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International Scrapbooking Day

Updated on September 19, 2014
Celebrate International Scarpbooking Day
Celebrate International Scarpbooking Day | Source

International Scrapbooking Day is the 4th March 2015

International Scrapbooking Day is held annually on the 4th March and US National Scrapbooking Day is the first Saturday in May. There seems to be some confusion on the web between the two but either way Spring is clearly the perfect time to start that scrapbook or memory book! Do you have a mountain of photos in the bottom of a wardrobe? A shoe box full of letters? Pictures of your kids, grandparents or their grandparents? Wouldn't it be nice to put all these lovely memories together in a memory book or scrapbook?

The picture is from my on-line scrapbook of my life in Limousin, South West France. Together with my other articles, it tells a tiny bit of the story of how we came to France, found our house, our animals, created our B&B and holiday cottage and started running our painting holidays.

Before we had even thought of emigrating, my mother made a gorgeous album for my son, starting with the hospital scan of him before he was even born and going up until he was about five years old. Lots of photographs and bits and bobs. So many wonderful memories. He still loves leafing through the story of his childhood even though he's a teenager now.

A scrapbook is something that brings together the past for people in the present. Something to safeguard your family history and your own story for the future and something to pass down through your family. A scrapbook is a personal history and something to be treasured, so any time between the 4th March or the first Saturday in May is the perfect time to start the scrapbook of your life and to make the most of Scrapbooking days.

Oh - and did I mention Digital Scrapbooking Day? The first Saturday in November.

Get Scrapbooking on International Scrapbooking Day! - Here's a book that's bound to inspire you

This is a comprehensive resource book covering the basics as well as more advanced techniques. It is generously illustrated showing you exactly what to do.

This book not only covers traditional scapbook techniques, but also looks at photography, journaling and digital scrapbooking. For more on all of these scrapbooking techniques, read on.

Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking  (Leisure Arts #15941) (Creating Keepsakes)
Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking (Leisure Arts #15941) (Creating Keepsakes)

This book has been described as 'hefty new reference guide' and this is perfect for anyone wanting to get started. But if that was all, it wouldn't be great value. You need a book that you can keep returning to for inspriation and information.

A great book to help you get started with scrapbooking for International Scrapbooking day..

 

When Did National Scrapbooking Day Start?

It all began in 1994

National Scrapbook Day was started in 1994 by the album company Creative Memories - so just who are Creative Memories, and what do they do?

This Scrapbook enterprise began in 1987 when Mom, Rhonda Anderson, was talking to a mothers' group about her family albums. Rhonda found that the other women had not collected together the family pictures and memorabilia in any meaningful form. ("Stuffed into drawers" was how she described it.)

Being the sort of person to sort a problem out, she called Cheryl Lightle at a Minnesota-based album manufacturer and asked for FORTY albums. Well, the two women got together and the rest is history!

Creative Memories are a home-based business with consultants who offer their expertise and various albums in which to record your life, ideas and memories. Their photo albums, scrapbook albums and photo books are great starting points for your scrapbook or memory book.

I compiled this group of photos on the computer
I compiled this group of photos on the computer | Source

Who Scrapbooks?

There have been some rather famous scrapbookers!

Did you know that Queen Victoria, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and Paris Hilton all enjoy scrapbooking? Thought not. This was only one of the fascinating scrapbooking facts laid bare by Woman's Hour in this article about creating and keeping a scrapbook. Jackie Payne and by digital scrapbooker Suzy Beecher. Well, apart from these celebs mentioned above, it's mostly women who keep scrapbooks. No surprise really. It's women who keep the family together, women who organise social life, women who keep in touch with friends and women who document family life.

This is an image that I made for my online scrapbook of Limousin

Jackie Payne and Suzy Beecher Talk About Scrapbooking - On Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4

Tune into Woman's Hour and listen to traditional scrapbooker Jackie Payne and digital scrapper Suzy Beecher talking about scrapbooking.

Leaves and japanese paper scanned for use as a background
Leaves and japanese paper scanned for use as a background | Source

Traditional Paper Scrapbooking

There's nothing like a book! My son still gets our or photo albums and looks at the pictures we collected of his life, even though he's fourteen now. Pity I didn't know about scrapbooking then. There's so much that has been lost or gone unrecorded.

What a fabulous gift a scapbook of your life would make, and perfect for grandparents to put together for grandchildren. There are so many gorgeous papers, decorations, pictures an ideas to help you really bring the book to life. All you need is the album, a pair of scissors and a little glue. But you can go much, much further!

Image: This is one of the images that I created as part of my experiments with backgrounds. The hay and oak leaves are very much a part of our lives in the French countryside and I thought images or text could be added on top of these backgrounds. I could have bought hand made vegetable papers and glued on the leaves, but instead I scanned it hay and oak leaves from the garden. The choice is yours.

How To Get Started with Paper Scrapbooking - Do it the traditional way

Have You Tried Traditional Scrapbooking? - Is paper the medium for you?

Honesty seeds scanned into the computer
Honesty seeds scanned into the computer | Source

When is Digital Scrapbooking Day?

The First Saturday in November

Digital Scrapbooking Day, Scrapbooking by computer, takes place on the first Saturday in November. It was designated Digital Scrapbooking Day by the company Triscape, Inc. in 2007 to encourage the use of online and comuter-based tools for scrapbooking.

