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Using Your Scrapbooking Scraps!

When you scrapbook, you end up with scraps of paper that are cut off from the scrapbook pages.

I am a person that doesn’t really chuck away these scraps. Quite often I make an album that needs a piece of paper that is 7×7 inches square and cutting that out of a 12×12 inch piece of paper, leaves me with scraps that are still a good size, and can be used for embellishments, photo mats, or tags.

It is something I love to do, as I really do hate to chuck away paper that could be useful.

But that scraps pile gets bigger and bigger with every scrapbook page and album that is made.

But that pile doesn’t have to be used just for scrapbooking.

I read a lot of books, and a lot of business books, so they are larger size books than the usual novel, and I am always looking for a bookmark that is as large as the book and can hold my space in the pages, without getting lost. As this is a problem I have found in the past.

The other day I decided to make a book mark that was large enough for these books, which are all roughly A4 in size. I thought about making one via some material, or knitting, or crochet but then I decided that the best thing would be to use the scraps that I have in my scrapbooking box.

It was a really simple craft basically made out of two pieces of card from the scraps box, and added to that I put some lace either side of the patterned paper.

I then added some flowers that I had left over from an album that I had punched out the other day, and added some embellishments to the book mark to finish it off and make it a lovely pretty book mark to keep my place in my books.

A really simple paper craft that uses up some of my scraps from scrapbooking and album making, and one that was completed in no time at all!

What do you do with your scrapbooking scraps?

 

 

Is A Memory Book A Scrapbook?

Is a Memory Book a Scrapbook.

Quite simply…

Yes a Memory Book is a Scrapbook.

A memory book is a collection of a persons memories, it can be a single person, or a group of people and the memories are collected via photos, memorabilia and the written word, stories, comments, and the description of the event or world around them, including the smells, the sights, and the important dates and times.

Exactly the same as a scrapbook.

People have this idea that a scrapbook is a large paper backed book, that has a lot of coloured pages in alternating colours throughout the book. They have this idea that a scrapbook involves a pritt stick and a lot of cutting and sticking and pasting the items in the book. It has newspaper clippings, drawings, old tickets, and some scribbles on each page.

That is a form of a scrapbook, but that is not the only form.

Scrapbooks are also memory books.

Scrapbooks are full of peoples memories, full of peoples photos, full of their written word, full of their stories, and full of the important facts and figures. The names, dates and times.

Scrapbooks can be made by yourself, or can be made by a group – exactly the same as a memory book.

Scrapbooks can be made about a specific event, a wedding, a new baby, a birthday, a holiday. Or they can be made about a family, a child, a grandparent, a mother.

Scrapbooks and memory books are completely the same, they are different words for the same thing. But they are the same. They are about preserving your memories, keeping your photos safe, and writing down all the things you remember about that event, that era, that journey.

Scrapbooks and memory books, make a story, a story of your memories, your journey, your event and they enable you to pass these down to future generations.

Scrapbooks and memory books let your future family open up you album, see your story, read your story, and experience your story through you.

They hear about your best friend laughing on the slide, before landing on her bottom at the end, they see the laughter, they read about the tears that came streaming down your face, they see the sun, they read about the heat. They look at the year, they get your age, they experience the fun you had when you were 8. They relive it and you become alive to them.

So if you are after a memory book, you want a scrapbook, if you are after a scrapbook, you want a memory book. Remember they are the same. Just different words for the same item.

 

Scrapbookerry’s First Ever Market Night

We as a business have been on Facebook for a long time, and over the years I have watched Market Nights take place with other businesses, and have always had a thought in the back of my mind that I wanted to do one.

But there has always been things in the way, and the thought has never materialised.

However this has now changed.

Finally I have scheduled a Market Night and on Sunday the 15th of February 2015 Scrapbookerry will be holding its first ever market night on Facebook.

It starts at 7.00pm UK time, and will be hosted completely online, all in an event on Facebook.

How Does A Market Night Work?

It is a very simple technique.

