-recession hey day? Yes. There was that CK survey that estimated one in four households in American included someone who declared themselves 'a scrapbooker', and let's be honest - that was crazy saturation of one hobby! It also wasn't universal, and where I live I still get the opportunity to 'define' scrapbooking because people have no idea what I mean when I say that. I think the grand number of people shopping the scrapbook aisle has diminished, but the quality of the industry has grown - there are further options, companies have shifted a focus to produce quality and consistency mixed with a bit of innovation rather than every release being something completely new and different that tried to change the game and make our old supplies obsolete, there is much more focus on education and the idea of learning to make this hobby exactly what would be best for you.

When I worked for a scrapbooking title and it was closed by the publisher (we were in profit, but not profitable enough to a large publishing company!) it was replaced by a knitting and crochet title, so I suppose that is a partial answer to your question. But if you look back, knitting was making a big resurgence around 2006-2009, I would say? Books were coming out that showed a younger, trendier side to knitting and dismissed the 'grandma' image (I love all sorts of handmade wonderment, so that's not my judgement of the craft - I mean they were directly addressing it as such in print and online, if that makes sense. A sort of 'knitting isn't just for doilies' type approach.) so that would support the theory that all crafts go through this cycle of crafty people moving from one to another. Some will latch onto a craft they really love and work with it exclusively; others will pick up a project and then move onto a project in a different craft and just generally keep making while not identifying with a single craft. So that also bodes well for scrapbooking to stick around even when scrappers feel a pull to go knit or quilt or make jewellery. (At trade shows, those are the other main players - knit + crochet, quilting + some other sewing, jewellery making.)

One thing to keep in mind though: the decline of the LSS and expo market doesn't necessarily signal the decline of the hobby itself. Record stores have closed without the music industry disappearing; book stores closing may have signalled fewer sales of printed books but it hasn't stopped authors from writing or readers from reading. These are just changes in our society from outside factors. Now it's how the internet is changing our landscape; there was a similarly significant change when family cars became the norm and shopping options didn't need to be within walking distance. Mail-order changed things; cheap factory labour and supply chains gave us more variety and the ability to buy more of pretty much anything that the previous generation. Although the tightening of the market certainly hits luxury spends like scrapbooking when households need to trim things from the budget, I don't think we should be too quick to say the demise of the local scrapbook store (which has always been a difficult business for creating enough profit!) equals the demise of the hobby itself.

And if I'm wrong, no worries - I'll be the girl scrapping in the corner and pretending scrapbooking never went away!

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Posted: 3/21/2013 6:56:35 AM
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Posted: 3/21/2013 7:04:05 AM
We had this same discussion right here 5 years ago. "Scrapbooking is dying out. Soon no one will be doing it." It seems to be a robust industry to me. I think there has been a move away from small, local LSS and more toward on-line shopping. Also, a move toward digital and PL style scrapping. I don't think its dying. I am disappointed that so many scrapbook magazines have gone under, but that is true of magazines in general. And there are so many great blogs to replace them.



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Posted: 3/21/2013 7:56:32 AM
I agree that it's just changing, and maybe some who used to scrapbook have moved on to another hobby. I used to go back and forth between quilting and scrapbooking, but I decided I wanted to scrapbook more and haven't quilted in ages. I still sew from time to time, but that's more out of necessity than hobby.

I was in a store a couple of weeks ago, and the cashier asked if I was a scrapbooker based on what I was buying, and I said yes, I do, and she said well if you ever want to teach any classes, we need someone. I was sort of taken off guard! She said they have people that want the classes but lack the teachers. In light of that I think it definitely depends on where you are and the recession definitely has had an impact.

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Posted: 3/21/2013 8:58:29 AM
I think the one thing about knitting/crocheting/quilting is, how many blankets/sweaters/scarves etc can you possibly make and give out before people are running away from you because they don't want another whatever? I do like the thought of knowing how to do those things, but in the long run, I don't think I would use them often.

Whereas with scrapbooking, you (general you) are always taking pictures and need to do something with them other than just keeping them on your computer (well, some people do of course), so what better thing to do with them than scrapbook? Which is why, while maybe waining a little in popularity, wouldn't ever completely die. I do think the main thing about the scrapbook industry is that it is so inundated with product, and that product is rather expensive, which is what makes stores and companies go out of business.

I still love scrapbooking and all the products that go with it, and unless something drastic happens, I don't see that happening.



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Posted: 3/21/2013 9:30:37 AM
Knitting and quilting seem to be what people I know have taken up. And then there is jewelry making, too.

I also have some friends who have goteen into, or back into painting/watercolors, etc.

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Posted: 3/21/2013 9:51:20 AM

I think the one thing about knitting/crocheting/quilting is, how many blankets/sweaters/scarves etc can you possibly make and give out before people are running away from you because they don't want another whatever?

