|Posted: 8/14/2013 7:18:51 PM|
I have scrapbooked for the past 9 years, mostly for my dgs. I have not actively scrapped for the last two years. I am way behind. I do keep a up to date photo album. I am the only one that looks at the scrapbooks.
I do card making for myself, friends and for our troops thru several organizations, as well as paper crafting.
All of my supplies can be used for cards.
Can anyone share the process they went thru to quit - quilt free.
I started on on this board when I first joined two peas.
Loc: in my scraproom in PA
|Posted: 8/14/2013 8:13:49 PM|
Why would you feel guilt over something that you have either outgrown, no longer enjoy, don't have time for, have reached your limit or just don't want to do anymore. Sometimes things are just for a season. Maybe your season is over. I use to sew and crochet and I haven't done it for over 8 years. I have no desire to do it. I don't even think about doing it (except sewing on my pages - which I don't do often). I donated most of my fabric and ALL of my yarn and I felt free of guilt knowing it would be used by someone who still has a love for knitting, crocheting and sewing.
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|Posted: 8/14/2013 8:16:10 PM|Hi Ann...
I don't have an answer for you, except to say that if someone quit scrapbooking they might not be on this board. Although there may be some that left and came back.
However, I do know for sure on the NSBR board there are plenty of former scrappers. Maybe you can post there also?
Well, I do have one comment. If you have not actively scrapped for 2 years, don't torture yourself with guilt. You are not responsible for preserving the memories of others. If you did it for 9 nine years, but don't feel like you want to anymore....just let it go. It won't make you a bad person.
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|Posted: 8/14/2013 8:26:07 PM|
Why do you want to quit? Do you want to focus on cardmaking, but feel you *should* be scrapping? Or is it something else?
Does it matter that you are the only one who looks at your scrapbooks? (No judgement, just asking. Only you can answer that one for you.)
I took quite a break from scrapping also. When I started back up, I just flipped through photos until I found something that I thought would be easy to scrap and something I could make using only supplies with my stash. I didn't want something I would have to think about too much. The LO turned out fine, not my best, but not my worst either. It renewed my desire to scrap. I found another set of photos that I thought would be easy but this time I used some new products. Now I'm scrapping much more regularly.
This works for me because I don't worry about being caught up. I just scrap what feels good. I think I would have stopped if it wasn't enjoyable.
If guilt was motivating me at this point still, I think I would just continue to keep them in a photo album. The photos would also be easy to grab if I ever felt the urge to scrap in the future.
|Posted: 8/14/2013 8:50:49 PM|Photo albums count as memory keeping You don't have to paper scrap if the desire isn't there. Make your cards with the supplies if that makes you happy.
Sugar Snap Pea
|Posted: 8/14/2013 11:14:33 PM|
It's a hobby, not sure why you would feel guilty about quitting. It is supposed to be fun, and if it isn't fun for you anymore, then no reason to do it. I know most of us here feel passionate about scrapbooking,but in the end, it is just a hobby
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|Posted: 8/15/2013 1:33:05 AM|
Hobbies are supposed to be fun, not a chore, and it seems like it is to you. If it's not fun anymore, there is no reason to continue. If you primarily scrapbooked for someone else and they don't appreciate it, I can certainly understand that you want to quit. If you find cardmaking more enjoyable, of course you should do that instead. And the good thing is, if you change your mind sometime in the future, you still have your supplies.
|Posted: 8/15/2013 10:18:49 AM|
Life is too short for guilt over a hobby that should be fun.
Are you sure you aren't quiting because you feel you are "behind"? Who cares? I don't scrapbook chronologically...I work on whatever I feel like.
If it doesn't bring joy to your life, let it go!
I'm just a pea:)
Loc: *Sunny Southern California*
|Posted: 8/15/2013 10:24:10 AM|I thought this thread was about a Quilt, rather than Guilt. when I first looked at the title
I was hoping to read about someone making a memory quilt with photos printed in the fabric
|Posted: 8/15/2013 10:38:57 AM|
Thanks for your responses = I enjoyed each one and your responses are helping me make my decision - still not there yet.
I have thought about setting aside one day a week or every two weeks to do scrapbooking or some pages that I really want to do. Also having an Achievers about 10 minutes away- would be fun to take pre planned pages and go there once a week to complete them, without interruptions.
I really loved doing it so after school starts maybe I can start, as one of you said, with just one page to see if the love is still there.
