Scrapbooking - Hobby Or Obsession? (And a giveaway!

>> Friday, July 3, 2009

Ok, so I'm trying something new here. Forgive me if my first attempt at a giveaway may seem a bit "prehistoric"...Ha! Ha! But I figure, I've got to try sometime - right?

What you will win -- the lucky winner, chosen by a panel of myself, my Marine, and one other crafty pal of mine, will win a box of scrapbooking supplies! That's right! Paper, accessories, and more! Why should I go through this hobby phase alone!

How do I enter, you say? Well, my rules are simple -- read my blog post below and leave a comment about one of your hobbies gone awry. Oh yeah -- and don't forget to share with your friends!

Contest ends next Friday on 7/10 -- so plenty of time to enter!

So come on and join in the fun! Don't make me feel like I'm the only one who has a hobby store to tell! Let's hear those stories!


I'll be the first to admit it....I tend to go overboard. With a lot of things. But mostly with hobbies. When I find a new hobby, I have to buy everything...right then and there. And then I stockpile. I still have a large plastic storage bin full of cross stitch patterns that I'm not sure will ever see completion. I have drawers full of yarn waiting to be made into afghans and scarfs. I have storage boxes full of felt and foam sheets and a box full of bottles of paint waiting for craft projects with Nani & Nudge. But nothing has made me go overboard as much as the concept of scrapbooking.

I have good intentions....I truly do. I envision the pages in my mind and run out and buy all the supplies needed and reprint pictures. I get everything together....and then it sits in a box. And it sits. And it sits. And it sits. For a long time. For so long that half the time I forget what I even have in there and what I was scrapping about. I have scrapbooks started that only have a few pages done. I have a box full of memorabilia, souveniers, and pictures just waiting to be creatively displayed.

I love scrapbooking supplies. I love the colorful sheets and stickers. I love all the tools and accessories. Rows upon rows of scrapbooking nirvana. This time, I told myself, this time I'm going to follow through with a hobby. I sat down and organized all my supplies. When it was all done, I felt invigorated and inspired. I took the next step and went to a free class at a local scrapbooking store.

Let's just say, I don't think I'll go back any time soon. Don't get me wrong....there are some extremely creative women out there. And dedicated. Dedicated to the point of obsession, I believe. I walked into the room and knew that I was way beyond my league. Whereas I carried my scrapbook paper and supplies in a little totebag decorated with puppies & kittens that I got free from the ASPCA, these women were lugging roller bags that I would use to pack for a three-day weekend.

I found an open spot at the end of the table and tried to be very inconspicuous. But those scrapbooking ladies could smell virgin blood. They spied me and knew immediately that I was fresh meat and an easy target. In a matter of 15 minutes, I got the life story of each lady at that table. (Again, names have been changed to protect the innocent, but I hardly doubt these ladies follow blogs....they're much too busy getting high from the fumes of scrapbooking glue!)

M - the wife of a retired postal worker who started scrapping to save her sanity since her husband was home ALL THE TIME now. She looked like one of those ladies you'd see at bingo -- bifocals on the edge of her nose, cigarette dangling from the corner of her mouth, surrounded by her lucky troll dolls.

R - the wife of an airline pilot who scraps to document her husband's travels (and the free trips she gets to take with him)

M2 - the divorced wife of a business man who started scrapping to document her husband's affair. She presented "The Infidelity Book" to her husband on their 10th wedding anniversary - complete with photos of him & his mistress and receipts that she would find. (I seriously couldn't make this up if I tried!)

T - the stay home mom who started scrapping to get a break from her kids & husband.

Still a little unsure of myself and a bit intimidated, I started to unpack my stuff. My only goal was to accomplish 4 pages of Christmas photos. The ladies "oohed" and "ahhed" over the pictures of the girls that I brought and asked me what my game plan was. game plan? I didn't realize scrapbooking had a game plan. I thought it was simply gluing pictures to fancy paper and using a couple stickers.

But oh've got to decide what your base paper is going to be....if you're going to layer your paper.....are you using stamps or stickers....grommets or brads....chipboard or diecut. My head was spinning and I hadn't even gotten started yet!

