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History of scrapbooking

The modern commercial scrapbooking industry is just 27 years old, but we all know that the history of scrapbooking goes back much further. In fact, the real history of scrapbooking is that people have been saving, storing and referring to things that they found important for many, many decades. The industry we have today grew rapidly from the first scrapbooking store that was opened by Marielen W. Christensen in Spanish Fork, Utah back in 1981. Marielen actually laid the foundation five years earlier when she started applying her creative talents to the design of the pages in her family’s photo albums, inserting them into newly-developed plastic sheet protectors and then inserting the finished pages into 3-ring binders. The result by 1980 was more than fifty such binders filled with family memories that she exhibited at the World Conference on Records in Salt Lake.

Marielen’s commitment actually started the rush to modern scrapbooking by sparking a large-scale interest in “Memory Book” design which got her invitations to lecture, teach, and give seminars on the subject for the next 25 years. Her first store, aided by all this exposure, also expanded into a mail order business and then into a large central warehouse and supply source for the other new scrapbooking stores opening around the country. She and her husband also opened the first website for the sale of scrapbooking supplies in 1996. The Christensen’s role in the history of scrapbooking is legend.

The early history of scrapbooking is a story of the short supply of available materials. Today, all that has changed. It is now a multi-billion dollar industry with large numbers of companies selling supplies via the web, numerous stores stocking diverse scrapbooking supplies, meetings, clubs, conventions and a growing number of home-based retailers. Aside from the specialty retailers, most discount stores and arts & crafts suppliers also stock scrapbooking supplies. Perhaps equally interesting, many of the local scrapbook stores also teach classes that still further expand public interest.

The history of scrapbooking is a resurgence of the old adage, “from tiny acorns mighty Oaks grow”. The humble start by Marielen Christensen has led to a hobby where one out of every three American households has someone involved in scrapbooking. Any way you look at it, that’s a success story nearly worthy of Horatio Alger. It has also been said that history predicts the future. If that is so, the history of scrapbooking’s rapid growth into a major hobby industry in a relatively short time, is predicting good things in the next few decades


October 16, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | 1 Comment

Scrapbooking materials

The extreme popularity of scrapbooking has given rise to a very large and diverse collection of available scrapbooking materials. No matter what your creative idea, you will find available materials to help you turn it into a scrapbooking reality, They are available from arts & crafts stores, specialty stores focusing exclusively on scrapbooking and online from a suprisingly extensive selection of suppliers. It’s hard to imagine that you’ll need anything that isn’t available from one source or another.

Just a few short years ago, scrapbookers had a real search on their hands when seeking materials to fulfill their needs. There just wasn’t much of a selection out there and one was limited to creating what hey could with commonly-available arts & craft supplies. But fast growth has turned scrapbooking into a multi-billion dollar industry complete with a base of scrapbooking materials that would have been envied back in the 1970s and 1980s. Statistically, one out of every three American households contains a scrapbooker and that adds up to generous sales potential for suppliers.

Scrapbooking materials fall into a wide variety of categories. The tools category includes a diverse collection of pens containing different colrs of waterproof, permanent and fade resistant inks; photo labeling pencils; acid and lignin-free paper stocks in every conceivable color and shade; albums, page protectors, scissors; different types of glues; tapes; borders & frames; ape runners; self-healing mats and more. The actual scrapbooking materials are the big sellers starting with albums, which are probably the biggest demand items everywhere. They are available in many sizes and formats including standard albums, fold-outs, pop-ups and others designed for coin and stamp collectors. Next is a variety of papers and inserts in a range of colors, sheet protectors, photo corner mounts and tapes.

The really diverse scrapbooking materials are those that aid personal creativity in scrapbooking designs. There are templates in which photos, clip art and text can be inserted and these are available in astounding quanities. Many are themed in concept with topics like weddings, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, heritage, travel & vacation, pets and animals, baby and sporting. These are available for both traditional and digital scrapbooking applications.

