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Friday, September 22, 2017

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Robin W.

You have such a way with words!! I love this hobby and the joy it has brought me. Maybe it is our inability/insecurity to share our "scrapbooking" that has prompted other terms, such as travel journal and memory keeping, to be used.

Janice

I miss Halloween with littles too. It's just not the same now (my youngest is 14). But I do have a Halloween scrapbook in process and would love to see yours when it's done! Hope you'll share.

And I don't get remarks about scrapbooking being "silly," but I do have friends that say they don't have time for that. I always say you make time for what you love!

CarrieH

Long live scrapbooking! I love everything about it and can't imagine not having it in my life. And I love your scrapbook pages, Amy. You are such a great inspiration, so please, continue to share.

Anne-Liesse

Thank you for this post. As usual it gives me a lot to think about. It has given me a lot of joy to read it, too, because the feelings you shared about getting to tell and revisit stories are exactly the reasons that I scrapbook. I really don't care how many albums I create, and I hope I'm never "caught up". I just want to keep looking at pretty paper and telling stories and holding onto those moments that go away too quickly in these days of applications to college. I see, as you mentioned, the love made plain in our family in those layouts. I see us shine and weep and change. My scrapbooks, and the crafting of those layouts, are a gift to me. Thank you for your words. I am glad to be s part of a community with you in it.

Chiswickmum

You are not alone. So many little things make me cry silently while I negotiate this new phase of having my only child married. Encouraged by this post to try to look forward to the new reality while savouring the past. Thank you for sharing.

Gramma Dee

Thanks for sharing this! How many hobbies can give you the chance to relive the past, cherish the present and reach into the future all at one time?

My "kids" are all grown up and moved away, with homes and kids of their own. They send my photos, and I scrapbook them. When I see the dgk's they look at and enjoy my scrapbooks. When I am home alone I can pull them out and re experience our adventures.

Not only that, but sometimes the kids suggest pages I could do, and we go out to take the pic's that will tell a particular story. "Gramma, you should do a page about..." When I take a photo, I am also sometimes thinking of the page it will to on.

When I leave to return to my own home I always have tears in my eyes when I hug them goodbye, but I also have tiny stars there too, thinking of all the photos I will print before I get to my scraproom.

It really doesn't matter what the nay sayers spout. It IS cool to create Time Machines with paper!

Angie Smith

I love everything about this, thank you for sharing. I love this hobby and I love seeing others that do too!

Jen

Thank you for this post. It puts into words so much of what I think about this hobby of ours. I have been guilty of being embarrassed or ashamed to tell others that I play with pretty paper and photos...reliving memories and spending hours of time (not to mention the money) creating albums to line my bookshelves. But I cherish each and every one of those albums.

mellieundershaws

Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

Jennifer

thank you for your post- 'scrapbooking' is a word that doesn't really convey all that this hobby can do for us. It's a chance to be creative with colors, textures, different types of materials, photos (good OR bad), and the chance to relive countless experiences and memories both while making the pages and while looking at them again months or years later.

Other people might not understand that my choice of a particular material on a page is an echo of the page topic (vintage buttons on a heritage page, or extra-colorful paper choices to convey a sense of fun on a carnival page, for example) but I know, and it will make me smile when I look at the page later. I wish I could make everyone understand how fun scrapbooking can be, and what it could do for them-- but I know, and I guess that's enough.

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