Here is the next in the mini series.
So how many times have the scrapbooking police come to your house and bound your wrists in baker’s twine or confiscated your supplies because you didn’t write a novel on that layout you just completed or you put more than one photo on a page? I’m going to take a guess and say never. I’m also going to bust a couple myths… are you ready?
There are no scrapbooking police or scrapbooking shoulds.
Okay, I lied, there’s one should.
Scrapbooking should be fun!!!
SHOULD MYTH # 11 My handwriting should be neat.
We don’t think our handwriting is neat but that’s because it’s our handwriting. Other people might think our handwriting is neat. Our grand and great grand kids might want to see our handwriting. Handwritten journaling adds a personalness and tenderness that is lost in typed journaling. That doesn’t mean we have to hand write everything, we can pick and choose.
SHOULD MYTH #12 Photos of males should never have flowers or pink or lace or anything remotely feminine.
I hear a lot about how hard it is to scrapbook a photo of men or boys. My question is “Why”? Are they going to burst into flames if there is lace or pink or flowers near their photo? My husband and son like soft sheets and soft clothes. They like all the flower beds in the yard. I made a layout of my son and he was upset because there weren’t any flowers on it (I had to go back and add some). This whole pink for girls and blue for boys thing came from the fashion world in the mid 20th century. Before that pink and blue were simply pastel colors.
In 1918, an article from a trade publication called Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department, declared that, since it was derived from red, “Pink is for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Taken from http://mentalfloss.com/article/65058/when-did-pink-become-girl-color
Anyone who has used red paint or ink knows how powerful red can be so this makes perfect sense to me.
A 1927 survey by Time magazine showed that department stores were completely scattered when it came to recommending gender-specific colors—Marshall Field’s and Filene’s preferred pink for boys and blue for girls, while Macy’s and Wanamaker’s said just the opposite. “There seems, then, to be no great unanimity of U.S. opinion on Pink v. Blue,” the article concluded. And even before that, new parents outfitted their gender-neutral nurseries in pink and blue, similar to the way we use green and yellow today. Taken from http://mentalfloss.com/article/65058/when-did-pink-become-girl-color
As far as lace?
So if it’s good enough for a former president of the United States it’s good enough for my son. If our boys and men want flowers and lace and pink on there layouts then by God we should give them flowers and lace and pink layouts. Whose with me? (Getting down off my soapbox now.)
Don’t forget to check back next Saturday August 28, 2015 for SHOULD MYTH # 13 & 14. If you have a SHOULD MYTH you would like to share please leave a comment below.
Happy scrapping and remember the only SHOULD in scrapbooking is it SHOULD be fun.
Let’s scrapbook together it’s cheaper than therapy!
P.S. Just for a little fun here’s a photo of a tee shirt.