In our last entry, I shared with you what scrapbooking was meant to be in the beginning, how it evolved and the myths which occurred from that plus where we stand now. My quest continues to be the debunking of our assumptions or myths about photo organization and album-making, aka scrapbooking, so the amazing perk from this to positively affect our relationships is attainable by all.
For some, emphasis on moderately to extremely decorated pages is the perfect match for them, and my job is to keep the creative ideas flowing along with the get-it-done processes they may desire. For others, serving them best means helping them break out of the brainwashing they may have experienced regarding their photos and related processes… yes, the myths, so they are free to focus on photos and stories on a page!
Based on research accumulated by Creative Memories (hereafter known as CM), this is how we know that the interest level breaks down, approximately:
- 15% of the population wants to decoratively scrapbook via paper or digitally.
- 5% of the population wants to have their photos/digital images organized, period…. the end!
- 70% of the population wants to get their photos/digital images with their stories into their lives via paper albums or digital storybooks.
- 10% of the population wants nothing to do with any of the above.
If you are wondering which of the first 3 groups you fit into, do this activity with me and share your preference via the poll at the end:
Pretend for a moment that I know where your parents live, where you grew up. I went up to the attic and found 2 albums they completed for YOU!!
- Album 1: They began this album when you were just a baby, and they put in photos and filled each page with stories…. stories of when you took your first step, your birthday parties, what a joy and blessing you were for them as well as the irritations you all lived through. They added Faith stories and times you were “caught being/doing good” for others. It was filled with pages of photos and stories of their love for you.
- Album 2: In this one, after your parents were told their albums could/should be more decorative, they learned so many decorative techniques, they could have taught classes on decorative pages. They put a photo or 2 on each page and some captioning but concentrated their time and energy on creating pop-ups, sponge painting, fold-outs and big decorated pages.
If I told you that you could only have ONE of the two albums, which ONE would you choose?
What does your choice mean about your album-making style? Check “Part 2” of this 2 part series of posts to find out!