Surprisingly, I get this question a lot. Mostly, people have this idea of scrapbookers in their head that doesn't fit with their image of me. They think that scrapbookers are older, probably already mothers and have little to do with their free time. Honestly, scrapbooking is a hobby like any other. Anyone of any age can partake in the hobby and enjoy doing it.
Nearly everyone takes pictures. No matter if it's on your phone or with a nice camera. What do you do with all the photos you've taken if you don't scrapbook? How many people actually get them printed? And if you do get them printed - do you just throw them in a box? Do you have albums? Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to organize your photos and let your creative side out.
I've done several posts before about the importance of printing your photos and supplies to buy if you're a new scrapbooker. I've also shared posts showing some of my layouts and all of those posts go over fairly well on my little blog. This one is a little different. I want to explain why I put so much importance on scrapbooking, especially at my age, and why I think others my age should consider it also.
I started scrapbooking in December of 2015.
Why: I knew this was going to be a very important couple of years in my life and I wanted them documented. I had been keeping a journal for a while, but I wanted a place to put pictures and memorabilia to showcase and look back on. I knew over these next few years I'd be meeting the man I wanted to marry, graduating University and moving my way up in the world. Sure enough, I had already met my perfect man and 2 months later we began dating. I have our entire first year together scrapbooked - everything from our very first picture together, to our first date to meeting each others families and finally our one year anniversary.
I hear people talk about how they wished they had taken pictures in the early stages of their relationship, or say that they lost them all when their computer died. My family members would discuss not remembering some of their college or high school friends because they didn't ever document their lives during those times. I am a very sentimental person. I don't want to forget anything. Memory is fleeting and never reliable. Journaling and scrapbooking my life is providing me a way to accurately recall my experiences no matter how far away in time we get from them.
I recommend that everyone make a scrapbook. And this is partly me pushing my hobby on my friends and partly me wanting for them to have the same way to keep memories that I do. I encourage everyone to write down your memories. Take a picture of your college apartment and put it in your journal or scrapbook. Write about all your classes and your friends and your job and what you do for fun. Imagine your family (children, husband, siblings, whoever) looking back on these memories in years and years and being glad that they have them and have this opportunity to get to know the person that you used to be and the life that you used to lead...
That is why I started scrapbooking and why I continue to do so and why I can say with certainty that I will continue to do so throughout my life. It's part of my legacy.