Rhonda in TX
Loc: Houston, TX
|Posted: 5/15/2013 7:40:07 AM|
I love that Two Peas has designers and forum members from all over the world, whether natives or expats, and that it brings us together. It makes me wonder, though, how popular scrapbooking is outside the US. Do those who live in other countries find it easy to find other scrappers? How did you get introduced to it as a hobby/craft? I know that scrapbooking in its basics has been around for longer than the craft, but I'm specifically talking about the paper/stickers/etc. method that you see here at 2 Peas (and other places).
|Been scrappin' for 15 years
Homeschool mom of 2 - DS (16) and DD (15)
Loc: an Aussie in Germany
|Posted: 5/15/2013 8:00:55 AM|
I began to scrapbook in Australia about 13 years ago. There were a few LYS around in my city and also some online stores. At the time, the Aussie dollar was pretty weak compared to the US dollar, so supplies were relatively expensive. I could get American magazines (CK, PaperKuts, etc) at my newsagent, and later Borders. At one point, there were even 2 or 3 Australia scrapbooking magazines.
I am not sure what it is like there now, as I've been in Germany for over 3 years now.
Here, scrapbooking - as we would define it on 2Ps - seems to be very new, although from seeing the lovely photo albums available in the stores, the concept of photo preservation is not. Paper crafts of other kinds seem popular - there are loads of card making supplies around, and handmade invitations for all sorts of parties seem to be common - you can definitely get plenty of supplies.
There are a few scrapbook stores around. There is one in Munich - where I will be attending my first crop tomorrow - and I have found a few good online stores, which sell most of the big US brands as well as a few local papers.
There is also a German language scrapbooking magazine now.
|Posted: 5/15/2013 8:17:05 AM|
I'm a Texan living in England for the past 12 years. Scrapbooking is hugely popular here and we have a very active online community, similar to Two Peas but smaller, of course. Until very recently, we had lots of scrapbook shops, both online and bricks-and-mortar, but all over Europe the recession is hitting us very hard. Even more than in the U.S., so a lot have closed within the past year or so. However, some of the ones that are left are very good. We still have crops, retreats, etc. although most of us still look to the US as leader.
There are also very active scrapbookers in Holland, Poland, the Scandinavian countries (esp Sweden), and France.
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Loc: Oxford, England
|Posted: 5/15/2013 8:21:08 AM|
I'm in England too and have only ever met 1 other real life scrapper in my life. I could probably arrange to meet up with some of the online people if I wanted to and I am trying to find a cop to go to locally, but I don't think it's as popular as it is in the US. Most people I know don't really know what it is.
Loc: Aussie in SC. USA
|Posted: 5/15/2013 8:24:24 AM|
There are still 2 or 3 Australian scrapbooking magazines, but also a few from Britain and then a couple from the US that are commonly in the newsagent in Australia.
There was an LSS about an hr from where I was living, but that was also the closest town to us.
Spotlight which is kind of in a round about way similar to M's in the US has scrapbooking items. There are a number of online/brick and mortar stores. I didn't have trouble finding supplies of any kind.
And from the look of the magazines, it was pretty popular, and some amazing talent. The lss always had people in it cropping and shopping, and it wasn't an overly huge town either.
Loc: Aberdeen, UK
|Posted: 5/15/2013 8:25:38 AM|
Scrapbooking is popular in France too, but less these past few years. French people are more into cardmaking, and scrapbook supplies are very expensive. Only a couple of magazines in France.
I got a booth in scrapbook expos, starting 2007 and that was a bit hit. But some expos were cancelled few years later and people don't put that much money into hobbies anymore.
So popular but decreasing.
