Loc: Up the North Shore
|Posted: 12/3/2012 4:50:12 PM|
Aww that is just great! Its so touching to be able to fo that for others.
|Posted: 12/3/2012 5:25:56 PM|
That was a wonderful story. Brought tears to my eyes, but in a good way.
|Posted: 12/3/2012 5:28:21 PM|
I scrap to document my son and our family life. My husband had a horrible abusive childhood. He wants so badly to make new and good memories and give our son the childhood he never had.
Loc: Vancouver, BC - Canada
|Posted: 12/3/2012 6:19:06 PM|
Right now I mainly scrapbook trips (so not have children and not really into scrapbooking everyday life right now).
Scrapbooking trips for me is a way to remember all my journeys around the globe. There are too many sounds, smells, people and places to remember. Each place I visit is beautiful and I want people to experience it (real life or via photos). Traveling is near and dear to my heart so I want to save every memory I have of my trips .
|Posted: 12/3/2012 6:27:58 PM|Great stories!
I started scrapping because I had a bad memory. (At a very young age! 19)
I continue to scrap because I love the creative outlet, sharing my memories with everyone, it's lots cheaper than therapy and the kids all absolutely ADORE my many many books. It doesn't even matter what is in them. That being said, a huge portion of my scrapbooks contain my nieces, nephews, extended family and step children so they are the stars of most of my creative work.
Now if I could just get someone in the family to join me in recording all the fun!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 12/3/2012 6:45:22 PM|
OP, what nice stories. It's wonderful to see that your work was so appreciated by the recipients.
I always loved looking at the books a friend of mine made, but I didn't attempt to make my own until I took a big trip overseas that I wanted to remember. I had a blast learning how to sb and making that album. I kept it going because my BF and I were about to start a long-distance relationship, and I thought the books could be a good way to help us deal with it. Even though we are no longer long distance I've stuck with the hobby because I just love it. It helps me relax and destress. At any given moment there are very few things I would rather be doing!
Loc: Warren, MI
Sit. Stay. Pea!
Loc: It's dark in here......I can't see a thing!
|Posted: 12/3/2012 7:22:48 PM|Thank you so much for sharing your stories. It is always a wake-up call to read stories like this.
Love is love. It doesn't matter if it is a dog. ~Diane Keaton in Darling Companion~
one of those "entitled" peas
|Posted: 12/3/2012 7:34:14 PM|
I scrap to:
1. Preserve my photos
2. Tell my stories
3. Have a creative outlet and expression
4. Have a hobby to do alone or with others
5. Reminisce and see how good my life has been
|My choice is to not take it personally - people have opinions. Particularly people here.-Peabay 12/29/11
I know this is assuming, but I'm really starting to think you are one of those "entitled" peas - Dalayney 4/2/12
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|Posted: 12/3/2012 8:22:52 PM|
thank you for sharing your stories....the one about your dad really touched me
|Posted: 12/4/2012 7:07:49 AM|
Scrapbooking makes me nicer!
|And the King will tell them, when you did it to one of the least of these,you were doing it to me.
|Posted: 12/4/2012 7:47:16 AM|
Thanks for sharing. How incredibly moving that your Dad remembered you making the scrapbook for him, just shows how much it meant to him. I love that scrapbooking brought your MIL around too!
Shih Tzu Mommy
Million dollar camera, 10 dollar lock!
Loc: Right here
|Posted: 12/4/2012 7:47:56 AM|
The story about your dad had me bawling, too! I had to compose myself to reply here!
Dog people are a special breed!
|Posted: 12/4/2012 7:50:10 AM|
Firstly there were some great stories which were discussed here. I started scrap booking to store my best memories with my pals from college and university.
Shut the PEA UP! Yer gettin me all twitterpaited!
Loc: Husker by Heart in WI
|Posted: 12/4/2012 7:59:25 AM|Love these stories! Love how this hobby of ours, can be such a strength to people in so many ways.
I started out scrapbooking right after I had my 1st son. I was laid off 3 months later, and found ebay and all of the wonderful scrapbooking women on there, selling their adorable creations. (paper piecings, punch people, tears bears, YES! I said TEAR BEARS! )
Thought I could try it, and it took off. Scrapbooking for others has put groceries on the table, at lean times, and has given us many wonderful vacations we would have never had. I adore my customers and have been doing this for over 13 years now. I started on ebay, have grown a client list I work off of ,and do etsy also.
And then there are the women on two peas that I have come to love! Love this board (GS and NSBR) and feel I have learned so much from the inspiring strong peas.
Princess of Cute
Loc: Mississauga,Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 12/4/2012 8:42:34 AM|Another cryer here.
Loc: Toronto, ON
|Posted: 12/4/2012 10:21:59 AM|
Oh I love the story about your dad, especially because dementia runs in our family. It is wonderful to know how meaningful those scrapbooks are to him, and it inspires me to get cracking on some about my mom. <3
My turn to hit the PEAnata!!!
Loc: SCV, CA
|Posted: 12/4/2012 10:27:13 AM|beautiful stories
Dabbling in Digi
Loc: Behind a laptop in the Pacific Northwest
|Posted: 12/4/2012 12:31:18 PM|
OP, two very powerful and meaningful stories! The one about your father is a serious tearjerker. Thanks for sharing!