So, I pull out my pictures of the girls on Christmas morning and select two sheets of paper. M looked at me over her bifocals, like my old sixth grade math teacher when I got an answer wrong -- "Are you sure you want to accent that photo with THAT paper?" I could feel myself turning red and start to sweat. I seriously had a flashback to my 6th grade math class when I didn't know the answer. I took a deep breath, kept my head down and just said - yes. I could feel M's eyes boring into my forehead as she tsk'd, tsk'd my choice. T, bless her heart, stuck up for me and gave me a few very helpful suggestions. M2 and R were in their own little scrapbooking world, comparing accents and embellishments. At one point, M actually pulled out a blow dryer and started waving it over her pages. "Makes the glue dry faster....."

My goal was 4 pages...I got 1 done before I just couldn't take any more tsk-tsk'ing from M. I packed up my puppy & kitten tote bag...thanked the ladies for their scrapbooking wisdom and rushed home where I could make all the scrapbooking mistakes I wanted to in the comfort of my own home.

I didn't finish the Christmas pages, but I did manage a couple pages from Nani's first day of preschool.

I may never reach M's level of having to blow dry my pages dry, but I think that my pages aren't bad for a beginner, don't you think?


Katie July 3, 2009 at 8:54 PM  

Thanks for the follow! I love scrapbooking and I am so sorry for your experience at that crop! I can't believe that woman who started scrapbooking over her husbands affair! Yikes! Anyhoo, scrapbooking should be about preserving memories and your family's stories. Period. Glad you didn't let them get you out of scrapping completely! Just do what you can do and have fun. BTW: Your pages are fabulous for anyone! Don't say for a beginnier☺

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend July 3, 2009 at 9:00 PM  

What a great blog...I just had a little time to blog hop tonight and enjoyed your blog. Happy 4th of July!!

Jenny July 3, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

Ok...that was funny! You actually made me laugh out loud! I love scrapbooking, but I have to admit that all my materials have been in my closet for over a year now. Maybe one day, I will have time to finish them!

Jodi July 3, 2009 at 9:15 PM  

That made me laugh. But yes, I do scrapbook for I have the urge. But that urge just has not come this month or last month for that fact. Your pages are great. I myself have crochet things start and not finished, count cross stuff started and not finished. I have ceramics downstairs that needs painting. lol

SmartPumpkin'sMom July 3, 2009 at 11:47 PM  

I wish i could scrapbook...
Stopping by to wish you a happy Independence day from bloghop.

Chawksgirl4ever July 4, 2009 at 1:07 AM  

i love the pages thet are so cute especially the pictures of her with daddy so cute. I have s just atartedbout every hobby....except crosstitch.scrapbooking,crochet,knitting,sewing,scrapbooking, quilting, all still in different places throughout the house waiting to get another turn. Have a great day. Jasmine in CA

sam July 4, 2009 at 1:30 AM  

Hi there:
I love looking at your scrap booking. I am not sure I am that tallented with the scrapbooking although some times I think I would like to learn how to do it. My hobby is yarn. I like to make different types of afgans, and projects. I got adventurous and made a poncho and hat for my daughter, the hat was a little big but she likes the set even today and she will be 16 the end of the month. My other adventure was called TV horse pillows, they actually and a crocheted horse head. Although I changed the eyes from felt only to felt background and googly-eyes. I made one for my daughter and was planning on making one for a friend of mine until my daughter seen it and said that her horse pillow needed a girl friend otherwise he was going to be lonesome. She was about 11 or 12 at the time. So they both reside in her bedroom now. Unfortunately I never got a third one made, I have been a little busy with online classes. But I do miss my yarn work.

Amanda: July 4, 2009 at 8:27 AM  

Oh my stars... I'm a scrapper too, but not NEARLY to the extent that they are! It's actually been pretty close to forever since I've had time to sit and scrap. I guess I'm with you - I didn't realize scrapping was quite that complicated, LOL!!

