This Saturday, May 4, is National Scrapbooking Day, which got me thinking about how I started scrapbooking. I had a scrapbook in Junior High and High School – the kind held together with a fancy shoestring on newsprint pages and a glossy cardboard cover. It was really more of a “Smash Book” than a scrapbook, but it held all the important things from those years with notes jotted on the pages. Then in 2000, I was looking for a new hobby/craft to try and I stumbled across an article about the Picture Me foundation (that worked with hospitals to create scrapbooks with sick children), which lead me to an online group of women in the area that scrapbooked. From that day, I’ve scrapbooked, made cards, created home decor, and other paper crafts and have LOVED it.
Layout from Days Gone By
My first layouts are something I don’t really share much these days – they contain decorative-edge cut photos, themed patterned papers that were on the cutesy side, stickers, stickers, and well more stickers. I can’t bring myself to share an entire layout, but here’s a snippet of one.
I still thoroughly enjoy creating and feel that what I do now is much better designed than my original layouts. But there’s tons of inspiration too – web sites (like CK’s), Pinterest, blogs (like this one), magazines, and more. And I use a lot of that when I create. Here’s a layout I did last June of my favorite subject – the hounds.
So why do I keep scrapbooking? It’s a creative outlet – I love combining paper, ribbon, embellishments, photos, and more to make something that is beautiful as well as captures a moment. It is also a way to record my stories, but not as much as it is a creative expression. Most of the things I create are for other people, which I love. I feel like I’m sharing a part of myself when I give them what I created.
How did you get started scrapbooking? Why do you create? Let’s kick off this National Scrapbooking Day week by looking back at why we love this craft and how it fulfills us.
Looking forward to hearing your stories! And check back every day this week for fun National Scrapbooking Day blog posts.