Loc: Cape Town, South Africa
|Posted: 5/15/2013 8:27:55 AM|Here in South Africa I've seen it grow in popularity over the years, when I first started out (around 2001/2002) access to product was about zero, but now we have LSS's and even quite a few local online stores we can buy from. We also hold conventions and still have one printed magazine devoted totally to scrapbooking; sadly the others have fallen by the way side. As far as I know we have one local manufacturer of product but on the whole most of what we see in our stores is imported from the US and Australia. I'm a bit of a loner so I don't seek out crops and suchlike but there are classes that are hosted at stores and I'm sure all over SA women are getting together to share this wonderful hobby
Loc: in my scraproom in PA
|Posted: 5/15/2013 8:32:44 AM|
I lived in Germany & visited Japan for 1 month and it was very popular in both countries. Japan had great Washi available everywhere. I was in Washi heaven. I also found great embellies.
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Loc: london, england
|Posted: 5/15/2013 8:49:48 AM|I started scrapping shortly before I left the US, so the vast majority of my time in this hobby has been within the UK. What says it all to me is that if one uses the word 'scrapbooking', most Americans have heard the word and have a general idea of what it is, even if that idea is a bit out of date or vague (which is to be accepted - I don't know the finer points of hundreds of other hobbies out there either), but it is exceedingly rare that a Brit isn't thoroughly confused by the term. Most people I meet here tend to think it has something to do with cutting pop star pictures out of magazines, because in the days of David Cassidy, that was a popular thing for girls to do and they called it 'working on their scrapbook'. That movies a little more context to why I get a few raised eyebrows when I say I work in the scrapbook business! I often describe my job without using the word 'scrapbook' unless I'm around other crafty people.
Interestingly, it is not uncommon for an Aussie or sometimes a Kiwi to stop my explanation and say 'oh, like scrapbooking?' I think the hobby may be a bit more visible there, though still not as common as in the US.
Knowing our circulation of magazine subscribers at its height to the population of the UK, we're looking at one to two percent of the population. At the height of the industry in the US, the Scrapbooking in America surveys were suggesting more than one in four households included someone who identified themselves as a scrapbooker. I think that number was a bit high, but we're still looking at a huge difference between the two.
I'm asked almost every day where the scrapbook stores in London are located. There are none! There is one stamp shop, but most scrapbookers would find it out of style. Great for ink pads and a variety of art stamps and the things for doing different stamping techniques - very Stampington/Somerset in feel. Not big on following trends or bringing in collections of paper. They also make custom stamps, and I have a feeling that is a big part of their business and it makes the viable in the city. In terms of a scrapbook shop, the products simply don't have enough profit margin to clear the overhead of London rent. Admittedly, there is a similar situation in NYC - it seems like there should be a shop for everything in such big city, but the shops are also so expensive that there isn't a way to stay competitive.
All that said, I think what you do find when you meet scrappers in other countries is that you find people who are quite involved with their hobby in one way or another, and fewer people who just have a box of scrapbooking supplies just waiting for a good time time to work on something. I have friends from home who have bought a Cricut or similar because they saw it on TV and it looked cool - but they aren't paper crafters. Here, everyone I know who owns a Cricut is using it to make pages or cards and that is why they bought it. We don't have the same sort of prevalence of big box stores, and the chain we do have is pricey, so maybe that results in fewer random purchases. It has to be said I discovered scrapbooking through a kit at Big Lots and then additional supplies at Hobby Lobby. I don't know if I would have ever fallen into the hobby here in the UK, because I can't think of anywhere I would go where it would just happen to be... But I was a college student. Big Lots was totally a place I would just happen to be!
I've been teaching once a year in Germany for four years now I think, and it is amazing to see how the hobby has progressed there. They area very arty and when I first visited they were all about precision and measurements, and now they are very confident in altered art styles, mists, stamping, and so on. That event has grown each year and always sells out, but I don't know much about the hobby there outside that event aside from a little conversation each year.
Loc: an Aussie in Germany
|Posted: 5/15/2013 8:55:01 AM|
What says it all to me is that if one uses the word 'scrapbooking', most Americans have heard the word and have a general idea of what it is, even if that idea is a bit out of date or vague (which is to be accepted - I don't know the finer points of hundreds of other hobbies out there either), but it is exceedingly rare that a Brit isn't thoroughly confused by the term.
