I’ve been scrapbooking since I was a little girl. What a time I had back then! I would take all sorts of pictures, images, and clippings, and use them in order to create the sort of scrapbook that I knew I would remember forever.
Maybe in the back of my mind, I didn’t think I would need it. When you’re a little girl you think that you’re going to be a little girl forever. Every year takes forever to complete. You can’t wait to grow up. Then you grow up and everything moves too fast. You want to save the picture and stop the funny tests of time from changing it. To me, that’s what is so great about a scrapbook in the first place.
A scrapbook isn’t as fancy as a photo album. It’s supposed to be a fun thing that people will do together. It always brings girls together. Lots of my best memories growing up, as a young woman, and as a less young woman all involve scrapbooking. I’m an older woman now, and I can still access all of those great memories just by looking at all of my old scrapbooks.
Scrapbooks are time capsules because of the memories that are contained within the pages. They’re also time capsules because of the memories that you create when you are actually working on them. To me, these are some of the best memories of all, and these are the ones that actually make me smile at the end of the day.
Obviously, one of the best things about being able to do something like scrapbooking is that you have the memories, and you also have all of the things that you made in the first place. It’s a nice combination. You get to have a finished product in addition to the fact that you can have the happy thoughts and feelings of those around you as you complete the project.
There aren’t enough group activities that people do together in the same place anymore. When I was growing up, a lot of socializing with the girls occurred over group activities like scrapbooking, knitting crocheting, and things like that. A lot of the best local gossip happened that way, and if you missed out on those circles, you were going to be out of the loop altogether in most cases. You didn’t want that.
Lots of activities today seem to pull people apart rather than bringing them together. There’s nothing wrong with some solitary activities. You have to make sure that you are able to do some activities together with friends, so the activity is actually about the bonding and not just the activity itself. For me, things like scrapbooks are about both.
When you do something in a scrapbook circle together, you are bonding over all of each other’s memories, and that makes a huge difference. Knitting and crocheting are great for this sort of bonding because you are doing something that is capable of leaving your hands free and you’re able to talk to one another at the same time. However, when you scrapbook, you are actually participating with each other in a very different way. You can actually bond over each other’s memories in a way that is not going to work otherwise. While you can always talk about those things over a knitted cap, when it comes to scrapbooks, you always feel as if you are truly making something out of someone’s memories, and it’s hard to replicate that experience.
I recommend that younger people today make their own scrapbooks. Even if they’re digital, it doesn’t matter. It still counts. I hope you just make them with friends and bond over each other’s lives.