Should I keep scrapbooking?

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Posted: 12/29/2012 5:31:57 AM
I am a really keen scrapbooker. I don't have a huge number of albums, but I have loved creating the ones I do have, which are mainly travel albums. I have done Project Life for 3 years (non-digital) and am about to do a fourth. I like doing it. I keep an occasional Smash book journal.

But ... I am starting to wonder. We don't have kids, so the albums will end up on the scrapheap. As most people's will, I guess, because we're all creating a lot more memories than the average home can store. But I'm 53, and I'm starting to wonder about creating all these things with a short shelf-life. For our last trip, I'm doing an iPhoto book. Less space, less work. But I don't know how I feel about this, not least because I have a room full of supplies. I enjoy scrapbooking, but I am starting to wonder about the point of it all.

Anyone else BTDT?


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Posted: 12/29/2012 5:37:45 AM
I don't make my books with an eye toward saving memories for hundreds of years. My enjoyment is in the creative process. Therefore to me it is worth doing.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 6:05:58 AM
I'm sure you still have memories to record and even just doing it for yourself can be cathartic and a joy. But do what makes YOU happy.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 6:11:56 AM
I am 61 and I am doing it for FUN!!! Mine will probably be trashed after the pictures (some of them are taken out) and that is okay...I am not doing this for any reason except my happiness, sanity and for a creative outlet. My daughters will probably want them but that is the least of my worries. I love doing this and after a 4 year hiatus I realized that I loved the process. It is fun having a craft that I love, like minded people with which to share (here and other boards) and the satisfaction of expressing myself in my scrapping. Thats all I need.

I'm an old pea with a forgetful memory (can't remember old login info)....please cut me some slack LOL!!!

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Posted: 12/29/2012 6:23:43 AM

I am 61 and I am doing it for FUN!!! Mine will probably be trashed after the pictures (some of them are taken out) and that is okay...I am not doing this for any reason except my happiness, sanity and for a creative outlet.

I have this vision of my two daughters cleaning out my house after I am dead. They are sitting on my bed, going through my scrapbooks, and pulling out the pics because no one wants to store the entire albums. Once they hit the stage where I discovered the ATG gun, my youngest will turn to my oldest and say "what the HELL did mom glue this down with?!#%"

They tell me now that they LOVE the albums. I wonder if they will find the storage worth it later.

ETA: sorry. Didn't answer your original question, OP. My point is that even if you DO have kids, that doesn't mean they will actually want to the albums either. Just do what makes YOU happy. Preserve those memories for YOURSELF. After you are gone, you won't much care what happens to them anyway.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 6:24:23 AM
I have the same conversation with myself all the time and I always come to the same conclusion: I scrapbook because I love the process. I know that it's likely all my albums will end up in the dumpster when I die. But so is everything else I bought/used that gave me enjoyment like books, music, etc. I have to remind myself that it's all going in the dumpster I might as well enjoy myself in the meantime.

I was thinking of doing a book about my family that my niece & nephew might enjoy when they get older. But even if they didn't I would still enjoy making it.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 6:45:06 AM
I love doing it think the kids will fight over them .Even if you don't have kids you have other family and you are documenting history by scraping .Keep it up and enjoy .Leave them to me I would treasure them .

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Posted: 12/29/2012 6:54:21 AM
I simply enjoy the process and looking at the finished stuff.......I don't think past those moments....



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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:07:15 AM
Your post brought to mind an episode of paperclipping roundtable. I *think* it was Karen Grunberg who was speaking, and she basically was resigned to the fact that her children would care less about the albums...maybe it is that she has all boys and she realized that the fate of the albums would rest in the hands of future DILs...she wasn't holding out much hope, lol!
She just said that it came down to her enjoyment and that is all that really matters...I thought it was spot on...