Quawana July 4, 2009 at 9:28 AM  

Your pages are great! See that is why I don't go to Crops! I am affraid of others telling me I am doing it wrong or my pages look awful. I got so excited by the supplies that I had to take over the family room as my girlcave! I had to go buy cabinets to hold all my supplies and I even shelled out the money for 2 die cut machines. OH MY GOSH! My husband is glad I have a hobby I enjoy, but he is worried that I have too much inventory that it will have to start a craft store. I have 12 big totes of fabric and only 2 of yarn. I have every single dmc floss they make. I know what it is like to collect patterns you may never use! Then I have the Christmas decorating obsession! So much so that as we are looking at houses I am trying to envission them decorated for Christmas and all my trees.
You are not alone!

Meghan July 4, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

Your pages are terrif!

I used to go to crops & all that then my supplies got out of hand & I couldn't transport them all.

I loathe the women who critique others. There are no rules in scrapping! Do what you want, when you want & how you want!

Sheila July 4, 2009 at 12:49 PM  

Hoppin in to say hi. Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Mommyof2girlz July 4, 2009 at 12:57 PM  

Hopping by to say hello from the blog hop. Have a fun and safe Independents Day :)

lyly July 4, 2009 at 1:29 PM  

now,now. i am soooo glad I found ya! hihihi
i have several "hobbies" waiting to really happen. i even found a new store ready ti fulfill my desire for scrapbook. but i waited for a few days,you know, to big of a temptation.

but i feel with you when you say you have drawers ready and full with one-day-helpfull supplies.

i have the passion, aaaaa, i mean obsession to just collect things. maaaany things. i even collect sweets. i used to. i had to throw them away today. my mom and sister laughed their butts off and declared i have a HUGE problem. but i still do have alllll the other things. hihihi

and i like flowers. pressed ones. my sister calls them dead flowers. but who cares what she thinks? their are soooooo going to be helpfull in my scrapbooking attempts. because, you know, this is what this summer is all about.

ps. i am soooo glad you are into this too. i would love to see some more works of yours.:)
pps. sorry about grammar and spelling. who knows, i may transform those into obsessions and then scapbooking some day. with all this technology going on, why couldn't I do that little thing?:D

ok now, i am going to see how my financial situation is. you know, going to that fancy art and hobbies store. corner of heaven that store is. :)

Miranda July 4, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

NO way!! That is not THE lady in the picture that was scrap booking!? And seriously, someone scrapbooks their husbands affair?! CRAZY!!
Glad you ran for cover, sounds miserable and like a really bad influence. Shame we all can't be just like them huh!?!
Your pages look great, I blog so I won't feel guilty for not scrap booking. Doesn't give off such strong fumes, and no sticky fingers.

amanda July 4, 2009 at 3:42 PM  

lol. a few friends of mine all get together once a month to scrap. the craziest thing that has happened was at my bday last year. they made me a cake and when S took the cover off the cake it had two blobs of frosting. she said it looked like boobies staring at her! lol. we still laugh about that. and we've determined that 'you always are doing something before you die'. i love to scrap. but have literally thousands of pictures waiting to be scrapped. i figure i'll have time when my kids are all grown up and out of the house! :0) you did a great job on the pages. too bad you don't live by me, we'd let you come scrap with us!! we're not too scary. :0) or crazy.

Anissa July 4, 2009 at 7:15 PM  

Love the layouts! To cute!

Out Blog Hoppin tonight! Nice to meet you!
I’m a homeschool / SAHM to 3 — Living in Louisiana — Hope you come by to visit.

Karyn July 4, 2009 at 10:29 PM  

LOL. Your blog really made me laugh. I can't believe someone actually scrapped their hubby's affair. Wow! I'm just now getting to do my son's first year (he's 2). I have over 500 pictures from his first year - how many albums do you think I will wind up with? I'm up to his 3rd week. I love your pages! They are great. There are no "rules" to scrapbooking - just do whatever looks good to you.

Stacie July 5, 2009 at 11:14 AM  

I have to just pick one hobby... I would have say my scrapbooking hobby. I swear I shop more then I scrapbook. I take pictures upon pictures thinking oh yeah this will make a great page. I have so many pictures I could get lost in a pile of them. My craft closet is full of papers. A huge pile of 12 x 12, stickers, eyelets, quick cutz, overflow is in my cabinet of more paper and punches. I keep making trips to Milwaukee to visit my favorite scrapbook store as I love to stock up. I have a few piles of paper piecings I swore I was going to use for pages. 4 books of patterns and quotes. You think I could use just what I have. LOL

Andrea July 6, 2009 at 9:04 AM  

Came across your blog last week, and LOVE it! You crack me up! I love to scrapbook to, but between school, work, kids, and home I have gotten about 5 years behind. YIKES! I want to try digital scrapbooks, but am easily intimidated by the "pros" (aka the M’s) out there.

