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So we had Hope's baptism yesterday, and I got out a few of my pages to show my MIL. She was talking about when Colin put on the princess gear that belong to his cousin Maggie, so I ran off to get that page that I did of that. My MIL loves to see this kind of stuff and loves to look at my work.
Well Paul has a 95 year old grandmother, and bless her heart, but sometimes she can say the most bold and hurtful things. Like "how in the world do you find the time to do this?" To which I say I do it after the kids go to bed. "Don't you have better things to be doing?" "I don't understand why you like to do this? It looks like so much work and what for?"
To which my response of course in a very nice tone, was "I love to do this because it is "me" time. It is when I de-compress from a long day of doing standard Mommy stuff. That I want to leave my memories behind for my kids, and their kids, and then hopefully my great-grandchildren. And that because of it being acid free, these pictures will be around for many, many, many years....along with any of my journaling I add"
Gosh why can some people be so judgemental? I mean I know some people just don't "Get it"..but this is a whole new catagory of not only not getting it, but berating you for wanting to do it as if you should be doing something better...I personally cannot imagine their being anything else better than leaving my memories for my loved ones. She's 95 years old I'll just remind myself. She has earned every right to have her panties in a bunch if she wants to.
A lot of people at work do not see "the point" in scrapbooking. I showed a friend of mine a few pages once and she said "But most of those pages are just one picture with a bunch of decorations around them...what's the point? You might as well just put them in an album." Pff, whatever.
Don't worry about it. Scrapbooking is a hobby. Not all people understand everyone else's hobby. I am proud of my scrapbooking. I know a lot of people think it's frivolous and a big waste of time, but that's their opinion.
This is something I can do to remember the times in my life. Those pages are capturing not only photos, but feelings and time, as far as I'm concerned. I guess we can let the granny slide since she is 95. Remember Sophia on the Golden Girls?
I really haven't had anyone really criticize my scrapbooking. I am lucky that my mom, aunt, and grandmother think I am very talented (that is why I can never ever let them look at y'alls pages- then they will think mine are bad). My MIL gives me a look like she thinks it is stupid but hasn't opened her trap about it yet.
There will always be "those" people out there who just dont get it. I agree it is a nice me time hobby, but I also think of it as a work of art. Even when I am scraplifting I still add certain touches and embellishements to the pages...it is my artistic release. (considering I really havent done any art since I started teaching art... and teaching art does not make a good artistic release LOL) So I guess what I am trying to say is, these pages are my art, therefore my babies and I take it very hard when people say mean or hurtful things about scrapbooking or my pages.
I am sorry that she said that Chanda, but I agree it does sound like something Sophia would have said