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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:35:32 AM
Even with all the goodies i buy, it is cheaper than therapy and paper always fits (unlike my jeans) . I do it for fun and for a creative outlet.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:43:23 AM
Your first sentence makes the answer yes! I am doing PL for the first time in 2013, and it isn't so my kids will have albums. It is for me to be able to look back in a month or six months or a year and remember these days.

It is also, like others said, a hobby that brings me enjoyment. My husband shoots at a gun range and that doesn't really benefit anyone (unless there is a zombie apocalypse lol).

Another idea though, maybe to add to your crafting, is to start making cards. Granted those probably end up in the junk heap too but they get sent so they take up less storage, they are less time consuming and people do enjoy then, at least for five minutes It uses mostly the same supplies and you might enjoy it as well
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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:10:28 AM
I blogged about it:
Should I stop scrapbooking?

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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:11:44 AM

My husband shoots at a gun range and that doesn't really benefit anyone (unless there is a zombie apocalypse lol).

Have you stocked up on zombie or apocalyptic paper and embellies?

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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:18:03 AM
I will answer your questions with details of my own; This is my hobby and it gives me great pleasure to create these books, so why would I stop simply because it may not be valued when I am gone? I do this for me with the hope that any hobbyist would have, that their creations will live on after them. There are no guarantees in life. Enjoy creating and do not worry about what you can not control.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:21:38 AM
I think you should continue scrapping for you and your enjoyment. It's a creative outlet for you and for many of us, so I say don't give it up!

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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:22:46 AM
Yes! Please keep scrapbooking. At least for all the historians like me who would see it as a treasure trove. You can always donate a few to a historical society. They usually parcel them out to museums and the such.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:30:48 AM
I also want to say how many families can relate to the Great Aunt or Uncle who cared enough to save family photos and historical information. Many of these wonderful caring people never married or had children of their own, but they didn't stop caring because they didn't; they left something for the ones coming along later. God Bless so many of these caring people. It's not always the Moms and Dads who are busier than ever, who keepsake our memories, it's our Single Relatives who use their time on Earth, to do wonderful things for their families. You are valued and loved and having kids would only be a bonus to a life well lived. I just wanted to add this to my comments.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:43:13 AM
My mom has two scrapbooks that she created over 60 years ago as a newlywed/new mom. Recently she said that she was going to throw them away. Luckily she told me first and I told her to decide which one would go to me and which one would go to my sister and to NOT THROW THEM AWAY! (Yes, I'm yelling.)

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Posted: 12/29/2012 9:38:24 AM
My main reason for scrapbooking is for my own enjoyment. I enjoy both the artistic process, hanging out with other ladies (no offense to the gentlement scrapbookers we just don't have any in our group), it is a stress reliever for me and keeps me sane. So if you enjoy it, continue scrapbooking. And like someone else said, just because you have kids doesn't mean they would have wanted what you produced either.

So ultimately, I think you have to decide if it is still worth it to you, but I hope you do!


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Posted: 12/29/2012 9:50:20 AM
I agree with every post here. It's the process, not the product sometimes. But I also agree with senoritascrapper. I think that a historical society would love to have your albums, especially your Project Life albums. I know that our local history center would salivate over having something this valuable showing everyday life for local citizens!


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Posted: 12/29/2012 9:53:59 AM
I agree with those who say keep scrappin' if it gives you joy, do it for you. Remember to pull the books out and share them when you have the family or company over and reminisce together so everyone will get some enjoyment out of it. Relive the memories while you are still here


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Posted: 12/29/2012 9:59:16 AM
If you love it you should do it! I have been a kidless scrapper for most of the 11 years that I have scrapped. That being said, I have nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other friends and family who love my albums and would love to have some of them because they are IN them.