So here is my story of my hobby gone awry.... I also love to take pictures, but I hate to be in a position where I am taking pictures of people for people. (By the way love the rocky mountain pictures). My friend asked me to take pictures of her family so I decided ok I can do this favor for her. There is a cute "natural" looking waterfall close by our home and a family picture in front would be soooo cute. Went over early Sunday morning when the lighting was just right. Well some teenage punks had dumped a Costco sized bottle of dish detergent into the water. There were bubbles 4 feet high. So nice waterfall in the background out of the picture. All in all the pictures didn't turn out too bad, I think out of 20 pictures there was 1 where everybody had their eyes opened. :) I love photography, but I think I will stick to nature, and non-human subjects.

LucieP July 6, 2009 at 9:44 AM  

ooh I wanna win! I need some serious crafting help!
I didn't have anything on my bathroom walls so I went to WalMart and bought flat canvas and crayola paint-painted them three different colors that matched and then dipped my drain stopper thing in white to make the white circles to match...I need help girl!

Anyway, I love your pages! I love how bright and cherry they are!!!
I love other people and they're entertaining!

Susan July 6, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

Great pages. Would love to enter your giveaway. I posted it on my blog for other to see!

Have a great day.

melaniet42 July 6, 2009 at 9:20 PM  

Those pages are great! I'll tell you true...I have always thought about scrapbooking. I've tried stamping and making holiday cards. I've gone through a jewelry making phase. And most enjoyably, I've done some quilting. Each of these hobbies leaves me with projects in various states of incompletion (though there are many projects I did in fact, complete). Scrapbooking appeals to me because since my daughter was born almost 18 months ago, I've been taking TONS of pictures. And wondering (other than sharing them on my blog) what on earth I will ever do with them all!?!

Chaukie July 7, 2009 at 6:05 AM  

We are so much alike when it comes to scrapping. I also have all the stuff and the best of intentions, but as of right now, I have not touched it in a year and am now 1.5 years behind on my kids' books. Actually, I am in the beginning stages of making my son's life book and really need to get moving on that. My goal is by the end of the summer.

I am definitely not an expert or all that creative. I look at "professional" scrapbooks and wonder how they could ever come up with that. Your pages look similar to mine. It's more about the pictures than all the embellishments.

~City Love... now, forever, always~ July 7, 2009 at 7:53 AM  

Love your blog!! Amazing!!

First, I'll tell you about my hobby-gone-wrong... I'm a wannabe-scrap-aholic too!!! My obsession is the 12x12 scrap pads of pretty paper. I have probably half a dozen pads laying around, with only a few sheets used of the 180 or so from each!! One of my friends was over one day and saw a pile of scrap pads... she flipped through all the pretty patterns and exclaimed "Oh my gosh, that is so pretty, this paper is amazing! What do you do with it??" My answer... "Ummm, nothing really, that's why it's still sitting there!"

Yes, yes, I know... it's terrible to have all these wonderful things sitting around getting no use. But I promise, I have every intent of scrapbooking! Especially since my husband passed away last year... I have all these great pictures I want desperately to display in a wonderful way for the kids!!! I just can't seem to find the time, with 3/5 kids running around underneath me!

And now for the real kicker, since you started the topic, I've got to tell you about my stepmother. The woman has spent *thousands* of dollars on every scarpbooking supply known to man. I kid you not. She even hired a designer to come in and make her a scrapbooking ROOM. All her supplies are organized prettily among rows and rows of white shelves and cubbies and clear storage containers, labeled neatly, in a room covered in sunflowers with cute and catchy scrapbooking slogans in vinyl letters across the walls. What has she done with ALL these supplies?? Six pages or so from when my stepsister was a baby!! I'm serious!!

So if you thought your hobby-gone-awry (if that's how you spell it!) was bad... know that there is always someone out there with a worse case!!

jennifer July 25, 2009 at 6:10 AM  

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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