Keeping it Real


The Weekend Housewife - Digital Scrapbooking

For 10 years I considered myself to be a serious scrapbooker. I had a room dedicated to my hobby, I had lots of supplies (stamps, punches, markers, paper, etc. you name it – I had it). I scrapbooked on a weekly basis and I would spend countless hours working on my pages. I have always been a photoholic and a sentimental person so scrapbooking was a something that I enjoyed. Kind of. Oh I enjoyed the shopping for supplies part, I enjoyed taking the photos and collecting “stuff” for the pages and I enjoyed the thought of scrapbooking. The truth was, it was stressful and for as much time as I spent scrapbooking, one would have thought I had 100’s of pages but that simply was not the case. I think that I am lucky to have a total of 10 fully completed scrapbook pages. Yes, you read that correctly, TEN pages. Sure, I have more that are partially completed at various stages than fully finished ones (and certainly no completed albums) but I was a scrapbooker and I had the room full of supplies to prove it.

Jump ahead to 2008 and the birth of my son Shawn. I had to forfeit my craft room for his nursery and all of my supplies went into storage because I didn’t have the room to put it anywhere. That’s when I decided to give digital scrapbooking a chance (I am a graphic designer after all. It just made sense). I will say this – I have never looked back! I have created more pages and albums since the birth of my son than I did in the previous 10 years of “scrapbooking”. I am carefree and creative with my pages and books. I even like the “messy, grungy” look to my pages (something I always tried to avoid with paper – everything needed to be straight and perfect) and I am so glad that I finally decided that it was OK for me to admit that traditional paper scrapbooking was not for me. I just wish I would have started sooner!

So what happened to all of my supplies? I had the biggest yard sale EVER! I have never seen more people flock to a yard sale in my life! I did keep some of my supplies (some stickers, paper, stamps, etc.) but in comparison it was probably only 2% of what I had to begin with. I do use these supplies for cards and other projects, so they aren’t just sitting there collecting dust. I do miss buying the supplies whenever I am in a craft store and I find myself walking down the aisles but my bank account thanks me greatly. (That’s the GREAT thing about digital scrapbooking – I can use my supplies over and over again, so you get more for your money!)

4 thoughts on “Keeping it Real

  1. Kori

    It’s funny because I started similarly with the regular scrapbooking. I loved shopping for supplies, but the perfectionist in me got stressed about the layouts. I would tend to find themes closer to what I was looking for with digital scrapbooking though. Now, I need to find a graphics program to get back into it.

    1. Jules Post author

      Kori, I hear that Photoshop Elements is what most people use if they don’t want to have the regular version of Photoshop. I am glad to know that I am not the only one that had the same problem with traditional scrapbooking. 🙂

    1. Jules Post author

      Susan, I just haven’t had the time to make one. I promise I will get you one as soon as I can. 🙂

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Hiya! I’m Jules and I am the Weekend Housewife… I am a graphic designer during the hours of 9-5 during the week and the rest of my time is spent being a mommy, a wife, a cook and baker, a memory keeper and photographer and a crafter.

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