I live in the UK and I scrapbook.
We are not as rare as one might think.
Britain is generally thought to be a nation of cardmakers.
If you look on the crafting TV channels, 99% of the time you will find the shows are for cardmakers. Scrapbooking is featured very occasionally.
I do make cards, but these tend to be for something specific rather than on mass.
We do not have any dedicated scrapbooking magazines. We used to, but over time these have fallen away. There is an abundance of craft magazines, but again these are generally cardmaking based.
Yet we are here, scrapping away happily.
Facebook and other social media platforms have been a good tool for networking among scrappers. Crafting can be such a lovely way to socialize, but many areas do not have a dedicated crop or retreat.
I’m the kind of person who can talk endlessly about scrapbooking. Talk about products, talk about designers, about techniques I’ve seen recently etc.
But unless it’s via a keyboard, I don’t get to talk about it at all. My husband ooh’s and ah’s in the right places, but its not the same.
Even though I live in a big town, we do not have a Hobbycraft store. Believe me, I have emailed them regularly with suggestions of empty buildings and new retail parks opening in the area!
We do have the Range and a small independent store but scrapbooking is not a prominent feature in either of them.
There are, however, some good online stores stocking all the big American brands, but its not the same as holding the product in your hand and browsing the store.
Shops, magazines, TV channels, please note:
We are here. We scrapbook. We share enthusiasm. Occasionally we get to meet other scrapbookers at crops or retreats.
Please don’t ignore us. We are a spendy breed. We so easily part with our money if you dangle something shiny at us.
Scrapbooking in the UK is an expanding marketplace and will be healthy for as long as there is pretty paper.
Love and crafty cuddles,