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Why I Scrapbook-A Personal Look At My Hobby

Updated on October 4, 2014
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Scrapbooks- Creating Family Memories

Scrapbooking has been in my blood since I was a New Jersey girl. I had always loved coloring, designing and making books of stuff that I had collected. When the grandchildren started coming, I realized that the need to preserve all the memories our family was making together was now a passion. I gradually started putting together the pictures of our family on very basic scrapbook pages, but I was getting things together and it became my newest hobby. Being a member and supervisor ina national scrapbook company, helped me spread my passion for preserving family memories. Circumstances caused me to move in a different direction, but I kept my passion going, making scrapbooks professionally for a number of years. Now. I am on Squidoo and reaching a larger audience, sharing my knowledge, teaching and showing everyone how easy it is to preserve your family memories for the generations to come.

Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share

— ~Author Unknown
One Part Of My Collection Of Current Scrapbooks
One Part Of My Collection Of Current Scrapbooks

All Of Us Make Memories Every Day !

Beyond Our Phones- Where Do We Preserve The Days Of Our Lives?

Every day of our lives we create a portion of history in the generations of our families. Lots of people use their cell phones to take pictures and post them on social media. And while I do enjoy seeing the pictures of my friends and family on Facebook, those media and our phones are just temporary storage for those special pictures. To permanently record the story of our lives so that future generations will know who and what was important in our lives, scrapbooks are the perfect place. When you scrapbook you are creating the story of your life in your own words and pictures. And who would not want to leave so rich a legacy?

If you have any pictures in old magnetic albums, please make sure to remove them ASAP. The plastic in these albums will cause your pictures to yellow and disintegrate over time. If they won't lift up, use dental floss to gently remove them. Store them in a photo box till you can scrapbook them

Everyone Can Scrapbook Thier Memories

No Artistic Ability Needed

The number one reason that people don't make scrapbooks is that they feel that they are not artistic enough to do their pictures justice. Well, the great thing about scrapbooking is that you don't have to be super talented to create your stories and preserve your memories.

With todays preformatted kits, it is easier than you think to create a scrapbook that will be treasured for years to come. You can simply tape your pictures on pre done pages and place them in the page protectors that often come with your kit. These kits contain everything you need except the tape or adhesive. Often the kits come with an album that makes it all inclusive.

Which isn't to say that you can't let your artistic side come out. But remember, you are creating your memories for your family. How wonderful years down the read for them to see the pictures of your family with the notes and journals in your handwriting ! There are lots of resources to help you take your art farther than you ever thought possible.

Scrapbooking Is Not As Expensive As You Think - Complete Kits Under $20 -Great Way To Start

I always recommend that you start with a scrapbook kit if you have never scrapped before ! Each kit is self contained. All you will need is a pair of scissors and some scrapbook adhesive

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What Do I Scrapbook - Just About Everything

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Scrapbook Adhesives - What You Need To Get Started

Beyond the paper, you need some adhesives to set your pictures on the paper. You need some adhesives for your embellishments. Each one of these should be in your craft space for all your scrapbooking and paper crafts

3L Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Permanent Adhesive Dispenser, 28 Feet, 2-Pack
3L Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Runner Permanent Adhesive Dispenser, 28 Feet, 2-Pack

Tape runners are terrific to use foe adhering titles. You can also add dimension like glitter with it as well. You can adhere heavier ribbon also

 

Use a post it note on the back of your pictures to write notes on when where and how was in your photos. If you have groups of photos but can't remember what year they were, just group them by topic. I had a bunch of old photos from Christmas past with no notes, so I simply made a Christmas photo album

My Quote Journal
My Quote Journal

Scrapbooks-More Than Just Photos

Daily Journals, Art Journals, Special Events, Idea Journals, Quote Journals And More

It's not just about photos ! Scrapbooks can be a collection of your thoughts. For example, I have scrapbooks with notes, ideas and pictures for my garden. I collect quotes in a quote journal, I do a weekly journal in my Project Life Album. Some people collect magazine articles, baseball cards, postcards and more. These are actually scrapbooks. Art journals, which 2 of my granddaughters and I are working on are also collections of our art as well as our emotions and thoughts. So, you might say that scrapbooks are really a collection of the things that you know, love and want to share with members of your family and others.

How Passionate About Scrapbooking Am I ?

You Could Say I'm A Scrapaholic ! And I'm proud of it !

Currently I am doing a about 19 scrapbooks. Each of my grandchildren has a scrapbook about themselves which will be given to them when they get married. Then there is a scrapbook that I have on myself, several Christmas scrapbooks, the one on my husbands and my life together-the last three years we have been together. There are traveling scrapbooks There are the gift scrapbooks that I have made for weddings, births and special birthdays. I have made scrapbooks professionally and those were special to me. I have done classes in scrapbooking which is very rewarding. Now I am ready for a new challenge-pocket pages. I am hoping to help others take a leap of faith and start scrapping there stories.

My passion with scrapping extends to helping getting started and learning new techniques and ideas. So if you have stopped by, I would love to hear about your thoughts, ideas and what you would like to learn. Please take a moment to say hello. We always love to hear from you !

Are You A Scrapbooker? Have You Thought About It? - What Kind Of Tecniques Would You Like To Learn?

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @Mickie Gee: How much fun is that ! There are so many Disney resources these days. They will always treasure your gift

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      I made a Disney Memory Book for my grandchildren. They used it just as I had hoped they would.

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @LSJ-88: I have just started the project life for myself and I can see the advantages. You can still tell your story, just in a different way. Have you considered a lens on your project life experience. I will be talking more about project life soon. I have to say that I still like regular scrapbooks too...more artistic for me.....but I think project life is great....especially if you have kids. Let me know how you are making out with it. Would love to feature some of your pages on my blog

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      LSJ-88 3 years ago

      I'm a huge scrapbooker. I just started using the Project Life materials back in September and it has made it easier. I don't have as much time as I used to, so this allows me to scrapbook for myself and my two kids without absorbing too much time.

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @ColettaTeske: That's great-Art journals actually are the collection of your art. I zentangle and have a book filled with my "doodles" Will be doing some lenses on that typr of doodling soon

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @AnonymousC831: Thanks. I appreciate it

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great lens.

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      I keep a journal and I doodle in it. I've know people that have kept scrapbooks and they are so cool. You have some beautiful books.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Similar to scrapbooks, we made story books using photos, and our daughter's dictation, when she was young.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      I have an idea scrapbook, which is my journal. Great lens. And congratulations on being selected as this contributor.

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @Sylvestermouse: I agree that the industry sure has beeen proactive about all the new products. I can spend hours on the internet just looking......My grandkids love looking through the books I have created. Someday, they will have remember the legacy that I have created with my books. Hope you will follow as we share information and ideas

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @flycatcherrr: I am so glad that you are considering a new passion. It's not as difficult as you think. My plan is to really light a fire in the community....If there is anything I can help with, please just ask...every module will have a place to float some questions

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      I haven't dipped a toe into scrapbooking yet but find myself reading a lot about it and looking at other people's work these days, so there's a good chance the scrapbooking 'bug' is getting ready to bite. :) Looking forward to seeing your Contributor contributions!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Scrapbook really are fabulous! It is so wonderful to be able to step back into history, even when it is just to glimpse our own history, by flipping through a scrapbook. And, they have certainly improved and come a long way over the years with all of the awesome scrapbook supplies and pages available to us today. I love this scrapbook page!