Pre Market Night;

Over the last few days and continuing until the 15th of February I have been and will be inviting people to the Event on Facebook, which is named Scrapbookerry Market Night.

If you get an invite then it is a good idea, to say you are going or maybe going or not going at all, purely because you will then get all the notifications of what is happening within the event, as it happens.

People are being invited to an event, because they will be getting a heads up of what is happening at the event and they will be given the event information earlier than people who are not going to the event. The Market Night is a total public event, however the information for the Market Night will be posted in the event first.

A couple of days before the Market Night, items will be posted into the Market Night Album, that will be posted into the event for people to have a look before the Market Night goes live.

On The Market Night;

The Market Night starts at 7.00pm UK time and at this time a code word will be announced in the event page, this will not be a difficult word, something along the lines of a four letter word.

Once the code word is announced the Market Night is Live and you need to be quick, if you like an item in the Market Night Album and want to buy it, write the code word under the picture and the word SOLD!

IF YOU WANT TO BUY AN ITEM, WRITE THE CODE WORD UNDER THE PICTURE AND THE WORD SOLD!

Items will be sold to the FIRST PERSON TO COMMENT so please be quick.

An hour after the code word is announced in the Event page it will be made public on Scrapbookerry’s page on Facebook along with the link to the Market Night Album.

People going to the event have an extra hour to shop.

A Little Information About The Market Night Products.

Scrapbookerry does a lot of custom orders, and the Market Night is no exception.

There are some, only a few, buy it now scrapbooks and keepsakes at the Market Night that are already made and will be posted as soon as they have been brought.

However a lot of the Market Night Album is sample pictures of the scrapbooks and keepsakes we make, if you like and want to buy this scrapbook or keepsake the process is exactly the same as the buy it now albums. Still comment leaving the code word and sold on the picture, but when I email you to discuss your Market Night order, you can request the colour that you would like your scrapbook /  keepsake made in.

As these are custom orders, the regular 2-3 weeks making time will apply to these orders.

And A Little Secret…

This Market Night isn’t just a chance to show off all our products.

It isn’t a sale.

It is a launch of some new ranges.

There are lots of new things happening with Scrapbookerry this year, and there will be a new keepsakes, and a couple of scrapbooks launched at this Market Night so keep your eyes peeled.

So who’s excited?

We hope to see you there.

 

Hello To 2015

So it’s a new year!

Before I say anything I want to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of Scrapbookerry’s followers, customers, old and new and anyone that just likes to see what we are doing.

We wouldn’t be here without you, and I want to say a massive thank you, for your support, and custom over the past year.

And what a year it was.

It saw a shift in the business and a long break from me, after only just having Boo. It was something that I needed to do, and now a year later I am so pleased that I took the break. I worked up and beyond Boo being born and I was so tired when I started 2014 a break was totally what was needed.

It meant that I had the time to sit down and finally make a website that I wanted.

It was a learning curve, having never dealt with my own e-commerce before I had to learn a lot. I wanted a complete change, and it was really hard work for a couple of months, I had the ideas but I couldn’t grasp how to put them into practice. There was a lot of trial and error and a couple of very loyal customers that checked, and checked again for me. I am so grateful for them and for the fantastic support team from my hosting company which helped me to finally make this site live.

It was something I had wanted for a long time and I am so pleased I made the giant leap into the unknown as I at last have the site that I want, and one that I can change as and when I need to or want to.

Last year along with a site change, also saw the blog move and the logo change for Scrapbookerry. The blog has become more of a learning place, rather than me talk about random pieces, I am trying to make it more useful for our customers, and I hope I am achieving that. 2014 saw the first series of Keep Your Photos Safe #keepyourphotossafe and I have more series planned for 2015, kicking off with a brand new series, Organising Your Photos #organisingyourphotos

I had a plan for some ebooks in 2015 but with the new VAT rules, these are being sidelined, however there will be some new aspects of Scrapbookerry very soon, ones that enable you as the customer to become more hands on which I am really excited about and I hope you will be too.

I have a lot of plans for different albums as well, smaller ones and some luxury ones that will take a lot more photos than the albums we currently have in our range.

