i’m allergic to scrapbooking.

I tried. I really tried. I just can’t do it.

I cannot find any joy, satisfaction, relaxation or anything else from trimming photos, cutting paper with various scissor patterns, gluing with non-acidic adhesive, creating pithy quotations, and perfecting my handwriting with non-acidic gel pens. I understand that some people scrapbook as a hobby. It appears that my hobby is limited to the collection of scrapbooking paraphernalia.

Case in point? I’ve been married 17 years and I haven’t finished my wedding album.

So. Thanks to Shannon, this “Doesn’t Work for Me Wednesday” has prompted me into action. I have decided to part with the space hogging plethora of scrapbooking supplies which has lived – for the last 10+ years – on a bottom shelf in my laundry room.

ebay, here I come.

Instead, I’ve signed up for Blurb. Now this is MY kind of scrapbooking. A digital alternative for those obsessed with technology! With prices comparable to the cost of scrapbooks and supplies, “real” books with glossy pages and requiring a LOT less space, this is the freakishly organized way for me!

I was introduced to this site by Chris at Notes From the Trenches. She made a beautiful book and posted some great photos. Check it out!

Don’t miss this special edition of What (Doesn’t) Work for Me Wednesdays over at Rocks in My Dryer!

8 thoughts on “i’m allergic to scrapbooking.

  1. You will LOVE digital scrapbooking!! I started embracing digital scrapbooking a year ago and have completed 6 albums. I posted a few of the pages I did this weekend on my blog (see here if you are interested: http://12amusings.wordpress.com/2008/05/03/inter-national-scrapbooking-day/)

    I’m a Creative Memories woman myself because I can make digital pages and slip them into a book for a traditional album look OR upload my work and have it sent to me in what I call “Little Golden Book” form – a sewn binding bound storybook format.

    I love CM because they really embrace the idea of everyone celebrating their memories in different ways – that sometimes don’t include albums at all! (It didn’t used to be like that with them, but they’ve done a 180 now!).

    Anyway – welcome to the world of digital scrapbooking. BRAVO on finding your style and form. I can’t wait to see what memories you are able to celebrate and share!

    Debbie – Thanks for visiting! I’ve GOT to like digital scrapbooking better – since I considered “traditional” scrapbooking a form of torture and a symbol of failure! (by JSM)

  2. Absolutely no time, patience, skill, love or desire to scrap. I don’t have kids (so that makes it even easier to beg out from scrapping) – but then again, in some ways, I see blogging as scrapping LOL

    I used to rubber stamp, but realized I didn’t like to put the images together, I just liked the one image in the center of the card LOL

    Good for you for deciding to put your supplies up on eBay – I’m thinking of taking all of my rubber stamps to my sisters house, where she and her incredibly crafty children reside.

    Have a Great Day!

    Kristin – My daughter has already taken ownership of my scissors and pens – but not for scrapbooking. She’s into creating crafty little artsy . . . things. I hope I can get rid of some paper and some actual books, but she may catch me and beg for them. Which would be fine. At least they would USED. (by JSM)

  3. Oh yes – digital scrapbooking is wonderful. I started January 2007, and love it. I love the creativity without the mess. You can see lots of examples on my blog, and a while back I posted about great links for tutorials and freebies to get you started.

    I can really identify the collecting of scrapbooking supplies – that was me too. Now I combine my digi-scrapping and paper supplies to make what are called hybrid projects – items such as cards, door signs, gift boxes…..

    I could go on, but please drop by my blog and let me know what you think.

  4. I too am a HUGE fan of digital scrapbooking – I still have my paper scrap supplies in the garage, but I truly am hanging on to them for my daughter – just in case she wants to play with them some day. I LOVE the idea of scrapbooking, but I just can’t do it. I started this whole digital scrapbooking thing last year and I’m in LOVE. I’m even going to make my albums through blurb. I am also using Blurb to print out my blog yearly into a book. I heart Blurb!

  5. I totally agree, scrapbooking is a craft for the very patient, and for the anal retentive. Neither of which I am. Plus I just don’t GET it. It’s not really a scrapbook if you’re actually BUYING the scraps, right? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?

    Digital scrapbooking is awesome, and I bow own in awe of those who do it. I’d love to learn but haven’t the first clue how to use photoshop, and no idea where to turn to learn how.

  6. Scrapbooking is evil.

    And having cleaned out my mom’s house a few years ago and seeing how relatively meaningless all the stuff she saved was. . . and it certainly wasn’t interesting to a generation down (my kids don’t want stuff from my childhood. . . made me realize that people are spending an awful lot of time on stuff that is going to be trash in a few years. I know that is sacrilege in today’s society, but that’s how I see it.

  7. Linda,

    I hear you there – my grandma and mom are packrats deluxe! Their opinion is “if it’s old, it’s valuable” which is SO not the case.

    My sister feels the same way you do and has no use for old family items. But I do have some items from my mom’s childhood that I used as a child and that MY children also used. A favorite child’s chair, a family heirloom cradle that goes back over 100 years, and my own baptismal gown are some examples that come to mind.

    I guess I get so much pleasure out of my great-grand-aunt’s old scrapbook (and there are no photos, just stories and true scraps she clipped from magazines, church bulletins, and newspapers) and generations of family photos that I do feel that SOMEONE in a future generation (even if it’s not a direct descendant) will find value in what I’m doing to document my family stories. And I know my own kids love to look at their baby albums and my wedding album – and they’re only 6 and 8!

    I’m definitely not a decorative scrapbooker, though I know some who are. To each her own, I think! Thanks for posting your perspective.

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