PRT182 – Is Scrapbooking Dead?

This week we’re asking the question, “Is scrapbooking dead?”

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  • SLG

    I don’t want the entire industry to die either, and I don’t think it will. I think it will drop and plateau and change dramatically, like Izzy said in the episode. I think part of the reason for some of the decline right now is that people are a bit tired of the culture of consumption that was a huge part of the scrapbooking community for quite a while. There was a phase where everything was high on trend and people spent a lot of time and money collecting, hauling and hoarding goods and not as much time actually using their stuff. I think there seems to be a movement towards simplifying.

    I also don’t like how 12×12 layout scrapbooking is default “traditional” somehow considering is a relatively recent phenomenon in the act of scrapbooking. I don’t think big 12×12 layouts are right for everyone and it isn’t a big tragedy if that type of scrapbooking completely declines. I think a lot people did that format because that was what was common and available, but now that there are other options people can find things that actually work for them. I really didn’t understand why Stacy was saying that everyone should at least do some in that format for the sake of storytelling and doing meaningful layouts… Why? Pockets and smaller pages aren’t just a 365 everyday life thing, it can just be a format. I actually feel more free to include small memories and big stories because there isn’t as much pressure and intimidation trying to give each story a big page in a 12×12 book, plus I feel like I make better use of products. I feel like the movement towards pocket scrapping is in many ways more traditional because my teen years scrapbooks were just the manila sheets that you glued onto with lots of ephemera and a few photos… then people moved away from actual scraps to embellishments until their pages were mostly just photos and piles of store bought things without any “ugly” scraps and little journalling which was great for the stores and great for people feeling creative, but I think it is great that people are moving back more towards focusing on the memory-keeping and not on the consumption and frilly extras.

  • SarahLG

    I enjoyed this episode. About young scrappers, I got into scrapbooking when I was a teenager because I kept saving little pieces of paper things (menus, tickets, postcards) in a box and loved taking pictures and needed a way to contain and display them other than stashing them in a box… Stacy talked about the printed pictures no longer being the catalyst for people, but I think teenagers still will have lots of cherished memorabilia to work with that will be their catalyst to make books, which is why I think something like a smashbook is a great introduction for preteens and teens into memory keeping because you can focus on just smashing your keepsakes in with some journalling and then occassionally print a photo to help illustrate your story.

    A friend of my husband’s asked me to show her two pre/teen daughters (10 and 14) my scrapbooks and teach them about scrapbooking because she’d like them to have a place to contain their scraps of memorabilia and to get some of their photos out of facebook and into something they can keep and go through. I’m thinking about gettting them smashbooks or snap albums to start out with, but it is great that they are into the idea memory-keeping already.

  • Sandy

    This is the first time we have listened to your show and my 11 year old daughter said that the only thing she learned from your show is “Don’t cut people off when they are talking!”

  • J.P.

    I heard the clicking all the time with all the people. It’s like someone is actually typing while recording.

  • Genger Stiedle

    I found you guys through Jennifer M. a couple of weeks ago when she said on her blog that she would be on the podcast. I have been trying to listen to the older episodes since then. I really liked this one and Stacey J. made me stop and think about why I scrap. She is right, I like to tell a story. My favorite part of scrapping is journalling. Recently, I was very upset and considering putting scrapbooking on hold because I just can’t make my pages look like some of the people I admire. I am more “garage sale grunge”. Not sure that is even a term, but she reminded me that my story is more important than my need to create that perfect page. Thanks Stacey!

  • Yes!

    Welcome to Paperclipping! :)