I’ve mentioned before how I started a scrapbook to organize and protect all of my father’s old photos, documents, and newspaper clippings . The project began with a rational purpose but I found myself enjoying the process. While scrapbooking is sometimes mocked, it’s really a creative process that allows you to tell the story of a family member.
I finished the scrapbook for my father, and now am working on one for my mother. I have found the process to be cathartic and therapeutic.
As we move into the digital age, scrapbooks in physical form will probably become passé, replaced by highly efficient, customized digital renditions. But for those of us documenting the lives of loved ones from past generations, scrapbooks are treasured keepsakes.
More scrapbook photos can be seen in this Google photo album.
Do you scrapbook? I would love to hear about your experiences.
2 responses to “Scrapbooking as therapy”
Those scrapbooks are true treasures. Electronic photos can’t be viewed without electricity. I mean, electricity is expected, but that doesn’t mean we’ll always have it. Physical books, unless caught in a tragedy and lost, can be good for generations. I’ve never made a scrapbook, but I had an ex sister-in-law who used to do those. They DID take a lot of work and creativity. She was an artist (by profession) and loved doing them.
I don’t have scrapbooks, but I have two photo albums of photos from when my parents AND grandparents were young. Photos dating a span from 1910 to the 1950’s. I don’t even know who everyone is in those photos, but I love those pictures just the same.
I’m so glad you found the project therapeutic. I’m sure they are beautiful.
I love old photos, whether they are of relatives or strangers!