Putting the Scrap back into the Art of Scrapbooking

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I hopped into the craft store for paint supplies and found myself staring at a display across the aisle as I was checking out. “Designer Scrapbooking” said the banner. Little cellophane pockets were filled with cardstock flowers with little glittery plastic jewels nestled in the center, a paper child with joints that moved, and fabric stickers in three dimensions. Buttons and paper and stamps, fancy-shaped whole punches. And I realized as I was staring, that scrapbooking is no longer scrapbooking. For one thing, there’s no scrap.

Once upon a time, I found a scrapbook in a dark corner of our storage shed. I chewed the stem of an oversized grass stalk while browsing a book

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7 Responses to Putting the Scrap back into the Art of Scrapbooking

  1. Well said! I also look for found items and ephemera to use in my scrapbooking projects — for economy, to reduce clutter and for environmental reasons. I have no complaint with scrappers who use the ready made kits and fancy embellishments, but as much as possible,I like to make my own. I scrapbook as a hobby and as a way of releasing my creative impulses. Therefore, it makes sense to make rather than buy.

  2. Kerry says:

    I totally agree – I save cool pictures from old magazines, fortunes from cookies, greeting cards, ticket stubs, and basically anything even remotely flat for use in future scrapbooks or collages. Some are very personal, some personalized for the recipient, and some could be for anyone: beautiful colors and pictures cut out of, into, and around. I find that this is the real spirit of crafting: the DIY aspect and handicraft that goes into each creation.

  3. Frugal Momma says:

    I really enjoy scrapbooking. I only buy paper when it is on sale rather than spending $1.00 on fancy card stock. My girlfriends and I have twice a month scrapbook nights and we share tools and “scraps” of paper. It is really my only hobby and I spend $300-$400 on it a year.

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  5. Kristian says:

    I have choosen to make a career of adding value to items otherwise bound for the refuse heap.
    I gather old deck-wood and flooring and make them into boxes with varing levels of ornimentation. I also weld things like wire hangers and silverware into small sculptures.
    If you are interested in seeing some of my work you can visit my website at http://www.serendipitousllc.com

  6. Gail says:

    I had a scrapbook back in junior and senior high. It looked nothing like the scrapbooks of today, but it was full of memories that were important to me. It was only meant for me and it wasn’t fancy. I can’t imagine the time and work going into scrapbooks these days and wonder if the memories that they will evoke in 20-30 years will be as strong as the ones I have whenever I look through my scrapbook and remember my teen years.

  7. Oasdg says:

    I’m an avid scrapbooker and have been for years. I completely agree with you, scrap booking used to be about savings moments of time, little memories, and that’s what I scrapbook. When my husband and I first started dating he realized I kept the receipts to everything, and he started handing them over. And now all those receipts from little things we did, are all preserved memories among the pages of our scrapbooks.

    I go to these scrapbooking events and scrapbooking parties that people throw now, and I’m overwhelmed by the amount of items people are buying for their scrapbooks. I occasionally buy papers when they go on sale, but I rarely even need that-I’m just there for the adhesive. I don’t think scrapbooking needs to be over the top or full of “bells & Whistles” it should be there to preserve those moments, and that shouldn’t cost you a fortune!

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