I ran into this my first year here in Germany. I ordered some supplies from the US, and the customs form said 'Scrapbooking Supplies'. My package was held up in customs and I had to go to the office to collect it. Once I showed them the printout for my order, and said 'for photo albums' I was fine - it was just they had no idea what 'scrapbooking' meant.
Ans Shimelle - I wish I was in the right part of Germany to attend one of your classes.
Loc: Tasmania, Australia
|Posted: 5/15/2013 9:37:10 AM|
Scrapbooking is pretty big here in Australia.
The bricks & mortar stores seem to be dropping off (due to the economy) but I guess we are seeing that everywhere. I own an online store as the overheads are a lot cheaper.
We have two main scrapbooking magazines, Scrapbook Creations and Scrapbooking Memories. I think there are a couple of other smaller ones too!
I think it's pretty big. I am heading off to a big scrapbooking convention in Brisbane in just a few weeks time!
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
|Posted: 5/15/2013 9:38:01 AM| I think that here (France), it is the "beginning", I mean, I think this hobby will be more and more present : you can find more and more stuff, and also good french stuff (kesiart, florileges design, katzelkraft, color conspiracy, swirlcards, papier de pandore, 4enscrap...) and internet is very active (blogs, forums...).
You can find lots and lots of trendy stuff (french and american) on various french stores and also on some real shops, but less. General stores also begin to have more trendy products.
I begin to scrapbook in 2008 and you could already find various products, but I think this was the moment where lots of french manufacturers appeared and choices became larger.
Lots of people that I know don't even know the word "scrapbooking"
and lots of virtual scrapbookers that I know are in this hobby for less time than me (so less than 5 years).
Lots of people that I know like to look at my albums and think this hobby is interesting, and they also love to receive handmade gifts, like albums or cards (both old and young people).
What is missing (for me), it is's workshops. There is some, but not like in America and they are more "in real" that online. And they are often expensive for what they teach (I think), or I am not interested. I love Two peas free classes, fee workshops or shimelle's classes ! I learned so much.
If I am here, it is because I began to be less interested by "one little photo and lots of art around" trend : I find it very beautiful but I don't want that for my albums, KWIM ? And this is also a very strong trend here, like the wonderful work of Amelie Mordret fom Peebles (she's French and she makes amazing layouts ! I really love her but I can't do that with my layouts).
I know this is an usual complaint here, that artfull scrapbooking is too present, but I think there are lots and lots of famous american scrapbookers who scrap differently so I find more inspiration in this side of the ocean right now (this may change as I love to see different things and move from here to there).
I love lots of wonderful french scrapbookers, like :
- Amelie Mordret
- MLaure B
and lots more !
But I am looking for more inspiration and I fell in love with american scrapbookers, like :
- Shimelle (her teaching way)
- Jen Gallacher
- Lisa Dickinson
- Allison Davis
- Laura Vegas
- Nichol Magouirk
- Sheri Reguly
and lots more also !
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|Posted: 5/15/2013 9:56:07 AM|Of course, it probably depends of where you live ... I am not near Paris, I live in a tiny village, but I am lucky to have a very good scrapbook store not far in the next "big" town (tiny store but full packed with new stuff and lots of american and french manufacturer !).
But it's true that it's an expensive hobby, above all when you start in it !
My mother (who also scrapbooks) has suscribed to two french scrap magazines ; one of this is rather old (I mean, it appears about when "american" scrapbooking came here). I count three "big" scrap magazines : "histoires de pages", "esprit scrapbooking" and "entreartistes" (I think others are less important but they exist).
Sorry for my english.
Rhonda in TX
Loc: Houston, TX
|Posted: 5/15/2013 11:01:53 AM|This is fascinating. Thank you to all who have replied so far.
|Been scrappin' for 15 years
Homeschool mom of 2 - DS (16) and DD (15)
Loc: Aldaya, Valencia,Spain
|Posted: 5/15/2013 11:32:51 AM|Scrapbooking in Spain is getting big too, fortunately!!
I knew about it back in 1998 when I spent a year as an au pain in the USA.
