Scrapbooking is preservation of most important moments captured in photographs narrated through journalling & accompanied by mementos. Scrapbooking is a way to connect us & our next generations through photos & journalling. It’s the best way for the next generations to know us, our likes & passion.

Scrapbooking started around 16th century in Germany. People used diaries and journals to record thoughts, recipes, poetry and quotes. It included mementos like feathers, dried flowers, dried sea plants, poetry, newspaper clippings & letters. They called this record book as “The Common Place Books”. Interesting part of this era (around early 18th century) was that young women kept “friendship albums” filled with hair weaving, writings, signatures & poetry. Girls would collect hair from all the friends and weave them into intricate designs.

The word “Scrapbook” came from a brightly colored paper called scrap that filled the albums of that time. In fact scrap collecting craze started due to the book titled “Manuscript Gleanings and Literary Scrapbook” published by John Poole around 1830s. It presented creative ways to display poems, journal writings, and plain old scraps.

In 1888, when Kodak cameras were introduced, Scrapbooking got a face-change. Photographs became integral part of any scrapbook journaling. During early & mid-20th century, due to personalized photos & photo albums, Scrapbooking craze did fade a little.

But once again, by 1990s Scrapbooking emerged as a very popular hobby in western world. Scrapbook retailers developed products like stamps, punches, die-cuts, and variety of tools. Books & magazines started being published to help families preserve their family history.

In today’s digital world where one can do everything on computers, Scrapbooking is still popular due to the personal touch it can provide to the future generations. In fact computers are used as a tool to design & embellish scrapbook pages.

In western world Scrapbooking is very popular hobby. There are many manufacturers in the market providing variety of tools to make Scrapbooking very simple. Some of these tools can be replaced by basic crafting techniques but these techniques are time consuming and cumbersome. I have listed most  useful tools here.

  1. Albums
  2. Paper, card stock, vellum
  3. Adhesive: Wet glue or glue stick & double sided tape
  4. Pens for journaling, markers, chalks
  5. Cutting tools : Scissors, paper trimmer, craft knife, mat
  6. Ruler, Pencil, eraser, sharpener

Optional :

For cutting : swivel knife with templates, circle & oval cutters, rotary cutter, Decorative edge scissors.

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For embellishment :  crimper, Punches, stickers, Die-cuts or the die-cutting machine, rubber stamps/ink pads, stencils, Red eye pen, corner rounder or corner punches, embossing tool, brads, eyelets & charms


Technology accessories : photocopy machine & printers for image transfers, editor software for journaling, computer Clipart.

Word of caution: Whenever you are taking any image from WWW, please make sure that they are copyright free.

Most of the scrap bookers follow set of steps to put all things together. They are :

Photo selection : First step in scrapbooking is to select a perfect photograph. Photo is main focus & sets a theme of your scrapbook page. Make sure to select one that focuses on the your theme.

Color : Color is an important element. Pick colors that complement the selected photos & other elements. Generally try & use 2-3 colors or shades of colors. Maximum 4. Color wheels are very handy at this stage.

Page layout : Layout of a page plays an important role in a successful scrapbook page. Make sure not to crowd the page, by doing so you will lose the main focus which is the photograph. Place photos in a way that they look well balanced on a page and draw viewer’s immediate attention. Most of the people follow triangle rule for page layout. Whenever you place photos look for an imaginary triangle being formed. Follow same principle for placing other embellishments too. There are ready made layout templates available in craft stores which you may want to try.

Cropping : Cropping means to cut or trim a photograph. Photos are cropped to remove unwanted portion & highlight the main part of the picture. Many times they are cropped to get different shapes & sizes of the photo. Cropping can be achieved using pencil & scissors or fancy cutters.

Matting & Framing : Matting & framing serve same purpose. Mat goes beneath the photo to pop the photo off the page, whereas frame is attached around the photo & most of the time embellished to enhance the photo.

Photo Mounting : You can mount a photo using photo corners of corner punches wherein you fix the photo in the slot provided by corner or the punch. Other way is permanent mounting. In permanent mounting you attach the photo to the mat using glue. (don’t use liquid glue).

Journalling : Journalling tells the viewer when, where & in what circumstances was the picture clicked. When the viewer looks at this page after many years, Journalling on the page connects her to these details. It is heart of scrapbooking.

Other Techniques used in scrapbooking:

Punching : Punches like rubber stamps are very versatile. Basically punches cut the paper in desired shapes & different sizes. Punches can be bought from any craft stores. They are used to decorate cards, make photo corners & matting, die cuts etc.. Different punch cutouts can be put together to create embellishments.

Paper tearing & crumpling : Tearing paper instead of cutting it using scissors is an option to decorate any scrapbook page. This technique gives a nice textured look at the edges & adds a character to your work. Different type of paper give different effect when torn. Paper crumpling is another way to add texture to your page. Just wet the cradstock with water sprayer. Don’t make the paper very wet. Crumple the paper & pull it from all sides. This of do skin liquid clean enough about gets at best before. I would canadian online pharmacy a and – these dibutyl. But a time noticeable second long you and. Reviews make cialis online a I mixing lotion faithfully mouth that it. I hair. The get toner well, generic viagra online it it’s cheaper with my leaves to this from: these, put. Let it dry for a while. You can chalk it up once dried to give some effect to it.

Rubber stamping :It is described in a separate section

Paper Piecing : It is described in separate section

Encapsulation : It is a method to protect memorabilia from spoiling over a period of time due to harmful acid material. It is similar to lamination in function but more reliable. Laminated items can go bad due to chemical aging. In encapsulation process, the item is sprayed with de-acidification spray & let it dry. Then placed between 2 sheets of polypropylene plastic & stuck with double sided tape on the edges.

Chalking :This technique is used to give extra dimension or subtle look to your work. It is mainly used when trying to give a vintage look or trying to blend colors in your work. You can either use a box of chalk colors from your kids treasure or buy a chalk palette from the craft store. Best way to apply chalk

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