Should I keep scrapbooking?

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Posted 12/29/2012 by katethecatlover in General Scrappin'
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trixie*
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Posted: 12/30/2012 9:45:38 AM
I do it for fun. I am the only female in a family of 4 boys, 2 males dogs and a hubby to be. Scrapbooking gives me something to call my own to relive my memories on pretty paper and a little sparkle. I do have the hope that my boys,at least one, will one day look at my albums and figure out that I am not just a mom, or a wife or eventually a grandma. But I was a person with real dreams and feelings that I want to live on long after I am no longer with them. I would like my grandkids and great grandkids and great great grandkids to know what my life was like way back when. That is why I scrapbook.

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Posted: 12/30/2012 10:44:19 AM
I scrapbook for the creative outlet, here and now for "me". I have never worried about where all my creations will go in 100 years, I just do it now because I love the process.




lumos
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Posted: 12/30/2012 1:06:30 PM
I think that you have to do the things that you love to do the most in life - your reasons for scrapbooking or not scrapbooking can apply to every single thing you do. For example: why bother reading, once you pass away no one will know what you read, why bother watching TV, once you pass no one will care what you watched; why get an education - all of that knowledge will be lost; why cook - it just becomes waste in the end, etc. etc.

So, you have to do what you enjoy just because you enjoy and if you focus on what happens in the long run - it can paralyze you, or depress you, or whatever, but no one knows what's going to happen in the future so you have to do what you enjoy now.

Who knows, maybe in a few hundred years one of your scrapbooks will be discovered and become famous in a museum somewhere ie. I'm sure the cavemen who drew on cave walls didn't expect their drawings to be studied and admired and preserved all these years later. And if not, that's fine, too.

I think it's normal to wonder like this as you grow older - I start to wonder who's going to want my Nutracker collection, for instance, or my Christmas village - but I collect them because I love them and I'll enjoy them for the time that I have. Same for my scrapbooks.

Plus - patterned paper - think of all the pretty patterned paper!

katethecatlover
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Posted: 12/30/2012 4:46:58 PM
Wow! Thank you so much!

So many good points - I never thought about donating to a museum - I especially like the suggestion about finding one in a place we've visited. We've been to so many little towns with those community museums - they would jump at them, I think.

But mostly it's good to have that affirmation that it's okay to do it just as fun, art and therapy. Sometimes, after a indulgent trip to Archiver's online, it seems it's a lot of time and money for something that doesn't last. But I spend more money on other things that don't last, and scrapping is bringing enjoyment now.

Thank you so much for setting me straight. And apologies for taking so long to reply - we had a party for my workmate who's moving schools last night. Yes - a party on Dec 30. I've lost the plot.

Mallie
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Posted: 12/30/2012 7:10:46 PM
Well, I never thought I was scrapbooking for posterity. I scrapbook for my own enjoyment only -- the process of it and capturing memories for my own pleasure.

If my dd chooses to keep my albums, that's great. But that's a bonus, not the sole or primary reason I do it. Posterity is no more my reason for doing it any more than it's my reason for my other hobbies, e.g. quilting or reading or gardening.

I'm not expecting my dd to dig up my flowers and transport them to her house when I'm gone. Or my books. Or my quilts.

I do those hobbies for my enjoyment right now.

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Posted: 12/30/2012 7:18:17 PM
Oh my goodness... I haven't read a single reply, but my answer is a resounding YES!!! Of course you should keep scrapping!!!

For folks who have an "heir" to inherit their scrapbooks, that is a wonderful bonus. BUT, that's no where near the only reason to scrap!! Do you enjoy looking at your pages? Do the memories make you smile, think, re-evaluate or revisit? Does your artistry fill you with pride, or push you to do more/different/better? Does the process of scrapping fulfill you, do you enjoy creating and feel accomplished when you've completed a project? Any one of these alone makes it worth it.

And I'll add, I wish I could link to a source but I've lost the link sent by a friend that I trust does her due diligence with research... That the creative process causes chemical reactions in the brain that improve mood, productivity, focus, and a whole host of positive outcomes. For that alone, even if you personally walk your layouts from your scrap table over to the recycling bin, the process of creating them was still worth it!!!

KristenFNJ
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Posted: 12/30/2012 7:18:18 PM
Oh my goodness... I haven't read a single reply, but my answer is a resounding YES!!! Of course you should keep scrapping!!!

For folks who have an "heir" to inherit their scrapbooks, that is a wonderful bonus. BUT, that's no where near the only reason to scrap!! Do you enjoy looking at your pages? Do the memories make you smile, think, re-evaluate or revisit? Does your artistry fill you with pride, or push you to do more/different/better? Does the process of scrapping fulfill you, do you enjoy creating and feel accomplished when you've completed a project? Any one of these alone makes it worth it.

And I'll add, I wish I could link to a source but I've lost the link sent by a friend that I trust does her due diligence with research... That the creative process causes chemical reactions in the brain that improve mood, productivity, focus, and a whole host of positive outcomes. For that alone, even if you personally walk your layouts from your scrap table over to the recycling bin, the process of creating them was still worth it!!!

PennyPaws
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Posted: 12/31/2012 12:54:18 AM
Just because you don't have a traditional heir, don't think that what you create and document won't have meaning after you're gone... I love looking through old scrapbooks and photo albums of anyone - it's a glimpse into a different life and time... Especially your PL... How great to see what neighbourhoods, architecture, shops, foods, brands, what everyday life was like... I love finding 90 year old pictures of my city, the butcher shop, the park, the neighbourhoods... I love the museum displays and Ken Burns documentaries that have pictures and the stories of the people in them... Please continue - it's part of you and what makes you happy, and it can mean so much to others


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katethecatlover
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Posted: 12/31/2012 2:22:12 AM
Well put Kristen! Certainly after a tough day, an hour playing with patterned paper improves my mood.

Phoenix55
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Posted: 12/31/2012 5:04:54 AM
Even if you haven't any children to pass your scrapbooks onto maybe another member of your family might be doing a family tree,it might be nice to give them your photos and memories,so many people in my family tree have just a name,it would be nice to have their picture as well,and even better the memories...
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Posted: 12/31/2012 12:53:39 PM

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.


This sums up my thoughts on the subject. If you enjoy it, then that's all that matters.


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Posted: 12/31/2012 10:31:00 PM
"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"

I'm a family historian and I'm so very grateful to 3 single, never married, no children women who preserved family memories and history on my mum's side. None are especially close kin to me - the closest is my mum's first cousin, then another is her second cousin and the last is a second cousin twice removed. They didn't have children to pass their research and notes on to but I ended up the grateful beneficiary.
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