Is digi scrap a cheaper option?

Digital scrapbooking, (sometimes called digi scrap or digiscrap), might be cheaper, though, to use your computer to put your pages together, (as I did). Instead of buying all the paper and decorations, you buy just one dedicated programme.

If you are just a bit computer savvy, you can produce your pages digitally. There are programmes with all the goodies loaded up and all you have to do is scan your material and drag images, patterns and decorations onto your virtual page.

Print it out and put it into your album. Best of both worlds.

Image: Honesty that I scanned into the computer to use in my online scrapbooking.

How To Get Started with Digital Scrapbooking - Discover the delights of digiscrapping

You might enjoy all that paste and scraps of paper, but if not, digi scrapping might just be for you. Clean and easy, no clipping or sticking, you make your pages on your computer. No clearing up afterwards either!

Does Digital Scrapbooking Do It For You? - Is scrapping on your computer much more fun than paper and glue?

Are you a digi scrapper?

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Scrapbooking and Family History

Genealogy has fueled interest in scrapbooking

Have you seen the TV programme 'Who do you think you are'? Fascinating. Well known people find out about their ancestors. I'd love to find out more about mine.

Everyone these days, it seems, are trying to find out about their long-lost relative and their distant family history. All this delving into the past creates a wealth of old photos and tons of interesting material, so doesn't it make sense to put all this together in a scrapbook?

Why Squidooing is Like Scrapbooking

Squidoo is my online scrapbook

I use Squidoo and HubPages to tell the world about my life in France, but really, I get carried away by all the fantastic things there are out there - like Scrapbooking!

I'll write about holidays in Limousin, (and I should be doing this to help promote Les Trois Chenes, our guest house and gite), but then I'll see fabulous heart shaped glasses, notice frost on grass, fall in love with bulbs in the home or get carried away by chocolate or International Kiss Day. My articles are my scrapbook and I just love leafing through them to see all the things that have taken my fancy over the last couple of years.

Scrapbooks Are Gorgeous - And such a wide selection of beautiful scrapbooks to choose from

Your scrapbook is going to be an important document - it contains your life memories and the life memories of your loved ones - so it's worth investing in the best. You will almost certainly want to add more information than will fit into one book, so think of your first scrapbook as the first of many. Choose something that suit's your taste and ideas.

MBI Embossed Gloss Expressions 12.5x13.2 Inch Scrapbook Embossed with "Memories", Black (848121)
MBI Embossed Gloss Expressions 12.5x13.2 Inch Scrapbook Embossed with "Memories", Black (848121)

Bright, glossy and colourful pages. Each scrapbook comes with 20 pages and are easy to expand

 
DCWV Once Upon A Time Postbound Album with Glitter, 12 x 12 inches
DCWV Once Upon A Time Postbound Album with Glitter, 12 x 12 inches

I love the fairy tale look of this 'Once Upon a Time' scrapbook. Tell your own fairy story.

 
Pioneer 12-Inch by 12-Inch Silk Postbound Album with Photo Window, Blue
Pioneer 12-Inch by 12-Inch Silk Postbound Album with Photo Window, Blue

This is a beautiful luxurious silk scrapbook. Beautiful outside and beautiful inside!

 

Are You Inspired to Start Scrapbooking for International Scrapbooking Day? - Or is it enough just to think about it?

Will you be scrapbooking on International Scrapbook Day?

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      Wonderful lens! I love it to make scrapbooks on scrapbooking day! Thanks for sharing.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I guess I was scapbooking before there was a name for it. I used to use stickers and cut things out of magazines to add around my pictures. Also, I would use gift wrap for borders, etc. It is so wonderful that so much is available now for scrapbookers. I love all the pretty papers. I really enjoyed reading this lens this morning. Happy Scrapbooking Day!

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      Richard 4 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Not something I would probably attempt, but this is a wonderful resource :)

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I have done the traditional paper scrapbook albums in the past. It's a lot of work, but fun. Like you, my online writing forums are pretty much where I share photos now. I need to do more of that, too, in an organized way like digital scrapbooking ... and I have hundreds of photos to sort and sift through for topics.

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      Expat Mamasita 4 years ago from Slovakia

      I love crafting and making cards. I have a starter album for scrapbooking and lots of papers etc but have never got started! I am going to make 2013 the year I do begin my own scrapbook!

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      it's been a while since I worked on any scrapbooks but I remember having great fun a few years ago with a bunch of fellow scrappers on International Scrapbooking Day.

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I ran a scrapbooking business for many years while my kids were growing up. My team would always hold a huge event for our customers on this day. Nice lens.

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      Great lens. This is something new to me :)

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      masunyoananda 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens...:)

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      @anonymous: Hi Hanifa. Many thanks for pointing this out!! Not sure what went wrong here, except to say that I live in France and some of the French sites give the 7th as the date. Most people seem to agree that International Scrapbooking Day is the first Saturday in May - which is the 4th May in 2013. Hope that sorts out this rather important and basic fact!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi why you have 2 dates for the Scrapbook Day? Is it on the 1st Saturday of May or on 7th of May?

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Had no idea scrapbooks could be done digitally. Thanks for the info.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      @traveller27: Thanks so much Heidi. I did have fun and am looking forward to making more scrapbook pages just as soon as I get the time.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Well done Barbara!