Digial or computer scrapbooking, which combines the technologies of scanners, cameras and computers, is a really fast growing sector which has its own set of scrapbooking materials. They are essentially the same as for traditional scrapbooking but are designed for use in personal computers with photo manipulation software. All types of scrapbooking materials are readily available everywhere today.


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Scrapbooking stamps

In scrapbooking, there are stamps and yet still other stamps. Confused? No need to be. One kind are stamps that collectors have saved in albums since time immemorial. They seem to be included in the general category of scrapbooking along with coin collecting. Philatelists (stamps) and Numismatists (coins). Are these really separate pastimes? They’ve most assuredly been around longer. The more fitting definition of scrapbooking stamps would be the most accurate: stamps made of rubber, plastic, foam and other materials used to decorate and embellish scrapbook papers.

While stamp and coin collectors have always kept albums for their prize collectables, (this may be where the association with scrapbooking comes from) we can concentrate on the more fitting use of the term. There are many, many such stamps available individually and in kits, along with inked stamp pads and other related materials such as storage boxes. Their designs extend across a wide range from baby footprints to flowers to animals to just colorful whatnots. The ink pads that accompany them come in a variety of sizes to match smaller and larger stamps and can be had in a variety of shades and colors. Scrapbooking stamps are regularly used to tint and colorize embellishments as well as to distress paper and chipboards. Dye-based stamp pads are utilized when a project calls for fast-setting inks, while pigment based pads produce bright, brilliant colors but need longer to dry.

Scrapbooking stamps and associated supplies are available from numerous stores and vendors both online and offline. Some are offered as kits containing 6 – 10 pre-made stamps in themed collections such as baby, nature, flowers, leaves, sayings, patterns, sentiments and occasions. Unusual subjects like UFOs and mythical beasts can also be had if you’re so inclined. They are attractively priced and widely available. For digital scrapbooking, many of the designs used on stamps can be downloaded and used without the actual stamps and stamp pads being necessary.

Other products available for scrapbooking stamps include compartmentalized storage cases and a wide range of stamp pad inks. These are available constructed of acid-free cardboards and also in various plastics. Inks are likewise acid-free to assure long life and damage-free storage.

It is highly recommended that new scrapbookers checking out the types of materials and supplies they will need either visit a good-sized scrapbooking store or go online to review available products including scrapbooking stamps. This will give you a first-hand look at what you shouldn’t be missing.


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Scrapbooking storage

Organizing and storing your scrapbooks, materials, tools and supplies may not seem like a very serious problem when starting out, but after a year or two of serious scrapbooking activities it suddenly becomes quite worthy of consideration. Storing completed scrapbooks and albums isn’t usually too big a problem, but storing organized collections of papers and other materials that you need regular access to can be. Even those albums might be a problem if they are the large sizes that don’t conveniently fit on standard bookshelves or in file cabinets. Scrapbooking storage is well worth some early planning.

If you have a large supply of papers that you access on a regular basis, they are a good first consideration for scrapbooking storage. The recommended method is to organize them into categories such as solids and patterns by color; theme; manufacturer (if you have several preferences); and manufactured sets. There are hoppers and other storage devices available that will hold the standard 6X6, 8-1/2 X 11, 8X8, 9X9 and 12X12 sizes.
It’s also a good idea to store like papers together.

If you have an extensive photo collection, scrapbooking storage for them can be a real challenge.Ideally, they can be organized chronologically, by person, times of life, family, and holidays, events and vacations. Add a miscellaneous category to hold unspecified shots. There are photo cases, photo boxes and photo organizers available from internet vendors and scrapbooking superstores in an assortment of sizes and prices to fit every individual’s storage needs.

Scrapbooking storage for basic supplies like tools, adhesives, ribbons are items you will also need to organize and sore where you have ready access to them. Again there are various storage devices available and some may be as simple as a box on your desk, an old fashioned peg board or a number of things you can find in every good hardware store. Embellishments that add a little pizzazz to your layouts can be organized and stored by category, color, theme, manufacturer or type in plastic trays, file folders or boxes of any type. The same is true for stickers, die cuts and flat package enhancements. The important thing is to store the ones you use most often where you can get at them without a hassle.

