I'm new to the forum, and returning to the hobby after many years. I collected stamps as a kid in the 1970's & 80's; mainly Canadian & some world-wide stamps.
This time around I'm doing something completely different. Having learned much more about myself as a collector, I'm not a set completionist at all. I'm also not in it for the 'investment'. I don't care about spending $5 on a 4 cents stamp, if its something that really appeals to me on some visual or historical level.
My interested is mainly in historical, and artistically interesting items that relate to aeronautics & space exploration. I'm as much interested in the 'art' of presentation as I am in the collectibles themselves. So I plan to build a collection of 'scrap books' that house & protect the items I collect, using archival materials. The items will be accompanied by homemade information cards that highlight key features of the items, background history of the item, or history related to the item.
Essentially, I want to combine scrapbooking with collecting, centered around subjects that interest me.
I should add that I am really enjoying getting to know the hobby again. As a kid a kindly local stamp/coin store owner kind of took me under his wing and taught me the hobby over my various & many visits to his store. Much of that is coming back to me as I read through the forums and other related sites.