Guest Author - Kathleen Rensel
Many say these days that scrapbooking is not “trendy” or it is “out of style.”
When you look up “trend” it leads to words like “craze” or “vogue” or “rage.” Yep, it does mean that. But look at the other words used to describe it, “drift,” “leaning,” “movement” (like the Women’s movement.) Trends are also described by using the words “fashion,” “style,” “look” or “chic.”
These words don’t just mean something for the moment. Is baseball a “rage?” Is marriage considered in “vogue?” (Seems like some might be considered that way right now, but no, marriage is an institution, not a craze.) Scrapbooking has been around for centuries. People have saved their thoughts and photos in various formats and passed them down to future generations.
Now over the past few years, say 10-20 years, scrapbooking has grown in popularity. That’s a fact. There weren’t many companies even making supplies for scrapbooking, let alone creating entire product lines that compete with each other, as there is today. There are magazines and websites completely dedicated to scrapbooking. Some stores stock aisles of product, some stores only carry scrapbook products – that’s how much we have today. If it were a “craze,” would this many people create entire companies and millions of products for it?
Do we really want scrapbooking to be a “craze?” Isn’t saving photos and memories just as important today as it was years ago or even centuries ago? There are many who learned scrapbooking from their grandparents. They might have an album with black and white photos, black photo corners and maybe a little bit of handwritten information about who is in the photo or what year it might have been. That would fit under the description of “style” or maybe even “chic.”
We save our photos and write down our memories to show future generations what life was like or what our life was like. With all of the digital cameras and phone cameras these days, there are even more opportunities to really show what our life was like. We don’t have to put a family photo that is stiff and formal. We can add photos of our trips to, well, any place around the world. We can share the beauty. We can add photos of the babies growing up – daily, if we want to. Our albums can hold details about our lives like what we eat or what our goals are.
Maybe the reason it got so much bigger is that people are enjoying taking a break from their high-speed lives and remembering the happy times, the people or the events that become a part of their story. Or they enjoy sharing those memories with others.