|Cover of scrapbook/journal circa 1990.|
Because I went to college in the late 1980s, one message was drilled into me, in every class -- keep a journal, paste pictures, try to avoid being an idiot.
I don't know if I met all points, but when I graduated I enthusiastically embraced journal keeping. I liked the feeling of some sort of philosophical record of all that flowed past my eyes. Of course, paper was much more in vogue, and as the above shows, so were snail mail letters and stamps. This made it easier to paste pictures into books, as I didn't have to print out the images.
I like the look of the scrapbooks and am glad I made them. To be honest, I take more pictures now with the phone, and have more places to record my musings. I do miss the distilled feeling of insanity that these images bring back.