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Posted 10/11/2012 by besskinn in General Scrappin'
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PeaNut 529,899
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Posted: 10/12/2012 1:00:49 PM

Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I guess I get upset because I *DO* want kids, things have just not worked out yet to where I am in a place to start a family right this second...so that's probably why I take it so personally!

Aww, hope it works out for you. Checked out your blog, very creative stuff. This thread is quite interesting....


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Posted: 10/12/2012 1:07:10 PM
Thanks! Yeah I'm really enjoying this thread, myself. I'm surprised it's garnered so much attention. Lol

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Posted: 10/12/2012 2:31:44 PM
I've been scrapping for a little over 10 yrs now and my son is 2 1/2 and before I had him, I scrapped about me, my pets and places I've visited... I didn't feel any different from those who had kids... we all have things we can scrapbook about to tell our stories and they don't necessarily have to include kids. I scrap about me, just as much as I scrap about my little boy.


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April 2003
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Posted: 10/12/2012 3:24:18 PM

If I want to take pictures of trees and scrapbook them then I will.
I almost have enough tree pages to make a separate album for them! Some of my pages have actual leaves which, after 2-3 years, haven't deteriorated or dried up. Just last weekend I was scrapping about a tall pine tree that had been cut down. I have a flat piece of it that I plan to include on the page.

We go RVing several times a year, and places like Yosemite are a photographer's and scrapper's paradise.

If I have to use all this paper before I die, I'll live forever!


PeaNut 376,394
May 2008
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Posted: 10/12/2012 7:28:21 PM
I suppose I would be a conventional scrapper (kind of). I went back in time and scrapped my now grown up children and am now scrapping grandchildren.

BUT, I am looking forward to scrapping things like the current recession and how we are getting through it, I want to do a 9/11 album, I want to do a family cookbook scrapbook---favorite recipes---where they came from. I was in high school when there were so many of the heavy duty deomonstrations against the Vietnam war going on and I vividly remember the war reporting and death counts---I want to scrap those memories. I was 9 when President Kennedy was killed and watched all of the proceedings on our black and white television (with only three channels, thank you very much).

I would love to have a record of my grandparents thoughts and views on the Great Depression, WWII, etc. So, I hope these will be interesting to those that are coming after me.

And truly, those poor folks who think there is nothing to scrapbook if there are no children. Some folks just cannot think outside the box--or are their lives so pathetic that they have no views on anything, that they find no beauty in anything, that nothing is worth taking note of? That's just sad to me.

Very wordy---sorry.

Have a great weekend all!


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Posted: 10/12/2012 7:34:03 PM
I had a thread going on on here called "Kidless Scrappers". Yes, we're looked down on by some, but we're out there and while we're not busy chasing toddlers around and running to soccer practise WE have lives too!

Some of us are married, some are not, but we all have awesome lives worth scrapping!

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PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
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Posted: 10/12/2012 10:57:26 PM
I have only heard that once, from a lady who at the time had a few foster kids. I told her what I was working on at the time, and she was completely OK with that. She just lived in such a kid-focused world, she didn't know what people like me took pictures of.

ETA: I'm a stepmom and Grandma, but since the SKs and GKs are out of state, usually scrap what DH and I are doing.


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Posted: 10/13/2012 3:59:45 AM
I'm married, but we don't have kids yet, due to my health issues leaving me unable to have them. We are hoping to adopt.

I've only had one person ask what I scrapped without kids -- and it was back when I was 19, before I met my husband. I actually got started scrapping because of needing to do something with the pictures I'd taken on a trip to Italy with my father. I had tons of pictures of friends and family from the trip, as well as the usual tourist stuff.

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Posted: 10/13/2012 5:54:57 AM
I love the idea of recording memories...and that is true whether you are 13 and scrapping about your favourite bands and celebrity crush, 30 and scrapping about your life pre marriage and kids (where I'm at now) or 75 and scrapping about your grandkids...that's the joy of it. It's *your* memories and that's what make your pages unique...incidentally, for the pea who mentioned a family recipe book...I think I'll definitely put that on my to do project list!!!
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Posted: 10/13/2012 6:41:12 AM

I would love to have a record of my grandparents thoughts and views on the Great Depression, WWII, etc.

Oh man, i would too!


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Posted: 10/13/2012 8:30:05 AM
I felt like chiming in too! Yep gotten the same question a few times.

I am married but with NO kids. My DH and I don't have any plans on having children. I scrap our lives, vacations, birthdays ect.
We also have dogs and a bird which also gets a lot of scrap pages.
I want to scrap our memories. Children or no children.

I also scrap about my parents. I make books for my mother. After loosing my father from a heart attack in 2009 i realized how important it is to keep those memories of our loved ones.
My parents never had a wedding book. So i made them a mini scrapbook of there lives together with wedding pictures. SHE LOVED IT.
As she is getting older and some memories fade she can now flip through those pages of my dad and her and remember the wonderful times they had together.

She told me she did NOT realize how many great memories there were of them until she got her book.(they had some rocky times..)

Plus Some people drool at the site of new shoes or clothes..
ME i drool when i see new paper, inks & dies..

What are you looking at?

PeaNut 477,798
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Posted: 10/13/2012 11:25:28 AM

Plus Some people drool at the site of new shoes or clothes..
ME i drool when i see new paper, inks & dies..


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Posted: 10/13/2012 12:18:01 PM
I have 3 kids and the DH, but many (probably half) of my LOs are travel or other type of pages, not a kid in sight.

I started scrapping after being into geaneology since I was 16 years old and need some way to document all the info/stories I'd collected. I love the way I can combine the story and photos. Like a book but much more fun to create.

Now it's more for me than anyone else - yeah, I don't know if my boys will keep my albums, but so what? As long as they don't throw them out while I'm still around,lol.


PeaNut 106,912
September 2003
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Posted: 10/13/2012 3:24:09 PM
I been scrapbooking for 11 years. I started Almost 3 months after I got married.My son is 4. I scrapped a LOT with conventional scrappers that had their share of stupid comments. And I'm sorry but that is what they are STUPID comments. But it bothers me more to be stereotyped as a boring person that has nothing to do but scrapbook.
Honestly I never care enough about anyones opinion, so it really hasn't affected me much. Yes, sometimes it has been ackward just because I will always answer a stupid question like that with a smart ass comment like:
"Well, Why so you scrapbook? Your kids are obviously ugly?"
And Yes, I said that to a lady cuz she was just mean to everyone in a crop. Even to her friends. Lucky for me everyone laughed that day.
For the OP, no matter what you do in life someone you will find a Debbie Downer. I think the people that succeed in life are the ones that keep going even with Debbie whispering nasty things in their ears. A great example for that is Shimelle. Imagine if she would have stopped scrapbooking when a lady said a STUPID comment to her in a crop because she was a single, with no children, Scrapbooker.
Also let me tell ya! I love My DS more than I can even describe, but I also LOVE more scrapping about ME. Specially my childhood memories. So really, How conventional am I?
There is no conventional scrapbooker. If you have photos, put them in a book add memorabilia and a story you scrapbook. The rest is just nonsense. Next time the ask you something like that you say:
"Because I have photos and I like to write the story behind them and sometimes I have memorabilia that I like to add."

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