This is how I feel about knitting. I started about 3 years ago, and I have already gifted a hand-knit item to everyone I know who would possibly want one (and maybe to some people who didn't! ) It doesn't get cold enough where I live to warrant all the scarves, shawls, etc. that I already have, much less to keep making them. But I do still knit occasionally because I enjoy it.


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Posted: 3/21/2013 10:10:59 AM
I don't think scrapbooking is going away. I think it is changing and evolving like Shimelle said. Bookstores closing, movie rental places gone and closed up shop. I completely agree that society and internet plays a big part, as well as a rocky economy and money is tight. You don't hear much about stitchery/cross stitching. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy it every now and then. That was my hobby of choice before scrapbooking. I still love my stitchery. I think scrapbooking isn't going anywhere. And, if it does, I will be with Shimelle in the corner, scrapbooking. I certainly have no plans of giving it up.


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Posted: 3/21/2013 11:42:48 AM
Art journaling is on the rise but I'd never stop scrapbooking.

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Posted: 3/21/2013 12:02:05 PM
I'd second the opinion that we now have more quality vs. quantity in the scrapbooking industry. Hope to see that trend continue. I just love all the new designers and innovative uses for product


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Posted: 3/21/2013 12:56:03 PM
As long as Glitter Girl is around, there will be scrapbooking.


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I think the one thing about knitting/crocheting/quilting is, how many blankets/sweaters/scarves etc can you possibly make and give out before people are running away from you because they don't want another whatever? I do like the thought of knowing how to do those things, but in the long run, I don't think I would use them often.

That's why I love cardmaking! Send 'em away - they don't clutter your own shelves. As for the recipients, the ones who cherish them will save and love your cards. The ones who don't cherish them will appreciate the thought, then throw them away. Nobody has to feel burdened, and I get to create as much as I like!

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Posted: 3/21/2013 3:17:45 PM
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I don't know because I still love it!

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Posted: 3/21/2013 3:37:19 PM
I find this discussion very interesting! For me, it's a bit different because I live in Germany and scrapping has never been really this big here as in the US. I have to define "scrapbooking" and "mixed media" VERY often. ^^

It used to be a short "trend" some years ago, but then disappeared again partly and as far as I can see, now is on the rise again.

There have been 2 new scrapbooking magazines in the last years, and the online-stores are growing (they have more and more companies & items).

Mixed- media influences are on the rise, too, I think. Mixed-Media is also very unknow territority in Germany, yet. But thanks to the net,you get to see and order lots of things online

And there is even a "local/online" Scrapbooking Store (about half an hour driving time) away from where I live.

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Posted: 3/21/2013 3:43:04 PM
It is my favorite hobby. What other hobby can you sit and enjoy as much. I know there is plenty more out there but not for me. Quilting and crocheting and knitting seem to be picking up fast with my circle of friends.


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Posted: 3/21/2013 4:25:25 PM
I don't think Scrapbooking is on it's way out, just not as popular. Quilting is very popular now and so are crocheting and knitting..

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Posted: 3/21/2013 4:26:48 PM
I think that photos and the keeping of memories will always be valued by many people.

I do think that blogs, photo books, and other advances in integrating photos and memories has filled that need for many.

There will always be arts and crafts because people enjoy creating. Judging from the theory of what goes around comes around - my money is on macrame plant hangers - or mix tapes

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Posted: 3/21/2013 4:53:10 PM
Every time I see a post like this, I think "where is this coming from?" If the main indication were LSS closing we could say the hobby died 10 years ago because that is when the stores in this area started closing and didn't come back. There are tons of small businesses going away - mainly furniture and clothing stores in my area. Business is just changing. MOre and more we buy everything on-line.

As for young moms blogging, I hope they are but somebody should tell the people at Google who decided to get rid of Google Reader because they think blogging is dead.

Personally, I'm more into scrapbooking than ever. My best friend is coming back to scrapbooking and started card making.

I suppose there will always be people coming and going in any hobby but look at the number of projects in the gallery. Has there been a decline? It doesn't seem so.

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Posted: 3/21/2013 4:57:16 PM
Mixed Media... but I don't think scrapping is going anywhere. It has definitely evolved, and at first it was completely saturated in the market and is now settling into place.

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Posted: 3/21/2013 5:07:10 PM

I think the grand number of people shopping the scrapbook aisle has diminished, but the quality of the industry has grown...

I so agree with this, Shimelle. The quality of scrapbooking products has increased tremendously in just the last 3 years. There are so many more embellishments now, better quality paper, and of course the trend toward non traditional sbing with art journals, SMASH, PL and photobooks.

Taking photos and memory-keeping will always be important, at least to this Pea.

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