Sunday, February 16, 2014

Who do you scrap for?

Let's talk about this for a while, shall we?

I know for sure I'm not scrapping for my children. 

I scrap for me. I've said that again and again and probably made some people angry as well. 

I scrap for me. I don't expect my children to take ownership of the scrapbook layouts once I'm gone. They can throw the layouts away if they want to. Space is very limited in Singapore, we're already living in a shoebox (which I'm very grateful for!) and I really don't want to force albums upon albums to the girls when they move out. If they want some of my layouts, feel free. If they don't, well, I'm not gonna cry. :D

I scrap for me. I don't worry too much about journaling and the memory recording part of stuff and that is okay. Most of the time I scrap to play with my stash and tools anyway. If I feel like writing down a few sappy (or not!) sentences, good. If not, no big deal.

I scrap for me. I scrap because I think it's fun. When scrapbooking is no longer fun, you can bet your last dollar I will no longer be doing it. If it's not fun, it's not worth it. Especially when you take into account that supplies are not cheap - many people commented (none of their business, really!) that 'wow, you sure have an expensive hobby' - to which I agree, but I also don't collect designer clothes, or handbags so expensive you could buy 20 Silhouette Cameos with the same amount of money. To each their own, eh? :)

I scrap for me. It's cheaper than therapy. Who do you scrap for?

Speaking of scrapping - there's a new Sketch It Up here → Chictags blog.

February Sketch by Sasha Farina for Chictags

Here's my take on it :

happy notes

happy notes closeup

happy notes closeup2

If you play along, please link it up to the post on Chictags. I look forward to your submission! :)
I'll see you soon.



Unknown said...

I completely agree to your reasons! I love scrapbooking and I am doing it for me. I love it when people around me like the results - of course - but it's not my goal. :-)
I'm connecting my hobbies of photography and paper crafting as Long as it's fun! :-)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I can totally see where you are coming from! I would love to think that the kids will take my pages and treasure them ... but totally know that they might not ... and I am OK with that :) I loveeeeee your page!! LOVING those hearts!!!!!!!!

Alexandra Boehnke said...

I scrap also only for me. We didn't have kids and we can't get them. So I scrap only for me for relaxation and for our great memories. I love paper since I was a child and now I love this amazing hobby!!!

Anonymous said...

Well said, Sasha! I scrap for me as well and love it! There is no pressure and I'm ok with whatever happens to my albums later on down the road. Really lovely layout! :)

Unknown said...

Great layout and fabulous post Sasha! I agree, if and when scrapbooking is no longer fun for me, I will find another creative outlet. That said, I don't think that's gonna happen anytime soon! ;)

Стокли said...

Cool sketch, Sasha.
It seems that someone got to you:) to each his own - we love this hobby and sure it's not so cheap as knitting but it's fun. I'm glad that there is a big on-line community that shares my love for pretty paper and I don't expect my family to love what I make (if they do that's wonderful, sure, but not necessary).

Nicole said...

I scrap for me, though my kids enjoy looking at the layouts and albums. It's definite therapy for me, too. :) xo

Dawn C. said...

So well said!! I scrap for the same reasons, my kids are grown and I tell them all the time they can throw all of my albums away when I'm gone, no guilt! I do it entirely for the creative relaxing outlet it gives me.

Unknown said...

Same situation here. I scrap for me, for the creative outlet, just for fun! To keep memories is an extra ;-)
Love your layout… as always!

Christin aka Umenorskan said...

Love your layouts. I scrap for myself too. It's nice to have a hobby that is just for me. The kids love to look at the layouts and were so happy when I bought 10 more albums to store more layouts - then can't wait for me to fill them. I never expect them to want to take the albums with them when they move out.

Sondra said...

I agree! I scrap for me. If my daughter wants my scrapbooks, she'll have to wait until I'm dead. They are MY memories that I am recording for ME to remember. If other people want to look and enjoy, fine.... but they are mine mine mine!

And I don't buy shoes or bags either... but should probably buy stock in Sizzix and Spellbinders!!!

Monique Liedtke said...

I scrap for me too ... I love this hobby and supose the kids said they hate my pages (which they don't, lol) I wouldn't be able to stop! As for the journaling, when I do write something down it's because I don't want to forget ... I turned 50 a few months ago and I tend to forget things! LOVE your layout!!!!

Lisa said...

Yep, I scrap because I enjoy the creative outlet. I enjoy making layouts to document funny things that happen, things I'm feeling, as a way to hold onto the moments a little while, as I am creating. I'm not expecting my kids to hold onto them. In fact, I have yet to put any into albums. They all go into a box in the garage.

Sasha, I am geeking out over that postal barcode stamp (?) in red on your lovely layout. Can you direct me to the source, please?

Diana Waite said...

well said! I do scrap for me, it is a way for the kids to remember partly but for me to play, it IS cheaper than therapy AND diamonds! ;) LOOOOVE this layout too BTW!!!

Michelle Hernandez said...

I totally agree! I'm constantly talking to the kid in the journaling but I don't expect her to care about my pages- she can rip 'em all up right now actually (and has quite a few times) There are a few pages I love and will treasure but the rest can be scrapped in her own creative pursuits. I get the "that's so expensive" remarks too- as long as the bills are paid and the husband and kid are happy I don't care what people think.

Elizabeth Gardner said...

I scrap for me too. I've said this to my husband before and he looks at me like I have 3 heads… I would be fine if the kids throw the books away down the line, it's not up to them to care about these pages the way I do. Also, I've had people be judgmental about the fact that I don't have an even number of pages for all 4 of my kids. I just scrap the photos that inspire me or have a fun story or that I can laugh about… again, for me! Not to show how fair and even and dedicated I am as a Mom. sheesh! Weird what people choose to comment on.