Hobbies that calm you down: Scrapbooking

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As we all know, keeping a hobby is a good way to help you relieve stress. In this blog I have written about various hobbies like writing, drawing, photography, bird watching or birding and a few more. In this post I will be writing about another hobby known to help against stress, Scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking is an age old practice we use to preserve memories using various bits and bobs like photographs, artwork, printed media and other things. The most common type of scrapbook would be an actual blank book on which people would stick various memorabilia. Scrapbooking is considered a great way to not just preserve your memories but also to manage stress and anxiety. However scrapbooking is not limited to just books, there are cards, boxes filled with cut outs, nowadays you can even make a digital scrapbook and upload it on the internet for the world to see. I’m sure that there will be those who say a scrapbook made on the computer isn’t a real scrapbook, but there is still a lot of work and cutting involved, sure it isn’t physical cutting with actual knives and scissors but still, you put a lot of work into it, getting the proper items, making it look nice; besides it is more eco-friendly.

So how does scrapbooking actually help with stress? Well I’m sure the physical act of cutting out shapes has something to do with it, I talked about it in this post (put link here). But there has to be more to it than just that, well there is of course. When you are working on a scrapbook (be it digital or physical) you are continuously working with your hands and your mind, you need to concentrate when you are making a scrapbook or else you will make a mistake and it won’t come out well, no one wants that. Scrapbooking is also used as a creative outlet, you’re not just cutting and sticking memorabilia you also put a bit of your own personality into it. Many people who make a scrapbook also tend to draw and write around the memorabilia putting some more meaning into them; plus we have already discussed how writing (put link here) and drawing (put link here) are good stress relievers by themselves. There is also the nostalgia factor to consider, since people usually make scrap books of memories that they like, it would make sense to think that they feel a sense of nostalgia when they were making a scrapbook, even a piece of it.

If you want to learn more about scrapbooking and how it can help with stress then just click here it’s where I got most of my information and I think it’s quite a nice read, especially if you are thinking of starting your own scrapbook.

If you don’t feel like reading through the entire article then don’t worry, there are videos where people guide you on how to start a scrapbook; here is one of them.

Like many hobbies there are different ways you can make a scrapbook. You can try making it all by yourself if you’re willing to do that much work or you can buy supplies and kits which are meant especially for scrapbooking; you can usually find them in hobby stores or even stationary stores..

We’re coming close to the end of this post so I’ll end it with this; scrapbooking does require a certain level of commitment, depending upon how often you want to update it. You don’t have to be an avid scrap booker to start your own scrapbook though; you can fill up your scrap book at your own pace. This is meant to be your hobby and it is up to you how you want to spend your time with it. Enjoy your scrap-booking!

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