I’m excited to begin sharing inspiration and ideas from YOU (my blog readers) on Mondays. As I work on getting well again, I’m opening up my blog on the first day of the week to a guest. My guest this week is the fun and phenomenal Lain Ehmann.
Confessions of an All-Night Scrapbooker
Explaining to people why exactly I feel so passionate about scrapbooking can be difficult. As far as the uninitiated are concerned, I’m just slapping photos on a piece of construction paper with some stickers, an activity most people outgrew in second grade. If only they knew…!
I have tried to explain the particular brand of excitement I get from signing up to take a photo a day for a whole year in Project 365. I’ve tried to explain why I would ever want to get together with thousands of other scrapbookers and attempt to break the record for the world’s largest crop. I’ve tried to explain why, three times a year, I lead a group of hundreds of women through the process of creating a layout a day for a whole month. I’ve tried to explain how when I’m in “the zone,” all is right with the world, hours fly by, and the paper and photos seem to sing under my loving fingers.
But after 15 years of eye-rolling, shoulder shrugging, and upturned noses, I decided that people simply don’t get it. I figured, unless you personally have spent 12 straight hours swapping stories and colored staples with 20 other scrapbookers, you just wouldn’t be able to understand the particular allure of scrapbooking.
Until I found a kindred soul in a very unexpected place.
I’ve been training for a half-marathon and doing a lot of running about reading (unfortunately, more reading than running!). I came across a book by an ultramarathoner – that is, someone who runs MORE than 26.2 miles at a stretch. In fact, this particular gentleman has run over 200 miles at a stretch, multiple times (and they call SCRAPBOOKERS nutso!).
Anyway, Dean Karnazes spends a lot of time explaining his “Why” to people. Here’s what he says in his book, “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner” (I’ve substituted the words “scrapbooking” for “running” – see if it resonates with you):
“I scrapbook to see how far I can go. I scrapbook because it’s my way of giving back to the world by doing the one thing it is I do best… I scrapbook because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch…. I scrapbook to explore. I scrapbook to escape the ordinary. I scrapbook to honor my sister and unite my family. I scrapbook because it keeps me humble. I scrapbook because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I scrapbook because it always takes me where I want to go.”
So the next time someone asks me why I spend hours a week, hundreds of dollars a month, and way too much brainpower on this “little hobby,” I’ll tell them the truth: I scrapbook because it makes me a better person.
I think the Ultramarathon Man would approve.
About the author: Lain Ehmann is a scrapbooker (and runner) who dedicates herself to educating and liberating scrapbookers via online inspiration, education, and fun. For a copy of her Super-Secret Fast Scrapbooking tips, visit her at www.getscraphappy.com
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