Scrapbook or Journal...

A friend recently asked if I would be interested in joining their scrapbooking group. 
They meet weekly to chat, cut and paste. 
I thought about sitting around and cutting up photographs 
and pasting behind corresponding themed pieces of paper. 
I mentioned that if it involved digital scrapbooking I would be quite keen 
but anything beyond that would be an impossibility. 
For one, I have 21,000 photos in my computer...
the thought of deciding which ones to print makes me break out in a cold sweat. 
I then came across this article. 
I clipped it last year and popped it in one of my journals for a rainy day. 

Jessica Helfand has researched and written Scrapbooks: An American History.
She also has a blog

This all sounds very interesting but now I am now confused. 
All these years (20) I have been writing, clipping, saving, 
pasting all sorts of things in various journals. I writing in a journal or a scrapbook?

Dictionary definition:
Journal: a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences or observations.
Scrapbook: a book with blank pages used for the mounting and preserving of pictures, clippings, or other mementos

Hmmmm....what do they call it when you do both in one place??
A journal scrapbook?
To much too consider on a Sunday evening.
In any event, I will have a look at this book as now I am intrigued....

Image 1 possibly from Oprah magazine...


  1. You make some good points, Jeanne! For me too, there are too many photos to choose from. I have done some digital scrapbooking - and I have some great free resources if you are interested in trying it out.

  2. Sounds like a bit to think about...although no matter what you do, it will be done with an artful grace!



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