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Definition: scrap·book
Pronunciation: 'skrap-"buk
Function: noun
: a blank book in which various items (as newspaper clippings or pictures) are collected and preserved

The art of scrapbooking today is the placing of photographs & momentos in archival quality albums using photosafe materials.

Photographs are cropped,pages decorated and memories recorded for the enjoyment of later generations.  A beautiful keepsake for someone very special.

There are many wonderful products available today.  So get those photographs out of those dusty old shoe boxes, cupboards & drawers and start that lasting family treasure.  Start sorting them into dates,places and of course people.  Reminisce and enjoy your memories whilst creating a lasting family treasure.  Don't forget that old cinema ticket, birth announcement etc.  They all play their part in creating your album.

There are a few points to remember before you start:...

Why Acid Free?  - Acid free indicates items having a high ph value of 7.0 or higher.  High acid content means that paper or adhesives will deteriote over time.  Paper may become fragile & discoloured.  Adhesives can stain & fail.  Acid can also migrate to other items causing further deterioration.  Today most paper products are acid free, however it is best to check before using.  (Make a little envelope with acid free paper & pop the item in for safekeeping)

What is Lignin? - Lignin is a naturally occuring substance in wood that reacts with light to cause deterioration in paper.  An easy way to visualise the impact of lignen is to place a newspaper in direct sunlight, lignen causes the paper to yellow, often quite rapidly.  It is possible to remove lignen during the paper making process creating good quality, long lasting papers.  ( Check the tear of slip at bottom of paper, back or pack for details.)

Journalling - The key to a meaningful memory album is journalling.  A picture is only as good as the story that accompanies it.  Loose the story & it can become just another anonymous picture in a box to future generations.  Most of us have a photo where the name of the subject has been lost and those that could tell us are no longer with us.  How grateful we would all be to have an album lovingly journalled, telling us who, what,where and when of those special people & events.  Imagine you are a future generation - what would you want to know about the photograph?

So put the kettle on, sit down, relax and start sorting through those photographs and most of all enjoy....

Let us begin…….


There is no right or wrong way to produce a layout it’s just how you envisage the page should look.  There are one or two basic rules which should help you get started.


Think of a topic:


  1. Family
  2. Heritage
  3. Wedding
  4. Holiday
  5. New baby
  6. Pets
  7. Garden
  8. A wonderful day out in the country or at the seaside

 (these are just a few ideas)


The layout can be as simple or as detailed as you wish.  It could be one special photo or two or three with a story to tell.  Remember the photo is the most important part of the layout.


Sort your photos out and use a record size card system to jot down some basic facts and to put in some order.  Get copies made and keep originals safe.


Consider: Who –  is in the picture

                 Where – the picture was taken

                 When – the date

(For a simple title and journal of the facts for the future.)


Basic Equipment required:  A small guillotine for cropping photographs.

Scissors, Craft Knife, Pencil, Ruler, Piercing tool. Cardstock/patterned paper ,embellishments, glue and Double sided tape. (All acid and lignen free)  As you learn more techniques you can always add to your equipment.


Decide what size of scrapbook you are going to work on. There are 12x12, 8x8, 6x6 and 8.5. x 11 size albums available.  Mostly  contain top loading plastic sleeves.  There are also small chipboard albums in various sizes available.


The largest size 12 x 12 will take a number of photographs per page but many people feel daunted by the size and the need to overfill the page.  Whereas working on an 8x8 size can help build your confidence and encourage you to further develop your skills.


Decide on  your colours for the layout – it is always wise to pick out some co-ordinating colour to tone with your photograph.  Set out your background, mat and place your photograph, add embellishments, title  and finally your journaling.  If you are happy then stick each piece down. 


Some people like to use the original photographs in their albums so a word of caution.  Use small photo mounts for the photograph to enable you to remove from page to avoid damage. You can buy these, or there is a punch available to create your own. A family member may see a photograph that they like and ask for a copy it would be extremely difficult to give them one if you have stuck the original down in the layout.


I do hope this information has been of some help to you. You  will be amazed at how quickly outstanding results can be achieved with each of your future layouts.


Happy crafting


Una ....




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