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Scrapbooking people

Look, I made things out of paper again! I haven’t shared any scrapbook pages on this blog in a year and a half, but the urge to glue things on top of other things has come back with a vengeance. I apologize to those of you who stop by just to read trip reports.

Anyhoo, upon my return to scrapbooking, I noticed a certain lack of equality in my albums – the hiking album was bursting at the seams while the friends & family album looked positively emaciated in comparison. My friends do pop up in my hiking pages once in a while, but it’s time to give them the space they deserve, from my oldest friend (sorry, Tom) to my very youngest little friend.

Team Stout

There seems to be a movement in the industry now to call what we do ‘memory keeping’ instead of ‘scrapbooking’, and I’ll admit that I’ve never been a fan of the s-word. I agree with Cathy Zielske: “I feel this moral obligation to elaborate – to help vaporize the stereotype of ladies wearing applique sweaters, running amok with decorative scissors and teddy bear stickers.”

Team Yellow Dog

Cathy goes on to say (and I hope she will forgive me for stealing an entire paragraph of her excellent book, Clean & Simple Scrapbooking | The Sequel):

See, the scrapbooking of today is really an exploration of life through words and images. It gives people the chance to celebrate that which matters, that which enlightens, that which makes up the very fabric of life. It’s really cool. No, I’m serious. I see you smirking, but I’m telling you: don’t knock it until you try it, and then, don’t come crying to me when you’ve maxed out your credit cards on scrapbook stuff.

I’m sure I’ll keep scrapbooking mostly our trips and adventures – those pictures make me feel happy and so lucky that we’re able to do all of these amazing things – but I’ll try to fatten up my friends & family album a little bit as well. Once in a while I need to remind my introvert self that human connection truly is what matters most.

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10 Comments

  • Reply sharon November 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    well it may have been a year and a half, but you haven’t lost your touch….your pages just sing with simplicity and the perfect combination of type, pretty paper and photos. And I quite prefer the term memory keeping as well!

  • Reply manda November 25, 2012 at 1:51 am

    These pages are just wonderful! Keeping it so crisp and clean really puts the focus on the memories.

  • Reply Aina November 25, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Så gøy å se litt scrapping hos deg igjen♥Elsker stilen din.

  • Reply Sarah Webb November 25, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Terrific pages! Wonderful clean and classic designs!

  • Reply Joscie November 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I agree the stereotypical scrapbooker is cringeworthy. Glad you’re playing with paper again. :)

  • Reply Vibeche November 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Ååååå så kjekt å se deg tilbake i papirverden :D
    Elsker stilen din og ikke minst bildene dine!
    Koser meg når jeg ser turbilder fra deg og dine, og nå også scrappesider…..YES!!!

  • Reply Maria November 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Love your clear crisp pages!

  • Reply Kelly Rodgers November 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous pages!

  • Reply ARC November 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I LOVE these, and love Cathy Z’s books, even though I don’t even make layouts. Ok, I’ve made two total. Maybe someday I’ll make more.

    Not to sound weird and stalker-y but I think we live in the same town so if you want to get together and do crafty stuff, that would be cool. I don’t have too many friends who are into it.

  • Reply Jo November 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I may be biased but I think they are fabu :*)

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