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Scrapbook Awareness Campaign by Majnouna Scrapbook Awareness Campaign by Majnouna
The Scrapbook, which appears in the list of categories you can submit a new deviation to, is not used the way it was meant to be, resulting in galleries choked with pieces that should not be there. The masters preserved their scraps carefully, but they knew better than to throw them up alongside their masterpieces. Why would anyone think it's a good thing to have a gallery where one needs to wade through scraps to find a polished piece? What do they think such a "portfolio" says about their abilities? And what do they think dA looks like to an outside visitor? Clearly we, collectively, need to rehabilitate scraps.

The way I see it there are two main reasons why deviants are reluctant to post in scraps:

1. There seems to be a defensive attitude, especially among younger members, about placing anything in the scrapbook, as if that folder was unworthy of anything they can produce. This is an unnecessary prejudice about a word whose only sin is to rhyme with "crap" (it happens to the best of us.) A scrapbook, or sketchbook, is just this: a place for spontaneous jottings and sketches that are not meant to be taken to completion. It's where you can be really free. It allows you to post things that may be cool but would bring the overall quality of your gallery down things that you want your friends to see but wouldn't leave out of your portfolio. dA introduced the scrapbook so that such things could be posted despite their not meeting the standards all other art communities impose. Seriously, your scrapbook deserves some love. It's time people understood it is not a dumpster, but a place that allows you to be sloppy within the site without compromising the standard of the galleries that is, it would be if it was put to good use. What you can do about this:
- Use your scrapbook the way it's meant to be used!
- Report scraps the same way you report miscats.
- Use the stamp to spread the word.

2. We all know scraps don't get as much exposure, because they are not automatically activated when you devwatch someone. As a result, people prefer to post a regular deviation and later (maybe) move it to scraps. The desire for whatever you post to be seen is understandable, but this is only a patch, not a solution. Hopefully in the future the scraps activation will be automatic, but that doesn't mean we should just sit and wait for it to happen:
- Remember to activate scraps when you add someone to your watch, and perhaps even let them know that you did this as part of the effort to rehabilitate the use of the Scrapbook.
- Ask your watchers to watch your scraps if they want to see everything you post, because you'll be using them for looser work.
- Use the stamp ;) Here are other stamps that feel the same way:
[link] [link] [link] [link]

Above all remember: this is about educating fellow deviants into using the Scrapbook, not about harrassing them for not doing so! Now go forth and spread the good word :XD:
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:iconjules-101:
jules-101 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, this is where I want to start. Thanks for the directions :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sure :)
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:iconcinder678:
Cinder678 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
So,you say it's under the Submit Art tab? Well<I can't find it!! Would it be the Portfolio?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's under the categories in the deviation submission page.
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:iconcinder678:
Cinder678 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Thanks! I'll look for it!
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:iconmo-yi:
mo-yi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
me so hony!
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:iconlalangostaansiosa:
LaLangostaAnsiosa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Waaay late in commenting about this one (and I apologize if someone already said this), but renaming "Scrapbook" to "Sketchbook" might clear up some of the confusion as to what the section is for, as scrapbooking and sketching are two completely different activities.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes and no. Scrapbooking hijacked the word scrapbook, which retains its original meaning.
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:iconlalangostaansiosa:
LaLangostaAnsiosa Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah, true. It's just that when I think of a scrapbook, I automatically think of paper clippings and a lock of baby's first hair. =P
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:iconlamborjinni:
lamborjinni Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
There are a lot of things that I'm reluctant to post here on DA, as they're not exactly quality art(?) but this made me feel a whole lot better about it. :') thank you!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Welcome :)
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:iconkingcheddarxvii:
KingCheddarXVII Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Hm! So what you're saying is that there isn't a problem with the scrap section itself, but instead with the perception of it? I agree. I've always been very loose and carefree about posting to my main gallery, even posting rough sketches for the fun of it. I never posted my sketches to scraps because I feel that I should be the one who decides where my piece belongs.

However, I see it a bit differently now. The scrap section shouldn't be viewed as some sort of hellhole awaiting the damnation of unworthy pieces of tripe. Instead, it is meant to relieve a seasoned artist of any stress concerning the completion, relevance, or polish of a piece. I like that.

My only disagreement with this philosophy is with the idea of reporting deviations that I don't find worthy of somebody's main gallery. I think it is the right of each artist to define their own standards for themselves. Still, I agree with your logic in this area! Thinking of the site as a digital portfolio of sorts, having a gallery full of lazily created pieces makes it harder to find the stuff that is worth looking at. I just think that each individual artist should be the one making the decision. But you're right. One should not overlook the scraps section. Embrace it.

This has been an enlightening stamp. Thank you for sharing your opinion on the matter!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for sharing yours :D
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:iconthaliademuse:
ThaliaDemuse Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
This is a very good point. I try to use my Scrapbook as I should. Unfortunately, I have misused it in the past because I've only been here a couple of months. I'll try to keep this in mind.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cool :)
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:iconheeist:
HEEIST Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student Filmographer
I know this is an old work but I completely agree with you!
I also do the same and watch out for the scraps of people.
And that feeling when you look into a discovered artist's scraps and you find more gems is just happiness. :dummy:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Exactly! The scraps were the most exciting thing for me when I first joined dA, and I was disappointed that people weren't using them the way I thought they would.
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:iconinfinityinaglance:
InfinityinaGlance Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
When you put it that way, I can see myself falling in love with my scrapbook. :eager: There's a lot of pictures that I know I'll never have the motivation to "polish," but that I still want to share.

