Scrapbooking Cuts Across Social Class

Margaret Austin Smith writes “Poetry is an art form that cuts across material inequalities and enables, encourages the very human and humanizing act of sharing knowledge” in response to a commentary about a Beautiful and Pointless.

Replace the word poetry with scrapbooking. Scrapbooking “is an art from that cuts across material inequalities and enables, encourages the very human and humanizing act of sharing knowledge.”
Does it hold up? I think so.

Let’s face it, most Americans have access to a camera on their mobile phones. You can start a blog for free. You can even use opensource software or free programs online to create digital scrapbook pages if you want more than what a free blog service can provide. You can post status updates and your favorite things along with photos to facebook, just like an old-fashioned scrapbook. If you get down to its basics, you can use actual scraps to make a scrapbook. It is easy to spend a great deal of money on scrapbooking. The reality is that scrapbooking can be incredibly affordable and bordering on free. Scrapbooking is often accused of being an expensive hobby. I think people without hobbies and scrapbookers that feel the need to buy everything labeled “scrapbooking” or “acid-free” say this. What do you think? Is scrapbooking expensive or is it a hobby that is accessible to people regardless of social class? Comment below.

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  • Nat

    Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be expensive. However, I feel that someone trying to start scrapbooking nowadays can be intimidated. I tried very hard to find scrapbooking blogs that focused on the craft rather than talking about whatever products they bought/were using. It’s hard to find those and I still actively seek out folks that scrapbook like I do (i.e. the pictures and the keepsakes take up more space on the page than patterned paper). I’ve had friends tell me that they want to start scrapbooking but don’t have time to do what they think scrapbooking is. I encourage them to just try something simple!

  • Mandy

    I’ve had a lot of non-scrapper friends ask me how I can afford it and I am sure I look at them quite puzzled because I KNOW I don’t spend tons and tons of money on my supplies. I mean, I started scrapping as a poor, starving college student! I’ve learned to stretch my supplies and I really, really try not to impulse buy (difficult at times, especially when at store I can’t visit often). Hmm…maybe next time I start a project I should track how much I spend.

  • Stephanie Medley-Rath

    I agree. It is difficult to find blogs that emphasize the technique, story, or craft rather than the product. Even posts about a technique are often about the product. I hesitate to include many of my own layouts on this site because I don’t want to focus on product. Occasionally, I will talk about some products, but I don’t want that to be the focus. Even when I post layouts, I don’t include the manufacturers or list the items.

    I think scrapbook can be really expensive, but unlike probably most other hobbies, it can be really inexpensive. I think the industry needs to do better about promoting how inexpensive the hobby can be.

    Thanks for the comment!

  • Stephanie Medley-Rath

    I don’t really know how to respond to those types of comments. On the one hand, many people who make those comments are spending their money on other items that could be considered luxuries. I don’t have an Internet-enabled phone and I rarely eat my lunch out during the work week. Sometimes it all comes down to our spending choices. I choose to spend my extra money on scrapbooking instead of in other ways.

    Thanks for commenting!