What Is Scrapbooking?

So it occurred to me that while I have been working on the website a lot of people don’t actually even know what scrapbooking is.

So what is Scrapbooking?

If you look up the definition of Scrapbooking in the dictionary it is simply “the activity or hobby of making scrapbooks”

However that definition leads to what is the definition of a scrapbook, this to is a simple definition A book with blank pages used for the mounting and preserving of pictures, clippings, or other mementos”

These definitions are simply explaining what scrapbooking is, but the idea of an actual scrapbook is a lot more than that.

A scrapbook is a book that is made to preserve personal and family history in a book. It isn’t just about photos, it is about moments, memories, and memorabilia.

Those tickets from that special place you went on your first date, your baby’s hospital bracelet, their first lock of hair, your plane tickets for your honeymoon.

It is a book of all the things that make your memory come alive.

Something that tells the whole story, so it can be passed down from generation to generation.

Now I can hear you saying all our photos are in an album we have the memories, the photo album will be passed on why do we need a scrapbook?

There are so many reasons.

The first being that generally photo albums, don’t preserve your photos, instead they encourage their decay. Do you have photos that are yellow, going brittle and can no longer be moved from that yellow coloured album you stuck them in?


That is the decaying / ageing / disintegrating process in full swing.

You see scrapbooks, and all the mini albums and scrapbooks made here at Scrapbookerry are made with acid and lignin free products. (More about this another day). But for now if the acid and lignin is removed the ageing / disintegrating process is greatly slowed down and the photos are able to age naturally as all photos will eventually do.

The second reason for using a scrapbook album over a photo album is you can store all the important things, newspaper articles, tickets, all the things that were special on the day, or event your photos correspond to. (If you photocopy these items onto photo safe paper then they will also be safe to display next to your photos)

And the third and probably the most important reason to use a scrapbook over a photo album is journalling. It is all well and good putting photos into an album, and into a scrapbook, but without journalling only you know the story. It can’t be passed down.

Let me give you an example.

My nan died nearly 9 years ago, when my mum her only child, the one constant in her life for the past 60 years, got all of her stuff from her flat, she found a stash of photos.

The first thing that was unusual was that we found the photos, my nan was not a great photo keeper, she had ones of the grandchildren that was about all, so it was a shock to see all these pictures she kept.

The second thing was that these were important to her, photos she had kept all her life, some really old pictures, and we looked at them and we had no clue.

We didn’t know who the people were?

Where they were taken?

Or why they were special to her.

We asked other members of her family, and still no one knew.

Now my mum has a stack of photos, ones that she doesn’t want to throw away as they were special to her mum, but ones that no one in the family knows who they are, where or when they were taken, and why they were so important.

Now if these photos were in a scrapbook album. Along with the picture on the pages they could have the date, the place they were taken and who was there. Nanny could have written about the day, why they photos were important, her favourite thing about the day. Things that were said, moments that made them laugh. The reason for the photo.

If this was done, then my mum would have inherited a scrapbook, that explained a little about our Nan, something that I could have shown my children who never met her, and they could have shown theirs. It could have been passed down and yes they would never meet her but they would have a glimpse of her.

It would make the photos so much more special.

I am not saying photos aren’t great, photos are amazing, but photos only capture a moment. A scrapbook with some journalling can really capture a memory.

Copyright © 2011 - 2014 Kerry Limbrick trading as Scrapbookerry
2 observations on “What Is Scrapbooking?
  1. Susan Mann

    What an interesting post. I didn’t really know what scrap booking was until now. I know what you make Is beautiful, but I hadn’t thought to do one. Now I want to. Lovely hon x

  2. Kerry

    Oh that is great I am so pleased this post has made you want to scrapbook just what I intended. xx


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