My mom also has a really old scrapbook I would love to have from her teen years. And my single, childless uncle was one of the best about documenting our family history. I now have a daughter to leave my stuff to but I would be ok if she didnt want all of my many albums since many were made years before she was born. My niece and nephew LOVE their baby albums because their mom didnt scrapbook. And paper is always cheaper than therapy


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Posted: 12/29/2012 10:11:11 AM
I wonder about the same thing. I only have stepchildren, but that does make a difference somewhat. We live very far from both of them, and I know they have some curiosity about what Dad does on those regular days when he's not seeing them. However, they are 30-somethings, and only since their late 20s have they lived in houses large enough that even a few scrapbooks wouldn't be a huge burden. DSD lived in many small dorm rooms, sorority house rooms and apartments before then, DSS at home with real Mom until he was 25, then in apartment with GF until she bought a house.

DH and I have a cluttered house, they don't, especially DSD. I am making books for her children, whom I consider my grandchildren, but I've only sent one of them so far because the oldest child is 2, the younger one is still a baby. As far as the rest, while it will be interesting for them to see what Dad did, I don't think they will keep the books.

Anyone with real kids could say that too. Do they let that stop them from scrapbooking? No. Neither should you. Just keep doing what you enjoy doing.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 10:29:53 AM
Personally, I'm scrapbook because: 1. I enjoy the process; and 2. I want to remember what my life was like decades from now. I don't really care if my future kids or anyone else ever sees the albums. In fact, some of my layouts are too personal for me to show to anyone aside from my SO.

If the reason you are thinking about stopping scrapbooking is that you think no one will appreciate your albums in the future, I wouldn't stop. Just do it for yourself, don't worry about what will happen to the albums after you are gone!

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Posted: 12/29/2012 10:53:03 AM
Scrapbooking is a place I go to retreat from everyday "Life." It a place that peaceful in my soul. I'm not sure about it being cheaper than therapy, but I know it is therapy. So, I would say to continue on with your adventure.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:10:50 AM

I am a really keen scrapbooker. I don't have a huge number of albums, but I have loved creating the ones I do have, which are mainly travel albums. I have done Project Life for 3 years (non-digital) and am about to do a fourth. I like doing it. I keep an occasional Smash book journal.

YES, you should keep scrapbooking. The awesome and supportive Peas have given you wonderful reasons to continue doing something you clearly enjoy.

I admire you for the scrapbooking you have accomplished. Wish I could say I have done Projet Life for even one year!



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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:19:17 AM
I agree with all of the above posters who say to keep doing it if it's something you love. We don't have kids and may never, and even if my albums are trashed after I'm gone, I will have enjoyed making them and going through them time and again.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:22:13 AM
WHY do you sb? I do it for me, for the creative outlet, to help ME remember. Whether my kids keep them or not is up to them. I'm still going to sb, b/c it's my Me Time.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:24:40 AM
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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:26:15 AM
Please keep scrapbooking!!! It is a wonderful hobby. Most hobbies do not benefit later generations...such as motorcycle riding,golf,tennis,reading etc. So do it for you,like the above mentioned hobbies do for those people and enjoy it. I love to scrapbook. It is a wonderful way to relax and forget the troubles of this world. Do it for you!!!!!

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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:26:31 AM
Unfortunately, I never had kids either and if I did, who is to say that they'd care? Do it for yourself, not any one else.

