The dictionary defines a scrapbook as:
"a blank book in which miscellaneous items (as newspaper clippings or pictures) are collected and preserved."
I used to think of scrapbook making as something I did as a kid on bright sugar paper which you stuck old ticket stubs and news paper clippings to with pva glue. This was until my very creative friend handed me a gorgeous scrapbook album she had made for me after my son was born!
My eyes where opened to a whole new world of creative craft where I could lose myself for hours and it was a unique way to document my life and also my son's progress and display some of my favourite family photographs.
This style of scrapbook making originated in the United States, which is why we refer to it as American Style Scrapbooking. Modern day scrapbooking retains some of the original elements, such as preserving precious memories, but focuses on the important elements of safety and longevity, journaling, and creative expression.
When I say safety I refer to to all the things that overtime can ruin your photo's or ticket stubs such as sugar paper, tape and pva glue. All of which can make your photo's yellow, fade, and deteriorate over time. When scrapbooking it is important to use acid free products, which are widely available both on the high street and online from Hobby Craft, The Works, QVC and many other craft supply stores.
Journaling means documenting important information alongside your photos so in the years to come your children will be able to answer their children’s questions like 'where was this photograph taken?', 'how old were you I'm this picture?' or even 'who is in this picture?'. Sometimes it can really give your scrapbook meaning to attach your thoughts and feelings about what is happening in the picture. Here is an example of journaling:
Scrapbooking can be done by people of all ages and ability can be as simple or as extravagant as you want them to be. My son enjoys creating his own pages about things that are important to him as you can see from this from this page he created, with a little help from mum, when he was 5.
During our Treasured Memories project we are hoping that through teaching delegates all the different elements of mordern day scrapbooking, giving them some new life skills and a chance to share stories and life experiences with others they will become more confident and start the process of creating a treasured and precious family heirloom, with a personal family history like no other.
If you would like to take part in this project or know somebody in your community that would benefit from taking part please get in touch!! To find out more about the health and therapeutic benefits of reminiscence click here and craft activities click here.
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