Is Scrapbooking Masculine?
In our current culture not too many men create scrapbooks – but the History of Scrapbooking tells us that in its early beginnings, and even up into the 20th century that this was a hobby that most likely started by men, and enjoyed by many men up through the 1940’s.
In fact, President Thomas Jefferson was known to be an avid scrapbooker, and Mark Twain developed a scrapbook with pre-adhesive pages – much like the photo albums from the 1970s and 80s.
It was only in the 1970s and 80s when the contemporary forms of scrapbooking were reimagined into their current forms and were part of the paper craft movement that was dominated by women at the time. Within the last 30 years the market has been decidedly more feminine and scrapbooking products have catered to that demographic.
But there are men who like to scrapbook still, expend their creativity through scrapbooking, and work to create masculine forms of the art, which are necessary to celebrate the memories of all of the men that are in our lives. For me, as a single father of a boy, it was important to create tangible memories that we could look back on in later years.
So, the answer is YES – Scrapbooking is not just for one gender – and there are masculine forms that we hope to promote on this blog.
Male Crafters Facebook Group – If you are male and are interested in joining other men who craft as a hobby, I invite you to join this group. Note: I am not one of the administrators.