I still buy a lot online out of the countryo, but I can buy now in Spain too. There are 3 shops in my city
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|Posted: 5/15/2013 12:32:12 PM|
It is huge from what I see. I subscribe to Scrap365 which is a British scrapbooking magazine. You will see designers from all over. I then design with women from Russia, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, etc. The talent is beyond amazing!
|Posted: 5/15/2013 12:57:05 PM|
Shimelle pretty much covered the UK in her post, and here in Jersey it is not dissimilar. I am lucky that we started a crop when I returned form South Africa in 2003 we meet once a month, but our numbers diminished so now it is a crafting meet, which is fun because then we get to see what other crafters are doing too.
We don't have a LSS but can get some products at a couple of generic craft stores, but not the real fun stuff, and classes don't exist, but we were very lucky to have scrapagogo come over for one day events a couple of times. I wish we got more opportunities like that because it is hard for me to take off for weekend events off island.
Still so much inspiration on the Internet now it is probably more the social side I crave
|Posted: 5/15/2013 1:13:23 PM|
I wonder if different countries do different styles of scrapbooking because more of them are coming at it from different papercrafts? it would be great to copy/borrow/ be inspired by some different cultural styles.
|Posted: 5/15/2013 1:27:50 PM|
When we were in Malaysia in the starting of 2003 scrapbooking was a foreign concept. there were some art stores with carried special paper more like handmade etc. but there was no scrapbooking store. But when I was leaving Malaysia in 2010 there was one scrapbooking store opened and one of the main store ( like Walmart here) started carrying some scrapbooking things .There were few Japanese stores there which carried some fancy items , nice origami paper & some Jolee type stickers.
Loc: Charlotte/Concord, NC
|Posted: 5/15/2013 2:02:06 PM|
WOW - this is so amazing and interesting. I'm so glad you all are sharing and the OP thought to ask.
Loc: New Zealand
|Posted: 5/15/2013 3:06:27 PM|
I started scrapbooking in NZ in 2004 and was hooked! My city (100 000) had two LSS's as well as a couple of big box style shops. Most NZers I talk to know what scrapbooking is (now).
In 2005 I moved to the UK and as I had only planned on living there for 18 months I took a break. In 2007 when it was obvious we were staying I jumped back in, only to be quite disappointed (because as Shimelle said) London didn't have any LSS's. I did love the UK mags, especially the one that Shimelle was on the DT for, and there was (and still is) a good twice yearly expo selling supplies.
In 2009 I discovered that outside of London there were more but not many LSSs and joined a monthly class at one. By this stage I was also travellng regularly to the US so I stocked up large! By the time I left last year there were lots of online shops I used, but still not many people in the UK had hear of what I did.
Back in NZ (in the same city as before) the two LSSs have shut but thankfully another has opened. However, the range is small, and often a couple of years behind. So I do most of my shopping here, and pay the shipping, because even after I take into account exchange rates, and shipping, my shop is always cheaper! And often by a lot! I do go to local crops and buy basics from my LSS to help the, keep going!
So long story short, most people have some idea about it, but then when they realise what is involved either love the idea or can't believe I spend all that money on paper!
|Posted: 5/15/2013 3:11:07 PM|I'm a Canadian ex-pat and been living in Sweden the last 11 years. I started tentatively getting into scrapbooking around 2006, I reckon, and there wasn't a lot of product available here at that time. All the pp I have left from those first few years is very dark and drab (totally NOT my style, unfortunately) and there wasn't much in the way of adhesives and embellishments like we know and think of today.
However, a lot of that has changed now, thankfully. Panduro is probably the country's largest scrapbooking supplier (they're a large Norwegian crafting chain store with shops throughout Scandinavia and the UK). They now have their own line of scrapbooking supplies and have carried generic lines for the past few years. Just within the last year I've noticed they periodically get in partial lines of some of the big name brand companies - so far I've seen them carry half of the pp for OA's Cakewalk and again, about half of the pp for Webster's Pages Colour and Composition by Allison Kreft (so you know I totally scooped those up locally!).
