I wasn’t a scrapbooker before there was the Internet, but sometimes I think about those times. I think about how scrapbook stores were the hub of it all, where you could be sure to find a group of like-minded souls congregated on a Friday night. I knew many of them.
Things are different now. There are fewer family-owned stores and more big box chains. And of course, now we have the Internet. And digital scrapbooking and online retailers and…
Whether you’re paper or digital, the Internet now commands a lot of attention from today’s scrapbooker. One could even say that the computer is the #1 tool of the modern memory keeper. From sharing digital photos on Facebook to reading the latest edition of Creating Keepsakes, memory keeping and the Internet are now bosom buddies.
You might think that this shift from in-person scrapbooking experiences to a world inside a small electric box would eliminate the warmth and personal connections.
I would argue that the opposite has occurred.
Today, our Internet scrapbooking community is strong and vibrant. We are able to befriend like-minded souls in places we’ve only dreamed of traveling, sharing stories about life and creativity.
Through words and images we can see others and be truly seen ourselves, in ways that break down barriers and prejudices.
We are able to access inspiration when we need it and learn new skills on demand. We can ask for help and have answers within seconds, not just from search engines anymore, but from real people.
The Internet has facilitated forging new healthy communities that are valuable personally and to society at-large. It has allowed us to reach out and touch someone in new ways that fit the modern lifestyle, to stay connected to scrapbooking and scrapbookers more effortlessly than ever.
What does the online scrapbooking community mean to you? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.
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