If I'm going to watch an artist, I ALWAYS make sure to include their scrapbook, because if their artwork is that good, than their "doodles" have gotta be, as well. And actually, I love seeing "professional" scraps because it's a sorta "look behind the scenes" -- I get to see all the glorious messiness that professional artists make, which makes their work seem far less intimidating. Let's me know I have "permission" to screw around and draw lots of god-awful stuff instead of assuming I always have to pop out "fancy pieces." (I know that sounds stupid, but it's a misconception I had as a young artist, and one I sometimes still fall for.)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yes yes yes, that's the whole idea! If you look in mine right now you'll find some very rough comic strips that I do want to share, just don't have the time for right now. So I'm scribbling them and putting them in scraps, and from the response to them, it'll be worth reworking them in the future :)
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:iconsetemkia:
Setemkia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Of course, the next question is-why is DA's navigation so poor as to not include an obvious help link?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're talking about the HELP & FAQ link that's at the top of every page?
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:iconsetemkia:
Setemkia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
So, how do I access my scrapbook set alone someone else's!? I can nowhere find a link. Why should anyone use something they cannot find!? How come you didn't include this in your diatribe? I believe in scrapbooks to keep track of WIP's and rough ideas, but I'm not convinced DA wants me to use it. If they did I would be able to find mine or yours.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Gallery > Scrapbook. Seriously, that did not take much IQ.
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:iconsetemkia:
Setemkia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
I have looked and looked, no scrapbook link on my gallery page or anywhere else. When I finally found help the information given does not correspond to what I see on any gallery page. Having done a search on Google I see I am far from the first to have this problem. Hence, "Gallery > Scrapbook" is pure BS for me at this moment, it's just not there.

A few minutes after posting I finally found the navigation. Once found it seems quite obvious. However I haven't visited DA in a few years nor have I encountered such a compressed interface before. Navigating DA is far from obvious if you've not encountered this before. For what it's worth, there is a "help" link in tiny print at the bottom of every page (which is quite standard). I thought I had looked there; I was a bit frustrated and must have missed it.

Sorry if I came across as a total asshole. Again, due to the frustration I was far from my usual polite self.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Do you have a scrapbook? If you never put anything in it, then it doesn't exist, does it? Click "Submit a deviation" and you can't miss it.

Uh-huh. Sorry if I don't cover you in smileys.
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:iconsetemkia:
Setemkia Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Yeah! I finally found a scrapbook link in someone's gallery.

I thought I had put a muro creation in my scrapbook. DA even told me where look look for it when I submitted it. In any case there is some truly funky thinking on the part of a site designer or programmer. As a web designer I know there is no overhead to putting a link to an empty scrapbook. Besides, every new user has a link to an empty gallery. That is you have a gallery even if you never put anything in it. The same for your scrapbook. What seems to have happened is that a programmer (or designer) failed to see that two cases that seemed to be different were not different at all. In 40 years of programming I've seen this many times.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
You wanna take your rant to someone to whom it's actually relevant?? I don't care about your issues with the site and I don't have to deal with them.
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:iconmerriya:
merriya Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
I love my scrapbook! Most of my deviations are uploaded there :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional General Artist
Great!
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You've inspired me to organize my entire DevArt account and through a whole load of crap in my scraps. :meow:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
Music to my ears! :hug:
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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:iconyampuff:
YamPuff Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah, I mean 'throw' not 'through'. >___>
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:iconcarmelabataoil:
carmelabataoil Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Great campaign!

Hopefully I'll be able to use my scrapbook more properly :3 (hopefully others too)

:heart:
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
That would be great! :D
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:iconfridaythe13th:
fridaythe13th Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
super awesome!! since the new changes to dA though, i seem to be completely blind and can't find a way to view my scrapbook =( or anyone else's, any help on this?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
When you go to your or someone else's gallery, the link to the scrapbook is at the top left :)
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:iconfridaythe13th:
fridaythe13th Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
only if the deviant artist has the option selected to show it,
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
I wasn't aware there was an option to hide it :confused: But you can always use the link to yours and replace your name with another deviant's.
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:iconfridaythe13th:
fridaythe13th Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
well the problem I had was i couldn't see my own, and was also unaware of the option, so dA help sent me a message and told me how to show/hide the link to it =)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ohhh ok :)
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:iconstarrypawz:
starrypawz Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome stamp, I just went and cleared up my scraps of random junk that didn't belong in there like old ID's and screengrabs. :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yay!
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:icondragonessd:
DragonessD Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope you don't mind ... featured you in my journal ([link]) cuz saw this about the same time I had a couple of my scraps faved and it's like ... y'know ... never know what someone will like. Right?
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Sounds good!
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:iconlostkitten:
LostKitten Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist
Well I'm guilty of not watching scraps, but now I am.. literally two seconds ago I selected to watch all scraps.

What I typically do with my "scrap" work that I'd like to have seen is submit it to my gallery so it's in my watchers message center, then right after submission move it to my scrapbook. Personally I use my scrapbook as more of a memorabilia stash since I'm not really a visual artist I wouldn't have sketches to put there. Pictures I take on vacation that aren't really artsy have a home in my scrapbook on this account. :nod:

Kudos for initiating this though, the scraps section certainly deserves more exposure and embracing.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
A lot of us do this, but hopefully eventually we won't need to go through the gallery anymore :)
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:iconlostkitten:
LostKitten Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist
Yea, it would be nice if people used the scrapbook more appropriately then people may want to watch it too. Then again you'll always have that one person who really doesn't care much for dA or the concept it represents and no matter where they submit their works it's not appropriate for this community. :shrug: All we can do is spread the word and hope it reaches everyone's ears.
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:iconkitsune-lunari:
kitsune-lunari Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
I have a stamp that carries this message (kinda)
[link]

I'm featuring this stamp, btw :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Cool one! And thanks :)
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