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Are scrapbookers the furries of the crafting world? Answered

I heard someone say today that "scrapbookers are the furries of the crafting world." What do you think?

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Tool Using Animal
Tool Using Animal

12 years ago

Having done a GIS for both furries and scrapbookers I'd say the difference is that scrapbookers don't spend a great deal of time drawing pictures of themselves as monstrously endowed horses or buxom wolves..

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. I had no idea what a furry was, so I Googled it. I stopped looking when I found this. ROFL

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, this thread caused me to go on a furry googling spree. :P Furries are so hilarious. I can't help it. But I can't seem to work a lot of their activities out in my head...

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

12 years ago

You or I might enjoy Bugs Bunny, or Tom and Jerry cartoons or Chewbacca like any normal person, but Furries take their interest to an absurd extreme. An extreme never before seen, this is what makes Furries so hilarious and worthy of mockery.

Hrmmm.... taking an interest to an extreme. Sounds more like they're passionate about what they do... Honestly, is that a bad trait?

Although, I don't quite understand why there's so many "scraps" available to buy - I thought the point was to use your own scraps. In any case, they sure did do a good job at getting industry to fill this apparent need.

I say this as someone that lives with a scrapbooker - and have to pry her away from related goodies.

Frankly, it sounds much more fun to be extreme rather than ordinary.... Let everyone else be ordinary just like everyone else. I'll be over here, sticking out like a sore thumb :p

It's funny, I wouldn't have expected someone in a relatively niche group (crafting) to seemingly ostracize a subset of their group...

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Stercus Fit
Stercus Fit

Reply 12 years ago

I will forever hold it against you that you believe scrapbookers are passionate about what they do and that being passionate is a good trait. :P

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 12 years ago

It's funny, I wouldn't have expected someone in a relatively niche group (crafting) to seemingly ostracize a subset of their group...

That's what I thought too! However, the hobby and craft association claims that 50% of American households have a crafter in them. The sewing association says 30 million Americans sew - 10% of the total US population! Turns out crafting isn't so much of a niche group.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

I am not sure I would call Crafters a "niche" group though. It really involves really everything from simple wood cutouts to out and out art. Maybe it is the broad definition that makes these statistics?

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PoisonedV
PoisonedV

12 years ago

I can sort of see the relation. They have conventions. But I don't see them get mad when you call them a scrapbooking-derogatory name.

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Stercus Fit
Stercus Fit

Reply 12 years ago

Oddly, I have never heard of anyone say anything negative about a scrapbooker (on the basis of scrapbooking at least). The worst I've heard was Trebuchet03 saying that the point was to use scraps to create the pages, not buy them, and then refer to it as a waste of money. By the way: I'm not asking to find out the derogatory names, either (Trebuchet03)!

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whatsisface
whatsisface

12 years ago

I think that scrapbooking is one of the simpler forms of craft, compared to some, but I don't think it's comparable to furries, which are just downright funny to laugh at (the people, not the thing).

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Stercus Fit
Stercus Fit

Reply 12 years ago

Granted, I'm a scrapbooker so my opinion on this is definitely skewed, but I actually think of scrapbooking as a very complex craft (although I also happen to be a perfectionist, so I'm sure that adds to the complexity). Scrapbooking started out exceedingly simple, merely putting photos and other mementos in between pages of books, but it has transformed. Some people who are not that crafty or are doing a scrapbook because of a requirement simply paste photos with backgrounds and say "Finished!" I, on the other hand, spend hours on each page (the least amount of time I spent on a page was about an hour, but that was after a lot of thinking). I use construction paper to create things like trees, homes, gates, etc. I rarely use stickers, because it is easier for me to make whatever I want the size I want, the color I want, and in positioned I want. So, the gist of all this: scrapbooking can be as simple as you want it to be or as complex as you want it to be. It depends entirely on the effort you want to put into it -- I and the other scrapbookers I know do other crafts to calm ourselves and scrapbooking to be crafty. So it all depends.