Have you seen the ads for Dove products? They have a "Campaign for Real Beauty" going on. Instead of the unrealistic models in fashion magazines, they have decided to showcase the beauty of REAL women of all shapes, sizes and ages and point out to the young women of the world that what they see in Vogue is not reality - it's airbrushed and Photo-shopped to death.
It seems in the last few months that we have a similar campaign brewing in the scrapbook industry. We have a "Campaign for REAL Scrapping" going on. We (collectively) have had it with over-the-top techniques and insane layouts featuring single photos and random thoughts where the stories should be. If I put ONE photo on a page, there wouldn't be enough room in my house to store my albums - that is if I ever finished all the photos. I need multiple photos AND I need the stories behind them to be together in as efficient a space as possible. Oh, and I need the pages to be simple and fast.
We have also rejected the "sport" of scrapping. When and why did this become a competitive sport? This isn't about who scraps better or who thinks scrapping should be done a CERTAIN way - this is about preserving our family or personal history for our posterity. I don't care what you do and you shouldn't care what I do in my albums. I'm not scrapping for glory, an "atta-girl", or social acceptance - I'm scrapping for me.
Let's bring back REAL scrapping! That doesn't mean you have to set aside all the embellishments, but maybe you need to re-focus on the photos and stories. It may also mean that you spend less time fussing over a page and more time writing on a page. Give up worrying about how you measure up to others and sit down and go through your albums with your child. You'll find out that you are truly the Scrapbooker of the Year - at least in THEIR eyes. And really, they are all that matters.
Here are my steps to reclaiming REAL scrapping:
- Focus on the photos
- Add the stories and not just the names - limit the use of third-party quotes.
- Crop conservatively - Grandma's house in the background may be precious someday
- Use themed products - match photos to products
- Keep the page simple - don't overwhelm the photos with embellishments
- Use imperfect photos if that's all you have. Not every photo will be stunning.
- Reject time-consuming embellishment techniques
- Worry LESS about acid and MORE about history.
- Spend less time doctoring photos and more time scrapping
- Find your passion again!
If you would like to join my Campaign for REAL Scrapping then copy the logo and add it to your blog. Write your thoughts about what REAL Scrapping means and how to refocus our efforts to make sure we aren't overwhelming and frustrating ourselves with that which is not real.