Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Life As A Scrapbooker's Husband

Sunday's in my house usually mean church, soccer, a good family meal and a game or two. They are usually a day where we all are together doing the "family thing". But this Sunday after coming home from church, the kids and I got the house ready for some visitors to come over. My wife invited some of her girl friends over to scrapbook. Now a few years back if you told me I would be sitting in my family room catering to a room of women cutting paper and photos, gluing, tearing, stamping, and using the Cricut. I would have called you a bold face lie, but today thats exactly what I'm doing. (However, I do have the playoff games on and I am enjoying the way the Vikings are handling the Cowboys. My home is in a sense of balance and all is good.)

These women are not housewives, or homemakers. They are all professional women well ahead of the curve in their professions. They are Doctors, Dietitians, Social Service Managers, and Project Managers. They are holding down their jobs as well as being terrific moms. But this scrapbooking thing they do is just for them and they will spend hours and hours in this activity that my wife labels as "therapeutic". Now I'm not sure but I would guess that the American Medical Association doesn't have this listed as one of their "Therapeutic Activities". But I'm of the mind that if it makes my wife have that "wu sa" moment then I'm good with it. Even to the extent that I made a Starbucks run for their Carmel Macchiato's.

Caution, scrapbooking is not for the light of wallet. It will put a serious dent in your budget. Hardcore scrappers buy all the gear to go with the craft. There are bags, punches, stamps, cutters, albums, paper, and a bevy of other supplies. Before this gets to far on I think I need to have a terminology check, just so I don't lose you.

  • Cricut: An electronic die cutting machine that uses software to cut out letters, shapes, and patterns.
  • Crop: A gathering of scrapbookers to scrapbook and chat.

The Cricut is the Cadillac of items for scrappers because it can do hundreds of things. There are even those that do digital scrapbooking. Now if I was a scrapper, that would be how I would do it. Allow technology to aid me in my passion. With all that said, I realize I know way too much about scrapbooking. But you know how the old saying goes, "If mama ain't happy, nobody is". So I'm embracing my husbandism, and I will reap the benefit of a happy wife, and that my friends is worth its weight in gold.


  1. Yes, you are right...scrapbooking cost serious money. I should know. I was one of those women until my second child was born and my life became chaos. Just like you wife, I used to meet with a group of friends and we scrapped and talked, and talked and scrapped. Sometimes until 3:00 in the morning. I miss those times! It was as much about talking as it was about scrapping.

  2. I used to be in a scrapbook group meetup group until I moved and yes my husband said he needed a separate job to pay for my supplies hehe. It's great that you if nothing else take the time to understand some of the terminologies of it, that's more then alot of hubbies would do in regards to scrapbooking :)

  3. Yes Mario, A happy wife makes for a happy home. Good Job on keeping your wife happy. I'm not a hard core scrapbooker. I've only completed 1 maybe 2 scrapbooks. And they were nothing more than a photo album with a few stickers on each page. Hardly a real scrapbook. But I was proud of my completed projects. I must say that I do love to stroll around Michael's and Hobby Lobby just to see what I can see!

  4. H"i, My name is Mindy and I am a scrapper!" Hey Mario! I own the Cricut, and the Cuttlebug, and the Big Shot! Count your blessings, not the dollars lost on supplies. Your wife is creating great memory books for the family and she is right, it is theraputic!! She's making great memories for herself!