As a digi-scrapper, I have copies of all of my layouts in a folder on my hard drive and that folder is linked to my screensaver, so when I actually step away from my computer for more than a few minutes, a slideshow of my scrapbook pages starts running on my screen.
My girls love this and I will often catch them sitting in front of the computer just staring at the images flashing by. Occasionally Danica will even yell from across the room… BABY! … while pointing at an image of herself as it pops up.
Normally I don’t think much about it, but once in a while I even find myself just sitting and watching the images slide by. Nothing like a year’s worth of scrapbook pages to make you really notice the passage of time. And then I got to thinking about my very first scrapbook and how much my scrapbooking, as well as the hobby in general, has changed in the almost 30 years since I received that first album.
So I thought I’d share just a little of that first scrapbook with you, just for kicks and giggles. And believe me, when you take a peek, you might do more giggling than anything.
My first scrapbook was a gift from my mom sometime around the time I was in sixth grade. My friends and I were big Garfield fans at the time, which becomes obvious as soon as you see the cover, not to mention the themed stickers, cards, clippings and other memorabilia housed inside.
Though I don’t recall for certain, I’m relatively sure that I didn’t do a single thing with the book for at least several months. That was my tendency … and sometimes still is today. In fear of “wrecking” the book or not being able to create it perfectly the way I wanted it, I’m sure I procrastinated for quite a while before actually cementing anything to the construction paper pages.
Eventually I did start making my mark on the book, first with this lovely introductory page…
Clever, eh? LOL I remember I had a box of stencils, also from my mom, that I used for all kinds of things. Most of the time, it was for tracing & cutting out letters to tack onto the big bulletin board my grandpa had made for me, which I changed out with the seasons. (I TOLD you I was nerdy.)
As I flip through the pages, there isn’t a lot of “design” involved… it’s merely what most scrapbooks used to be – a collection of memorabilia.
There are lots of invitations and cards mixed in with a photo here and there…
My junior high PE teacher made us run … and run … and run. I can’t say I liked the running, but I did feel pretty good about collecting those “Miler’s awards”.
There are newspaper clippings of things I did as part of various academic teams …
… and individually.
And more evidence of my unusual pre-teen habits. Here are the first of several poems by Shel Silverstein that I took the time to hunt-and-peck out on my hand-me-down typewriter and stick in the book…
There’s also clippings of the little neighbor girl that I babysat all the time and a napkin from my great aunt & uncle’s golden wedding anniversary celebration.
Nothing unusual and probably not even that interesting to anyone but me (and maybe my mom), but it was the beginning of my identification of myself as a “scrapbooker.”
Looking back at this makes me wonder … if my mom hadn’t given me that scrapbook, would I have developed the habit of saving the bits and pieces of my life that has become second-nature to me? How long would it have been before I found scrapbooking through another avenue? How would my life be different today? What prompted her to give me that book … was there something about me that made her think I would like it? Or was it something she liked that she hoped to pass along to me?
Or was it just a cute Garfield book that she figured I’d like, without much thought beyond that?
I suppose I should ask her sometime, though it wouldn’t surprise me at all if she doesn’t remember the book. After all, it’s just one of many, many things she did for me and the rest of us as kids. And it’s probably a good reminder to me to see if any of my own kids are interested enough in the hobby to give it a try.
And now I’ll turn the questions to you … what was your very first introduction to scrapbooking?
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