Creative Scrapbooking Techniques

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

What is scrapbooking?
For preserving a bequest of written history, Scrapbooking is one of the best methods used. The history written may actually be in the form of photographs, printed media or memorabilia in a nicely decorated albums or even scrapbooks. The idea of scrapbooking came into practice after the discovery of printing. Scrapbooking help to store information of mostly personal interest.

History and overview of scrapbook
In ancient times hypomnemata was a form of note book used in Greece. This note was generally used to hold recordings of one's copy of what that person has heard, said, thought. The note book used to be written in the own handwriting of the individual and it was like a replica of that person. With the invention of printing the contents in this book were shifted form hand written material to printed material which helped the individual to express him self in a much better way. Now a day's printing scrapbooking has become a business.

Scrapbooking provided the individuals with an excellent blend of journaling and memorabilia. There was a substantial growth in the use of scrapbooking after the printing material was available to common man. Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain were some of the earliest and very famous American scrapbookers.

Photos in the scrapbooking were used when the photographs were available to common man. The scrapbooks used in ancient times mostly included material like newspaper cuttings, letters etc. Photos used to be mounted with photomount corners and notations of the person who was in the photo in the old scrapbooks. The old scrapbooks also had the location o the photo taken. Creative and attractive photos, text, journal and memorabilia are displayed in the modern scrap bookings.

As years passed scrapbooking became more and more famous. Scrapbooking helped the people to keep their memories in a fully creative way. Scrapbooking industries also came up. Scrapbooking showed a new way to store their memories.

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