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Scrap Happy

Scrap Happy
Make your memories into family keepsakes with the art of scrapbooking.

Scrap Happy

Wander into any crafts store and you’ll see a huge array of scrapbooking materials—fancy paper, specialized pens and glues, funky scissors, and stickers, so many stickers. What is all the fuss about?

People have been scrapbooking since the 1400s when commonplace books, which included recipes, poems, letters, quotations, and more, became popular in England. By the 1500s, friendship books became stylish, which are akin to modern-day autograph books. As photography became widespread in the 1800s, scrapbooks grew to include photos of loved ones. The modern scrapbooking trend, embellished paper and all, began in early 1980 and has grown to the epic proportions we know now. In fact, the entire scrapbooking industry doubled in size between 2001 and 2004 and continues to grow as the hobby expands.

Scrapbook Layout Copyright Tricia Romo
You & Me Scrapbook layout courtesy of Tricia Romo of MadeWithLove

Why do people scrapbook when photo albums are so much easier and take less time? Many people point to preservation of the pictures as the main reason to scrapbook. With acid-free papers and glues, scrapbooking is seen as a way to preserve memories and mementos as treasured artifacts for their friends and family. Others point to the journaling aspect of scrapbooking. While pictures in an album are nice, scrapbooks strive to tell the story associated with the captured image.

And then there is the social side of scrapbooking. Entire clubs have been built around the hobby, with members meeting monthly to share materials and conversation while working on their scrapbooks.

Sometimes, scrapbooks help fulfill an emotional need, such as creating a scrapbook for a deceased loved one or to commemorate a painful event. And while scrappers are overwhelmingly women, some men also enjoy scrapbooking. Interested in scrapbooking? Resources abound. Check your local library for books and magazines devoted to the hobby, or visit your local craft store to ask about classes.

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  • Joyce

    The thought of having colorful paper and pens, scissors, etc, brings me back to a wonderful child-like sense of freedom and creativity that is inspiring!

  • Scrap booking is a lot of fun. I have only done it once but I used it to tell a story.
    I agree that pictures are wonderful but the ability to tell the story behind a picture is what carries on forever.
    Great post!

  • Maria Stefanopoulos

    I have friends who are over the moon with scrap booking, but haven’t gotten into it.

  • Lisa

    I tried scrap booking once a long time ago and it didn’t turn out to good. I have always wanted to try it again! I love looking at family scrapbooks.

  • scentednights2002

    I love scrapbooking. It’s so much fun to see things come to life!

  • molliecoxbryan

    I love scrapbooking and think of it as visual storytelling.

  • pixystik4u

    i love scrapbooking! keep great memories that way

  • aar

    very cool

  • Alena Svetelska

    i love scrapbooking,that reminds me i am little behind,so rewarding when capturing precious memories with my kids and my family.

  • Mitzi Fisher

    These are very awesome ideas. I love scrapbooking.

  • Jen St Germain Leeman

    I don’t scrapbook, but one of the best gifts I ever received was a sister in law made for my daughter’s baby years. All I had to do was add photos and captions!

  • Nichole

    I have tons of scrapbook stuff but have never managed to make one yet!

  • Cute page! Scrapbooking looks so fun but I have a box full of pictures! Haha!

  • Katie Hale

    Looks very cute! I have thousands of pictures in scrapbooks, photo bins and boxes. I haven’t had time to scrapbook since my boys were babies. 🙂 Need to make some time again!

  • Taylor Speikers

    I used to scrapbook a lot, it takes a lot of time and dedication!

  • Sadie

    I just got rid of tubs and tubs of scrapbooking things, because I didn’t have the time to keep up! 🙁

  • Tatanisha Worthey

    I used to scrap a long time ago. I still have a ton of scrapping stuff and I would love to get back into it– if time allows! I just never seem to have the time!

  • Alea Milham

    I enjoy scrap booking and used to find it quite relaxing. I have taken a break from it for a while since my 7 year old is going through a “helpful” phase which makes a fun activity quite stressful. 😉

  • notageek4u

    I so love scrapbooking! I have been trying to make the time to do a little more…I have so many things for it! lol

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