*Picture from Smithsonian Magazine

Yeah, that was my main takeaway from THIS article from the SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE.

JUST kidding. Sheesh.

My actual takeaway was that scrapbooking continues to serve the same purpose for many that it did hundreds of years ago. From the article:

It let them take this ephemeral media, find the best parts, and give them permanence—and gravitas—by pasting them into a book.

This especially reminds me of today’s fascination with “Project Life”-type scrapbooking – where we’ve gone back to taking receipts, clothing tags, one-off photos, etc. and making them “special” by putting them in albums.

*Layout by SCRAPPYJEDI.com

The Smithsonian article does a great job of contrasting paper scrapbooking of the past and present with the way many now choose to document their lives – via social media (heathens!). It was an enjoyable read about the history of our hobby. Please check it out, then come on back and let me know your thoughts.

That reminds me . . . I saw that MEGAN HOEPPNER is offering a CreativeLive class this week called “FROM APP TO ARCHIVE: SOCIAL MEDIA SCRAPBOOKING” kind of combining these 2 ideas.

Small world, huh? Or something like that. Anyway, just thought you might want to check out the class. I’m signed up to watch it live for free. If you love it, you can purchase the class and have lifetime replays plus the extra resources.

And CreativeLive has a sale going on through July 25 (Megan’s class is $49 vs $79) so you can watch the free preview and if you love it, buy it on sale. It’s a great time to check out all their other classes, especially the ones in the “CRAFT & MAKER” category, including Becky Higgins’ amazing CL class on Project Life. I’ve been a CreativeLive junkie since first seeing Becky on there and this is the first time I’ve seen them run a sale – so jump ON it, chickie!

Happy Learning, Lovie ….

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  1. avatar

    I just LOVE that you shared this! It’s so cool how you find and then share this stuff! You really make my scrappy day!!!

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      Scrapbook Obsession says:

      Thank you, Teri. And you make mine by visiting and leaving a sweet comment!

  2. avatar

    Thank you so much for posting the article. There was a pargraph about how people used to save articles on death. My grandmother did this!! I thought it was very strange but I guess others did it too. She also kept articles on celebrities of the time. I loved the last line, “In a digital age, sometimes we still want to hold the scraps of history in our hands.”
    Thanks again, it made my day.

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      Scrapbook Obsession says:

      That’s so cool about your grandmother, Jill. I can’t think of anyone in my past generations who scrapbooked at all, unfortunately, although my mom does now (so far just photos but I’m begging her to get the journaling done too!). So glad you enjoyed the article. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. Have a great day!

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