We were talking on TallyScrapper one day about the reaction you get from people when you tell them you’re a scrapbooker. Some said they get “the look.” This is either the look of “Why do you waste your time and money on such?” or the look of “I can’t believe her husband lets her spend money on this stuff.” or even the look of “Oh God, get me out of here before she shows me her scrapbook!” I’m sure we’ve all gotten these, right?
What about the comments of “Oh, I don’t have time for that.” like we scrappers don’t have to make the time to do this hobby that we enjoy and we just sit around scrapping and printing pictures and eating and putting in videos for our children so they leave us alone. Well, we do, but it’s scheduled.
One of my family members asked me why I did a certain layout. I explained that it happened to be a challenge that was issued and these types of things help to improve your scrapbooking. Wow! You should’ve have seen the LOOK in response to that. I watched to be sure she didn’t call 911 and ask the guys to bring the white jacket.
What’s the big deal?? It’s a craft, a hobby, an art, a fun way of managing your photos, family history documentation, therapy, stress reliever, escape. Okay, so we’re a little passionate about it. So what? Did I give “you” a look when you showed me your collection of fantasy daggers and wizards? What about “you” and your vast array of Precious Moments figurines with matching cross stitch? Oh, and especially “you” with your family room wall covered in animal face latch hook pieces!” Hey, and you, big fella, with your Craftsman workshop that has taken over the garage so your wife has to park in the driveway!
I didn’t give you “the look” or roll my eyes because I understand. I know what it is like to have to create something, to do something with your hands. I know what it is to have to have a camera by your side at all times. What I can’t figure out is those who do not have this urge. They vegitate in front of the television and have no desire whatsoever to do anything else.
I guess it’s because creativity and the urge to create runs through my family vein. I watch my dad take blocks and sheets of wood and turn them into beautiful pieces of furniture. I watch my stepmom take flour, sugar, and eggs and end up with five tiers of beautiful for a bride’s special day. My uncle could turn a blank sheet of paper into a drawing that we still laugh about today. I’ve seen my cousin and my grandmother take an array of cut flowers and turn them into an amazing floral arrangement, a cousin turn a ball of yarn into just about anything you could imagine, another grandmother take scraps from old dresses and turn them into something you sleep under like a baby, and my mom take a cut of fabric and sew the pieces together to look like something purchased at the finest of stores. With all of this, how could one not want to create?
Tell me about your family and friends. Are you the sole creative genius or are you surrounded by creative people like I am? I want to hear what or who drives you to create. Do you feel lost when you can’t? Post here and I’ll draw for a scrapbooking RAK!