If you’re like most people, you probably are as unkind to your snail-mail as you are your email. File the bills, open the sweepstakes entries and (gasp!) delete the twenty pounds of catalogs into the garbage can. If this is you, then you are likely overlooking some of the important and hidden benefits of catalog scrapbooking.
More Junk Mail Please
Unfortunately, junk mail is the postal equivalent of porridge, although asking for more is likely to earn you no more than a few raised eyebrows and none of the severe punishment meted out to Oliver Twist. It has often been said, truthfully, that scrapbooking is a hobby requiring a very low financial investment. Nowhere is that point more starkly emphasized than in the area of catalog scrapbooking. It is not unusual for every home to receive five or more catalogs weekly from merchants hawking their wares, and this is the tip of the iceberg.
Catalog scrapbooking is a wonderful hobby because of the availability of free material. You can pick just about any theme you like and there is a company offering a free catalog of images sure to make any catalog scrapbooking hobbyist drool. Thousands of companies are more than happy to send you a catalog in the hope that you buy their products. Most offerings are beautiful, glossy affairs created by professionals and costing many thousands of dollars in production costs – what better fodder for a sharp pair of scissors.
Let’s face facts, shall we? That scrapbook you’re creating about the girls’ night out is going to be a whole lot more fun if a few scantily clad hunks embellish the page. Catalog scrapbooking allows you access to some beautiful…scenery. The image is a whole lot funnier when you cut out your brother’s head and paste it over the body of a swimsuit model wearing slinky lingerie. Catalog scrapbooking is a goldmine for the creative and innovative mind.
The obvious aside, catalog scrapbooking offers images that might be unavailable to the average scrapbooker. Exotic locales, whimsical caricatures, and simple pictures of everyday objects can be used in any scrapbook to add a unique flavor to every page you work on. Couple this with the fact that these images are free, and it is easy to see why catalog scrapbooking is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of the hobby.