Thursday, August 21, 2008
Scrapping Madness Otherwise Known as a Trip Through Michael's Hell!
With my new crafty attitude firmly in place, I ventured out to Michael's yesterday. I'd hoped to use some of my birthday money on a travel journal for my NYC photos and memorabilia. Having dabbled in scrapbooking when it first became a big trend, 6 years ago I think, I was pretty confident that I could swoop into the craft store and easily find something that met my needs. Uh...NOT! One frustrating hour later I abandoned my shopping cart and headed home, ready to just toss the photos into a box and forget about it. Ranting to my artsy daughters over a glass of chardonnay, they nodded in understanding and encouraged me to try again - somewhere else, with different expectations.
You see, it appears that my idea of scrapbooking/memory keeping is much different than that of the "average" crafter out there. I don't want to spend $15.00 on a single page! I don't want said page to consist of one photo bordered by a bunch of embellishments! No offense to those who like such things, I've seen some lovely pages done that way. It's just not me. As glitzy as I can be in other areas (my red Paris-themed boudoir comes to mind), I am very simple in others. I can't stand clutter. I don't like bunches of tchockies all over my house. It's my OCD, I know, but bunches of "stuff" around my home makes me nervous and anxious. I like a few well-placed items and that is IT. So, I guess what I'm saying is that's how I envision my memory books as well. I want a few related photos on one page, center stage, framed in complimentary colors, with a few embellishments here & there. Simple. Clean. Elegant.
So, you see, I know what I want and supposedly that is half the battle. However, Michael's does not seem to share my vision. I didn't find any nice expandable travel journal, first of all, and any vacation paper & accessories were too cutesy for me.
Sure, I could use plain paper for the whole thing, but what's the fun of that? Now, I know that there are specific stores out there who specialize in and teach the art of scrapping, but from what I can see they seem to cater to the clientele who love the aforementioned style and I don't want to be the only one there doing it "my way."
This is where I hope that you, dear readers, come in. I know that you are amazingly artistic and creative, probably some of you are into scrapbooking or other paper crafts. Can you help me find a store, or an instruction book, or a class..anything that shares my vision? Surely there must be other crafters out there who share my vision of simpler, less-adorned pages? Oh, and less costly would be helpful, too; I don't want the travel journal to cost more than the actual vacation!
Your frustrated scrapper wanna-be