Monday, July 4, 2011

exploring red: telling a story via scrapbooking

I won’t lie to you, sometimes I feel like scrapbooking comes across as too suburban soccer mom as a hobby and I’m a bit loath to admit to doing it. But every now and again I create a page that feels right and captures exactly why I actually enjoy doing it.

The page isn’t perfect, nor is the picture, but together they capture a moment that was pretty exciting to me: dying my hair ELECTRIC red! Oh yes, that’s right: electric!


I’d been contemplating the move for WAY too long. I think I carried around the magazine photo for about a year, which was unlike me when it came to making a hair move.

I’ve dyed my hair red, purple, black, blonde, brown, and accidently orange. But there was something about the burgundy with electric red streaks that I just kept putting off. Probably because it involved dye and bleach, and I was just lazy.

But when I did it, I loved it.

Creating a page about this memory was a real shift for me because for once the page was almost entirely about the story and not the image. About capturing the memory and not just reflecting on what the image already shows.

I’ve been working on being a more story based scrapbooker for a while, but this was the very first time I actually felt like I succeed and it’s a pretty nice feeling! Because as a journaler, scrapbooking has always been meant to be more about the story than anything else. I love the old images of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s scrapbook because they document history through a personal lens. That’s what I think scrapbooking should be about. Granted, her floral collection doesn’t really do it for me, but the news clippings and insight into the things that caught her notice are pretty amazing!

Which brings me to my next thought…

I really need to get back into thinking about current events in the world around me. I used to do that on this space. I’d like to do it again. But I’d like to do it via scrapbooking. I’m going to give it a whirl… we’ll see what comes of it!

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