We also have a few LSS. I'm based in MalmÃ¶ in the south and we had one LSS a few years back that has unfortunately since closed but the local stamping shop doubles as a quite well outfitted scrapbooking store and they do good business. Like the stamping shop Shimelle mentioned, this one does custom business stamps, which likely supports most of their income. There are also a few other small scrapbooking shops in surrounding towns, most of which you can purchase from online if you don't want to travel to them directly.
What I find is lacking in the Swedish scrapbooking market is the crops, workshops and crafting expos like you get in the States or UK. I seem to recall that the stamping/scrapbooking shop I mentioned previously periodically has specialty lesson days, etc. but they're often during work hours so I can't attend. But I'm okay with not going to crops or workshops - I probably work better at home anyway and it's my 'me' time.
Loc: Cork Ireland
|Posted: 5/15/2013 3:28:41 PM|
I'm in Ireland and scrapbooking is not huge here, we have one 'art supplies' shop with a small section dedicated to paper and embellishments. When I first moved here 5 years ago this section was dire but recently the owners have really upped their game with Smash books, Daybooks and washi tape. It's still way way behind what is available in the US but hopefully it's getting there.
I've never met another real life scrapbooker and failed woefully at the weekend when someone asked me what you use 12x12 papers for!
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Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 5/15/2013 3:39:54 PM|Doesn't exist in Hong Kong, and I'm guessing much of the rest of Asia. Even as a kid growing up there, I'd always thought that I'd be involved with crafts somehow, so I'm glad to be here in USA now.
If I have to use all this paper before I die, I'll live forever!
|Posted: 5/15/2013 3:45:52 PM|
Nice post! Very interesting!
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|Posted: 5/15/2013 3:48:32 PM|
It still seems big in Canada, our DS's GF is getting into it now. She's 22.
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|Posted: 5/15/2013 4:06:28 PM|Where I am in Canada, scrapbooking is known, but I'd say that unless someone is aware of a place like TwoPeas, their ideas of scrapbooking come from Michaels... I've heard comments, "oh - like fancy baby books", and I think most people think it's limited to special events (babies, weddings, a vacation) and not 'just' family or everyday moments... I don't think they realize how artistic and varied it is either... I show them the stuff on TwoPeas and they always react with a comment about how it's art and not just a crafty thing...
Around me there is one LSS... There used to be a half dozen more, but they've all closed... I think it's similar to what Shimelle described - the rents in the big city, where you expect there to be everything, are just too much for LSSs... The store that is still open is in the spot where rent would be the least, and right in the middle of a residential area... The other stores were located in those big box store shopping areas (they just sort of got lost there), or near other little shops (expensive rent and near businesses not homes)... My Mom only has Michaels as her option, and while okay for basics, she doesn't find it inspiring... A friend who scraps in also in the same spot - the only LSS near her is just under an hour's drive away... Even though there's online shopping, it can be frustrating to not be able to touch/see the different products and having to wait to get them...LOL
In Finland, I found more scraping stuff than I had expected, but the prices were quite high... A lot of people made cards, and a lot did paper art - trading cards, collages, mixed media, etc... Most of the fine art stores had a small selection of papers, or scissors and punches... Mind you, Fiskars is a Finnish company...LOL The thing I liked was that they took it seriously - it was art, not just a cut and paste crafty hobby...
Isbaha, thanks for mentioning some French scrapbookers... I love to see the different styles...
Love hearing about everyone's experiences - great thread
|Posted: 5/15/2013 5:09:21 PM|
Interesting thread. I had to goggle "Jersey" though. I should have known there was a Jersey, since there is a New Jersey!
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Loc: Melbourne, Australia
|Posted: 5/15/2013 6:48:16 PM|
Recently in Melbourne (Australia) I've started to hear scrapbooking mentioned on a couple radio ads. Not ads about scrapbooking, more like jokes about kids moving out of home and Mum turning their bedroom into a scrapbooking room. While I don't think it would be considered a trendy hobby by many, it certainly indicates there is a high general awareness.
|Posted: 5/15/2013 6:54:59 PM|
RnKMom There is a shop in Hongkong that carries sbing supplies. There is also an art store which carries some basic sbing supplies.
