Thursday, October 26, 2006

I am going to admit it....

I scrap almost completely for the creative and artistic outlet. Memory keeping has never been my top priority. I am not making scrapbook albums with the hope that they will be passed on for generations. From my first trip to the local scrapbook store it has always been about the creative aspect for me. I think this is why I have never been into long and meaningful journaling and why it doesn’t bother me when my pages sit stacked on top of each other for months in my scraproom. While I do prefer to scrap my friends and loved ones, I have no problem finding inspiration to scrap stock photos or people I don’t know.

There I admit it. Memory keeping is not my motivation.

Recently there have been many well know scrapbook artist taking a step back from the commercial aspect of the industry. Many of them are realizing they don’t have time for what made them get into scrapping in the first place – Memory Keeping. So many times when people get down about not being published or selected for a call their friends will rally and tell them to remember why they started scrapping in the first place – to record your memories to pass on to your children or family. These type of posts actually make me feel bad, almost guilty that Memory keeping is not what scrapbooking is all about for me but rather just a creative outlet. In some ways I feel that I am cheating the hobby.

I do love to look at my completed pages and remember the moment that is being captured, but I can get this same feeling from looking at a photo album as well. All the papers and embellishments do for me is add a creative twist to the photos. I do credit my love of scrapbooking with my desire to improve my photo taking and editing skills. I’m sure that I will be scrapping for a long time to come and hope to continue growing creatively through the process. If the result of this creative growth are scrapbook albums that get passed to the next generation it’s just an added bonus.

So there you have it…..I full confession!!!

6 comments:

wendy said...

awwww missy. no need to feel bad. different strokes, you know? I love your pages, they are so very inspirational - regardless of your motivation...

Natalie said...

Making Memories did a poll and the number one reason why people scrapbook came out as ......drum roll please......

IT'S MY CREATIVE OUTLET!

So don't beat yourself up - you're obviously not the only one!

Natalie X

Christi Snow said...

Love your confession and I totally agree with it...that's exactly the way that I feel too! smiles...

Carole Janson said...

Hi Missy, I so agree with you for me it is all about the creativity as well, anything to keep me inspired. Don't get me wrong, I always give a layout to someone if they like it, and if my kids want them eventually no worries, they can. But for me it is just all the experiences of trying new things. I am so pleased you visited my blog, I will link you to mine, I am so pleased to meet more of the Scrapgenie's team.

Joanne Bain said...

Hi Missy
I was just blog surfing and come across yours...I love your layouts they are terrific. Scrapbooking is my creative outlet I just love it.

Zee said...

Well, you just blew my opinion of you. I feel cheated. I no longer feel we can be scrappin' buddies and I would like my stamps back please.


Ha, ok so I'm more or less right there with you, EXCEPT, I do sometimes enjoy the journaling behind the story. But as you know I do almost every layout/mini album etc for a purpose that usually requires money. Yup I scrap for the money, oh and the creative outlet, and last on the list would have to be memory keeping. Like you it's an extra bonus. ;)But it is a great little perk.