When all is said and done, it comes down to achieving a neat, clutter-free work environment where stored materials are safe from spillage, floods and other undeterminable occurences.


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Scrapbooking for beginners

It’s a fact of life. When you take up any new hobby or pursuit, it’d necessary to learn the basics first and then progress over time until you have the expertise you want. Beginner scrapbooking is no different. Most new scrapbookers begin with a photo album to organize and display their many photographs. There are a few tips to getting started. These include selecting a theme, choosing the photos to mount in the album, planning the layout to be used, writing any descriptions for the photos on paper, deciding how to crop he photos to match the theme and focus on the subject, laying out the photos to go on each album page, cropping and mounting the photos, adding any embellishments or decorations and then standing back to admire your work.

Actually, the first thing you must do is purchase your supplies for the beginner scrapbooking project. You’ll need an album, of course, and it should be big enough to hold all the pictures you plan to use. Second, you’ll need the proper number of pages for the album, the corner mounts for the photos (each one takes four), and templates or embellishments for the pages and any descriptive text for the photos. You’ll also want an adequate amount of space to work in and your family’s help to keep it clean and intact until the project is complete. When it is done, you’ll have completed your first beginner scrapbooking project.

The album may have one overall theme or perhaps different sections with different themes. Typical themes include weddings, baby’s birth and birthdays, graduations, vacations, etc. Any special event or occasion is a theme for an album if you want it to be and have enough photos for it. These are perfect projects for beginner scrapbookers.

As you graduate from basic albums to more ambitious beginner scrapbooking, you’ll need some basic supplies such as pens which come in waterproof, permanent colors; a photo labeling pencil; acid and lignin-free paper and additional albums. You will also want to learn about other scrapbooking techniques and the best way to do this is either from a friend or relative with experience, or by attending one or more free classes put on by the local scrapbooking supply stores in your area. These classes will teach you all about other supplies you need and other, more ambitious projects you might want to take part in. If you have a personal computer, you can also find out about digital scrapbooking which is an interesting new approach indeed.


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Scrapbooking ideas

There is no real limit on just how many approaches one can take to creating a unique new scrapbook. Scrapbooking ideas are only limited by your preferences and imagination. There are adequate supplies available for traditional scrapbook concepts and almost as many for the new digital or computer scrapbooking. All you have to do is decide on a theme and start hunting for the creative components you need to make it happen.

Digital scrapbooking, in particular, is very well suited to creativity since it permits you to use digital photographs and special software to do just about anything you can think of. Your digital photos can be color corrected, cropped, adjusted for size and even combined with all or parts of others and then integrated into any of the many available templates or into a design of your own creation. The possibilities are nearly unlimited. This makes it easy to see why so many personal computer and digital camera owners are leaping onto the digital scrapbooking train. The process is made to order for people just bursting with scrapbooking ideas.

Just in case you don’t have great ideas literally jumping into your mind, take heart. If you have a home computer and you’re on the internet, you have the big ideas of thousands of scrapbookers at your fingertips on informative websites like allscrapbooking, and others. Scrapbooking ideas are literally everywhere on the web; ideas for baby scrapbooking, career scrapbooking, computer scrapbooking, Christmas, Easter and other holidays scrapbooking, pets, graduations, Thanksgiving, the themes and concepts just keep on coming.

Once you have thought up the big idea or found one on the internet, you know that there are oodles of supplies available too. There’s absolutely nothing to stand in your way of making that eye-catching book that began as a scrapbooking idea and now is a finished project that you’re proud to show.

Internet ideas are much like these: Make a family scrapbook by having a page dedicated to each and every family member or creating a book of special memories with an entire page dedicated to each important recollection.

Finally, if you really want ideas, get on one of the many community-based scrapbooking websites where ideas are plentiful and you will have an opporunity to interact with many others who share your desire for better scrapbooking ideas.


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