What is Scrapbooking, anyway?

I was asked a question about what scrapbooking was all about at a workshop and open house I once attended. Quite a few people dropped in just to satisfy their curiosity about why people were coming into the building where the event was being held. I was glad there were some albums on display to show people the beautiful things you can do to create a personal book full of photos with journaled memories recorded in your own handwriting or on your computer, for that is exactly what it is, for those who do not already know.

"Stop and pause,
remember the precious moments,
the mundane and the challenging -
for herein lies life."
Lusiana Austin 

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"A Birth Certificate shows that you were born, A Death Certificate shows that you died, A Photo Album shows that you lived."
Quote from an email I received.
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Our photos and memories are precious. In the Japanese tsunami of March 2011, people had to abandon everything they had in the face of the onrushing walls of water, including their scrapbooking. Afterward, their photos and albums began to be found. Here is a wonderful project that explains what was done, and touched my heart about the importance of our photos

Getting Started

Starting a Scrapbook can be as simple as gathering photos and memories you want to preserve into a pocket page album, such as Stampin' Up!'s Project Life albums. You just slide pictures and decorative or journalling cards into pockets, in the order you want to add them. You get all you need to finish a lovely project when you buy such a kit from my Stampin' Up! store.

Here are some pages from my December Daily album made with a Project Life kit:

You can make an album in so many different ways. Traditional scrapbooking is usually done on 12" x 12" cardstock pages, such as the simple page I added at the top of this article. You can make albums in many different sizes and using many different mediums, described I part on the making a scrapbook page. 

Improving on Perfection:

For those of you with already completed albums, I invite you to think about your current photo albums. If someone who did not know you well (say, your great great grandchild or a new family member) looked at them:

  • Would they understand who the people are?
  • Would they know what the pictures are about, or when they were taken?
  • Would your stories be remembered?
  • Is your book interesting to look at, inviting people to spend some time examining it?

What is Journaling?

Journaling allows you to tell your story so others can read and understand what is important to you. Future generations will be grateful for the time you spend recording your story for them.

I find this craft provides me with a creative outlet as well. I love to be creative with embellishing my pages, sometimes including designs that remind me of the events that I have recorded with my camera, like the page I made above. This page tells about my ninth birthday. My cake had pink roses on it, so I made some pink paper roses to embellish my page. I added my journaling, telling about my memories of that day. It was etched on my memory so I found it fairly easy to write about.

You can just add titles ot your work, evoking a feeling or a single idea about the event you are scrapping about. Or you can just add dates and maybe the names of people on the page. Simple journaling like this orientates people to your life events.

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Thoughts on How to Enhance Scrap Books

On this page I will gradually add ideas for enhancing your own scrapbooking albums. I hope you will check back often to read about new ideas.

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