January is National Hobby Month and what a great month to host it. People creating New Year’s resolutions might be looking for something new to try. Findmeahobby.com even has hobby ideas and links for every month of the year. Looking around Fredericksburg, though, might make someone wonder if scrapbooking is still king. Craft stores, such as A.C. Moore, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Scrapdoodles, have full parking lots on a weekly basis as shoppers carry out scrapbook supplies.
Scrapbooking is a way to preserve family photos, stories, diaries, and keepsakes using a spin on the old family photo album. Scrapbooking has become a regular hobby for millions. One company, Creative Memories, is a growing resource for people preserving memories both with paper scrapbooks and digital scrapbooks. Creative Memories has improved digital scrapbooking software to now include StoryBook Creator and Memory Manager 4.0.
Shannon Roberts, a Fredericksburg consultant for Creative Memories, describes that in today’s world of digital cameras and online photo sharing, digital scrapbooking is the way to go. She helps her customers transitioning from traditional paper scrapbooks to digitizing photos for long term storage and display. Roberts mentions that “by going digital, you can still enjoy the creative process of crafting your album, but it saves on time and increases long term preservation. Digital scrapbooking is a great hobby.”
Another Fredericksburg resource for scrapbooking is the annual “Preserve Your Journey” event. Held each spring in the Family Life Center of Salem Baptist Church, scrapbookers, crafters, and vendors enjoy a 2-day scrapbooking event, or “crop”. The sponsor is Scrapdoodles, a local business specializing in the hobby of scrapbooking. Customers can find all things scrapbook in the store. Tickets for “Preserve Your Journey" can be purchased at Scrapdoodles or online at preserveyourjourney.com. Scrapbooking, both traditional and digital, is a hobby that really lets memories last a lifetime.