Loc: Big Bear Lake, SoCal
|Posted: 8/15/2013 11:25:46 AM|
I don't think you should have any guilt if you just aren't in to scrapbooking. There's nothing wrong with that. I do both, but you can definitely say I'm more of a cardmaker now. As long as you feel all your supplies transfer to your cardmaking, and that is what you enjoy, go for it! It's only a problem if you start having issues with your supplies, or they're hindering your creativity. Then you need to do something about it.
There's no rule in scrapbooking, especially there's no rule that you HAVE to scrapbook if you don't enjoy it. Future generations will deal.
Loc: Chester, VA
|Posted: 8/15/2013 11:39:09 AM|
I also have gone on a long hiatus in the past from scrapbooking. While on crops, my friends would spend 50-100 dollars at the time in the local scrapbook stores and I was the one who might have spent 5.00. I got tired of being that girl that never was up on the latest supplies/trends so I quit. Now I have 2 kids and little time to scrapbook, but I know that I have found a new reason to scrapbook. When I am dead and gone, my children can look back at these memories we made as a family and memories I made for them through my eyes of scrapping. And because I have little time to scrapbook (when my kids go to bed) I have a whole new appreciation for it. I am on a budget now for scrapping, and I save each week for my supplies. So when i do place an order it is a decent size order and that thrills me. And oddly enough, all of my friends have quit scrapping now so they spend no money and now I am the one that can enjoy this hobby. Its all in how you look at it.
|Posted: 8/20/2013 11:48:38 AM|
One thing that rings out in your post to me is, "I am way behind". Is this where your guilt or lack of enthusiasm concerning scrapbooking might be coming from?
First of all there is no reason to feel guilty about quitting. If you don't enjoy it just quit. Since no one looks at your albums but you who are you going to disappoint by quitting but yourself anyway?
But this is the major thing I want to touch upon-kick that "I am way behind" way of thinking right out the window. Behind? Caught up? Who the hell cares?
Scrap what you want when you want and you might see a surge of creativity and love for scrapbooking returning. Feel like scrapbooking a page about a trip you took 5 years ago?-scrap it. Feel like scrapping a page from a birthday that took place 3 years ago? Then do that layout next. Stack all of your layouts in one safe place and when you have a bunch, that's when you can put them in your yearly scrapbooks if you keep your scrapbooks by year.
And if you still don't feel like scrapbooking-that's fine too. You can't force art or creativity. Time is precious and our tastes and interests change. Move on to what interests you more. But please don't feel guilty. You really don't need to.
Debbie in MD.
|Posted: 8/20/2013 12:27:56 PM|
I am only just now coming back to playing with paper after about 7 - 8 years of doing other stuff.
None of my supplies have gone bad!
I agree with the others. Do what you love, the rest comes. Right?
Baby Pea Step
|Posted: 8/20/2013 1:30:52 PM|
Have you thought about doing the Project Life type of scrapbooking?
You could prepare cards with the supplies you already have when you have time, and then all you would have to do is slip them and the photos in the pockets with somwe journaling.
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|Posted: 8/20/2013 2:11:18 PM|
All I know is to just quit feeling guilty, you STILL like to play with paper, just not scrapbooking right now. Like someone else said, paper doesn't go bad and just keep on with the cards and who knows, you may suddenly want to get back into it.
If you don't, you can STILL make cards out of everything! I've quit working on a craft for far longer than 2 years and STILL went back full-force so maybe you just need a little longer break.
Or maybe, if you'd just quit feeling guilty, you'd get your mojo back sooner!
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|Posted: 8/20/2013 3:56:55 PM|
You shouldn't feel any guilt. It is your decision to make and if you aren't in the frame of mind to be creative in scrapbooking you will in other areas.
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Loc: Orange County, California
|Posted: 8/20/2013 4:24:44 PM|Ann,
The most freeing thing for me with scrapbooking was realizing that I can do any layout I want, with photos from any time, I don't have to do anything in order or ever be caught up. And on top of that, it's ok to do it just because I like to do it. I'm sure my husband and daughter will look at the pages and enjoy memories on occasion over the years. But I don't expect anyone who doesn't do scrapbooking themselves to really appreciate the work that goes into each page.
Do you miss scrapbooking? Since you've already taken a 2 year break, try doing some pages with recent pictures and memories, forget about being 'behind'. See if you enjoy it. If not, leave it. Guilt free.
You've got a bunch of avid scrappers telling you it's ok to leave the hobby guilt-free! So it must be ok!