Scrapbooking Haiku? WTF?

Scrapbooking Haiku? WTF?

Ok, apropos of absolutely nothing…..I have been thinking about poetry lately. Now, I pretty much suck at it and never ever, under any circumstances attempt it in public, so I rely heavily on the creativity of others. (you may have noticed that about me.)

As an aside, somebody recently sent me this picture about WTF. Mix pop culture with mom’s brain, shake vigorously and voila!

Ok, poetry….yes….back on point. Some poetry as you may know is pretty free-form and all over the place. And often times, in my case, I do the RCA dog head tilt with the speech bubble that says ‘huh?’. Then there’s other poetry that is structured. Limericks, sonnets, and haiku are examples of extremely rigidly structured poetry.

Here’s an example of a generated haiku:

landlords recover
sorcerers ruminate, pigs
sleeping hissing, snow

According to my close personal friend Wiki, the structure is as follows:

  • Use of three lines of up to 17 syllables;
  • Use of a season word (kigo);
  • Use of a cut or kire (sometimes indicated by a punctuation mark) to compare two images implicitly.

So, even though the structure of the poem is rigid, you still have the freedom to say whatever you want.

And here again we come back to WTF.

You may be wondering what in the world this has to do with scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking has about as many styles, techniques, & structures (if you will), as any hobby I can think of. It is remarkably diverse and ever changing and evolving. So much so that sometimes I find myself stymied when faced with starting a new project. So what do I do? I impose a rigid structure on my project to challenge myself.

Now granted, it doesn’t always work out, but more often than not, if I limit the materials I allow myself or limit the time in which to do a set of pages, I can come up with some really great ideas because I’m not paralyzed by too many choices.

So try it the next time you are stuck. Put a small amount of papers, embellishments, pens and photos in a box. Get out your kitchen timer and set it to 25 minutes. Turn off your phone, TV and computer. <gasp!> . Set the timer and go. You will be amazed at what you come up with. And remember, even though the structure you’ve set for yourself is rigid, you can still say anything you want!

I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this. Please leave your comments below, or on our Facebook page.



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  1. Amanda :

    Thanks Mary, just what I need, little inspiration to help me along…. this is worth trying:)

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