Thursday, April 4, 2013

Scrapping With an Empty Nest

Last night I reached a realization.

One of the reasons that I am not scrapping much anymore is that I am not taking pictures much anymore. With my oldest child away at college and my other child a busy teen, I have lost two of my major subjects. Kari is busy with track and field or cross country, both of which are very difficult events to photograph well. The few pictures that I do get are the same images over and over. I get a few photos that Keenan's college pals post on Facebook, but they are usually the typical staged group shots.

With no photos of them, what do I scrap? I know that there are some people out there who scrap about themselves. I tried that for a while. I don't have many photos of myself and I can only do so many pages about my hopes and dreams.

I love my scrapbooking hobby. It has always been a personal release- allowing me to throw my creative energy into telling a story with photos, papers, embellishments, and journaling. It also allowed me a stress release. Alone in my scraproom with all of my "toys" I could create without fear of someone coming by to evaluate the outcome.

I don't really know what my future is, as far as scrapbooking. I don't see grandchildren in my future for quite a few years, but I don't think I can give it up either. I would love to hear from some of you scrapbookers out there who are like me- working women who have or soon will have an empty nest. What do you scrapbook? Where can I go for motivation?


  1. My son is in his second semester of college. I joined and found some scrap groups, empty nest support groups, exercise groups, etc. I am going out a little thereby giving me something to scrap again.

  2. I like to garden (flowers and vegetables) so keep a scrapbook of things I plant, how the gardens look at different stages and seasons every year, etc. I also scrapbook holidays, family events, pets, trips that I go on, events with friends from work, etc.

  3. I'm not an empty nester (I don't even have kids!) but I think you pose a good question... Do you like scrapbooking the everyday stuff? A beautiful sunrise, a great piece of chocolate cake, those new shoes you bought, or your typical day's routine? Hope you can find some inspiration. Don't give up on your favorite hobby.

  4. vacations? I will never be totally caught up as I have not only my own photos but my mother's and my grandmother's.