before scrapbooking was ME...JUST BEFORE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN
a letter from the editor
It’s true confession time. I was a scrapbooker before scrapbooking was cool. Long before the Nineties when scrapbooking became the hottest hobby around, I had tried to make my memory books as creative as possible. Without the wonderful papers and supplies available today, I still did what I could by drawing directly on the scrapbook pages with colored markers. As you can see, a career in art has never been in the books for me, but I did my best! The three pages here are from the high school scrapbook I completed in 1969, then had to take apart in 2003 because -- just as the experts say -- the acidity of the pages and newspaper clippings had ruined several photos. But being a true scrapbooker, I took photos of each page -- and yes -made new scrapbook pages about the old scrapbook pages.
When I was making that handdrawn high school scrapbook 46 years ago, I had no idea that after my first 30-year career, scrapbooking would become my livelihood, as well as my favorite hobby. Because just like all those years ago, I still have the desire to record my life. I want to remember. Pitiful as those pages look today, I can still see them and be transported back to my FHA activities, my senior play, my graduation. So much of what we worry about doesn’t matter. Your style doesn’t matter. Your skill level doesn’t matter. Your tools and supplies don’t matter. Your space doesn’t matter. What matters is that you take the time, as often as you can, to record a memory. It’s one of the nicest things you can do for yourself.
Published on Jul 13, 2015
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