Looking at this month's JBS gallery has got me thinking not just about what we as scrapbookers bring to the page, but also about what the page brings to us.
Over the years, I have read and reread blog posts in which some of my favorite scrapbookers have said farewell to the craft in favor of other endeavors. I have read more than enough of those message board posts in which people question whether they should just sell all of their supplies and walk away from the hobby. Though each person who says goodbye to scrapbooking has a reason for doing so, I will confess that each time I read one of these farewell addresses, a part of me is forced to consider the question of whether all scrapbookers will fall out of love with the hobby eventually. Is it inevitable?
I turn another page in the album,
and sit down to create the next page
and the next
and the next, and...
if you love scrapbooking as much as I do,
you know what follows.
You keep coming back,
you keep turning those pages,
because there is still so much left to say.
I don't know how people say goodbye to this, because I can't.
I am so not out of love with scrapbooking,
with "putting my world in perspective on paper."
Maybe it isn't for everyone, though. Of course, I say that, but it is difficult to fathom, I admit, because I still experience such a rush when I immerse myself in the process of creating a page or project. Maybe the people who say goodbye to scrapbooking have found or are searching for other interests that give them that feeling. Here's hoping that those who have said goodbye are lucky enough to say hello to something that moves them and thrills them. The passion is the point, in whatever form it takes. It is definitely worth seeking, because when it is found, there is nothing quite like it.