"This past year I've realized that a lot of my friends are just NOT interested in scrapbooking. When I ask them if they would ever try it, their response is, "Nope. Not for me!"
The reasons are often no time, don't like the traditional scrapbook supplies in stores, or the commitment to buy a bunch of "stuff." Sometimes they think scrapbooking just feels fussy or old-fashioned.
This was written in 2014 but is so so true in 2020!
I have decided to take the usual excuses and turn them into my WHY ... why scrapbooks make us feel good and are so worth creating.
Let me share!
Your photos need a better home than your phone!
Now, onto the list:
1. Your photos deserve to be seen and not just on your phone
Oh let's get them in an album. You know, one that sits on your shelf for your kiddos and your grandkids to look at, that you can flip through one day and remember the amazing times.
2. You can scrapbook with your own style, in your own taste.
I meet many people who think scrapbooking is cheesy.Yup, some Scrapbooks can be cheesy. But let's make your scrapbooks in your style. You can make a book that feels like you!
3. Scrapbook to record stories, because we really will forget.
You can look back and read exactly what you thought or felt or experienced at that time. Maybe it will be cringe worthy but ya we need to remember that!
4. Scrapbooking will make you a better photographer.
When I'm planning to scrapbook, I take more photos. You will take more photos of the important stuff (like your family!) and the little things (like your everyday routines). It's a great reminder to tell stories through photos.
5. Making scrapbooks will help you feel thankful and reflect.
Taking the time to make the scrapbook let you reflect on these happy memories and be really really thankful for them. Being thankful is good for us.
6. It's good to have a hobby you can do at home when you want to relax.
It's a good way to unwind, forget about the day, and get ready for sleep.
7. Scrapbook to be creative.
When I was growing up, my dream was to be a kindergarten teacher. I thought teaching others to play with paper and scissors was the best way to spend my days. Oh wow, along came Cricut and Stampin' Up! and chocolate and friends! EVEN BETTER!
8. Scrapbook as a gift to your family.
I love looking at my grandmother's family albums. If you love and appreciate the albums in your family, use them as an inspiration to get motivated to start your own! They are one of the most precious gifts you can ever make for your loved ones. Become your family's record keeper!
9. Scrapbooking helps you to mark years, seasons, changes and milestones.
"Most of us have a pretty fast-paced life. It's easy for me to look back at my twenties and be like, "WHOA! That went by fast!" But when I look at all the photos throughout those years, it reminds me how full and wonderful those years were.
Weddings, babies, moving to new homes, new jobs, graduations—these are all seasons in your life that you can document. The process of making these books is good for you to help you process each season, appreciate it, and remember the details while also creating something to look back on in the future."
10. Scrapbooking is really really fun.
Just try it! Make one album. My Simple SVGs and Toolkit make it easy and fun. You don't have to take on every memory or every photo. Just try one!