2015 looks to be a good year, and I can not wait to show off and spend the next twelve months with you.

What Do You Need To Start Scrapbooking?

Oh I can’t Scrapbook I am not crafty like you?

It’s a sentence I hear all the time.

It is a sentence that is not true.

Scrapbooking isn’t about being crafty. Scrapbooking is about preserving your memories, keeping them for future generations, letting your children see you as a child, see your wedding, see their childhood.

Scrapbooking is writing down your memories, making that photo come alive. Telling people who is in the picture, the age you are, where you are and what you thought about it.

You don’t have to be crafty to do any of that.

You just have to remember.

So what do you need to start Scrapbooking?

Not a lot would be the correct answer.

Scrapbooking isn’t a hobby that you have to spend loads of money to get started on. You can spend a lot of money of course, but you really don’t need to. Some lovely scrapbook pages are made with the smallest list of equipment.

These two scrapbook pages were made with the simplest of materials. A guillotine, paper, stickers, photo and a pen. I have written about where we were what we were doing on the day and included what we thought about it for our boys to read in future years.

To start scrapbooking you need:

Photos –  these are a must as other wise what are you scrapbooking. You need something to create your page around and something to write about on the page.

Photo Safe Adhesive – please look at the posts about Acid Free and Lignin Free if you haven’t already, this adhesive can be a double-sided tape, or glue dots, what ever works for you and you are most comfortable with.

Photo Safe Paper – again please look at the Acid Free and Lignin Free posts, the size of the paper depends on the size of the scrapbook you are making. I personally prefer the 12″ x 12″ paper as this is the scrapbooks I make and you can get more photos on one of these but that decision is entirely up to you. You will need one sheet for the scrapbook page and then maybe a couple of other sheets to be cut up and used as photo mats or embellishments on the page.

Paper Cutter – you could be very simple with this and just use scissors, however most people don’t as you can never get the edges as straight as you would like. Instead this is probably the biggest investment you will make when you first start get a good paper trimmer. You can buy a specific 12 x 12 trimmer, or a guillotine will work just as well. As long as the paper you are using fits into the trimmer and it cuts a good straight line it is great for the job.

Pen – you need a pen to journal what stories your photos are telling and it is better to get an acid free alternative, you can get these from most art shops, so that the ink doesn’t jump to your photos.

Once you have all this you can start scrapbooking.

You don’t need to be crafty.

You don’t need a 101 materials and gadgets.

You just need a passion.

A passion to tell your story.

To pass on your memories and to keep that special moment you photographed alive for generations more.

 

 

How To Store Your Scrapbooks

So far in our Keep Your Photos Safe series we have talked about why you should scrapbook, and why you should use Acid Free and Lignin Free products in your scrapbooks.

So you know what to do with your photos and why to put them into a scrapbook.

But what do you do with that scrapbook when you have spent your time and energy making sure your photos are in the safest place possible.

Where do you store these scrapbooks?

A place that is not great to store them is near a window or a radiator.

Scrapbooks and photos in general do not do well in extreme temperature changes. Going from high heat and humid weather to cold, dry weather back to high heat (due to a radiator) and wet weather will ruin your photos, they will speed up the aging process and will make them crack and split and become brittle.

Keeping a scrapbook in a humid environment is one of the worst places to store your scrapbook. Humidity warps your photos, it can allow mould to grow on your photos and can make the pages stick together in your scrapbook. Resulting in a ruined scrapbook and a whole load of photos and memories ruined.

You could have the safest album, with only safe products in your album but nothing will protect the photos in the album if they are stored in this situation.

So how should you store your albums?

Firstly you should NEVER stack your albums on top of each other. Albums should always be stored side by side.

Albums can become very heavy.

For example we have a scrapbook of our holiday in Egypt it has roughly 50 pages in the album, all full with photos most pages on average have 4 photos in. That is a lot of photos and a lot of paper and a lot of adhesive it is a heavy scrapbook. If this was stacked on top of another scrapbook, and a scrapbook on top of that the pages would get squashed. There is no doubt about it. The compression of each page would cause the scrapbook covers to bow and would eventually ruin each scrapbook.

