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Scrapbooking Idea’s and Scrapbooking Solutions

December 19, 2009 by  
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Scrapbooking is the gathering together and recording of precious memories, important events and everyday happenings, using photos, memorabilia and journaling.  It is a way of preserving your family history in a way that is both artistic and safe, so that it will be around for future generations to enjoy.

Scrapbooking is a way to leave a part of you behind – a legacy.

Scrapbooking is one of the fastest growing hobbies today.  It is fun and creative and each scrapbook is as individual as the person who made it.  However, the most important reason for scrapbooking is to get your photos into an acid and lignin-free environment, so that they can be safely preserved for years to come.

Lignin is a substance present in wood fibre and pulp, and it is acidic.  It is the acid in lignin that causes paper and photos to go brown and brittle, ruining our precious memories.

Make sure the paper and paper products that you use say ‘archival, acid-free or photo-safe.’  These terms describe products that have had the lignin removed, have a PH level above 7.0, and are considered safe to use with your photos

When scrapbooking, there will be times when you want to include things that aren’t photo-safe, such as theatre tickets, awards or newspaper clippings.  There are sprays available that you can use on these paper products that will neutralize the acid and make them safe to include.  For the bulkier mementos, you can use special memorabilia pockets and holders to keep the acid from affecting the rest of your scrapbook page.  Another way is to make color photo copies of the mementos, or  you can scan them onto acid free paper.

Scrapbooking Ideas and Solutions agree that it’s easy to start scrapbooking.  The first thing you need to do is to get those photos in order.  You can sort them either chronologically, by people or by events.  Whichever way you choose, find yourself a large clear space to work on.  It will make your job easier if you have all your photo’s laid out in front of you.

When sorting your photo’s, have a separate pile for the ones you have difficulty placing.  It’s often easiest to sort these at the end and look at things like similar hair styles, colors, clothes, cars etc.

Where you go from here is entirely up to you.  You can start working with your most recent photos and work your way back in time if you prefer.  With this method your memories will still be fresh and it may be easier for you.  You can also work by person and create albums specifically of that person, or you can just work at random.

There is no right or wrong way to organize your photos, so decide what works best for you to keep you motivated and excited.

Another good idea is to take yourself to a scrapbooking class or two.  Here you will meet like minded people and learn some tricks and new techniques that you can use in the future on your pages.

Whether it’s for an occasion, or as a record of your personal or family history, making a scrapbook is a highly rewarding experience that is guaranteed to bring out the inner artist in you.

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