Why does this shirt even exist? Yes, it’s a real design and yes, I even own this shirt because it states a truth. But, it’s a horrible truth that runs through the scrapbooking industry like a slithering snake. Now, I’m not here to cause a firestorm of hate, but I am here to bring attention to the fact that mean scrapbookers do suck. They suck the happiness out of an amazing hobby that brings so many creative women together every day – online and in real life. They suck the livelihood out of awesome crafters who strive to make their living by selling their creations, only to have them copied and stolen for dirty profits. They hurt the newbie scrapbookers who post their first layouts online and receive criticism and biting comments, instead of praise for their efforts and learning curves.
I absolutely love this SnarkEcard because it states an even bigger truth. This should be the stronger truth in the scrapbooking industry. Instead of seeing competition, we should see opportunities for collaboration. That glare of craft envy should turn into reaching out to brainstorm ideas and asking about new resources. I see far too many scrapbookers being ostracized for being different and trying new things. It’s called creativity and imagination. Isn’t that what hobbies are based upon? It’s our way to escape reality and let ourselves be free. Since when are there rules for any type of creative expression in scrapbooking? That’s how new trends are born! We should applaud those who step out of their comfort zone and create new ways to express our stories. Hooray for new ideas in this crazy world!
At the end of the day, we need to remember that scrapbooking is all about the memories and stories. It’s about the photos and what they represent to our families. It’s about the friendships that are made and nurtured with every real life hug or virtual smile online. It’s more than paper and glue. It’s more than a hobby. It’s an important part of our lives and one that we need to preserve with praise, nurturing and a ton of creativity that is welcome in all forms.
Now, I challenge you to head to your favorite blogs, Facebook groups, forums or wherever you seek inspiration from and say something nice about someone’s work. Be a light in someone’s creative world today and spread the scrappy happiness!