Just imagine how many pictures you have your children or your wedding, and how heavy those scrapbooks could potentially be and how each page would end up ruining the pages underneath them.

To keep your scrapbooks at their ultimate best condition they need to be stood up next to each on a shelf, with their spines showing so you know what scrapbook is what.

Secondly, we have spoken about humidity and temperature but it is so important it needs to be mentioned again, the ideal humidity for a scrapbook is 20-50% humidity any higher and it will ruin your scrapbook. You can buy different items to decrease your humidity or just move to another place.

The best temperature for a scrapbook storage is under 70 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 degrees Celsius. A space with a steady temperature is the best place to store your scrapbooks, especially if they are coloured photos, as fluctuations in temperatures can make the chemicals in a coloured photo very unstable and end up ruining the photos.

Some of the best places to store your scrapbooks, are in a basement, if it is cool and doesn’t get humid. Or in an interior cupboard that does have an external wall in your house where the temperature remains constant and it isn’t humid.

Or within a room that doesn’t get humid, or have extreme temperatures throughout the year.

However there is one room, where most people’s photos live that is actually the worst place to keep them.

That is the attic / loft space.

The temperature fluctuates dramatically up here, as if you don’t use it, it doesn’t have any heating. It is freezing in the winter and boiling in the summer. Your photos are receiving the extremes of both heats, and it is more than likely humid and damp and they are sitting up there, probably in a box hidden away – safe, decaying and aging dramatically.

So if you have photos in boxes being kept safe in your attic or your loft, get them out today. Move them as fast as you can and put them somewhere safe.

Somewhere that isn’t damp, humid, too hot, or too cold.

 

 

What is Lignin Free And Why Should You Use It?

Over the last few days I have been writing about why scrapbooks are more personal than albums, why they protect our photos better than albums, and why acid free is so important.

Today I want to discuss lignin.

What is Lignin?

Lignin is basically a natural bonding element that holds wood together. Without it trees would not be stiff, and would not grow as tall as they do. To put simply Lignin is the natural worlds concrete, binding the trees together.

How does Lignin affect your scrapbooks?

Paper is made from trees, trees have lignin in, and when the trees are ground up to make paper the lignin stays and gets transferred to the papers. If you use paper in your scrapbooks that is not lignin free it will decay your photos.

How does Lignin harm your photos?

Let’s clear a point up lignin is not an acid it is a natural element, however, once Lignin is exposed to air and sunlight it starts to turn yellow. Lignin oxidizes through exposure to the light and sun and the molecules become less stable and start to yellow.

This is the important bit when lignin deteriorates it becomes acidic, so it will start to harm your photos in the same way as acidic paper and items do.

Remember acidic items migrate, they literally jump from the page to your photos.

Lignin items that are deteriorating and acidic can migrate to your photos and will turn your photos yellow, it will make them brittle and those fantastic memories stored in that acidic and lignin album will be ruined!

Remember the tale of my mum and dad’s wedding album? You can read it here

Acid Free and Lignin Free maybe more costly, and maybe harder to find. NEVER ASSUME because you are in a scrapbooking section of a store that the items you are buying (the adhesive, embellishments, paper and scrapbooks) are acid free and lignin free because they may not be, unless they state very clearly they are I would assume they aren’t.

I would rather spend more time and money finding acid free and lignin free items for all my scrapbooks, because after all its about keeping your photos safe for as long as possible to show to my future generations and pass down my memories and stories.

 

What Is Acid Free and Why Should You Use It?

Yesterday I blogged about what is scrapbooking, and mentioned acid free paper.

When I make albums and keepsakes at Scrapbookerry I only use acid free paper, and acid free adhesive.

It means that the paper maybe a little more expensive to buy but it also means that I can be 100% satisfied that the products are not speeding up the ageing process of the photos and memorabilia and that the photos in our albums will just age naturally.

So what is Acid Free Paper?

