Tag: Memories

Fruit Picking Album

Two pictures of strawberries.

Pictures that I really like of strawberries but that is all they really are just two pictures of strawberries, they tell no story, they could have been taken any where at any time.

And then I put them into a scrapbook page.

I wrote down the date, 31st July 2015. I added a tag saying it was a day to remember and I put the title Fruit Picking.

That would have been enough really to remind of where we were and what we were doing, but I decided to add another tag. One that explained the two photos of strawberries a little more.

It wasn’t a massive description, it wasn’t a difficult description it was just the truth of what happened.

“A day of searching for the strawberries. After lots of walking, looking and foraging we finally found some decent, juicy strawberries. Worth it in the end!”

No longer are these pictures just two random pictures of strawberries, they now have a place, they have a date, they have a story, they are part of a memory.

A memory that is forever recorded in a scrapbook.

(Scrapbook page was made in MyMemories software, using the Summers Meadow Collection, designed by Clever Monkey Graphics)

The Start of The Isle of Wight Scrapbook

This summer we have done lots of visits, and been to lots of places.

Now the summer is over, it is time to get scrapbooking the photos, and writing down the memories.

I am not doing them chronologically, I am just doing the pages as I am inspired to do the pages, some will be digital, some will be traditional and some will be a mixture of both. But the end result will be the photos and the memories will be stored, and scrapbooked for us to look at over the years and for the boys to have forever.

This page was digitally made, with just one photo and a kit from MyMemories programme, the Sailaway kit.

I gave the photo a mat, and added the anchor embellishments, along with a Bracket Book Plate embellishment.

The rest of the page is a poem from John Masefield, called Sea Fever. It is the perfect poem for this page all of us love the sea. We love being near the sea, and if I am feeling sad or down I head to the sea it is a perfect boost.

This photo was one that I took at Ryde just from the Ferry terminal after we arrived in the Isle of Wight.

I have only written the date and place on the page, as this will be added to the main Isle of Wight album and will be the first page for the album.

A simple but effective page. One where we can remember where we were, what date it was on, and one where we can read the poem and be taken straight back to the sea again.

This page was made while I was making my lunch and took about 30 minutes in total.

 

A Non Product Of The Week

Today was the day for the new product of the week post.

But today I have been having a long think about things and have made a decision after quite a lot of deciding and going back and forth.

As you can see there is no Product of the Week today and there wont be for the next couple of weeks.

You see for the last few weeks I have been pulling myself this way and that, and have been getting quite stressed about it all. It is the summer holidays, I have not one but two boys at home, and on top of that I have been trying to work as well, and we are still doing the house.

To be honest, I have just been a bit of a stress ball and I don’t want to be. I want to be enjoying the summer, and right now I don’t really feel like I am, instead I am just throwing balls every where.

So instead of Product of the Week I am writing this post to announce…

My Holiday!

No I am not going anywhere exciting, no I don’t have many plans.

But I am going to relax, it is going to be a three-week holiday, following Baba’s school holiday and I will be back in the beginning of September, actually the 7th of September.

But between now and then, I am going to be chilling with the boys. I am going to be relaxing. I am going to be armed with the camera and I am going to be making memories and recording them with hundreds of photos.

I may be formulating some plans for the summer, and I may even dip in with some posts, but don’t be shocked if I don’t I will be back in September refreshed and ready to go!

But until then have a fabulous summer, and make lots of memories, take lots of photos and just chill. I know I am going to!

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.

 

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 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.

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