Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Scrapbooking Trend

Scrapbooking is one of the most favored hobbies around right now. I myself have a problem with spending all my money on supplies and taking never ending photographs to use on the pages of my albums. Scrapbooking is something that has so many options and so many possibilities that you can never get bored with it. It allows you to create a legacy for the future and preserves memories in a way that nothing else can.

Right now the scrapbooking industry is booming. Twenty five percent of all households have participated in scrapbooking in the last year. All kinds of events are now offered for scrapbookers. Weather you are relatively new to the craft or if you have been doing it for years there is something out there for you. There are conventions, workshops, and even scrapbooking retreats or camps. They really give you the opportunity to met others that enjoy the same things as you and also learn new techniques or get ideas. Plus, it is a chance to get away from the husband or the kids and just do what you love to do.

I recently discovered that there is a scrapbooking camp local to me that I have never heard anything about. Amazing that it has been there a while and I never even knew. Now I am in the process of begging my husband to send me there as my anniversary present. For anyone who would be interested in that sort of thing you should try looking around on the internet for things in you area. You will be surprised at what you find.

Besides going to local workshops and such there are tons of resources on the internet to help with any of your scrapbooking needs. Websites that offer supplies that you can buy in case there isn't much to choose from in your local area. There are how to articles and layouts that you can try. Most even offer quotes for any occasion and message boards and chats where scrapbookers can share their ideas over the computer. It is a online community of people trying to achieve the same thing.

For people who have never tried it or have never even given it a thought should really take the time to find out more about it. Everyone takes photos and we all take them for the same reason, because we do not want to forget the special events or occasions in our lives. We all want to be able to look back at the great things that have happened to make our lives what they are and scrapbooking is a great way to take all those photos and organize them and then highlight them in a unique way. No matter how many pages you complete or how many ideas you use from others, there will never be two pages that the same and that to me is part of what makes scrapbooking a hobby that just stands out from the rest.

Right now my husband and I are expecting, so very soon my scrapbooking will be going into overdrive. I am sure I will be feeling the need to place every picture ever taken of the baby in an album. Albums are great to have around to show friends and family and among other things they are great to give as gifts.

One of my favorite things to do is to buy mini albums and make them for specific people about a certain occasion or having a theme going through the whole album. They are great for birthdays, Christmas, or anniversaries. They are also great for graduations, bridal showers, or even baby showers. If you are like me and you have pets that are more like children than actual animals you can always make an album designed around them.

Albums are always great to put together for your vacations too. Honeymoons or weekend trips to the mountains or to the beach. Also, road trips or camping trips are always a good idea. The possibilities go on and on. The longer you do it the more of an addiction it becomes but an addiction with incredible results. I recommend for anyone who has never tried to give it a go. Even people who do not think that they have the time should try it at least once and I bet that most of you will realize soon after that you might be able to squeeze it in once a week.

By Crystal Bowden

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