The Art of Scrapbooking is the art of creating original compositions, namely albums and pages that use personal photos and decorative materials. It is a widespread hobby in many countries. The technique was born in Europe in 1800, but only gained popularity after the publishing of John Poole’s book, Manuscript Gleanings and Literary Scrap Book in 1826. The book consisted of a collection of poems and stamps, instructions on how to make cuts with the help of decorated pieces of paper, pressed flowers, newspaper clippings, illustrations and poems.
In time, this craft increased in popularity and is now a widespread way for people to keep and to pass on memories. For many people, The Art of Scrapbooking is a creative method to document their history and scrapbook pages are often collected into albums that tell a ‘story”. As anyone can add words to the photos and decorations, this gives the chance to beautifully express memories and feelings in an unconventional manner. Besides this, there are at least three more advantages of scrapbook worth mentioning.
First of all, The Art of Scrapbooking is an educative activity for children, as besides the artistic and dexterity skills, this hobby develops their organizational ability, stimulates their verbal and non-verbal skills and their self confidence. Secondly, scrapbooking makes a great socializing activity, as scrapers regularly organize meetings, known as ‘crops’, where they create, exchange ideas, learn about new techniques and products, relax and meet new friends. Thirdly, scrapbooking can be a source for financial gains for those who are passionate about creating greeting cards, wedding invitations, and amulets and so on.
When it comes to the list of scrapbooking supplies that are required, this is diverse, depending on each person’s preferences and on what kind of results one expects. Some of the basic supplies that are usually required for this activity are: adhesive, scrapbooking cardboard, printed paper (lignin and acid-free), scissors, acid-free markers and scrapbooking albums. Starting with the basic technique of assembling and decorating photos and continuing with other techniques such as stenciling, decoupage, bijoux or painting, real art creations can be the result for those interested in what is known as scrap art. The important thing for the quality of the results is to only use acid-free materials so that no damages will occur in time.
Besides the classical scrapbooking method, attention is more and more focused on digital scrapbooking, which is not based on using ‘real’ materials. Instead, this alternative uses special computer software that allows graphics creation and the final result is printed on photographic paper. Digital scrapbooking provides an increased level of freedom when it comes to the access to supplies, as it only requires the computer and knowledge on how to use specialized software. While online opportunities for this activity seem to dictate the future, both classic and digital scrapbooking offer infinite possibilities.