Is scrapbooking still popular? How scrapbooking is the perfect post pandemic activity to save your special memories
Is scrapbooking still popular? The craft of scrapbooking has certainly declined since its peak in the early 2000s. In 2021, we are living in a technological age where our photos are stored on our phones or in the cloud, and memories pop up daily on Facebook.
So why scrapbook now? In this guide, I’m going to show you how scrapbooking is the perfect post pandemic activity to save your special memories.
Crafting is a mindful activity that benefits mental health
Starting a new craft or returning to an old one is the perfect activity to get through the coronovirus pandemic. According to the Crafts Council, any type of crafting “can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and even dementia”.
Scrapbooking is a creative activity that takes you outside the stress of daily life. It’s a screen free, relaxing pastime that can act as a form of meditation as you immerse yourself in reliving the joyful moments you are recording. You can choose which special memories you save, and reflect on and be thankful of good times spent.
Most importantly, crafting is a mindful activity which need concentration to be fully present in the moment. Because it distracts you, it can stop you from being overwhelmed by what is going on in the world around you.
Scrapbooking is the perfect way to keep your family history alive
The pandemic has no doubt had a lasting effect on most families. Our experience of lockdowns and new regulations has been challenging and often confusing. But, on the whole, family bonds are stronger, because we’ve still been making memories together, whether in person or virtually from a distance.
Day to day life, when recorded, becomes written in history, and scrapbooking is the best way to keep your family history alive for future generations.
Memories often fade over time, so a scrapbook can be used to mark momentous events, such as those occurring during the pandemic, preserving what actually happened. It’s something tangible you can leave behind for your descendants. It tells your family story as well as cataloguing photos, to give a sense of your family history to people you will never know.
Creating a scrapbook exercises your brain, keeping your memories sharper. It’s a fun activity that you can share with other family members. It brings you closer whilst you capture details of events whilst they are fresh in your minds.
You can work together to make sense of recent memories, and recall the joy that can be found in even the most difficult of times. Every photo tells a story. As a result, looking back at photos helps you to remember things that you can’t see: smells, sounds, feelings, etc. Adding journaling can reinforce this too by giving context to the photos in your scrapbook.
Above all, a scrapbook is somewhere to store all of your photos and memorabilia. It organises special and everyday memories into a visual story, and allows you to hold them in your hands and treasure them.
If, like us, you have staycation plans for the foreseeable future, take a look at our recent blog about how to make the best memories from your 2021 staycation.
Then browse our collection of family and travel scrapbooks and have one personalised for your family’s special memories. Or why not order one with a plain cover and customise it yourself, and make scrapbooking popular again.
Are you new to scrapbooking, or is it a long-term hobby of yours? We’d love you to share your scrapbooking experience with us.