What is a Scrapbook?

So you are thinking about scrapbooking and are not sure where to start? Let’s start by answering the basic question of What is a Scrapbook?

In the olden days when cameras, ring binders, super glue and sheet protectors haven’t been invented yet and the idea of computers were the stuff of witchcraft and fiction, people used “commonplace books” to keep small mementos (like hair locks, newspaper clippings, tickets) and to write down their musings for the day.

The modern day scrapbook as we know it today, was popularized in the 1980’s by Marielen W Christensen, a housewife from Spanish Fork, Utah. She had a hobby of decorating her family’s photo albums; when she was invited to display these embellished memoirs in the World Conference on Records in 1980, the public’s interest was instantly piqued. Soon enough, Christenses was selling volumes and volumes of scrapbooking how-to guides, supplies, and kits.

When it comes to “what is a scrapbook?” there is no set criteria on what constitutes a scrapbook. There are people who like scrapbooks that are packagedlike miniature coffee table books, while others prefer gigantic tomes that are as big as encyclopedias. But the usual scrapbook sizes range anywhere from the small 6 x 6 books, to large 12 x 12 albums. The pages can bebound by a ring-binder, strap-hinges, or sewn and glued together by a professional book binder.

Why Scrapbook?

A scrapbook is more than a lavishly decorated photo album; it is a repository of memories- one that you can actually treasure for a long time and keep for generations to come. There is nothing more nostalgic than skimming through pages and pages of old photos, scribbles, mementos, and memorabilia from the most important moments in our lives. It’s a way to relive and reconnect with one’s past.

For most, scrapbooking is a social activity. Since scrapbooks are usually made to document family histories for posterity, kids can join in on their creation. Scrapbooking can be a family affair if all members of the household willcontribute something to the activity.

Scrapbooking is also a perfect outlet for creativity. If you are artistically-inclined, you might find that scrapbookingis a great way to get your creative juices flowing; it is also a cheap and entertaining hobby that can keep you occupied for hours on end.

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