Each Wednesday, I write a post from my dissertation.
In my study, I found that redoing a scrapbook page is rare.
One scrapbooker talks about how she redid one layout three times before giving up on it. She does not redo layouts anymore. In this example, she redid the layout to get the look she wanted, not to edit the story at a later time.
A scrapbook page may be later edited to fix spelling errors or add details that are remembered later. Not all errors are corrected, though. For example, a respondent’s father started a family tree and one of the birth dates was incorrect. She included this tree in the scrapbook, errors and all because her father created it. She then compiled an accurate family tree to also include in the book and wrote journaling about the original family tree pointing out the error. She did not think twice about not erasing what her dad had written and correcting the tree, but corrected it in a different way.
Another respondent told me that she wants to redo one of the pages she showed me because she just does not like the colors. Others talk about redoing a page that is falling apart; here they are repairing the page, not necessarily redoing the page. Though Goodsell and Seiter’s(2010) respondent never redoes pages and is held out as the exception among scrapbookers, not redoing pages is standard practice. Redoing pages is very rare and when they are redone, it is typically for artistic reasons rather than to rewrite the story.
Do you ever redo scrapbook pages? Why? Under what conditions might you redo a scrapbook page? Comment below and join the conversation on twitter.
Goodsell, Todd L. and Liann Seiter. 2010. “Scrapbooking: Family Capital and the Construction of Family Discourse.” Bringham Young University.