Who are “real” scrapbookers? What does that term mean to you, and what should it mean?
To me the person who takes clips of family videos and strings them together, the person who lovingly arranges photos from vacation into a picture album, the girl who scrapbooks (and is lucky enough to work within industry), the person who goes to crops a few times a year, the teenager who is putting pictures + stories into a journal, or the digital scrapbooker are all real. There are 1000 other “real” ways to scrapbook, each of them equally wonderful.
I know bloggers who combine words + photos so well that I consider them blog-scrapbookers… and some don’t even consider themselves to be crafters. An interesting thought.
If you’re preserving memories in some way, whether it’s through use of ephemera, photos, video, making CD’s with photo slide shows, or anything else – you’re doing something wonderful and telling your stories. In your own way, you create priceless treasures and peeks into your world and life experience. Digital or paper, camcorder or camera, fancy or plain – if you’re telling part of your life story, that’s real enough for me.
With this thought so strongly in my mind, I’ve decided to do something positive with the “real scrapbooker” term that is sometimes I have heard used to exclude people who don’t fit into what is mainstream or majority. I am making a commitment to seek out, praise (privately and here on this blog) people who keep it real. To spread positive feedback and praise, and to take a term that has a thorn in my side for so long and turn it around into something that includes all those who want it.
I already have some individuals in mind, but if you have some suggestions or favorite people (preferably someone with a blog I can check out) that you find to be really honest and doing something cool please do share. I’m always looking for new people to watch and be inspired by.
Have a happy Monday-