The benefits of scrapbooking are so immense that its significance cannot be taken for granted. A meticulously made scrapbook has been a popular gift item for almost any occasion and can serve generations a wealth of memories. Quite similar to a photo album, it contains descriptive words the process of which is called journaling. Even kids can learn how to make one and give Daddy and Mommy something to be delightful of, especially if it is given on Father’s or Mother’s Day.
The painstaking process of creating a scrapbook involves lots of time and ingenuity to come up with thoroughly pleasant and heartwarming pages. Full of awesome recollections in every page coupled with funny or touching words, the scrapbook never fails to be expressive, especially of love.
Scrapbooking is the method of preserving both personal and family historical accounts in the physical form of an exciting scrapbook. Along with the other types of memorabilia such as artwork, photographs and printed media, it has become a famous pastime all throughout the United States. Scrapbook albums are oftentimes decorated and they contain wide-ranging journaling.
Modern Scrapbooking In The United States
Scrapbooking is a hobby that involves preserving memories and it has a strong social networking aspects. The hobbyists are called “scrappers” or even “scrapbookers” who gather at each other’s houses and the local scrapbook stores, attend scrapbooking conventions and retreat centers, and even go on cruises. They share valuable tips and ideas while enjoying the social outlet. Hence the word “crop”, which refers to cropping or having printed photos trimmed, came to be coined in relation to such events.
The basic materials for scrapbooking include the following:
- Background Papers – consist of cardstock and printed paper;
- Photograph Corner Mounts – include tape, photo mounting, adhesive dots, and acid-free glue;
- Other Materials – examples are scissors, art pens, paper trimmer, archival pens and mounting glues; and
- Specialized Tools – these are elaborate designs that consist of die cut templates, personal die cut machines, craft punches, rubber stamps, stencils, eyelet letters, linking tools and heat embossing tools.
The accessories being used to have the scrapbook pages decorated are called ‘embellishments”. They include stickers, stamps, rub-ons, eyelets, lace, brads, alphabet letters, chipboard elements in several shapes, fabric, beads, ribbon, sequins and wire.
The archival feature of the supplies is intended to preserve photos and journaling in their usual state. Scrapbookers insist on acid-free or liqnin-free papers, embossing powder and stamp ink.