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Late Night Thoughts – Scrapbooking with Purpose?

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Since I’ve last written, my scrapbooking business has really taken off.  I made my first sale.  (Hooray!)  I released my fifth scrapbooking video tutorial on YouTube.  I published my first guest post on another craft blog and I was given the opportunity to interview for a fellow scrapbooker’s website.

My interview was with a lovely woman named Debi who circulates the “Making Mini Scrapbooks Newsletter”.  The publication reaches over 500 scrapbooking fans.  Knowing this, I more than a little nervous about constructing my answers!  Thus, this interview forced me to sit back from production of videos and pages.  I took a moment to really reflect on what I am trying to achieve with my favorite hobby.  For one of the interview questions, I needed to decide what advice I could give others in the scrapbooking community.  After much thought, I composed this answer:

What’s the best scrapbooking advice you can give our readers?
I truly believe that scrapbooking is the best way to capture memories and make them last a lifetime. Don’t let your pictures sit in a box or on your harddrive, but pass on those experiences to the next generation through the most beautiful way possible. Remember not to keep your talent hidden away, but always share your scrapbooking ability with others.”

I love creating albums that will help me remember my favorite experiences, but an even greater joy is to create an album with purpose.  Let me explain further.  I am talking about the difference between making an album to remember my own vanity or an album to help my parents celebrate their anniversary trip to Maine.  Although I am initially hesitant to do for others, when I do create a scrapbook on behalf of another person, I am more satisfied with my overall product.

The other day I found a perfect example of an album that is “selfless” in the sense that it tells a story that future generations can benefit from.  It is a video of a mom sharing her 9-11 memory album to the world.  I was in awe looking at the numerous newspaper clippings and photos she had scrapped.  She captured so many details of this tragic event — details that we can’t let be forgotten.  I was surprised to read in the comments below, “I never knew u made that book. thats cool mom.”  It surprised me that this beautiful album had not been shared with the woman’s own son.  Now, thankfully, it has been shared with the world.

Scrapbooking can easily be a selfish hobby, but it can also be turned into a selfless hobby.  Our albums can help future generations understand what it was like to live in the 80s, 90s, or early 2000’s.  Our albums can commemorate the lives of others and honor those who we love.

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Opening a Scrapbooking Business

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Exactly 1 week ago I opened my scrapbooking business which is legally known as “Pages for the Ages Scrapbooking LLC“.

I held a little ribbon cutting ceremony on my craft table and used only the most appropriate scrapbooking scissors for this momentous occasion!  I am so excited to be a DIY entrepreneur.  This business is being started from the ground up.  I’ve spent more time researching these past few months than I did for an entire semester of college.  I know it will be well worth the effort if I reach my ultimate goal.

My dream is this: to be my own boss and to pursue one of my greatest passions – capturing memories.

I have had a lot of inspiration for this project.  My husband really helped me jump start the idea.  My parents – especially my Ebay entrepreneur Mom – have given encouragement.  Then there are the friends who are nice enough to give me a LIKE IT and a link on their Facebook pages.

If anyone reads this who also dreams of being their own boss in the crafting world, then I have 2 books which I recommend.  Both were fantastic reads.  The first one offered motivation and the second one covered my legal questions.  I will post them at the end of this post.

Before I close my 1st official Blog post, I have a few questions that I would like readers to consider answering.

What is the hardest thing you have ever worked for?  Did you succeed?  Are you still working for it?  What advice would you give to a woman who is new to the business and craft world?

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Check it out from the library!  GO READ IT!

Crafty Superstar by Grace Dobush

The Crafts Business Answer Book by Barbara Barbec

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