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The Art Of Scrapbooking
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The Art Of Scrapbooking

Scrap booking is a craft performed by many people around the world, creating memories and treasured heirlooms. While scrapbooking has been around for centuries, in my opinion there is no real right or wrong way to present your pages. It truly is a personal preference. In today's world, scrapbooking can be done manually in albums or electronically through programs that allow people to design hard cover books filled with their memories. I have tried both types of scrapbooking mediums. Personally, my favourite form of scrapbooking, is manual. Being able to sit, search through photos, matching up colours and embellishments, designing pages, relaxes me and allows me to take a nostaligic walk in my family's history.

I've been an avid scrapbooker for many years. With this experience comes some knowledge of what are good products to use and what are ones to steer clear of. Personally, I have found it it much better to spend a little extra on paper, albums, stickers, cutting tools, etc. Like so many others, I have many of the 'cheap and nasty' products thrown in the back of my cupboard, probably never to be used again. (Perhaps these would be better donated to my neice's kindy). It makes so much more economic sense to only buy quality, not necessarily quantity.

When deciding which method to use, electronic or manual, there are some questions that you need to ask yourself.

  1. How quickly do you want the album completed? If you want something quickly, an electroic program would be more beneficial.
  2. How personal would you like to make your album? Often the electronic programs have set page designs, backgrounds, size, number of photos on a page, etc. If you like the look of individuality, the layered look, or the personal touches such as 3D stickers, then a scrapbook done by hand would be much better.
  3. Do you want to see changes in your designs as the years go on? One of my favourite things is to be able to look through from when I first started scrapbooking and to my recent pages and seeing the progression through the years.

My children love to look through our scrapbooking albums. Together we look through the pages and reminise about days gone by. Photos, certificates, memoribilla, bring back memories and open the doors of communication between us. On occassions, my children have pulled them out to show visitors, because they are so proud of them.

For my mother's 60th birthday, we made a hard cover book through one of the electronic programs. The book turned out to be a real hit with my mum. The book arrived with beautiful hard leather cover and glossy pages. Along the spine, we had my mum's name printed in gold writing and when placed in the bookshelf, you wouldn't know it was a scrapbook. Making the book, helped my brother and I to learn some hidden secrets about my mum, that we had no idea existed.

After making the book, I made the suggestion to my daughter that I do their albums in this form from now on, but she wouldn't have it. She told me that she prefered it when I composed the pages and put an individual stamp on it.

My advise for people deciding which way to head, try both methods and see what suits you and the look that you want. Remember, there are no right or wrong ways to scrapbook. It's a personal choice. Only you have to be the one who's happy with it.

Street Talk

I can relate to everything you are saying. My kids love their albums too and it's a great way to let them know they're loved in a concrete way! Thanks for sharing.

  about 1 decade ago
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