Photography meets scrapbooking

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This weekend I am at an internet marketing convention, learning lots of helpful stuff and meeting great people. One of the ladies I met is Lain Ehmann who is a scrapbook expert.
 

I have recently discovered scrapbooking and I think Photography and scrapbooking go hand in hand, the photos capture the story and scrapbooking helps you tell it with more detail.

 

 

This is a great article from Lain that talks about why scrapbooking matters, I thought you would enjoy it.
Scrapbooking: Why It Matters
By Lain Ehmann

When you start scrapbooking, it’s inevitable. You’ll soon run into someone who asks you why in the heck you waste your time scrapbooking your photos when you could just as easily shove them into a photo album and put them on the shelf. Why waste time and money creating “pages” and adding cute stickers? Does it really make your photos look any better?

What these people don’t understand is that it’s not about the stickers.

Sure, stickers and ribbons and patterned paper and cardstock are all nice. And sure, I love to add them to my scrapbook layouts. But that’s not why I scrapbook. I scrapbook because it adds so much to my life that I can’t imagine NOT being a scrapbooker. Here are just a few of the ways scrapbooking enriches my life:

1. It makes me appreciate my life. Looking at photos of my kids as little babies reminds me of how fast time flies by, and how much I really have to be thankful for. Even if the only thing that scrapbook brought to me was a feeling of gratitude, that would be enough to make it worthwhile.

2. It makes me more creative. Challenging myself to create new and different embellishments and page designs from the same products makes me think outside the box. I am constantly working to see things in different ways. This creativity carries over in every aspect of my life, from my wardrobe to obstacles at work.

3. It makes me focus on what’s right. I do believe that what we focus on, we get more of. By focusing on my favorite memories and moments, I create more of them in my life.

4. It’s fun! I just downright enjoy getting my fingers into glue and paper, and scrapbooking is a great excuse to do so. I can pull out a stack of photos and my scrapbook supplies and go to town. It relaxes me in the same way fishing relaxes a die-hard fisherman.

5. It helps me appreciate my story. We think that only big and important people have “stories” that are worth telling. But what we don’t realize is that we are ALL big and important in our own lives, and to the people who love us. By taking the time to document my story, I am showing that I am worthy of taking up space on this earth.

Scrapbooking documents my family’s stories in a way that no plain photo album can do. I love the people in my life, and I love my life. And scrapbooking is a way of demonstrating that.

Want more simple scrapbooking ideas and inspiration?

Go here: http://www.layoutaday.com. Through scrapbooking videos, tutorials, projects and inspiration, Lain helps her readers make their scrapbooking fun, fast and fabulous!

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Lain_Ehmann

Don’t be afraid to give scrapbooking a try, you don’t have to follow all the rules or follow all the latest trends, just try the parts of scrapbooking that appeal to you, maybe journaling is all you are interested in and that is ok.
I am really not much of a scrapbooker and don’t want to spend hours decorating a page but here are a few pages I have created that I really like, I try to keep them very simple and I don’t use very many supplies.

I also realized I enjoy making digital scrapbook pages even more than paper sometimes, I think I am more creative using the computer plus I have the availability of more embellishments then I have in the paper world.

 I totally agree with Lain on the reasons to scrapbook, and I also find it very stress relieving and I think a beautifully enhanced page really adds to my photos. If you are interested in learning more about scrapbooking check out this guide. Click Here!

Bridget

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