Scrapbookers have a few benefits which they can experience during and after their scrapbooking and paper crafting activities. The first of these is included in artistic hobbies themselves; they give them a chance to flush through emotions and experiences which makes for better emotional health overtime. The second gift is they can perfect a certain set of skills through practice. And a third gift that scrapbooking gives can be seen as a collection: the ability to incorporate new lessons, new concepts and new and innovative thinking into other parts of their lives as a result of what took place during the scrapbooking.
For a practical example of the first concept, consider apparent scrapbooking a collection of family photos for hours at a time, dipping deep into the moments of flow where new thought enters and time suspends, and coming to some conclusion that is a “lightbulb” moment so to speak. Those insightful realizations which are likely to take place when the logical mind takes a break and the creative mind leads the wheel can be very helpful for the improvement of our lives especially in the realm of those things which we end up taking into our scrapbooking practices: family moments, individual goals and treasures and concepts which make us feel more alive.
Paper crafting in schools usually takes one of two forms. The second is similar to the first benefit above, where the creative mind leads scrapbookers to memorialize emotional events and the result brings a fulfilling feeling. Examples of this are the handmade Valentines, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards which many children are encouraged to make early on in their education.
The second way scrapbook concepts are traditionally used in schools is for learning purposes. Learning to spell through crafts is a practice used in schools by teachers who direct children to cut letters out from paper, to add them together, to make sounds and to rearrange the collection of them for words. Somewhere in the country there is teacher with several pieces of paper representing different animals and letters and a class being led to interpret these into words. Although we often see preschoolers using the scissors, the word cut outs and the collage of photos and letters to bridge new concepts with the attentiveness of creative work, the idea of crafting to solidify “left brain” concepts is not sectioned off strictly to early childhood education.
As middle-school students are urged to explore the meaning of collages through group projects which require poster board and symbolic representations of the main points of material they’ve been studying, and as middle and high school students are encouraged to make yearly science projects which combine a multitude of pictures, graphs and words to express thoughts, the main elements of scrapbooking in educational systems becomes more and more clear.
The reason we don’t stop scrapbooking at any age is simply what many in the educational system have figured out; we don’t just think in terns of sentences. We think in terms of symbols and pieces coming together. And we also find it easier to remember information when we progress through a project which allows us to play with those symbols and collect them as unifying concepts reinforcing the same idea.