I made a comment over at Bubbah’s place earlier today about why.
Yup, why blog about someone else’s hobby?
As I explained there, scrapbooking is pervasive. Once you let it through your front door forever will it dominate your household.
I know that when Mrs Grendel first started scrapbooking that she used to pick a favourite photo to scrapbook and choose paper and embellishments that matched the photo.
Now I am not 100% certain of this, but I have a real suspicion that this is no longer the way it works. Looking over the last 4 intensely scrapbooked years I can see a trend now that I hadn’t seen before.
Mrs Grendel is no longer matching paper and embellishments to us, she is changing us to match her papers and embellishments!
There come a time when the critical mass of paper and other product becomes so great that they exert some kind of physical influence on their surrounds. I like to call this the ‘Basic Grey Effect’ after the product range that my clothes and the boys clothes now match most closely.
Now Mrs Grendel is pretty good at this scrapbooking lurk. She was a national master in 2005 for the really big scrap magazine down here in Australia and she regularly turns out pretty stunning pieces of art – many of which are now hanging on the wall rather than just in albums. However I am an awkward subject to scrapbook – my boys make much better foci than I, but there are times when I am wearing certain clothes that fit the profile I mentioned above when I see her looking at me in a certain way and I suspect a little more remodelling may be around the corner so that I fit better on the page.