Who knows, maybe some relative of yours WOULD want them.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:29:27 AM
I say yes you should keep scrappin'! I do not have kids, and we have no plans for children. Scrapbooking is a stress reliever for me. I zone out into my own little world I'm not sure what will happen to my albums, but by that point I'm sure it won't matter.
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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:50:28 AM
I say yes. It's up to you if you like the iPhoto way instead. Buuuuut don't worry about what'll happen after you die. There's probably a good thirty years before then. Thirty years of appreciation.
And places change. What's there now won't be there later. You could always donate them to a local museum or one near where you travelled to?
And You'll need something to look at when your memory is going! When you can't travel as much! When every bone aches! I'm joking
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Posted: 12/29/2012 12:02:24 PM
You know,
I think that we scrappers believe our own little lie so much that is really creating chaos. What I'm talking about?
I'm talking about the line we use to excuse our spending:"we scrapbook for the generations to come".
Well let me help you with that: Bull$$$$!
We scrapbook because everyone needs a hobby and we happen to love pretty paper. We scrapbook for ourselves because one day we will be by OURSELVES and our memories might be all we have. Well!! Ours will be SUPER decorated. We scrapbook because one day we wont remember what we did in 2013. We scrapbook because we love life and WE know how to tell life how Beautiful it is.
I have a son now but I would still scrapbook if I didn't have him. Some people collect Elvis Presley memorabilia, we collect ours. I do not care three hoots if my son throws my scrapbooks in the trash one day. That will be his prerogative because I will be dead. But while I lived I was a scrapbooker and a Darn good one .
In the 19th some ladies used strangers and family photos to create collages. Some of the stories in them are lost. There is an exhibition and a book about them. They didn't collage because they wanted to be remembered...almost 2 centuries later, they did it because it was just Pure FUN. They day that scrapbooking is not FUN to me another scrapper will get a good Haul from me. I hope my rant helps you decided What YOU want to do.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 12:09:21 PM
I'm just 20 years old - I do have a busy life, but I'm not keeping my scrapbooks for posterity. I'll probably move a dozen more times in my life - if anything, they'll end up in my mom's attic. But scrapbooking, for me, is a great hobby and a therapeutic creative outlet that has the side effect of memory keeping, should I ever decide to tap into it.

Some people do keep scrapbooks for their kids. Others don't. Don't let an original and perhaps antiquated definition of this hobby limit it for you.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 12:21:48 PM
Yes, I too agree that if it is something you enjoy to do, enjoy looking at your creations etc. you should keep scrapbooking.

No different than people who like to paint, draw, sculpt, play piano, write poetry etc. It is a creative thing you enjoy doing. Those creations (by most everybody) will not be displayed in museums etc. They are personal accomplishments. Even if you only enjoy it for the day you create it, that is enough.

Reading your original post is inspiring me to USE my stash of pretty papers etc. It is worse to have bought all those supplies and to not have used them! I am one of those people who is always "afraid' to use the good stuff. I am even a bit older than you- so I better get going if I want to enjoy/use all the stash I already have!


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Posted: 12/29/2012 12:39:42 PM

We scrapbook because everyone needs a hobby and we happen to love pretty paper. We scrapbook for ourselves because one day we will be by OURSELVES and our memories might be all we have. Well!! Ours will be SUPER decorated. We scrapbook because one day we wont remember what we did in 2013. We scrapbook because we love life and WE know how to tell life how Beautiful it is.

Exactly. I know that there will be a time when I won't remember how surprised my BF and I were to find an awesome pizza place in the middle of Copenhagen, or some of the crazy shenanigans we got up to when we were in college. I won't remember how excited I was to get flowers delivered to me at work for one of our anniversaries. I'll forget about the time I switched travel plans around so I could surprise him at the airport. I'll forget the silly things my sister and I said and did when I went to visit her in her home city for St. Patrick's Day. I'll forget what she looked like when she was 20 years old. I'll forget about the look on my Grandma's face when my aunts and uncles surprised her with a weekend getaway with all of her family. Thanks to my obsession with scrapbooking I'll have my books to remind me! I don't care if anyone else ever reads about those things - in fact, I don't think I even want anyone else to read some of those stories!


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Posted: 12/29/2012 1:34:37 PM
I do it for ME. The added benefit is that my kids will get them, but that is not the primary reason. When you are old, you are going to love having them to look back on! For me, it's more about crafting/creating and the satisfaction that comes from the process.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 2:09:58 PM
If you enjoy it - keep doing it

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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:14:19 PM
If you enjoy making pages, keep doing it. So what if they are thrown away years from now.

I have no children of my own and I seriously doubt my stepdaughters will want our albums or at least all the pages I create. That's fine. The pages are for my husband and me. My Mother loves to shop and has some of the more gorgeous clothes that probably won't bring pennies on the dollar some day but should I tell her to stop? She loves it, can afford it so why not?

