Saturday, September 20, 2008

scrapbooking and the economy

I bet that's a real attention grabber, eh?

I was stumbling around Target today and of course, waltzed down the long-forgotten scrap aisle. I say long-forgotten because I have not scrapped a single thing in 6+ months. I am just too busy with homeschooling, kids' activities and business stuff to even think about scrapping. I miss it every once in a while. Most of it, I get irritated at how much I spent on stuff that I am no longer using....

SO I was walking down that aisle in Target and I talked to another scrapper and she's in the same boat: not enough time, not enough money and other priorities.

Which led me to an interesting article, where I found this:



Despite scrapbooking being a multibillion-dollar industry with nearly 30 percent of U.S. households taking part, independent stores essential to the craft across the U.S. are going out of business at an alarming rate.

In our area, I've seen probably 5 stores close in the last 18 months. I am not surprised though. It's a matter of priorities. I still want to preserve my memories for my kids: I am just scaling back in a HUGE way. I didn't make my goal of purging enough of my supplies, but I am going to invite some homeschooling moms over and give a bunch of stuff away. I just don't need it or want this much anymore...

if you're a scrapper, how has the economy affected your hobby? Do you still spend like you used to?

9 comments:

Holly's Mom said...

I was never huge into scrap booking, but always wanted to get started, then I found this - http://www.picaboo.com/how_it_works.html Online Scrap booking, you make the book then they print it out, and your family can order one too. While I haven;t even had time for this either, it is much more space saving and efficient for me, so it is likely what I will do...
That said I have a million art supplies, water colors, oils, chalk, pastels, markers, canvas, paints, clay, oohh and Knitting, so much knitting stuff, and while pregnant I made about 10 baby dresses, robes, outfits, and since she has been born I have had time to only finish the one I started when in labor, 6 months ago..
So I don;t want to purge my stuff, but I don;t have time to use it, I hope as she gets older we will do crafts together.

SB said...

knitting....I wanted to learn that but I was told by someone very wise (my MIL, who knows me well) that I lacked the patience for it. She's right: I do.

But I love to admire knitting.

And you sew! I can't sew AT ALL. (my husband does all the sewing... He sewed my maternity wardrobe for me...)

Berry Patch said...

I used to be HUGE in to scrapbooking. I'm purging stuff now. It's not all going & I still actually get together with friends monthly to work on stuff, but my goal now is to do most of whatever I have for printed photos (i.e. OLD ONES) traditionally. Then it's all going to be digital. Have laptop, will travel. Think - just ONE bag to take. I'm sold on that part already! ;-) Love the statistics...

fragilemom said...

First of all, sb wins having husband of the year....sewed you maternity clothes???!!! WTG!

I definitely do not spend like I used to. Probably mostly because the scrapbook stores around here have all gone under. They would get my money at the scrap-nights. No more. I can't even tell you the last time I scrapped. Let's see. Haven't even started Ben's
1st year book (I only do 1st year books...for real, I don't see how others can do one every year), and he's 16 months old. Avery is 3 and I've only gotten about 6 months through her book. Ian is 4 and I have the pics in his book. Zero journaling! If I wait much longer, I'm going to have to make it all up. I enjoy making cards a lot more. But even that has gone wayside. Momhood comes first. Gotta survive one thing at a time!

Peggy said...

GREAT post. We moved into a new house and I have my very own scrapbook room. I can not afford to buy any more supplies - BUT I have collected enough over the years, that I have everything I need to scrap my heart out - just don't have the time.

Have you heard of Cherish Bound?? I found a consultant out in Bloggy World, and I am so excited! I am hosting an online party on 10/25 at 2 if you want to check it out.
Or you can go to Tara's blog and take a peak at what it is all about. Also read her "Confessions of an Ex-Scrapbooker" posts - they are great! This sounds like a better, cost effective way to preserve memories.

http://cherishyourstories.blogspot.com/

BTW - recognize my avatar? LOL I get SO many compliments! You are the best!

Tara said...

This is so fascinating, but also very true! I "was" a scrapper, but with the outrageous cost and the fact that I NEVER got anything done I had to dump the idea. However, the foundation of scrapbooking comes from people wanting to keep track of their memories...and who doesn't want to do that? So I couldn't let memory keeping go all together. I had to find something that was going to still feed my passion for memories/story/photos....after ditching memory keeping for a long time I found Cherish Bound and now go the story/publishing route now. The founder of Cherish Bound was top leader for CM for YEARS! DID VERY, VERY, VERY well, but she knew that this "Crafting" hobby would have a shelf life. It's been said every craft idea has a 7 to 10 year life span (something like that)....well, that's about right for scrapbooking and with the economy that doesn't help at all. I've sold all my supplies, gave my kids the other stuff, and found a way to still keep track of family stories without killing my pocket and losing sleep through Cherish Bound! (Yes, I am a consultant for them....and it started out as a hobby) My blog has some posts about "Confessions of an Ex-Scrapbooker"....I have posts showing the COST of scrapbooking down to how much those dang books weigh! Thanks for sharing this thought!!! great post!!

Tara said...

Peggy, thanks for the shout out! :O)

And SB didn't know her avatar was your pic! I just told her how beautiful that picture was....i want to tear up every time I look at it. JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! You're photography is stunning! WOW-WOW-WOW!

Jessica said...

I LOVE to scrapbook but unfortunately I have not in awhile. I even have a little scrapbook closet/room. I am in the same boat as you but I cannot bear to get rid of all of my things. I just keep waiting for the right time to do it. Soon I hope. Feel free to ship some of your goodies my way! (Wink) You could even try selling them on Ebay. That way you could get some of your money back on things. I acquired the majority of my things on Ebay and got things much cheaper than at the scrapbook stores. Just a suggestion.

PEGGY- QVC has great kits for pretty good prices and a lot of the things are on Easy pay. On the 23rd they are having some shows on with Lisa Bernson. I don't always buy but I love to watch the shows for Ideas. Cause she will show pages already made.

Linda said...

We had 2 stores here when I moved here in 2006. I was excited because there was only Hobby Lobby to supplement them. Of course, both stores closed down within 6 months of each other, the last in April this year. Both stores stated that they couldn't compete with Hobby Lobby AND WalMart...and with Target adding scrapping supplies, it just was too hard to stay in business. I admit that I took much of my business to HL, but I DID frequent both local stores and always bought something when I was there...and attended crops as often as I could.

Like you, though, I've not done much scrapbooking. I finished Hannah's 6th Birthday album at a crop a few months ago. Other than throwing cards together, I've not done much. I have done some digi scrapping, but that also requires time that I can't seem to locate.