Anna in TX
|Posted: 5/15/2013 7:16:32 PM|Thank you, our international Peas, for all the info! It's so interesting to see how our collective hobby varies in the different countries.
|Posted: 5/15/2013 8:37:38 PM|South Aussie here. I started at a CM party in 2001 . I can remember a time when there were 5 LSS within 2hr drive of my house as I am rural. Now there are 2 left within 1 hr .
There are some good online Aussie suppliers but with AUD still strong against USD it is often cheaper to pay shipping and buy US[except unfortunately from 2 peas where shipping is high]
There is also a growing ATC and mixed media community here now too
Loc: Adelaide, Australia
|Posted: 5/15/2013 10:44:29 PM|
South Aussie here too. I started in 2000 when I was living in Canada and saw a segment on it one morning. By the end of the day, I had been to m's to stock up on all the things i needed and completed my first class.
When I moved back to Australia in 2001, my scrap supplies far outweighed my clothes. the excess luggage bill was huge. i haven't stopped or looked back since. I still scrap almost daily, do workshops or retreats when I can with other scrappy friends and love it as much as I did then.
In the past there were at least 4 lss within an hour of me but that number has dwindled. I mostly shop online from 2 places but not often from the US as the postage hurts too much.
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|Posted: 5/16/2013 5:57:05 AM|Im from Sweden and Scrapbooking is big here and its getting bigger, lots of stores here and there. Its easier for me to find other scrappers online. I started in 2010 when my cousin gave me a huge bag with supplies and now im stuck in this wonderfull hobby
I had never heard of this hobby before so im very grateful to my cousin although my money seems to disapear alot i would love to buy here but the shipping is too high:
Where i live theres a hobby store with a little bit of everything and i can order from other stores there too 20-30 min i have two scrapbook store.
|Posted: 5/16/2013 11:36:05 AM|
Here none knows what sbing is. Really, none. When people see my stuff and ask about they're curious, but that's about it. No shops close to me, but there are a few in Italy, some online too. There's an online community too, and an Official one, the ASI, italian sbing association, with I think 500-600 signed (me too). Other than that, not too much. I met an Italian scrapper for the first time a few months ago (I've been scrapping for 6 years).
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|Posted: 5/16/2013 1:04:36 PM|
Funny elaynef, when we are in the us and say we are from jersey it's amazing how many people say they thought the accent would be different. A lot of uk names crop up again and again in the us oz and South Africa. We usually just say jersey uk now.
Loc: Where the polar bears live
|Posted: 5/16/2013 2:49:50 PM|Norwegian pea here
Scrapbooking is still very popular here. There are two really large stores within an hour fom where I live, one of those even impressed Tim Holtz when he visited last spring. A Swedish pea mentioned Panduro, they have a really talented designer (Vibeke Spigseth), but their supplies are more expensive than elsewhere (think 3 $ for one sheet of pp, whereas other stores will charge you 1,5 - 2$ ). So the only supplies I buy there, are the ones from Poppy Design(not only is she extremely talented, but also the sweetest person). There are also a lot of crops all over the country, especially within a couple of hours drive fom where I live (lucky me).
Loc: La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Posted: 5/16/2013 3:43:18 PM|I am moving to South Africa later this year, and one of the first things I did when I found out we were moving there was check out the scrapbooking scene -- found some lovely South African Peas (waving hi!) and LOTS of stores in the area we'll be in (Joburg) and elsewhere in the country. And of course Garden Girl Wilna Furstenberg is from South Africa, although she is now a fellow Canuck who lives just a couple of hours south of me in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (hi Wilna!). I am happy to be moving to a scrapbooking-friendly country, as we only have a handful of stores left in Saskatchewan and for me, none closer than Prince Albert (which is a Michaels, not an LSS).