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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:29:14 PM
Of course you should. It's a wonderful stress reliever and. A great way to treasure those memories...

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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:44:52 PM
Plan on donating them to a museum when you are gone and keep scrapping.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:21:56 PM
Of course you should keep scrapbooking!!
I scrap for 3 reasons: I enjoy playing with paper;
I want to remember my life and have stuff to look back at;
my grandma had Alzheimer's and there is a chance I might have it too. It would be helpful for me and my family to have these books to keep refreshing my memory. My grandma benefited a lot from our photobooks, and scrapbooks are even better because the stories are included too!


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Posted: 12/30/2012 3:42:22 AM
Of course you should.
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Posted: 12/30/2012 4:42:58 AM
kate, I'm in the same situation as you, but I would never question the meaning of my scrapbooking because I do it for me!

Maybe my niece, or my husband's niece, would want to keep some of my pages when I'm gone, at least the ones they're in. lol! But if they don't, so be it. I doubt they'll have any interest in the details of my daily life, like the Project Life albums.

Sure, I could go all digi, esp. on PL, to save supplies and shelf space. But I love paper crafting and physical supplies and I love flipping through my albums. Scrapbooking makes me so very happy and is one of my many creative outlets. I need it!

We shouldn't feel like we have to make up excuses as permission to enjoy ourselves! (And that's what kids are - a great excuse to scrap! lol! ) We are worth every pretty paper and washi tape roll! So, if you still enjoy paper scrapbooking, keep calm and scrap on!

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Posted: 12/30/2012 4:59:07 AM
I say no, the reason why is because if you don't see the value in what you are doing then it becomes a chore. If I were in your shoes I would really spend my time enjoying myself on vacations and saving the little money that I use on scrapbooking to have more fun. I know that this is not what most people would suggest but I have been scrapbooking since 1996. If I spent every single year making scrapbooks and worrying about getting pages scrapped I would have hated this hobby by now. So when things start feeling like a chore, I do something else.

I find enjoyment in many of the other hobbies that I have. I have fun with the kids without pictures. I know that not every thing that we do together as a family will make it on a scrapbook page, but really why does it have to?

So I have take some time off, don't say that you are quitting or force yourself to keep going. Just enjoy having vacations with your hubby and spending time with the family that you have around and if or when the time comes back around and you want to start scrapbooking again, then you can. But thats my suggestion. Do what makes you happy...
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Posted: 12/30/2012 6:09:14 AM
I started scrapbooking when I was 20 years old, single and with no kids. I had no plans on having children at any stage so the whole saving my albums for the future generations was out and it was 100% something that I did for the love it.
I grew up in a house that always had fully stocked book shelves of photo albums so I see nothing wrong with having a few scrapbooks on a shelf.


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Posted: 12/30/2012 6:15:51 AM
Age 65. One adult son who isn't interested. Only granddogs.

I scrapbook for ME. After I'm dead, I won't care what happens to them.

Make a Wish!

PeaNut 357,037
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Posted: 12/30/2012 6:49:26 AM
Do we ever ask artists that paint why they paint or what are they going to do with all their paintings? How about asking a person who knits what they are going to do with all the blankets they made. No, because we all understand that it is a creative outlet for them. Scrapbookers always seem to place so much pressure on themselves. Life is short, do what makes you happy and document it for your creative self.


Jenny Lilac
For Esme with Love and Squalor

PeaNut 45,964
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Posted: 12/30/2012 7:12:09 AM
Definitely keep doing it. My DMIL recently went to an estate sale where someone was selling some really old scrapbooks. She snapped them up in an instant and was thrilled. Even if you don't have kids, that doesn't mean that someone out there wouldn't love too see and read your memories. Think of all the diaries of people past that we pour over - they don't just belong to our relatives. I would think of our scrapbooks as historical documents worthy of preservation, and I know lots of other people who do as well.

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