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One of the joys of scrapbooking is that it is one hobby that actually combines multiple hobbies and there are many different elements to a scrapbook, which makes it a beneficial creative pastime that allows you to build a variety of skills.

It is an enjoyable and popular activity for people of all ages that teaches us to experiment and promotes therapeutic qualities, helping both emotional and mental wellbeing. It also allows us to build our self-esteem and engage in artistic self-expression and gives us a way to display treasured memories that we can engage with and continue to work on as unique and personal projects to keep and cherish.

So what are the benefits of scrapbooking as a hobby and how can these help us with our mental health, emotional wellbeing and sense of artistic expression? Read on to find out more 

1. Mental acuity

Although scrapbooking is great for all ages, a particularly valuable benefit for older people is the act of going through memories and recalling past times. This aids our brains to help us grow new neuro-pathways which improves our cognitive abilities which helps improve and sharpen our memory. What’s more, the earlier you start training your brain in this way, the greater the benefits later in life.

2. Improved coordination

One of the physical benefits of scrapbooking is the motor skills required when creating your album.

By using your hands to use scissors and glue to create you also work out where to fit pages with shapes that you have made which aids in developing fine motor skills as well as mental acuity, and hand-eye coordination.

By working on neatening up pages you will be spurred on to be patient to create the best result, which can help you improve persistence. Seeing what you can achieve also helps to promote a positive mood.

3. Lasting memories

One of the joys of scrapbooking is it gives us a long-lasting physical way of preserving our memories especially when we tend to rely so much on technology to store our photographs and our treasured times.

A scrapbook is a brilliant tool to use motivationally to store these memories as we end up with a tangible photo album that we have created ourselves, that can be looked through whenever and enjoyed displaying these memories in a personal creative way. It can offer us a welcome break from technology.

4. Unique style

One of the advantages to scrapbooking is that you are able to fully customize what you have created instead of being constrained by the style of a bought album – you can make it look however you choose. It is up to you to decide on what style reflects you the best and no matter what you choose it is always going to be unique.

5. Lowers anxiety

Looking through scrapbooks can aid us mentally in a variety of ways by decreasing feelings of loneliness as they promote a sense of calm and connectivity and also promote a meditative state when we work on rearranging them. 

Also, working on a creative hobby such as scrapbooking helps us mentally by reducing stress and anxiety while engaged in this practice, and this can promote relaxation. A further effect is that it can also help lower blood pressure which has many physical benefits.

6. Meditation

Creating a scrapbook it is an ideal way to practice meditation as you have to focus on the task at hand and on what you are creating, thinking about the process and what materials you need to use, as well as aspects such as colour and what to use paper-wise. 

This can give your mind a much needed creative distraction from day to day worries making it a hobby that promotes emotional wellness.

7. Boost self-esteem

One of the joys of scrapbooking is the sense of self-esteem and accomplishment that arises from producing a creative project. It can also remind you of what you can achieve and accomplish, especially when you can see the result of your time and patience.

8. Socialisation

One of the wonderful things about the hobby is that it can be done alone or with others. Scrapbooking can be used to replenish our energy levels and to have some alone time, however, you can equally use this hobby to meet new people and to socialize or even to bond with family and to strengthen bonds by working on a project together – it’s entirely up to you.

Lara Edwards
Community Manager and Editor of Motiv8.Me Woman. A photographer, radio presenter, poet and spoken word performer, Lara recently graduated from university with a joint honours in History & Creative Writing.

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