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Loc: Burpengary, Queensland, Australia
|Posted: 5/16/2013 9:13:31 PM|
I live is sunny Queensland, Australia. I started Scrapbooking in 2005 and have even worked in a sb store. I know a lot of scrapbookers but there aren't many stores around. 1 20 mins from me compared to 5 when I first started. Most I know buy online. What I don't like about that is its harder to get together and have a real community of like minded people. I would love to be able to scrap monthly with others. At the moment it's just what I do with my Stampin Up classes and that's me teaching and not really interacting in that social, friendly, share ideas kind of way.
When I lived in rural Queensland I set up a Scrapbooking club at a local high school and we all met once a month for a scrap. Since moving back to the big smoke I don't do this any more and it's a shame. I really miss that.
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|Posted: 5/16/2013 11:06:37 PM|Isbaha....no need to be sorry. Your English is just fine. Thank you for sharing all that.
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|Posted: 5/16/2013 11:34:42 PM|
Fascinating thread. I always assumed that scrapbooking is more popular in suburban areas than urban areas (I am from NYC and never heard of it, and then moved to suburban CA and it was rather popular). I wonder how that plays out in the international communities.
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|Posted: 5/17/2013 12:52:15 AM|Here in Australia on the NSW Central Coast I have 3 stores within 30 mins of my house- so I am pretty lucky I guess lol Still a few magazines going strong in the newsagents too
Oh and I also have a Lincraft and Spotlight within that 30 minutes too
|Posted: 5/17/2013 7:30:27 AM|
Here in Brazil most people don't know what scrapbooking is. It is a very new hobby here but it has expanded. There are three very little scrapbook stores around, many products are imported from USA and, of course, the prices are quite high.
I have learned about scrapbooking (the way it is now) on the Internet and the only one scrapper I know is my sister-in-law. I'm glad there are you all here at Two Peas to save my days.
|Posted: 5/18/2013 9:28:06 AM|Bumpsy, there's a real core of scrapbooking and crafting in Ireland - there certainly used to be classes in Cork and there still may be (check the CAS forum!).
A&H were never great with their stock, but we have a few online shops in Ireland and, most years since I've been scrapbooking (I started in 2006) there have been crafting weekends away. Have you joined the Get Ireland Crafting or Irish Papercrafters Facebook groups? You'll pick up details of local/national meetups and get to know other Irish crafters there - and it's the place to ask whether there's anything local to you!.
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
|Posted: 5/18/2013 1:41:00 PM|
Scrapbooking is popular in Canada also! When I stated in 2005 it was all the rage but has seemed to become less so over the years. Many of the lss have shut down but we have place's like M's still.
Loc: London, UK
|Posted: 5/18/2013 2:03:50 PM|I live in the London suburbs, to the South West of town. Whilst I totally agree with Shimelle about the complete lack of LSS round town, where I live we have quite a thriving Scrapbooking community and there are about a dozen of us who get together regularly to crop together. Our numbers have tended to increase over the years as we spread the word. So SW London is clearly the Scrapbooking capital of the UK.
But getting good supplies is almost impossible unless you buy online.
|Who says playing with paper and glue is not for grown ups?|
|Posted: 5/18/2013 2:59:46 PM|
I live in Germany and I have to define or explain "scrapbooking" very often...^^
It's not that big actually but I think it is on the rise again. First of all because online shopping has become normal and there are some really good online shops (and also a few regular shops) who get lots of new products every week.
A few years ago,there was a short period where it was trendy in the crafting scene( at least, so I've been told) and then went back to being not really known that much. At the moment, we have two German scrapbooking magazines, ( which you can't buy at big magazine shops, only at scrapbooking stores) but I guess most subscribe anyway.
And my impression is, too that a mixed-media influenced, try-this-out style is very popular in Germany (I love that!^.^) and that the scrappers are very enthusiastic and like to get in contact with others.
|Posted: 5/19/2013 7:09:03 AM|
Loooots of girls in Russia are into scrapbooking. So there are lots of stores, blogs, challenge blogs, classes, etc.
I wish though we had stores like 2Ps here, supplies are quite pricey here because of the shipping.