It's good to be able to put the mobile away and sit down to have a creative moment with paper and glue. I'm so glad I got back into this wonderful hobby. I love to cut and paste!
For me, who has always loved taking pictures, scrapbooking is the perfect hobby. We still take lots of pictures, but the camera has been replaced with a mobile phone. Our photos are displayed on a screen, instead of in an album. Much of the fun of displaying pictures has disappeared. There is something special about being able to take out an album and flip through it. The girls still think it's great fun to show off their own scrapbooking albums, even though the pages in them were made many years ago.
I made my very first album in 1990, after I had been on a language trip to Jersey. Then we called it just that, "making albums". There was a ring binder with gray cardboard sheets in it, where we pasted photos and other memories from the weeks we were in Jersey. Tickets, postcards, receipts and ice paper. Everything that we thought was worth showing off was pasted in. And this was the beginning of scrapbooking. I started "real" scrapbooking in 2000, after Isabel was born. Then I was tipped off about the hobby by a friend in the US. She thought it was something for me, and she was absolutely right. That was the start of my scrapbooking adventure. It's about taking care of the memories.
Scrapbooking in the year 2000 was something completely different from scrapbooking in the year 2010. There are trends and techniques that developed, just like in any other hobby. And scrapbooking became "Big business" in the USA in these years.
Scrapbooking became an expensive hobby for many, because there was so much different equipment on the market over time. I was then (and still am) a proponent that scrapbooking doesn't have to cost so much. You can start with what you have lying around in drawers and cupboards. Take out scissors and paper, and find buttons and ribbons, and other decorations you might have lying around. That's all you really need to get started.
If you want to try your hand at an album page, I've made another small recipe scrapbooking for beginners