ELECTRONIC SCRAPBOOKING IMAGE NUMBER ONE BY HUFFSTUTTER

ELECTRONIC SCRAPBOOKING IMAGE NUMBER ONE BY HUFFSTUTTER

ELECTRONIC SCRAPBOOKING IMAGE NUMBER ONE BY HUFFSTUTTER

For the past ten years, scrapbooking has become increasingly popular; as each year passed, innovative individuals have taken what started at Dorothy Smith’s kitchen table and turned it into a billion dollar industry, an industry that sprang out of an emotional mood experienced by Dorothy and taken to the bank by women with financial goals and marketing skills that surpassed genius. Today, this “hearts and flowers” hobby has far surpassed that old female pastime of arranging and rearranging straw flowers amid gaggles of cutsy geese, a hobby most men tolerate for only so long before taking flight from the home for temporary escape from the flocks of quakers and pretty little hearts, all of the trappings labeled as arts and crafts. Now, thanks to Dorothy Smith, all of these hormonal variances of mood, creativity, frustrated states of mind experienced by women of nearly all ages beyond 19, can get it together and keep it together in a scrapbook purchased from the “Scrapmart Department” of the world’s largest discount houses. For the ladies who will not or would not be seen at such a mass of humanity searching for tissue bargains, Barbi’s with tattoos in the small of their trim little plastic or vinyl small of the back anatomy parts, they will spend millions of dollars at privately-owned scrapbook specialty stores. Congratulations to the female gender for finding a pastime that is gaining more fans and attention every day. But what about the males who look longingly at this ever-so feminine activity? Will we simply burst into one of these little stores like a bull in a China store and tell blatant lies about wanting to buy our mothers-in-law something special like a SCRAPBOOKING KIT? Will we hide away in our workshops by the ban saw and fiddle with these bits of sentimental trappings. Yes, we can paste tickets to sporting events into certain areas; we can glue the currency bands that once kept our bonus hundred dollar bills tight and ready for a safety deposit box insertion. What about it? Before conventions to fun places like Las Vegas were poo-pooed by President Obama and some of his staff, we could have pasted almost anything but the pasties into our gruff and macho scrapebooks; we could have put matchbook covers into our collections before smoking became a sign of moral derelection and character weaknesses (I have a message for the non-smokers who insist on bans against smoking everywhere but one’s private toilet…it is a simple easy to read two word message!). Now in these economic times that are so terrible that even the news media is starving to death daily, will scrapbooking be the one thing that will save the nation, the one “hands-on event” that will keep our minds off of the economy?

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