Acid Free Paper has a neutral pH of 7 or slightly greater, all of the active acid pulp that is produced when paper is made is removed during the paper making process. This removal makes the paper acid, lignin and sulfar free.

Once the paper is acid free it then preserves photos and memorabilia for long periods of time. Instead of speeding up the ageing and deterioration process acid free paper slows it down enabling the photos and memorabilia to age naturally in their own time.

Acid Free paper doesn’t turn yellow, or become brittle, exposure to light and heat does not break down the molecules in the paper, all things that speed up the ageing process of acidic paper. Instead acid free paper can last for many years to come. For future generations to see your scrapbooks that you make in the here and now.

As well as acid free paper I always source acid free adhesive to make the albums with and always send each album to you with acid free adhesive for you to stick your photos and memorabilia into your album with.

This is not always the cheaper option, but it is the safest option for your photos, memorabilia and your memories.

So why is Acid-Free so important?

It is very simple, if acidic content, such as acidic paper, adhesive, albums, or even stickers come into contact with your photos, memorabilia and your special memories from that moment in your life the acid can migrate.

It can simply jump from the acidic content to your photos, or memorabilia and can cause permanent damage, quite often unrepairable.

Let me give you an example – My mum and dad got married over 30 years ago. When I first started scrapbooking I forced her to move her wedding photos. They were lovely photos that were taken on the day and she had put them into a magnetic photo album. (You know the ones that have a clear cover on that you peel off and then you stick your photo to the adhesive and replace the clear cover over the photo.) Some 20 nearly 30 years later when I persuaded her to remove her photos, the adhesive was a yellow-brown colour, the covers were coming unstuck at the front of the pages and the photos were damaged.

They were yellowing, they were decaying and some were so stuck to the adhesive we didn’t think we would get them out of the album.

There were moments when it seemed very unlikely that they were coming out. You could see the backs starting to rip away from the photo and it was scary mum was on the verge of ripping her wedding photos all because they were in an acidic album that was migrating over to her photos and ageing them rapidly (luckily some dental floss saved the day, more on that another day) and we managed to get all the photos out of the albums.

They are yellow, they have aged, and they have started to deteriorate but the good thing is they are out of the album that was speeding that process up. They are now in a photo safe box and are waiting to be scrapbooked in the right way with some journalling and the memories brought back alive again.

We managed to save mum and dad’s wedding photos, some aren’t so lucky.

Acidic items can and will eventually ruin photos.

Imagine those pictures of your wedding day, your first dog, that loved one who is no longer here, your child’s first smile. Imagine how you feel when you look at them, the joy they bring to you.

Now imagine you store those photos in an acidic album and ten years from now the photo has yellowed, it’s started to decay and you try to pull it out of the album…

And it rips, the photos splits, it breaks.

How would you feel then?

That’s why acid-free matters. That’s why it’s a must for your scrapbooks.

 

 

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?

Yes

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.

Hello and Welcome

Since starting Scrapbookerry in 2011 I knew that I wanted a website and I have had a few! This is the third rebranding of Scrapbookerry’s site and a total new background for us, having moved where we hosted the site from.

It has also been a massive learning curve for me personally as it is the first site that I have actually built from scratch with no help or guidance. Well that is a lie as I have spent many a day and night researching the internet and searching solutions to the ideas I have but can’t seem to put into practice.

But I think that after a very long week of near on constant work on the site I am finally happy with what I have produced. I still have some things that I want to add, the Scrapbooker for Hire service is still being developed but the start is there and that is the main thing.

This site has something that I never had before, it has the flexibility for me to do more things with it. I am able to have the blog here which I have never been able to have before, and I have (I think I have) separated the products nicely and have worked a why to keep the custom ordered items and the pre-made items together but separate.

I am sure there will be tweaks and additions over time, but I feel that right now it is the best place for where the site needs to be. The best place for Scrapbookerry to move forward and I am really happy with it.

So watch this space as I am sure there will be some changes, but I also hope that the changes wont be dramatic they will just be improvements.

 

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