Scrapbooking: a hobby for the holidays
Harry Craig discusses the scrapbooking hobby he undertook over the summer holidays, offering a helpful way to keep the boredom at bay.
After a seemingly non-stop nine months of university, lined wall-to-wall with late-night studying, early-morning partying and a lot more in between, the calm world of your hometown can feel like another universe. This energy change may leave you longing for a return to the exciting life of an undergrad student.
However, rather than wallowing in my own sadness, I decided to search for a new summer hobby. In reminiscing about all these first-year experiences, I fell upon scrapbooking. I’ve always been a very nostalgic person – I love being able to look back on old photos and memories – so this seemed like the perfect hobby to fill my summer days.
With some basic supplies bought in The Works’ summer sale, including double-sided tape and colourful card, I got stuck in – and very rapidly found it addictive. I rifled through months of photos, event tickets and Snapchat memories to fill the pages of my scrapbook. I spent so much time working on it that my friends were following my daily progress via my BeReal posts. It occasionally caused a stir when the story of an interesting night out was accidentally caught in the shot!
I was particularly thrilled at my idea of using Spotify-generated codes to provide links to songs that I associated with certain moments
Scrapbooking is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. I was particularly thrilled at my idea of using Spotify-generated codes to provide links to songs that I associated with certain moments – this was important to me, as music is such a valuable part of my life. I also, to my delight, discovered that FIXR and iPhone’s wallet save expired tickets, which I could print off to embellish my pages.
If, like me, you ever find yourself with a burning desire to organise and preserve your memories and photos, I would thoroughly recommend scrapbooking. Your future self will be grateful when, in decades to come, you can look back on some of the best years of your life in one book!