Scrapbooking is the art of encapsulating your most cherished memories into an album, telling a different story on each page so that you and your loved ones can relive and enjoy them again in the future. Although photos are a primary element, scrapbooks work differently to photo albums as they're themed and decorated using an abundance of papercrafting techniques and embellishments, adding other memorabilia, page titles and journaling to tell your tale. Some people like to create scrapbooks to preserve and record family holidays or the growth of a child through a specific time period – whatever was an important moment for them!
Creative memory keeping has developed and grown so diversely since the craft first began; whereas scrapbookers of the past would have to use the few craft resources available to them, 21st century scrapbookers have a whole craft industry dedicated to designing scrapbooking-specific products to ensure their photos don't discolour or spoil. These supplies include acid and lignin-free papers, adhesives and embellishments, as well as photo-safe page protectors – but as there's a wealth of scrapbooking supplies to choose from, where on earth do you begin?
Scrapbooking as a hobby is favoured amongst papercrafters because it's so simple to do – you require no prior experience or specialised skills, only a big imagination! A versatile craft, creating scrapbook pages can range from colouring, cutting and sticking to using a mixture of techniques and artistry. This reminiscent craft truly is all about taking those boxes full of old photos out of the loft and creatively encapsulating your emotions, thoughts and feelings about a past time.
To begin your scrapbooking journey, you'll need an assortment of photographs, some basic supplies, and a collection of design ideas for scrapbook pages and layouts using papercrafting techniques – and this guide will take you step-by-step through the whole shebang!