Last week I got a call from my mom. As an avid scrapbooker and the mother of a FaveCrafts Editor, she was thrilled to tell me what she had just learned from watching E!’s “The Girls Next Door.” (In case you aren’t familiar, the reality show documents the “adventures” of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends. And no, my mother does not regularly watch the show.) The news was this: Hef scrapbooks. Not only does he scrapbook, he has an entire scrapbook room with over 2,000 volumes. Even though Hef does not scrapbook in the artsy crafty way that most of us do, he keeps mementos, pictures and stories in his books just like us. He is also a little anal. Check out his insanely neat and organized scrapbook room here, courtesy of Defining my Destiny blog.
Even more interesting is that Hef was a comic book artist in his pre-Playboy days. According to a post on the LA Times blog, Hefner spent his high school days drawing comics and writing stories about himself and his friends. He created a “comic-book autobiography,” which, through the addition of photos and clippings, ultimately evolved into a scrapbook.
“The comic book was a way of creating your own world and being center stage. And only years later did I realize that when I started the magazine, and the way I used the magazine in my life, it had a direct parallel to what I did in high school. The comic book became the scrapbook that I have continued then throughout my life and now has over 2,000 volumes,” Hefner said.
Hef would definitely be pretty high on my “Least Likely to Ever Create a Scrapbook” list, somewhere between Marilyn Manson and Rupert Murdoch. Though I guess he would have some memorable photos…