Loc: Santa Cruz, CA
|Posted: 12/4/2012 12:46:39 PM|
WoW. Not one, but TWO powerful stories! Mark me down as another crying Pea!!
I've made a few projects about my grandparents that I've given as gifts. But the impact I hope to have is in the future!! I make these pages for my girls, and their children.
Karebear, you are so fortunate to have you work make an impact on your life and other's already! Many hugs for you, too...I've been on the road you currently travel with your dad. It's often long, always hard. But you know you have a lifetime of love that goes with it. xoxoxox
|Let each woman exercise the art she knows.
~ Aristophanes (sort of)
Loc: Big Bear Lake, SoCal
|Posted: 12/4/2012 1:04:34 PM|
I scrapbook because I have a bad memory myself. I've been with DH since I was 17, I'm 29 now, and I can honestly say I don't remember our courtship and a large chunk of our marriage. It's just gone. I don't know if it's ADHD brain just not wanting to store things, whatever. But I started scrapping in 04, best I could, and I've recorded things that just aren't in my brain anymore.
The only thing that makes me sad is that I've not been "doing it right". I started out to scrap the stories behind the trips. We were always showing off DH's photo albums, but having to say "okay, we were here, and this funny thing happened, and.." while the person was just trying to look. But I thought I had to scrap every photo he ever took. I didn't pay attention to the stories, I paid attention to creating a glorified photobook and that's just not helpful.
I try to be better now. Try to get down stories I remember as soon as I can, so that I can keep hold of my own life.
|Posted: 12/4/2012 1:18:51 PM|
Awww those r some awesome stories!!!
I scrapbook because even tho a picture is worth a thousand words sometimes it dont tell the story. I love telling the story. I love genealogy n i hope one day my scrapbooks help one of my descendants in their genealogy.
Loc: Big Bottom Valley
|Posted: 12/4/2012 1:35:34 PM|
(dalayney said Tear Bears!)
off to find the ignore button....
|Sue Who? SueASume, SueSume, who cares?
Reality is made up of words.-Ferdinando Buscema
Words are hard.-Hannah Kelly
NSBR: "We're like a big damn disfunctional family. We'll beat the crap out of each other, and it's ok, but dammit, if an outsider turns on one of ours, we circle the wagons." -Free~Bird
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Loc: Vancouver, BC CANADA
|Posted: 12/4/2012 3:08:33 PM|
I scrapbook because I like it!
And I want to leave some small story of my life.
When my parents passed, I finally got their photos but with minimal to no information ~ names, dates, locations...nothing.
Cousins of my Mom had a geneology study done of the family & because of this binder, I can put some info to the photos.
I don't plan on putting every photo in a scrapbook album but I will put some info on the back!
|Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
-- Dr. Seuss
Loc: The land of missing socks
|Posted: 12/4/2012 3:08:51 PM|
What beautiful stories - a treasure trove of memories!
I think your stories, karebear, are really what scrapbooking is all about. TFS!
I've done different scrapbooks over the years, documenting family and have made some as gifts. But probably the biggest (and ongoing) project is our family Christmas album. I have photos from way back of Christmases before I was born to the present day. Last year, I got the scrapbooks caught up and took them to our family Christmas get-together. Everyone loved them! I still have last Christmas' LO to do yet and I will take the books again this year to our family gathering.
Seriously, those memories never get old.
Kindness & Compassion - Free to Give, So Valuable
Loc: Texas y'all
|Posted: 12/4/2012 5:02:54 PM|
Karebear, ok lady, you really should worn us when we're gonna need sme tissues!
Your stories are so wonderful and are just one more example of how this hobby is not just about buying pretty stuff and playing with paper. Scrapbooks touch people, help us pass on what life was like during our time on earth, and enable us to capture thoughts and sights and the people and events in our lives.
I read a study recently about using scrapbooks for people with memory issues. Many of he test subjects had no verbal skills and did not seem to recall anything. But, when they looked at pictures in a scrapbook about their lives, they showed emotion...even if they did not have the ability to recall all the people or the events themselves, or to express themselves through language. They smiled, they teared up, etc. Awesome!
Loc: Southern Indiana
|Posted: 12/4/2012 7:18:29 PM|
Thank you Karebear and Peas for sharing your beautiful stories. Yes, I still have sweet tears running down my cheeks. Your affirmations for this hobby we love warms my heart and reinforces my belief in the long-term importance of documenting the lives of those we love.
I began scrapbooking 14 years ago with my then 10 year old DD so we could spend time together with a hobby we both enjoyed.
We still enjoy every page and project we create!
|Posted: 12/4/2012 11:29:05 PM|
Thanks karebear for these stories. My Mom's Alzheimers is why I began to scap.
This year my mother's memory issues were diagnosed as Alzheimers. I wanted to spend time with the mother who I knew for most of my life, even if it was as I pulled togther books and pages. The woman I care for every day loves me, is funny, and looks just like my mother, but is not the person who I grew up with correcting my grammer -[" crops are raised, children are reared."] As older photos are scanned and preserved, coupled with the music that my dad made such a big part of our lives, I hope these will get through later when words fade. It sounds like It worked for your Dad.
For now, the therapy is as much for me as for her.