Saturday, March 12, 2011

Born Without The Scrapbooking Gene

By Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett

Scrapbook1 I love the whole idea of scrapbooking.  I love all the elements that true scrapbookers use.  The lovely background papers, the 3-D elements.  Pictures.  Rubber stamps.  Embossing powders.  Die-cutters.

I've collected newspaper articles, pictures, and other stuff highlighting my literary career and, not only have I bought a lovely scrapbook, I've bought two books on the subject to tell me how to put everything into some kind of coherent order, and yet I've nothing to make it happen.  I've admired the scrapbooks I've seen made by other people, but I feel intimidated by the whole idea.  Added to that, I just don't seem to have the crafty gene.

And so all of it sits in a pile in my office closet, waiting for time and inspiration to hit . . . but somehow, I doubt that inspiration will ever come.

I've still got nearly all my rejection letters from scores of agents--including the one that came from what would be my 4th agent for a book she would sell for me some five years later.  Should I include that in my scrapbook as an ironic piece of my personal history?

Meanwhile, the pile gets higher every year and I get no closer to assembling all this paper into an orderly progression of my literary career.

What about you?  Do you save stuff no one else could possibly care about?

18 comments:

lori cimino said...

oh yeah. i have what i call a collage journal and i glue stuff in there. one thing i have is the report with a picture of my kidney stone. i am almost proud of the thing....but what on earth will my family think years from now when they find this "treasure" among my belongings???

Heather Webber said...

I have a whole basket of things I want to scrapbook someday. It's been piling up for 12 years now. And ONE DAY I will do it. LOL.

signlady217 said...

I've only been scrapbooking for about 7 years, but I have "stuff" from 35 years ago (or so) all the way up to this week! I just had my husband bring down some boxes from the attic last weekend so I could go through them. I found letters and pictures that I had totally forgotten I had. Some were from my great-aunt from when I was a kid and who passed away just 2 weeks after I got married, childhood friends from when we moved away, and even some from old boyfriends!

Old report cards, certificates, graduation and wedding invites, etc., etc.

Of course, I did remember I had all the cards and letters from my husband over the years, including the ones from before we were even married. That's 26 years worth of stuff alone right there! My desk looks like a paper blizzard right now!

And yeah, there's a lot of stuff still in boxes.

Debra said...

Just yarn. . Lots and lots and lots of yarn

Dru said...

I have stuff, placed in a book but I still don't understand the concept of scrapbooking.

Vickie said...

I would be considered the worst mother ever if it came down to a rule that I was supposed to have a photo album for Lady K's every milestone....I have the images, I have the rolls of film waiting to be developed, I have a photo album or three....Lady K will be eight years old next Saturday....Eight years of all that schtuff piling up in various areas...school pictures, school drawings and paintings, spelling tests, etc in drawers everywhere all over the house.

I always wish I could craft or create. I want to quilt after reading an Elm Creek story or get back to my cross stitch now that Lady K has passed the age of tangling the threads....would love to learn to knit, too.

Suzanne said...

My sister is into scrapbooking. After my favorite cat died a few years ago, I decided I would like to do a scrapbook of her pictures. My mother and I both bought scrapbook kits (the books with corresponding paper, etc) plus I bought a few cat papers. They are still sitting somewhere in my room. We always say we will do it Labor Day weekend when we usually have extra spare time. Haven't gotten to them yet, maybe this year.

ev said...

I have a large collection of craft stuff, including scrapbooking stuff.

It collects dust as well as the stuff to go in it.

Lorraine said...

LOL. I scrapbooked today, but I'm thinking of thinning down my scrapbookking supplies.

I'm still collecting agent rejections--I started last fall--but these days, they aren't on paper unless I print them out!

Nancy said...

I do save stuff that nobody else cares about, lots of it - newspaper clippings especially. However, I am terrible about organizing this stuff. I save it for a while then it gets tossed after a last look.

Mandy said...

I thought I was the only one inept and scrapbooking! I too have bought all the items with great intentions, but nothing ever happens! Especially since I switched to the digital camera several years ago, at least before then I would get the pictures developed. I too failed miserably with the baby books, I've never wanted to look back at mine so I guess I'll take the same approach with my girls!

Lynda said...

I have an entire craft room, and I actually use it. Scrapbooking is one of the things I've been working on lately (I also paint ceramics, do counted cross stitch, sew, do various crafts with photography, etc.). Like many crafts, scrapbooking is very time consuming, but the hardest part is decidig where to start. When you have so much stuff, it's hard to narrow it down. But I have to admit it's a lot of fun to go back and look at the pages you've done.

Tiffany0227 said...

I have a tub about 2 feet deep and three feet wide full of my childhood things. Back in my day, when I was younger, they didn't have all the fancy stuff for scrapbooking, if they did, we couldn't afford it.

I am sure no one, except my mother, maybe, would care about the stuff I have kept. I like to keep birthday cards or any kinds of cards given really.

One thing I can't stand is keeping everything. My husband says don't you want to keep that or I want to keep that.

I, too, don't have that scrapbooking gene. I bought this calendar from dollar tree the year before last and it was a scrapbooking calendar, It came with many die cuts, and explanations on how to assemble it. I thought it was really cool what better thing to put up memories in a calendar. Well I never put it together, I found it more trouble than it was worth.

Aurian said...

My sisters and mother and couple of aunts are really creative, but that gene has passed me by. I love Laura Childs series, and one is about a scrapbook shop in New Orleans. I love everything she teaches and shows, but have not the smallest inkling to start doing that stuff my self.
I just collect books, so my family hopes I never have to move and they have to help moving all those tons of books ...

Linda McDonald said...

I used to scrapbook all of our travels. I have big, heavy scrapbooks filled with photos and cute little papers, and stickers, etc. But after several years of scrapbooking, I got totally burnt out on it. Now I do them all over the computer with either Shutterfly or Costco. It takes so much less time, and they are much more compact. It's been a lot of fun using new technology to keep my memories in a photo book that I know I will always look at.

Mollie Cox Bryan said...

I used to scrapbook more when my children were little. Now they are older and I spend most of the time in car taking them to activities. But I LOVE it and am trying to get back to doing more of it, especially now that I've actually written a scrapbooking mystery. lol.

Griperang/Angela said...

I have been scrapbooking for a long time and you should include the bad/not so good things along with all the good stuff. It helps to share your history. Another tip don't worry about you scrapbooking being perfect, you are your own worst critic and homemade was not meant to be perfect so just sit down start scrapping and enjoy.

Allison said...

I've been a scrapbooker for over 15 years now and am still behind in our yearly albums. I save everything in an annual accordian file to someday put in scrapbooks. Everything is fodder for scrapping - case in point, the players club cards we got when signing up at casinos our first trip to Vegas.
Life is a journey, so yes, those rejection letters should have a place in your albums - they are a part of your life. I'm an aspiring writer and have already decided to put them in an "author career" album. Scrapping is my way of being creative since I don't have the talent to paint and draw. Also an outlet for using the thousands of pictures I take on vacations!