A Journey Through the Love of Scrapbooking
When it comes to crafting, every artist has their niche. Some like to knit. Some are champions of reconstruction while others create gorgeous adornments. Scrapbooking and photography are mine. I’m by no means a professional photographer (I’m still saving up for that brand spankin’ new DSLR!), but scrapbooking and photography, especially of food, are my passion and I learn and get better with each passing shot and layout. Scrapbooking for me is so much more than slapping pictures and stickers onto paper. It’s about visual storytelling and the documentation of memory. I love taking photos and being inspired by colour and texture and building a story around it all. An old friend from elementary school once joked that I was a human “archive” and I laughed and took it as a very sweet complement 😀
I LOVE paper. There is something so satisfying about a fresh pad of blank paper just waiting to be drawn on, cut up, glued down, and scrapbook punched. As a little tot, I dabbled in origami for years before picking up scrapbooking at the age of 13. I thought patterned paper was fascinating and I would pore over magazines for collage material for hours on end to make my own mini books, and I would pack away little trinkets and nick nacks here and there for future books. It wasn’t until I was 17 though that I made my first real scrapbook with photographs. It was a personal scrapbook with photos up the wazoo of friends, baby pictures of my brother and me as tots, collages of Britney Spears (whom I still adore to this day), and documentations of past birthday parties with friends. I worked on it all summer and I was so proud of the final product that I couldn’t imagine not having scrapbooking in my life. Thus began my real journey into paper and picture heaven.
In the years following, I made a prom one, a fashion and beauty one, a Christmas one, and an art based one, along with a scrapbook I made for my best friend documenting a decade of friendship. Notice how food was not part of the equation though? The lightbulb hadn’t gone off at that point yet. I was taking pictures of food, but the idea of doing food scrapbooking, exclusively, it didn’t dawn on me. That is, not until I started grad school. I was exploring the city to my heart’s content (having overprotective parents certainly made that difficult in the past!), trying new things all the time, and soaking up every foodie experience. I started bringing my camera out with me on a daily basis, practicing my shots and experimenting with different angles and lighting. As luck would have it, I was then given the gift of time.
You must be thinking, “when the heck does a grad student find the time to scrapbook??” The answer: when your union at school goes on strike. Schoolwork and classes came to a halt for 3 months and during those 3 months I would picket for hours nearly every day during the week and would come home completely zonked but so excited to park my tooshie down to whip up a new layout. My first food layout was a sushi one (surprise, surprise!) after a lunch at Sushi Time on Queen St. West and as they say, the rest goes down in history. I needed more albums to fit my growing piles of pages, I was clipping 40% off coupons from Michael’s flyers every week, and soon enough food scrapbooking became my life’s passion.
And that’s where the name of the blog comes from. I thank my sweet boyfriend, Richard, for helping me come up with the name. THANK YOU! ❤ As you will soon discover, I don’t scrap in the standard 12×12 format. I think 12×12 albums are beautiful and there is certainly an abundance of products that cater to this size. However, the first scrapbook album I ever bought was an 8×8 one and it worked beautifully for me. It’s the perfect size for me, personally, and it eliminates having to blow pictures up when I want to do a layout with only a single focal picture. So, 8×8 combined with my passion for food = Ate by Ate!
Thanks for reading and I really hope you enjoy the blog and the scrapbooking,
With love, Deb ❤