Wednesday, 30 January 2013

So This is Scrapbooking: Abi


Welcome to this week's edition of So This is Scrapbooking! Today's guest is a young crafter of special talents; and I just know you are going to enjoy her story. When she got in touch to say she had a post to share I couldn't have been more pleased.

I first met Abi, I think, through the Blogging For Scrapbookers class several years ago; and, since then, she has finished her A Levels, taken a GAP year.won herself a place at university - and delighted lots of us with her stories, projects, tutorials and her outlook on life! But let's have Abi tell you a bit more herself...

Abi's Story




So this is scrapbooking.

I am going to put this out there now. I no longer scrapbook with paper.
This is more a “so this isn’t scrapbooking!” story.  My story with scrapbooking starts a long time ago though, and although I wouldn’t now consider it my main craft, it has influenced me a whole lot more than I ever thought photos and pretty paper could.

I was thirteen when I got my first scrapbook. It was a Christmas present; a box of paper, an album and my first digital camera. I was always crafty so I dived straight in. For many years I made albums documenting life at boarding school. As my confidence grew so did the quality of my pages. I got my first page published in a magazine when I was fifteen and man, it made me excited!


It was at this stage that I started hearing some scrapbooking names. I actually remember seeing a photo of Sian in Scrapbook Inspirations! I found Shimelle’s blog address in one issue of the magazine and typed it into google. There it was. The first blog I followed.

Naturally one thing led to another and I was soon following several blogs, all devoted to scrapbooking. At seventeen I saw an advert on a scrapbooking site for Shimelle’s blogging class. I had wanted to start blogging for a while but something held me back. This was the push I needed.

So scrapbooking led me inadvertently to blogging. It was around the same time I got my DSLR and the two seemed to go hand in hand. I connected with like minded people who shared a love of craft and photos and words.


At the same time as I developed my blog, my scrapbooking took a downturn. I went through a weird time of following so many scrapbooking blogs that I couldn’t make a page for want of comparing it with others. My work just didn’t feel good enough. This also coincided with A levels and the time left to scrapbook was squeezed out with revision. I hated leaving a LO half finished on a desk and then return to it a month later at the next holiday.

Looking back I think I totally lost sight of the “why” behind scrapbooking. I had got into such a rut that I felt guilty for not making a layout but then felt lost when I tried to scrapbook.

So I stopped. I gave myself some creative freedom. I got a sewing machine for my 18th and picked out new materials. I made my first quilt, then a skirt. I picked up knitting needles and made a scarf. I played with paint and paper and mini books. I did what pleased me, not what I thought I was defined by my blog as “a scrapbooker”. Sure, I started out my blog as that but I was a crafter first and foremost.




Two years down the line and I have dabbled in scrapbooking again as well as any number of crafts. At the age of twenty I have realised that I will probably never be a one craft sort of girl. I like experimenting too much. For this season of life I am happy with that. 

I will forever be indebted to scrapbooking though. If I hadn’t started scrapbooking I would never had put photos with words. I would never have cooed over patterns and colour or found blogs. If it wasn’t for scrapbooking my blog wouldn’t exist and nor I think would the number of photos I take! I would never have found the support network, kind words, and beautiful sites of so many bloggers who I call friends.


I still follow scrapbooking blogs, I still ahh over LO’s. But I am happy to be the observer at this stage. I have recently started a new adventure into Project Life, working with the digital elements for convenience and costs sake. Project Life is feeling like scrapbooking did at thirteen; simple photos paired with words. Back to what attracted me to it in the first place. Do I think I will be doing PL for years to come? Maybe. But if I don’t I will be ok with that. 



In the end it comes full circle; we rejoice in the glorious, the colourful, the handmade and the every day, the stuff of life. I don’t think this will change, what craft I express it through though is a whole different story! 

Thank you Abi! Abi studies at the University of Durham and still finds time to blog her projects and her stories at her beautiful blog Creating Paper Dreams. She'd love you to visit, say hello, stay a while...

20 comments:

Ruth said...

Great idea to ask Abi to share her story ~ I love her blog. Such talent in one so young!

scrappyjacky said...

So enjoyed hearing how scrapbooking started Abi on her creative journey....and always enjoy visiting her blog.

alexa said...

I've really enjoyed this, Abi, learning about your own journey into and through scrapbooking and crafting. To know and have so much, and so much to share so early in one's life is very humbling for this oldie :).

Karen said...

I love Abi's blog, and her work. It's so much fun to read your story, Abi! I wish I had found this craft at your age.

Abi said...

Thank you for posting my story Sian and thank you for all your kind words! xx

favouriteworkofart said...

Lovely post. I always love looking at your many crafts, Abi, and marveling at your many talents!

Thanks, Sian, for this great series ;)

Cheri said...

Does seem that we've all been watching Abi grow up from the sidelines. Love hearing your story Abi! Glad to know that you are okay with the not scrapping with paper anymore.

Sandie said...

I love this post from Abi. It is lovely to hear of someone so creative and experimental at that age.
Good for you Abi!!
And thank you for sharing Sian !

Louise said...

such a lovely post to read. A very talented Abi.

Amy said...

Hi Abi - it's lovely to read about your scrapping evolution - all part of the wonderful creative cycle!

Carmen said...

What a fan post... And I can relate in many ways. It was scrapbooking that bought me back to art and crafting after a break of many years. I don't really do it now but dabble in other stuff, I find I journal now and am experimenting in a kind of project life too, though not daily... More as and when.

Really enjoying these posts.

Ginger said...

I really enjoyed reading your story Abi and how you have evolved :) I look forward to seeing and reading more of what you create!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I am so loving this series Sian. And so glad that Abi chimed in. I love reliving my youth through her adventures.
Rinda

S said...

Abi, I remember meeting you and your blog in Shimelle's BFS class. I enjoyed this post as much as I enjoy your infectious happy attitude on your own blog. Whether you scrapbook or not, I suspect you will always be crafting. Thanks for sharing your story.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

I read this post yesterday and didn't have time to comment, so I'm back today. As a lifetime crafter who has gone from craft-type-to-crafty-type my entire life, I can totally relate to you, Abi. And as someone who is old enough to be your mom, I must say that I am extremely impressed with your talent, your insight, and your sweet demeanor. I can only imagine how proud your own mom must be!

I know you are destined for amazing things in your life, Abi! I loved reading your post here on Sian's blog. xo

Melissa said...

What a wonderful story of how scrapbooking has led to so many wonderful crafts & friends & blogs.

JO SOWERBY said...

Feels like I've watched Abi grow up. It seems strange to know someone and yet not know them at the same time. I have loved joining Abi on her developing style and crafting tales. I do hope you never lose your ability to learn new things,
Jo xxx

Gail said...

I loved reading your post Abi and how scrapbooking has led you to enjoy other crafts. I'm looking foreward to reading more from you.
Sian, thanks so much for starting this series.

Sandra said...

I've so enjoyed reading Abi's post, it's really from the heart, a true crafter.

Jennifer Grace said...

I love the changing aspects of your blog, Abi - they have all been interesting and it's great to see you tackle new projects - you're always inspiring me! And I also just love to see photos of your life, to know how you're getting on.

You're such a lovely person, so I'll always be reading your blog even if paper scrapbooking is no longer a part of it! x

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