According to Wikipedia.org, scrapbooking is “a method for preserving personal and family history in the form of a scrapbook. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling. Scrapbooking is a widely practiced pastime in the United States.”
I came upon scrapbooking several years ago when I moved across the country and was trying to make new friends. It seemed as though all the people I met gathered together on a regular basis to socialize while they cropped and chopped their recent photos, presenting them on a 12×12 page with a plethora of embellishments including various specialty papers, themed stickers, patterned ribbons, matching buttons, textured fibers and so much more and then protecting them behind a plastic sleeve and storing them in a scrapbook album. So in a valiant effort to engage my new environment I found myself immersed in the world of scrapbooking. I have to admit, part of me really enjoyed it – the social gathering, sharing tips and life, having a creative outlet. Another part of me thought there must be a better way to preserve and share my photos, stories and memories than to have to renovate my home so I could have a dedicated craft room to house all the various gadgets and supplies I began accumulating to fuel my new hobby.
Why do people scrapbook? It isn’t about creating a project with technically perfect photos. It’s about the story behind the photos. The story of our lives. The starting points are as varied as the seasons of life we find ourselves in. Perhaps you inherited a box of old photos from a relative and felt inspired to write and document the stories from your past. Maybe you’re celebrating a major milestone – getting married, starting a family, graduation, birthday, promotion, moving, retirement. Many people travel and relive their adventures through their scrapbooks.
Nowadays with digital cameras, computers, scanners, photo editing products and online publishing websites, it is easy to capture those memories and put them into a format that will be enjoyed for years and generations to come. People are transitioning away from traditional paper-based scrapbooking and entering the world of digital scrapbooking. The message is the same, it’s just the medium that is different. Gone are the scissors and corner rounders, instead the computer is your tool. No more closets full of colorful inventory, instead online digital art collections are in abundance from various independent designers and websites. From “cut” to “crop”, “develop” to “upload” the vocabulary changes as technology advances and allows digiscrappers to do more with their photos and print on anything from paper to metal to canvas to fabric to wood.
Take time to learn about the delights of digital scrapbooking and how easy it is. One of my favorite features is that there is no mess! My family appreciates that too. More than that, they love all the photo books and home décor items in our home that remind them that they are loved, appreciated and belong. That is what digital scrapbooking means to me!
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