This week in scrapbooking, we’ve really been talking about finding the joy in scrapbooking. Did you catch that? Monday I talked about the type of scrapbooker I’ve come to be and Wednesday, I encouraged you to find a positive word to fill in the blank, “I am a ________ scrapbooker.”
Remembering & Finding the True Joy in Scrapbooking
Those topics go hand in hand. Somewhere along the way, it seems so easy to fall in love with scrapbooking initially but it seems there’s always somewhere we fall out of love with it. Why does it seem so hard to fall back in love with scrapbooking again?
I think the first step has to be figuring out where the real joy is from. That’s gonna be different for each of us. But, I think just as in the joy in life isn’t in the stuff or even necessarily the things we do, the same is true in scrapbooking. It’s not the couch, the lamp, the car, etc that really are were the good stuff in life are. Joy just can’t be found in things like that (the real true joy even when it comes close is that it’s an expression of us, a feeling etc.) The same is true about the all those cute and wonderful supplies and that technique you’ve been wanting to try with washi tape.
The real joy of scrapbooking is much deeper. For me, it’s a number of things:
1) Appreciating Life
Seriously, it’s the best thing that happens to me when I scrapbooking or after I’ve had a dose of scrapbooking. It makes me appreciate life- appreciate the many good things or even give me an appreciation for the not so stellar times.
2) Learning about myself
It happens. Some of it comes from increased awareness and looking for stories. But, it also comes to me as I set out to tell a story and it ends up going in a different direction. Or just as a sit and stew about a story.
3) Sharing my stories
Ultimately, I’ve come to peace to peace with the fact that the first two reasons are more than enough reason for me to enjoy scrapbooking. But, I still couldn’t tell you that I don’t love watching others enjoy my pages and read the stories.
Here’s the thing for me- all of that is centered around telling the story. When you take a look at where your true joy is when it comes to scrapbooking, it doesn’t make sense to hang your hat on all that other stuff. Sure, the supplies are fun- I do have a bucket of washi right here on my desk that makes me smile. But, when it comes to scrapbooking I’d much rather focus on the story and not the washi tape. Doesn’t that make more sense?
It really is kind of like life, when we get our priorities skewed, everything else gets out of whack. It happens, we focus on the wrong stuff. We lose sight of our true goals in scrapbooking. We start to hear the voices and send ourselves negative mental messages. And then, we lose the joy. The first step to recovery has to be remembering the real joy and then we can work on the rest.
What are you scrapbooking reasons? What brings you joy in scrapbooking? Share with us in the comments below.