Scrapbooking Guilt

By Marisa Lerin Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:20

To my daily surprise, I've become something of a scrapbooking expert, or at least, I get treated like one. I'm not sure how thorough my knowledge actually is, but there you go. Frankly, it's given me a whole new view of what an "expert" actually is. But that's not really the point of this post.

2011.10.10 - Amman

One of the strangest parts of being seen as an expert, is that I've turned into something of a confessor. When I meet someone new, and we start talking about what we do for a living and they find out that I'm basically a professional scrapbooker, they often say, "Oh, I know I should do more of that. I'm so behind. I feel so bad." etc... And by "they" I mean mothers.

This response always takes me by surprise and I get slightly confused. I've been scrapbooking since I was a teenager. It's a hobby that I do entirely for myself. Every once in a while I may work on something for someone else, but I do it because I love it and there are few things I'd rather do instead. In no way do I expect other people to also love scrapbooking. I realize it's not for everyone. So when people start expressing their guilt to me, I feel this weird disconnect.

I'm not sure when scrapbooking became a requirement of being a good mother. I'm not a mother myself, so it's not a pressure I can understand first hand. And while I know there are lots of good reasons to scrapbook for your children, I'm pretty sure everyone will survive if you skip it. In fact, let me share a little story with you. Scrapbooking came into vogue when I was a teenager. I'm not sure what my mom thought when she was exposed to it, but whatever it was did not tempt or guilt her into starting. Instead, she encouraged me to give it a try. Fifteen years later I now rely on those skills and experience to run a business. When you say no to something, that often leaves room for someone else to say yes. And that "yes" may change a life.


My Parents

I even scrapped for my parents.

I'm hoping that most of you reading this aren't scrapbooking out of guilt, but out of love for a wonderful hobby. If you are scrapbooking out of guilt or duty, take a step back and see if there's anything in the process you do love. Memory keeping is a wonderful gift to a family, but there are many ways to do it. Maybe you love photography, maybe you love to journal. Maybe you hate all those things but you can take a minute here or there to jot down a note from the day. And if you'd rather be working in your garden, or painting, or whatever else makes you feel full, do that--and maybe let your kids know about scrapbooking. You never know what may come of it.

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New Bundle: Road Trip

By Marisa Lerin Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:45

I've got a new bundle for you this week, surprisingly it's all about Road Tripping! I know I'm not the only person this summer to have hit the open road and enjoyed the highway. I can't wait to see all the lovely layouts I know you'll make!

Road Trip Bundle

My new Creative Team has been hard at work creating some wonderful layouts to get you started!

Road Trip Layout
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Road Trip Layout
▲ By Tiffany

Road Trip Layout
▲ By Tina

Road Trip Layout
▲ By Julie

Road Trip Layout
▲ By Emily

Road Trip Layout
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